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Friday, September 14, 2007

Handbook for Itinerant and Resource Teachers of Blind and Visually Impaired Students

Handbook for Itinerant and Resource Teachers of Blind and Visually Impaired Students
Author: Doris M. Willoughby and Sharon L.M. Duffy Reviewed by Margaret Mary Myers

Don't let the long name and the 1989 copyright of this book fool you as this is a treasurehouse of practical advise and instruction for teachers and homeschooling parents. Some of it is specifically for the itinerant or resource teacher, advising her how to deal with parents, staff, and IEPs. But much of it teaches you step-by-step how to teach!

The book includes, among other things:

  • Hints and tips about teaching braille, note-taking, handwriting and keyboarding.
  • Techniques for independent living, cooking, sewing, and industrial arts.
  • Discussions of social life, dating, marriage, and the family.
  • Cane curriculum with instructions and illustrations.
  • Guide to the Nemeth Code.
  • A "paper-compatible" abacus method.

In this book there is a strong slant toward NFB (National Federation of the Blind) philosophies. Even if you happen to be one of the people who doesn't agree with some of the particular philosophies of this organization, this handbook contains loads of good information and ideas that I think you will find extremely useful.

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