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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

DVD: Raising Kids Who Are Blind

It's a challenge raising a confident child, especially one who also happens to be blind. An East Bay family has created a compelling DVD, sharing their early successes with a powerful message for parents of all kids.

Graciela Tiscareno-Sato and her family are champions of the belief that a disability does not define a Milagro, whose name means "miracle" in Spanish. Milagro survived a premature birth at 25 1/2 weeks. Even though she's blind, her parents committed early on to raise her with as normal a childhood as possible.

Climbing walls, gymnastics -- you name it. Milagro loves movement and exploring the environment around her. As she learns to navigate the world independently, it's not Milagro, her parents worry about.

"I worry about how the rest of the world will try to limit her and what she can do based on just not knowing what blind people are capable of," said Graciela Tiscareno-Sato.

That's why Graciela is on an educational and motivational mission through a DVD they made called Raising the wild and confident blind baby, toddler and preschooler."

The project shares photos and videos from Milagro's first five years of life. And how her parents encouraged physically challenging activities to stimulate her development. Executive director Julie Bernas-Pierce of the Oakland-based "Blind Babies Foundation" says it's stories like these that help advocate a more accepting society.

It's a community quest for a brighter future -- the Blind Babies Foundation helped Milagro's family early on; as it has for the last 60 years providing in-home services to hundreds of visually impaired children in 14 northern and central California counties. The progress has been powerful and inspiring. Click this link to learn more about Milagro at
Click this link to learn more about the Blind Babies Foundation at

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