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Students learn about visual impairment

Select students in Julia Brooks’ second-grade classroom at Fairley Elementary School closed their eyes and were asked by a guest presenter to take a look around.
“I see black,” one student said. “I can’t see anything,” another said.
The students, all a part of a high-level reading group in Brooks’ class, then wondered what it was like to live life in darkness. The students already read a book together on both the struggles and accomplishments of Helen Keller. To help them relate their reading material to a real-life situation, Brooks invited friend Jean Fultz in to share about her young granddaughter’s life as a child who is blind.
Students were fascinated with the cane, which Fultz told them acted as a set of eyes when her granddaughter walks. She also showed the group various materials the child uses to help her adapt with everyday tasks. A clocked with raised numbers helped her learn to recognize numbers 0 through 9, and books with both Braille and tactile pictures helped her to learn how to read. Talking watches and clocks, along with measuring cups with Braille on them have also helped the child enjoy some of the same items as her peers.
Brooks said the recent visit helped her students apply knowledge learned in their reading group to ask questions and share thoughts about blindness. Creating awareness of it and showing people can overcome adversity was a bonus, she said.

Fairley Elementary School second-graders Jordyn David
and Sebastian DuMont browse a special book, which has
helped blind children learn to read and identify photos.
The item was one of several brought in by guest speaker
Jean Fultz.



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