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Friday, January 31, 2014

iPad Essentials for Parents

Thank you to everyone who came out on Thursday night for Kevin Hollinger's presentation of iPad Essentials for Parents.  It's unfortunate that we couldn't have another couple hours as he was a wealth of tricks, tips, and links!  As you revisit your conference notes, here are a few of the biggies with hyperlinks:

Friday, August 23, 2013

KSSB Family Weekend - Nov 22-23

KSSB 2013 Fall Family Resource Weekend

November 22-23

The 2013 Fall Family Resource Weekend presented by the Kansas State School for the Blind is for Parents, Adult Family Members, Professionals, and Service Providers of blind & visually impaired children from birth to age 21, as well as children and siblings. Gather together with other families to fill your minds with knowledge and resources regarding visual impairment and blindness. Fill your hearts with friendship and fun.  Network with other families, professionals, vendors, and consumer groups to obtain personal and professional support.

Friday, November 22, activities will be scheduled for parents who have children at all learning and skill levels. Separate activities will be provided for children and siblings. The evening will conclude with a joint ice cream social.

Saturday, November 23, from 8:30-11:00am panel members will provide information and lively discussion for the following age and skill levels: Children birth to five, elementary, academic and life skills grades 1-8, high school, transition to post-secondary education, high school, life skills and vocational transition. From 11:00am to 12:00pm, activities TBA.    Lunch and wrap up 12:00-1:00pm. Child care will be provided during all sessions.

Questions may be directed to:
Helen Hahn, E-mail:

Sponsored by;
Kansas State Schools for the Deaf and Blind
Kansas Instructional Resource Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Kansas State Department of Education *Special Education Services* TASN Grant

Families Together

Thursday, August 22, 2013

American Sign Language Classes - Sept 3-April 22

Family, KSD Staff & Community
American Sign Language
Tuesdays September 3, 2013 — April 22, 2014 6:30 to 8:00pm
No class if school is not in session.

Who Can Attend?
Family members of a person who is deaf/HH (attending KSD or not) — no charge
KSD Staff-no charge
Community members — $15.00 per person
Child care will be provided for children of class members who are ages 5-11.

How to Register
Register by calling 913.324.0600 and leave the following information
Name and contact information (email preferred)
Indicate if you are a family member, KSD staff person or community member.
Names and ages of children needing child care and or dorm care. (Ages 5-11)
Materials we will use

Our Purpose
Our main purpose in providing American Sign Language Classes is to encourage and enable natural, meaningful and authentic communication between children who are deaf and all of their hearing family members.

Top 5 Reasons to Learn ASL
ASL is a visual, vibrant language with its own set of rules and structure.
ASL incorporates facial grammar, hand shapes and body posturing.
ASL is the dominant language of the Deaf com-munity. 500,000 to 2 million people in the U.S. use it every day.
Sign language brings people who happen to be hearing and deaf together.
Hearing family members can learn to have natural, meaningful and authentic communi-cation with their deaf child.

Other Sign Language Classes & Resources
Sign Language Classes:
Online Resources:
See the KSD website for additional resources:

Thanks to the Kansas School for the Deaf Endowment Association for making these classes possible.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Special Needs Boy Scouts - Sept 8

Special Needs Scouting Program for Boys

Scout Troop 11, Venturing Crew 2011, and Cub Pack 3011 are holding a Special Needs Scouting Program Open House on Sunday, September 8, 2013 from 5-7 pm.  The purpose of this Open House is to introduce families and friends with a special needs boy or girl to our unique Scouting program, tailored for special needs kids.

Each of our units moves at a pace appropriate for and respective of our scouts. Rank advancements are earned while we enjoy the journey. A by-product of our Scouting program is our social network. Youth, parents, and siblings with similar circumstances can share life's adventures and celebrate successes. We have developed strong bonds with the youth and the parents. And we have fun!

We meet monthly at Church of the Resurrection in Leawood. We have outings and we do weekend campouts twice a year. Many of our Scouts also go to a one week summer camp for special needs Scouts, held at the Rotary Camp facilities at Lake Jacomo in Lee's Summit. That will also be the location for our Open House.

Food and fun will be provided at the Open House. The facilities are fully accessible. (And there are indoor restrooms!). See the attached flyer for directions and more details. We look forward to seeing you on the 8th!

Bob Tannenwald  (Troop 11 Committee Chairman)

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Ballyland: Computer Game for children with VI

Sonokids, an Australian company, has released Ballyland, a game that supports playful learning of technology skills by children who are blind or have low vision. No literacy skills are required, and the game includes five games for helping children learn particular keys. For now, Windows only, but Mac version is forthcoming soon.

- Posted by JFB

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Education Department clarifies districts' duties to provide Braille

In the 1960s 50% of students with visual impairments were graduating able to read and write braille.  Today we have dropped to less than 10%.  Thank you to Disability Scoops and Education Week for the latest update on braille instruction. 

Braille should be the default reading technique taught to students who are visually impaired, according to a letter released by the U.S. Department of Education last week. The letter explains that a school's lack of instructors or availability of alternative tools cannot be used as the basis for denying a child access to Braille instruction. See the rest of the article here.

Related articles:
Why is Braille Dying?
Is Braille Still Relevant in a High-tech World?

Thursday, June 20, 2013

CCVI Family Businesses


Prodigy Payment Systems
Ryan Howard
I work for Prodigy Payment Systems and I specialize in credit card processing systems.  
I  can save merchants money on their smart phone swipers as well. 


Vernon Place Preventative Health Chiropractic Clinic
Dr. Cole J. Stephens D.C.
6301 Antioch Rd. Merriam, KS 66202  
Postural Correction and Nutritional support

Shacklee Distributer
Marie Spooner
All natural weight loss, vitamins, cleaning products and much much more natural products. 

Sam Selter
Chloe & Isabel
Hillary Kleck
Jewelry & gifts

Kelle Spooner, Independent Consultant
Wickless candles 

Usborne Books and More
Jessica Cartwright, Independent Consultant 
We have an amazing selection of education and engaging children's books. Usborne sells over 1400 titles of books, including the tactile board book series, That's Not My... which feature animals, dolls, babies, and trucks with a different texture on each page. We do home parties as well as set up at schools and libraries. All hosts receive free books for their sales.

Zazzle Products
Sam Selter
We offer a variety of customized products. Specializing in everything from Funny, Cute, Kids theme, Maternity & Daddy to be t-shirts, hats, and other apparel to key chains, mouse pads and more. We are constantly adding and designing new products. Once a week we will be uploading our new items, so be sure to stay tuned! Don't see what you want? That’s ok. Just post a comment on our wall with your requests! We will be more then happy to make you a custom personalized product. 
Also be sure to keep in mind that most of our products can be customized to a different style & color, then what we have listed. Just click on the product of choice and use customize option to change from t-shirt to hoodie, or make it a tank top, or long sleeve. There are many options available. Sizes range from S - XL and there are 6x on some apparel. 
Thanks for checking out nselter on Zazzle!