Through a grant from the Kurt Giessler Foundation for Youth Achievement a young man who recently graduated from Perkins School for the Blind was able to set up a hot dog stand. John Shea, with support from his family, wanted to start a concession-style business. John, a 21-year-old Halifax resident, is visually impaired, has Cerebral Palsy and is surrounded by a supportive family.
My 29-year-old son David, who is deafblind and non-verbal, attends a Community-Based Day Supports Program (CBDS). David’s daily schedule at the CBDS includes a variety of volunteer and recreational activities.
In a previous blog post I described how my son David recycles empty soda cans for cash as part of his CBDS (Community-Based Day Support Program) routine. David donates the cash to a local charity. His weekly visits to the charity present a new opportunity to connect with the community.
It can be challenging to find social or recreational services for individuals with visual impairments, including those who have multiple disabilities or deafblindness. We hope the suggestions below may help!
On January fourth, millions of blind people worldwide paid homage to Louis Braille on his 208th birthday. The braille system, which Louis began perfecting at the tender age of eleven, was adopted as the primary reading method of the blind by France in 1854, and started being used in the United States in 1860. Today, dynamic technological advances have caused the braille literacy rate of blind children to decline; According to National Braille Press, 12% of blind students learn braille.