The Blindness and Low Vision Unit of the Understanding Our Differences program

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The Blindness and Low Vision Unit of the Understanding Our Differences program has come to a successful conclusion. Students learned about the spectrum of visual disabilities that individuals experience, including blindness and low vision.  They experienced how people with visual disabilities use their other, senses (smell, taste, touch and hearing) to identify objects and how they make individual choices regarding their mobility (using a cane, a dog guide, or a sighted guide).  They also learned how to use a Perkins Brailler and learned about other types of communicative devices, such as electronic notetakers and talking computers.  They were enthusiastic to meet Pam Fernandes, who answered all their thoughtful questions, and were especially excited to meet Pam's dog guide, Cameron!  

We would like to thank our volunteer team of: Fabby LaGasse, Melissa Lerou, Mary McKee, Brian O'Neil, Mindy Peckler, Jen Rugani, Jane Taylor, Deb (and Matty) Vogel.  We would also like to thank Amy Broder, Chris MacPherson, Sheila Packard, Susan Tempesta, Brad Hammer, Marjorie Turetz, and Katie Anderson, and our principal Audrey Peller for their support.

Understanding Our Differences will present the Deafness and Hard of Hearing Unit on Thursday, May 23rd. Please call/email Alex Chakalis at alexandra.chakalis@yahoo.com or 781-760-4739 if you are interested in volunteering.