They got to use the Braillers to type their own names:
And they got to ask any question they wanted.
Lucy and I let them know she’d be happy to have any questions they wanted to ask, or that they were curious about.
I’m mad I didn’t get a picture of Lu with Mrs. Wells (except for that small one at the top), because she is the hero of this day. We love her so much and are so grateful for her!
And I love each of those teachers and that they wanted to learn.
I sure loved being with my girl there, and watching her shine.
I explained to all the kids that each of them has their own things that are different and unique, and we can learn so much from each other if we aren’t afraid to ask genuine questions and seek to understand.
We all have our own stories. We can all use love and understanding in so many different ways and on so many different levels.
It was a good day.
That's such a great idea and I am so happy that all the teachers were receptive to the presentation! Good luck to Lucy this school year! 🙂
Have you asked Lucy's Braille teacher for advice on how to deal with her daily frustrations?
Has Lucy the opportunity to regularly meet other kids with special needs? Blind kids for example?
Has Lucy ever met with a therapist to help her deal with her dark moods?
Just wondering. Thank you so much for sharing. Lucy has such an inspiring personality! 💜
Thoughtful, dedicated, hard-working teachers make all the difference!!
Another TVI here. How wonderful Lucy and her teacher had an in service for her classmates! Kids love learning about Braille and how they can help/be a friend. They need us to model for them and share what we expect of peers.
I spy my friend/colleague Anna Swenson’s Braille sheet! She helped creat the Braille Bug website. Some years I have shared this site during January- Braille Literacy month. http://braillebug.afb.org
Boy, I have been a long-time reader of this blog, even before I was a mother. Yours is the only blog I have continued reading, so that first picture at the very top with Lucy just stopped me in my tracks as I realized just how beautiful and grown up she is!!! My goodness, you have been a mighty advocate for her as you have navigated this diagnosis through the years. What a great school. I love that you have developed such a wonderful partnership with them.
Aww you are such a good mom and good parent for the school to have on board.Lucy and that school are so lucky to have you!
Hi Shawni, another longtime reader here wishing you and Lucy all the best! I wanted to mention a youtube channel you both might like. Molly Burke is a Canadian youtuber who is blind (she lost her vision in her teenage years), and she makes a mix of videos, many of which are about her experiences as a person with vision loss. Some of her videos are about other topics and might be a little mature for Lucy, but I think there are many on there that are worth checking out. One example is this great video where she talks about how she uses technology (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7OEZX5lsQG8), and here is her channel trailer to give you more of an idea of the type of content she posts (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gIQU7wTtTHs).
Hi Shawni, I just love your blog. I recently just had my first baby and I’m loving re-reading many of your parenting posts with a whole new perspective. 🙂 One of my friends just had a baby boy who was diagnosed with BBS. I tried to tag you in her post about it on Instagram. I know you’re so busy but I really wanted to try and connect the two of you. I told her to look up your blog too. Thank for all the great posts!