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Congratulations, Marissa!

Posted on May 4, 2016 at 2:00pm 0 Comments

Photo credit: KCCI Facebook page

Congratulations is in order for Marissa Schletzbaum and her parents, Roger and …


Braille Tablet

Posted on January 19, 2016 at 9:30am 0 Comments

In the 1950s, about half of blind children learned to read Braille, according to the National Federation of the Blind. Today, that number is just 10 percent. Yet 80 percent of blind people who are employed know Braille. Those numbers don’t tell the whole story, as definitions and health outcomes have evolved over the years. But the trend they suggest is real, the researchers say.

“When you’re…


Executive Functioning

Posted on December 21, 2015 at 9:26am 0 Comments

From Understanding Executive Functioning, Part 1: "It is unknown just how many children have difficulty with executive function skills but research has shown that executive function deficits are common among children with diagnoses such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), autism, specific language impairments (SLI), and hearing impairments." 

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Meet Brian - The Teen Behind the Camera

Posted on December 14, 2015 at 4:08pm 0 Comments

Brian wants to go to photography camp by himself, he excitedly explains on the day of his photo shoot. This is a big deal for the teen, who has autism. With a camera hung around his neck, he takes in the sights at the Newseum in downtown Washington, D.C. A giant screen shows a looping video; a news helicopter is suspended from the ceiling. Brian lifts his…


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My role:
Advocate, Individual with a disability
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Des Moines
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About Myself:
I was born with congenital cataracts and had my lenses in both eyes removed when I was three years old. I struggled socially and emotionally growing up, partly due to my big, thick glasses. My classmates called me "frog eyes" and all sorts of creative phrases. The bullies took away a huge chunk of my confidence.

I've overcome many challenges throughout my life, and I hope to be able to help others who are struggling.
About My Family:
My father passed away when I was four. My mom was special education teacher, and I have a younger sister who is a senior in high school. My sister is blind in one eye.
I'm here because...
I want to share my story with others as well as learn from all of you.
Disability Interests:
Emotional Disability, Visual Impairment

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At 6:40pm on November 22, 2013, Linda Brundies said…

I got it!  Thank you for the wonderful gift basket!

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