What We Want (young child through high school focus)

This set of nine videos was shot during a presentation called “What We Want” at the 2014 CNIB Braille Conference, and focuses on the needs and wants of parents raising children who are blind. Parents and educators will find this set of videos enlightening and informative.

What We Want - A Parent’s Perspective

In this video, the presenter, Dawn Clelland, gives an introduction to the session, and talks about what it’s like to be a parent of a child who is blind or partially sighted.

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What We Want - Transitioning to School

In this video, Dawn talks about the importance of the relationship between the educators and support staff working with a child who is blind.

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What We Want - Be Positive

Here, Dawn talks about how important it is that educators and support staff focus on positive growth when reporting to a parent about the development of their child who is blind or partially sighted.

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What We Want - Enjoy Learning

In this video, Dawn encourages educators and support staff to enjoy the process of working with a child who is blind or partially sighted, make the experience of learning fun for the child, and ensure the child is understanding the words and concepts the educator uses with the child.

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What We Want - Sports and Technology

Here, Dawns talk about how important it is that children who are blind or partially sighted are included in the areas of sports and technology in the learning environment.

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What We Want - Sensory Skills

In this video, Dawn focuses on the need children with vision loss have to learn through their other four senses (smell, sound, taste and touch) instead of their vision, and how important sensory skills are to their overall learning and development.

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What We Want - Learning Environment

Dawn talks about how negative learning environments and loud, hostile language can be a huge detriment to the learning experience of a child who’s blind or has low vision.

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What We Want - Building the Foundation

Dawn discusses how a child’s experiences at home and in school can build the foundation for their success later in life.

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What We Want - A Youth’s Perspective

In this final part of the presentation, a young woman who is blind speaks about the needs of children and teens with vision loss from her own perspective.

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