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Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) play an important role in the lives of people with disabilities. DSPs assist people with disabilities with activities of daily living, social activities, personal contacts, coordination of health care, community interactions and more. The support they provide depends upon the situation of each person and can...

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This video is about Goalball, a sport for athletes who are visually impaired. Watch and listen as North Dakota Vision Services - School for the Blind (NDVS/SB) students explain how it is played and what makes it different from other sports.

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A refreshingly positive piece from the author of this blog post who writes about the favorable things she’s experienced after she became blind. https://myblurredworld13.wordpress.com/2016/03/23/the-best-things-about-being-visually-impaired

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A blog post from a young woman (14 years) talking about what she went through emotionally and how her life and relationship changed with her mother as she was diagnosed and became blind. http://www.girlgoneblind.com/my-mom-went-blind-and-my-life-began-to-unwind

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This blog piece discusses a mother’ challenges with her assisting her blind daughter and figuring out why she was disinterested in using her white cane. Sensory processing issues, complex needs, occupational therapy and a ‘sensory diet’ are all topics for discussion, review and to help the reader realize her journey...

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When Kristin Smedley learned that her first child was born with a gene mutation that causes blindness, she believed the life she dreamt for her son was over. Smedley shares her very personal story of how she learned to see the world differently through the eyes of her children and...

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Angelo Quattrociocchi invented a system that can print paintings and photographs on wood, high-density polyurethane foam, and other materials. People can touch the artwork and feel its shapes and textures—not necessarily textures that were in the original artwork but ones that now provide a tactile way of “seeing” the art....

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Helping students to develop mouse skills can be a challenge. There are free activities online for helping children to build mouse skills. There are games and various drawing programs (see previous posting "Sites to Support Students with Special Needs" for a listing of drawing programs) that provide simple mouse practice...

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Learn about disclosure on psychological and/or emotional disabilities, particularly on transcripts for students applying to colleges. Today, there is no disagreement that students and parents of minor children should have control to disclose or not to disclose psychological or emotional information at the time of application. Does a high school...

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Author Sharilynn Battaglia writes about what it was like to have to accept the fact that she is affected enough by her disease to have to apply for disability benefits because she can no longer work. She was granted disability in October of 2015. Here are some things she learned...

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