It is always important to remember that children who are blind or visually impaired are children first. Unfortunately some people get stuck on the label, rather than seeing the child as a whole. This blog post by Speech Language Pathologist Haley Gottleib is a wonderful reminder of the importance of seeing each child as an individual and as a whole person. She gives the following suggestions:
1. Eliminate labels from your thinking and speech.
2. Never assume.
3. Maintain high expectations.
4. Tie general education into IEP goals.
5. Include the student in the conversation.
To read the full blog post, see: http://smartblogs.com/education/2014/04/07/educate-the-child-not-the-label/