Category Archives: Blindness

FLAME: Changing the World Through Music

Here’s a special rock band worth emulating. Be inspired!

FLAME, a group from upstate New York made up of 10 people with developmental/physical disabilities, including autism, Down’s syndrome, and blindness, is capturing the world’s attention but their message remains the same. The band from Lexington Center, Fulton County Chapter, NYSARC, Inc., wants to change the world through music. They are a phenomenon that inspires people and changes the way the general public view people with disabilities. People of all ages and backgrounds connect with this special rock band, especially those who have a disability. Parents are often overcome with emotion watching FLAME, seeing that it’s possible to have their child achieve great things and, even more importantly, have a fun, fulfilling life.

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Early Interactions With Children Who Are Deaf-Blind

It’s always heartbreaking when we encounter a child who has a combination of vision loss and hearing loss. Early intervention is crucial for deaf-blind children. Written by Deborah Gleason, the article “Early Interactions With Children Who Are Deaf-Blind,” presents numerous ways parents can interact with their young child as well as practical suggestions for giving consistent sensory cues. Quoted below is an excerpt of this fact sheet.

Early communication development is based on four ideas:

  • Developing a close and trusting relationship with your child
  • Using consistent daily routines in which your child is fully involved
  • Providing your child with cues so he or she can learn to anticipate what is going to happen
  • Giving your child opportunities to have some control over his or her environment

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Source: National Consortium On Deaf-Blindness