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19 Fascinating Facts About Louis Braille

19 Fascinating Facts About Louis Braille

World Braille Day is celebrated annually on January 4th, the birthday of Braille inventor, Louis Braille. Louis would have been 209 years old today! Organizations around the globe use World Braille Day to promote awareness about the challenges faced by visually impaired individuals and to encourage businesses and governments to create economic and social opportunities for […]

Mommy’s Little Helper

Mommy’s Little Helper

On a warm Saturday afternoon in November, my nine-year-old daughter Sarah and I walked down the street to Seven-11. She’d aced a spelling test the day before, and I decided to treat her to a Slurpee. At the convenience store counter, I started digging for loose change in my purse. The line was long, and […]

Holiday Concert @ The Lavelle School For the Blind

Holiday Concert @ The Lavelle School For the Blind

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas and schools across New York City are preparing for their annual holiday concerts. The many talented students at the Lavelle School for the Blind are among them! This Friday, December 22nd, from 9:30AM to 11:00AM Lavelle will open it’s doors to students, their families and the Bronx community […]

Yes, Blind Children, You May Touch Your Elves on the Shelf: A Letter From Santa Claus

Yes, Blind Children, You May Touch Your Elves on the Shelf: A Letter From Santa Claus

Blind Motherhood is hand-delivering a note from Santa, who gives permission to children who are blind or visually impaired to touch their “Elf on the Shelf.” We hope you utilize this post from to make the holidays even more meaningful for your child with a visual impairment. Yes, Blind Children, You May Touch Your Elves on […]

Free Braille Letters From Santa – Braille Works & The NFB

Free Braille Letters From Santa – Braille Works & The NFB

Does Santa read braille? Of course, he does! And both Braille Works and the National Federation of the Blind want to send your child a “FREE” letter from the man in the big, red suit this holiday season. Braille Works Braille Works is one of the nation’s leading providers of reading materials for people who […]

Lessons Learned At The Turkey Trot

Lessons Learned At The Turkey Trot

My eight-year-old daughter Sarah inspired my socks off yesterday. Actually, I was wearing fur-lined snowboots, but she inspired me just the same. I went to watch her participate in her school’s annual Turkey Trot with the rest of her third-grade class. Fortunately, the storm from the day before had subsided. It was still nippy out, […]

8 Tips for Talking to Your Kids About Terrorism As a Blind or VI Parent

8 Tips for Talking to Your Kids About Terrorism As a Blind or VI Parent

On June 3, 2017, England suffered its third terrorist attack since March. Three men purposely drove a van onto London Bridge, striking pedestrians. These individuals then emerged from the van, stabbing people around London’s popular Borough Market, a well-known hub for restaurants and bars. Eight people died, and 49 people were injured before police shot […]

6 Issues Blind/VI Parents Face With The NYC DOE UPK Program:

6 Issues Blind/VI Parents Face With The NYC DOE UPK Program:

Back in June, I explained my frustrations about trying to get my daughter, Nuala, into NYC’s UPK Program. As you might recall, she was placed in a school that would require over a 16 block walk and a ride on an MTA bus – that’s with Nuala (4), Aoife (2) and Frances. The entire trip, […]

Lessons Learned From Canned Goods

Lessons Learned From Canned Goods

After a big shopping trip to stock the pantry, my daughter Sarah and I sat on the kitchen floor one Saturday afternoon marking canned goods in braille. I felt overwhelmed by the dozens of cans that needed to be labeled and put away, which led to a few sharp jabs from my conscience. My little […]

Pre-School for All? How Far Will This Blind Mom Go?

Pre-School for All? How Far Will This Blind Mom Go?

Over the past two weeks, my newsfeed has been jam packed with graduation pictures; kids of all ages adorned in caps and gowns, celebrating their academic milestones. It wasn’t until last night when I came across the video of preschooler Sophia Urquijo, belting out Moana’s “How Far I’ll Go” during her Miami graduation that I […]

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