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Getting My Daughter Transferred From Public School to the Indiana School for the Blind and Visually Impaired

My daughter has been legally blind since requiring surgery for ROP / Plus Disease in the NICU three months after she was born.

Grade school went so well for her ... middle school was a struggle and now we're at the HS and it has been decreed (by her IEP) that she is in special education classes. Her IQ is 83 - low side of normal - but she is placed with children who have far greater intellectual challenges than her and she will earn a certificate rather than a diploma. All these years, just 30 blocks away, has been the Indiana School for the Blind and Visually Impaired. I asked about her going there when she was entering HS and her VI teacher told me they would be "much harder" on her there. She is not being challenged at all in her current setting. We are going to visit the Blind School next week. I've requested an IEP meeting during the first week of school at the public high school. What should I expect to happen? Do you think moving her will easily accomplished? Any and all feedback is appreciated. Feeling scared but hopeful.

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Re: Getting My Daughter Transferred From Public School to the Indiana School for the Blind and Visually Impaired



You are seeking every opportunity to improve your daughter's education. "Going beyond what people expect of you" is a kind of emotional and mental "muscle" blind children particularly need to exercise. The confidence which comes from positive experiences is worth it.
As a blind child, my parents made sure I explored the frontiers of what I could do. As an adult, I know how valuable this training is. Often, your daughter will rise to the challenge in ways which surprise you and may surprise her too. She will learn far more if encouraged to excel than she would if kept in safer educational boundaries. Also, being around other blind children as models may be emotionally helpful. I have good friends with whom I attended a school for the blind. This kind of modeling and friendship is truly valuable. Good luck.


Re: Getting My Daughter Transferred From Public School to the Indiana School for the Blind and Visually Impaired



Hi, littlebiddle

I don't know anything about the Indiana School for the Blind except that I do know lots of successful adult graduates. But, I think you'll find a lot of parents in simular situations over on FamilyConnect, so please do post there as well!
http://www.familyconnect.org


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