Ability Awareness Fair
On September 28, 2007, we went to the James Madison Elementary School in San Leandro to do a presentation for their “Ability Awareness Fair.” We only had time for the kindergartners, first and second graders. Our presentation was about the different types of equipment used by the blind and visually impaired. We really enjoyed it. We explained that Braille was an assortment of raised dots which people can read with their fingers. We brailled the students’ names on cards. When the students felt their brailled names about half of the students giggled and many said they really liked it. One little boy said “Neato,” when he felt his name. They told us it was really bumpy. The kids also liked counting on the tactile ruler and pushing the buttons on the talking calculator. At the end of each presentation, we gave out Brailled alphabet charts and bookmarkers.
Mark, Taeler and Robin volunteered to do this presentation when the opportunity arose. The three students discussed what they were going to say and what equipment would be of interest to the students. It took lots of planning on their parts.