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Sonja - posted on 04/29/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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Hi, I am starting this group for mom of children who are blind. My own son, now 17, is blind. He is also gifted in the performing arts. I am hoping we can just share our joys, frustrations, and special moments. I am a Teacher of the Blind and Visually Impaired (TVI) and Certified Orientation & Mobility Specialist (COMS) working with children who are blind in Northern California. You can see photos of Brandon and his brother, Josh, on my profile. Josh is sighted. Have an incredible day!

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Amy - posted on 08/12/2010

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My name is Amy Brown. I shared my story on here. It is a pleasure to be here.

Sonja - posted on 09/14/2009

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Hi Julia, thank you so much for joining this group. I would be happy to share with you some of what Brandon has gone through. He graduates this school year. I think it is wonderful that your son is in wrestling and really stepping out to enjoy his high school experience. Just make sure that the TVI and Braillist get everything ready for him at the same time his peers receive it. Soooooo important.

Julia - posted on 09/09/2009

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Hi, Sonja,

I am so excited to find this group. I just joined and I have a 15 year old son with ROP in both eyes, he is a braille reader/cane traveler and his name is Brian. He just started High School and joined the wrestling team. I have so many questions now that he is entering (puberty) this stage of his life. He is my only child and a great kid. I guess I'm just an over protective mom. I hope you can give me some idea as to what's ahead.

Julia Adkins

jbadkins@comcast.net

Sonja - posted on 08/13/2009

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Hi Patty, I think it is great that your children are doing so well. How awesome for Andrea to be married to a wonderful man and expecting her first baby! My son loves music, too...playing and singing more than listening to it. Brandon enjoys playing the guitar, too. It sounds like you are an incredible mom...giving your children opportunites to grow in their areas of interest. Continue to encourage them to be the best they can be. Continue to encourage Tony in his musical pursuits.

Patty - posted on 07/26/2009

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Hi Sonja,

I'm so glad I found someone I can talk to! I have 3 children, my oldest daughter Andrea is legally blind, she is 22 and married to a wonderful man, she is expecting a baby in December. I'm so excited to be a grandma for the first time! My middle daughter Amanda is 19 and is sighted, and my son Tony is 12, he is completely blind. He lost his sight when he was 8 years old. He was born legally blind like his sister, but we were unable to save his sight after his retinas would not stay attached. It has been a long road but he has triumphed inspite of his challenges. He turned to music when his world went dark. He taught himself to play the piano. We were so happy to see him find something to chanel his energy and to lift him up. He soon learned to play everything that he heard, from classical, to jazz to rock and roll.... It was so amazing to see his enthusiasm and pride. He wanted to try as many instuments as he could and we bought him a drum set and an electric guitar. He has mastered them all. He will be going into the 7th grade in the fall and is very excited to be in junior high! He goes to camp for blind children in the summer. It is so much fun for him and it has really helped him gain a lot of confidence and gives him a sense of pride to be a leader. He cant wait to turn 16 so he can work at the camp all summer. He has been a mentor for 2 other blind children in his school district that are much younger than he is.

It's so great to talk to you! hope to hear from you soon.

Patty Gebhard

pattydi65@yahoo.com

Sonja - posted on 05/24/2009

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