What the day was going to look like I thought was a day spent at a local arena with the six year old and other students who are visually impaired, skating. I was not sure how successful a day it would be for Malia together with her lack of vision, hemiplegia and tendency towards defiance. I thought if she was going to have any success that I needed to be there to tune her up if need be in a way that might be a bit more effective than what teaching staff and volunteers are able to do while still ensuring she got the most out of the day.
What the day actually looked like is us beginning in a room listening to a variety of speakers all of whom offered me and the older kids in attendance information we were not expecting.
We heard more about our local athletic association for the blind which was great as I had been searching them out only to find a very outdated website. Turns out everyone suffers from political infighting and the website seems to be one of the issues.
There was even a fellow there who told us about two tv stations that are free to everyone that are geared for the visually impaired and also explained how the audio description works for the programs enhanced with it.
Next on the list was a tour of the arena which included getting up close and personal with a zamboni (I had to leave for an hour to pick the boy up from school so missed that). I will tell you though nothing says fun like about twenty or so visually impaired kids making use of their mobility training going up a crowded staircase and finding a seat on a bleacher.
|No word of a lie I thought the kid was going to go over the edge twice as she stuffed her head through the opening to look down.|