About

Over time, this blog has evolved from a guide book of children’s activities to a broader focus on issues relating to families with a member who is blind or visually impaired.  This is entirely based on my own experience as the mother of an awesome little boy who happens to be visually impaired.  I share information that I find pertinent, review books (generally recommendations only–it’s hard to find books that are “high contrast” for kids!), cover events and attractions we visit, provide instructions for crafts that worked well with my children, and advocate–and encourage you to advocate–for the rights of people with disabilities.

There are four main characters you’ll meet on my blog:

  • Peanut, the reason for it all.  Peanut is a little boy who happens to be legally blind.
  • Sprout, Peanut’s little sister.  Sprout is a little girl who has no vision problems whatsoever.
  • Efrit, Peanut’s dad.  Efrit also has a vision impairment, although it has a different cause, and different effects, than Peanut’s.
  • Phouka–that’s me.  I’m Efrit’s wife and the proud mama of two awesome kids, one of whom happens to be visually impaired.

Finally, the post that started it all:

Every Monday and Wednesday, I take off my working-mom hat and put on my stay-at-home mom hat, and Peanut and I go out on adventures.  Sometimes we go to the zoo; sometimes we go to the park; sometimes, we just take a nap.

I’ve discovered on our travels that when people think of activities and attractions being “accessible,” they’re thinking of ramps and wheelchair access–they don’t generally consider accessibility for the blind and visually impaired.  Places that have beautiful wheelchair ramps won’t have a single thing in Braille; displays will feature items with visual impact without considering the other senses.  As the parent of a visually-impaired little boy, I notice these things.

As we go on our adventures, I’m going to record a bit of them here, on this blog.  I’ll let you know my opinion on how friendly the destination is for the blind or visually-impaired, how much it costs, and hopefully offer a few photographs of activities and amenities. I’m planning on posting once a week, and I’ll cover attractions and activities Peanut and I trek to; resources I’ve found helpful; and different toys and tools that are particularly good (or particularly awful).  Since I am the queen of tangents, there will probably be some rambles here and there as I roam off-topic. I’m also a first-time blogger, so there will likely be some technical glitches and potholes as I figure out how to navigate this medium.

Happy adventuring,

Phouka

8 Responses to About

  1. What a wonderful idea to blog about your weekly excursions…I will come back to read more.
    Sylvia

  2. MissouriBlind says:

    Missouri has another great offering this summer for students in the 5th-8th grades who are Blind and Visually Impaired. The Missouri School for the Blind is offering two sessions focused on Science,Technology, Engineering and Math. The information is available at http://www.msb.dese.mo.gov

  3. Robin says:

    Hello Phouka! Thanks for sharing your story. Our best to the whole family, and big-ups to Peanut! I found your Blog through WonderBaby, which is one of our partner sites as well. As Peanut and Sprout grow, I thought you would be interested in the program Paths to Literacy (pathstoliteracy.org) and our new FB page of the same name. Take a look, and if you like us, please “Like” us!
    http://www.facebook.com/ptliteracy
    All the best, Robin – Perkins Educational Resources

  4. I’m enjoying following your blog and Twitter! Look forward to connecting more on http://www.sensorysun.com as well as on Facebook! Hope you enjoy our sensory activities, lesson plans, and toy reviews. We have something exciting planned to launch in Spring 13! Take care,
    Hillary @SensorySun

  5. Amber Bobnar says:

    Hello and Happy Summer!

    I wanted to invite you to join our very first blog party! I’m teaming up with FamilyConnect this summer to try to encourage other parent bloggers to write about their ideas, tips, experiences etc about summer activities for their kids who are blind.

    All we’re asking is that you write a post on your blog on the following topic:

    Are you planning any new activities or experiences for your blind child this summer? How are you preparing? Any advice for other parents?

    Once you’ve written your post, you can link to the blog party on WonderBaby.org here: http://www.wonderbaby.org/articles/summer-activities-for-blind-kids

    Or on FamilyConnect here: http://www.familyconnect.org/blog/familyconnect-a-parents-voice/summer-blog-party-hot-fun-in-the-summertime/12

    And send me an email letting me know that you have a post to share and we’ll add it to the link up on those pages.

    We can all share our ideas and share the blog posts from all the blogs. It’ll be a great way to keep families excited and involved throughout the summer!

    Let me know what you think and if you’d like to participate. If you have any questions, just ask!

    Thanks!

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