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Melissa Riccobono and her family

A Note for Parents and Teachers

Unwanted physical contact is an all-too-common experience for both blind children and adults. It is critically important blind kids learn that their bodies belong to them, and that they have the right to feel safe and to set boundaries.

Adults sometimes pull, push, grab, or otherwise direct blind children because they want to keep them safe or are in a rush to get somewhere. But blind children who aren't allowed to navigate and explore independently will have a harder time developing vital travel skills.

They will also struggle to respect the personal space of others if they aren't encouraged to demand respect for their own personal space.

For specific ideas and guidance on how to encourage and support your blind child in this incredibly important area, see my article "My Body Belongs to Me!"

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Tips from a Blind Architect

Tips from a Blind Actor

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Meet George Ashiotis, a blind actor working in New York City.

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Tips from a Blind Scientist

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Learn about "Hoby" Wedler, a computational organic chemist who received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis.

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Making Friends on the Playground or Lunchroom

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Without visual cues, blind kids sometimes need a little help getting acquainted.

Check out these tips from FamilyConnect.

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