Event: Through the Looking Glass (Update)
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IBCF to Host Inaugural Gala

Through The Looking Glass
Indiana Blind Children's Foundation First Annual Charity Gala:
"Through the Looking Glass" 
Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 September 2012 11:47
Campus Event: Clean Up Day
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Lions Help Make a Difference


ISBVI thanks the Lions for organizing a work day on campus over the summer.  The Lions volunteered their time painting, refurbishing PC's, maintaining the dining halls, planting and performing playground maintenance.  

♥ ♥ ♥  THANK YOU LIONS  ♥ ♥ ♥

Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 August 2012 06:43
Education News: Math Workshop
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Math Wizards Convene at APH!

ISBVI Math Teacher, Debra Squire, participated in a Math Focus Group hosted by APH on July 9 - 12.  Mrs. Squire and other participants began by reviewing the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics and the draft of the Maryland Common Core State Curriculum Frameworks for Braille - Mathematics.  They worked through the week to determine manipulatives, tactile graphics, and Nemeth Braille Code needed to achieve the standards at Grades 4 - 5 and Grades 6 - 8.  Thank you, Mrs. Squire, for sharing your expertise!


Front row (left to right):  Mimi Schaper, Rosemary Dawson, Jeanette Wicker, Lisa Wright;
Back row (left to right):  Alexis Moore, Kim Wilson, Lorette Nuzzo, Debra Squire, Derrick Smith
Last Updated on Friday, 24 August 2012 13:43
Outreach Event: Paraprofessional Workshops 2012
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Regional Workshops Offered

The Outreach and Related Services Department is offering a series of regional workshops for paraprofessionals who support students who are blind or have low vision.
The first training will be held:

  • Friday, September 14th
  • At the ISBVI Scout Cabin
  • Registration Deadline:  Friday, September 7th
    Click here for the registration form
Paraprofessional wearing blindfold
Last Updated on Friday, 24 August 2012 13:10
Highlight: School Field Trip
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Students Touch Indiana History

The following is a blog by ISBVI English teacher, Judy Reynolds.  Mrs. Reynolds, along with Ms. Megan Ensing, an Orientation and Mobility instructor and Mr. Al Lovati, a Computer Technology teacher, had the opportunity recently to chaperone seven students to Metamora, Indiana.  Please click below to read about their experiences!


Smelly Gourmet
Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 August 2012 13:25
ISBVI Congratulates Student Athletes
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Students Earn ISBVI Letter Jackets

Letter Jacket Winners

Athletic Director, Jeremy Freel, presented seven ISBVI student athletes with Letter Jackets.  These athletes competed and lettered in five Varsity sports.  Athletes must meet 3 of the 5 criteria to earn a Varsity letter in Track and Field, Goalball, Wrestling, Cheerleading and Swimming:

1.  Attendance - Athletes must be at all scheduled practices and contests.
2.  Attitude - Athletes must follow all team rules/ expectations and be good ambassadors for ISBVI.
3.  Ability - Athletes must show good knowledge of the sport in which they are competing.
4.  Conference - Athletes on the roster must compete during a NCASB Conference.
5.  Coaches/Athletic Director - If an athlete has met two criteria, a Coach or the Athletic Director
     may determine whether or not an athlete will earn a letter for that particular sport.

ISBVI congratulates these athletes on a job well done.  Go Rockets!

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 December 2011 15:30
Feature: Fall Colors Peak at ISBVI
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Radiance Abounds on Campus

There is beauty for the eyes to behold, looking out and across the landscape from Indiana School for the Blind and Visually Impaired.  This photo was taken Friday, October 28th, 2011, at 1:00pm, looking out from the tower toward downtown Indianapolis.  It was the peak of this season's colors.

Images of ISBVI Campus Showing Fall Colors Toward Indy

Click on the picture above (or here) in order see it at full resolution.

Last Updated on Thursday, 03 November 2011 12:29
Highlight: White Cane Safety Day 2011
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October 15th is White Cane Safety Day!

White Cane Safety Logo

White Cane Safety Day was originally proclaimed on October 6th, 1964 by President Lyndon B. Johnson. On this day, we recognize the white cane, a tool and symbol of independence in the blind and visually impaired (BVI) community.

 The white cane functions both figuratively and literally as an extension of one’s self, allowing a person to experience their environment through tactile feedback. There are many different types of canes (some of which are pictured here to the left), allowing persons with visual impairments to select those options which most appropriately meet their needs. These options include, but are not limited to:  folding/segmented canes, long/rigid canes, telescopic canes, identification canes, pencil tips, roller tips, mushroom tips, metal tips, golf grips, hook handles, etc. To view some of these options or to design your own cane, go to http://www.ambutech.com/easy-order/.  

On October 17th 2011, ISBVI is hosting its first annual White Cane Safety Day celebration. Members of the National Federation of the Blind (NFB), American Council of the Blind (ACB), Bosma Rehabilitation Center, and the Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Hospital, as well as the ISBVI School Board and alumni will gather at the school to celebrate the day.

How Do Blind and Visually Impaired People Learn to Use Picture of a person using a cane.Their Canes?

Orientation and Mobility training (O&M) is the instruction that a blind or visually impaired person receives to become an independent travelor. This instruction starts as early as birth and continues throughout a person’s life. Among other things, O&M training is where a blind or visually impaired person learns to use a white cane. Canes are given out at an early age (as soon as a child begins to reach out into their environment) and become a life-long tool. There are many different techniques taught to use a cane as every cane user has a unique set of needs. It’s important to note that, while some people with blindness or visual impairments choose to use the services of a dog guide, most are accomplished cane-users first and continue to use their canes when their dogs are off the harness.

Decode your Braille Message!

Use the alphabet below to decode the message you found on your balloon!

Last Updated on Monday, 17 October 2011 08:18

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