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Museum Workshops For Home Schools

Blindness 101

What should you do if you meet a person who is blind? Should you offer to help? What do you say? If the person has a dog guide, can you pat the dog? The best way of dealing with people is always with courtesy and understanding of their needs. Frank answers to questions about blindness and demonstrations of when and how best to help will put young people more at ease when they are around people who are blind.

Pictures for Your Fingertips

Young people explore the various ways people who are blind and visually impaired "see" with their fingertips through tactile illustrations. Then they are given the opportunity to create their own tactile illustrations. (Requires a $3.00 per student materials fee.)

Inventive Solutions

This workshop focuses on the intriguing products inventive minds have devised to promote the independence of the blind and visually impaired, compares them to products or processes students already know, and then challenges young people to invent and market their own product. Can they come up with something that hasn’t been done before?

Meet Mary Ingalls

Students learn all about the richly rewarding life of Mary Ingalls, blind since the age of fourteen. Mary, sister of the celebrated children’s author Laura Ingalls Wilder, is featured in several of her sister’s books. As a young teen, Laura was her sister’s "eyes," describing everything she saw around her.

Communicating in Code

This workshop focuses on the braille code as a system for communication. Students will learn the basics of the braille alphabet and practice writing on a braillewriter. Each participant receives a magazine written in braille and a card for decoding it. Best for ages 6-12.

Louis Braille and the Braille Code

An accomplished musician and respected teacher, Louis Braille was only 12 years old when he began work on the system of reading and writing now used worldwide by the blind. Young people will be inspired by his story. They’ll also learn the basics of his alphabet and practice writing on both a braille slate and a braillewriter. Intended for ages 10 and up.

Helen Keller’s Story

Helen Keller played a leading role in most of the significant political, social, and cultural movements of the twentieth century. Throughout her lifetime she worked unceasingly to improve the lives of people who, like herself, were both blind and deaf.

Doing It with Numbers

People who are blind are scientists, engineers, business owners—all occupations that involve lots of math. But how do you do math if you can’t see? With the right tools, it’s as easy as 1-2-3. Students will also pick up some tips on doing mental math, that is, how to solve math problems in their heads.

Dog Guides

Learn all you ever wanted to know about these amazing dogs who partner with people who are blind. Find out what they do for their handlers, how they are trained, and what happens when the harness comes off.