Tuesday, November 30, 2021 from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM EST
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Kristin Smedley 
Thriving Productions 

FUNposium! Explore the Toys/Games/Activities That Help Blind/VI Children to Thrive! 

Have you been wondering any of the following?

What activities can I do at home to stimulate/motivate my blind/visually impaired child.

What are some toys I should buy to play with my blind/visually impaired baby, toddler, pre-school, and/or school age child?

Is my blind/visually impaired child able to learn anything through play?

Are there toys or games my blind child and his/her sighted sibling can play together?

Thriving Blind Academy presents this special event for you! Parents and grandparents like you ask lots of questions and do lots of Googling to find good toys, games and activities for your blind and visually impaired kiddos. 

In this 90 minute symposium, you will learn which toys to invest in for your child as well as suggestions of games and activities you can do to enhance their development and foster FUN!

If the timing of the event does not fit your schedule, register for the VIP upgrade and the recording of the entire session will be sent to you (as well as a digital copy of Thriving Blind: Stories of Real People Succeeding Without Sight) NOTE: Thriving Blind Academy members get the VIP upgrade to this and all TBA events for free with your membership. Info on TBA membeship is available at www.ThrivingBlind.com

About the Presenters:

Karen Newell is Co-Founder of Toy Like Me and parent of a blind child.  Toy Like Me is an arts and play not-for-profit organization starting playful conversations with children about disability.  Toy Like Me celebrates the pwower of disability representation in toys to build self-esteem and grow open minds.  

Melisa Mathews  holds a degree in Elementary Education with a focus on Early Childhood Development from Western Michigan University. She is currently studying to be a certified Teacher of the Visually Impaired. Melisa's two children have been diagnosed with Ocular Albinism. Melisa founded the company Eye Am Kids to suport blind and visually impaired children in their early stages of development.

About the Moderator:
Kristin Smedley is author of the best seling book Thriving Blind:Stories of Real People Succeeding Without Sight, TEDx Speaker, and Co-Founder of  the Thriving Blind Academy. Kristin's two sons have a rare blindness, CRB1 LCA/RP, and are thriving in college thanks to access to the tools and resources needed to succeed without sight.