Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Anti-Bullying Week

Each year in the spring, some schools will hold a Bullying Prevention Day.  This a day to bring awareness to people with and without disabilities who are being bullied.  The students who participate in the prevention day awareness have to be silent.  By being silent during this day, the silence is “telling” other students to be aware of bullying.  Not everyone chooses to participate in this program.  It is an option if you want to sign up for the program.  You would get a sticker that represents anti-bullying. Some students choose to sign u p the week before the Anti-bullying.  At the end of the day, you are allowed to talk.  What does your school do for Anti-bullying?  Do you participate in this program? 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Different Types of Hearing Loss

                There  are 4 types of hearing loss: Conductive hearing loss, Sensorineural hearing loss, a mixed hearing loss, and central hearing loss.  Conductive hearing losses are caused by diseases or obstructions in the outer or middle ear.  Sensorineural hearing loss is caused by the damage to the delicate sensory hair cells of the inner ear.  A mixed hearing loss refers to a combination of sensorineural hearing loss or conductive hearing loss.  A central hearing loss results from damage or impairment to the nerves or the nuclei of the central nervous system.   Do you have a hearing loss?  What type of hearing loss do you have? What type of accommodations do you use?

Monday, July 21, 2014

Campabilities Saratoga

Beginning August 3rd, it is the week of Campabilities Saratoga, held at Skidmore College.  Campabilities is a camp for blind/deaf children between the ages of 10 and 19 years old. 

Some of the  activities that we do at camp are rowing, horseback riding, track and field, and swimming.  Other  sports includes Beep Baseball,Beep Kickball,  and Judo.  Beep Baseball is a ball with a sound.  You hit the ball, and you hear a noise when it bounces off the tee.  You have to take the pin out to get the sound going.  Beep Kick ball is a ball with sounds in it.  You kick the ball and it makes a beeping noise.  Judo is a sport that orriginated from Japan. Judo is where you can also apply  joint locks, chokeholds and  other martial art techniques.At Campabilities, there is a talent show which includes comedians, singers, and dancers or any other special talent. Each night at Campabilities, there are different activities planned such as the dance party, talent show, bowling, and a BBQ at Saratoga State park.To learn more about Campabilities Saratoga, visit their website at   Tell me your experience in a sleep away camp. 

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Picnic Fun 2014

Yesterday, we had our Connect-Ability picnic at the Crossings Park in Colonie, NY.  Lizzie, Catharine's niece,  was at the picnic with us.  Forest was also there.  Ashley and Theresa came late because Ashley was working.  Ashley is a summer camp counselor at Central Park  in Schenectady,  NY.  Both Ashley and Theresa have cerebral palsy.  Forest also came yesterday and she has a learning disability.  She was involved in Connect-Ability in 10th grade.  Now she is a junior in college.  Isabel is a student who is going into 10th grade and she is volunteering with  Connect-Ability.  Her sister Olivia is going into her junior year of high school, is also volunteering with  Connect-Ability.  Isabel, Olivia and I went for a walk around the park.  After our walk, we had a late lunch.  We played Scatteregories.  We also went on an adventurous walk on the tree maze (labyrinth) - high hedges, or tall trees that have an intricate pattern in which is dificult to find your way out.  Here is a picture of our picnic.


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Visual impairments

People with visual impairments have a magnifying glass to look at large print text.  They can also turn on zoom on their apple devices.  They can learn braille.  People with visual impairments can use a large remote to look and change channels on TV.  People with visual impairments have an Optical Viewfinder.  It is a special camera that a visually impaired  person can use.  Do you know anyone that has a disability to where they need special equipment to go about their daily life?

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Connect-Ability Summer Project 2014

Yesterday at the summer project, we talked about the common core.  We also talked about people with disabilities joining Connect-Ability.  We also talked about people helping out, even though they have a disability.  We also talked about people getting a job with a disability.  The Common Core is a standardized curriculum for students that are in kindergarten through12th grade.    People with disabilities would get extended time on the common core.  The common core  curriculum  is on English, Social Studies,   and Math.  Does anybody else have any information on the Common Core?

Monday, July 14, 2014

Connect-Ability Summer Project

This week at NYSUT (New York State United Teachers) is Connect-ability week. 

Students are going to be coming  to NYSUT with and without disabilities.  There are all sorts of activities that are  going to take place. 
Today, we are going to start off the week with me demonstrating my equipment that helps me read.  Then,  we are going to work on a flyer that brings awareness about  students with disabilities. 

On Wednesday, we are going to have a barbique at the Crossings park.  We are going to be there from 2PM to 5PM.  We are going to be having fun, playing games and talking. 

On Friday, it is our last day of the Connect-Ability Summer Project.  There is going to be a presentation on the Common Core.  We will be also be doing a newsletter on Connect-ability.  The newsleter includes a flyer and a card that talks about disabilities. 

Friday, July 11, 2014

braille clubs for blind people

People with blindness attend Braille club.  Braille club is a club where you learn Braille! It is mainly held in schools. People that are sited can learn Braille.   There are Braille candies out there that have a message in it for people who are eating it.  It is found in the Lighthouse of Colier County. You would have to order it online.  A Braille candy is a chocolate with dots on it. On each piece of chocolate, there is a message written in Braille!  There is a Braille note for people to write Braille on. A Braille Note is a computerized machine that you can use.  It has speech on it.   A slate is a Braille machine that you could use to write.  You have to poke a hole into the slate to write Braille.  Tell me  about your clubs. 

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Social activities for disabilities

People with disabilities can go out and socialize.  Going to a disabilities telethon is fun because they can talk about their disabilities.  People with disabilities could donate money to the telethon to help find cures for a certain disability.  People without a disability could donate money.  The money goes to hospitals for a research to find a cure on a disability.   They would also enjoy themselves, talking to the whole crowd at the Telethon.  Have you ever volunteered at a  telethon? What was the money going towards? 

Wednesday, July 9, 2014


I know that people scream because they have Autism.  I know that people could socialize even if  people have Autism.  People could take a card  that represents how they feel so that way a teacher could see what is happening to the students.  I think that people should come to Connect-Ability and participate in the writing and social activities.   They can also socialize a little bit and not talk much if they choose not to.  Tell me about your experience with Autism. 

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House Radio Thon

The Radio-Thon is an event that happens every year in January here in the capital region.  It takes  place at the Ronald McDonald House on Fridays, and Crossgates on Saturdays.  The money goes to helps families that are staying there.   I think that all  of the money should be collected to add 10 more bedrooms at the House that  Love Built because the kids and families need more space.    Capital Bank is in-charge of the Radio Thon.  It has been going on for 13 years.  Next year, our goal is to continue the Radio-Thon to help people donate to the Ronald McDonald House.   I am a regular donator of the Ronald McDonald house.  Is there anyone that you know that stayed at the Ronald McDonald House?

Monday, July 7, 2014

My friends Disability/Cerebral Palsy

My friend, Riley  has Cerebral Palsy.  He has an aid that helps him in school.  He gets tests and exams read out loud to him.  People who have Cerebral Palsy should work.  They should get a work experience.  People with Cerebral Palsy should get transportation to and from work.  My friend is in a wheelchair.  He navigates the whole school by himself.  He and I eat lunch together.  We also talk on the phone.  He and I quiz each  other on the US History vocabular quiz.  He and I hang out during mid morning break.  He stayed after school for a regents review.  What is it like to have Cerebral Palsy? Tell me about your experience about Cerebral Palsy. 

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Raheel takes work seriously

My definition of a disability is people with disabilities can go out and work.
They should work hard on math.  Even though people have a
disability, they should learn math and money skills. They should
take their time on their exams even though they have a disability.  In
the summer, students  with disabilities should go on job sites to work.  They
need to get the work experience.

I worked last summer at the NYS Talking Book and Braille Library.  I
labeled brochures about the library.  I labeled cassette tapes for recycling. 
I also shipped old Braille books to India and Nigeria.  I was able to meet more people. 

This summer, I will be working at NTYSUT calling people, writing for this blog and
doing research.
Make a comment about what you think people with disabilities can do!


Raheel's camp experiences

I went to Campability when I was going into 9th grade.
I started on June 26, 2011.  I went to Brockport and it was a lot of
fun!  I played Beep Baseball, did Tandem Biking, Goalball, and
swimming.  On Tuesday, I did some track and field.  I also did Judo.
My favorite part of camp was playing baseball because that was what I
was good at.

I loved campability.  I loved Gymnastics.  I rolled
forward.  I was lifted off of my feet by Eric  who was a
counselor.  I did like the camp.  I had a lot of fun at the tournament
which was about biking, Beep Baseball, and Goalball.  Admission was
free.  This camp was 5 hours away.

 In conclusion, this year I am going to Camp abilities Saratoga.  It costs $75.
My friend Jeff from the Ronald McDonald house paid for it.  It is
going to be a lot of fun!

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Technology is forever evolving

Wheel chair sits there waiting.

Crutches balance my walking

Wishing for the feeling of running

With the wind blowing through my hair

Technology is forever evolving

Improving systems malfunctioning

Restoring vision, movement, sensation

Providing hope to all who are wishing


Theresa Colose