Reading the Dots

Books and stories can change lives, but learning to read can be difficult, especially with a visual impairment. We collected some helpful resources, including encouragement and tips for when braille is frustrating your student, a fashion accessory that promotes awareness and literacy, and how to combine math and literacy with a sensory counting book. Click [...]

Child of the Week: Ya Yan Finn!

Ya Yan Finn arrived at Bethel in the summer of 2013 when he was four years old so that he could receive specialized education for his visual impairment. He had had surgery in his left eye and had gained some vision. However, he was completely blind in his right eye. After a check-up it was [...]

Danny’s Adventure!

Today's post is written by Tabitha Terlunen, Bethel China's International Sponsorship Co-ordinator. Danny is a very memorable boy. Though of course the first thing you might notice is his scars, the impression that stays imprinted in your mind is his giant smile, his fun loving personality, his open heart that sees no boundaries. You can [...]

Pinterest Fridays: August 29, 2014

We’ve continued our school theme this week as we looked for fun ways to start a new school, create and use tactile labels, and document calendar events. Starting a new school can be a difficult experience for any child. This resource offers some simple ways to help a visually impaired student lessen the feeling of [...]

What we’re Pinning: 1st August

It's time for Pinterest Fridays. Have a look at this week's pins here, and don't forget to hop on over to our Pinterest boards! Follow Kevin as he writes about his life as a visually impaired fifth grader. He candidly discusses learning braille math, getting a new puppy, and being bullied. His website also includes [...]

Child of the week: Liu Xi (Simon)

This week’s child of the week is Liu Xi (Simon). Simon has been at Bethel for a year and a half and it has been wonderful to see him learn and grow during this time. He loves to play and cuddle with his brothers and sisters and he is so much fun. He has low [...]

Pinterest Fridays: 25th July

  We’re back with our Pinterest Fridays! Each week we’ll share our favorite pins of the week from Bethel China’s Pinterest page  First up, we have the Zipper Board! This is a great activity for kids to help with fine motor skills, and self help skills. If they can learn how to use zips when [...]

Alphabet Soup for the Soul

Today's blog is from Mimi Sanders, who has just returned home from a season of volunteer teaching with Bethel China. Mimi taught the Chipmunk class in the spring/summer of 2014, and she has written a beautiful post about her experience: In the summer of 2011, a seed was planted in my heart. I went on [...]

What We’re Pinning: June 4th

This week, our Pinterest favourites are: Slide Painting with Balls What a fun activity! Show your kids the paper that you are taping to the slide, and then show them where the bucket of paint is. Then, show them how to roll the ball down and make a pattern. You can drop a ball into [...]

What We’re Pinning: 27th May

We've added a new feature on our blog...Pinterest Fridays! We'll be sharing our favourite 'Pins of the Week' and why we like them. Bethel China's Pinterest board has hundreds of great articles about activities to do with visually impaired children (craft, cooking, games, fine motor skills), educational ideas (science, math, literacy, braille, exercise), articles about [...]

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Adoption d’un enfant non-voyant/malvoyant : comment se préparer ?

  Témoignage de la maman de Lia, 8 ans, microphtalmie congénitale.   Lia est arrivée dans notre famille il y a presque deux ans. Avant son adoption, elle avait vécu presque toute sa vie au foyer Bethel. Lia s’adapte de façon incroyable, et ce depuis le début ! Notre famille et nos amis sont en [...]

Quand le cœur et la raison s’affrontent

Petite fille de deux ans Leucome cornéen aux deux yeux Nous avions quatre enfants, dont deux avec des handicaps visuels comprenant le strabisme et l’amblyopie. Nous n’avions jamais adopté un enfant à besoins spécifiques, mais les troubles de la vision mineurs, ceux qui peuvent être rectifiés avec des lunettes ou de la chirurgie, ne nous [...]

Adoption de notre fille déficiente visuelle: témoignage

Face à l'inattendu   Nous sommes Karen and Högni et vivons en Islande. Nous nous sommes rencontrés très tôt et vivons ensemble depuis plus de vingt-trois ans. Nous avions tous les deux envie de fonder une famille mais avons choisi de terminer nos études supérieures d'abord. Lorsque nous avons compris que nous ne pourrions pas [...]

Child of the week: Xin Bin (Micah)

Xin Bin (Micah) arrived at Bethel exactly a year ago. This 3 year old loves being cuddled and tickled. He has the cutest smile which shows his tiny teeth so everyone always tickles him to see that beautiful smile. When he arrived at Bethel he could not stand or walk but now he is doing [...]

Love is Blind Print: Bethany Eden Watercolor

We love when friends of Bethel China launch creative fundraising projects! Bethany lived in Beijing for several years and got to know our kids well. She recently moved away to start Bethany Eden Art, painting watercolor paintings and selling prints. She recently launched a new product, "Love Is Blind", to raise money for the kids [...]

Child of the week: Bo Ai Robbie

This week’s child of the week is Bo Ai (Robbie). It’s been almost two months since he had his hand surgery. We are so happy he’s back at Bethel and has been able to start school with the rest of his peers. He has the most beautiful smile and he doesn’t hesitate to use it. [...]

When We Work Together

Tonight, in a hospital in Dallas, Texas, a little boy sleeps. Xiao Dong Danny has had a long day, after his first cranio-facial surgery. The story of how Danny came to be in Texas to have surgery tomorrow is an amazing one. It's full of interactions with organisations and individuals who all play a different [...]

Cheng Du Training

A few weeks ago, Bethel China’s education team traveled to Chengdu in Sichuan province to run a workshop with 54 parents and grandparents of children with visual impairments! Our workshops give practical tools to help their child develop to live life to the fullest. Each time we run a workshop, we see families leave their [...]

Child of the week: Chen Rui (Petra)

Chen Rui (Petra)'s birthday is in January (2010) and she came to Bethel in July 2013. When she first arrived, she was scared and cried a lot. She didn't know how to or want to play with anyone. Even after the first week she began to get more familiar with her surroundings and she gave [...]

Child of the week: Lily!

Lily's Chinese name is Lili, which means beautiful! She is a sweet girl. She loves cuddles and especially loves it when she has her tummy tickled. She can't help but dissolve into fits of laughter!  Lily can feed herself with a spoon, drink water from her own cup and eat with her hands if there [...]