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 [...]

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: 8th August

We know the new school year is approaching quickly, and we’ll have some fun school-related activities soon. For now, we’re going to hold onto summer for just a little bit longer! Make your own texture boards and storage box! Using cardboard and a shoe box is an easy, fun way to create a sensory learning [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]