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PARENT INFORMATION CENTER

Dear Parents,

Welcome to the OSB's " Parent Information Center " . In this center, you will find a variety of websites that we know will be helpful to you. From our "Parents Resource Page" to hanging out at the "Fun Stuff" page, our goal is serve you and your family through being a source of information. If you have any questions or comments, or know of any information that you would like to see listed below, please e- mail us and we will post it for you: marguerite@obs.org

General Overbrook School Information

Braille Basics for Parents - Braille Basics is a workshop to better assist you, the parents, in working with your child who is at the Prebraille or beginner braille level. If your child is beginning to receive homework, our goal is that these workshops will ease the frustration in assisting your child with this task. The course will run for six consecutive weeks for 1 hour.

Family Handbook - The OSB Family Handbook provides information for you concerning the policies, procedures, and programs at our school. The handbook also has basic facts about our school as well as contact information.

School Calendar - Would you like to know when the Spring Concert is, or not sure when the last day of school is? Check out the OSB School Calendar and keep up with the important dates for the entire school year.

P.E.R.C. ( P arents and E ducators R esponding to Multi-Handicapped C hildren) is a parent group whose children attend the Overbrook School for the Blind and the adult clients of Overbrook Friedlander Programs.

Directions to Overbrook School for the Blind

The Creative Curriculum® for Parents - No one is more an expert on children than a child's parents. Parents play an integral and important part in the education of their child. Overbrook School for the Blind has always involved and encouraged parents to play an active role in the education of their child through meetings, gatherings, in-services and programs. The Early Childhood Program has found another way of doing this by involving the parents in their child's daily curriculum

Fun Stuff - Looking for fun appropriate activities that you can do with your child? Feeling stressed out yourself? If you answered yes to any of these questions, this page is just for you. "Fun Stuff" is the page where you can find all sorts of fun activities to do with your child as well as finding nice things to do for yourself.

Parents Resource Page - This page is loaded with many resources that will provide parents with information ranging from support systems and health care to finding the appropriate software for your child. This page has lots of activities and links for parents.

Our Favorite Toys - The teachers at OSB have put together a list of their favorite toys. These "favorite toys" are meant for children ages birth through three years old and are not listed in any particular order. All of the toys on the list were found at the large national chain stores (ToysRUs) and some smaller, independents stores such as I.Q.Kids, Learning Express, and Zany Brainy. This page will be updated periodically as new toys are added to this list , so please check back throughout the year.

Toys for Kids with Disabilities - In addition to "Our Favorite Toys" from the T.E.A.M.S. program, this page describes Internet resources that will help parents and gift-givers choose appropriate toys for children with disabilities or locate sources of specialty items. The page is divided into three sections: primary resources, additional articles, and vendor lists

FYI - This site will link parents and caregivers of children and youth with special needs with important upcoming events and special services including conferences, workshops and activities.

National Agenda, PA "The National Agenda is a national project aimed at achieving eight priority goals for improving the quality of educational services for children and youths with visual impairments. The National Agenda project has benefited from an unprecedented grassroots effort by parents, professionals and consumers since the fall of 1993.