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Contact Graciela to speak at your early childhood conference, your conference for parents raising children with special needs, advocacy skills event for parents, etc. Here is a list of recent speaking engagements and testimonials from attendees.

KEYNOTE SPEECH - 2014 Michigan Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (MAER) - download slides here


WORKSHOP slides, MAER : "Letting Your Child’s Literate Side Out: Raising A Child Who Loves to Learn" 


Infant and Early Childhood Conference. Tacoma, Washington. April 29, 2010.
2 Sessions: -"Letting Your Child's Wild Side Out: Raising a Confident Blind Baby, Toddler, Preschooler"
 
The attendees rated this workshop a 4.4 out of 5 points. Here's what they said:
  • "Thank you for sharing this information and your daily life with us. I enjoyed her story and it helped me think about how to teach and ask parents what works for them."
  • "Awesome training; very eye opening!"
  • "Wonderful real-life family story of survival and success in raising an exuberant, confident child who happens to be blind; thanks for sharing and empowering others."
When asked to "list two major points you got from this training that you plan to implement" they stated:
  • "To allow for children to be more independent in centers and to create a more interactive environment, especially in making music."
  • "Give them the freedom to explore themselves and their abilities; you never know what they can or can't do unless they try it."
  • "The importance of allowing a child to experiment, to 'find their one thing and master it', and to continue looking for ways to help parents set up active learning for their child at all ages"
  • "I will share this DVD with families I work with who are beginning the process of raising a blind child."
  • "Implement activities to increase preschoolers' mobility and confidence in their abilities at our school-hang the trapeze!; empower parents to let their kids explore but be safe (wear a helmet when necessary)"
  • "Do not teach fear; teach self preservation."

"You Gotta Know the Rules if You're Gonna Play the Game." Advocacy Skills, Organizational Culture, key legal components of IDEA 2004

The attendees rated this workshop a 4.63 out of 5 points. Here's what they said:

When asked to "list two major points you got from this training that you plan to implement" they stated:

Conference Speaking Engagements for the presentation entitled "Letting Your Child's Wild Side Out: Raising a Confident Blind Baby, Toddler, Preschooler." DVD of presentation (and comments from those who are using it to educate and inspire families) is available at www.babymilagro.org/DVD.

California Teachers and Educators of the Visually Handicapped (CTEVH). Educator workshop. San Francisco, March 2009. Created original content.

National Federation of the Blind Annual Convention. Presented a workshop to parent and educator members of the National Organization of Parents of Blind Children. Dallas, July 2008. Created original content, presented with another parent.
 
CTEVH parent and educator workshop. March 2008. Created original content and presented with another parent. Released DVD version of presentation.

Infant Development Association Conference. San Jose, March 2007. Tailored content to audience of educators and service providers.
 
Kidango preschool staff In-service workshop. Fremont, California. April 2007.
 
CTEVH parent workshop. Santa Clara, March 2007. Created original content and presented with another parent.

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