Here are links to pages I've revised or developed recently -- you can check here to see if there's something you're interested in. Enjoy!
Added in July, 2021
Added in June, 2021
Supporting YOU as an Activist through the works of Jean-Robert Bayard
Added in February, 2021
My mother, Dr. Jean-Robert Bayard dedicated the last years of her life to writing a book to support activists, and my son Stephan fulfilled his promise to publish and promote it after she died.
When he died in January, 2021, I committed myself to giving the book to activists who need it, and doing workshops to engage activists with some of the highlights of the book.
Point-counterpoint: Alternative Mobility Devices (AMDs) for Children
A glimpse of the past: A discussion on the O&M listservs inspired me to dig up and post a debate that was published in the 1995 WOMA newsletter on the use of Alternative Mobility Devices vs. canes for very young blind children.
Celebration of Life -- Stephan Sauerburger, February 10, 1982 - January 15, 2021
Added in May, 2020
On our son Stephan's 39th birthday, about 100 friends and family gathered from across the country and around the world to celebrate and commemorate his life.
They shared stories, laughed and cried, and talked about struggles and accomplishments, bridging the gaps with interpreters in 3 languages and scrambling to accommodate a fourth.
Added in January, 2020
Added in December, 2019
Explains fun inservices with skits and quizzes -- and no blindfolds -- to help people learn about blindness and courtesies when working with blind people.
Added in November, 2019
Personal Stories of Deaf-Blind People
Added in May, 2019
Several remarkable deaf-blind people share their personal stories. Their backgrounds could not be more different -- born half a century apart and growing up on opposite sides of the world -- but they had much in common, such as determination and ingenuity, and families who supported their efforts.
CaringBridge -- Journal of Paul's Story
Added in September, 2018
Journal captures the adventures of our family as we are plunged into the strange and mysterious world of brain injury, with incredible insights and inspiration from our "brain whisperer," Dr. Cyndy Greenacre.
I hope that sharing these insights and our experiences may help others going through similar situations.
Added in February, 2018
AMD: From the Archives:
Added in December, 2017
Posted on the webpage for Alternative Mobility Devices (AMDs): photos of a woman in 1995 using one of the prototype AMDs.
Added in October, 2017
Added in August, 2017
Self-Study Guide: Crossing at Modern Traffic Signals
Added in September, 2016
Extensive on-line course, written with Dr. Eugene Bourquin, COMS and Bonnie Dodson-Burk, COMS, for O&M Specialists and Guide Dog Mobility Instructors for preparing students who are blind or visually impaired for crossings at traffic signals.
Includes videos illustrating concepts.
Pictures and stories with a video of the total eclipse August 21, 2017, including observing what the birds do when the sun is totally occluded.
Training eccentric viewing for mobility purposes
Added in August, 2016
People who have central scotomas (such as with macular degeneration) need to learn to use their preferred retinal locus to find things in the environment such as traffic signals, approaching vehicles, etc.
This page has a simple procedure for helping them learn to do that.
Added in June, 2016
Revised May, 2016
Preparing Visually Impaired Students for Uncontrolled Crossings
Added in November, 2015
This course, which is required by several O&M university programs, provides information needed to teach students to deal with uncontrolled crossings.
I just finished extensive revisions which I started last summer as a result of what I learned from developing a product for APH to help O&M instructors teach about these crossings -- the material has been simplified and organized
to flow in a more orderly manner, and videos and photos were added.
Added in January, 2015
Example of Partial Occlusion
Added in November, 2014
Shows a great example of using partial occlusion to help ensure that students can notice unexpected drop-offs when distracted with vision (scroll up the page to find out more about partial occlusion).
Added in October, 2014
Bowie Sounds of Music
Added in September, 2014
I belong to a group of amateur singers who perform at assisted living and nursing homes, and set up a website for them.
Added in August, 2014
Added in July, 2014
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Added in February, 2014
Actuation of Traffic Signals
Added in January, 2014
Videos were uploaded which demonstrate what can happen at actuated traffic signals if you don't push the pedestrian button before crossing.
Added in December, 2013
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Added in October, 2012
Added in June, 2012
Added in May, 2012
This is one of several pages we added for the fabulous SOMA/COMA conference in September-October 2012 -- come and join us!
Added in Spring, 2012
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Safely Experiencing Walking Without Vision
Added in March, 2010
How can people safely experience what it's like to walk without vision if they don't know how to use a cane?
-- Added to the article "Make Your Own Vision Impairment Simulators"
Changing Best Practice - Centralize O&M Innovation?
How can we change O&M best practice when safety requires it?
-- from the Spring 2010 newsletter of the AER O&M Division
Orientation -- What is Our Role?
Are O&M specialists responsible to find the best routes and transportation options for their students?
-- from the July, 1990 newsletter of the Metropolitan Washington Orientation and Mobility Association
Added in November, 2009
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Fred and Dona's Excellent Adventures on a tour of "Christmas in Austria" and Germany, to celebrate our 40th anniversary. Includes a trip to Minature Wünderland, the largest model railroad in the world, and an adventurous walk around Castle Sauerburg in Germany.
Added in October, 2008:
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Concerns about Quiet Car Legislation -- a listserv message that outlines concerns about current legislation regarding quiet cars.
Added in July, 2008:
An Introduction to Orientation and Mobility is a special edition that I wrote for VisionAware, a newsletter of
the Associates for World Action in Rehabilitation and Education, published for people with low vision.
Since that time, the American Foundation for the Blind became the publisher of this newsletter and some of the articles I wrote were extensively revised, so AFB and I agreed that they would be listed as author rather than me.
Links to the current versions of the articles I originally wrote are listed below:
Added in June, 2008:
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