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LeJeune Teaches Undergraduate Class

BJ LeJeune demonstrating how to use a white cane to a classroom of students

BJ LeJeune, NRTC Training Coordinator, was recently a guest lecturer for the College of Education’s Exceptional Child course, a course covering common disabilities affecting school-aged children, at Mississippi State University. Ms. LeJeune taught general education students a two-day unit covering visual impairment in school-aged children. The first part of the unit was lecture-based that included an introduction to blindness, experiences of children who are visually impaired and resources and best strategies to use with visually impaired children in the classroom. For the second part of the unit, the students engaged in interactive activities including practicing how to walk with white canes and participating in team activities wearing vision-limiting glasses. The goal of the team activity was to give students an opportunity to experience how losing vision affects social interaction in order to gain perspective on how students with visual impairments may feel in school.