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California Family Raising Confident, Blind Child Sharing Successes to Change Perceptions of Blindness
Date:6/16/2010

California family whose child is thriving in the special education system has an important message for all parents and educators about not teaching fear through over protectiveness. This family is sharing their story of how they learned to let their child’s wild side out, despite her lack of sight due to an extremely premature birth and its complications. They have taken an unexpected, shocking event and turned it into informed advocacy for all children with special needs and their siblings. www.babymilagro.org/dvd.

Hayward, CA (PRWEB) -- The five year-old girl glides gracefully down the escalator with her long white cane. At the bottom, she laughs and says, “That’s so funny” as people look on in wonder. For anyone in the train station that night who believed that blind people are dependent and helpless, their attitudes were likely changed by watching this tiny, young girl move so fluidly and independently. Now parents as far away as Tasmania, Australia are watching these images as the child’s family celebrates the shipment of the 100th DVD called, “Letting Your Child’s Wild Side Out.”

When their first child was born at 25 weeks gestation weighing just over a pound, Graciela and Genro Sato could only pray she would live. During the nearly five-month hospitalization that followed, they learned to speak Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) lingo to advocate for their daughter’s medical treatment. This included five surgeries at four different
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