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Gwyneth McCormack and Dr Donna Carpenter on supporting children with visual impairment using Story Time

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Gwyneth McCormack and Dr Donna Carpenter on supporting children with visual impairment using Story Time


Dr Donna Carpenter is the State Coordinator for the Kentucky Deafblind Project. She’s a certified teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Elementary Certified Teacher, Montessori Early Childhood Certified with her doctorate in Educational Leadership.

Gwyn McCormack is a Qualified Teacher of VI (QTVI) who founded Positive Eye in 2008, her mission being to provide practical courses, consultancy and a bespoke product range of resources for practitioners working with children and young people with vision impairment (VI). Positive Eye has developed to work nationally in the UK and internationally.

In this interview, Gwyn explains how she creates and presents the Family Time story sessions, a TV show for children with complex needs in Deafblind programmes across 16 States (and growing!) in America. Dr Donna Carpenter describes how this helps and supports children and their families, including the use of sign language interpreters.

They also explain how the use of crafts can stimulate learning and encourage family involvement.

Gwyn gives an amazing demonstration of how to get – and keep – children’s attention and Dr Carpenter explains how Gwyn’s programme is going to be extended to more States in the future.

You can find out more about Positive Eye here: https://www.positiveeye.co.uk/


Find out more about the Kentucky Deaf-Blind Project here: https://education.uky.edu/kydbp/

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