About “Making it on the Playground”

“Making it on the Playgrond” began as a resource for parents and teachers of blind children.  The idea was that children need to learn to “make it on the playground” first in order to learn skills that would help them become successful, independent blind individuals and “make it ” in the real world later on.  However since becoming a blind parent, this site has undergone some changes.  I’ve lerned that I still have my own playground to tackle and that I’m still learning the ropes as a blind parent.  So, this site has now become a place wherein I can share lessons learned, helpful strategies, and personal experiences as a blind parent.  Initially these kinds of posts were housed on another blog, but a busy family life and other projects have led me to consolodate in such a way as to still write about my passions–my family and educating others about blindness.  Hopefully this site will prove to be insightful, informative, and perhaps a little entertaining at the same time.


About the Author

My name is Mary JO Hartle.  I am a full-time stay-at-home mom to 2.5 children (expecting our third one in August of 2016.) and wife to my wonderful husband.  Our family resides in Maryland.  Outside of caring for our growing family, I spend a lot of time teaching with a preschool co-op for my children and serving as chapter president for our local chapter of the National Federation of the Blind.

I am originally from Woods Cross, Utah.  I have been blind since the age of twelve when  I lost my vision due to an allergic reaction to some medication which resulted in a condition known as Pseudo Tumor Cerebri.  By profession, I am a certified teacher of blind studetns,  and an orientation and mobility specialist (NOMC.)  I received my Masters in Education (MEd) from Louisiana Tech University and have a Bachalor’s degree in Famiy and Human Development from Utah State University.  Prior to having children, I served as the Director of Education for the National Federation of the Blind at the NFB’s Jernigan Institute in Baltimore, MD.

I enjoy spending time with my family, writing, traveling, organizing new projects, and being “anxiously engaged in too many good causes.”



4 thoughts on “About “Making it on the Playground”

  1. This is wonderful Mary Jo. I work with many preschool teachers serving students with visual impairments. I plan to share your blog. Keep it up.

  2. I just found this blog, and I love it! I am finishing up my first year as a TVI (teacher of students with visual impairments) and I have a long previous career in early childhood music and movement. I know I am going to learn a lot from you – thank you.

  3. I just found your blog and I would like to ask some questions if you don’t mind. I’m a university student from Thailand on my fourth year and I am doing a thesis topic on redesigning a Braille book. It will be very nice to get some information and opinion from you for my research. Can I have your email? Thank you very much 🙂

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