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Editor's note: I recently received this e-mail, and I thought I should share it. Then I remembered one of my favorite articles from Tanni Anthony, who is the Project Director of Colorado Services for Children with Deafblindness, and thought it would make a good companion piece. I know that most parents really struggle to get their children to wear glasses and hearing aids. It's difficult when they are babies, and when you get past that hurdle they are up and moving and throwing them out the car window. After that comes middle school and high school, where "cool" becomes a reason for not wearing them. It is important to remember when you are struggling with your child, that glasses and hearing aids are just as important as computers, braille, canes, sign language or other adaptive devices that help your child succeed in school.

"I have found the best way to encourage your children to wear glasses is to wear them yourselves if you need them. My daughter is very nearsighted and went several years avoiding wearing her glasses. She lost two or three pair. And then I went to the eye doctor and was prescribed bifocals. After a couple of months, I was wearing them all the time and made a point of always having them on at home around her. I told her my glasses helped me out at work, and I would bet hers would help her at school. Before long she was wearing them to school everyday and within a month she was wearing them all the time. She is now 20 and is never seen without her glasses on. So, if you need glasses, wear them and your kid will probably follow your example."