DOT DASH 8K
Sponsored by The National Federation of the Blind
A Race to Address the Literacy Crisis of the Nation's Blind
Dear Dot Dash Runners:
We look forward to seeing all of you on Sunday for the first-ever DOT DASH 8K to promote Braille literacy and hope that you are as excited as we are about this race. We are writing to advise that, due to unforeseen circumstances, portions of the race will need to be run on the sidewalk rather than on the street, as we had expected. Runners will still receive priority crossing at all intersections, although walkers will not. We apologize for this late development. If you feel that it will in any way detract from your race experience, the National Federation of the Blind will be happy to refund your registration fee. You can request a refund by responding to this e-mail.
Thanks again for your participation in this exciting new Baltimore race. We look forward to seeing all of you on Sunday!
Sunday, June 2, 2013 @ 8:00 am
The race kicks off at the National Federation of the Blind headquarters, located at 200 E. Wells Street, Baltimore, MD 21230, and goes through Locust Point and Fort McHenry before finishing back at the NFB. Form a team with family and friends or run solo through a great 8K course. All proceeds from the race will go to the National Federation of the Blind, a national non-profit based in Baltimore, MD. As the oldest and largest organization of blind people in the United States, the NFB develops cutting edge educational programs for blind children, helps to develop innovative accessible technology, provides a network of mentors to hundreds of newly blind individuals, and performs dozens of other outreach and advocacy programs. The programs of the NFB help blind people achieve self-confidence and self-respect and the organization serves as a vehicle for collective self-expression by the blind. The NFB strives to educate the public that the blind are normal individuals who can compete on terms of equality.
REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN:
Register before March 31st and receive an early bird discount!
Before March 31st - $30
After March 31st - $35
Race Day - $40
All pre-registered runners are guaranteed a premium race swag and timing chip. Chip timing will be provided by Running Maryland. We cannot guarantee swag availability or chip timing for Race Day Registrants.
WHY THE "DOT DASH"
Braille is a tactile code of dots on a page that blind people use to read and write effectively. Research has demonstrated that blind people who know and use this code have higher rates of employment, self-confidence, and general social integration. Yet, only ten percent of blind children are receiving instruction in Braille in the public schools. Additionally, there are not enough programs to teach Braille to blind adults. There is a need to move quickly to reverse this trend and establish stronger literacy programs—the NFB DOT DASH is one means of ensuring that we do not leave these blind people behind. Come help us get every blind person to the literacy finish line.
Individual packet pick-up will be available prior to and on race day to pick up your race bib. Chip timing will be provided by Running Maryland; timing chips can be picked up on race day.
DOT DASH 8K is held rain or shine! To ensure runner safety no strollers, skateboards, bikes, or rollerblades are allowed on the course
THANK YOU TO OUR DOT DASH 8K SPONSORS:
If you are interested in Dot Dash 8K volunteer opportunities, please contact Lou Ann Blake at 410-659-9314, ext. 2221.
For more information about the race or questions about the NFB, please contact Lou Ann Blake at 410-659-9314, ext. 2221.
ABOUT THE NFB LITERACY INITIATIVE:
The National Federation of the Blind is tackling the Braille literacy crisis in America by:
- Raising awareness among the general public about the importance of Braille and demonstrating Braille’s effectiveness by engaging the community in activities to learn that Braille is cool
- Providing families of blind infants resource materials, tools to introduce Braille early on, and a network of support and mentors
- Establishing Braille Enrichment summer programs across the country (beginning in Baltimore and now available in over twenty other locations across the nation) to provide instruction in Braille to young school age blind children.
- Giving newly blinded veterans access to resources and mentoring in order to help them regain their independence and integrate back into the workforce
- Distributing free Braille books to ensure that blind children and adults have access to high quality accessible reading materials
- Offering training to teachers to improve their skills in teaching Braille and providing courses to certify interested individuals to be Braille transcribers and proofreaders
- Exploring new means for making tactile graphics more widely available to enhance the study of science, technology, engineering, and math by the blind
- Investing in new innovations to make Braille available on refreshable digital devices at a reasonable cost
- Conducting research to improve instruction in Braille to children and adults
How Can You Help After the Race?
- Help raise money to support the NFB’s literacy initiatives (race participants who raise $250 or more will receive special recognition)
- Volunteer to help with the DOT DASH 8K on race day including serving as a guide for a blind runner
- Tell your friends and family about the importance of Braille and about the literacy crisis facing our blind children and encourage them to get involved
- Consider learning Braille to promote this cool code that gives literacy to the blind
- Volunteer to assist with the literacy programs of the National Federation of the Blind