For the past five years the National Federation of the Blind has held a transformational seminar with the Art of Leadership group, as part of the Art with a Heart organization. High school students from across Baltimore came to the Jernigan Institute to participate in this two-and-a-half hour seminar. These students were challenged by Braille instruction, going over the alphabet and using a Braillewriter; learning kitchen techniques under learning shades, including cutting vegetables and fruit and baking cookies; experiencing access technology, including using JAWS to explore a website, using a KNFB Reader, using VoiceOver on iPhone graphics; and learning some basics of cane travel under learning shades.
At the end of this seminar the students and the instructors had a meal together, and over good food had good discussion about the students’ experiences and what they learned. The breaking of bread also gave them a chance to ask questions that might have come from the experience.