Future Reflections        Winter 2013

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2013 National Federation of the Blind Scholarships
200 E. Wells St. at Jernigan Place
Baltimore, MD 21230
Contact: Patti Chang, Esq.
(410) 659-9314, Ext. 2415
[email protected]
Application Deadline: March 31, 2013
The National Federation of the Blind is now accepting applications to the National Scholarship Program, which recognizes achievement by blind students, from those entering college in the fall semester of 2013 to those enrolled in graduate studies. Thirty top students will receive scholarships, ranging in value from $3,000 to $12,000. To be eligible, a student must be legally blind in both eyes; must reside in the United States or Puerto Rico; and must be pursuing or planning to pursue a full-time, postsecondary course of study in a degree-granting program at a United States institution in the 2013 scholastic year. One scholarship may be given to a person employed full-time while attending school part-time. Scholarship winners must participate in the entire NFB convention and in all of its scheduled scholarship activities, July 1-6, departing on July 7. Each winner will receive financial assistance to attend the NFB convention in Orlando, Florida, an excellent opportunity for high-level networking with active blind persons in many professions and occupations.

54th Annual National Achievement Awards
Learning Ally
Application Deadline: March 15, 2013
College seniors and graduate students who are blind or visually impaired are eligible to apply for Learning Ally's Mary P. Oenslager Scholastic Achievement Awards. The awards are given in recognition of academic excellence, outstanding leadership, and service to others. Three top winners will receive $6,000 each, three special honors winners will receive $3,000 each, and three honors winners will each receive $1,000. Applicants must have been registered with Learning Ally for at least one year, beginning March 15, 2012. In addition, the $1,000 William L. Ritchie Learning through Listening Award will be presented to a high school senior in the Washington, DC, area who is blind/visually impaired or has a learning disability. The Winslow Coyne Reitneour Scholastic Achievement Awards of $2,500 and $1,500 will be granted to blind/visually impaired or learning disabled high school juniors and seniors who live in southern California. The deadline for the Ritchie and Reitneour Awards is March 1, 2013.

2013 American Foundation for the Blind Scholarships
1000 Fifth Ave., Suite 350
Huntington, WV 25701
(800) 232-5463
Application Deadline: April 30, 2013
The American Foundation for the Blind administers a scholarship program for qualified blind students. Most AFB scholarships are designated for specific fields of study. Applicants will only be considered for the scholarships they have selected on the application.

Jewish Guild for the Blind Scholar Program
15 W. 65th St.
New York, NY 10023
(212) 769-7801
Application Deadline: TBA
The Guild Scholar Program will award twelve to sixteen scholarships of up to $15,000 each to college-bound high school juniors who are legally blind. Applications will be accepted from students at the end of their junior year, with recipients selected and scholarships awarded the following academic year.


NASA Summer Internships for Students with Disabilities
Contact: Kenneth A. Silberman, Esq., (301) 286-9281
[email protected]
Summer 2013 internships run for ten weeks for college students and six to eight weeks for high school students. College students receive a stipend of $6,000, and high school students receive $1,800. Internships for college students are also offered during the school year. Internships are available at all NASA centers nationwide.


Funds for First-Timer Parents to the NFB Annual Convention
2013 Kenneth Jernigan Convention Scholarship Fund
200 E. Wells St. at Jernigan Place
Baltimore, MD 21230
Contact: Allen Harris, Chairman, (410) 659-9314, Ext. 2415
[email protected]
Application Deadline: April 15, 2013
The Kenneth Jernigan Convention Scholarship Fund invites NFB members to apply for a grant if they have always wanted to attend our national convention but have not had sufficient funds. The requirements are posted in the January and February Braille Monitor article, “Convention Scholarships Available” by Allen Harris, fund chairman.


2013 NFB Writing Contest
NFB Writers' Division
Deadline: April 1, 2013
The Youth Writing Contests in poetry and fiction, sponsored by the NFB Writers' Division, are intended to promote Braille literacy and excellence in creative writing. Entries will be judged on creativity and quality of Braille. Prizes will be awarded at three levels: elementary, middle school, and high school. Prizes for youth categories range up to $30. Winning entries will be considered for publication in the Writers' Division magazine, Slate & Style.

VSA Playwright Discovery Competition
Deadline: June 1, 2013
The Kennedy Center invites middle and high school students to explore the disability experience--in their own lives, the lives of others, or the lives of fictional characters--through the art of scriptwriting. Young writers with and without disabilities are encouraged to submit one-act scripts for stage or screen. Entries may be the work of an individual student or a collaboration by a group of up to five students. The competition has two divisions: grades 6-8 and grades 9-12.

Script Writing Intensive
The Kennedy Center
Deadline: May 15, 2013
The Kennedy Center is pleased to announce the new Script Writing Intensive for aspiring young writers with disabilities. The Intensive will bring a select group of high school writers with disabilities to Washington, DC, in September 2013 for a weekend of pre-professional activities including script workshops, roundtable discussions, staged readings, and more. The program is ideal for student writers interested in writing for the stage or screen.


2013 Dr. Jacob Bolotin Awards
Contact: Jim Gashel, (720) 878-4248
[email protected]
Deadline for Nominations: March 31, 2013
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2013 Dr. Jacob Bolotin Awards. The awards will be presented in the first week of July at the 2013 convention of the National Federation of the Blind in Orlando, Florida. These awards recognize individuals and organizations working in the field of blindness that have demonstrated exemplary leadership and extraordinary accomplishments toward achieving the full integration of the blind into society on a basis of equality. The awards are given in the name of Dr. Jacob Bolotin, a blind physician who practiced in Chicago early in the twentieth century.

Distinguished Educator of Blind Children Award for 2013
Teacher Award Committee
210 Cambridge Dr.
Louisville, KY 40214
Contact: Cathy Jackson, (502) 366-2317
[email protected]
Nomination Deadline: May 15, 2013
The National Federation of the Blind will recognize an outstanding teacher of blind children at the 2013 national convention. The winner of this award will receive financial assistance to attend  convention, a check for $1,000, a plaque, and the opportunity to make a presentation about the education of blind children to the National Organization of Parents of Blind Children. Anyone who is currently teaching or counseling blind students or administering a program for blind children is eligible to receive this award. Teachers may be nominated by colleagues, supervisors, or the parents of students. The letter of nomination should explain why the teacher is being nominated for this award.


Whispercast Use in Public School Classrooms
Contact: Valerie Yingling, (410) 659-9314, Ext. 2440
[email protected]
In October 2012, Amazon announced Whispercast, a free online tool that allows schools to deploy and manage Kindle content through Kindle devices or other device programs. Unfortunately, Amazon's Kindle ebooks continue to be inaccessible to blind users in critical respects, and it is therefore illegal for school districts to purchase and distribute them. Please find out if your school has or is planning to adopt the Whispercast Program. If so, contact Valerie Yingling, paralegal at the NFB, to report this information and to learn more.

Mothers of Blind Children Survey
Contact: Sonja Biggs, (650) 833-9392
[email protected]
Sonja Biggs, a doctoral candidate at Capella University, seeks volunteers for a study on mothers of legally blind children. Participants must be the mothers of blind children in grades one to three. The research will explore how mothers teach school-related skills to their blind children before kindergarten, and how these skills affect the child's school performance. The survey will be conducted through telephone interviews using Skype.


Tactile Graphics and STEM Education for the Blind
April 12-13, 2013
The National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute will host a conference on how tactile graphics can be made, and how the use of tactile graphics enhances STEM education for the blind. This subject is especially relevant in light of the recently published guidelines from the Braille Authority of North America (BANA), the rapid adoption of digital textbooks, and the 2011 FAQ to colleges, universities, and K-12 schools mandating equal access to educational materials.

Striving for Independence: Southwest Regional Student Seminar
Fortune Inn
325 E. Flamingo Rd.
Las Vegas, NV 89169
Contact: Rena Smith, (702) 228-4217
[email protected]
March 22-24, 2013
This conference is geared toward blind high school and college students in the southwestern region. Students will learn about their rights, get information about NFB training centers, and have a chance to network with other students. Parents will learn how to help teens prepare for college, make connections with mentors, and network with other parents. NFB President Marc Maurer will be a guest speaker.


Each summer, the adjustment-to-blindness training centers affiliated with the National Federation of the Blind sponsor programs for blind children and teens. These programs provide intensive training in Braille, technology, and cane travel. They are taught by blind instructors who use these skills in their daily lives. The programs build a positive attitude about blindness through activities that challenge assumptions and strengthen confidence. Center staff can help applicants work with state rehabilitation agencies to help cover program costs. Below is information about the 2013 summer programs offered by each of the NFB training centers.

BLIND, Inc. (Blindness: Learning in New Dimensions)
100 E. 22nd St.
Minneapolis, MN 55404
Contact: Charlene Guggisberg, [email protected]
(800) 597-9558 or (612) 872-0100, Ext. 251

Buddy Program
July 13-August 3, 2013
Children ages 9-13
Application Deadline: As soon as possible

Postsecondary Readiness and Empowerment Program (PREP)
June 10-August 2, 2013
Blind high school students
Application Deadline: April 15, 2013

Colorado Center for the Blind
2233 W. Shepperd Ave.
Littleton, CO 80120
(800) 401-4632 or (303) 778-1130

Confidence Camp for Kids
Children ages 5-10 who live in the Denver area.

Initiation to Independence
Middle school students

Earn and Learn
High school students

Summer for Success
College prep program

Louisiana Center for the Blind
101 S. Trenton St.
Ruston, LA 71270
Contact: Eric Guillory, (800) 234-4166

Buddy Program
Children grades 4-8

Striving for Success Summer Training and Employment Project (STEP)
Blind high school students

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