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Announcements

Summer Programs

NFB STEM-X
<www.blindscience.org/STEMX>
Location: Towson University, just north of Baltimore, MD
July 29-August 3, 2013
Application Deadline: May 15, 2013

Designed for students in grades eight through twelve, NFB STEM-X is the latest program sponsored by the National Center for Blind Youth in Science (NCBYS). This inquiry-based science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) program will provide participants with learning opportunities in fields from engineering and robotics to the science of cooking.

Scholarships

2013 Mouse Hole Scholarships
<www.blindmicemegamall.com/>
c/o Blind Mice Inc.
16810 Pinemoor Way
Houston, TX 77058
(713) 893-7277
blindmicemart@att.net
Application Deadline: May 15, 2013

Legally blind students and sighted students with a legally blind parent are eligible to apply for the 2013 Antonia M. Derks Scholarship of $2,000 and the Kelsey Campbell Memorial Scholarship of $1,000. Applicants must be high school seniors who will enter college in the fall of 2013. In addition to the application form, applicants are asked to submit a personal essay and one letter of recommendation.

Internships

Internship on Disability Rights
Laszlo Strategies, LLC
<www.laszlostrategies.com>
2020 K St., NW, 7th Floor
Washington, DC 20006
Contact: Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi, (202) 365-0787
JLM@laszlostrategies.com

Laszlo Strategies is proud to announce internship opportunities in Washington for outstanding future leaders. Interns must be at least juniors in college and must be willing to work for eight weeks. They will work on the following projects: building a grassroots network and political infrastructure so that US presidents will make opportunities for people with disabilities a significant part of their campaign platform and presidency; encouraging religious institutions to become inclusive toward people with disabilities; supporting policies and practices that will enhance employment prospects for people with disabilities. Laszlo Strategies is a strategic communications firm that specializes in helping nonprofit groups that champion the causes of medical science and people with disabilities.

Awards

Touch of Genius Prize for Innovation
<http://www.nbp.org/ic/nbp/programs/tog/tog_prize.html>
National Braille Press
<www.nbp.org>
88 St. Stephen St.
Boston, MA 02115

The Touch of Genius Prize for Innovation was developed to inspire an innovator to continue the promotion of Braille literacy for blind and deaf-blind people worldwide.  Twenty thousand dollars will be granted for a new educational method, a new tactile literacy product, or a new technological advance in tactile literacy. The prize has attracted innovators from all over the world in the fields of education, technology, engineering, tactile graphics, and general literacy. More information about the 2013 prize will soon be available on the NBP website.

Typhlo & Tactus Tactile Book Contest
<www.aph.org/edresearch/tactile-book-contest>
American Printing House for the Blind
1839 Frankfort Ave.
Louisville, KY 40206-3152
Contact: Roberta Williams, rwilliams@aph.org
Deadline for Entries: July 15, 2013

Typhlo & Tactus (T&T) is an organization dedicated to improving the quality and quantity of books with tactile illustrations available to children with visual impairments. T&T conducts a biennial international tactile book competition. The American Printing House for the Blind (APH) is the national contact organization in the US. APH publicizes the competition, directs participants to guidelines, and accepts and judges U.S. entries. APH will select the top five U.S. entries for submission to the international competition.

Wonderbaby

Wonderbaby.org, a website dedicated to helping parents of young children with visual impairments, including those with multiple disabilities, is among this year's winners of the Parents' Choice Seal of Approval in the website category. Parents' Choice Foundation is a nonprofit guide to quality children's media and toys. Its annual awards recognize excellence in media categories such as books, software, mobile apps, and websites. Wonderbaby.org is a website created by Amber Bobnar, the mother of a blind son, and it is now linked to the online resources provided by the Perkins School for the Blind. The site offers information on a wide range of topics, including mobility, language, and play.

Conferences

Braille Summit 2013
<https://www.loc.gov/nls/conferences/braillesummit/>
Contact: Judith Dixon, jdix@loc.gov
Location: Crown Plaza Boston-Newton, Newton, MA
June 19-21, 2013

The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) invites you to participate in the NLS Braille Summit 2013 to help determine the best ways for libraries to support Braille literacy. The conference will bring together librarians, Braille literacy professionals, Braille readers, and other stakeholders. The conference will allow participants to gather lessons learned from across the US and around the world; assess the present state of Braille literacy, technology, and access; and make recommendations that will shape Braille programs and priorities for the future of the network of NLS cooperating libraries.

Students Who Are Wired Differently National Conference
<www.wireddiff.com>
(800) 251-6805
Sponsored by Developmental Resources
P.O. Box 615, Chapin, SC 29036
Conference Location: Marriott Marquis Hotel, Atlanta, GA
Preconference: June 19, 2013
Conference: June 20-22, 2013

This conference, directed to the needs of classroom teachers, special education teachers, therapists, and other professionals, offers tools, strategies, and other recommendations for working with students who experience a wide array of diagnostic conditions including autism, Asperger's syndrome, and ADHD. Sessions focus on ways to tap the potential of these students and bring out their best in the school setting.

2013 Summer Institute on Theology and Disability
<http://bethesdainstitute.org/theology>
Contact: Bill Gaventa, (732) 235-9304
billgaventa@mdnj.edu
Location: University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada
July 15-19, 2013

The theme of this summer institute is "In God There Is Diversity, But No Division: Building Interfaith Dialog and Collaboration through Theology and Disability." With the diverse city of Toronto as a backdrop, the focus will be on exploring disability and theology from a variety of religious perspectives and traditions. The website includes MP3 audio files and videos from past summer institutes.

Chapter Building

Louisiana Parents of Blind Children (LPOBC)
<www.nfbla.org/pages/parents.html>
Contact: Laura Bostick, (800) 234-4166
parent@lcb-ruston.com

Louisiana Parents of Blind Children is forming a statewide network for sharing information, resources, and support, and needs your help! If you're the parent of a blind/VI child and you live in Louisiana, please join the team. Call or email your contact information to the address above. LPOBC is building an all-new distribution list, so please send your contact information, even if you have done so previously. And spread the word to families, friends, and colleagues. By working together, parents in the LOPBC are changing what it means to be blind in Louisiana!

Books Needed

Braille Book Fair 2013
UPS
Attn: Milton Bennett
8901 Atlantic Ave.
Orlando, FL 32824

It's that time again--time to sort through all those boxes and donate your gently used but no longer needed Braille books to the 2013 Braille Book Fair sponsored by the National Organization of Parents of Blind Children. The primary goal is to get more books into the hands of children, youth, and beginning adult Braille readers. Children are so hungry for their very own books that, every year, most books for young children are gone in less than an hour. In greatest demand are print/Braille storybooks, leisure reading (fiction and nonfiction), cookbooks, and books about sports. Send your donations to the address above so eager readers will be able to select them at this summer's convention. If you have any questions, contact Book Fair coordinator Krystal Guillory at (318) 245-8955 or kguillory@lcb-ruston.com.

Calls for Books and Materials

Sierra Leone Project for Blind Children
International Surgical Health Initiative (ISHI)
<www.ishiglobal.org>
Contact: Emilia Wawszczyk, emiliawRN@verizon.net

ISHI seeks Braille materials, canes, books on CD, tapes, digital recorders, rechargeable batteries, tactile board games, and other supplies for eighty-five children at the Kabala School for the Blind in Sierra Leone. The children, most of whom have been abandoned by their families, range in age from three to twenty.

Program in South Africa
kimberlyalewis@gmail.com

Kimberly Lewis is a Peace Corps volunteer working in rural South Africa. A blind man in her village is teaching Braille and other skills to groups of blind students ranging from teens to senior citizens. Supplies are scarce, and they would appreciate donations of books, playing cards, slates and styluses, etc.

Surveys

National Library Service Survey
<www.libraryofcongresssurvey.com>
(866) 545-1618

The Library of Congress National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) is conducting a survey to understand how to better serve the needs of readers of Braille and Talking Books. It is not necessary to be a current NLS reader to take the survey. The survey will be used to improve service to current readers and to find out what services readers of Braille and Talking Books are looking for. You can take the survey online or via phone.

Research Study about Tactile Graphics
<www.tsbvi.edu/component/content/article/2723>
University of Arizona
Department of Disability and Psychoeducational Studies
PO Box 210069, Tucson, AZ 85721
Contact: Dr. L. Penny Rosenblum, (520) 621-1223
rosenblu@arizona.edu

Dr. Penny Rosenblum of the University of Arizona has been conducting research about how individuals prepare math materials for Braille readers. In a follow-up study, she wants to learn what youth with visual impairments have to say about tactile graphics. To take part, a child must be in grades 6-12 and be within two grade levels in math, must be a proficient Braille reader, must have experience with tactile graphics, and must be articulate and comfortable sharing information with adults.

Study on Employment
<http://ucsas.qualtrics.com>
Contact: Arielle Silverman
arielle.silverman@colorado.edu

Arielle Silverman, a doctoral candidate in psychology at the University of Colorado, is conducting an online study on the experiences of blind and visually impaired adults as they prepare to find employment. The study seeks legally blind adults over age eighteen who live in the US and are seeking employment, as well as high school and college seniors and graduate students who will graduate in 2013. The study consists of three phases, and participants will receive a $10 gift certificate on the completion of each phase.

Art Exhibition

A Different Vision 2013
<www.plymouthguild.org/adv.htm>
Plymouth Guild for the Arts
11 North St.
Plymouth, MA 02361
May 12-June 1, 2013

A Different Vision is a tactile arts show presented by the Plymouth Guild for the Arts. The exhibition will feature art that can be touched, including works by both blind and sighted artists. This is a show for everyone.

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