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Summer Programs

PROGRAMS AT NFB CENTERS

Every summer, the three NFB training centers offer intensive programs for blind children and teens. In each of these programs, students build their Braille and mobility skills; practice such daily living activities as shopping, cooking, and laundry; and gain levels of confidence they have never known before. At the same time, they have fun through such activities as camping, canoeing, and rock climbing. Students in the programs that prepare them for college and career acquire experience holding paid jobs. As a part of the program, high school students attend the NFB Annual Convention in July with their adult mentors. Blind counselors serve as role models, showing by example that blind people can live independent and fulfilling lives.

Students applying for career and college readiness programs must have an open case with their state office of rehabilitation services. Rehab services can help cover the cost of the program. Staff at the centers will assist families through the process of applying for rehab services funding.

Below is information about the programs offered by each of the three NFB centers during the summer of 2014. The programs at Blind Industries and Services of Maryland (BISM) also are listed. BISM is not an NFB-sponsored program, but its youth programs draw upon the NFB's philosophy and methods of instruction.

BLIND Inc.  (Blindness: Learning in New Dimensions)
<www.blindinc.org>
100 E. 22nd St.
Minneapolis, MN 55404
Contact: Charlene Guggisberg, (612) 872-0100 or (800) 597-9558
cguggisberg@blindinc.org

The Buddy Program
July 12-August 2, 2014
Open to children ages nine to thirteen
<http://www.blindinc.org/buddy.html>
Application Deadline: April 15, 2014

PREP (Postsecondary Readiness and Empowerment Program)
Open to high school students, ages fourteen through seventeen
June 9-August 1, 2014
<http://www.blindinc.org/prep.html>
Application Deadline: April 15, 2014

Colorado Center for the Blind (CCB)
<www.coloradocenterfortheblind.org>
2233 W. Shepperd Ave.
Littleton, CO 80120
Contact: Brent Batron, (303) 778-1130, Ext. 222
bbatron@cocenter.org
Contact Brent Batron, Youth Services Coordinator, for program applications.

Confidence Camp for Kids
June 9-June 27, 2014
Open to children ages five to eleven
Application Deadline: May 1, 2014
(This is a day program for children living in the Denver area.)

Initiation to Independence
July 14-August 1, 2014
Open to middle school students, ages eleven to fourteen
Application Deadline: June 1, 2014

Earn and Learn High School Program
June 6-August 1, 2014
Open to students ages fourteen to twenty-one
Application Deadline: May 1, 2014

Summer for Success College Prep Program
June 6-August 1, 2014
Open to students attending or planning to attend college
Application Deadline: May 1, 2014

Louisiana Center for the Blind (LCB)
<www.lcb-ruston.com>
101 S. Trenton St.
Ruston, LA 71270
Contact: Eric Guillory, (800) 234-4166

Buddy Program
July 13-August 2, 2014
Open to children ages nine to thirteen
Application Deadline: April 11, 2014

STEP (Summer Training and Employment Project)
June 8-August 2, 2014
Open to high school students
Application Deadline: April 11, 2014

Blind Industries and Services of Maryland (BISM)
<www.bism.org>
3345 Washington Blvd.
Baltimore, MD 21227
Contact: Dezman Jackson, (410) 737-2600 or (888) 322-4567

Work to Independence
Open to students in high school

Independence 101
Open to children in fifth through eighth grades

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