Future Reflections         Winter 2011

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2011 NFB Youth Slam
Contact: Mary Jo Hartle, (410) 659-9314, Ext. 2407
Students ages 14-18
July 17-23, 2011
Deadline for Applications: March 1, 2011
The third biennial NFB Youth Slam will take place at Towson University in Towson, Maryland. NFB Youth Slam is an intensive program to provide blind teens with hands-on experience in the sciences. Students will meet and work with blind scientists from many fields and will use assistive technology to conduct experiments.

Independence 2011
Blind Industries and Services of Maryland (BISM)
3345 Washington Blvd., Baltimore, MD 21227
Contact: Amy Phelps, (410) 737-2642
[email protected]
June 19-August 5, 2011
Legally blind high school students who will enter tenth, eleventh, or twelfth grade in the fall of 2011 may apply to this summer program. Participants will receive training in nonvisual skills including Braille, assistive technology, and independent travel with the long white cane. Students will gain real-world work experience by holding a two-week paid job.

Summer Institute for Blind College-Bound Musicians
National Resource Center for Blind Musicians
510 Barnum Ave., Bridgeport, CT 06608
(203) 366-3300
[email protected]
Students in 11th grade and above
July 10-16, 2011
Deadline for Applications: May 4, 2011
Held on the campus of the Overbrook School for the Blind in Philadelphia, this is an intensive week-long program for serious blind musicians who plan to study music at the college level. Students will develop skill in using Braille music and music software. Space is available for six participants. One intern opportunity is available for a music education teacher or vision teacher.

Exploration Summer Programs
932 Washington St., Norwood, MA 02062
(781) 762-7400
Deadline for Applications: As early as possible
Courses through Exploration Summer Programs give kids and teens learning opportunities in a variety of fields from medicine to culinary science. The programs welcome participants with diverse backgrounds, including those with disabilities.


The NFB training centers in Louisiana, Colorado, and Minnesota each sponsor summer programs for children and teens. Taught by blind mentors, participants receive intensive training in Braille, assistive technology, cane travel, and daily living skills. They also take part in fun activities from camping and canoeing to exploring complex shopping malls. [See Ben Dalin's article "Memories of Minneapolis" in this issue.] Teens who apply for these programs must have an open case with their state's department of rehabilitation services. Staff at the training centers can answer questions about becoming a rehab client. Below is some basic information about this summer's programs.

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

Buddy Program
Children grades 4-8
July 17-August 6, 2011
Deadline for Applications: April 8, 2011

Summer Training and Employment Project 2011 (STEP)
Students ages 14-17
June 5-August 6, 2011
Deadline for Applications: April 10, 2011

Colorado Center for the Blind
(800) 401-4632 or (303) 778-1130, Ext 222

Confidence Camp for Kids
Children from the Denver area ages 5-10
June 6-17, 2011

Initiation to Independence
Children ages 12-14
July 18, 2011

Earn and Learn
Students ages 14-18
June 10-August 5, 2011

Summer for Success
College Students
June 10-August 5, 2011

BLIND, Inc.  (Blindness: Learning in New Dimensions)
100 E. 22nd St., Minneapolis, MN 55404
(612) 872-0100, Ext. 251
Contact: Charlene Guggisberg:  [email protected]
Deadline for Applications: April 15, 2011

Buddy Program
Children ages 9-13
July 15-August 6, 2011

Postsecondary Readiness and Empowerment Program (PREP)
Students ages 14-17
June 12-August 5, 2011


Hermansky-Pudlak Syndrome Network 18th Annual Conference
(800) 789-9477
March 18-20, 2011
Uniondale Marriott Hotel, Oyster Bay, Long Island, NY
HPS is a form of albinism characterized by legal blindness and a variety of health issues. Attendees at this year's HPS conference will have the chance to interact with the world's leading experts in the field and to meet other families affected by the syndrome. At the same time and location, the National Organization for Albinism and Hypopigmentation (NOAH) will host a miniconference for anyone affected by any type of albinism.


2011 Blind Youth Writing Contest to Promote Braille Literacy
NFB Writers Division
Contact: Robert Leslie Newman
504 S. 57th St., Omaha, NE 68106
[email protected]
Deadline for Submissions: April 1, 2011
The NFB Writers Division is hosting a contest to promote Braille literacy and excellence in creative writing. Entries will be judged on creativity and quality of Braille. Each entry must be submitted in contracted Braille using a slate and stylus or Braillewriter, unless the entrant is still learning contractions (explain in an accompanying note). Fiction and poetry by students in elementary school, middle school, and high school will be considered. Cash prizes up to $25 will be awarded, and winning entries will be published in the Writers Division magazine, Slate and Style.

Lions Club International Essay Contest
Contact: Christopher Kempski, (630) 468-6835
[email protected]
Lions Clubs International is sponsoring an essay contest for students who are blind or visually impaired and who were eleven, twelve, or thirteen years of age by November 15, 2010. A grand prize of $5,000 will be awarded, in addition to a trip to the Lions International Convention in Seattle, Washington, June 29 to July 3. The theme for the essay is "The Power of Peace." A Lions Club must sponsor each participant.

Sound in Sight, Vol. 2
Performing Arts Division (PAD), National Federation of the Blind
Contact: Brooke Fox, (347) 948-4445
Contact: Dennis Sumlin, [email protected]
Deadline for Submissions: March 1, 2011
NFB's Performing Arts Division seeks blind recording artists for a multi-genre compilation CD. Artists selected for inclusion will receive five copies of the CD and will have the distinction of helping PAD's innovative programs for blind performers. WAV files are preferred, but high quality  MP3s also will be considered. Original material is strongly encouraged, and tracks should be no more than five minutes in length.


RFB&D 52nd Annual National Achievement Awards
Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic
(609) 243-7087
[email protected]
Deadline for Applications: March 1, 2011
College seniors who are blind or visually impaired and high school seniors with a learning disability are eligible to apply for the 52nd annual national achievement awards from Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic. Students who are blind or visually impaired and receiving a master's or doctoral degree by June 2011 may also apply. Share your story as an RFB&D member and you could win up to $6,000.

NFB National Scholarships
Contact: Chairperson Patti Chang, Esq.
(410) 659-9314, Ext. 2415
Deadline for Applications: March 31, 2011
Legally blind students who will be enrolled full-time in postsecondary studies in the United States in September 2011, or who are working full-time and enrolled part-time are eligible to apply for an NFB National Scholarship. Thirty awards ranging in value from $3,000 to $12,000 will be granted to outstanding blind students this year. All winners will attend the NFB national convention in Orlando, Florida, with the assistance of the Federation.

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