American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults
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       Winter 2018       ANNOUNCEMENTS

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Residential Summer Programs

Each of the training centers sponsored by the National Federation of the Blind—BLIND Inc. (Blindness: Learning in New Dimensions), the Colorado Center for the Blind (CCB), and the Louisiana Center for the Blind (LCB)—conducts summer programs for blind children and youth. Children and teens who attend these programs enhance their Braille, technology, and mobility skills; learn to shop, cook, and clean; and have fun swimming, camping, and visiting malls and water parks, all under the supervision of blind counselors who "walk the walk." Teens learn skills and develop confidence they will need in college and career. Students in some programs gain experience with paid employment, working part-time in local businesses and agencies.

In most cases, applications are reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis, so get your child's application in as soon as possible. Here is some basic information about these exciting summer opportunities.

Blindness: Learning in New Dimensions (BLIND Inc.)
100 E. 22nd St.
Minneapolis, MN 55404
Contact: Michell Gip, (612) 872-0100, extension 231

Buddy Program
July 22-August 11, 2018
Serves students ages 9-13

Summer Transition Youth Learning Experience (STYLE)
Session 1: July 23-27
Session 2: July 23-August 3
Session 3: July 6-August 10
Students may choose any of these three sessions.

Colorado Center for the Blind
2233 W. Shepperd Ave.
Littleton, CO 80120
Contact: Brent C. Batron, (303) 778-1130

Initiation to Independence
June 11-June 29
Serves students ages 11-14

Earn and Learn High School Program
June 8-August 3
Serves students 14 and older who have completed ninth grade

Summer for Success College Prep Program
June 8-August 3
Serves students with focus on college who have completed eleventh grade


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

Buddy Program
July 15-August 4
Serves students in grades 4 through 8

Summer Training and Employment Project (STEP)
June 10-August 4
Serves high school students


Summer youth programs at Blind Industries and Services of Maryland (BISM) are modeled on the programs at the NFB training centers. Here is information about this summer’s programs at BISM.

Blind Industries and Services of Maryland (BISM)
3345 Washington Blvd.
Baltimore, MD 21227
Contact: Melissa Lomax, (410) 737-2600
Deadline for Applications: April 27, 2018

Independence 101
July 20-August 4, 2018
Serves students in grades 5-8

Work to Independence
June 16-August 4, 2018
Serves students ages 14-21

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