Future Reflections         Convention Report 2010

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Global Explorers Leading the Way
420 S. Howes, Suite B300, Fort Collins, CO 80521
(877) 627-1425
Application Deadline: November 15, 2010

Developed in partnership with world-renowned blind mountain-climber Erik Weihenmayer, Leading the Way brings together blind and sighted youth ages fourteen to twenty-one for an adventure combining leadership, science, culture, and service. The summer 2011 destination is the majestic Grand Canyon.


"The Warrior King"
Royal Ontario Museum
(416) 586-5823

On view until January 2, 2011, "The Warrior King" exhibition showcases one of the most significant archaeological finds in history: the 1974 discovery in north central China of thousands of life-sized terra cotta sculptures of Chinese warriors. The exhibition features 250 artifacts, including ten sculptures. Replicas of four original sculptures are available to be touched. The exhibit includes visitors' guides in Braille and large print that contain a tactile map and tactile drawings of several pieces on display.


Family Life
Ellen Herlache, MA, OTR
(989) 964-2187

A candidate in the Doctor of Education in Counseling Psychology program at Argosy University Online Programs/Phoenix Campus is conducting a study to learn more about the impact of a child's visual impairment on family quality of life, and to find out which types of support services may be most helpful. In order to participate in this study, you must be the parent or guardian of a child from birth to age twenty-one with some form of visual impairment, and must reside in the United States. All persons who complete and submit the survey can enter into a drawing for one of four $25 VISA gift cards. The survey should take less than fifteen minutes.

Circadian Rhythms in Blind Children and Adolescents
Oregon Health and Science University
<www.ohsu.edu/sleeplab> (click on Current Research)
(503) 494-1402 or (866) 424-6060

Totally blind children between the ages of five and eight and teens between seventeen and twenty, with and without sleep difficulties, are sought for participation in an NIH-funded study on sleep patterns. Subjects can participate from home. Participation may include wearing an activity monitor, keeping a sleep journal, periodic saliva collection, and possibly taking melatonin tablets. Participants will be compensated for their time. The goal of this study is to learn more about irregular body rhythms in blind people that keep them awake at night or prevent them from staying alert during the day.


National Federation of the Blind 2011 Scholarship Program
(410) 659-9314, Ext. 2415
Application Deadline: March 31, 2011

Legally blind students from twelfth grade to graduate level are encouraged to apply for a 2011 NFB scholarship award. Thirty scholarships will be granted, ranging in value from $3,000 to $12,000.

Online Training for O&M Instructors
Dr. William H. Jacobson
Department of Counseling, Adult and Rehabilitation Education
University of Arkansas at Little Rock
2801 S. University Ave., Little Rock, AR 72204
(501) 291-3169

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock has received a five-year RSA grant to prepare O&M instructors in an online format, effective October 1, 2010. Eight full-time scholarships are to be awarded each of the five years of this grant.


Praxis Readers for Braille

The Educational Testing Service (ETS) is seeking Library of Congress-certified Braille teachers for part-time employment for scoring Praxis exams. The work is cyclical, and scorers are needed for the winter 2011 season. Applications should be completed online.


Braille Reading Pals Club
National Federation of the Blind
(410) 659-9314, Ext 2295

The Braille Reading Pals Club is an early literacy program that encourages parents to read daily with their blind or low-vision child (ages infant to seven). Club members will receive a print/Braille book and a plush Reading Pal, a monthly e-newsletter with tips to promote Braille literacy, quarterly Braille activity sheets for young children, Braille birthday cards for child participants, and access to a network of resources devoted to serving parents of blind children. Registration is now open for the new year, beginning January 1, 2011.

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