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11/18/2013

RING THE BELL, NEW YORK! HELP BRING THE NATIONAL FEDERATION FOR THE BLINDíS BELL PROGRAM TO NEW YORK STATE

RING THE BELL, NEW YORK!

HELP BRING THE NFB’S BELL PROGRAM TO NEW YORK STATE!

 

Are you a parent of a child (ages four through 12) who would benefit from exposure to braille or an increase in braille instruction through fun, hands-on activities during the summer months?

 

Are you a professional who would like to be directly involved in establishing a unique braille literacy program in New York State?

Then, the National Federation of the Blind’s BELL program is the answer!

The NFB’s BELL (Braille Enrichment for Literacy and Learning) program is a two-week, non-residential Braille enrichment program for blind and low vision children ages four through 12 who would benefit from more intensive summer Braille instruction provided through fun, hands-on learning activities alongside peers.

NFB's vision for bringing the BELL program to New York State includes:

  • Providing a Braille-rich, differentiated learning environment
  • Supporting each child’s individual needs
  • Providing quality instruction through the combined efforts of experienced professionals
  • Expanding horizons by incorporating the expanded core curriculum into each child’s day
  • Incorporating technology use and instruction into each child’s day
  • Exposing children to Braille literate blind adults and peers
  • Promoting positive attitudes about blindness and improving self-esteem
  • Supporting parent and teacher learning opportunities

Applicant and volunteer interest needed in order for the NFB of NY to apply to bring this dynamic program to New York State.

Parents and professionals, please email Brooke Jensen at brooke.nash@gmail.com or call (314) 374-6184 (appreciated by Nov. 28th with a final deadline of Dec. 20th). 

*Initial applications for the program by Brooke Jensen is due to the NFB by Nov. 29th, so initial interest is greatly appreciated by Nov. 28th.

*Parents can invite their child’s therapists to be part of program.

*Final deadline for parents and professionals: December 20, 2013.

*We need to set a deadline for commitment and interest in the program so that we can adequately organize an appropriate number of professionals to support individual student needs, adequately fundraise to make the program free for all, and prepare materials and technology access in advance.

*An extension for enrollment exists for families until end of school year 2014 for exceptional circumstances (moved to area, etc./call to discuss)

*Program runs from August 11th-22nd, 2014

*Additional information available at: https://nfb.org/bell-program.

*Program is a supplement, not a replacement, for ESY services; if your child has ESY, he/she will receive a one-on-one lesson from staff members equivalent to services on the IEP and/or his/her therapists can be part of the teaching team or can provide services during or after the program day or provide compensatory services.