[Nfbnet-members-list] BLIND, Inc. Summer Program
dandrews at visi.com
Thu Jan 5 08:12:09 UTC 2012
Warm Greetings from BLIND, Incorporated.
It is once again time to start making plans for your summer. This
year the PREP, Post-secondary Readiness Empowerment Program, our
eight-week program for blind high school students, will run from June
11 to August 3, 2012. (Formerly known as Life 101.)
This exciting summer program is for blind high school students and is
designed to prepare them for academic, employment, and social
success. The PREP curriculum is designed to empower blind youth with
the alternative techniques of blindness they will need to be
successful in the college and the career fields they choose, and to
give them the confidence and belief in themselves they need to find
and keep a job.
The core classes include Braille reading and writing, independent
cane travel, Industrial Arts, adaptive technology, and home/dormitory
management, that includes cooking, cleaning, washing and labeling
clothes, personal care, and daily living skills.
PREP students live in apartments with fellow students and adult
counselors. These counselors and instructors serve as successful and
positive role models. Students shop for groceries, prepare meals,
and clean their apartments as part of their home and personal
management training. They begin to learn how to live independently
while still in a supportive environment. They develop problem-solving
skills and come to realize that they will be able to take care of
themselves and take responsibility for their own futures.
This program is based on a positive view of blindness, that if blind
people are given proper training and opportunity, they can be
successful in education, find meaningful employment, and live full
and productive lives.
Traveling to Dallas Texas
In 2012, PREP students will enjoy the exciting opportunity of
accompanying BLIND, Incorporated staff and adult students when we
travel to Dallas, Texas to attend the week long national convention
of the National Federation of the Blind, the largest annual gathering
of blind teenagers and adults in the world. During this convention,
our PREP students will join hundreds of other high school and college
students from around the country when attending the National
Association of Blind Students seminar and participate in other
meetings and seminars and learn about new ground-breaking technology.
This annual convention is packed full of fun and great learning
opportunities and experiences.
Throughout the summer the PREP students will also participate in a
variety of fun activities from canoeing and camping, to rock
climbing, and shopping at the mall of America.
For more information: or to complete an application you can visit our
website at <http://www.blindinc.org/>www.blindinc.org or call
612-872-0100 (ext. 251), or toll free 800-597-9558, or e-mail
<mailto:cguggisberg at blindinc.org>cguggisberg at blindinc.org
Charlene Guggisberg, Coordinator for Youth and Special programs
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