[Nfbnet-members-list] FW: PREP announcement

Jennifer Dunnam jennifer.dunnam1829 at gmail.com
Sat Feb 1 05:51:34 UTC 2014

The following comes from Charlene Guggisberg, Coordinator for Youth 
and Special Programs at BLIND, Inc. Please share widely. The text 
from the attached PDF is shown below.

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 
9 to August 1, 2014.
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, adaptive technology, Career Exploration, and 
home/dormitory management as well as daily seminars where they have 
the opportunity to discuss various issues related to blindness and 
develop positive attitudes about themselves as blind people.
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. While in career exploration they learn about note taking, 
accessible accommodations, and disability services on college 
campuses. 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 Orlando Florida
In 2014, PREP students will enjoy the exciting opportunity of 
accompanying BLIND, Incorporated staff and adult students when we 
travel to Orlando, Florida to attend the weeklong 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 Wild Mountain Water Park 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 cguggisberg at blindinc.org
Charlene Guggisberg
Coordinator for Youth and Special programs

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