[nfbwatlk] Fw: Braille Challenge Activity Idea and other Info

Lauren Merryfield lauren1 at catliness.com
Fri Dec 5 20:05:44 UTC 2008

I think braille is important for all ages.  I know a lady in my church who 
is going blind but won't learn braille even though she sees me using it when 
our choir sings.
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From: "Mike Freeman" <k7uij at panix.com>
To: "NFB of Washington Talk" <nfbwatlk at nfbnet.org>
Sent: Thursday, December 04, 2008 7:30 PM
Subject: [nfbwatlk] Fw: Braille Challenge Activity Idea and other Info

> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Thorpe, Mary Jo" <MThorpe at nfb.org>
> To: "Youth outreach projects Support List" <youth-outreach at nfbnet.org>
> Sent: Thursday, December 04, 2008 6:07 AM
> Subject: [Youth-outreach] Braille Challenge Activity Idea and other Info
> Greetings everyone!
>    Happy Holidays.  As many of you know, the NFB has begun a huge
> campaign to promote the use of Braille.  Things will really get underway
> with the sale of the Louis Braille commemorative coin in a couple months
> as well.  With that, it is a perfect time for each of us to begin
> thinking of things we can do in our own states to help promote Braille
> literacy with youth.  I saw this message this morning and thought I
> would pass it along as an idea for some of you.  This was an
> announcement for a Braille challenge activity taking place in Long
> Island, NY in January.  Attached is the application and a brochure
> advertising the event.  It seems like this would be something many of
> you could organize in your state.  Hopefully this can serve as an idea
> booster for you, and the attachments could be useful in organizing your
> own.  Here are more suggestions to help you in planning a one-day event
> for youth focused around Braille:
> 1.  Suggestions for activities
> --Braille carnival
> --Braille scavenger hunt
> --Braille bingo
> --Braille story writing contest
> --guest story tellers reading stories in Braille
> --parent session to teach the code
> --workshops on learning Nemoth code (like just the numbers and basic
> symbols)
> --Braille read-a-thon: everyone brings snacks, blankets, pillows, and of
> course their favorite Braille book and reads for a designated amount of
> time. Youth could even read to each other, or parents to their children.
> --activity corner with magnetic board and magnetic strips (kind you find
> at craft or supply stores) with Braille and large print words on the
> strips.  The kids could then create their own sentences with all the
> words and arrange them on the board or wall.
> --Braille book fair (have Braille book vendors there to sell items)
> --Braille book exchange or flea market (get people to donate used
> Braille books)
> **All these activities could be modified to fit different ages.  For
> example, teens might really get into the writing activity or bingo could
> include harder, more mature words on the cards for older kids.
> 2.  Using local resources for support
> Sure, maybe you wouldn't have the sponsors like the Long Island activity
> has--not that you couldn't try to get them(see forwarded message below)
> but there are lots of things locally you could try to tap into for
> support.
> --state agencies for the blind
> --local school for the blind
> --volunteers from local NFB chapters
> --state library for the blind
> --local bookstore (use the premise that you are promoting literacy even
> though they don't sell Braille)
> --ask local shops or restaurants to donate "in kind"gifts like door
> prizes or food for meals or snacks during the event
> I hope that you will all take some time to consider organizing something
> of this kind for your state.  Again, now is a great time to do so with
> the Braille campaign underway.  also Please share any ideas you have or
> success stories as you carry out your own event.  Remember too that the
> Jernigan Institute can be a great resource.
> Happy planning!
> Mary Jo Thorpe
> Mary Jo Thorpe, MEd, NOMC
> Education Program Specialist
> Jernigan Institute
> 1800 Johnson St.
> Baltimore, MD 21230
> Phone: (410)659-9314 ext. 2407
> Email: MTHORPE at nfb.org <mailto:MTHORPE at nfb.org>
> Visit www.nfb.org <http://www.nfb.org/>
> ________________________________
> From: pibe-division-bounces at nfbnet.org
> [mailto:pibe-division-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf Of Sheila Amato
> Sent: Wednesday, December 03, 2008 8:41 PM
> Subject: [Pibe-division] East Meadow/Long Island Second Annual
> RegionalBraille Challenge
> Hello, friends and colleagues;
> Please help publicize our Second Annual Regional Braille Challenge by
> sharing this information with others.
> We are inviting students from New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and
> Connecticut (and anyone else who wants to travel to Long Island to
> participate!)
> East Meadow/Long Island Second Annual Regional Braille Challenge
> Saturday, January 10, 2009 (snowdate Saturday, January 24, 2009)
> 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
> W.Tresper Clarke High School
> 740 Edgewood Drive
> Westbury, NY 11590
> For registration and/or information contact:
> Dr. Sheila Amato
> samato at eastmeadow.k12.ny.us or brltrans at verizon.net
> 516-457-1990 (cell)
> Brochure and student registration files are attached to this email; feel
> free to print and distribute to TVIs, parents, administrators, and
> students.
> We have a dynamic guest speaker, parent and educator workshops, and of
> course, the Braille Challenge for the students. Breakfast and lunch will
> be provided. Please encourage students to come for the day (even if
> their braille skills aren't great...) It will be a day of fun, food,
> workshops, activities, prizes, music, and camaraderie. You are welcome
> and encouraged to join us as well. If you would like to volunteer to
> assist on this day, please let me know via return email message.
> For further Braille Challenge information, please check out
> www.braillechallenge.org.
> Thank you for your support,
> Sheila Amato, Ed.D.
> Teacher of students who are blind/visually impaired
> East Meadow School District
> Long Island, NY
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