[Nfbc-info] Braille Reading Pals Fall Registration Is Now Open!!!

Olivero, Treva TEOlivero at nfb.org
Thu Aug 20 18:16:15 UTC 2009

Announcing Registration is Open!

  Registration for the Fall 2009 Braille Reading Pals Program

  Program:        Braille Reading Pals

  Registration:  Parents or other caregivers of children eligible for
this program can register for the Fall 2009 Braille Reading Pals Program
online, by fax, or through the mail, August 18, 2009, through September
24, 2009.

  To register online, visit our Web site:

  Sponsor:  The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) Jernigan Institute
in partnership with the National Organization of Parents of Blind
Children, a division of the NFB.

  Program Dates:  October 1, 2009 through November 30, 2009

  Purpose:  The purpose is two-fold: To increase parents' knowledge about
Braille and the importance of early literacy experiences for their blind
children; and to help parents promote early literacy skills, a love of
reading, and a positive attitude about Braille through daily reading
with their blind children over a two-month period.

  Eligibility:  Blind and low-vision children ages 0-7 and older children
with developmental delays who are not yet reading.  NOTE:  Parental
consent is required for the program if a teacher wishes to conduct the
program with his/her blind student(s).

  Materials:  Each child will receive: a print-Braille storybook to keep,
a Beanie Baby stuffed animal-the "Reading Pal," and a sheet of Braille
labels with their name in Braille for mom or dad to cut out and stick
onto their favorite books.  For the parents: instructions and tips; a
reading journal booklet and wall chart; and literature from the NFB and
the National Braille Press about Braille, early literacy, and resources
for buying or borrowing print-Braille storybooks.  In addition, the
parents of children ages 4 and older will receive literature about how
to discuss and explain blindness to children.

  Certificates and Prizes:  Those who complete the program will get a
certificate and a special prize provided by the National Organization of
Parents of Blind Children (NOPBC).  The prize is a tactile,
print-Braille book that the parent and child can enjoy together.

  For more information, contact:

Braille Reading Pals Program

Jernigan Institute

1800 Johnson Street

Baltimore, MD 21230

Phone: (410) 659-9314, ext. 2295

E-mail:  BrailleReadingPals at nfb.org   *    Fax:  (410) 659-5129

   Sponsored by the NFB Jernigan Institute

with support from

The National Organization of Parents of Blind Children,

the National Braille Press, Capstone Press Publishers, and the American
Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults

Treva E. Olivero

Coordinator, Mentoring and Outreach Projects Jernigan Institute


1800 Johnson Street Baltimore, MD 21230

Phone: (410) 659-9314 ext. 2295

Fax: (410) 659-5129

Email: teolivero at nfb.org


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