[nfbmi-talk] Braille Reading Pals Fall Registration is Now Open!

Olivero, Treva TEOlivero at nfb.org
Wed Aug 19 21:51:51 CDT 2009


From: Neubeck, Emily
Sent: Tuesday, August 18, 2009 9:33 AM
Subject: Braille Reading Pals Fall Registration is Now Open!



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 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:
<http://www.nfb.org/ReadingPals>www.NFB.org/ReadingPals



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 animal­the “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
  NATIONAL FEDERATION OF THE BLIND

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





Emily Neubeck



Braille Reading Pals Project Assistant

Jernigan Institute

National Federation of the Blind

1800 Johnson Street

Baltimore, MD 21230-4998

Phone:  410-659-9314  ext. 2419

E-mail:  <mailto:eneubeck at nfb.org>eneubeck at nfb.org

Website:  <http://www.nfb.org>www.nfb.org





"Success and happiness are not matters of chance but choice." - Zig Ziglar




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