[nobe-l] [Nfbmn-news] Fwd: Buddy summer program

Jennifer Dunnam via Nfbmn-news nfbmn-news at nfbnet.org
Sat Jan 17 04:45:00 UTC 2015

Here is another announcement from Charlene, this one to encourage
participation of children ages 9-13 in the summer Buddy program.
Please help spread the word!

Warm Greetings from BLIND, Incorporated:

It is once again time to start planning for our 2015 Buddy program!

This three-week summer fun and learning program is for children ages 9 to 13.

The dates are July 18, 2015 through August 7 2015.

The Buddy Program offers an opportunity for blind children to make
friends and have fun in a positive and secure setting.  Students will
learn and practice alternative techniques of blindness while building

The training in alternative techniques includes instruction in reading
and writing Braille, basic cane travel, cooking skills, and
introductions to independent living skills.  Students may learn to
pour liquids, carry a food tray, do laundry, follow a recipe, and much
more while building self- confidence and problem solving skills.

Students also participate in "talk time," where they discuss important
issues about blindness with blind peers and instructors.  This time
gives the students a chance to discuss their feelings about blindness,
their frustrations with uncomfortable situations, and helps them to
problem-solve and develop a positive attitude about blindness and
their abilities as blind students.

In addition, students participate in many exciting activities in the
Twin Cities area, such as visits to nature parks, Wild Mountain Water
Park, and rock climbing.  These activities allow students to develop
their socialization skills.  Activities are well supervised and
mentoring for the children is provided by active blind role models.
Lifelong friendships begin during this brief summer experience.

One of our goals during these recreational\educational activities is
to teach our students the alternative techniques of blindness and help
them gain the self-confidence that would allow them to return home and
actively participate in even more fun activities with their sighted

  Activities are excellent opportunities to teach and reinforce a wide
variety of alternative techniques, as they apply to real life.  These
learning experiences are usually most effective when there is plenty
of fun involved!

If you have questions please call 612-872-0100 (ext. 251), toll-free

  800-597-9558, or email cguggisberg at blindinc.org.  You may complete an
application by visiting our website at www.blindinc.org


Charlene Guggisberg

Admissions and Special Programs Manager

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