[Vabs] NFB BELL Program for 2009
Thorpe, Mary Jo
MThorpe at nfb.org
Mon Dec 22 18:31:25 UTC 2008
Braille Enrichment for Literacy and Nonvisual Learning
2009 NFB BELL Summer Program
The NFB Jernigan Institute is pleased to announce the Braille
Enrichment for Literacy and Nonvisual Learning (BELL) program in the
summer of 2009. The BELL program is designed to serve as a
demonstration program to help provide intensive Braille instruction
to low vision children during the summer months. This pilot program
will be modeled after the successful 2007 BELL Program led by the NFB
of Maryland state affiliate. The NFB Jernigan Institute plans to
expand this program into two additional states during the summer of 2009.
Selected states will host the Institute's BELL Core team during the
two weeks of their program. BELL Core Team members will facilitate a
variety of fun, hands-on lessons ranging from group activities to
one-on-one instruction to help teach Braille to low vision students
ages four to twelve. The program will run Monday through Friday from
8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Please visit
to learn more about this exciting program.
Interested in being part of the BELL Core Team?
Members of this team will be responsible for creating and
implementing the curriculum and various activities for the three BELL
program sites. These individuals will work closely with staff
members from the NFB Jernigan Institute and the state coordinators
from selected states to design lesson plans and projects for the
program. Selected team members will be hired as contractual summer
staff for the NFB Jernigan Institute beginning in June through the
middle of August 2009. Team members will also participate in the NFB
We are looking for enthusiastic and highly motivated individuals who
are passionate about encouraging the next generation of blind
children and eager to promote Braille literacy. Teachers of the
Blind/Low Vision and those with experience teaching Braille to
children are highly encouraged to apply. However, members do not
have to be certified teachers to be effective participants in the NFB
BELL program, but they should have experience working with young children.
All aspects of the program, including transportation, room, and board
will be provided by the NFB at no expense to selected team
members. Team members will also receive a $3,500 stipend as payment
for the summer. This program is an extraordinary opportunity for
individuals to assist blind children and help to promote our efforts
for Braille literacy.
How to Apply
Please visit the Web site to obtain an application. Applications are
due by February 1, 2009.
For all other questions about the NFB BELL Program, please contact:
Mary Jo Thorpe, Education Programs Specialist, National Federation of the Blind
(410) 659-9314, ext. 2407, or by e-mail at
<mailto:mthorpe at nfb.org>mthorpe at nfb.org.
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