[BlindKid] Mary's question about scheduling of NFB BELL Academy

Carlton Anne Cook Walker attorneywalker at gmail.com
Thu Jun 20 14:31:16 UTC 2019


The relevant individuals to contact are the affiliate president or
affiliate presidents of the state hosting the NFB BELL Academy. A few years
ago, I was the national NFB BELL Academy coordinator, and let me assure you
that we do our best to avoid scheduling conflicts. Our goal is always to
reach as many children as we can, and scheduling conflicts can hamper our
attainment of this goal. Sometimes, due to site or staff availability,
conflicts cannot be avoided. More often, however, we cannot find out
information about potentially conflicting programs.

As part of the NOPBC, we are all members of the National Federation of the
Blind. As such, we are members of our state affiliates, and we can, and
should, assist our affiliate presidents and NFB BELL Academy coordinators
as much as we can. Avoiding scheduling conflicts with other programs is a
great area in which parents can help.

Mary, and all parents on the list, please reach out to your affiliate
president early and often. You may find your affiliate president's contact
information on this site: https://nfb.org/about-us/state-affiliates.

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions, concerns, or
ideas. Thank you,

Carlton Anne Cook Walker
Attorney at Law
BEAR--Blindness Education and Advocacy Resources
Teacher of Students with Blindness/Low Vision
President, National Organization of Parents of Blind Children (NOPBC)
101 Kelly Drive
Carlisle, PA   17015
Voice: 717-658-9894
Twitter: braillemom

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> Is there a way to encourage the NFB to check local programming for B/VI
> kids before scheduling BELL?  Our program was canceled for low enrollment
> at the last minute?but part of the reason for that low enrollment was
> because Kansas BELL was scheduled during the second and third weeks of
> KSSB? summer school program.  The Missouri BELL in our area overlaps
> Alphapointe?s Adventure Camp.  It would drive up attendance if BELL weren?t
> scheduled in conflict with existing programs for B/VI youth in Kansas City.
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