Tuesday, January 10, 2012

BISM Independence 2012/101

Greetings all,
Ø Are you proficient in the basic skills of blindness?
Are you ready to inspire confidence in our youth through enjoyable activities such as sailing, attending an O’s game, ballroom dance, and other adventures?
Are you adventurous and willing to blaze a trail with our young energetic explorers in happening territory like Baltimore, New York City and Washington, DC?
Are you ready to spend a summer passing on this awesome knowledge and high expectations to some of our willing young friends?

We at Blind Industries and Services of Maryland (BISM) cordially invite you to apply to become one of our summer staff in our 8-week Independence 2012 high school program or our all-new 3-week Independence “101” middle school program! The dates of the programs are June 5 – August 15, 2012 and July 14 – August 15, 2012, respectively. As a member of our dynamic staff, you will have an opportunity to provide daily class instruction to youth in one or more of the areas of cane travel, Braille, computer/technology, independent living (Home Ec.), and daily seminar class. As an instructor, you will also live in apartments with students and provide guidance/teaching in cooking, cleaning, grocery shopping, money management, and doing laundry, while having lots of fun. Finally, in addition to the many exciting confidence-building activities we have planned throughout the summer, students in our Independence 2012 program will also attend the national convention of the National Federation of the Blind in Dallas, Texas where they will meet successful blind people from around the world, learn what’s happening on the national level, attend the National Association of Blind Students Seminar, learn self-advocacy, check-out the latest access technology, and attend a wide array of blindness related seminars.
We are very excited about what’s in store for our programs this summer! If you are interested in being an empowering force in Independence 2012 or 101 please complete and sign the attached application of your interest and return to Amy Phelps, 3345 Washington Blvd., Baltimore, MD 21227, fax to 410-737-2689, or email aphelps@bism.org. For further inquiry and assistance, please contact Dezman Jackson at 410-737-2676 or djackson@bism.org.

Best regards,
Dezman Jackson, NOMC, NCLB
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Blind Industries and Services of Maryland
3345 Washington Blvd
Baltimore, MD 21227
Phone: 410-737-2676
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Fax: 410-737-2689
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“Our independence comes from within. A slave can have keen eyesight, excellent mobility, and superb reading skills­and still be a slave. We are achieving freedom and independence in the only way that really counts­in rising self-respect, growing self-confidence, and the will and the ability to make choices.”
--Dr. Kenneth Jernigan

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