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2017 NFB Youth SLAM

We are pleased to announce the 2017 National Federation of the Blind Youth Slam, a weeklong learning opportunity in a wide-variety of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) disciplines. Students will learn new skills, make new friends, and have fun while being mentored by STEM professionals, many of whom are blind.

One hundred blind and low vision students from across the country will be selected to attend this weeklong adventure at Towson University in Maryland from July 23 to 29, 2017. The NFB Youth Slam will engage, inspire, and encourage you-the next generation of blind scientists, engineers, programmers, and mathematicians-to consider STEM careers. While some falsely believe these careers are not for blind students, the NFB is here to help you live the life you want. Your hopes and dreams define your future; blindness does not.

While staying on the campus at Towson University, you will be mentored by positive blind role models. The range of fun and challenging activities will raise your expectations, build confidence, and increase your science literacy. Build your NFB Youth Slam schedule from a selection of twenty STEM disciplines including fields such as: robotics, engineering, neuroscience, and chemistry. The possibilities are endless. Come to the NFB Youth Slam and meet other blind and low vision students, as well as successful blind adults, from all over the United States!

Students who are US citizens and currently in grades 9-12 are invited to apply at Interested students should apply online by May 7, 2017.

Join us as we continue to raise expectations and make history at what promises to be the best NFB Youth Slam yet!

Blindness: Learning In New Dimensions (BLIND), Inc.
Buddy Program 2017: Come to gain blindness skills, and leave with lifelong friends!

Apply today to the 2017 Buddy Program, a summer program for all blind/low vision students ages 9-13!


June 10, 2017 – July 1, 2017!


BLIND, Inc.:
100 East 22nd St.
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55404

Application deadline:

April 15, 2017.


“Buddies” will gain important blindness skills along with the empowering attitudes about blindness and exposure to the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) while exploring and experiencing the wonderful Twin Cities.


Buddies will stay in the beautiful BLIND Inc. mansion, which once belonged to the Pillsbury family. They will learn Braille reading and writing, cane travel, adaptive technology, independent living skills, and much more! Buddies will also have the ability to craft new friendships with their blind/low vision peers that will last a lifetime! Buddies will have an educational and recreational experience with program counselors, most of whom are blind college students. Buddies will learn to prepare meals under the supervision of the instructors. Buddies will also learn how to travel effectively using the award-winning Minneapolis public transit system! These skills will be beneficial for a lifetime!

Other Activities:

Buddies will also participate in other activities around the Twin Cities. Activities may include: visiting the Mall of America, going to a water park, a petting zoo, paddle boating, indoor rock climbing, and many other fun activities! Buddies utilize the skills they are taught in the program while participating in these fun activities.


The Buddy Program costs $900. Contact Michell Gip, Youth Services Coordinator, at 612-872-0100, Ext. 231, or for more information or an application. We accept payment plans, and some funding may be available for those in need. Contact us for more details!

Apply today to ensure your space in the 2017 Buddy Program! Information about our summer programs can also be found at

Blindness: Learning In New Dimensions (BLIND), Inc.
Post-secondary Readiness Empowerment Program (PREP) 2017: Learning+Recreation+Friends+Job=A Great Summer

Apply today to PREP 2017, a summer program for all blind/low vision high school students!


June 11, 2017-August 5, 2017!


BLIND, Inc.:
100 East 22nd St.
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55404

Application deadline:

April 15, 2017.


This exciting 8-week summer program is designed to prepare students to reach their personal, academic, and professional goals as they transition to adulthood. The PREP curriculum empowers blind youth as they learn the alternative techniques of blindness and develop the self-confidence needed to become successful adults!


The core classes include Braille reading and writing, independent cane travel, adaptive technology, career exploration, and home management, which includes cooking, cleaning, personal care, and daily living skills. Students also participate in regularly-scheduled discussion groups designed to build confidence and learn from blind peers and adults. PREP students live with fellow students and adult counselors in modern apartments with free wifi. Counselors and instructors serve as successful and positive role models. Students shop for groceries, prepare meals, and clean their apartments as part of their home and personal management training, while using public transportation on a daily basis. They begin to learn how to live independently while still in a supportive environment. Students develop problem-solving skills needed to take care of themselves and determine their own future!

Getting A Job:

This program includes a three-week paid internship experience. Students will utilize the skills they have developed while earning minimum wage, working approximately 20 hours per week in local businesses and agencies.

National Convention:

In July, PREP 2017 students will enjoy the exciting opportunity to accompanying BLIND, Inc., staff and adult students as we travel to Orlando, Florida to attend the week-long National Federation of the Blind convention. During this convention, our PREP students will join hundreds of other high school and college students from around the country when attending the National Association of Blind Students meeting. Students will also attend other meetings and seminars, learn about new ground-breaking technology, and get involved in social and recreational activities. This annual convention is packed full of great learning opportunities and fun experiences.

Other Activities:

Throughout the summer, the PREP students will also participate in a variety of fun activities, including going to Wild Mountain Water Park, camping, rock climbing, shopping at various malls, and much more. Don’t worry; there will be plenty of time to hang out with old and new friends!

Contact Michell Gip, Youth Services Coordinator, at 612-872-0100, Ext. 231, or for more information or an application. We can assist you to work with your local vocational rehabilitation agency to attend the program. Apply today to ensure your space in this program! Applications are due April 15, 2017. Information about our summer programs can also be found at

Colorado Center for the Blind summer jobs

Every summer at the foot of the Rocky Mountains, blind youth learn and grow in confidence that they can live the lives they want. You can be a part of this summer – a summer neither your students nor you will ever forget!

The Colorado Center for the Blind is now accepting applications from positive blind role models to be residential counselors and class room instructors in our 2017 summer programs. We offer 3 programs: Summer for Success College Prep Program, Earn and Learn High School Program and the Initiation to Independence Middle School Program (three weeks only).

Staff must be available May 30 through August 11.

Applicants must have excellent oral and written communication skills, be competent in the alternative skills of blindness, be well rounded, flexible, and willing to lead by example. Successful candidates will be excited to work with blind students ages 11 to 20, and willing to show leadership in our Challenge recreation activities. Staff and students will go rock climbing, hiking, canoeing, white water rafting, attend martial arts classes and much more. In addition, all staff and students will attend the national convention of the National Federation of the Blind in Orlando July 10 to 15!

To learn more, watch our summer program video:

To apply, please submit a letter of interest indicating whether you would like to teach Braille, Tech, Home Management or Cane Travel; how your skills and interests would be an asset to our summer programs; and how working in our summer program fits (or doesn’t fit) into your long-term goals. Send your letter of interest to Martin Becerra at You can also call Martin at 303-778-1130, x 223 for more information.

Louisiana Center for the Blind Summer Offerings


Since 1985, the Louisiana Center for the Blind has been changing what it means to be blind for adults from across America. In 1990, a program was created to address the needs of blind high school students. The Summer Training and Employment Project (STEP) Program is designed to introduce blind teenagers to positive blind role models and to provide participants with summer work experience.

The eight-week summer program will consist of two components. During the first part of the program, competent blind counselors will instruct the students in the alternative techniques of blindness. Classes in Braille, cane travel, computer literacy, and daily living skills will be taught by qualified blind instructors. In addition, seminars will be conducted in the areas of job readiness, job interviewing skills, resume writing and job responsibilities. The second part of the program will continue all aspects of training and expand to include an employment dimension. Students will have the opportunity to participate in 40 hours of work experience at a local business–for which they will receive the Federal minimum wage. The staff will attempt to meet the job interests of the students. Instructors from the Louisiana Center for the Blind will be available to provide on-the-job assistance as needed.

The combination of work experience and blindness-related skills–along with fun-filled activities such as cookouts, swimming, mall excursions, and various other outings–will foster self-confidence and independence in blind teens. During the week of July 10 through July 16, students will attend the national convention of the National Federation of the Blind in Orlando, Florida. This exciting conference will allow them to meet thousands of competent blind people from across the country. The students will also have the chance to participate in a wide variety of informative seminars and youth-oriented social and other activities. At the close of the program, parents will be REQUIRED to attend a Parents’ Weekend which will enable them to discover how much their children have learned throughout the summer. The STEP program is designed to provide invaluable work experience, friendships, opportunities for personal growth, and cherished memories.

Training will begin June 18 and conclude August 12. We recognize that there may be some overlap between the start and conclusion of our program and school district dates. If accepted, we are happy to coordinate with a student’s school district in this regard. Please visit to learn about more program specifics and to complete an application.

Due to limited space, we cannot guarantee that every applicant will be granted enrollment, and applicants must have an open case with their state’s vocational rehabilitation agency or other funding entity to cover program costs.

Questions? Please call our Director of Youth Services, Eric Guillory at 800-234-4166 or email him at “Together, we are changing what it means to be blind.” Check out STEP and find out how.

Putting the Pieces Together

Come and join us for a summer of fun and learning!

Since 1989, the Louisiana Center for the Blind has offered an innovative summer program for blind children in grades four through eight. This summer, the Buddy Program promises to be full of learning opportunities, new friendships, and fun-filled activities.

Many blind children have misconceptions about their blindness due to the lack of positive blind role models and to the negative stereotypes about blindness in society. Unlike other summer programs for blind children, the Buddy Program is directed and staffed by competent blind adults. Classes in cane travel are taught to instill independence and self-confidence. The knowledge of Braille enables the blind child to compete on terms of equality with sighted peers in the classroom and provides a solid background in spelling and other grammatical skills. Classes in access technology expose students to available mainstream and adaptive solutions. Daily living skills instruction promotes equal participation in household duties such as cooking, shopping, and cleaning. In addition to learning valuable alternative techniques of blindness, children will enjoy participating in a wide variety of exciting activities such as swimming, camping, bowling, roller skating, and field trips.

The combination of hard work and fun activities will provide a rewarding experience that children will cherish. Involvement in the Buddy Program helps them realize that it is not blindness that holds them back. Rather, it is the negative attitudes and misconceptions about blindness that may prevent blind children from reaching their potential. At the close of the program, parents are REQUIRED to attend a Parents’ Weekend. This weekend will allow them to interact with other parents of blind children and to learn what their children have discovered about their blindness and themselves. Friendship, training, fun, growth and interaction between blind children and positive blind role models is how the Louisiana Center for the Blind is “changing what it means to be blind.”

The Louisiana Center for the Blind will sponsor one session of the Buddy Program in 2017. Program dates are July 23 – August 12. We recognize that there may be some overlap between the conclusion of our program and school district dates. If accepted, we are happy to coordinate with a student’s school district in this regard.

Perhaps we will have the opportunity to work with your child this summer. We know it will be a memorable experience for both you and them. All interested families should visit for more details and to apply. Please also feel free to contact our Director of Youth Services, Eric Guillory before April 17. Please email Eric at or call 800-234-4166.

Due to limited space, we cannot guarantee that every applicant will be granted enrollment. Please note that the fee for students not from Louisiana is $1,000 which is all-inclusive save for transportation to and from the program. The fee for Louisiana students is $500.

Amazing Summer Opportunities at BISM

Have you thought about how you will spend your summer? Are you looking for a fulfilling job working with students to improve their skills and confidence? If so, Blind Industries and Services of Maryland (BISM) wants to hear from you!

Summer employment at BISM gives you the opportunity to mentor and instruct high-school and middle-school students from across the nation, take part in fun and challenging activities, travel to NYC, DC, and Orlando, FL for the NFB national convention, and much more.

If you enjoy working with students, feel comfortable teaching skills for independence, and possess confidence, enthusiasm, and positivity, please consider applying for a summer job at BISM.

Please download the PDF and Word versions of our 2017 Youth Services brochure. To apply to join us for a summer to remember, visit to download an application. Please direct all questions to Melissa Lomax at or 410-737-2642.

NASA Summer 2017 Internships for Students with Disabilities

To Prospective NASA Student Interns with Disabilities,

NASA is looking to increase the number of students with disabilities pursuing science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers through our regular internship programs. This is not a program for students with disabilities. We are trying to recruit more students with disabilities into our regular internship programs. Disability means both physical and mental disabilities. NASA has a two-percent hiring goal for employment of people with disabilities and internships are a good way to get experience. However, this is not an employment program. NASA jobs can be found at Students can apply for Summer 2017 internships on or about November 10, 2016. The deadline for submitting applications will be on or about March 1, 2017. We will begin extending offers to students in mid-to-late January and will continue until all positions are filled. If you would like to subscribe to an announcement-only list about NASA internships for persons with disabilities, please send an E-mail to with ‘subscribe’ in the Subject field, OR by visiting the list page at

We encourage you to apply early because the best opportunities are likely to be filled early. Plus, your likelihood of being selected decreases the longer you wait. Don’t be surprised if you don’t see many internship opportunities in November. They start to appear in numbers in mid-to-late December. You can register for an account anytime at the One Stop Shopping Initiative (OSSI): NASA Internships, Fellowships, and Scholarships (NIFS) at All material that you wish to have considered must be uploaded to the OSSI website. No documentation will be accepted that is E-mailed or snail mailed.

Summer 2017 internships run from early June through early August for undergraduate and graduate students. Internships run from late June through early August for high school students. All student interns get paid. The high school stipend for Summer 2016 was $2,100.00 for a six-week internship. The Summer 2016 undergraduate stipend for a ten-week internship was $6,000.00. The Summer 2016 graduate stipend for a ten-week internship was $7,500.00. As an intern, you are responsible for your own housing. NASA internships for college and high school students are also offered during Spring, Fall and Year Long Sessions through the OSSI website.

NASA has internships for high school students and for rising freshmen through doctoral students in STEM fields. A rising freshman is a high school student who has been accepted to an accredited institution of higher learning, i.e., a college or university, at the time of the internship.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens, with a minimum GPA of 3.0 for college and 3.0 for high school; however, applicants must understand that the competition for internships is keen. High school students must be at least sixteen years old at the time the internship begins.

Internships are available at all NASA centers nationwide. It is important to remember that applying is a two-step process. The first step is to fill out everything in OSSI. The second step is to select and apply to specific internship opportunities. Students can submit a completed application whether they apply to an opportunity or not. However, applying to opportunities has the advantage of allowing applicants to be considered by mentors who work in disciplines of interest and at a particular center. Applicants may apply to as many as fifteen opportunities.

For example, an opportunity having to do with the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) will be at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland because SDO is located there. Not applying to an opportunity means that prospective interns will be hoping that a mentor happens to read their applications rather than directing their applications to mentors in fields and at centers of interest.

Students who are selected for Summer internships will receive an offer letter by E-mail sometime after mid-January 2017. They will then have five calendar days to either accept or reject the offer through their OSSI: NIFS account. The offer will automatically expire after five calendar days if no action is taken.

Please feel free to contact me for more information or help with applying.

Kenneth A. Silberman, Esq.
U.S. Supreme Court, Maryland, & Patent Bars
B.A., M.Eng., J.D.
NASA Engineer & Registered Patent Attorney
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Greenbelt, MD 20771, USA
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Internship Application

The application for the 2017 NASA Internship program is now available. To apply for a Summer 2017 NASA internship, go to

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Joseph Ruffalo, President
254 Spruce Street
Bloomfield, NJ 07003
Phone: 973-743-0075

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NJABS Wellness Seminar

April 22, 2017
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
The College of New Jersey
2000 Pennington Rd.
Ewing Township, NJ, 08618
Cross street: Lake Boulevard
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Capital Chapter Baseball Fundraiser

June 11, 2017
1:00 PM
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1 Thunder Road
Trenton, NJ 08611
Cross street: Lamberton Street
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NFB National

July 10 through 15, 2017
Rosen Shingle Creek Resort
9939 Universal Boulevard
Orlando, FL 32819

2017 NJ BELL

July 17 to 28, 2017
9 AM to 3 PM
Puerto Rican Association for Human Development, Inc.
101 First Street
Perth Amboy, NJ 08861

NFBNJ 41st State Convention

November 9-12, 2017
Holiday Inn Hotel
151 Route 72 East
Manahawkin, NJ 08050
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