Summer Programs in Maryland

Summer is almost here! Blind\low vision high school and middle school students need something to do! Blind Industries and Services of Maryland (BISM) is administering two residential programs for blind\low vision youth in the summer of 2013:

Work to Independence 2013 (June 22 to August 10) is a seven week residential program for blind high school students. Students will learn non-visual techniques to develop the skills and confidence needed to optimize their independence as they transition to adulthood. Blind adults will provide hands-on instruction and supervision throughout this comprehensive program. High school students will attend the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) Convention in Orlando Florida, participate in recreational activities with their peers, travel to New York and Washington DC and put their skills to practice in a 20 hour per-week paid work experience during the final four weeks of the program.

Independence 101 2013 (July 20-August 10) is a three week residential program for blind middle school/upper elementary students. Students will receive hands-on instruction from blind adults to learn non-visual techniques. These skills will build a foundation which will improve their self-confidence and increase their independence. Students will live with competent blind adults, participate in career exploration activities and will enjoy many recreational activities with their peers in the Baltimore-Washington DC area.

Please share this email with anyone who might be interested in attending one of these exciting programs. We still have some slots available, so apply today! More information regarding the programs and online applications can be found on our website at

Feel free to contact me if you have any further questions or need more information.

Dan Wenzel, M.S.
Manager of Youth Services
Blind Industries and Services of Maryland
3345 Washington Blvd
Baltimore, MD 21227
Phone: 410-737-2642 Cell: 410-274-1647
Fax: 410-737-2689 Toll Free: 888-322-4567
BISM’s purpose is to positively change people’s attitudes about blindness

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