Monday, January 02, 2012

Visit Capitol Hill opportunity for blind/VI kids 12 - 16 years old

Here's another item I'm passing along to anyone interested.

The National Federation of the Blind Announces the 2012 NFB Leadership and Advocacy in Washington, D.C., (LAW) Program







Engaging the Voice of America’s Blind Youth






April 13-18, 2012






The NFB LAW program provides blind students with a unique opportunity to explore the inner workings of our country’s government, its history, and its culture. In addition to learning about the history of the organized blindness civil rights movement, how resolutions are passed, and how blindness legislation is created, participants will become familiar with advocacy work for blind individuals and available resources for blind students and adults. Highlights of the program include: visits to historical sites in Washington, D.C., meetings with influential government leaders, and presentations by prominent leaders in the National Federation of the Blind. Read more about this chance of a lifetime in the Summer 2011 issue of Future Reflections.






Twenty-four students (grades six to nine, or ages twelve to sixteen) will be accepted for the LAW program. All accepted students must be accompanied by a parent/guardian, teacher, or blind/low-vision mentor from their home state. There will be a $250 fee per student/chaperone pair. Transportation, room, and board will be provided for students and chaperones.






Apply now by going to www.nfb.org/LAWProgram. Applications are due by February 1, 2012. For more information, call (410) 659-9314, extension 2312, or e-mail Natalie Shaheen at nshaheen@nfb.org.


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