Friday, February 17, 2012

Louisiana Center Announcements--February, 2012

Greetings All,

Please see the links below to download files related to a variety of
items of interest. For those familiar with Dropbox, these links are to
files contained in my Dropbox folder. This process is more expeditious
than sending file attachments and means that the email will be far
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from it.

Please distribute widely, and never hesitate to contact me with
questions or concerns. I hope each of you are enjoying a good 2012!

NFB of Louisiana Scholarship Application (deadline March 15, 2012)

NFB of Louisiana 2012 State Convention Flyer

NFB of Louisiana 2012 State Convention Preregistration Form

Louisiana Center Buddy Program (deadline April 6, 2012)

Louisiana Center STEP Program (deadline April 6, 2012)

NFB 2012 National Convention Flyer

Please see below for an announcement hot off the presses.

The National Federation of the Blind Announces the 2012 NFB Project
Innovation Program

Students Charting Their Own Course Into Scientific Exploration
July 25-29, 2012*

In 2012, the National Center for Blind Youth in Science (NCBYS), a
program of the National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute, is
introducing an exciting science program for students ages 7-11 and
14-18 called NFB Project Innovation.  This pioneer program will focus
on fostering a sense of innovation and autonomy in young students by
allowing them to determine their course of study during the week of
the program. Students will ultimately focus on one investigation which
they will showcase at the Innovators Expo. However, multiple branches
of science will be explored throughout the program through extension

A unique component of NFB Project Innovation is how it will serve two
unique age groups simultaneously. The first of these two groups will
be comprised of students in grades 3-6 (ages 7-11).  This group,
called Junior Innovators, will stay at the NFBJI for three days, July
25-29.**  Twenty blind students will be accepted into this group.
Each student will be required to attend with an adult chaperone. In
this age group, students will interact with science professionals,
blind mentors, and Senior Innovators. They will have the opportunity
to show off their final innovations, which reflect their own personal
interests and research, at the Innovators Expo.

The high school students, called Senior Innovators, will serve as
junior advisors.  They will not only participate in this science
program but will model blindness skills, scientific investigation
skills, and techniques to their younger counterparts. Senior
Innovators will also have the opportunity to exhibit at the Innovators
Expo. Students in grades 9-12 (ages 14-18) are eligible to apply to be
a Senior Innovator.  The Senior Innovators will stay at the NFBJI for
four days, July 24-29, 2012.**  Ten blind students will be accepted
into this group.

There will be a $250 fee for each Junior Innovator/Chaperone pair and
a $250 fee for each Senior Innovator attending. Other expenses, such
as the cost of travel, room, board, and program materials, will be
covered by the NFB Jernigan Institute for all students and
student/chaperone pairs.

Apply now at Applications are due by April 1,
2012. For more information on this exciting new program, please
contact Abby Bispo at 410-659-9314, extension 2312 or by email at

*Exact program dates differ based on grade level
**Date range reflects travel time.

Eric Guillory, Director of Youth Services
Louisiana Center for the Blind
101 South Trenton Street
Ruston, LA 71270
Voice: 800-234-4166 ext. 3009
Fax: 318-251-0109

emailed from
Visual Impairments Specialist Scotlandville Elementary

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