Warm Greetings from BLIND, Incorporated:
The Buddy Program is a three-week summer fun and learning program for children ages 9 to 13. The dates for our next program are June 10, to July 1, 2017.
The Buddy Program offers an opportunity for blind children to make friends and have fun in a positive and secure setting. Students will learn and practice alternative techniques of blindness while building self-confidence.
The training in alternative techniques includes instruction in reading and writing Braille, basic cane travel, cooking skills, and introduction to independent living skills. Students may learn to pour liquids, carry a food tray, do laundry, follow a recipe, and much more, while building self- confidence and problem solving skills.
Students also participate in “talk time,” where they discuss important issues about blindness with blind peers and instructors. This time gives the students a chance to discuss their feelings about blindness, their frustrations with uncomfortable situations, and helps them to problem-solve and develop a positive attitude about blindness and their abilities as blind students. In addition, students participate in many exciting activities in the Twin Cities area, such as visits to nature parks, Wild Mountain Water Park, and rock climbing. These activities allow students to develop their socialization skills. Activities are well supervised and mentoring for the children is provided by active blind role models. Lifelong friendships begin during this brief summer experience. One of our goals during these recreational/educational activities is to teach our students the alternative techniques of blindness and help them gain the self-confidence that would allow them to return home and actively participate in even more fun activities with their sighted friends.
Activities are excellent opportunities to teach and reinforce a wide variety of alternative techniques, as they apply to real life. These learning experiences are usually most effective when there is plenty of fun involved!
The cost for the Buddy program is $900, which may be spread out over 6 payments. We do have limited funds available if you need financial assistance.
If you feel the Buddy program is for your son or daughter please submit an application, which will place them on the list for the program. If you have any questions, Please contact Rob Hobson, Travel and Transition Coordinator, for more information: or if you would like an application please call 612-872-0100 (ext. 220), or toll-free 800-597-9558. You may also contact Jennifer Wenzel, Admissions Coordinator, or download the 2017 Buddy Program Application.