EVENTS

Summer 2012

Hello everyone,
Events in this section will cover everything from today, May 15, 2012 through the end of September. The events will be arranged alphabetically by state. For navigation purposes, each state will be separated by the ### symbol. Each listing for a specific state will be separated by the ## symbol.

I hope you all find this supplement useful and are able to take advantage of some of the events listed here this summer. I realize that there will be events that have been overlooked and left out that others may be interested in. If you notice an event missing, please let me know so I can add it to the special notices section of the magazine.

Take care.

Sincerely,
Ross Hammond, Editor
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Alabama

Perkins Outreach Space Exploration Program
Dates: September 21 through September 28, 2012

These exciting programs and activities are designed to educate young people about aviation and the space program. Camp and Academy sessions are designed around simulated space missions conducted in Space Shuttle orbiter mockups. Trainees learn the basics of shuttle operation, the science and history of the space program, leadership skills, and teamwork. They also use authentic simulators to experience the sensations of astronaut training and they live in a simulated space station. This is the 20th year that Perkins Outreach Services will be taking students from New England and New York!

Trainees are placed on teams. Every student is assigned a different role for each mission. Hands-on training and mission practice, both generalized and specialized according to assignments, encompass many trainee hours. Briefings and lectures, conducted by astronauts and other guest speakers, enhance the learning experience. Trainees also take part in various microgravity activities. They will tour Rocket Park, the world’ most comprehensive collection of rocketry. Materials are available in braille and large print. One afternoon they will attend a film at the Spacedom Theater which features a 67-foot dome screen.

Participation will again also be offered in Aviation Challenge for students with low vision. This program is more of an Outward Bound/Ropes Course/Military Training Program involving intense physical activities, simulated jet flying, escape and evasion missions, precision teamwork, and problem-solving activities. Participants also learn land and water survival skills.

All students will arrive at Perkins on September 21st. They will fly with Outreach staff from Logan Airport in Boston on Saturday, September 22nd and return on Friday, September 28th. Students are to be picked up at Perkins that day.
Programs Available:
Space Camp (Grades 4-6)
Space Academy (Grades 7-12)
Advanced Academy (Grades 10-12) (If you previously attended Space Academy)
Aviation Challenge Mach 1 (Grades 4-6)
Aviation Challenge Mach 11 (Grades 7-12)
Aviation Challenge Mach 111 (Grades 10-12 (If you previously attended Mach 11)

Scholarships available.

For further information, please contact
Kelly Cote, Supervisor of Outreach Short Courses
175 North Beacon Street
Watertown, MA 02472
(617) 972-7869
Kelly.Cote@Perkins.org

Age Groups:
Grade Schoolers
Teenagers

Location:
US Space and Rocket Center
Huntsville, AL

Cost:
$1650 (includes airfare, meals, SCIVIS Program, overnight at Perkins and chaperones)

Contact: Kelly Cote, Supervisor of Outreach Short Courses

Phone Number: 617 972 7869

E-Mail: Kelly.Cote@Perkins.org

URL: http://www.perkins.org/community-programs/outreach-student-services/
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Alaska

Camp Abilities Alaska
Dates: July 11 through July 16, 2012

Camp Abilities is a one-week developmental sports camp for children ages 9 to 19 who are blind or visually impaired. The camp is set up to provide a one-on-one instructional situation for each child. During the week, children develop sport skills and gain confidence to become more independent in their daily lives. The purpose of Camp Abilities is to empower children with sensory impairments to be physically active and productive members of their schools, communities, and society. The Camp Abilities experience teaches children what they CAN do in the area of sports and recreation, which is often overlooked in their education and home environments. Throughout the week, athletes participate in a long list of physical activities including swimming, goalball, beep baseball, tandem biking, track and field events, rock climbing, hiking, canoeing, archery, and more. Each physical activity has a detailed task analysis for each skill. Assessment sheets are completed daily and are sent to parents and physical education teachers at the conclusion of camp to encourage continued physical activity throughout the year.
Age Groups:
Grade Schoolers
Teenagers
Location:
Anchorage, AL

Phone Number: 907-561-6655

E-Mail: alpine4kids@arctic.net

URL: http://www.campabilitiesalaska.org/contactus.html
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Connecticut

BESB Preschool Post Office Story Trip Featuring Postman Bob

Date: May 22, 2012
Time: 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Come visit the Southbury post office and learn about how we get mail. This trip includes a story, mail exploration, and touching a mail truck. Your child will also mail a letter that he/she will receive in the Mail!. Open to BESB Preschool children ages 2-5 and their families
Age Groups:
Preschoolers
Location:
710 Main Street
Southbury, CT
Contact: Yvonne Locke

Phone: (860) 602-4130

E-Mail: Yvonne.Locke@ct.gov
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BESB Program Presents: The 2012 Career and Transition Fair for Students and Parents

Date: May 22, 2012
Time: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Presentations and information from BESB Vocational Rehabilitation, Career Exposure, Summer Youth Employment Program, Department of Developmental Services, Dept. of Labor, Mentor Outreach, Community Employers and the Bureau of Rehabilitation Services. Lunch provide and free parking. Registration is required. Open to all transition age students. Please E-mail registration paperwork to Robbin Keating. More information and a registration form can be obtained from Barry Rita at 860-602-4069 (barry.rita@ct,gov) or Robbin Keating at 860-602-4222.
Age Groups
Teenagers
Location:
Goodwin College
Community Room
1 Riverside Drive
East Hartford, CT
Contact: Robbin Keating

Phone: (860) 602-4222

E-Mail: robbin.keating@ct.gov
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Family Fun Day at Lufberry Park in Wallingford, CT

Date: June 2, 2012
Time: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

We have read your evaluations and the one thing everyone said was that they wanted more time to socialize and talk with other families as well as have an opportunity for their children to meet other students from around the state. During this fun day you can talk to other families, TVIs, O&M instructors, meet others who share similiar diagnosis and enjoy a picnic lunch. Our Student Advisory Council (SAC)teens will be organizing games in the morning for the children and we will enjoy the music and activities with Mr Gym from 1-2 pm. We will provide the water, ice, plates cups and eating utensils. Parents are requested to bring sandwiches for their children and to bring a pot luck item to share with the other families. Rain Date will be June 9, 2012
Location:
Lufberry Park
10 Cheshire Road
Wallingford, CT
Contact: Cheryl Brown or Gail Johnson

Phone Number: 800-842-4510 ext 4084

E-Mail: Cheryl.brown@ct.gov
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Essential Skills Program Series – Independent Living Skills Rock!

Date: June 26, 2012
Time: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Put on by Bureau of Rehabilitative Services – BESB Program

The Essential Skills Program Series are day events that include intensive instruction in the Expanded Core Curriculum. This workshop will focus on Home Maintenance, Mobility, Community Skills and Money Skills. This will be for students entering 3rd-8th Grade. This workshop will also have a parent workshop in addition to the workshop for students. The parent workshop will include in-depth training on topics of mobility and daily living skills. Please fill out the BESB Summer Program Application 2012 by 4/1/12 for this program. Contact Lori Cornelius or your TVI for more information.
Age Groups
Grade Schoolers
Location:
BRS-BESB Program
184 Windsor Ave.
Windsor, CT
Contact: Lori Cornelius

Phone Number: 860-602-4038

E-Mail: Lori.Cornelius@ct.gov
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Essential Skills Program Series – Dating 101: Social Skills, Restaurant Etiquette, and How to Make Friends and Date Successfully

Date: June 27, 2012
Time: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

The Essential Skills Program Series are day events that include intensive instruction in the Expanded Core Curriculum. This workshop will focus on independent living skills, mobility, personal hygiene and non-verbal communication. This will be for students entering 7th-12th Grade. This workshop will also have a parent worshop in addition to the workshop for students. The parent workshop will include in-depth training on topics of mobility and daily living skills. Please fill out the BESB Summer Program Application 2012 by 4/1/2012 for this event. Contact Lori Cornelius or your TVI for more information
Location:
BRS-BESB Program
184 Windsor Ave.
Windsor, CT
Contact: Lori Cornelius

Phone Number: 860-602-4038

E-Mail: Lori.Cornelius@ct.gov
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L.I.F.E.–Learning Independence Friendship Education

Dates: July 8 through July 14, 2012

The LIFE program focuses on intensive instruction in the Expanded Core Curriculum during a one week residential program held on a college campus wher you have the chance to experience “living on your own”. You will live in a dorm with other students, plan/cook meals and participate in on and off site activities. The program includes mobility, special events, daily living skills, a service project, and peer support. Please fill out the BESB Summer Program Application by 4/1/2012 for this event. Contact Lori Cornelius or your TVI for more information.
Age Groups:
Teenagers
Location:
To Be Determined
A college campus in, CT
Contact: Lori Cornelius

Phone Number: 860-602-4038

E-Mail: Lori.Cornelius@ct.gov
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Skills 4 Life – Mobility Day Camp – West Hartford
Dates: July 23 through July 25, 2012 as well as August 1 through August 3, 2012

This is a three day program to obtain intensive mobility training where students strengthen mobility and community skills in a varienty of settings. It will be held in two communities– West Hartford and West Haven. This is for students in grades Middle to High School. More details are to follow. Please fill out the BESB Summer Program Application 2012 by 4/1/2012 for this event and choose your preferred location on the application.

Age Groups
Grade Schoolers
Teenagers

Location:
To Be Determined
West Hartford, CT
Contact: Lori Cornelius

Phone Number: 860-602-4038

E-Mail: Lori.Cornelius@ct.gov
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Camp Harkness Summer Work Opportunity

Dates: August 12 through August 17, 2012

The Camp Harkness overnight camp provides students, who will be entering the work force directly after high school, with real life work experience along with confidence and skill building activities. This camp is for students entering grades 9-12. Please fill out the BESB Summer Program Application by 4/1/2012 for this event. For more information, please contact Barry Rita at Barry.Rita@ct.gov
Age Groups
Teenagers
Interest Categories
Camps
Daily living skills training
Transition
Location:
Waterford, CT
Contact: Barry Rita

Phone Number: 860-602-4069

E-Mail: barry.rita@ct.gov
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Florida

Hope Haven Summer Camps

Dates: June 18 through August 10, 2012
Time: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Academic Day Camp, BASICS Camp for Children/teens with developmental/physical disablities and the Discovery Preschool Camp(weekdays through the summer)
Age Groups
All ages (birth to 26)
Location:
4600 Beach Boulevard
Jacksonville, FL
Phone Number: 904-346-5100
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Illinois

29th Annual Opening Doors

Dates: June 6 through June 9, 2012

Opening Doors/Parent-Infant Institute will be June 6-9, 2012 at the Illinois School for the Visually Impaired. It is a four day conference for parents/guardians and their young children with a visual impairment. Who should attend? Illinois parents or guardians and their children with visual impairments and additional disabilities who are five years old or younger. To register: Contact Janet McGovern at ISVI 658 E. State St. Jacksonville, Il. 62650 217/479-4437 (Voice) 217/479-4412 (Fax) Toll free no. — 1/800/919-5617 www.isvi.net Final day to register : May 15, 2012
Location:
658 East State Street
Jacksonville, IL
Phone Number: 217-479-4400

URL: http://www.isvi.net
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Illinois School for the Visually Impaired Summer Camps

Dates: June 17 through June 23, 2012

Summer Camp opportunities June 17-23, 2012 at the Illinois School for the Visually Impaired Three camps: Young Explorer’s, STEM (Science Technology, Engineering, Math), and Sports Camp
Location:
658 East State Street
Jacksonville, Illinois 62650
Jacksonville, IL
Contact: Serena Preston

Phone Number: 217-479-4447

URL: http://www.isvi.net
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Abilities Expo, Chicago

Dates: June 29, through July 1, 2012

Discover solutions at Abilities Expo. The Community has spoken!
Abilities Expo is the trusted source where people with disabilities, their families, seniors, vets, caregivers and healthcare professionals gain knowledge and empowerment (and have a little fun!). For more than 30 years, Abilities Expo has also provided an excellent forum for companies with disability products and services to reach out and enhance the lives of this Community.
Age Groups
All ages (birth to 26)
Interest Categories
Assistive technology/helpful products
Location:
Schaumburg Convention Center
1551 North Thoreau Drive
Schaumburg, IL
URL: http://www.abilitiesexpo.com/chicago/index.html
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Kentucky

The 2012 ACB national convention will be at the Gault House in Louisville, KY, July 6 through 14. For more information, go to http://acb.org/node/258
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Audio Description Institute

Dates: 7/12/2012 – 7/14/2012

The American Council of the Blind’s Audio Description Project Announces:

AUDIO DESCRIPTION INSTITUTE – July 12-14, 2012
In Conjunction with ACB’s 2012
Annual Conference and Convention
Galt House Hotel – Louisville, Kentucky

Audio Description (AD) makes visual images accessible for people who are blind or have low vision. Using words that are succinct, vivid, and imaginative, media describers convey the visual image from television and film that is not fully accessible to a significant segment of the population (more than 25 million Americans experience significant vision loss).

The signing of the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act has spawned a virtual cottage industry for the development of description for broadcast television.
Who Should Attend
Anyone interested in:
working as freelance description writers for broadcast television
working as a describer in a local performing arts program
working as a describer for visual art exhibitions
Experienced audio describers desiring an updated refresher course.

NOTE: freelance writers for broadcast television projects can often be based anywhere in the world-computer equipment capable of accommodating high-speed downloads is a must.

Topics Include:

audio description history and theory
the “Four Fundamentals of Audio Description” ©
active seeing/visual literacy-developing skills in concentration and observation
the art of “editing” what you see
vivid language: “The Visual Made Verbal”™
“Speak the speech, I pray you”—using the spoken word to make meaning

To Apply:

Simply register on-line for the ACB 2012 Conference and Convention by visiting www.acb.org in late May or early June. Contact Joel Snyder with any questions.
Contact: Joel Snyder
Phone: (202) 467-5083
Email: jsnyder@acb.org
URL: http://www.acb.org
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Fun Friday’s – Sponsored by Visually Impaired Preschool Services

Dates: June 8 through July 21, 2012
Time: 9:30 am – 11:30 am

VIPS’ Fun Fridays a warm, welcoming place for kids with visual impairments, their parents, sibs and friends. Kids ages 2-5 years old with a parent or adult escort can come and play at different stations from 9:30 till 11:30 a.m. on Fridays. Stations include KIDSTOWN, Exploration Stations, Featured Guests, Super Playground, Sensory Garden, and Story Time by readers of Braille and large print. Free for VIPS families. Donation of $5.00 is appreciated for non-VIPS children each visit.
Location:
1906 Goldsmith Lane
Louisville, KY
Cost: $5.00

Phone Number: 502-636-3207

E-Mail: mhack@vips.org

URL: http://www.vips.org
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Maryland

Independence 2012

Dates: June 17, through August 10, 2012

For Blind and Low Vision High School Students

What is Independence 2012?
Independence 2012 is an eight-week residential training program that provides blind and low vision teens with the non-visual skills and confidence to help transition from high school to college and/or employment.

* Learn to travel independently using a long white cane
* Experience real-world career opportunities
* Two-week paid work experience
* Learn to read and write using Braille
* Develop computer skills through access technology
* Reside in apartments with blind instructor/mentors
* Expand cooking, cleaning, and shopping skills
* Develop a positive attitude about blindness
* Attend the 2012 NFB national convention in Dallas, Texas
* Tour Baltimore, Washington D.C., and New York, NY
* Participate in recreational and athletic activities
* New this year – Sailing!

Who Can Apply?
Legally blind students who are entering or are in high school in the fall of 2012. Applicants should have an open case with their state’s vocational rehabilitation or have an alternative funding source.
Location:
3345 Washington Blvd
Baltimore, MD
Contact: Dezman Jackson

Phone: (410) 737-2676

E-Mail: djackson@bism.org

URL: http://bism.org/YouthServices.cfm
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Independence 101

Dates: July 22 through August 11, 2012

For Blind and Low Vision Middle School Students

Why is Independence “101” important for your middle school age child or student?
Many blind and low vision youth have misconceptions about their blindness due to the lack of positive blind role models. Through this program your child will learn first-hand from successful blind instructors, who will teach blindness skills and serve as a positive blind role model.

What will my child do in Independence “101”
* Learn to travel independently using a long white cane
* Learn to read and write using Braille
* Develop computer skills through access technology
* Reside in apartments with blind instructor/mentors
* Learn independent living skills
* Develop a positive attitude about blindness
* Tour Baltimore and Washington, D.C.
* Participate in recreational evening and weekend activities (Oriole’s game, rock climbing, roller skating, & much, much more!
* Learn to sail

Who Can Apply?
Legally blind students who are currently in or are entering middle school in the fall of 2012.
Location:
3345 Washington Blvd
Baltimore, MD
Contact: Dezman Jackson

Phone: (410) 737-2676

E-Mail: djackson@bism.org

URL: http://bism.org/YouthServices.cfm
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Camp Abilities Maryland

Offered by the USABA
Dates: August 7 through August 11, 2012

Camp Abilities Maryland Inc has a partnership with Lions Camp Merrick to combine resources to empower children with sensory impairments to be physically active and productive members of their schools, communities, and society in general. Our aim is also, to improve the health and well-being of children with sensory impairments. Camp teaches children what they CAN do in the area of sports and recreation, which is often overlooked in their education and home environments. Camp Abilities Maryland offers athletes the chance to participate in the following activities:Goalball; Beep Baseball; Martial Arts; Soccer; Swimming; Canoeing; Fishing; Ropes course; Rock Wall and more.
Age Groups
Grade Schoolers
Contact: Drew Dalton
Phone Number: 301-395-4695

E-Mail: andrew.dalton@pgcps.org

URL: http://campabilitiesmaryland.web.officelive.com/default.aspx
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Massachusetts

Families Connecting with Families Conference 2012

Dates: 7/27/2012 – 7/29/2012

An international conference covering all aspects of raising a child with a visual impairment, the 2012 Families Connecting with Families Conference will include:
Interactive sessions and panel discussions to address parents’ most pressing interests
Networking with other families and professionals
FREE daycare program for children, and activities designed especially for teens
Fun for the whole family with special receptions and events

The 2012 Conference will be held at:
Boston Marriott Newton
2345 Commonwealth Avenue
Newton, Massachusetts 02466

This beautiful hotel is also an ideal family vacation destination, featuring special discounted hotel rates for the Families Connecting with Families Conference. The Boston Marriott Newton is centrally located:

Walking distance to kayak or canoe your way from the hotel into Boston along the scenic Charles River
12 miles from the Boston Children’s Museum, Museum of Science, New England Aquarium, Minute Man Historical Park and much more!
Take a walk through history along Boston’s Freedom Trail or a Duck Tour
Learn more about the Children’s Programs, Hotel Information, and Conference Program.

MAJOR SPONSORS

NAPVI
Jewish Guild for the Blind
Perkins School for the Blind
New England Consortium of Deafblind Projects
Contact: NAPVI
URL: http://www.familyconnect.org/parentsitehome.asp?SectionID=110
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A Sampling of the World of Work

Offered by the Perkins School for the Blind
Dates: June 24 through July 27, 2012

Perkins Outreach 5 Week Summer Employment Program for high school students, age 16 or older

Teenagers who are visually impaired often have fewer opportunities for employment during the summer. Employment experience combined with a shared apartment life helps students be more successful in college, in future jobs, in managing dorm life, and in independent living.

The Outreach Summer Employment Program places high school students in entry-level positions in the greater Watertown area. Students are matched to a job and provided with a job coach to support them, as needed, as they work independently. They work Monday through Friday and receive a weekly paycheck. In addition, they tour job sites, do assignments related to the world of work, and participate in evening seminars and classes such as:

Sharing of daily work experiences
Presenting oneself well in person and on paper
Discussions with employed adults who are visually impaired
Job seeking skills
Social skills for the workplace
Interviewing skills
Completing a resume
Keeping a journal
Problem solving in a work situation
Budgeting weekly paychecks

Students live in supervised housing on Perkins campus. They are responsible for the management of their living environment (i.e. grocery shopping, meal preparation, laundry and housekeeping) and in the planning of recreational activities, with staff support. Students must be independent in their daily living skills.

Additional Information: Participation will be as a residential student for seminars, recreation, and employment. Students may request to go home one weekend. Wednesday, July 4th is a program day.

Students applying for the program will be expected to attend the March 9-11, 2012 Vocational Exploration Weekend on Perkins campus.

For questions and/or to set up a meeting and tour of Outreach, contact
Kelly Cote, Supervisor of Outreach Courses
617-972-7867
Kelly.Cote@Perkins.org
Location:
175 North Beacon Street
Watertown, MA
Contact: Kelly Cote, Supervisor of Outreach Short Courses

Phone Number: 617-972-7867

E-Mail: Kelly.Cote@Perkins.org
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Dealing with the Present While Preparing for the Future

Offered by the Perkins School for the Blind
Dates: June 24 through July 13, 2012

Perkins Outreach 3 Week Summer Program for students in grades 7-12

Teenagers who are visually impaired face a wide array of situations in school, at home, and on the job where they must utilize problem solving, teamwork, personal management, and specialized skills. The three week residential program offers intensive skills training, socialization and recreational activities, and opportunities to improve self-confidence.

Training areas and activities include:
Increase self-awareness and improve self-esteem through understanding of personal strengths and limitations
Food preparation from start to finish (i.e. menu planning, shopping, preparing, serving, and cleaning up)
Introduction to personal finances (i.e. basic money management, banking)
Personal care skills (i.e. grooming, eating, hygiene skills)
Functional communication skills (i.e. handwritten signature, typing, keyboard skills, braille)
Home management skills (i.e. laundry, cleaning, organization skills)
Career planning resources
Orientation & mobility skills
Social skills and peer relationships
Community experiences (i.e. independent shopping and resources exploration)
Leisure and recreational activity planning and experiences (i.e. swimming, horseback riding, canoeing)

Additional Information:

Special requests for intensive skills training or assessments in any of the areas listed above will be considered.

This is a residential three-week program, which includes remaining at Perkins over the two weekends for the additional recreational activities and skills practice. Housing will be apartment style.

Parents are invited once during the program for a scheduled observation and a progress meeting.

For questions and/or to set up a meeting and tour of Outreach, contact
Kelly Cote, Supervisor of Outreach Courses
617-972-7867
Kelly.Cote@Perkins.org
Location:
175 North Beacon Street
Watertown, MA
Contact: Kelly Cote, Supervisor of Outreach Short Courses

Phone Number: 617-972-7867

E-Mail: Kelly.Cote@Perkins.org
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Steps Towards Independence

Offered by the Perkins School for the Blind
Dates: July 15 through July 20, 2012 for Grades 4 -6, and July 22 through July 27, 2012 for Grades 1 -3

Perkins Outreach 1 Week Elementary Summer Program

A week of OVERNIGHT summer program will be held on the Perkins campus. The focus will be on socialization with peers who are also blind or visually impaired, basic skills training, community exploration, and recreation.

Intensive Instruction Classes: Students will attend classes for part of the day that address areas of the Expanded Core Curriculum (ECC) such as:
Home & Personal Management
Community Experience
Orientation & Mobility
Cooking
Braille
Social Skills
Money Skills
Dining Skills
Technology

Students will also participate in adapted recreation activities and structured learning experiences, such as:
Music/drama
Crafts
Swimming
Field trips
Games
Horseback riding
Physical education
Outdoor adventures
Water sports

Additional Information:

This is a residential one-week program, which includes remaining at Perkins for the duration of the week. Families are encouraged to speak with the program supervisor about any concerns regarding their child’s participation in the overnights.

Housing is apartment style and staff are present to assist students as needed. Students are not expected to be fully independent with their daily living skills or mobility. Areas of need will be addressed during the week.

It is highly recommended that students interested in applying for an elementary summer program attend a weekend Short Course during the school year. This experience will give the student and family a better idea of what to expect during the summer. It will also help the staff learn more about the student, which will be beneficial in developing the student’s schedule for the summer program.

For questions and/or to set up a meeting and tour of Outreach, contact
Kelly Cote, Supervisor of Outreach Courses
617-972-7867
Kelly.Cote@Perkins.org
Location:
175 North Beacon Street
Watertown, MA
Contact: Kelly Cote, Supevisor of Outreach Courses

Phone Number: 617-972-7867

E-Mail: Kelly.Cote@Perkins.org
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Michigan

Leader Dog Sumer Experience

Offered by Leader Dogs for the Blind
Dates: June 22 through June 29, 2012

This summer adventure for teens 16 and 17 includes the opportunity to experience what it is like to live and work with a Leader Dog and sends you home with a free location technology (Kapten PLUS GPS) device! During the week you’ll learn how to use the GPS to enhance your ability to travel in current and new environments. The camp is all about having fun, learning new things, challenging yourself and making new friends. Some activities planned for the week include tandem biking, kayaking, rock climbing, and movie night… just to name a few! Instructor to Student Ratio GPS Camp has a 1:3 instructor-to-student ratio to ensure a personalized experience for all participants. Lodging Campers stay in the residence facility on our beautiful campus in Rochester Hills, Michigan. Male and female students reside in separate areas of the residence and are supervised by Leader Dog instructors. Leader Dog covers the cost of housing, meals, activities and travel. Participants may bring pocket money for souvenirs. Applications are due to Leader Dog by MARCH 30, 2012. To download an application go to www.leaderdog.org/programs/youth or call 888/777.5332 and ask for the client services department.
Location:
1039 S. Rochester Rd.
Rochester Hills, MI
Contact: Client Services Department

Phone Number: 248/651.9011

E-Mail: leaderdog@leaderdog.org

URL: http://leaderdog.org/programs/youth
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Minnesota

Northern Plains Visions Sport Camp

Offered by USABA
Dates: July 9 through July 16, 2012

Visually impaired and blind children from through MN participate in an annual sport and recreation camp.
Contact: Dr. James Mastro

Phone Number: 218-755-3772

E-Mail: jmastro@bemidjistate.edu

URL: www.usaba.org
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Missouri

Space Camp

Offered by Lighthouse for the Blind
Dates: September 26 through October 2, 2012
Space Camp is specifically designed for children who are blind and visually impaired. The program uses space to excite and educate students in the field of math, science & technology.
Space Camp is located in Huntsville, Alabama. Lighthouse for the Blind has limited scholarships available to legally blind and blind children living in eastern Missouri and western Illinois.
Camp will be held from September 26-October 2.
For further details, please visit www.lhbindustries.com/seethefuture/spacecamp.asp or contact Angie Yorke at (314) 423-4333 ext. 132.

Cost: $50 registration fee

Contact: Space Camp

Phone Number: 314-423-4333
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New Hampshire

Camp Inter-Actions

Sessions from July 22 through July 28, 2012 and July 29 through August 11, 2012

Join us at Camp Inter-Actions for a traditional camp experience. Camp activities to include: music, swimming, boating, fishing, adapted sports, adapted games, arts and crafts, pottery, woodworking, camping, and daily living skills.
Location:
Georges Mills, NH

Cost: $950

Phone Number: 603-228-2803

E-Mail: campinfo@inter-actions.org

URL: http://www.inter-actions.org
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New Jersey

Community Resources Fair

Date: May 16, 2012
Time: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Providing educational information, health information, recreational and related services -Awareness of local and state resources
Location:
761 Summit Avenue
Jersey City, NJ
Phone: (201) 876-5432

E-Mail: info@sjsnj.org

URL: www.sjsnj.org
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New York

Tickets Now Available! AFB’s 17th Annual Helen Keller Achievement Awards

Date: 6/7/2012

The American Foundation for the Blind cordially invites you to the 17th Annual Helen Keller Achievement Awards

New York Marriott Downtown
85 West Street
June 7, 2012
6:30 pm – Cocktail Reception
7:30 pm – Dinner
Followed by award presentations and dancing
Achievement Award Recipients:
Donald A. Goldsmith, Sr. Partner, Private Wealth Services, Holland & Knight
Glen Weiss, Senior Vice President, Director of Leasing, Vornado Realty Trust
Mark Turits, Vice President, Captioning & Video Description, CBS Television Network
Betsy Fouss, Executive Director, Delta Gamma Foundation
Rocco Fiorentino, Musician and Humanitarian
Black Tie Optional
All proceeds benefit the American Foundation for the Blind. Join us for this unforgettable evening! Tickets now available for purchase.
Contact: AFB Development
Phone: (212) 502-7621
Email: swilliams@afb.net
URL: http://www.afb.org/hkaa
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SAVE THE DATE

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

The Computer Center for Visually Impaired People (CCVIP) at Baruch College Invites You to an Interactive Presentation Entitled Health Management, Diabetes and Vision Loss

Times: 1:00-3:00pm or 6:00-8:00pm

Where: Baruch College 151 East 25th Street, between Lexington and 3rd Avenues, Room 763

What: Have you ever wondered how a person with vision loss manages health issues such as having diabetes? Guest presenter and Diabetes Educator, Karen McCauley RN, MSN, CDE of The Jewish Guild for the Blind will be spearheading this unique workshop. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about talking meters, talking blood pressure monitors, and adaptive devices commonly used by individuals living with diabetes and visual impairment or blindness.

Admission: Free

Reservations Required: Call 646-312-1420

If you are unable to join us in person, the presentation will be recorded and posted on our site for viewing at your convenience. Please visit us at: www.baruch.cuny.edu/ccvip

Also mark your calendars for Thursday, September 20th, 2012 when we will be offering our next Demo Center Presentation, marking the beginning of our fourth year!
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Science Sense Tours–Beyond Planet Earth: The Future of Space Exploration

Date: May 19, 2012
Time: 10:00 am

Explore the future of space travel in this special exhibit, as it boldly investigates our next steps in our solar system and beyond. (Please note that this exhibit is a Special Attraction and is not included in the price of General Admission).

Visitors who are blind or partially sighted are invited to attend this program, held monthly in the Museum galleries. Specially trained Museum tour guides highlight specific themes and exhibition halls, engaging participants through extensive verbal descriptions and touchable objects.

Science Sense tours are available to individuals or groups. Space is limited and advance registration is required. For additional information or to register for a Science Sense tour, please call 212 313-7565 or email accessibility@amnh.org.
Location:
American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West at 79th Street
New York, NY
Phone Number: 212.313.7565

E-Mail: accessibility@amnh.org

URL: http://www.amnh.org/visitors/blind_partially_sighted.php
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Science Sense Tours: Ocean Life

Date: May 19, 2012
Time: 10:00 am

Plunge into the ocean to explore aquatic habitat dioramas in the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life.

Visitors who are blind or partially sighted are invited to attend this program, held monthly in the Museum galleries. Specially trained Museum tour guides highlight specific themes and exhibition halls, engaging participants through extensive verbal descriptions and touchable objects.

Science Sense tours are available to individuals or groups. Space is limited and advance registration is required. For additional information or to register for a Science Sense tour, please call 212 313-7565 or email accessibility@amnh.org.
Location:
American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West at 79th Street
New York, NY
Cost: Science Sense is free with Museum admission.

Phone Number: (212) 313-7565

E-Mail: accessibility@amnh.org

URL: http://www.amnh.org/visitors/blind_partially_sighted.php
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Science Sense Tours: Minerals and Gems

Date: July 15, 2012
Time: 10:00 am

Discover the exquisite collection of minerals and gems of all shapes, sizes and colors and learn about how they are systematically arranged.

Visitors who are blind or partially sighted are invited to attend this program, held monthly in the Museum galleries. Specially trained Museum tour guides highlight specific themes and exhibition halls, engaging participants through extensive verbal descriptions and touchable objects.

Science Sense tours are available to individuals or groups. Space is limited and advance registration is required. For additional information or to register for a Science Sense tour, please call 212 313-7565 or email accessibility@amnh.org.
Location:
American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West at 79th Street
New York, NY
Cost: Free with Museum admission

Phone Number: 212-313-7565

E-Mail: accessibility@amnh.org

URL: http://www.amnh.org/visitors/blind_partially_sighted.php
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Camp Abilities Long Island at Adelphi University

Dates: July 19 through July 22, 2012

Camp Abilities is a four day overnight developmental sports camp for children who are visually impaired, blind, or deafblind. The camp is set up to provide a 1:1 instructional situation for each child. Our counselors are pooled from physical education and special education undergraduate and graduate programs across the U.S., and overseas. Since the first Camp Abilities at the College of Brockport 16 years ago, they have trained more than 800 future teachers in the area of sport and recreation for children with sensory impairments. Many specialists that have worked at Camp Abilities are blind themselves, and serve as excellent role models for our children, some of whom have never met or socially interacted with another person who is blind. Camp Abilities Long Island will be held at the campus of Adelphi University in Garden City, NY. All campers and counselors will stay in the dorms at Adelphi University.
Location:
1 Olympic Plaza
Long Island, NY
Phone Number: (516) 877-4265

E-Mail: Campabilitieslongisland@yahoo.com

URL: http://campabilitieslongisland.org/index.php
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Science Sense Tours: Hall of the Universe

Date: August 15, 2012
Time: 2:30 pm

Examine the stunning discoveries of modern astrophysics and questions such as how the universe evolved into galaxies, stars, and planets.

Visitors who are blind or partially sighted are invited to attend this program, held monthly in the Museum galleries. Specially trained Museum tour guides highlight specific themes and exhibition halls, engaging participants through extensive verbal descriptions and touchable objects.

Science Sense tours are available to individuals or groups. Space is limited and advance registration is required. For additional information or to register for a Science Sense tour, please call 212 313-7565 or email accessibility@amnh.org.
Location:
American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West at 79th Street
New York, NY
Cost: Museum admission

Phone Number: (212) 313-7565

E-Mail: accessibility@amnh.org

URL: http://www.amnh.org/visitors/blind_partially_sighted.php
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Oklahoma

USABA Development Rowing Camp

Dates: May 20 through May 25, 2012

USABA in partnership with U.S. Rowing and U.S. Paralympics, is pleased to host the first development camp for rowers with physical disabilities; to include those individuals who are blind or visually impaired in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. A special invitation is extended to disabled Veterans and disabled members of the Armed Forces who sustained physical disabilities (vision loss and lower- and upper-body amputee). Financial support for injured service men and women is available. Participants will increase their individual rowing technique, build rowing confidence, provide opportunities to row in a team boat and learn the skills of competitive racing. For more information, contact Garrett Klugh, Camp Coordinator at gklugh@hotmail.com or call (609) 933-9800 or Rich Cardillo, USABA Military Sports Coordinator at military@usaba.org or call (719) 866-3221.

Location:
Oklahoma City, OK
Contact: Rich Cardillo

Phone Number: 719-866-3224

E-Mail: military@usaba.org

URL: www.usaba.org
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Pennsylvania

2012 7th Biannual LCA Family Conference

Dates: July 20 through July 22, 2012

Save the Date for the 7th Biannual Leber’s Congenital Amaurosis (LCA) Family Conference. More information to follow.
Location:
3600 Sansom Street
Philadelphia, PA
Contact: Sally Lewinski,Executuive Director, Foundation for Retinal Research (FRR)

Phone Number: 224-927-5063

E-Mail: sally@tfrr.org

URL: http://www.tfrr.org/
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South Dakota

Extended School Year Summer Program

Dates: June 10 through July 27, 2012

The SDSBVI Extended School Year Summer Program will bring together blind and visually impaired students from across South Dakota for learning and fun. The program will be held June 6-25 and July 11-30 on the campus at the School for the Blind and Visually Impaired in Aberdeen, SD. A student may attend one week or any combination of one to six weeks. Students who are blind or visually impaired, ages 6-21, who reside in South Dakota, may attend free of charge. Students residing outside of the state may attend on a tuition basis. Expanded Core Curriculum Training: The curriculum is designed for students who are blind or visually impaired, with emphasis being placed on training in the “Expanded Core Curriculum” areas. In addition to the academic subjects, students who are blind or visually impaired need to learn specific skills to better prepare them for independence. During our Summer Program we include many of the following experiences. * Assistive Technology (electronic magnification, screen magnification, screen reading, scanning and reading, and refreshable Braille) * Career Education/Transition (career exploration, job seeking skills, job shadowing and work experiences) * Compensatory Academic Skills, including communication (skills needed to access the academic curriculum including concept development, spatial awareness, listening skills, communication mode, and modes for reading and writing – Braille, large print, tactile symbols, recorded materials) * Independent Living Skills (personal hygiene, food preparation, clothing care, shopping, accessing community services, self-advocacy, money management, time management, and organizational skills) * Orientation and Mobility (cane use, community travel, mobility aids, and public transportation) * Recreation and Leisure Skills (fitness, sports, games, boating, bowling, movies, board games, and swimming) * Self-Determination Skills (self-advocacy skills that will help a student develop problem-solving skills to interact effectively with others to get things done) * Sensory Efficiency Skills (learning to use all senses; visual, auditory and tactual) * Social Interaction Skills (getting along with others)
Location:
423 17th Avenue SE
Aberdeen, SD
Cost: No cost to SD Residents; Tuition charged for out-of-state students

Contact: Dawn LaMee, Liaison for Services

Phone Number: 605-626-2580 or 1-888-275-3814

E-Mail: lameed@sdsbvi.northern.edu

URL: http://sdsbvi.northern.edu
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Texas

National Federation of the Blind
National Convention 2012

When:
Saturday, June 30—Thursday, July 5, 2012

Where:
Hilton Anatole Hotel
2201 North Stemmons Freeway
Dallas, Texas 75207

Reservations: Beginning January 1, 2012, write directly to the above address or call (214) 761-7500.

Pre-registration:
Pre-registration is now open. To pre-register online visit www.nfb.org/registration. To pre-register through the mail, please use the pre-registration mail-in form (PDF).
When purchased online or through the mail by May 31st, the pre-registration fee for convention is $25 ($30 on-site), the cost of a banquet ticket is $50 ($60 on-site), and the cost of the BBQ is $40 ($45 on-site).

More Information:
Additional information as to meetings, schedule, hotel, etc., may be obtained as it becomes available by contacting the National Federation of the Blind at 200 East Wells Street at Jernigan Place, Baltimore, Maryland 21230, telephone (410) 659-9314.
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DART Mobility Management Informational Meeting at AFB Center on Vision Loss

Date: 7/11/2012

When: July 11, 2012, Noon to 2 pm

Where: 11030 Ables Lane, Dallas, 75229

Have you heard that Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) is making changes to its Mobility Management Services? Would you like to know more about the changes and how they may impact you? Hear from DART directly at a two-hour informational meeting at American Foundation for the Blind. DART Mobility Management will:

Introduce the new contractor
Describe the changes DART is making and why they are changing
Describe the new vehicles and the role of taxis
Strategies for recognizing vehicles and drivers
Training and quality control measures for the vehicles and drivers
Measures to ensure that drivers look for and find their passenger
Enhanced customer service and customer relations, and
Most importantly, answer all questions and concerns you have

Seating is limited to the first 70 people. Please RSVP to neva@afb.net or 214-438-5316 by July 10, 2012 at 5 pm.
DART will have an MV1 vehicle at the site, so everyone can experience boarding and being on the new style vehicle.
Contact: Neva Fairchild
Phone: (214) 438-5316
Email: neva@afb.net
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IPhone, iPod & iPad: Get the Information You Need

Date: 6/7/2012

Come to a Free Seminar at American Foundation for the Blind Center on Vision Loss
Presented by Marci Duty, Christal Vision & Neva Fairchild, AFB
This 3-hour seminar will focus on iOS devices and their accessibility to people with low or no vision. Learn about Zoom and Voice Over, the gestures used with touch screens and apps to make your life easier. If you own one, bring it with you for hands-on learning. If you’re still thinking about purchasing one, come and see how an iOS device could change your life.
When: Thursday, June 7, 2012 1 to 4 pm
Where: AFB Center on Vision Loss
11030 Ables Lane Dallas, TX 75229
(214) 352-7222

RSVP to (214) 438-5316 or neva@afb.net as seating is limited to the first 40 participants.
Contact: Neva Fairchild
Phone: (214) 438-5316
Email: neva@afb.net
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Lighthouse of Houston Summer Day Camp

Dates: July 9 through July 27, 2012
Time: 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

The Lighthouse of Houston will be holding a 3 week summer day camp for blind and visually impaired children 5-11 years old. The kids enjoy arts and crafts, field trips, visits from different organizations, swimming, and BBQ’s on Friday.
Location:
3602 West Dallas Avenue
Houston, TX
Cost: $100/ week or $250 for 3 weeks

Contact: Jaime Monson

Phone Number: 713-527-9561

E-Mail: recreation@houstonlighthouse.org

URL: www.houstonlighthouse.org
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Utah

USABA Goalball National Championships

Dates: June 14, through June 16, 2012

Location:
Midvale, UT

Contact: Tony Jepson

Phone Number: 719-630-0422

E-Mail: tony@ufbvi.org
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Virginia

S/COMA — not SCOTOMA: Seeing the Whole Picture! OM Conference — Richmond, Virginia
Dates: 9/30/2012 – 10/2/2012
COME TO PRESENT! COME TO LEARN! COME TO SHARE AND HAVE FUN!

It’s been MUCH too long (15 years!) since the historic SOMA Super-Regional O&M conference, so we are very excited about planning the next one! The last such conference was SOMA/SWOMA in New Orleans, this time it is SOMA/COMA.

WHEN: September 30 to October 2, 2012.
WHERE: Crown Plaza Downtown Hotel, Richmond, VA; Saturday’s preconference sessions will be at the Virginia Department for the Blind and Visually Impaired.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND: O&M Instructors, Teachers, Parents, Administrators, and Consumers
Early-bird registration: $150 ($190 after August 30) Registration fee includes:
* Over 12 hours of workshops, presentations, roundtables and poster sessions (will seek ACVREP approval)
* Blindfold walking adventure (will seek ACVREP approval)
* Pre-conference workshops all day Saturday and Sunday morning (first-come, first-serve)
* Exhibits of O&M-related products and services
* Breakfast and buffet luncheon Monday
* Reception Sunday afternoon

DEADLINE for call for papers: April 30, 2012.
For information, contact kwalker@alliedinstructional.com or dona@sauerburger.org.
Contact: Karen Walker
Phone: (804) 244-2000
Email: kwalker@alliedinstructional.com
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Washington

AER International Conference 2012, July 18-22

Dates: 7/18/2012 – 7/23/2012

Bellevue, Washington—the best of both worlds nestled between two mountain ranges and the glittering shores of Lake Washington. And home to the AER International Conference 2012, July 18-22!

Located on Seattle’s East Side, vision professionals will gather together in this clean, wildly sophisticated city to learn, network and share the latest ideas in education and rehabilitation of the blind and visually impaired.

Visit the AER website for further details and to register online.
Contact: AER
Email: conference@aerbvi.org
URL: http://aerbvi.org/2012international/index.htm
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Introduction to Computer Programming

Dates: July 24 through July 27, 2012

When it comes to computer programming, blind and visually impaired individuals are at a significant disadvantage compared to their sighted counterparts. That the blind are significantly underrepresented in the computing profession is an unfortunate state of affairs, as computer programming offers the blind population both a rich world to explore and a lucrative career path. What’s This All About? In collaboration with five K-12 schools for the blind and a mentorship board of successful blind programmers, we are developing (1) a novel auditory programming environment tailored to the special needs of the blind; (2) a computing curriculum that engages students in the construction, customization, and sharing of speech-based virtual worlds in order both to teach computer programming skills and inspire students to consider computing as a career; and (3) a blind-accessible web-based community portal designed to facilitate peer mentoring and support, and to provide opportunities for students to interact with role models who have overcome their visual impairment and succeeded in the computing profession. By participating in this summer conference you or your child will be involved in a research study designed to help us learn how to make it easier for blind individuals to obtain meaningful careers. This work is funded through a generous grant from the National Science Foundation under award CNS-0940521. Come Experience Programming We are looking for 12 blind and low vision students to participate in a three-day workshop in which you will (a) explore the world of computer programming days through an auditory environment specifically tailored for the blind and visually-impaired (and help us evaluate this environment); (b) meet and talk with researchers and blind programmers; (c) learn about jobs in the computing field, and (d) just have some fun. Prerequisites Students will need (a) to be in an academic track, (b) to have completed between the 7th and 12th grade levels, (c) to be able to use JAWS independently, and (d) to have taken pre-algebra or algebra. July 24th to July 27th, 2012 Format • Tuesday, July 24th—2:30 Student Check-in, research interview • Wednesday, July 25th & Thursday, July 26th—Programming and Recreation • Friday, July 27th— Programming with a 12:30 checkout Activities • Computer lab time learning programming, • Guest speakers from the computing field • Recreation time—tandem biking, movies and much, much more Registration/On-campus Housing Online Registration to Begin Late February 2012 : http://www.wssb.wa.gov
Location:
2214 East 13th Street
Vancouver, WA
Cost: Transportation to and from WSSB not covered

Contact: Sherry Hahn

Phone Number: 360-696-6321

E-Mail: sherry.hahn@wssb.wa.gov

URL: http:\\www.wssb.wa.gov
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