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June 27, 2014

BELL registration is open

OKLAHOMA CITY — The National Federation of the Blind of Oklahoma will partner for the second year with the Oklahoma Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped and Visual Services to bring a summer day camp experience to children, ages 5 to 14, who are blind or have low vision. The Library and Visual Services are programs in the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services.

Students must pre-register for the two-week Braille Enrichment for Literacy and Learning program — or BELL for short — which builds participants’ self-confidence, positive attitude and Braille skills.

BELL is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., July 28 through Aug. 8, at the Library for the Blind, 300 NE 18th St. in Oklahoma City.

“Any child who is blind can benefit, including those who have recently lost their vision, been blind since birth and those with low-vision who aren’t receiving enough Braille instruction during the school year,” NFB of Oklahoma President Jeannie Massay said. “We know that early exposure to Braille, cane travel and successful blind adults result in the best possible future for children who are blind and visually impaired.”

Additionally, students will get to visit the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Rolling Thunder Book Bus, which will travel to the Library for the Blind. Each student will get a free book as part of the basketball team’s campaign to promote reading and literacy.

Adults who are blind and professionals who work with people who are blind will teach and facilitate the lessons and serve as successful role models for the students.

Space is limited. Parents are encouraged to register their children as soon as possible. Children who are only able to attend one week are welcome and encouraged to participate.

To register, volunteer, donate or get more information about the BELL program, email Tamala Young at talk2tam@sbcglobal.net or call 830-9177. An online application is available at nfb.org/bell-summer-program-form.

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