The Foundation sponsors a number of other programs and projects designed to aid in the intellectual and social development of blind and visually impaired children.
Many children require extra incentives to read during the summer. This can be especially true of blind or visually impaired children, who often miss the teacher support and specialized technology provided by the school environment.
The Foundation sponsors its Summer Reading Program to encourage these children to continue reading during the summer months. Each year, the Summer Reading Program offers prizes to elementary, middle-school and high school children who read a certain number of books during the summer. Children can begin the program any time after Memorial Day, and must complete their reading by Labor Day. You can check out the Summer Reading Program award winners at our Blog.
Full details of the 2015 Summer Reading Program, and the prizes offered, are included in the flyer for the 2015 program.
The success of blind and visually impaired children is highly dependent upon the support they receive from adults, especially parents or guardians and the educators who work with these children on a daily basis.
In recognition of that role, the Foundation offers to partner with parents and educators by providing grants to enable them to pursue continuing education, development of skills and understanding of technology. These grants can take the form of tuition reimbursements, payment for the costs of distance education, continuing education or conferences, or payment for the costs of technology training or education.
The Foundation is always open to suggestions of other ways that it can assist parents or educators in obtaining the skills necessary to help their blind or visually impaired students. The Foundation has no specific application process for parent and educator grants. If you are interested in pursuing a parent or educator grant, please contact us, and we will be happy to pursue it with you.
We provide Janice Anderson Memorial Scholarship grants annually to blind or visually impaired high school seniors who want to pursue post-secondary education. Grant amounts range from $500 to $1000, depending upon the number of qualified applicants. If you wish to apply for a Janice Anderson Memorial Scholarship, please download a copy of the scholarship application guidelines, complete a scholarship application letter and submit it to the Foundation by mail or e-mail.
The 2014 Janice Anderson Memorial scholarship winner was Ashton Dugan of Cozad, Nebraska. Congratulations, Ashton! The 2015 scholarship application deadline is May 31, 2015.
The Foundation provides financial support to Camp Abilities Nebraska, a week-long residential sports camp for youth ages 9 to 19 who are blind, visually impaired or deaf-blind. At Camp Abilities, youth explore sports and recreational activities in a safe environment with instructors who have expertise in adaptive techniques. They participate in:
The 2015 Camp Abilities Nebraska will be held from July 19 through July 24. For more information about Camp Abilities Nebraska, visit the Camp Abilities website.
We regularly provide financial and other support to other organizations engaged in activities that benefit blind or visually impaired Nebraska children. For example, we co-sponsor a number of projects with the Lied Learning and Technology Center for Childhood Deafness and Vision Disorders at the Boys Town National Research Hospital in Omaha, including the annual Beeping Easter Egg Hunt and CampAbilities. We also have provided financial support of the annual Braille Challenge sponsored by the Nebraska Center for the Education of Children who are Blind or Visually Impaired. And we regularly help parent advocacy groups sponsor events that benefit blind or visually impaired children, such as Nebraska NAPVI. If you have an event that might benefit from our support, please contact us to discuss how me might help you.