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Bridges Blog Series: Summer Spotlight, June 2022

Summer Spotlight — Student Seminar Coming Soon!

Kick off your summer with the Bridges Helpdesk as we showcase all of the wonderful programs for blind/low vision students in Maryland during the summer of 2022! Beat the heat and join us as we cover:

  • June 7: LBPD Summer Reading Programs
  • June 14: Maryland Camps and Summer Programs
  • June 21: Online Summer Programs
  • June 28: Student Seminar Coming Soon!

Today we highlight a seminar taking place in Maryland that you won’t want to miss!

Reflect, Reequip, Reimagine: Raising the Bar for Blind Students!

The National Association of Blind Students (NABS) and the National Federation of the Blind of Maryland invite you to the 2022 Atlantic regional seminar, a fun-filled weekend brimming with opportunities for professional growth, confidence building, and mentorship!

The past years have challenged blind students in a variety of ways, but we will emerge stronger than ever. Through enlightening presentations, spectacular guest speakers, exhilarating activities, and thought-provoking discussions, we will reflect on the past, prepare in the present, and reimagine our future. Together we can raise the bar for blind students!

Time, Date, and Place

The Seminar will begin at 6: pm on Friday, August 12. It will conclude at Noon on Sunday, August 14.

The Seminar will take place at Delta Hotels Baltimore Hunt Valley by Marriott, 245 Shawan Rd, Hunt Valley, MD 21031. You may contact the hotel at (410) 785-7000.

Registration and Lodging Logistics

Registration for the 2022 Atlantic Student Seminar closes on Thursday, July 21, 2022.

Before you rush to reserve your spot, please note the following:

Registration fee

*Each attendee is responsible for a $100 registration fee, payable to NABS, which will cover meals throughout the weekend as well as administrative expenses necessary to support this event. We encourage you to proactively reach out to your vocational rehabilitation agency and/or National Federation of the Blind state affiliate to help offset this expense. This fee is due by the time registration closes. Until we receive both your registration form response and this fee, your spot is not guaranteed.”

Masks and negative COVID test required

*Please note that all attendees will need to submit proof of a negative COVID test within 60 hours of our event’s start, regardless of vaccination status. This proof will need to be submitted to a designated party no later than noon on Friday, August 12, 2022. Additionally, masks will be required during all 2022 Atlantic Student Seminar activities.”

Lodging details

The Seminar organizers will not be assigning roommates for this event. The event organizers are more than happy to support you in finding a roommate if you require assistance, which you can indicate on the registration form linked below; however, if you do not either take the initiative to procure a roommate or reach out for assistance, you will be responsible for the hotel expense of $104 + applicable taxes and fees for each night of the event.

***Please direct questions to Logan Stenzel at stenzellogan@gmail.com

Contact us

Follow the Bridges Helpdesk Facebook page for more transition tips, and please contact the Free Helpdesk for Maryland Blind/Low Vision Transition Students, Families, and Educators anytime using:

This unique project is being coordinated through The IMAGE Center of Maryland, a center for independent living in Towson, and it is funded by a grant from the Maryland Department of Education Division of Special Education/Early Intervention Services.

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June 22 Newsletter Teen and Young Adult Programs

News from IMAGE Teen and Young Adult Programs June 2022HighlightsKeep Kids Connected Summer Campaign June is our time at IMAGE to promote our initiative to Keep Kids Connected over the summer months. Please continue to follow us on social media throughout the remainder of the month for updates to all of our teen and young adult program options, registrations and resource reminders!
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In-Person Programming Plan of Action
IMAGE VME LogoCOVID-19 Coronavirus & Contagious Virus In-Person Programming Plan of ActionTeen and Young Adult Service ProgramsUpdated for all teen and young adult in person programming through September 2022.
The IMAGE Center is acting to keep staff and consumers safe to minimize the spread of COVID-19 and other contagious viruses easily spread through our community. 
Here’s how we’re doing our part:
Follow our Leaders. We follow all State guidance related to education-based activities, including reopening actions and face covering requirements on the State of Maryland for reopening advisements and Governor’s ordersFlexible scheduling. In-person and virtual program options will remain available.Reduce contamination risk. Program materials will be sanitized prior to and after program use.
Before you join us in person, please: 
Monitor your health and interactions. Join us online instead if you have:Cough, shortness of breath, fever, or any other symptoms of COVID-19 or other contagious viruses. Recent exposure to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or other contagious viruses.Staff will perform temperature checks upon arrival. Students with a temperature of 100+ will not be permitted to participate and will need to provide a negative PCR COVID test to return to programming. Students with seasonal allergies should not attend programs if symptoms cannot be remedied with over the counter or prescribed medications. Students will not be permitted to participate if they exhibit symptoms. 
Prepare and pack. Bring a backpack with items you will need for the duration of the program including: water, a snack, beach towel, sunscreen and writing or communication device. 
Take precaution. Hand sanitation will be provided for check-in, transitions and check-out. 
Respect personal space. Activities will be designed with respect for social distancing and mindful spacing.
Talk about it. Please contact us at youthservices@imagemd.org  if you have any questions or concerns.
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Calling all Students, Parents, Family Members, Service Providers and Care Givers! Do you have a fearless moment that you want to share? We love celebrating the accomplishments of our young consumers in every aspect of their lives, not just within our programs here at IMAGE. We want to hear from you! Message your fearless moment to Jessica Leone at jleone@imagemd.org and type “Fearless Moment” in the subject line. You might be featured in our next monthly newsletter.Here is to being FEARLESSLY you today!
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Upcoming Events
The Connect Program & Peer Mentorship
We are back and we missed you!
Join us for in-person sessions of Connect beginning in June!
Sessions will take place on the following dates with locations throughout the Baltimore County Community from 6-8pm. 
June 14th & 28th, July 19th, August 9th & 23rClick here to Register for Connect
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Join us for in-person sessions of Connect beginning in June!
Sessions will take place on the following dates with locations throughout the Baltimore County Community from 6-8pm. 
June 14th & 28th, July 19th, August 9th & 23rd 
 
Space is extremally limited. Please consider registering today! 
Link is in the post. 
 
Connect Program Peer Mentors 
The Peer Mentorship program in collaboration with the IMAGE Connect program provides an opportunity for students to engage in leadership roles helping to assist peers in instructor-led activities and lessons. 

PLEASE NOTE: WE ARE ONLY ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR CONNECT PEER MENTORS WITH PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE FOR OUR SUMMER SESSION ONLY. NEW PEER MENTORS PLEASE EMAIL jleone@imagemd.org WITH INQUIRES. 

Have you Previously been a Connect Peer Mentor? Register today. Link is in the post.  
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What does your child have planned this summer?

Join the IMAGE CenterFriday, July 22nd from 10-3pm at Harford Community Collegefor a day of self-advocacy, connections and fun. 

This free event will include self-awareness and self-advocacy curriculum-based activities, guest speakers, pizza lunch and hands on lessons designed to engage students in building connections with both themselves and their peers while on the HCC campus.  

IMPORTANT Registration requirements:Students must be referred by DORS to attend this training. Please see information below for training curriculum, eligibility and obtaining a referral. 
Already been referred by DORS and contacted by The IMAGE Center for this training?Click here to Register
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Self Awareness and Self Advocacy (SASA) Training is a collaborative partnership program between The IMAGE Center and The Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS). 

What benefit does this training provide? ● Empowerment for teens and young adults to explore skills of self awareness and self advocacy as they relate to either college preparation or vocational exploration. ● Information on disability disclosure, rights and accommodations related to college bound and career bound students. ● Personalized goal setting and skill building in relation to increased independent living. ● Student and family resources for all future outcomes. 

Who is eligible for this FREE training? students enrolled in a secondary school (including home school or other alternative secondary education program), post-secondary education program, or other recognized educational program and has not exited, graduated, or withdrawn; students at least 14 years old but less than age 22 students have a disability documented with an IEP, 504 plan, medical records, or a doctor’s note. 

To learn more about SASA training please contact: Jessica Leone, Director for Teen and Young Adult Services at The IMAGE Center 443-275-9396 or jleone@imagemd.org 

All registrants will need a direct referral from DORS to get started: 
Already connected with a DORS counselor? Contact your counselor directly and ask for a referral for the PreETS Training provided by The IMAGE Center. Not yet connected with DORS? Simply follow the link to request a referral. A case file for referral will be created for you and you should be contacted by DORS within 10 days. https://dors.maryland.gov/consumers/Pages/referral.aspx                   *Schools may seek permission from families to refer students directly* 
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Series: Summer Spotlight, June 2022

Summer Spotlight — Online Summer Programs

Kick off your summer with the Bridges Helpdesk as we showcase all of the wonderful programs for blind/low vision students in Maryland during the summer of 2022! Beat the heat and join us as we cover:

  • June 7: LBPD Summer Reading Programs
  • June 14: Maryland Camps and Summer Programs
  • June 21: Online Summer Programs
  • June 28: Maryland Association of Blind Students Seminar

Today we highlight the varied and exciting online courses offered in the 2022 APH Virtual ExCEL STEM Camp this summer.

2022 APH Virtual ExCEL STEM Camp

Great summer opportunities await! Once again, the American Printing House for the Blind (APH) is sponsoring some awesome summer courses at no cost! Even better: if you register by the deadline (this differs for each program), you will receive course-related APH materials for FREE!

Quick Reference Guide

Virtual ExCEL STEM Camp on a Desert Island for 4-7 grades

  • Registration deadline: July 15 (in order to ensure receiving free items related to the camp)
  • Dates: July 25-29 from Noon – 1 p.m. Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Virtual ExCEL Crime Scene Investigation Camp for 8-12 grades

Virtual ExCEL Oreos and Abacii Camp for 9-14 year-olds

  • Registration deadline: July 22 (in order to ensure receiving free items related to the camp)
  • Dates: August 1-5 from 3 – 4 p.m. Eastern Time (US and Canada)

El Campamento STEM de español virtual de ExCEL en una isla desierta

Full Descriptions

Virtual ExCEL STEM Camp on a Desert Island for 4-7 grades

Description

“The Virtual ExCEL STEM Camp on a Desert Island is for students with vison loss grades fourth (4) to seventh (7) grade and include a live hour at 12:00 ET, July 25-29, Monday through Friday, and is free to all registrants. We will continue to record these sessions so all have the opportunity to learn. Also included are five at-home extension activities for the camp theme and with the camp supplies that will be sent to the student. Parents, please register your student for the camp that matches their needs. As parents, you know if they would be more appropriately placed with the age level identified. If you are unsure, we suggest reaching out to your teacher of students with visual impairments. And remember, each student must be registered separately and must meet the definition of blindness in your state.

Campers will survive on a desert island while learning about physical science and engineering. Whether they are figuring out how to build a waterproof container for a message to be sent in a bottle or how to construct an area to sleep that is dry, campers will gain cooperative learning skills, computational thinking, and develop scientific practices for planning and carrying out investigations.”

Register early!

“Grants are providing students from the United States of America an APH product that will be used during camp so we need registrations completed early! For students to receive items in time for camp, they must have registered for this week by July 15, 2022. Virtual ExCEL STEM Camp on a Desert Island for 4-7 grades registration

Those that register after that date are still welcome to attend; we would suggest working with your teacher of students with visual impairments to procure the product for use during camp as all items are available through Federal Quota.

To make sure we have the correct information for your student, you may be contacted via email to confirm information. We are excited to have your student join our Virtual ExCEL Great STEM Campout!”

Time in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

July 25, 2022 Noon – 1:00 PM

July 26, 2022 Noon – 1:00 PM

July 27, 2022 Noon – 1:00 PM

July 28, 2022 Noon – 1:00 PM

July 29, 2022 Noon – 1:00 PM

Virtual ExCEL Crime Scene Investigation Camp for 8-12 grades

Description

“The Virtual ExCEL Crime Scene Investigation Camp is for students with vison loss grades eighth (8) to twelfth (12) grade and include a live hour at 3:00 ET, July 25-29, Monday through Friday, and is free to all registrants. We will continue to record these sessions so all have the opportunity to learn. Also included are five at-home extension activities for the camp theme and with the camp supplies that will be sent to the student. Parents, please register your student for the camp that matches their needs. As parents, you know if they would be more appropriately placed with the age level identified. If you are unsure, we suggest reaching out to your teacher of students with visual impairments. And remember, each student must be registered separately and must meet the definition of blindness in your state.

Campers will investigate a buried skeleton while learning about science, criminal justice, law and forensics. Whether they are figuring out how anthropologists determine age of skeletal remains or how height is determined from the long bones of a skeleton, campers will learn the steps of crime scene investigation, develop research skills, and build their scientific practices for planning and carrying out investigations.”

Register early!

“Grants are providing students from the United States of America an APH product that will be used during camp so we need registrations completed early! For students to receive items in time for camp, they must have registered for this week by July 15, 2022. Virtual ExCEL Crime Scene Investigation Camp for 8-12 grades registration

Those that register after that date are still welcome to attend; we would suggest working with your teacher of students with visual impairments to procure the product for use during camp as all items are available through Federal Quota.

To make sure we have the correct information for your student, you may be contacted via email to confirm information. We are excited to have your student join our Virtual ExCEL CSI Camp!”

Time in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

July 25, 2022 3:00 – 4:00 PM

July 26, 2022 3:00 – 4:00 PM

July 27, 2022 3:00 – 4:00 PM

July 28, 2022 3:00 – 4:00 PM

July 29, 2022 3:00 – 4:00 PM

Virtual ExCEL Oreos and Abacii Camp for 9-14 year-olds

Description

“The Virtual ExCEL Oreos and Abacii Camp is for students with vison loss ages nine (9) to fourteen (14) years old and include a live hour at 3:00 ET, August 1-5, Monday through Friday, and is free to all registrants. We will continue to record these sessions so all have the opportunity to learn. Also included are five at-home extension activities for the camp theme and with the camp supplies that will be sent to the student. Parents, please register your student for the camp that matches their needs. As parents, you know if they would be more appropriately placed with the age level identified. If you are unsure, we suggest reaching out to your teacher of students with visual impairments. And remember, each student must be registered separately and must meet the definition of blindness in your state.

Campers will investigate spatial relations, measurements and basic algebra. Whether they are determining how to construct the tallest Oreo Cookie tower, calculating one- and two-digit multiple numbers fast and accurately using an abacus, or engineering a popsicle stick river dam, campers will build mental images of engineering obstacles, build their scientific practices of panning and carrying out investigations, and perform speedy arithmetic.”

Register early!

“Grants are providing students from the United States of America an APH product that will be used during camp so we need registrations completed early! For students to receive items in time for camp, they must have registered for this week by July 22, 2022. Virtual ExCEL Oreos and Abacii Camp for 9-14 year-olds registration

Those that register after that date are still welcome to attend; we would suggest working with your teacher of students with visual impairments to procure the product for use during camp as all items are available through Federal Quota.

To make sure we have the correct information for your student, you may be contacted via email to confirm information. We are excited to have your student join our Virtual ExCEL Oreos and Abacii Camp!”

Time in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

August 1, 2022 3:00 – 4:00 PM

August 2, 2022 3:00 – 4:00 PM

August 3, 2022 3:00 – 4:00 PM

August 4, 2022 3:00 – 4:00 PM

August 5, 2022 3:00 – 4:00 PM

El Campamento STEM de español virtual de ExCEL en una isla desierta

Descripción

El Campamento STEM de español virtual de ExCEL en una isla desierta es para estudiantes con pérdida de visión y hablantes primarios de español. Incluye una hora en vivo a las 3:00 ET, de lunes a viernes, y es gratis para todos los inscritos. Continuaremos grabando estas sesiones para que todos tengan la oportunidad de aprender. También se incluyen cinco actividades de extensión en el hogar para el tema del campamento y con los útiles del campamento que se enviarán al estudiante. Padres, inscriban a su estudiante en el campamento que se ajuste a sus necesidades. Como padres, saben si sería más apropiado colocarlos con el nivel de edad identificado. Si no está seguro, le sugerimos que se comunique con su maestro de estudiantes con discapacidades visuales. Y recuerde, cada estudiante debe registrarse por separado y debe cumplir con la definición de ceguera en su estado.

Los campistas sobrevivirán en una isla desierta mientras aprenden sobre ciencias físicas e ingeniería. Ya sea que estén averiguando cómo construir un recipiente a prueba de agua para enviar un mensaje en una botella o cómo construir un área seca para dormir, los campistas obtendrán habilidades de aprendizaje cooperativo, pensamiento computacional y desarrollarán prácticas científicas para planificar y llevar a cabo investigaciones.

¡Regístrese temprano!

Las subvenciones están proporcionando a los estudiantes de los Estados Unidos de América un producto APH que se utilizará durante el campamento, ¡así que necesitamos que se completen las inscripciones con anticipación! Para que los estudiantes reciban artículos a tiempo para el campamento, deben haberse registrado para esta semana antes del 22 de julio de 2022. El Campamento STEM de español virtual de ExCEL en una isla desierta registrese

Aquellos que se registren después de esa fecha aún pueden asistir; sugerimos trabajar con su maestro de estudiantes con discapacidades visuales para adquirir el producto para usar durante el campamento, ya que todos los artículos están disponibles a través de Federal Quota.

Hora en Hora del Este (EE. UU. y Canadá)

Agosto 8, 2022 15:00

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Agosto 10, 2022 15:00

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Contact us

Follow the Bridges Helpdesk Facebook page for more transition tips, and please contact the Free Helpdesk for Maryland Blind/Low Vision Transition Students, Families, and Educators anytime using:

This unique project is being coordinated through The IMAGE Center of Maryland, a center for independent living in Towson, and it is funded by a grant from the Maryland Department of Education Division of Special Education/Early Intervention Services.

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Series: Summer Spotlight, June 2022

Summer Spotlight — Maryland Camps and Summer Programs

DORS Support for Summer Camps and Programs

What does DORS do?

The Maryland Division of Rehabilitation (DORS) represents an important transition resource for all blind/low vision students in Maryland. DORS provides year-round support, access to important mentoring resources, support for disability-related technology and training (including post-secondary education expenses, like tuition). DORS even has an office dedicated to serving the needs of blind/low vision individuals: the Office of Blindness & Vision Services (OBVS).

This summer, DORS supports programming from other providers, like the Maryland School for the Blind and the Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind.

Connecting with DORS

If you do not yet have a DORS counselor, please consider getting one soon! DORS services and supports are only available to individuals who have an open case with DORS. With the OBVS Transition Contacts, you can find contact information for the DORS/OBVS counselor who serves transition-age students in your county.

If you already have a DORS case open, be sure to keep in regular contact with your counselor. Communication is key.

MSB Summer Camps and Programs

The Maryland School for the Blind (MSB) has a variety of summer programs for students ages 6-17.

**NOTE: For all MSB programs, the registration packet must be filled out by the end of June. Some programs have caps on the number of participants, so we encourage all to fill out the forms as quickly as possible.

TRECCK for Success

This program focuses on providing instruction for the Expanded Core Curriculum for blind and low vision students. This year’s theme is animals, and students will learn skills, participate in activities, and socialize all while learning about animals. This camp is a day camp.

Two sessions of the TRECCK camp will be offered this summer, each for a different age group:

To sign up, complete the 2022 MSB Outreach Summer Programs: Interest Form, and the registration packet will be sent to you.

Camp Abilities

The MSB website notes that the goal of Camp Abilities is to provide students with “authentic and educational opportunity to participate in a variety of sports, health-enhancing activities, and social opportunities that they can continue throughout their life. We strongly promote independence and self-advocacy throughout the week.” This is an overnight camp and it is only offered for one session.

There is limited space in the program. Link to the 2022 MSB Camp Abilities Registration.

Camp Merrick

Camp Merrick offers a camping opportunity for students. Participants will reside in cabins for the week, and engage in recreational activities, sports, crafts, and have all kinds of summer fun.

To sign up, complete the 2022 MSB Outreach Summer Programs: Interest Form, and the registration packet will be sent to you.

Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind Summer Program

Contact us

Follow the Bridges Helpdesk Facebook page for more transition tips, and please contact the Free Helpdesk for Maryland Blind/Low Vision Transition Students, Families, and Educators anytime using:

This unique project is being coordinated through The IMAGE Center of Maryland, a center for independent living in Towson, and it is funded by a grant from the Maryland Department of Education Division of Special Education/Early Intervention Services.

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Series: Summer Spotlight, June 2022

Summer Spotlight — LBPD Summer Reading Programs

Kick off your summer with the Bridges Helpdesk as we showcase all of the wonderful programs taking place in the state of Maryland during the summer of 2022! Beat the heat and join us as we cover:

  • June 7: LBPD Summer Reading Programs
  • June 14: Maryland Camps and Summer Programs
  • June 21: Online Summer Programs
  • June 28: Maryland Association of Blind Students Seminar

Today, we spotlight the LBPD Summer Reading Program. Get ready to read and win prizes!

What is the LBPD Summer Reading Program?

Shy away from the summer sun’s intense rays by turning the pages of a great book! The Library for the Blind and Print Disabled (LBPD) has summer reading program options for both children and adults, and both programs offer raffle drawings for prizes at the conclusion of the summer! Programs are only for LBPD patrons. If you are not currently a library patron, please reach out to the Bridges Helpdesk and we will help get you connected with thousands of titles in accessible formats.

Youth Summer Reading Program

Eligibility and Details:

  • This program is for participants up through age 17
  • Registration closes June 14
  • The official summer reading program begins June 15 and ends August 15
  • Participants earn points by reading a book, reading for one hour, participating in a summer reading activity as listed in the materials registrants will receive, or participating in LBPD summer activities (both in-person and virtual options will be available)

Registration

Adult Summer Reading Program

Eligibility and Details:

  • This program is for participants ages 18 or older
  • Registration closes June 14
  • The official summer reading program begins June 15 and ends August 15
  • Participants can earn points by reading a book, by completing an activity listed in the summer reading program materials you will receive, or by listening to a podcast.

Registration

Contact us

Follow the Bridges Helpdesk Facebook page for more transition tips, and please contact the Free Helpdesk for Maryland Blind/Low Vision Transition Students, Families, and Educators anytime using:

This unique project is being coordinated through The IMAGE Center of Maryland, a center for independent living in Towson, and it is funded by a grant from the Maryland Department of Education Division of Special Education/Early Intervention Services.

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