Braille Enrichment for Literacy and Learning Academy Begins Two Week Program
Salisbury, Md.- The Braille Enrichment for Literacy and Learning (BELL) Academy which helps children prepare for life with confidence, began their two week program today with the goal of building relationships with adults who are just like them.
The theme of this program is called “placing our hands on the future” it will teach students how to read and write in braille, play music, write poetry, travel with a long cane and how to live independent lives.
“its cooking and cleaning and taking care of your home, and it includes student studying and what school they’re going to and what field they’re going to enter into and the technology you would need to build those skills,” Amy Crouse, the BELL program manager said.
But what might get missed is the students are surrounded by people just like them. Since many of the local students are home schooled, Crouse says their peers and the adult mentors are often the only blind people they know.
According to some educators at the academy, the most difficult part is getting the students to accept using the long canes.
“They want to fit in with their peers, their peers don’t have a cane, so a lot of times they don’t want to take the cane,” Danielle Earl, a rehabilitation specialist at BELL said.
But the academy isn’t just work, fun is involved too as students learn songs, work on art projects, climb trees and dance.
At the end of the two week program, the students will show their parents some of the skills they’ve learned which includes a dance routine topped off with a graduation ceremony.
Those who wish to learn more about the program are encouraged by organizers to call the Blind Industries and Services of Maryland.