Each September, the US Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama offers a week long program specifically designed for children who are blind or visually impaired, so that they, like their sighted peers, can have the opportunity to learn about and experience through simulation, the world of space and aviation travel and technology. This year the program will run from September 19 – September 24, 2015 with students traveling home on September 25th.
Students can choose from one of four programs offered. Each program varies in terms of its focus and level of technology. The four programs are: Space Camp, Space Academy, Advanced Academy, and Aviation Challenge. In addition to the knowledge learned about space and aviation, students often show increase confidence and self-esteem upon completion of the camp as well as friendships developed with other students who are visually impaired from around the world.
The cost of the program is $710. Additional costs include airfare and ground transportation to and from the Center. Maryland students travel as a group and travel will cost an estimated $500 extra. In past years, all students were funded with the generous help of private donations. Families contribute as much as they can, but it can be difficult for some.
If you need financial assistance, Delta Gamma and the ICAN Foundation may be able to assist with partial funding. All money is due by August 1, 2015 and pre-registration forms are due by May 29th, 2015.
A pre-written letter is available that can be sent to potential private donors (churches, local businesses, etc.) who may be interested in sponsoring a child.
Ruth Ann Hynson
SCI-VIS Team Coordinator
The Maryland Schhol for the Blind
3501 Taylor Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21236