Work to Independence

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Work to Independence

June 20, 2015 - August 8, 2015

Blind Industries and Services of Maryland (BISM)

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Work to Independence

BISM’s Work to Independence 2015 program is for students grades 10-12 and runs for seven weeks from June 20, 2015 to August 8, 2015. It will focus on equipping high school students with skills to achieve independence and confidence to believe in themselves and their abilities. Throughout the program, students will learn independent living skills, familiarize themselves with the structured discovery method, plus enjoy fun and challenging activities. Students will attend classes in Braille, technology, cooking, and cane travel, as well as wood shop and fitness. Additionally college prep classes will be held bi-weekly to discuss blindness as it related with social and academic aspects of college.

Throughout the program, students will participate in a range of confidence building activities, which may include rock climbing, zip lining, trips to local tourist attractions, shopping, swimming, and more. Lastly, to build confidence and apply skills learned in classes, students will have multiple opportunities to travel outside the state of Maryland. Past trips have included travel to D.C., New York City, and Orlando for the National Federation of the Blind annual convention.

During the final three weeks, students will gain valuable work experience through paid internships. Students will work 16 to 24 hours per week and will receive a check upon graduation for hours worked at minimum wage or greater. Each job placement aligns with students’ career interest or skills they wish to develop. Examples of our previous job placements include a doggy day care, a law firm, a community center summer program, a supply store on a military base, and the customer service department in a children’s hospital.

Throughout the program, students will participate in a range of confidence building activities, which may include rock climbing, zip-lining, trips to local tourist attractions, shopping, swimming, and more. Lastly, to build confidence and apply skills learned in classes, students will have multiple opportunities to travel outside the state of Maryland. Past trips have included travel to D.C., New York City, and Orlando for the National Federation of the Blind annual convention.

For more information on BISM’s summer programs, please contact sbaebler@bism.org or call 410-737-2642.