For kids, summer camps are a time to get away, have fun and learn skills they can apply for the rest of their lives. One camp that kicked off this week is doing just that.
The Idaho National Federation of the Blind is putting on a camp for kids in southeast Idaho that teaches braille literacy and learning.
This little girl makes reading braille look like it’s easy, but in reality it’s just like learning a new language.
Kids between the ages of 4 and 12 who are blind or have low vision have come together this week to learn life skills that will help them become successful.
“It’s wonderful that these children are with each other because sometimes they are alone in a public school and kind of singled out, but it’s really neat that they can experience and relate to each other” said Vickie Bateman, Coordinator for the Southeast Idaho National Federation of the Blind Bell Program.
This is the first year of the camp here in southeast Idaho.
“We have learning stations that teaches reading braille and writing braille and then we do journaling with the braille writer, we do group activities, field trips, we do non-visual technique lessons” continued Bateman.
Approximately 74% of blind people are unemployed or underemployed but 90% of those that are employed are fluent braille readers.
“It’s very important that we have some very good blind role models for these children, so that they know, wow these people are successful and they feel like they can do it too” said Bateman.
All the teachers at the camp are certified teachers that have worked with visually impaired students.
The camp is a two week day camp.