NABS December Newsletter

In This Bulletin:
1. Washington Seminar 2011!
2. NFB 2011 Scholarship Program Now Open!
3. Sign Up for 2011 NFB Youth Slam!
4. State Division Announcements

[From the Desk of the NABS President…]

National Association of Blind Students (NABS)
December 18, 2010

Download Minutes of the last NABS Board Meeting

In This Bulletin:
1. Washington Seminar 2011!
2. NFB 2011 Scholarship Program Now Open!
3. Sign Up for 2011 NFB Youth Slam!
4. State Division Announcements

1. Washington Seminar 2011!

The National Federation of the Blind will be gathering once again this winter in Washington, D.C. to meet with our national legislators and discuss our legislative priorities with them. As usual, just prior to our legislative visits, the National Association of Blind Students will be holding its annual winter meeting. This year, our NABS student meeting will be held on Monday, January 31, 2011 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Before our meeting, we will be having a breakfast meet-and-greet for students attending their first Washington Seminar.

The Great Gathering-In meeting, where the entire NFB delegation assembles to discuss the upcoming legislative work, will happen on Monday just after the conclusion of the NABS meeting, and legislative appointments will be held Tuesday, February 1, through Thursday, February 3.

We encourage all of you to join us for the NABS meeting, the legislative appointments, or both. To find out who else is going from your state or to inquire about funding to cover the cost of your trip, please contact your NFB state affiliate president.

More details about the NABS student seminar will be available soon. If you have suggestions for specific topics you’d like to have discussed during the seminar, please send your suggestions to me at .

2. NFB 2011 Scholarship Program Now Open!

Each year the National Federation of the Blind awards thirty scholarships to legally blind college and graduate students across the country. The scholarship includes a cash award ranging from $3000 to $12000, plus a free trip to the NFB national convention and often a piece of assistive technology such as a KNFB Reader Mobile. The scholarship application for 2011 is now on the Web at Applications are due by March 31, 2011.

Already won a national NFB scholarship? You can apply again and potentially win a second scholarship, also known as a TenBroek fellowship.

In addition, many NFB affiliates offer scholarships to blind students.

You needn’t be an active member of the NFB to win. Contact your NFB state president for details. You can find a list of state affiliates and their contact information at

Best of luck!

3. Sign Up for NFB 2011 Youth Slam!

From Mary Jo Hartle, director of education, National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute:

We are pleased to announce the third biennial NFB Youth Slam. Whether or not science or technology is “your thing,” there’s sure to be something for everyone. Learn the science behind building apps for your iPod, use cutting-edge equipment and technology to determine chemical reactions in chemistry labs, build robots, or learn how to use nonvisual techniques to perform a real dissection. We guarantee this summer program will be like no other you’ve ever been to before!

One hundred and fifty blind and low vision students from all across the country will be selected to attend this five-day adventure, to be held in Baltimore, Maryland, that will engage, inspire, and encourage the next generation of blind youth to consider careers falsely believed to be impossible for the blind.

While staying on a college campus, students will be mentored by blind role models during fun and challenging activities designed to build confidence and increase science literacy. Participants will also have the opportunity to attend workshops on topics such as leadership, career preparation, and blindness. In addition, students and mentors will take part in a variety of social events throughout the week.

Come to the NFB Youth Slam and meet other blind and low vision students from all over the United States!

Interested students who will be age fourteen at the time of the program, and are starting high school (ninth grade) in the fall of 2011 or are currently in high school (including those graduating in the spring of 2011) should complete an application online. Students need not have a strong interest in science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) in order to participate, enjoy, and benefit from this extraordinary experience.

If you are interested in attending the NFB Youth Slam, either as a student participant, or as an adult volunteer, visit to complete an online application. Applications are due by March 1, 2011.

If you have any questions about the NFB Youth Slam, please visit the Web site or contact Mary Jo Hartle, Director of Education, NFB Jernigan Institute,

(410) 659-9314, extension 2407, or e-mail

Join us as we continue to make history at what promises to be the best NFB Youth slam yet!

Mary Jo T. Hartle

4. State Division Announcements:

From New York:
I just thought I would shoot you a blurb concerning the tremendous strides NYABS has been making. Since the division was reinstated a little over a year ago the student division has grown in leaps and bounds.
Membership has increased greatly, and several local chapters are in the process of being established. We are also planning on having our first Student Seminar in the upcoming year.
Best, and thanks,
Kate Carroll

From Virginia:
My name is Brittany savage and I was just elected presidant of Vabs at our state convention in November. I just wanted to give you a little blerb about what we did and our new board members for the newsletter.
During the Virginia 2010 convention elections were held for the positions of the board for the student division.
Chelsie Cooke was elected board member.
Brittany Crone was elected Secritary.
Kierra Davis was elected treasurer.
Christopher O’Mealy was elected vice presidant, and Brittany Savage was elected presidant.
While at the state convention we held a student track in which 22 middle, high, and college students partisipated.
On Friday night we had a student hospitality meeting where we played ice-breaker games, socialized, and had pizza.
On Saturday morning we held two sessions for the students, one was a mobility training seminar and the other was a “This is what I wish I could tell my parents”.
This was where we had the students tell us what they wished that they could tell their parents about being independant , and we took what they said and during the parents luncheon someone told them what their children said without saying which child said what.
On Saturday afternoon we took the entire group to the D.C. metro where Bridget Dority gave them an O&M lesson on the metro system.
We had a metro bus come and let the students have an hour exploring the bus and seeing what they don’t get to see on a usual day.
I am very proud of the student track this year and want to thank everyone again who put it together.