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Blind Service Association's Pathways 6 Week Summer Program for Blind Youth!
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About Blind Service Association's Pathways 6 Week Summer Program for Blind Youth!
For the past 23 years Blind Service Association has sponsored a 6 week summer program for youth called Pathways. While attending Pathways, blind and visually impaired children are exposed to many opportunities that will lead them to greater independence. Most crucial are Mondays and Wednesdays when they are taught a variety of daily living skills. These skills are rarely taught in school but are so needed as they mature into adulthood. They learn to prepare meals, shop for food, do laundry including how to fold laundry, sweep a floor, etc. These seem like simple tasks, but for a child who has no sight it is often difficult to know where to begin to peel a potato or pour a glass of milk. Tuesday is Performing Arts Day. With the help of a teacher they engage in exercises that help them express themselves more fully. We see the end result of their efforts with a performance they have created for their parents during the last week of Pathways. Recreation is also very important and is stressed on Thursdays with games like beep baseball or bowling where they hold on to rails for guidance down the lane. Fridays they take advantage of many of the cultural sites in the city of Chicago. By visiting the sites located at different areas in the city they are exposed to cane travel and learn better ways of navigating with their cane. Pathways is just one of Blind Service Association's many programs. For 93 years the reading program has been the heart and soul of Blind Service Association bringing the written word to thousands of clients from children to adults. But helping blind and visually impaired children still remains top priority in assuring they grow up into successful independent adults. The total cost of Pathways is $30,000 and is free to the children who attend. Most of the children who attend the program come from homes with limited income so it is essential that Blind Service Association continues to sponsor this program. We are trying many different avenues to try and raise money for this most important program that begins in June. We hope that you will agree and choose Blind Service Association. All the money raised from this campaign will go directly to the Pathways program.
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