CNIB Summer Intervention Program leads to academic success for blind or partially students


Date: August 7th-9th, 2014

Place: Lion Max Simms Camp, Bishop’s Falls

A child who is blind or partially sighted needs to study the same basic academic subjects as sighted children, from how to tell time to how to write a persuasive essay. But, in order to master these subjects (often known as the "core curriculum") and eventually be able to live and work independently—children who are blind or partially sighted also need to learn an additional set of skills known as the "expanded core curriculum." They are sometimes also referred to as "disability-specific skills" or "vision-related skills" because they are useful specifically for individuals living with vision loss.

As part of its Summer Early Intervention Program this year, CNIB Newfoundland and Labrador has been offering an expanded core curriculum program to a group of students who are living with vision loss. Throughout this summer, the students have been learning skills related to orientation and mobility, independent living, assistive technology, recreation and leisure, career and employment as well as enhancing their social interactions.

This weekend, during the CNIB`s annual Family Camp at Lion Max Simms in Bishop’s Falls, these students will put what they have learned to the test. Serena Hawco, Holly Bennett, Megan Peddle, Robyn Hickey and Bobby-Jean Brentnall-Carter, who range in age from 10-17 years, will become assistant camp coordinators. Over the summer, they have been busy planning meals, activities, transportation and prizes and now are ready to help lead a camp of almost 90 people. 

Holly Bennett has been attending the camp since she was a child. Now 15, she wants to help other families and give back to the people who have helped her. An incredible artist, Holly has taken on the role of designing a camp mascot. She has also arranged to have the mascot image placed on t-shirts, which will be given to every child attending this year’s camp. Holly is planning to pursue her post-secondary education in graphic design when she graduates high school.

About CNIB

CNIB is a registered charity, passionately providing community-based support, knowledge and a national voice to ensure Canadians who are blind or partially sighted have the confidence, skills and opportunities to fully participate in life. 

For more information or to arrange interviews with students contact:

Debbie Ryan
CNIB Specialist, Communications
P. 709-754-1180

Kimberlie Hart
CNIB Specialist, Early Intervention
P. 709-754-1180 x 5803
C. 709-699-9443

Brandon Snow
CNIB Summer Intervention Coordinator
P. 709-754-1180 x 5805
C. 709-541-3656

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