What is the UPBC?

The purpose of the organization is to create a climate of opportunity for blind children in home, school and society; to provide information and support to parents of blind children; to facilitate the sharing of experiences and concerns among parents of blind children; to develop and expand resources available to parents and their blind children; to help parents of blind children gain understanding and perspective through partnership and contact with blind adults; and to function as an integral part of the National Federation of the Blind and the National Organization of Parents of Blind Children in their ongoing efforts to eliminate discrimination and prejudice against the blind and to achieve for the blind security, equality and opportunity.

The membership is open to parents of blind children, educators of blind children and others interested in promoting the purposes of this organization.

We are a division of the National Federation of the Blind which is the largest organization of the blind in the country. Refer to: http://www.nfb.org/

Utah Parents of Blind Children is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization

Saturday, March 27, 2010

2011 BELL Summer Program

The National Federation of the Blind of Utah in collaboration with the Utah Parents of Blind Children and Utah School for the Blind is pleased to announce:

Utah BELL (Braille Enrichment Literary and Learning) Summer Program

When: June 13-24, 2011 (Monday-Friday)

Time: 9:00 a.m- 3:00 p.m

Where: USDB Salt Lake Campus (Libby Edwards School), 1655 3300 South

Cost: $50 for both weeks.

Description: The goal of the program is to provide children ages 4-12 with 2 weeks of beginning Braille instruction through fun, hands on learning and activities. In addition to crafts, games, and other engaging projects students will also enjoy field trips to sites relates to the BELL curriculum. This program is limited to a maximum of 10 students.

Wendy Bybee and Annette Newbold are the Program Coordinators and will be working 2 certified teachers of the visually impaired throughout the week. For more information please contact Wendy (wendy@thebybees.net) or Annette (annetten@usdb.org)

To view a video of last year's BELL program click here

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Louis Braille Carnival

On Saturday, February 6, 2010 the UPBC held their first Louis Braille Carnival!

Thank you to the 20+ blind mentors and role models who networked with families and ran the carnival games (Bingo, Fishing, Cake Walk, Tactile Twister, Fortune Telling, Toddler & Game Rooms)! Thank you to the 40+ families (100+ children) who came with their children to spend an afternoon with us! Thank you to Bill Gibson and his positive staff at DSBVI for the wonderful accomodations! Thank you to Sharon from Changing Faces http://www.changingfacesut.com/ for your time, talent, and discount! Thank you to Marcus at A lot of Fun Stuff http://www.alotoffunstuff.com/ for the discount and setting up and taking down the popular bounce houses! Finally, thank you to our supportive families for coming early to set up and staying late to clean up!

Braille is beautiful and can be fun too!
Utah Parents of Blind Children Board