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Welcome! This is a resource for youth to view news pertaining directly to them. Review book lists, read news stories, learn about scholarships, and more. 

Space Camp Essay Contest

Posted 3/22/2018

The Michigan Department for Education - Low Incidence Outreach (MDE-LIO) has announced the 3rd Annual Space Camp Essay Contest! Complete an essay and submit it to MDE-LIO by April 30 to be in the running for an all-expense paid trip to Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center!  Michigan candidates in grades 7-12 who are blind/visually impaired are welcome to submit an essay.  One male and one female candidate will be chosen for the camp.  A MDE-LIO staff will be escorting and chaperoning the winning candidates throughout their stay at Space Camp.  Follow this link ( to learn more about the contest and about 2018 Space Camp!

Summer Camp Information

Posted 2/16/2018, Updated 3/15/2018

Summer may seem like a long way off yet, but it's never too early to get signed up for an exciting summer camp experience. Below are just a few camps that have already opened registration!

  • Leader Dog’s Summer Experience Camp – Making Teens Unstoppable! The 2018 camp dates are June 23—June 30. Applications are due by March 31, 2018.  For more information and to download an application, go to or call the Leader Dogs for the Blind client services department at 888-777-5332.

  • Western Michigan University sports education camps for students with visual impairments.

    Dates:         Junior Camp: Sunday, May 6 to Tuesday, May 8, 2018

                        Senior Camp: Wednesday, May 9 to Saturday, May 12, 2018

                        Michigan State Games: Friday, May 11 to Saturday, May 12, 2018

    Deadline:    March 15, but applications will be accepted until camp is filled                 To apply:    Go to

  • BTBL's Summer Reading Program! June 24th - August 5th.  Register early by calling 1-800-992-9012 or emailing

  • The National Federation of the Blind Engineering Quotient (EQ) program is a weeklong summer engineering program for blind and low-vision teens from around the country. The application deadline is Tuesday, May 1, 2018. Apply to attend NFB EQ. Submit your application via:

  • Camp T Opportunities! Camp T exists to be an outdoor learning environment dedicated to improving the quality of life for children and youth who are blind or visually impaired. Multiple events are coming up, including Family Nature Clubs, Outdoor Education Workshops, and Expanded Core Curriculum Camp. Visit the following link ( to learn more and to sign up today!

Upcoming Pre-ETS Programs Offered through BSBP

Posted 2/6/2018

  1. The Michigan Bureau of Services for Blind Persons is inviting high school students who are blind or visually impaired to shoot for the stars and explore the space industry with a SPACE EXPLORATION OVERNIGHT LOCK-IN at the Air Zoo in Kalamazoo, Michigan! Take off Friday, March 2 at 6 PM and touch down Saturday, March 3 at 10 AM. For more information contact Shannon McVoy, Transition Services Manager at 269-337-3449.
  2. ENCOUNTER CAREER OPPORTUNITIES for high school students 14 and older that are blind or visually impaired. Join BSBP for a career exploration weekend showcasing careers that don’t require a 4-year college degree. Students will explore careers in several areas including: the culinary arts, computer assembly, and computer numeric control (CNC) machining. Register at: Have questions? Contact Jaclyn Tollas at or (269) 337-7897.
  3. STEM TRACK 2018. Thinking about planning your education and career journey?  Check out the STEM Track to see where science, technology, engineering, and mathematics might take you! Students will be introduced to 3D printing technology while learning about careers in the STEM field and exploring characteristics of the universe.  Students will also hear from blind professionals about how to pursue an education and career in STEM. Register at For more information, contact your local BSBP counselor or Jaclyn Tollas at or (269) 337-7897. 

2018 United States Association of Blind Athletes Scholarship Program

Posted 1/30/2018

USABA is pleased to announce the 2018 USABA Scholarship Program, including the I C You Foundation Valor Achievement Award and the Arthur E. and Helen Copeland Scholarships. Both the Valor Achievement Award and the Copeland Scholarships will be awarded to one male and one female athlete, each in the amount of five hundred dollars. The deadline to apply is July 31, 2018. To apply, visit the USABA website.

Phone Conference on How Students Can Do Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)

Posted 1/22/2018

The Science and Engineering Division of the National Federation of the Blind and the National Association of Blind Students present a joint phone conference on how blind professionals, and blind college and graduate students are succeeding in courses to do with science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.  The call-in number is the NABS conference line 712-770-5197, Participant Access Code: 265669.  The call will occur at 9PM EST through 10PM EST on Monday, February 12, 2018. Topics will be of interest for blind students in middle school, high school, college and graduate school. Parents of blind school-aged children and educators are also welcome.  Topics will include succeeding as a blind person in biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, and engineering.  Some portion of the presentation will address how to succeed in a laboratory setting. Contact person: Louis Maher, Phone: 713-444-7838, E-mail

Scholarships Available!

Posted 1/22/2018

1. 2018 Lions Clubs of Michigan Scholarship for the Visually Impaired: Scholarship applications are now being accepted for THREE $3,000.00 scholarships through the Lions Clubs of Michigan for 2018. Visit their website for more information.

2. Anne Lowe Scholarship offered by Christian Record Services for the Blind: For more information regarding the application process and to access the online form, visit

Upcoming Camps and Experiences

Posted 1/11/2018

  1. Camp T Family Nature Club: Snow Adventures - Jan 19-21, 2018. Click on this link ( to learn more and to download an event flyer.
  2. Space Exploration Overnight Lock-In - March 2-3, 2018. The Michigan Bureau of Services for Blind Persons is inviting high school students who are blind or visually impaired to shoot for the stars and explore the space industry. For more information contact Shannon McVoy, Transition Services Manager at 269-337-3449. Here is the link for the registration:
  3. OUB Camps - All camp information for 2018 has been posted on their website at Visit the site for more information on individual camp experiences.

Braille Challenge

Posted 01/05/2018

It’s not too late to sign up for the Braille Challenge 2018! Any questions about whether this is a good fit for you or your student/child that reads braille, please contact Johanna Anand at the Michigan Department of Education- Low Incidence Outreach at 517-241-4045. Go to the MDE-LIO website for more information:

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