Programs targeted for blind youth and their families

Texas Association of Blind Students


NFBT Youth Conference

Submitted by Thomas Stivers on Fri, 01/10/2014 - 1:18pm

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The conference registration fee is $50 and will be payable at registration on-site by check, cash, or credit card. This conference fee includes:

The San Antonio chapter is hosting the BELL program from July 14 through July 18, 2014.

07/14/2014 - 07/18/2014

The Rio Grande Valley chapter is hosting the BELL program from July 21 through July 25, 2014.

07/21/2014 - 07/25/2014

In Houston, the BELL program will be held from June 16 through June 20, 2014, at the Lighthouse of Houston Activity Center, 3602 West Dallas, Houston, TX 77019.

For details specific to the Houston BELL program contact Louis Maher, the BELL coordinator for Houston.

06/16/2014 - 06/20/2014

The conference registration fee is $50 and will be payable at registration on-site by check, cash, or credit card. This conference fee includes:

  • Admission to the TABS and/or TPOBC network that is changing what it means to be blind
  • Entry to the conference door prize drawing
  • All conference meals including the NFBT Youth Conference formal banquet
  • Admission to our exhibit hall where you will be able to have hands-on access to the latest assistive technology and other related products of interest
04/04/2014 - 04/06/2014

Today started out fun and exciting. The children learned about goalball for their blindness lesson. They had a blast learning the rules of the game. Goalball is a game which requires three people to defend one side of a court, while another team of three players defends the other. In order to score a goal, the ball must pass between the players of the opposite side of the court without being blocked. The ball must touch the outer line of the court to indicate that it is a goal. The students had fun listening for the ball in order to block it.


For today's blindness lesson, the children enjoyed an exciting play performed by all of the BELL players. The play was based on a little girl named Claire and her struggle to except her blindness. In the play, a super hero named Captain Whozit helped Claire realize that it is, "respectable to be blind." He also presented Claire with a white cane and taught her how to use it correctly, so that she wouldn't have to rely on her limited vision when traveling. The children seemed to really identify with this play, and they really enjoyed it.


Today was the first day of the McAllen BELL program. We had students ranging from ages three to thirteen years old. For our first blindness lesson, the children were measured and given white canes. They were taught how to use their canes before playing several games of red light green light under sleep shades. Each student was given a chance to lead a round of the game. For many students, this was their first time playing red light green light. This was a big hit.


Today was the last day of our Houston BELL program. This morning the students and staff went on a field trip to the arboretum. Then we had Dominos pizza for lunch.

Our guest reader is a medical interpreter for hospitals around Houston, and is also the president of the Houston chapter of the NFB of Texas.

Next the children had a music lesson. They learned about different music notes. They sang some songs and played some percussion instruments.