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Tri-County Association for the Blind
1800 North Second Street, Harrisburg, PA 17102-2200
(717) 238-2531 Fax:(717) 238-0710

Contact: Angela Barlup, Public Relations Director
Phone: 717-238-2531
Date: June 4, 2004

For Immediate Release

Transition Camp Focuses on Building Skills for Blind and Visually-Impaired Teenagers

Harrisburg, PA -- The Tri-County Association for the Blind in conjunction with the Capital Area Intermediate Unit will be hosting a special camp for blind and visually impaired students. The week long camp to be held June 21-25 will host 8-10 blind or visually impaired teenagers from the tri-county area for a week of vocational and skills training. These young people who range in age from 14-18 will participate in many hands-on activities intended to build the necessary skills needed to transition from high school to the work force or on to some form of higher education. "The objective of this camp is to build skills and introduce the students to community resources available to them as they become more independent adults," stated Danette Blank, Executive Director of the Tri-County Association for the Blind. Campers will be learn about using public transportation, how to complete a job application or college admissions application, technology training including the types of adaptive equipment available, banking skills and dressing for success. The camp will also focus on independent living skills including grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning up. Campers will begin each day at the Tri-County Association for the Blind office and will then visit other sites such as Strawberry Square, HACC, the Whitaker Center, and the Focus House.

This camp is the first of its kind in the Harrisburg area. The Department of Education and Labor and Industry/Occupational, Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) has made funding for the camp possible. For more information on the camp, please contact Danette Blank at Tri-County Association for the Blind by phone at (717) 238-2531.

The Tri-County Association for the Blind is a private, non-profit organization that works to provide opportunities to help blind and visually impaired individuals flourish within and enrich our communities. The association, which services Dauphin, Cumberland and Perry counties provides the following services: Access Technology, Prevention of Blindness, Social Services, Harrisburg Area Radio Reading Service, Carpeting & Janitorial Department, and a Production Facility. For more information on the Tri-County Association for the Blind, call (717) 238-2531; visit our web site at, or e-mail

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