The Best Thing the Blind World has Ever Seen! Writing Camp for Visually Impaired Young People

AANENSEN, Ingvild and FRISVOLD, Eli (2015) The Best Thing the Blind World has Ever Seen! Writing Camp for Visually Impaired Young People. Paper presented at: IFLA WLIC 2015 - Cape Town, South Africa in Session 123 - Libraries serving Persons with Print disabilities.

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Abstract

The Best Thing the Blind World has Ever Seen! Writing Camp for Visually Impaired Young People

NLB has arranged writing camps biannually since the launch in 2005, totalling five camps to date. The camps last a week, and are partially financed by contributions from private foundations and bequests. NLB’s writing camps provide a practical opportunity for the visually impaired to participate in a writing course, and the camp contributes to inclusion, leaving nobody behind in the real enjoyment of sharing the joy and skills in writing literature. Literature means a lot to this group, and many blind people write poems and other forms of literature for the desk drawer. Young people with visual impairments often struggle to overcome low self-esteem. The writing instruction organized at writing camps helps many participants to gain increased self-confidence and self-affirmation.

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