The National Federation of the Blind knows that blindness is not the characteristic that defines you or your future. Every day we raise the expectations of blind people, because low expectations create obstacles between blind people and our dreams. You can live the life you want; blindness is not what holds you back.
BELL Academy Coordinator
President, Tampa Bay Chapter
National Federation of the Blind of Florida
The NFB BELL Academy—which stands for Braille Enrichment for Literacy and Learning—is a nationwide summer program offered by the National Federation of the Blind that prepares blind and low-vision children, ages four through twelve, to grow into confident and independent blind people who live the lives they want. The NFB BELL Academy provides children with Braille and nonvisual skills instructions through fun, hands-on learning activities, and other blindness techniques. Activities are provided in a day program or residential setting, depending on location. In addition to Braille crafts, games, and other engaging projects, children learn vital independent living skills, interact with blind adult mentors, and enjoy field trips to sites related to the NFB BELL Academy curriculum. Through these activities and interactions, the children learn that blindness or low vision does not define them or their future.