2021 NFB BELL® Academy In-Home Edition Application

The NFB BELL Academy provides children with Braille and nonvisual skills instruction through fun, hands-on learning activities. The NFB BELL Academy—which stands for National Federation of the Blind Braille Enrichment for Literacy and Learning®—is a nationwide (United States and Puerto Rico) summer program that prepares blind and low-vision children to grow into confident and independent blind people who live the lives they want.

NFB BELL Academy is appropriate for blind and low-vision children, ages 4-12, who:

  • Do not receive enough Braille and nonvisual skills instruction in school
  • Could benefit from more Braille exposure over the summer
  • Would enjoy connecting with blind role models

Session Selection

This application is to apply to attend our VIRTUAL NFB BELL Academy In-Home Edition Program. This summer, using the Zoom® web-conferencing platform, one three-week session will be offered July 18, 2022 through August 5, 2022 Monday through Friday, for beginner, intermediate and advanced students. Each accepted student will receive the materials to complete all lessons and an NFB long white cane. An optional Social Hour will be offered for one hour. Our Social Hour will be a place to gather on Zoom for casual conversation, games, exercise and more!

The deadline to apply is June 1, 2022.

Please visit https://nfb.org/programs-services/nfb-bell-academy if you wish to attend an in-person NFB BELL Academy in a city near you. This application is only for our NFB BELL Academy In-Home edition. If you wish to apply for both programs (in-home and in-person) you must complete both applications.

The cost of our virtual NFB BELL Academy In-Home Edition program is free to participating families. If you wish to support our efforts in providing Braille literacy, mentoring, and socialization, please visit https://www.nfb.org/donate.

Thank you for your time in completing this form. All the information we request is necessary to run fun, educational, and safe programs for our students. For questions, please contact us at [email protected] or at 410-659-9314, extension 2418.

Please Note: Users of accessible mobile devices may have difficulty completing this form on a mobile device. We are working with the mobile device manufacturers to resolve this problem.

Complete the Application

Student Information
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The address entered below will be used to ship materials. Please do not include a PO Box as we will ship via UPS.

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TBS (Teacher of the Blind Students) Information
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Other Information

NFB BELL Academy pursues grant funding to support the programs, and some of these grantors ask us to describe the racial/ethnic/socioeconomic backgrounds of our students. In order to improve our program delivery and to respond to these requests, we ask you to answer the following questions:

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Upon submitting this form your responses will be saved, and you will receive an email copy of your responses. We will notify you if your child is accepted into the program. For additional questions or concerns please contact us at [email protected] or by phone at 410-659-9314, extension 2418.

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