National Federation of the Blind 2017 Braille Enrichment for Literacy and Learning (BELL) Academy Application

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The application process for each NFB BELL Academy contains three steps. Additionally, please note that the facilitators of the NFB BELL Academy in your area may opt to conduct an interview or collect additional information about your student before accepting your student into the Academy. Application, selection, and registration processes differ from state to state, so please contact your state coordinator (information below) with any questions you have about the process. However, the three steps outlined below are required for students applying to ALL NFB BELL Academies:

  1. Complete the general application below. This form will ask you to provide your contact information, as well as information about the student (such as, grade level in the fall, birthdate, interests, any medical needs, etc.). This information allows the NFB BELL Academy team to learn a little about the student.
    1. Once you hit the submit button at the end of this form, you will be redirected to the permissions and releases form—the second step of the process. Additionally you will find a link to the second form in the confirmation email that you receive after submitting this application form (the first step).
  2. Complete the permissions and releases form: The information in this form provides us with all of the detailed information that we will need to meet your student’s needs. This form contains the following: general release, sunscreen release, medical release, medical history and health insurance information, program expectations, media release, transportation release, and student pick-up release.
  3. After completing step two, you will receive an email containing a copy of all of the information you provided in the permissions and releases form. You must print, sign, and return the entire contents of that email to your state coordinator. Contact information for your state coordinator will appear at the top of the email. Additionally, you can find all of your state coordinator’s contact information by visiting https://nfb.org/bell-academy and following the link for your state.

The application process will take approximately 20-30 minutes. You may wish to have your student’s IEP or latest progress report to assist you in answering the questions related to your student’s knowledge of Braille and other nonvisual skills.

Thank you for your time in completing these forms. All of the information we request is necessary to run fun, educational, and safe programs for our students.

Registration FEES differ from NFB BELL Academy to NFB BELL Academy. Please consult your NFB BELL Academy’s FAQ page for more details. Please select the NFB BELL Academy to which you are applying. If you are applying for more than one NFB BELL Academy, please submit one application per Academy.

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.

Student Information

Student's Date of Birth *

Parent/Guardian Information

Emergency Contact Information

Additional Student Information

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 three questions:
Upon submitting this form your responses will be saved, and you will receive an email copy of your responses. You will then be redirected to complete the BELL Permission and Release form.