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Learning Opportunities at NFB Summer Programs

The National Federation of the Blind and the country's premier training centers for the blind offer a variety of summer programs for blind and low-vision children and young adults that build blindness skills and encourage independence. Here is a quick rundown of this summer's offerings.

A boy works with a machine to measure horsepower at a science museum.NFB BELL Academy
Contact: [email protected]
Ages: 4-12
Dates: varies from state to state
Location: nationwide
NFB BELL Academy is a one- or two-week summer program that prepares blind and low-vision children to become confident and independent adults. Children learn Braille and nonvisual skills through fun, hands-on activities in a daytime or residential setting.

NFB EQ (National Federation of the Blind Engineering Quotient)
Contact: 410-659-9314, Ext. 2418
[email protected]
Grades: 9-12
Dates: June 21-27, 2020
Location: Science Museum of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN
Application Deadline: March 29, 2020
NFB EQ is a week-long summer engineering program for blind and low-vision teens. Participants forge new friendships while increasing their engineering knowledge, problem solving abilities, self-confidence, and independence. NFB EQ is part of the NFBs Spatial Ability and Blind Engineering Research Project, which is funded by the National Science Foundation.


The three NFB training programs sponsor a variety of summer programs that help children and teens build skills and confidence. We encourage you to learn about the offerings of each of the centers in order to determine which program will best meet your child's needs.

2020 Summer Programs at BLIND, Inc.
100 E. 22nd St., Minneapolis, MN 55404
Contact: Michell Gip, 612-872-0100, Ext. 231
[email protected]

Buddy Program
Ages: 9-13
Dates: TBA
Buddies stay in the beautiful BLIND, Inc. mansion, which once belonged to the Pillsbury family. They will learn Braille reading and writing, cane travel, adaptive technology, independent living skills, and much more.

PREP (Postsecondary Readiness and Empowerment Program)
Grades 9-12
Dates: TBA
PREP is an eight-week summer program that helps blind teens learn new skills to become better prepared to attend college and transition into the workforce. PREP students live in apartments with counselors and fellow students. They shop for groceries, prepare meals, and clean their apartments as part of their personal management training. The program includes a three-week paid internship experience. Students will work approximately twenty hours a week in local businesses and agencies.

STYLE (Summer Transition Youth Learning Experience)
Ages: 14-21
The STYLE program offers three separate five-day theme-based educational/recreational programs, held at the Pillsbury Mansion. Students will learn skills, gain confidence, and have fun. Students may attend one, two, or all three programs. Day and residential options are available.

Students take part in a Braille class.Summer College Comprehensive Program
Contact: Brian Dulude, 612-872-0100, Ext. 229
[email protected]
Ages: High school graduates 18 and older
Dates: TBA
This program is designed with the busy college student in mind. Participants enhance their blindness skills and build confidence during one or more summer programs.

2020 Summer Programs at the Colorado Center for the Blind
2233 W. Shepperd Ave., Littleton, CO 80120
Contact: Dan Burke, 303-778-1130
[email protected]

Confidence Camp
Ages 5-10
Dates: June 8-19, 2020
Confidence Camp is a two-week day program filled with learning, challenges, and fun. Children meet blind role models and focus on cooking, cleaning, Braille, independent travel, and technology. They also have fun swimming, rock climbing, making a tactile art piece, and going on exciting field trips.

Summer Short Courses
For those interested in a short program, the Colorado Center offers three modules throughout the summer. In all three modules students live in apartments with other students and counsellors, and build core skills in Braille, technology, home management, and cane travel.

Challenge and Adventure, Self-Advocacy Program
Ages: 11-21
Dates: June 5-19, 2020
In this program students practice guide running, play goalball and hockey, learn self defense, and go whitewater rafting. They can also try yoga, gymnastics, and develop and exercise routine. They learn to prepare delicious foods and maintain a nutritious diet.

Cracking the College Code, College Prep Program
Ages: 16-21
Dates: July 1-31, 2020
Blind students develop the skills they need to be successful in college. They learn about accessible tools and strategies for chemistry, biology, statistics, and robotics. In addition, they learn to practice self-advocacy and learn to navigate the landscape of higher education.

World of Work, Pre-employment Program
Ages: 11-21
Dates: June 5-26, 2020
Students travel to the Denver metro area via bus and light rail to meet with blind people who work in a variety of professions. They develop confidence, practice their interviewing skills, and build a resumé.

No Limits to Learning, Transition Youth
Ages: 14-21
Dates: June 5-July 31, 2020
This is an eight-week residential program. Students live in apartments and meet blind people who work in all kinds of jobs. They participate in rock climbing, goalball, whitewater rafting, and more. They also build core skills in Braille, technology, home management, and cane travel and attend the NFB national convention.

2020 Summer Programs at the Louisiana Center for the Blind
101 S. Trenton St., Ruston, LA 71270
Contact: Eric Guillory, 800-234-4166
[email protected]

Pam Allen reads aloud to students in the Buddy Program.Buddy Program, Putting the Pieces Together
Grades: 4-8
Dates: June 7-27, 2020
The Buddy Program at the Louisiana Center for the Blind (LCB) has operated since 1989. Classes in cane travel, Braille, access technology, and daily living skills all are taught by knowledgeable blind adults. Children will enjoy participating in a wide variety of exciting activities such as swimming, tandem biking, and horseback riding.

STEP Program (Summer Transition and Empowerment)
Grades: 9-12
Dates: June 14-August 8, 2020
STEP introduces blind teens to the alternative techniques of blindness and workplace readiness skills through a paid internship. By interacting with mentors and peers (including attendance at the NFB National Convention), students acquire the skills and attitudes necessary for living independently and productively.

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