National Federation of the Blind 2016 Braille Enrichment for Literacy and Learning (BELL) Academy Application

The application process for all NFB BELL Academies 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 child before accepting your child 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 (i.e., grade, age, interests, any medical needs, etc.). This information allows the NFB BELL 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 child’s needs. This form contains the following: general release, sunscreen release, medical release, medical history and health insurance information, Academy 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. You can find all of your state coordinator’s contact information by visiting and following the link for your state.

The application process will take approximately 20-30 minutes. You may wish to have your child’s IEP or latest progress report to assist you in answering the questions related to your child’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 Academies for our students.

Student's Date of Birth *
Please tell us about any medical conditions or disabilities your child has other than blindness. Please include information such as: the existence of orthopedic impairments (i.e. your child uses a wheelchair or has limited use of his/her arm), medications that will need to be taken during the program.
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.