National Federation of the Blind
Braille Literacy Programs for Blind Youth, Parents, and Educators
NFB Braille Reading Pals Club
The Braille Reading Pals Club introduces young children and their families to Braille through distribution of dual media (Braille and print) books, a plush reading pal for each child, a monthly parent e-newsletter that offers pre-literacy tips, a quarterly Braille activity sheet for children, Braille birthday cards for child participants, and access to a network of resources devoted to serving parents of blind children. The Braille Reading Pals Club will help parents promote early literacy skills, a love of reading, and a positive attitude about Braille through daily reading with their blind and low-vision children. Families can sign up at any point throughout the year, but a new program begins each January. To learn more about this program, please visit http://www.nfb.org/readingpals.
NFB Braille Readers Are Leaders Contest
The NFB Braille Readers Are Leaders Contest is a national contest for students who read Braille, kindergarten through twelfth grades, and all adult Braille readers. The purpose of the program is to promote the joy of reading for pleasure, to promote a pride in Braille as a viable literacy medium equal to print, and to demonstrate the importance of independent reading in the development of Braille literacy skills. The program begins November 1 and runs through January 4—Louis Braille’s birthday. To learn more about the program, please visit http://www.nfb.org/BRAL.
NFB Braille Enrichment for Literacy and Learning (BELL) Summer Program
This is an intensive, two-week Braille summer program for low-vision students implemented in states across the country. As of summer 2011, we will have approximately eight states facilitating BELL programs. We hope to continue to add new states to the list each year in order to create a whole contingent of NFB BELL programs across the country. This unique curriculum designed by staff at the NFB Jernigan Institute, the NFB national headquarters, and teachers of the blind helps foster a love for Braille through fun, hands-on activities. This program is designed for children ages five through twelve. Those interested in learning more about the BELL program or how to start a BELL program in their own state should visit http://www.nfb.org/BELL.
NFB Braille Is Beautiful
An innovative diversity awareness program for sighted children that teaches sighted students how to read and write the Braille alphabet code, and increases students’ sensitivity to, and understanding of, blind persons. This serves as a great awareness tool in classrooms with a blind student. Visit https://www.nfb.org/braille-beautiful to learn more.
Braille Certification Training Program
The NFB offers courses in literary, mathematics, and music transcribing as well as literary and mathematics proofreading for Library of Congress certification. Learn more at http://www.nfb.org/nfb/braille-certification.
NFB ShareBraille is an online Braille book exchange that is open to the public. Find free volumes of Braille from a variety of genres for all ages at this site: http://www.nfbsharebraille.org.
This site serves as the NFB’s homepage for all things Braille. It is designed to promote Braille literacy, the wide availability of high quality Braille materials, and general awareness about the importance of Braille in the lives of the blind.
For more information, please contact the Education Team at the NFB Jernigan Institute at (410) 659-9314.