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 https://www.nfb.org/readingpals.
NFB Braille Enrichment for Literacy and Learning (BELL) Summer Academy
This is an intensive, two-week Braille summer academy for low-vision students implemented in states across the country. As of summer 2011, we will have approximately eight states facilitating BELL academies. We hope to continue to add new states to the list each year in order to create a whole contingent of NFB BELL academies 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 academy is designed for children ages five through twelve. Those interested in learning more about the BELL academy or how to start a BELL academy in their own state should visit https://nfb.org/bell-academy.
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 https://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.