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The NFB BELL® Academy provides children with Braille and nonvisual skills instruction through fun, hands-on learning activities. The NFB BELL Academy—which stands for National Federation of the Blind (NFB) Braille Enrichment for Literacy and Learning (BELL)—is a nationwide summer program that prepares blind and low-vision children to grow into confident and independent blind people who live the lives they want. 

Please complete the following form to register for the NFB BELL Academy. The registration process may 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. You will also need your student’s medical insurance information, list of medications and emergency contact information. All of the information requested is necessary to run fun, educational, and safe programs for our students, so thank you for taking the time to fill it out completely. We need to get to know you and your family to prepare for an excellent experience. For questions, please contact us a [email protected] or at 410-659-9314, extension 2418.  

NFB BELL Academy programs provide activities in a day program or residential setting, depending on location. In addition to Braille crafts, games, and other engaging projects, children learn vital independent living skills, interact with blind adult mentors, and enjoy field trips to sites related to the NFB BELL Academy curriculum. Day programs typically run Monday through Friday for six hours each day for two weeks. Residential programs usually run for one week. Please note that the facilitators of the NFB BELL Academy in your area may opt to collect additional information about your student before accepting your student into their NFB BELL program. Registration processes differ for each program, please contact your state coordinator with any questions you have about the process. Program information about each participating state is available at NFB BELL Academy webpage.


NFB BELL Academy is only offering in-person programs. Our in-home virtual edition program is no longer available as of 2023. We are in the midst of planning other ways to connect families virtually. We hope to bring new and exciting virtual options to enhance our programming in the future.

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