Braille Monitor               October 2022

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Illustration: BELLS that Ring in the Head and the Heart

For more than ten years, blind children ages four through twelve have been participating in our NFB BELL® Academy. In 2020 and 2021, due to the pandemic, children attended virtually through our NFB BELL Academy In-Home Edition. This year, we were thrilled to have some of our NFB BELL Academies getting back together in person. Students worked on reading and writing Braille, learned new nonvisual techniques, and went on field trips, all while being exposed to blind role models and the positive philosophy of the National Federation of the Blind. These blind children are well on the way to being our future leaders.

Students and mentors pose for a picture with New Jersey firefighters in front of their fire truck.
A BELL participant concentrates on checking the Braille she just created using a Braillewriter.
Louisiana BELL participants do yoga outside with instructors.
In Connecticut, BELL students try their hands at “gold” mining during a visit to the Dinosaur Park.
Student with mentor at table doing a Braille lesson during the New Jersey BELL Academy.

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