NFB LAW (Leadership and Advocacy in Washington D.C.) Program

Engaging the Voice of America’s Blind Youth

To allow the NFB Jernigan Institute to focus resources on other important work that affects blind youth, the NFB LAW Program will not be offered in 2013.  However, this program will be offered in the future; to ensure you are up-to-date about all the programs and resources available for blind children, their families, and their teachers, please contact Natalie Shaheen (contact information below) to have your name added to our mailing list.  While you are waiting for the NFB LAW program to return, read about the 2012 LAW program in the Braille Monitor and the 2011 LAW program in Future Reflections

About the Program

The NFB Leadership and Advocacy in Washington, D.C., (LAW) Program is a four-day experience that provides blind and low-vision students with a unique opportunity to explore the inner workings of our country’s government, its history, and its culture while staying at the national headquarters for the National Federation of the Blind in Baltimore, Maryland.  In addition to learning about the history of the organized blindness civil rights movement, how resolutions are passed, and how blindness legislation is created, participants learn more about the inner workings of the National Federation of the Blind, its advocacy work for blind individuals, and available resources for blind students and adults.  The program also strives to help empower youth with valuable resources to enhance their transition to high school including technology, blindness skills training, and information about scholarships.

Highlights of the Program include

  • Visits to historical sites in Washington, D.C.
  • Meetings with influential government leaders
  • Presentations by prominent leaders from the largest blindness advocacy group in the country
  • Tours of the National Federation of the Blind national headquarters
  • Opportunities to interact with staff and technology from the International Braille and Technology Center, the largest lab of Braille and speech products for the blind 


Eligible applicants include those who are in grades six to nine during the time of the program, or ages twelve to sixteen.  Students must be able to perform basic self-care skills; have some degree of independent travel skills; be able to read Braille, print, or both; and should, at a minimum, be able to understand content appropriate for students entering middle school or junior high.

For more information about the NFB LAW Program

Please Contact:


Natalie L. Shaheen, MEd

Director of Education


Phone: (410) 659-9314 x2312

Fax: (410) 659-5129