Resources for Learning

Online Resources

A blind girl explores a space shuttle model during the Science Academy.National Center for Blind Youth in Science Web Portal — This site is a clearinghouse of information and resources regarding blind youth and science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) subjects and careers.  Users may find information about how to adapt science lessons, where to find accessible math programs, and what nonvisual techniques are most effective in the STEM areas.  Users may also read biographies of successful blind scientists and hear interviews as these professionals discuss the challenges that they have faced and give advice to the next generation of blind explorers.

NFB-LINK — Recently launched, this innovative program pairs individuals seeking information or advice with experienced Federationists.  This is a great resource for anyone who wants to learn more about a variety of blindness issues, from how to use services at college effectively to how to re-pot an orchid nonvisually.

Programs

National Federation of the Blind Youth Slam — This five-day academy will not only provide hands-on experience with science, technology, engineering, and math, but also give you the chance to meet other blind and low vision youth and adults from all over the United States.  Don't miss out on this amazing opportunity!

National Federation of the Blind Scholarship Program — Each year at its national convention in July, the NFB gives a broad array of scholarships to recognize achievement by blind scholars.  All applicants for these scholarships must be (1) legally blind and (2) pursuing or planning to pursue a full-time, postsecondary course of study in a degree program at a United States' institution in the fall of the year of application, except that one scholarship may be given to a full-time employee also attending school part-time.

Braille Readers Are Leaders Contest and Literacy Program — The purpose of this program is to help blind and visually impaired students become good Braille readers, as Braille literacy is one of the highest predictors of success in later life for blind youth. The Braille Readers Are Leaders program generates enthusiasm, raises expectations, and instills pride as students come to realize that reading Braille is fun and rewarding.

Braille Is Beautiful — This innovative program teaches sighted students how to read and write the Braille alphabet code, and increases students' sensitivity and understanding of blind persons. The Braille Is Beautiful program targets grades four through six; however, it can also be used effectively with younger or older children and in community youth projects.

Braille Reading Pals - Early Literacy Program — Is a non-competitive Braille literacy program for blind infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and older students with reading delays. The goal of this program is to expose the family and the child to Braille and to encourage parents (or other responsible adults) to read aloud to or with their children a minimum of fifteen minutes a day during the program period. We know that it may be difficult or impossible for many parents to read to their children every day, but we set the goal high to demonstrate the importance of literacy and to encourage parents early on to "reach for the stars."

NFB-NEWSLINE® — An essential part of learning is having access to current news and information.  NFB-NEWSLINE® is now making it possible for blind individuals to gain access to the information in newspapers at the same time as their sighted colleagues, friends, and family members.  This service brings the wealth of information primarily found in newspapers to blind people through the telephone, making access easy.  

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