2011 NFB Leadership and Advocacy in Washington, D.C., (LAW) Program

Overview of Activities and National Content Standards


The following are topics which will be discussed and an overview of activities for the 2011 NFB LAW Program.  These activities have been aligned to national content standards for social studies and language arts education.  (NSS =National Social Studies, and NL-ENG =National Language Arts.)  For our purposes we referred to the standards list provided on the Educational World Web site at: http://www.educationworld.com/standards/national/


Topic/Activity: Introduction to Advocacy Work

Students will:

  • Attend presentations about the National Federation of the Blind as a consumer organization: its history, mission statement, and the importance of grassroots efforts on a national level with respect to the work of our members.
  • Learn about the role of the blind and those with low vision in advocating for equality and better rights.
  • Participate in discussion on the skills of advocacy.
  • Learn about the history of the blindness civil rights movement in conjunction with the disability civil rights movement of the 1970s.


Standards Addressed:

NSS-C.5-8.1
NSS-C.5-8.2
NSS-C.5-8.5


Topic/Activity: Introduction to the Legislative Process

Students will:

  • Participate in activities to learn the process of “how a bill becomes a law” through role playing and other interactive activities. 
  • Receive an overview of the three branches of government.
  • Participate in interactive activities designed to help students learn about their respective state representatives and congressmen, and review recent actions and voting records of their respective representatives.


Standards Addressed:

NSS-C.5-8


Topic/Activity: Technology for the Blind

Students will:

  • Interact with the staff and technology from the International Braille and Technology Center (IBTC), the largest lab of Braille and speech products for the blind.
  • Apply the technology that has been demonstrated to do presentations about their experiences and the knowledge they have gained during the LAW program.


Standards Addressed:

NSS-C.5-8.3
NSS-C.5-8.5
NL-ENG.K-12.4


Topic/Activity: Putting Advocacy Skills into Action

Students will:

  • Role play appointments with national representatives and congressmen to discuss important issues for the blind.

Standards Addressed:

NSS-C.5-8.3
NSS-C.5-8.5
NL-ENG.K-12.4


Topic/Activity: Visits to National Historical Sites in Washington, D.C., and Appointments with Important Government Officials

Students will have the opportunity to visit some of the following locations:

  • Lincoln Memorial
  • Washington Monument
  • FDR Monument
  • Jefferson Memorial
  • Smithsonian Museums
  • World War II Memorial
  • Korean War and Vietnam War Walls on the Washington Mall
  •  U.S. Capitol Building 
  • U.S. Supreme Court


Note: Members of the NFB Governmental Affairs office are working to make contacts and schedule appointments with a number of congressional dignitaries and other government officials during the time of this program.  Should we be successful in this matter, students will:

  • Have the opportunity to speak to representatives from their states.
  • Learn about governmental policies from those in important roles.
  • Visit with blind and low vision individuals sworn in important governmental roles who will share how they perform their jobs as blind persons.


Standards Addressed:

NSS-C.5-8.1
NSS-C.5-8.3
NSS-C.5-8.4
NSS-C.5-8.5
NL-ENG.K-12.4
NL-ENG.K-12.12