Programs

The International Braille and Technology Center for the Blind (IBTC) 

'The International Braille and Technology Center for the Blind (IBTC)Opened in 1990, this is the world's largest and most complete evaluation and demonstration center of adaptive technology used by the blind. The center contains nearly two million dollars' worth of technology from around the world, including all of the speech and Braille assistive devices for use with computers and other related technologies. Blind persons, parents, teachers, employers, manufacturers of assistive technology, and other interested persons may visit the center by appointment. In addition, the IBTC publishes reviews of the many speech and Braille programs and devices.

The Jacob Bolotin Award Program - This is a cash award program to recognize individuals and organizations working in the field of blindness that have made outstanding contributions toward achieving the full integration of the blind into society on a basis of equality.

Jacobus tenBroek Library - A professor from Duke University visits the Jacobus tenBroek Library to research the life of tenBroek and the NFB's fight to organize in the 1950s.This unique research and resource center on the non-medical aspects of blindness is one of the primary initiatives of the NFB Jernigan Institute.  The Library provides researchers with materials about blindness from the perspective of the blind.  Dedicated to the memory of our founding president, Dr. Jacobus tenBroek, the Jacobus tenBroek Library is revolutionizing attitudes about blindness and promoting independence.

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.

NFB-NEWSLINE® - The world's first digital talking newspaper for the blind, this service is free to anyone who is legally blind. NFB-NEWSLINE® uses computer speech technology to reproduce the texts of various national newspapers and transmit them over the telephone. Current newspaper offerings include USA Today, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal. Dozens of local papers and a few magazines are also available each day to subscribers. In addition to carrying the news, local sites can use one or more special channels to distribute announcements of specific interest to the blind.

Race for Independence

Race for Independence - The Race for Independence is quite simply the expression of our desire to speed toward our goal of achieving first-class citizenship status in society at an ever-increasing pace.  It is the anchor of the National Federation of the Blind's Imagination Fund, the annual campaign to raise proceeds for NFB programs at the national, state, and local levels.

Youth Programs

NFB Youth Slam - Two students put a small rocket together prior to its launch.This four-day academy engaged and inspired the next generation of blind youth to consider careers in science, technology, engineering, and math.  Youth were mentored by blind role models during fun, challenging, and inspiring activities meant to stretch the imagination, build confidence, and increase science literacy.  The NFB Youth Slam culminated in a rally at Baltimore's Inner Harbor and a celebration at the NFB Jernigan Institute.

NFB 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 fulltime, 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 fulltime employee also attending school part-time.  A young blind girl reading a Braille page.

Braille Readers Are Leaders 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 - 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."

Adult Programs

Possibilities Fair for Seniors - The Possibilities Fair for Seniors Losing Vision and for their Families provided a hands-on opportunity for those 55 and older who are losing vision to learn how to improve their lives.  The Fair included demonstration areas featuring alternative techniques, equipment, services for seniors losing vision, and helpful hints about enjoying life.