Our 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. Application information.

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-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. Sign Up.

Blind Driver Challenge

The Blind Driver Challenge is one of the most innovative and far-reaching research initiatives of the NFB. It is our initiative to develop nonvisual interface technology that conveys real-time information about the driving environment so that it will be possible for a blind person to safely and independently drive a car. As part of this, the NFB is participating in the development of other nonvisual access technologies that will ensure blind people can live the lives they want.

STEM Youth Slam

Two students put a small rocket together prior to its launch.This four-day STEM academy engages and inspires the next generation of blind youth to consider careers in science, technology, engineering, and math. Youth are mentored by blind role models during fun, challenging, and inspiring activities meant to stretch the imagination, build confidence, and increase science literacy. Learn more.

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 full-time, post-secondary course of study in a degree program at a United States institution in the fall of the year of application. One scholarship may be given to a full-time employee also attending school part-time.  

Braille Is Beautiful 

A young blind girl reading a Braille page.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. Learn More.

 

Early Child Initiative Program

Various educational programs designed to provide children and their families support and guidance to master the skills needed to achieve independence for a lifetime. Each program provides families with valuable resources for promoting success for their young blind children. This includes Braille Reading Pals and more.

BELL Academy

The NFB Braille Enrichment for Literacy and Learning (BELL) Academy prepares blind and low vision children, ages four through twelve, to grow into confident and independent blind people who will live the lives they want. The program provides Braille and non-visual skills instruction through fun, hands-on learning in a day program or residential setting. Learn more or apply.