Center of Excellence in Nonvisual Access

The Center of Excellence in Nonvisual Access is a concentrated center of expertise, best practices, and resources that enables businesses, government, and educational institutions to more effectively provide accessible information and services to the blind community.

Founded by the National Federation of the Blind in 2014, CENA works to:

  • Share the considerable knowledge that the NFB and its partners have of web accessibility and access technology in order to bring about greater accessibility in government, education, and business
  • Promote best practices nationwide 
  • Increase awareness of accessibility and the tools available to blind users

Building on the expertise of the blind, CENA seeks to create a more accessible world.

During the board of directors meeting at the 2021 National Convention, a clip of a McDonald's kiosk walkthrough was presented. Here is the demonstration:

International Braille and Technology Center for the Blind

The International Braille and Technology Center for the Blind is a comprehensive technology evaluation, demonstration, and training facility located at our national headquarters in Baltimore, Maryland. 

Events, Trainings, and Accessibility Boutiques

Experts at CENA offer various training events and workshops throughout the year to share best practices in web accessibility and access technology. Learn more about our events and trainings.

Blind Driver Challenge

The Blind Driver Challenge is a collaborative research and education project with the active participation of the blind that began over ten years ago. The National Federation of the Blind is committed to increasing the speed at which we move toward the design, development, and implementation of accessible technology that presents us with opportunities to live, work, and play as active members of society. Learn more about the Blind Driver Challenge.

2020 Online Research Platform Study

This fall, we will be working with HathiTrust Accessibility to conduct a study on the accessibility and usability of an online research platform. If you are a college student, higher education faculty member, or other professional conducting academic research, please complete this survey in order to be considered to participate in the study. All who complete the survey will be entered into a raffle drawing. We will be reviewing the pool of applicants with the goal of identifying 100 study participants. Additional information will be provided to those chosen to participate in the study.

Accessibility Switchboard

The Accessibility Switchboard is a web portal that provides freely available resources and guides for those who want to improve accessibility in their organizations. This is one of the many projects funded through the state of Maryland’s Nonvisual Access Initiative grants administered by the Maryland Department of Disabilities. This dynamic portal was developed with support from Accessibility Track Consulting, LLC, and members of the Accessibility Switchboard Community of Practice.

Strategic Nonvisual Accessibility Partnership Program (SNAP)

The National Federation of the Blind's Strategic Nonvisual Accessibility Partnership program works to ensure that websites, products, and services are nonvisually accessible by developing productive, on-going partnerships with organizations in an effort to assist them with infusing accessibility into their corporate culture.

Accessibility Inclusion Fellowship Program

The Accessibility Inclusion Fellowship program helps instructors begin to include accessibility concepts in at least one course offering in their institution with help from the nation’s blind. 

Blind Users Innovating and Leading Design (BUILD)

The NFB is establishing a database of blind users to test and evaluate the accessibility of websites, home-use medical devices, home appliances, fitness equipment, and other products and services. We need your help to ensure that this technology is accessible to blind people. Apply to become a tester today.

Higher Education Accessibility Online Resource Center

The Higher Education Accessibility Online Resource Center is an online resource designed for colleges and universities that includes examples of digital accessibility policies, legal requirements, and links to accessibility standards and procurement policies. 

National Center for Nonvisual Election Technology

The National Center for Nonvisual Election Technology shares best practices about blind voters' needs and houses accessible voting machines that are available for demonstration and evaluation at no cost to officials or the public.

More Information

For more information about CENA or to inquire about potential partnership opportunities, please call us at 410-659-9314, option 5 or email us at [email protected]