A blind boy explores a rocket model with his parents.

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The 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!

A young blind boy and his mother read a Braille/print book with tactile graphics.Braille Readers Are Leaders Literacy Program (BRL360): This year marks the 30th anniversary of the K-12 Braille Readers Are Leaders program. To celebrate 30 years of success, later this fall we will be expanding the program and launching Braille Readers Are Leaders 360: A Community of 21st Century Braille Readers—the first-ever accessible online community for children who read Braille! The Braille Readers Are Leaders 360 (BRL360) online community will provide a safe place online where Braille readers in kindergarten through twelfth grade can share their literacy experience through: online discussions about their favorite books, book trailers, live author chats, videos of themselves reading Braille, and much more! Continuing with the Braille Readers Are Leaders mission, BRL360 will promote a pride in Braille and a joy of reading among blind children all year long. Stay tuned for more information about the expansion of our K-12 Braille Readers Are Leaders program. Contact us with your questions at: BRL360@nfb.org or 410-659-9314, extension 2418.

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 Scholarships: 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.

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.

Resources

A Science Academy student explores a space shuttle model.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.

National Association of Blind Students (NABS): For over 30 years this national organization of blind students has provided support, information, and encouragement to blind college and university students. NABS leads the way in offering resources in issues such as national testing, accessible textbooks and materials, overcoming negative attitudes about blindness from school personnel, developing new techniques for accomplishing laboratory or field assignments, and many other college experiences. Join the NABS mailing list.

International Braille and Technology Center for the Blind (IBTC): A comprehensive evaluation, demonstration, and training center, complete with over $2.5 million worth of nearly all of the tactile and speech output technology now available to the blind, the IBTC serves as a rich resource for vendor-free advice on all aspects of access technology.

Publications

Braille Monitor: The leading publication of the National Federation of the Blind, this monthly magazine covers events, activities, and issues related to the blindness field.

The Student Slate: The voice of organized blind students in America can be heard through this newsletter published by the National Association of Blind Students.

Future Reflections: This quarterly magazine (published by the American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults in partnership with the National Organization of Parents of Blind Children) offers parents and teachers of blind children a multitude of resources and information based on the positive NFB philosophy.

Kernel Books: A series of booklets made up of inspirational stories written by blind people about themselves.

Straightforward Answers About Blindness: This document, based on our previous publication If Blindness Comes, provides simple, straightforward answers to your questions about blindness and the NFB.