The NFB Center of Excellence in Nonvisual Access to Education, Public Information, and Commerce (CENA)

The CENA serves 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; to promote best practices nationally; and to build Maryland’s status as leader in the field.

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. The IBTC is open to the public, and you can call us at 410-659-9314 option 5 or email us at to make an appointment to visit.

Technology Resource List - Do you need a comprehensive list of the latest access technology available?  Check out our technology resource list!  From notetakers to talking books, you'll find the information you need, including contact information for the manufacturer. The Braille file is also available for download.

User Experiences - If you want more than just product information, try our Access Technology Blog for first-hand stories about using access technology. The latest tips for users can be found on Access Technology Tips Blog. You can also call the access technology help line at 410-659-9314, option 5.

Accessing Consumer Electronics - The access technology team designed a consumer electronics shopping guide to help shoppers pick usable appliances and devices.

Nonvisual Election Technology - Casting a secret ballot is a right most Americans take for granted.  Now, for the first time ever, speech output technology voting machines make it possible for blind and visually impaired people to cast a secret ballot privately and independently.