National Federation of the Blind

Braille Instruction

Our BELL Academy provides exposure to Braille for children who are not learning it in school or who can benefit from more Braille instruction. The program allows blind children to interact with each other and with positive blind role models, and gives parents the opportunity to learn techniques for empowering their blind children.


To recognize achievement by blind students, the National Federation of the Blind annually offers blind college students the opportunity to win one of thirty merit-based, national-level scholarships worth from $3,000 to $12,000. All scholarships awarded are based on academic excellence, community service, and leadership. All finalists receive air travel and hotel accommodations to attend the annual convention of the National Federation of the Blind, where the final scholarship awards are determined after a week of getting to know the candidates. For mor information, or to apply, visit the NFB Scholarship page.


The National Federation of the Blind offers parents of blind children, students, and others dealing with vision loss many types of support. Blindness does not define a person's future, but blindness or vision loss can be overwhelming at first. The National Federation of the Blind provides a network that functions as a supportive family, as well as resources to help cope with both the practical and emotional implications of vision loss.

STEM Education Programs

The Youth Slam and other National Federation of the Blind STEM Academies give blind students the opportunity to learn about tools and techniques that will allow them to participate in the STEM classroom, and if desired, go on to STEM careers that have traditionally and falsely been thought to be closed to the blind.

Independence Market

Our in-house and online store offers low-tech aids, from magnifiers to white canes, as well as free literature to help the blind and those who are losing vision maintain their independence and live the lives they want.

Learn more about all the resources and support available through the National Federation of the Blind.

The National Federation of the Blind knows that blindness is not the characteristic that defines you or your future.
Every day we raise the expectations of blind people, because low expectations create obstacles between blind people and our dreams.
You can live the life you want; blindness is not what holds you back.

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