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Beautiful Crater Lake in south central Oregon

NFB BELL Academy®
Oregon
In-Person June 20-July 1, 2022



The NFB BELL Academy provides children with Braille and nonvisual skills instruction through fun, hands-on learning activities. Young blind girl smiles and shakes homemade musical instrument.

"My child had an enjoyable time and her confidence in Braille has grown. My favorite thing that has come out of this camp: You removed the fear and anxiety she had about going blind! She now knows she will be okay and will have the skills to succeed. I think that alone is worth everything! "

The NFB BELL Academy—which stands for National Federation of the Blind Braille Enrichment for Literacy and Learning®—is a nationwide (United States and Puerto Rico) summer program that prepares blind and low-vision children to grow into confident and independent blind people who live the lives they want."

Activities are provided in a day program or residential setting, depending on location. In addition to Braille crafts, games, and other engaging projects, children learn vital independent living skills, interact with blind adult mentors, and enjoy field trips to sites related to the NFB BELL Academy curriculum. Through these activities and interactions, the children learn that blindness or low vision does not define them or their future.

NFB BELL Academy typically runs Monday through Friday for six hours each day for two weeks.

Who Should Attend?

Blind and low-vision children, ages four through twelve who:
  • Do not receive enough Braille and nonvisual skills instruction in school
  • Could benefit from more Braille exposure over the summer
  • Would enjoy connecting with blind role models
"To be honest, for a mother with a low-vision child, I was very uneducated by the blind word, and I didn't think he could attend an event like it…A friend that was taking her son, told me that I should try and we did. The first day was like a whole new world of possibilities and knowledge opened up for me."


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of Oregon. Since 1971, an affiliate of the National Federation of the Blind.

State President Carla McQuillan.

Affiliate office telephone, voice or text, 541.653.9153.
Office hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, pacific time.

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