Below are several independence and education related programs available across the country.
Our Independence Market is a store created by and for the blind community. The online store is still under development, however you may still place orders by email or by phone at (410) 659-9314, extension 2216 (Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. CT).
Free White Cane Program
The white cane gives blind people the ability to achieve independence, allowing us to travel freely and safely. The National Federation of the Blind provides free white canes so that every blind person can have one. Order a white cane today.
Below are various education programs for blind children and teens.
Early Childhood Programs
Early childhood programs provide young blind children and their families with support and guidance to master the fundamental skills of literacy and independent travel. These programs are Braille Reading Pals Club, Early Explorers, and Santa Letters. Sign up for the early childhood programs.
NFB BELL® Academy
The NFB BELL Academy provides children with Braille and nonvisual skills instruction through fun, hands-on learning activities. Activities are provided in a day program or residential setting, depending on location. The program is designed for blind and low-vision children, ages four through twelve.
It was wonderful to connect with other families in the state who have children who are blind or have low vision. For the first time, I was not scared of my daughter's blindness but felt equipped with the tools to face the challenges the lie ahead head on. Every aspect of the program was incredible and we are already waiting for the next one. I really like how our daughter became more confident in cane travel. Now instead of holding her hand she uses "Mo" to show her where to go. (Yes we named the cane; because why not). - parent of a blind child
NFB EQ (Engineering Quotient)
The National Federation of the Blind Engineering Quotient program (NFB EQ) is a weeklong summer engineering program for blind and low-vision teens from around the United States. NFB EQ is jam-packed with fun and learning. Participants spend each day engaged in activities designed to strengthen their knowledge of engineering as well as their problem-solving abilities. In the evenings, participants explore the local community and participate in various recreational activities. Throughout the week, participants will forge new friendships while increasing their engineering knowledge, problem-solving abilities, self-confidence, and independence. Blind and low-vision teens who are ready to learn new things, meet new people, and have an adventure this summer are encouraged to apply. Learn more about NFB EQ.