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BELL (Braille Enrichment for Literacy & Learning) Academy

NFB BELL Academy logo

The National Federation of the Blind of New Jersey (NFBNJ) is sponsoring its sixth BELL (Braille Enrichment for Literacy & Learning) Academy.

Where: Puerto Rican Association for Human Development (PRAHD), Inc
100 First Street
Perth Amboy, New Jersey 08861
When: July 22 through August 2, 2019
Time: 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM (Monday through Friday)
Cost: Free for blind and visually impaired children ages 4 to 12
Lunch: Children must bring their own lunch
Transportation: Must be provided; carpooling is encouraged.

NFB BELL Academy – Placing Hands on the Future

The NFB BELL Academy helps blind and low-vision children, ages four through twelve, develop the literacy skills that will empower them to achieve their academic goals and live the lives they want. This year, with the assistance of our Wells Fargo partners, we provide opportunities for students to imagine, create, and touch their future and dreams; by not only raising expectations through Braille instruction, but by nurturing their development of tactile arts and graphics. Through the generous support of the American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults, each student participant in the 2019 NFB BELL Academies will be provided with an inTACT Sketchpad. To learn more about the NFB BELL Academy, visit https://nfb.org/bell-academy. Upon completing the application form, please complete the student permission and release forms at https://archive.nfb.org/bell-permission-and-release-forms.

To see a Flyer please click on the link below:

Thank you for getting the word out and thank you to The Allergan Foundation for transforming dreams into reality with your generous grant!

BELL Academy Pictures

To view all pictures and videos from current and previous BELL Academy programs, please visit our BELL Academy Pictures page.

NFBNJ Code of Conduct & Sexual Abuse, Molestation and Harassment Prevention Policy

The National Federation of the Blind of New Jersey Code of Conduct and the National Federation of the Blind of New Jersey Sexual Abuse, Molestation and Harassment Prevention Policy will apply to our gatherings during the BELL Academy.

 BELL Academy Sponsorship Request for 2019

You Can Help Sponsor This Summer’s BELL Academy
From Ice Cream to T-Shirts, Braille Paper to Pizza

Please consider the opportunity to help sponsor some part of the Braille Enrichment for Literacy and Learning (BELL) Academy this summer. The dates and location for the 2019 BELL Academy program are July 22 to August 2 in Perth Amboy.

The BELL Academy is a two-week program for vision impaired and blind children ages 4 through 12, many of whom have had minimal exposure to braille. The program presents opportunities to enhance braille and blindness skills. Instruction in activities of daily living furthers the children’s independence and self-sufficiency. Blind mentors and volunteers provide excellent role models, keeping expectations high and proving that blindness is not the characteristic that defines one’s future. All BELL Academy children receive a free white cane and a free slate and stylus from the National Federation of the Blind.

Please review and consider the following list of sponsorships. Thank you.

  • $200 Tee shirts for all participants
  • $200 Supplies for arts and crafts
  • $150 Christmas in July party with Santa
  • $100 Louis Braille birthday party
  • $100 Various games: Twister, Bingo, etc.
  • $50 Ice cream at the beach
  • $30 Mid-week pizza party
  • $30 Braille paper
  • $20 Dark lined paper
  • $15 20/20 pens
  • $10 Snacks per day
  • $5 Water for each day

Sponsorship for Tactile Graphic Products

Competence in understanding and using tactile/raised-line illustrations is critical for blind children both for academic and expressive needs. Thanks to the American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults, each BELL Academy program will receive an InTact Sketch Pad electric eraser and all of the students will receive inTACT Sketchpads. The following four items promote this important but often less-recognized subject area.

  1. 4 or more Sensational Graphics Blackboards at $49.95. Here’s a short video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HxHt_QYMg8E
  2. 3D Doodler Pens, $100 each with “ink” strands. More packs of “ink strands” cost $12.00 for a 25-pack.
  3. Additional InTact Sketch Pad electric erasers, $150 each
  4. InTact Sketch Pad paper: 100 sheets for $24.00

Note: We have received several sponsorships prior to this posting, and we thank those that have made the donation.

Once again, thanks for your interest and support to drive the BELL Academy vehicle along the road to literacy and learning for blind children. Together, with love, hope and determination, we transform dreams into reality.

Please make checks payable to NFBNJ and mail to:

Joe Ruffalo, President
254 Spruce Street
Bloomfield, NJ 07003

In the memo, please write “BELL.” Any sponsorship in any amount will be appreciated.

Additional Information

To learn more about the NFB of New Jersey BELL Academy program, please read the affiliate-specific Frequently Asked Questions brochure for New Jersey at https://nfb.org/programs-services/nfb-bell-academy/new-jersey. For more information, please contact Mary Jo Partyka, our state BELL coordinator, at choirnfb@gmail.com or by phone at 609-888-5459.

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