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BELL (Braille Enrichment for Literacy & Learning) Academy

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The National Federation of the Blind of New Jersey is pleased to announce the:
NFB BELL® Academy In-Home Edition Registration

While we are living in unprecedented times, we know that the National Federation of the Blind has and will continue to meet the challenge of the times with hope, love, and determination. One of the commitments we made early in this COVID-19 pandemic was to provide resources for blind children and their families and supporting the teaching of critical nonvisual techniques and Braille literacy at home. We want to make sure that students, parents, and volunteers have the best NFB BELL® Academy experience possible. We are condensing our academies into three nationally taught and coordinated sessions with support from NFB affiliates. This summer two-week-long sessions of NFB BELL® Academy will take place at 11:00 a.m. EDT and at 6:00 p.m. EDT. Each session will last for 45 minutes during the following dates:

  • June 1, 2020 through June 12, 2020
  • June 22, 2020 through July 3, 2020
  • July 27, 2020 through August 7, 2020

Please note the 11:00 a.m. session taking place June 22, 2020 through July 3, 2020 will also be conducted in Spanish.

Each registered student will receive the materials to complete all lessons alongside their parent/guardian via mail. Each day during the two-week session, there will be two opportunities to connect via web or phone with an experienced teacher. This gives students and families the opportunity to ask questions and get to know each other.

Complete the registration form to sign up for one of our NFB BELL® Academy sessions (spaces are limited). The cost of this program is free to participating families. However, if you wish to support our efforts in providing Braille literacy please visit https://www.nfb.org/donate.

The NFBNJ BELL Team will be supporting this program and maintaining daily contacts with all enrolled students from New Jersey. We are looking forward to your participation and value any input you have on how we can make this a successful program for our students. Please contact the New Jersey BELL® Academy Coordinator Mary Jo Partyka at 609-888-5459 or at choirnfb@gmail.com if you have any questions or need help or guidance. Thank You!

BELL Academy Pictures

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

Additional Information

For more information about the BELL® Academy, please visit www.nfb.org/bell-academy. To learn more about the NFB of New Jersey BELL® Academy program, please contact Mary Jo Partyka, our state BELL coordinator, at choirnfb@gmail.com or by phone at 609-888-5459.

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