Interview with BELL Parents
Parents of 2019 Bell Academy students interview by Linda Melendez, first vice president of the National Federation of the Blind of New Jersey and president of the NFBNJ Sports & Recreation Division, regarding what the Bell Academy means to them.
Joe Ruffalo Interviews BELL Students
Joseph Ruffalo, President of the National Federation of the Blind of New Jersey, interviewing the 2019 BELL Academy students.
Singing “Six Dots of Braille”
Students of the 2019 BELL Academy are singing “Six Dots of Braille”.
Students of the 2019 BELL Academy are learning how to write Braille on a Perkins Braille writer.
Jonathan Zobec, president of the NJ Association of Blind Students and assistant BELL instructor, and BELL students checking out the equipment while visiting the Perth Amboy Police Department.
Group picture of students and instructors while enjoying a day at the Keansberg Boardwalk during the 2019 BELL Academy.
Bell students posing with their completed planters made at Mr. Tony’s house. Picture taken by Linda Melendez.
BELL Children preparing flower pots to be place into their homemade planters! Picture taken by Linda Melendez.
Group picture of 2018 BELL students and staff. Picture taken by Linda Melendez.
Picture of BELL students and staff at their visit to the Perth Amboy Firehouse. Picture taken by Linda Melendez.
BELL Children typing away on their Braille Writers during the 2018 BELL Academy. Picture taken by Linda Melendez.
BELL Academy student Luke is having fun playing with a train. Picture taken by Barbara Grames.
BELL Academy students Luke and Nate are practicing walking with their canes while carrying trays. Picture taken by Barbara Grames.
BELL Academy students Luke and Zora having fun while at the Turtle Back Zoo. Picture taken by Barbara Grames.
BELL Academy students Ryan and Luke are using nonvisual techniques to perform a science experiment. Picture taken by Barbara Grames.
BELL Academy students are practicing using their cane skills while at the 2017 NFBNJ BELL Academy. Picture taken by Barbara Grames.
Grad student volunteer Quoc Anh Tran (on left) and high-school senior volunteer Andrew Chin (on right) introduce BELL Academy student, Ryan Abbott (in the middle) to golf. Picture shows third-grader Ryan grasping a golf club, leaning over and preparing to swing. Anh is on Ryan’s left and Andrew on his right. Picture submitted by Holly Miller.
Ryan Abbott and Ethan Rieger, students at the 2016 BELL Academy have playfully placed adhesive dots all over their faces. The dots came from foam rubber rectangles of six dots each. The children removed selected dots from each rectangle to make each rectangle a different letter of the Braille alphabet. The rectangles were strung together in a banner. Picture Submitted by Holly Miller.
Nate Stephens, a student at New Jersey’s 2016 BELL Academy, introduces a guest from a neighboring summer program to Braille. Picture shows Nate with his hand on the embossing head of a brailler, checking what he has brailled, to one of our summer guests, right, looking on. Picture submitted by Barbara Shalit.
Ethan’s Crinkle Machine
Ethan Rieger built this paper crinkler during our visit from Bricks4Kidz. In this video clip, he is sends a flat, narrow strip of paper through two plastice gears moving in opposite directions. The flat paper goes through them and comes out crinkled. Video submitted by Holly Miller.