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NFB 2015 BELL Program in Virginia

Registration is now open for the Virginia 2015 Summer BELL program.

What is the NFB BELL Program?

The NFB Braille Enrichment for Literacy and Learning (BELL) program provides children, ages four through twelve, with two weeks of concentrated Braille instruction through fun, hands-on learning. This program is for all blind children who could benefit from Braille enrichment over the summer. This includes low-vision children, children who have recently lost their vision, children who have been blind since birth, and children who have additional disabilities.

The program is designed to run Monday through Friday for approximately seven hours each day. In addition to Braille instruction, projects, games, and other engaging activities, children may also enjoy field trips to local attractions.

The NFB BELL program has grown exponentially since its inception in 2008. Beginning as one site in the state of Maryland, the program is now offered in numerous states around the country! The NFB BELL program uses time-tested
lessons and proven techniques to build self-confidence, positive attitudes, and skills in blind children; characteristics that are essential to ensuring blind children can live the lives that they want now and in the future.

What parents are saying:

  • “Besides Braille exposure, the most valuable thing my child gained at the NFB BELL program is increased confidence. I can’t believe the change in her attitude and initiative since attending the program.”
  • “This was the most positive program/experience we have ever been involved in. This program was an incredible resource for us both.”
  • “The NFB BELL program changed our lives this year. My daughter learned more in two weeks at NFB BELL than she did in a two- month program last summer!”

To learn more about the NFB BELL program,
or to apply, visit:

Program 1

  • June 22-July 3
  • Saint George’s Episcopal Church
  • 915 N. Oakland St.
  • Arlington, VA 22203
  • 9:00 am-3:00 pm

Program 2

  • August 3-14
  • Virginia Beach Christian Church
  • 2225 Rose Hall Dr.
  • Virginia Beach, VA 23454
  • 8:30 am-3:00 pm

Program 3

  • August 10-21
  • Ivy Farms Church of the Brethren
  • 681 Dresden Drive
  • Newport News, VA 23601
  • 9:00 am-3:00 pm

Program 4

  • July 20 -31
  • First Baptist Church
  • 2709 Monument Ave.
  • Richmond, VA 23220
  • 9:00 am-3:00 pm

This program is held Monday through Friday for two weeks. Programs are being held in Arlington, Richmond, Virginia Beach, and Hampton. The tuition fee is $250 per student. Scholarships are available where paying tuition will cause a hardship to the family.
Transportation will be provided for students, if needed, to and from the program on a case-by-case basis. If your child will need transportation to and from the program, please contact us. A deposit
of $20 is due with the application to reserve a place for your child. The program will include: lunch and two snacks provided each day, daily activities,
tactile drawing, field trips (locations tbd), computer basics,
a parent seminar, and a graduation ceremony on the last day of each program; please plan to attend.

For more information please contact:

  • Nancy Yeager
  • Email:
  • Phone: (703) 283-2524
  • 3800 Fairfax Drive, #1605
  • Arlington, Virginia 22203