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Braille Enrichment for Literacy & Learning (BELL) Academy

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Thank you for helping the National Federation of the Blind of Connecticut (NFBCT) conduct with assistance from the National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute the 2020 BELL® (Braille Enrichment for Literacy & Learning) Academy In Home Edition. We hope to conduct the BELL® Academy in person this summer. Please stay tuned for details for our 2021 BELL® Academy.

NFB Code of Conduct

The National Federation of the Blind Code of Conduct will apply to our gatherings during the BELL® Academy.

BELL® Academy Sponsorship Request 2021

You Can Help Sponsor the 2021 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 in 2021. The dates and location for the 2021 will be announced at a later date.

The BELL® Academy is a two-week program for low vision 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 graduation 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:
  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 NFBCT and mail to:

National Federation of the Blind of Connecticut
111 Sheldon Road, Unit 420
Manchester, CT 06045

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

Additional Information

For more information about the BELL® Academy, please visit To learn more about the NFB of Connecticut BELL® Academy program, please contact Kristen Dockendorff, our state BELL coordinator, at or 860-993-5869.

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