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Blind students read and write Braille at NFB BELL Academy in Providence, Rhode Island.
Students at NFB BELL Academy in Providence, Rhode Island.

Kids realize that sight is not essential for success

Using all their other senses, blind and low-vision kids are learning life skills at NFB Braille Enrichment for Literacy and Learning (BELL) Academy, with help from Wells Fargo.

January 4, 2017

Thirteen-year-old Bella Lundsberg of Providence, Rhode Island, wants to write a novel one day — in Braille. She is taking the first steps with support from NFB Braille Enrichment for Literacy and Learning (BELL) Academy, a program of the National Federation of the Blind. NFB BELL Academy provides programs for children who are blind or have low vision.

A $100,000 grant from Wells Fargo to the National Federation of the Blind is supporting the two-week NFB BELL Academy in 30 states. At the academies, kids learn not only to read and write in Braille, but also how to cook for themselves, keep track of cash, and use canes.

“Here locally, I feel like this is the best thing we’ve ever done,” said Grace Pires, president of the National Federation of the Blind of Rhode Island. “Our aim is to raise the expectations of blind people because often it’s low expectations that hold blind people back from living the lives they want.”

Watch the four-minute video to meet Bella — and to learn how blind and low-vision individuals experience video.

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