Accessibility Inclusion Fellowship Program

Administered by the National Federation of the Blind under a Nonvisual Accessibility Initiative grant from the State of Maryland.

Prepare your students for future success. Submit your application by October 11, 2019.

The Accessibility Inclusion Fellowship program helps instructors begin to include accessibility concepts in at least one course offering in their institution with help from the nation’s blind.

What’s at stake? Individuals with disabilities, including the blind, cannot live the lives they want without full and equal access to the information and technologies available to the rest of the public, including products, services, and benefits available on the web and in mobile applications. Equal access to information which includes nonvisual access needs to be incorporated in the education track. The NFB is committed to the development of innovative techniques for achieving nonvisual access to information through the design and development of accessible information and technology systems.

Participants in the fellowship program will receive a monetary award. One award of $2,000 will be made to an instructor of a University System of Maryland school or a professor of an independent Maryland college, and two awards of $1,500 each will be made to Maryland community college instructors.

To apply for the 2020 Accessibility Inclusion Fellowship, please submit the following information by email to

  • Name
  • Professional title
  • Name of your institution
  • Email address
  • Phone number
  • Course title
  • Is this a required course, or elective?
  • Cover letter
  • Class syllabus
  • The course description from the college catalog
  • Two professional references

Your existing course does not need to have an accessibility component. If chosen, the NFB will work with you through our Center of Excellence in Nonvisual Access to enhance your course curriculum to include accessibility concepts by providing consultation and assistance with course instruction. Finalists will be notified in October.

We look forward to the continued progress of equal access to information and technologies with your help. Together, we turn dreams into reality.