Summer Programs

The National Federation of the Blind and the country’s premier training centers for the blind offer a variety of summer programs for blind and low-vision children and young adults that build blindness skills and encourage independence.

2020 National Summer Programs

NFB BELL Academy

NFB BELL Academy is a two-week-long summer program that prepares blind and low-vision children to be confident and independent adults. They learn Braille and nonvisual skills through fun, hands-on activities in a daytime or residential setting.

  • Ages: 4 to 12
  • Dates: Varies
  • Location: Nationwide

NFB EQ

Two students in the 2018 NFB EQ program smile during a workshop.NFB EQ is a week-long summer engineering program for blind and low-vision teens. Participants forge new friendships while increasing their engineering knowledge, problem-solving abilities, self-confidence, and independence.

  • Grades: 9 to 12
  • Dates: June 21 to 27, 2020
  • Location: Science Museum of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN

NFB National Convention Youth Track

The NFB National Convention is the largest gathering of blind people in the world. Every year, blind youth can participate in a variety of seminars and social activities designed to provide a meaningful convention experience, foster independence, and promote positive attitudes about blindness.

  • Ages: Varies
  • Dates: July 14 to 19, 2020
  • Location: Houston, TX

2020 Summer Programs at BLIND, Inc.

Buddy Program

In the Buddy Program blind children learn important skills, embrace the empowering attitudes and philosophy of the National Federation of the Blind, and explore the wonderful and fun Twin Cities.

  • Ages: 9 to 13
  • Dates: TBD
  • Location: Minneapolis, MN

PREP

The Post-Secondary Readiness and Empowerment Program (PREP) is an eight-week-long summer program for blind teens where they learn new skills and become better prepared to attend college and transition into the workforce.

  • Grades: 9 to 12
  • Dates: TBD
  • Location: Minneapolis, MN

STYLE

The Summer Transition Youth Learning Experience (STYLE) program offers three separate five-day-long sessions for high school students where they learn new skills, gain confidence, and have fun throughout the summer. Attend one, two, or all three sessions.

  • Ages: 14 to 21
  • Session 1: TBD
  • Location: Minneapolis, MN

Summer College Comprehensive Program

The summer college comprehensive program is designed with the busy college student in mind. Participants enhance their blindness skills and increase their confidence during one or more summer programs at BLIND, Inc.

  • Ages: High school graduates (18 years and older)
  • Dates: TBD
  • Location: Minneapolis, MN

2020 Summer Programs at the Colorado Center for the Blind

    Confidence Camp

    Confidence Camp is a two-week-long day program filled with learning, challenges, and fun. Children meet blind role models and focus on cooking, cleaning, Braille, independent travel, and technology. They also have fun swimming, rock climbing, making a tactile art piece, and going on exciting field trips.

    • Ages: 5 to 10
    • Dates: June 8 to 19, 2020
    • Location: Littleton, CO

    Summer Short Courses

    For those interested in a shorter program, the Colorado Center offers three different modules throughout the summer. In all three modules, students live in an apartment with other students and a counselor, and build core skills in Braille, technology, home management, and cane travel.

    Challenge and Adventure, Self-Advocacy Program

    In the Challenge and Adventure program, students practice guide running, play goalball and hockey, learn self-defense, go whitewater rafting and much more. They can also try yoga, gymnastics, and develop an exercise routine. They learn how to prepare delicious foods and how to maintain a nutritious diet.

    • Ages: 11 to 21
    • Dates: June 5 to 19, 2020
    • Location: Littleton, CO

    Cracking the College Code, College Prep Program

    In Cracking the College Code, blind students develop the skills they need to be successful in college. They learn about accessible tools and strategies for chemistry, biology, statistics, robotics, and more. In addition, they learn how to practice self-advocacy and learn how to navigate the landscape of higher education.

    • Ages: 16 to 21
    • Dates: July 1 to July 31, 2020
    • Location: Littleton, CO

    World of Work, Pre-Employment Program

    In the World of Work program, students travel to the Denver metro area via bus and light rail to meet with blind people who work in a variety of professions. They develop confidence, practice their interviewing skills, and put together a résumé.

    • Ages: 11 to 21
    • Dates: June 5 to 26, 2020
    • Location: Littleton, CO

    No Limits to Learning, Transition Youth

    No Limits to Learning is an eight-week-long residential program. Students live in an apartment and meet blind people who work in all kinds of jobs. They participate in rock climbing, goalball, white water rafting, and more. They also build core skills in Braille, technology, home management, and cane travel, and attend the NFB National Convention.

    • Ages: 14 to 21
    • Dates: June 5 to July 31, 2020
    • Location: Littleton, CO

    2020 Summer Programs at the Louisiana Center for the Blind

    Buddy Program

    The Buddy Program is an innovative three-week-long program that pairs blind children with positive blind role models, teaches them alternative techniques, and includes fun activities such as swimming, tandem biking, and horseback riding.

    • Grades: 4 to 8
    • Dates: June 7 to 27, 2020
    • Location: Ruston, LA

    STEP Program

    The eight-week-long Summer Transition and Empowerment Program (STEP) introduces blind teens to the alternative techniques of blindness and workplace readiness skills through a paid internship. By interacting with mentors and peers (including during the NFB National Convention), students acquire the skills and attitudes necessary for living independently and productively.

    • Grades: 9 to 12
    • Dates: June 14 to August 8, 2020
    • Location: Ruston, LA