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The National Federation of the Blind of West Virginia is pleased to announce the:
NFB BELL® Academy In-Home Edition Registration

While we are living in unprecedented times, we know that the National Federation of the Blind has and will continue to meet the challenge of the times with hope, love, and determination. One of the commitments we made early in this COVID-19 pandemic was to provide resources for blind children and their families and supporting the teaching of critical nonvisual techniques and Braille literacy at home. We want to make sure that students, parents, and volunteers have the best NFB BELL® Academy experience possible. We are condensing our academies into three nationally taught and coordinated sessions with support from NFB affiliates. This summer two-week-long sessions of NFB BELL® Academy will take place at 11:00 a.m. EDT and at 6:00 p.m. EDT. Each session will last for 45 minutes during the following dates:

  • June 1, 2020 through June 12, 2020
  • June 22, 2020 through July 3, 2020
  • July 27, 2020 through August 7, 2020

Please note the 11:00 a.m. session taking place June 22, 2020 through July 3, 2020 will also be conducted in Spanish.

Each registered student will receive the materials to complete all lessons alongside their parent/guardian via mail. Each day during the two-week session, there will be two opportunities to connect via web or phone with an experienced teacher. This gives students and families the opportunity to ask questions and get to know each other.

Complete the registration form to sign up for one of our NFB BELL® Academy sessions (spaces are limited). The cost of this program is free to participating families. However, if you wish to support our efforts in providing Braille literacy please visit

The NFBWV BELL Team will be supporting this program and maintaining daily contacts with all enrolled students from West Virginia. We are looking forward to your participation and value any input you have on how we can make this a successful program for our students. Please contact the West Virginia BELL® Academy Coordinator Sheri Koch at 304-993-5103 or at if you have any questions or need help or guidance. Thank You!

Additional Information

For more information about the BELL® Academy, please visit To learn more about the NFB of West Virginia BELL® Academy program, please contact Sheri Koch, our state BELL coordinator, at or by phone at 304-993-5103.