If you follow us on Facebook, you might have noticed that we recently shared a video produced by our partner charity, the National Federation of the Blind (NFB), explaining its role in the GreenDrop donation process.
When you choose to donate to the National Federation of the Blind through GreenDrop, you are helping to support the mission of raising the expectations of blind people and ensuring that the blind have access to the same advantages that those with sight experience every day.
Specifically, there are a number of programs that your donation directly benefits, and we want to be sure that you, the donor, know exactly what your donation is helping to do.
- National Federation of the Blind Braille Enrichment for Literacy and Learning (BELL) Program: This popular summer program, with over 30 programs offered in 26 states in 2015, provides blind children ages 4-12 with two weeks of intense Braille instruction through fun, hands-on learning activities. The program targets blind children and those with low vision who are not currently receiving enough Braille instruction in school or who could benefit from Braille enrichment throughout the summer.
- National Federation of the Blind Free White Cane Program: The National Federation of the Blind offers free white canes to blind children and adults through its Free White Cane Program. Learn more about the Free White Cane Program through a fun YouTube video or by visiting https://nfb.org/free-cane-program.
- NFB-NEWSLINE®: The world’s largest newspaper service for the blind and print disabled. NFB-NEWSLINE® is an audio information service that provides access to over 330 local and state newspapers, six national newspapers, ten international newspapers, forty magazines, four Spanish-language newspapers, and several blindness-specific publications, including the Braille Monitor and Future Reflections. In addition to these 386 periodicals, NFB-NEWSLINE® also provides access to emergency weather alerts, weekly weather forecasts, television listings, job listings, and advertising circulars.
- Braille Reading Pals:The Braille Reading Pals Club is an early literacy program from the National Federation of the Blind that fosters positive attitudes about Braille for children and their families and promotes a love of reading by encouraging parents to read daily with their child who is blind or has low vision.
- Braille Transcribing and Proofreading Certification Program: In late 2006, the National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute was awarded a contract by the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped of the Library of Congress (NLS) to conduct that agency’s National Braille Transcribing and Proofreading Certification Program. The NFB Jernigan Institute now conducts all administrative functions of the certification program, including the recruitment, training, and evaluation of individuals wishing to become certified Braille transcribers and proofreaders.
- National Federation of the Blind Scholarship Program: To recognize achievement by blind scholars, the National Federation of the Blind annually offers blind college students in the United States and Puerto Rico the opportunity to win one of thirty merit-based, national-level scholarships worth from $3,000 to $12,000. All scholarships awarded are based on academic excellence, community service, and leadership. To learn more about this program, please visit www.nfb.org/scholarships.
- International Braille and Technology Center:Opened in 1990and housed in the National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute, the International Braille and Technology Center (IBTC) is the world’s largest and most complete evaluation and demonstration center of adaptive technology used by the blind. The center contains nearly two million dollars’ worth of technology from around the world, including all of the speech and Braille assistive devices for use with computers and other related technologies. Learn more at https://nfb.org/ibtc1.
As you can see, there are many ways to get involved and help the National Federation of the Blind to accomplish its important work to ensure blind people live the lives they want. We’d like to thank each and every one of you for helping blind people realize and achieve their dreams!