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National Federation of the Blind of Nevada

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Terri Rupp, President
PO Box 20041
Reno, Nevada 89515
Cell Phone: 702-524-0835

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Cell: 609-680-8488

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GuideStar Gold Level, 2018

Braille Enrichment for Literacy & Learning (BELL) Academy

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The National Federation of the Blind of Nevada (NFBNV) sponsored its 2018 BELL (Braille Enrichment for Literacy & Learning) Academy held June 16 through June 23, 2018 between the hours of 9:00 am and 4:00 pm. The program was held at:
95 S. Arroyo Grand Blvd.
Henderson , Nevada 89141

The BELL Academy provided instruction in Braille and daily living skills to children ages 4 through 12 who have lacked the opportunity and sufficient exposure to these important areas. In addition, the children formed new friendships with other vision impaired/blind children and adults, and went on field trips.

The children will have access to blind adults to serve as mentors and to help facilitate the program.

Our goal was to enable the children to live the life they want through the upbeat and positive attitudes, skills, and experiences provided by the BELL Academy.

You can read the affiliate-specific Frequently Asked Questions brochure for Nevada at For more information, please contact Terri Rupp, our state BELL coordinator, at or by phone at 702-524-0835.

BELL Academy Sponsorship Request for 2019

From Ice Cream to T-Shirts, Braille Paper to Pizza

Please consider the opportunity to help sponsor some part of the Braille Enrichment for Literacy and Learning (BELL) Academy next summer. Dates and location for the 2019 BELL Academy have not been confirmed at this time.

The BELL Academy is a two-week program for vision impaired and blind children ages 4 through 12, many of whom have had minimal exposure to braille. The program presents opportunities to enhance braille and blindness skills. Instruction in activities of daily living furthers the children’s independence and self-sufficiency. Blind mentors and volunteers provide excellent role models, keeping expectations high and proving that blindness is not the characteristic that defines one’s future. All BELL Academy children receive a free white cane and a free slate and stylus from the National Federation of the Blind.

Please review and consider the following list of sponsorships. Thank you.

  • $200 Tee shirts for all participants
  • $200 Supplies for arts and crafts
  • $150 Christmas in July party with Santa
  • $100 Louis Braille birthday party
  • $100 Various games: Twister, Bingo, etc.
  • $50 Ice cream at the beach
  • $30 Mid-week pizza party
  • $30 Braille paper
  • $20 Dark lined paper
  • $15 20/20 pens
  • $10 Snacks per day
  • $5 Water for each day

Sponsorship for Tactile Graphic Products

Competence in understanding and using tactile/raised-line illustrations is critical for blind children both for academic and expressive needs. The following five items promote this important but often less-recognized subject area.

  1. 4 or more Sensational Graphics Blackboards at $49.95. Here’s a short video:
  2. 3D Doodler Pens, $100 each with “ink” strands. More packs of “ink strands” cost $12.00 for a 25-pack.
  3. InTact Sketch Pad $125.
  4. InTact Sketch Pad electric eraser $150
  5. Extra InTact Sketch Pad paper: 100 sheets for $24.00

We have received several sponsorships prior to this posting, and we thank those that have made the donation.

Once again, thanks for your interest and support to drive the BELL Academy vehicle along the road to literacy and learning for blind children. Together, with love, hope and determination, we transform dreams into reality.

Please make checks payable to National Federation of the Blind of Nevada and mail to:

Terri Rupp, President
PO Box 2041
Reno, Nevada 89515

In the memo, please write “BELL.” Any sponsorship in any amount will be appreciated.

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