NFB Training Centers
Seeking Success Through Centers
Why do I want and NFB center?
We know what you must be thinking… "I already have good skills," or "I've already been to a training program." This may be true, but do you ever find yourself wishing you had just a little something more? Everyone can benefit from NFB center training, no matter your past experience. These centers are truly like no other! They take you where you're at, enhance your skills and beliefs, challenge you to achieve more, and build you up beyond what you ever imagined possible!
What makes these centers different?
These centers are different because they are run with the philosophy of the National Federation of the Blind. They teach blind and visually impaired individuals the alternative techniques to blindness, such as cane travel, Braille, daily living, cooking, technology, job-acquiring skills, and/or college prep. In addition, at the NFB centers you will learn how to become a more confident and independent blind person as well as develop positive attitudes toward blindness.
The staff at the NFB centers, most of whom are blind themselves, are well acquainted with the common stereotypes and misconceptions which surround blindness. By their own example and through thought-provoking discussions and seminars, blind staff members encourage those attending the Center to rethink their ideas about blindness and to develop more positive perspectives.
Who pays for this training?
Your vocational rehab counselor from the Commission for the Blind can provide funding. It may be difficult to convince your counselor at first, but you have a legal right to your "Informed Choice" in training centers. The cost of NFB centers is actually less than that of most MI programs. Talk with your counselor about the option of attending an NFB center. If you are still having difficulties, feel free to contact someone within MABS or the NFB of Michigan for additional help.
I’m still in high school/middle school. Do these centers have any programs for me?
Yes, each of the NFB centers offer summer programs that range in length from four to ten weeks. They offer the same training as above, but on a smaller scale through a program geared to your age group. They combine a mix of skill training and fun recreational activities.
How do I learn more about these centers?
Listed below is the contact information for the three different NFB training centers. The
staff at each one will be happy to answer any questions you may have.
Louisiana Center for the Blind Pam Allen, Director
101 South Trenton
Ruston, Louisiana 71270
BLIND, Inc. (Blindness: Learning in New Dimensions)
Joyce Scanlan, Director
100 E. 22nd Street South Minneapolis, Minnesota 55404 (800) 597-9558
Colorado Center for the Blind Julie Deden, Director
2233 W. Shepperd Ave.
Littleton, CO 80120