For Teachers and Parents

Welcome to the National Center for Blind Youth in Science Web portal!

This web portal is meant to serve as a centralized clearinghouse of information and resources to assist you in engaging and inspiring blind youth to greater achievement in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) subjects and careers. Typically, blind youth are tracked out of these subjects due to misconceptions that science and math are too difficult for the blind. Through the National Federation of the Blind's Jernigan Institute, we are demonstrating that these subjects, as well as countless others, are within the reach of blind youth. This web portal is meant to help you empower and inspire blind youth to achieve their dreams.


Have you tried to find accessible materials for your child or student, but couldn't locate the ones you wanted? Try our resources section, which is organized according to the STEM areas. There you can find information and links to everything from Braille periodic tables and tactile maps to talking thermometers and graphing calculators. Whether you're looking for low-tech or high-tech solutions, you'll be able to find it in our resources section.

Have you ever wondered how to get your students involved? Whether its hands on learning or safety in the classroom there is a video that might have some tips. Check out these instructional videos for more teaching tips.


Do you have dreams of working in a STEM field? Visit our Careers section! There you have the opportunity to learn about internships to help you get the job experience that you will need. You can also use our career resources to make your career preparation and job search a little easier. Finally, learn about the people who have made careers in the STEM fields by visiting our blind scientists section. There, you can read biographies and listen to interviews by these successful blind professionals--learn from their successes and mistakes by listening to their stories and advice! Much of the information in the Careers section will help you no matter what type of career most interests you.