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Leading the Way: Grand Canyon Sound Academy

This program is for students who are blind/ visually impaired or fully-sighted.

A group of 20 teenagers from across the U.S. will be selected to receive scholarships for a once-in-a-lifetime leadership adventure: Grand Canyon Sound Academy.

Dates: July 20th-31st 2018

Student Program Fee and Scholarship:

The Natural Sounds and Night Skies Division of the National Park Service is providing generous scholarship support. Youth participants will only be responsible for paying or fundraising a $500 No Barriers program fee. NPS will be covering the rest of the program fees, including airfare. Selected participants will be expected to fulfill a set of scholarship requirements before, during, and after the expedition.


Submit an online application and correlating materials on our webpage,


Additional Information:

Reach out to Rachel Strommen at No Barriers Youth with questions or concerns.
Phone: 970-484-3633 ext. 314

Accessibility and Self-Advocacy in Higher Education

Just in time for fall semester, the National Federation of the Blind has released the following resources for college and graduate students and college administration. Equal access on campus remains a priority area for the NFB. Too often, blind students are dissuaded from the classes and degrees of their choice because campuses do not have procedures in place to provide accessible textbooks, internships, learning management systems, and other electronic information technology. Self-advocacy is often a critical skill for success in higher education. Take time now to review the information below and forward the resources to other blind students and campus administrators.

For more information, contact Valerie Yingling, paralegal, at 410-659-9314, extension 2440, or

Ongoing Collaboration with Pearson: Removing Access Barriers in STEM Classrooms

The NFB and Pearson continue to work collaboratively towards removing access barriers in K-12 and higher education, particularly in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. Most recently, the NFB and Pearson designed a survey to gather information regarding STEM classroom training, support, and instructional materials. The results of this survey will be used to broaden access to STEM subjects for future blind students, ultimately helping to remove the obstacles between them and their educational dreams. The STEM survey is open through December 2, and we are seeking many middle school, high school, college, and adult participants. For more information, contact Valerie Yingling at or (410) 659-9314, extension 2440.

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