National Homework Hotline for Blind/Visually Impaired Students
The National Homework Hotline for Blind/Visually Impaired Students (NHH-BVI) is a free service for K-12 and college students in the United States. NHH-BVI responders are experienced TVIs, tutors, mentors, STEM professionals, and college students who are eager to assist blind/visually impaired students.
NHH-BVI areas of support include:
- JAWS, NVDA
- Voice Over for macOS and iOS devices
- Nemeth and literary braille
- Cranmer abacus
- Refreshable braille displays
- Braille notetakers
- Core subject tutoring (Math, ELA, Science, Social Studies)
- Talking scientific calculators
To request assistance, complete the Help Request Form, and a Hotline Responder will contact you.
Beyond Academics: 1st Anniversary Reflections on the
National Homework Hotline
By Monique Coleman
passed its one-year anniversary! NHH started last spring as a temporary, emergency service to assist blind and visually impaired students with navigating new remote education environments and technology tools. Since then, NHH volunteer responders have helped K12-college students gain the knowledge, skills, and confidence to persist in their educational programs.
“NHH-BVI responders can viscerally empathize with the challenges of the students. Braille display isn’t connecting? We’ve been there. Frustrated by slow braille reading speeds? We’ve been there. Trying to figure out how in the world to get JAWS to cooperate? Oh, you better believe we’ve been there! Our team of responders practice what they preach every single day, and students know it. Requests for help are answered mostly by thriving blind people who shatter society’s (and sometimes even the students’) low expectations. Students learn that their NHH-BVI helper is a graduate student, engineer, business owner, or published author—and they are blind just like them. And then a truly transformative thought occurs: “If they can do it, maybe I can too!”
Ida’s sentiments are echoed in the following reflections by a TVI who supports her student with using the Hotline for access technology assistance:
– D.M., Teacher of Visually Impaired in California
feedback from volunteers, parents, educators, and students around the country has made it clear that the need for personalized, after school support specifically targeting blind and visually impaired