What is the NFB?
The National Federation of the Blind is the largest organization of blind and low-vision people in the United States. Founded in 1940, the Federation has grown to over fifty-thousand members. The organization consists of affiliates and local chapters in every state, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.
The National Federation of the Blind knows that blindness is not the characteristic that defines you or your future. Every day we raise the expectations of blind people, because low expectations create obstacles between blind people and our dreams. You can live the life you want; blindness is not what holds you back.
What does the NFB do to enhance opportunity for the blind?
The National Federation of the Blind is leading the way into the future for blind Americans by:
- NFB training centers, staffed by dedicated NFB members and predicated on the philosophy of the Federation.
- Promoting the interests of the blind in the state legislatures, in the halls of Congress, and in the courts.
- Educating the public about the true nature of blindness through our literature, through public appearances, and through our daily lives as independent and productive citizens.
- Helping families with blind children ensure that their kids learn the skills for coping with blindness, and that they have access to information and educational opportunities that will allow them to keep pace with their sighted friends as they grow.
- Studying, demonstrating, and evaluating the latest in adaptive technology for the blind at the International Braille and Technology Center (IBTC), located at the National Center for the Blind, which serves as the national headquarters for the NFB. This one-of-a-kind facility contains computer technology that provides accessible information for the blind.
- Operating and expanding the world's largest digital talking newspaper service for the blind as well as for others who have print disabilities, NFB-NEWSLINE® is a free service available to anyone who is legally blind. NFB-NEWSLINE® uses computer speech technology to make the texts of dozens of local and national newspapers available on demand to blind readers with just a touch-tone telephone.
- Helping the blind get the information and the products we need for active, independent lives through the National Federation of the Blind's Independence Market, Library, and Technology Center, which offers thousands of publications and hundreds of products especially designed for the blind. Browse the catalog and shop online at NFB Products and Technology.
- Conducting cutting-edge research on blindness, such as methods for conducting distance education courses using Braille and speech technology and better methods for travel or for accessing information, at our National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute.
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How can I learn more?
- Read Marching Alone and Walking Together.
- Visit our national website www.nfb.org or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The Braille Monitor is the voice of the National Federation of the Blind.
- Future Reflections, the official publication of the National Organization for Parents of Blind Children (a division of the National Federation of the Blind), is a magazine for parents and educators of blind children.
- Back-issues of Voice of the Diabetic was the quarterly publication of the Diabetes Action Network, a division of the National Federation of the Blind, and addresses the problems and concerns of blind diabetics.
- The Kernel Books series is a collection of books written by the blind themselves. Each book is a mini-anthology of articles and stories by and about blind people, drawn from our real-life experiences and emphasizing our positive philosophy about blindness. They're available in physical formats while supplies last and on the Web. See the NFB Publications webpage for available formats.
Can I join the National Federation of the Blind?
Yes, if you're blind and want to join others like you to build a bright future for blind Americans, or if you're sighted and want to help, then join us today! The Kentucky chapter nearest you can be found at our chapters page or contact the NFB at:
National Federation of the Blind
1800 Johnson Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21230-4998
On the Web: www.nfb.org