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Upcoming Events

2018 Jacobus tenBroek Disability Law Symposium

Thursday, March 22, through Friday, March 23, 2018

Registration is now open for the 2018 Jacobus tenBroek Disability Law Symposium, “Fifty Years After tenBroek: The Right to Live in the World Today and Tomorrow.” Join leading disability rights advocates from throughout the United States to examine Dr. tenBroek’s impressive legacy through a present-day lens, focusing on many of the timeless themes addressed in his publications and speeches during his lifetime.

Upcoming Free Accessibility Training Boutiques

Accessibility Switchboard

Friday, March 30, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Come and explore the resources that can help transform your organization and make it a more accessible place to work for everyone. Learn and grow with us as we examine real world case studies related to accessibility in the workplace. For more information and how to register for our new webinar format, go to our Upcoming Free Accessibility Training Boutiques page.

2018 Scholarship Program Applications Open

November 1, 2017 through March 31, 2018

To recognize achievement by blind scholars, the National Federation of the Blind annually offers blind college students in the United States and Puerto Rico the opportunity to win one of thirty merit-based, national-level scholarships worth from $3,000 to $12,000. More information and how to apply is available on the National Federation of the Blind 2018 Scholarship Program page.

2018 Dr. Jacob Bolotin Award Program Applications Open

November 15, 2017 through April 15, 2018

The Dr. Jacob Bolotin Awards seek to honor initiatives, innovations, and individuals that are a positive force in the lives of blind people and advance the ultimate goal of helping them transform their dreams into reality. More information and how to apply is available on the 2018 Dr. Jacob Bolotin Award Program page.

2018 National Convention

Preregistration Now Open

Tuesday, July 3—Sunday, July 8, 2018

The NFB National Convention is the seminal annual event of our organization. Important decisions are made, memorable speeches are given, and new friendships are grown. More information about the 2018 National Convention is available on the National Convention page.

State Conventions

Missouri - April 5 - April 8

Louisiana - April 6 - April 8

Tennessee - April 6 - April 8

Oklahoma - April 12 - April 15

Wisconsin - April 13 - April 15

Utah - April 19 - April 21

New Mexico - April 19 - April 22

What's New

Remembering Dr. Isabel Grant

Picture of Dr. Isabel Grant interacting with a monkeyIn honor of Women’s History month, we thank all of the outstanding women leaders of the National Federation of the Blind, past and present. We also honor and remember Dr. Isabel Grant (1896-1977), an outstanding leader of the blind of the United States and the world. After teaching for thirty-two years, Dr. Grant launched a brand-new career as an international ambassador promoting opportunities for the blind in education and the workforce. Her achievements were recognized throughout the world, and in 1972 she was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. Her memoir about her world travels, Crooked Paths Made Straight, is available as an e-book from iUniverse and from the Amazon Kindle and Apple iBook stores, as well as from the Independence Market. You can also learn more about her in this article from the October 2016 Braille Monitor.

Special Aira Pricing Available for NFB Members

Because of our partnership with Aira, members of the National federation of the Blind can now receive 160 Aira minutes a month, along with other benefits, at a special price. For more information, visit go.aira.io/nfb.

Share Your Experiences Using Rideshare Services

Let us know your experiences using rideshare services, like Lyft and Uber, when traveling with your guide dog. For more information, read about the Uber and Lyft Testing Program.

Read the Latest Issue of Imagineering Our Future

Read about one Federationist's experience at National Convention, NFB EQ, and more in the latest issue of Imagineering Our Future.

Read the March Issue of the Braille Monitor

Read a Washington Seminar recap, an essay on the impact of generations of leaders in the NFB, and much more in the March issue of the Braille Monitor.

Read the Latest Issue of Future Reflections

Learn about testing accommodations, orientation and mobility skills, advocacy, and much more in the latest issue of Future Reflections.

Listen to the Latest Episode of The Nations Blind Podcast

Learn all about the Bolotin Awards program, including what the committee looks for in applicants, the experiences of some past winners, and the importance of these awards on the latest episode of The Nations Blind Podcast.

2018 BELL Academy Applications Available Now

The NFB Braille Enrichment for Literacy and Learning (BELL) Academy helps blind and low-vision children develop the literacy skills that will empower them to be successful in their academic and life goals. Children will learn Braille, nonvisual blindness skills, and independent living skills through crafts, games, and engaging instruction. To learn more about NFB BELL Academy and to apply please visit https://nfb.org/bell-academy.


The National Federation of the Blind Engineering Quotient (EQ) program is a week-long (July 29-August 4) summer engineering program for blind and low-vision teens. Blind and low-vision teens who are ready to learn new things, meet new people, and have an adventure this summer are encouraged to apply to attend the NFB EQ program. To learn more visit: http://www.blindscience.org/nfbeq.


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