About the National Federation of the Blind

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. 

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. 

Here is what some of our members are saying about the NFB.

Carrie Modesitt"The positive philosophy of the NFB shatters misconceptions about blindness. I attended my first NFB event when I was in high school. At the time, through the eyes of a 16 year old, I was liberated by the realization that I could acknowledge my blindness and still pursue my goals of college, law school, and a career. The example set by Federationists sparked an inquisitive interest about independence and how to achieve it."

Carrie Modesitt
College student
Martinsburg, Missouri

Garrick Scott"The Federation is like a big brother that teaches you confidence, self-reliance, and determination. It has mentored me in all aspects of my life and, in turn, I have been able to mentor others. The NFB has been one of the most important factors in my success as a professional."

Garrick Scott
NFB-NEWSLINE® Outreach Manager
Atlanta, Georgia

Carlton Anne Cook Walker"Before I found the NFB, I believed what the school said about my daughter's low vision―she would be fine with enlarged print and peers to help her get around school.   The NFB has shown me the tools and blindness skills my daughter will need to become a confident, independent young woman. Most importantly, through the NFB, my family has also found wonderful people―mentors and friends―to help and support us on this journey."

Carlton Anne Cook Walker
Parent of a blind child
McConnellsburg, Pennsylvania


For more information, you may view our 2014 Annual Report:

  • 2014 Annual Report - PDF
  • 2014 Annual Report - BRF
  • 2014 Annual Reort - Audio

More detailed financial information is available on our most recent audited financial statement (MS Word) and in our NFB 990. (Accessible PDF of our 2014 Form 990 as filed with the IRS. Signature on file with the IRS.)

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