Thank you for visiting us. Get to know us more and be part of the organized blind movement. Whether you are blind or your vision is changing, you have come to the right place. The National Federation of the Blind (NFB), headquartered in Baltimore, defends the rights of blind people of all ages and provides information and support to families with blind children, older Americans who are losing vision, and more. We believe in the hopes and dreams of blind people and work together to transform them into reality. You can live the life you want; blindness is not what holds you back.
We are the transformative membership and advocacy organization of blind people.
Securing Independence. Protecting Rights. Enhancing Education.
We Are Blind People
Listen to the stories below from blind people who have been where you are and are living the lives they want.
- Membership in the National Federation of the Blind: Equality, Opportunity, and Security through Collective Action by President Mark Riccobono
- Finding My Place, Accepting the Challenge, and Helping Others as I have Been Helped by Pam Allen, first vice-president
- My Experience of Being a Member of the National Federation of the Blind by Chris Walker from Virginia
- What It Means to Live the Life You Want podcast episode with Anil Lewis, Melissa Riccobono, and Gary Wunder
- DeafBlind and Living the Lives They Want podcast episode with Anil Lewis, Chris Danielsen, Alice Eaddy, and Marsha Drenth (transcript)
Join Our Community
Our members are blind people, families with blind children, people who are experiencing low vision or vision loss, deafblind individuals, and more. Learn more about our community.
You can become a member, too. There is an affiliate of the NFB in every state, plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, and each affiliate has local chapters, as well as statewide divisions and groups in many cases. To connect with the National Federation of the blind in your community, start on our state affiliates page.
Live the Life You Want
We help provide opportunities to build your independence and stay informed. Take advantage of the following programs and services.
- NFB-NEWSLINE® a free audio and Braille information service
- Free White Cane Program, the white cane is a symbol and tool of independence
- Independence Market, access a store of blindness-related items that can help you with daily living
Gold Standard Training Centers
The country’s three leading training centers for the blind, which are affiliated with our movement, offer a variety of programs to help build blindness skills and encourage independence. Below are links to their websites for more information.
- BLIND, Inc (Blindness: Learning In New Dimensions, Incorporated)
- Colorado Center for the Blind
- Louisiana Center for the Blind
You Have Equal Rights
The National Federation of the Blind works toward securing full integration, equality, independence, acceptance, and respect for all blind Americans. Through our advocacy and legal work, we focus on matters such as access to information, education, high-stakes testing, parental rights, and employment. For more information about our legal program or to discuss any blindness-related legal concerns and questions, please submit the Legal Program: Contact Us Form.
Contact us with any questions you have. Please also explore the rest of our website to learn more about us.