Blog Date: 
Monday, April 17, 2017
Stephanie Eller

The National Federation of the Blind has tens of thousands of members and is constantly growing. It is no surprise, then, that there are a myriad of reasons why people become and remain members of the National Federation of the Blind. In the month of March, we challenged our members to share these reasons with us using #WhyImAFederationist. They went above and beyond in rising to this challenge. These stories come from people in all walks of life, from parents to students, travelers to techies. Blindness clearly does not define any of them, and they are all living the lives they want. Here are just a few of the tweets and snippets from Facebook posts that we received in response to our question, “Why are you a Federationist?”

“Because I got one of the most important things all parents need. HOPE for my daughter's future!”

“So that the blind may read, travel safely, vote privately & independently, and compete 4 jobs on terms of equality is #WhyImAFederationist”

“@NFB_voice confirmed my own belief that blindness is not what defines me or my future, happiness or success in life”

“The NFB supported me and gave me the tools I needed for success in college! Also, it helped me find my passion in law.”

“Growing up, I often wondered how I could accomplish my dreams while blind. With the Federation, I got my answer.”

“I learned that there are no limits to what I am capable of doing regardless of my blindness.”

“NFB has given me the power and the confidence to live the life I want, not just the life prescribed to me by society.”

“Because I knew I had sparkling potential, but no one showed me how to shine.”

“I'm a member of the National Federation of the Blind because we are fighting for equal rights & opportunities for blind individuals across the country.”

“Because of the Federation, I feel that I am a part of change. I am learning, growing, and sharing with others.”

“Witnessing students raising expectations for themselves and seeing families transformed by the love, hope, and determination embodied in the Federation is an incredible blessing.”

In the coming months, we will share more stories from members about why they joined the National Federation of the Blind and what the organization means to them. Stay tuned for more #WhyImAFederationist!

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