NATIONAL FEDERATION OF THE BLIND

FACT SHEET

  • Founded in 1940, the National Federation of the Blind is a membership organization of over 50,000 blind people, parents of blind children, and interested others. The NFB is the voice of the nation's blind.
  • NFB, headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland, is the largest organization of the blind in the world, with affiliates in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, and over 700 local chapters.
  • The NFB aims to achieve widespread emotional acceptance and intellectual understanding that the real problem of blindness is not the loss of eyesight, but the misunderstanding and lack of information which exists.
  • The NFB improves blind people's lives through networking, advocacy, education, research, technology, and programs encouraging independence and self-confidence.
  • It is the leading force in the blindness field today and the voice of the nation's blind.

Advocacy: advocating for the blind in state legislatures and in the halls of Congress.

Adaptive Technologies: demonstrating the latest in adaptive technologies for the blind at the International Braille and Technology Center for the Blind (IBTC).

Innovation: conducting cutting-edge research on blindness and providing innovative programs, services, technology and solutions through the NFB Jernigan Institute.

Employment: helping to improve understanding of blindness among employers and provide qualified blind persons with referral to available jobs.

Products: providing information and products through NFB's Independence Market, which contains more than 1,100 specialized articles, brochures, and books on blindness as well as hundreds of aids and appliances used by the blind.
Public education about blindness.

Scholarships of over $120,000 every year.

Information and services such as NFB-NEWSLINE', the world's first free, on-demand talking newspaper service.

  • In January 2004, the National Federation of the Blind opened the NFB Jernigan Institute, a $20 million, 170,000 square-foot research and training facility adjacent to the existing national headquarters building in Baltimore, Maryland.
  • Publications of the NFB include the Braille Monitor, Future Reflections, and Voice of the Diabetic, which focuses on special interests and needs of diabetics and is a publication of the Diabetes Action Network, a division of the National Federation of the Blind.
  • Each year, the NFB holds an annual convention, as well as conventions in each state. The NFB national convention is the largest gathering of blind people in the United States each year, with over three thousand attendees.