Future Reflections

Volume 35 Number 4                          Convention 2016

A magazine for parents and teachers of blind children published by
the American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults in partnership
with the National Organization of Parents of Blind Children.

Deborah Kent Stein, Editor

At STEM2U Minneapolis, Kira observes a ball floating in midair. See A Community of Practice: The Federation in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math


Copyright © 2016 American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults

For more information about blindness and children contact:
National Organization of Parents of Blind Children
200 East Wells Street at Jernigan Place, Baltimore, MD 21230 • (410) 659-9314
www.nfb.org/nopbc[email protected][email protected]



The Understanding of Fear and the Power of Progress
by Mark Riccobono


Kid Talk
by Mark Riccobono

Common Sense and a Lot of Heart
by Judy Lehman

Transitions: Where You Are and Where You Want to Go
by Kim Cunningham

Advocating for Myself
by Kayleigh Joiner

The Quest for Normal Independence
by Chris Nusbaum

Building a Bridge
by Sheila Koenig


Slam That! Living the Life She Wants Begins with the Federation
by Jordyn Castor

Equal Opportunity and Discovering Talent: From Discrimination to Particle Astrophysics
by Jamie Principato

Putting News First: Overcoming Stereotypes as a Blind Journalist
by Gary O'Donoghue

A Community of Practice: The National Federation of the Blind in Science, Technology,
Engineering, Art, and Mathematics

by Natalie Shaheen, Joseph Heimlich, Arianna Benally, Frances Hammond, Cricket Bidleman, and Salvador Villa


What Happened? Highlights from the 2016 Youth Slam
by Eric Guillory and Shannon Kemlo

The Parent Leadership Program
by Carol Castellano


More Important Than Fear, Or, How to Dance Like No One Is Watching
by Jameyanne Fuller


Skills, Not Sympathy: The 2016 Distinguished Educator of Blind Students Award
Presented by Carla McQuillan

The 2016 Dr. Jacob Bolotin Awards
Presented by James Gashel

The 2016 NFB National Scholarship Awards
Presented by Patti Gregory-Chang


Painting in the Dark: Esref Armagan, Blind Artist, by Rachelle Burk
Reviewed by Ann Cunningham



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Why Join the NOPBC?

Are you the parent of a blind or visually impaired child?  Don’t know where to turn? 

Founded in 1983, the National Organization of Parents of Blind Children (NOPBC) is a membership organization of parents, educators, and friends of blind children reaching out to give each other vital support, encouragement, and information. We have thousands of members in all fifty states plus Washington, DC, and Puerto Rico.

The NOPBC offers hope, encouragement, information, and resources for parents of blind or visually impaired children. NOPBC provides emotional support and a network of other families dealing with the same challenges you are facing. We also provide information, training, and resources to empower you to take an active role in guiding your child’s development and education. We can provide information on your child’s rights and on the laws and legislative issues that will enable you and your child to become strong and effective advocates. 

Have you ever wondered what your blind or visually impaired child will be capable of when he or she grows up? The answer to that question is that blindness/visual impairment does not have to stop your child from doing anything he or she wants to do. We can connect you with other families and blind adults who can serve as positive mentors and role models. They can teach you the attitudes and techniques that will enable your child to become independent and to succeed in life.  

What is different about the NOPBC?

Our status as a division of the National Federation of the Blind (NFB), the largest and most influential organization of blind people in the world, provides many benefits. Our members are well informed about the societal, legislative, and technological issues that affect blind people. We also enjoy the resources, support, and expertise of fifty thousand blind people who can serve as mentors and role models for us and our children. Finally, as our children grow up, they have the Federation to belong to.

No other organization for parents of blind/visually impaired children offers more programs, activities, and training to families, children, and youth. One of our most exciting activities is our annual conference. Every year since it was established, the NOPBC has conducted an annual conference for parents and teachers of blind children as part of the national convention of the NFB. The program has grown to include five exciting days of workshops, training sessions, activities for all family members, including sighted siblings, and countless opportunities to meet blind adults and other families and children from around the country.

What is the mission of the NOPBC?

The purpose of the NOPBC is to:

Most states have an NOPBC affiliate chapter. You can find your state chapter at <http://www.nopbc.org>. If your state does not have a chapter and you would like to start one, please contact us. We may be able to offer training and other assistance to start a state NOPBC chapter.

What are the programs, activities, publications, and resources of the NOPBC?

Contact Us:
National Organization of Parents of Blind Children
[email protected]