NFB Independence Market

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   ...Your source for NFB literature and blindness products

The National Federation of the Blind Independence Market offers blindness-related literature, resources, and products as a service to individuals who are blind or experiencing vision loss, to their friends and families, and to the general public.

Our Products

The blindness-related products that we carry (such as canes, talking watches and clocks, print and Braille writing aids, magnifiers, and medical devices) enable the user to perform everyday tasks more independently. Greater independence empowers blind people to live more productive and fulfilling lives.

Our Literature

Our extensive free literature collection includes how-to materials, inspirational and thoughtful speeches and articles, and stories on all aspects of blindness - all from the perspective of the blind person. Parents of blind children, blind students, blind job seekers, blind parents, and seniors new to severe vision loss will find literature that addresses their specific needs. Taken separately, each piece of literature or story may reveal one person's experience or thoughts as a blind person. Taken as a whole, a unifying thread throughout the literature conveys the truth that the real problem of blindness is not the loss of eyesight. Rather, the real problem is the misunderstanding and lack of information that exist. If a blind person has proper training and opportunity, blindness can be reduced to a physical nuisance.  Collectively the literature tells the story of the organized blind's efforts to promote equality for all people in all aspects of life. This literature is available in alternative formats including Braille, cassette, print, and electronically (through our Web site).

Our Catalog

The 2011-2012 Independence Market Catalog is available in print and Braille as well as a DAISY audio CD and 2-track audio cassette.  To request a catalog in any of these formats, please send an e-mail to

The following versions are also available for download:

2011-2012 Independence Market Catalog (DAISY) 
2011-2012 Independence Market Catalog (MSWord)

For More Information:

Our staff is available to assist you by phone or e-mail. We accept phone calls Monday through Friday from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. eastern time. Visitors to the National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute may also obtain literature and shop for products in person. We welcome visitors Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. eastern time.  Whenever possible, we prefer that you plan your visit for the morning, so that we may serve our phone customers better in the afternoon.  Please think of visiting the NFB Independence Market in person if you are in the Baltimore-Washington area. Our street address is 200 East Wells Street at Jernigan Place, Baltimore, Maryland 21230.  Directions to the National Center for the Blind are available online.

Phone: (410) 659-9314, ext. 2216
Fax: (410) 685-2340