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. We believe that our resources will assist blind individuals to live the lives they want.

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 materials which address their specific needs. Taken separately, each piece of literature or story may reveal one person's experience or thoughts as a blind person. Collectively our literature tells the story of blind people working together, with love, hope, and determination, to promote equality and to transform our dreams into reality. Our materials are available in alternative formats including Braille, print, audio, and electronically (through our Web site).

Our Catalog

The 2015-2016 Independence Market Catalog is now available in print and in Braille. It will also soon be available in full DAISY audio.  To request a catalog in any of these formats, please send an email to IndependenceMarket@nfb.org, specify the format you wish to receive, and include the complete mailing address.

The following versions are also available for download:

For More Information:

Our staff is available to assist you by phone or email. We accept phone calls Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.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, Baltimore, Maryland 21230. Come up to the fourth floor and let the receptionist know that you would like to visit the Independence Market.  Directions to the National Center for the Blind are available online.

Phone: (410) 659-9314, extension 2216
Fax: (410) 685-2340
Email: IndependenceMarket@nfb.org