2020 Year in Review

The Year in Review provides a brief summary National Federation of the Blind highlights during the year 2020.

“Love is one of the most important values of our organization. It is in everything we do, from teaching the skills of blindness, to formally and informally mentoring each other, to providing assistance in times of need. Love is what drives our continued efforts to raise expectations and allow all blind people to live the lives they want.” – Mark A. Riccobono, President of the National Federation of the Blind

ENHANCING EDUCATION VIRTUALLY

A young blind girl smiles as she works on a Perkins Brailler.265 blind and low-vision students in NFB BELL® Academy In-Home Edition from fifty states, District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico

“I enjoyed hearing from blind professionals. NFB has given me the opportunity to know that there are successful blind adults who are doing what they want to do and living an independent life. NFB challenges me to have high expectations of myself.”  – NFB STEM student

102 high school students in NFB STEM 2U
580 participants in Braille Reading Pals
527 participants in Early Explorers

SECURING INDEPENDENCE

NFB-NEWSLINE® – a free audio service for people with disabilities*

Blind veteran smiles while holding his long white cane.124,813 subscribers served by telephone, mobile access points, and internet

  • A distinct log in to NFB-NEWSLINE every 16.7 seconds
  • Up-to-date accessible information on the coronavirus every day

*NFB-NEWSLINE can be accessed with Braille devices for blind and deafblind people.

“Please know that I simply could not live very well at this time in our nation’s history, without this complement to my daily life.” – NFB-NEWSLINE subscriber

Free White Cane Program

5,278 people received free white canes

PROTECTING VOTING RIGHTS

“I was over forty years old before I had the right to a secret ballot. I do not cry easily, but I cried when I first exercised this right most people take for granted. I am grateful that NFB is advocating too protect my right to vote privately and independently during the pandemic.” – Federation member

Thank You for Your Support!

A blind teenager works on a laptop while a mentor looks on.We could not do this critical work without our many generous supporters. Here are some ways that you can help us continue to help blind people live the lives they want.

DONATE ONLINE

A credit card donation can be made online at https://nfb.org/donate.

GIVE BY PHONE

Call 410-659-9314, extension 2282.

DONATE BY MAIL

A blind toddler smiles while holding her long white cane.Checks should be made out to the “National Federation of the Blind” and mailed to:
National Federation of the Blind
Attention: Outreach
200 East Wells Street, Baltimore, MD 21230

PLANNED GIVING

Including the National Federation of the Blind in your future plans is a thoughtful way to transform dreams into reality and ensure the next generation accelerates beyond the previous one. It’s easier than you think. Learn more at https://nfb.org/planned-giving or call 410-659-9314, extension 2422.

MOVING FORWARD TO GET IT DONE IN 2021

You can discover more about the programs highlighted here and our other initiatives by calling 410-659-9314 or visiting our homepage at https://nfb.org. We are a membership-driven organization innovating all the time so that blind and low-vision people can live the lives they want.

ACCOUNTABILITY AND TRANSPARENCY

The National Federation of the Blind meets the most rigorous standards for charity accountability and transparency set forth by the BBB Wise Giving Alliance.

BBB Accredited Charity, give.orgGuide Star Exchange Gold Participant