National Federation of the Blind Brochure

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The National Federation of the Blind knows that blindness is not the characteristic that defines you or your future. Every day we raise the expectations of blind people, because low expectations create obstacles between blind people and our dreams. You can live the life you want; blindness is not what holds you back.

Together with love, hope, and determination, we transform dreams into reality.

What is the National Federation of the Blind?

The National Federation of the Blind is the only organization that believes in the full capacity of blind people, and has the power, influence, diversity, and determination to help transform our dreams into reality. We believe in blind people because we are blind people. Our democratically elected leaders and our diverse nationwide membership are made up of blind people, our families, and our friends. We are bound together by our belief that the blind are capable of achieving our dreams and living the lives we want, and by the love and respect we have for one another and for all blind Americans. We support one another, act with courage and determination when we encounter barriers or experience setbacks, and engage in Little girl smiling and holding her cane.collective action to improve our lives.

"The National Federation of the Blind gave me a glimpse into a real and a successful future for my then three-year-old little girl who was going blind. Taking her to an NFB Braille camp and attending our first national convention changed our lives forever."
—Parent of a Blind Child, Nokesville, VA

Why should I join the National Federation of the Blind?

The National Federation of the Blind can help you:

  • Find hope and move forward after vision loss.
  • Access local and nationwide networks of blind people who can provide information and support about all aspects of living, working, learning, and thriving as a blind person.
  • Work with other blind people to change misconceptions about blindness, policies and laws that affect the blind, and the individual lives of people who are blind or who are losing vision.
  • Meet and make friends with blind people who share your profession, hobbies, interests, or goals.
  • Learn about and select the right technology for your active and productive life as a blind person.

Group of  NFB STEM program participants.

"Before I found the National Federation of the Blind and decided to get the training I needed to improve my blindness skills and my confidence in using them, I was an emotional mess hiding behind paper successes. Now I can make my own choices about where I go and what I do, without depending on others or experiencing stress and anxiety. I am living the life I want and I strive to show others that it’s the best way to live."
—Blind Student, Seattle, WA

You’ll also have access to all of the following services and resources:

But the most important reason to join the National Federation of the Blind is that we need your time, your talents, your hands, your heart, and your dreams. In short, we need you!

How do I join the National Federation of the Blind?

Guide Dog users walking.The best way to become a member of the National Federation of the Blind is to join your local chapter. That way, you’ll meet blind people in your community and learn about the organization, too. You can find your nearest chapter by contacting your affiliate. You can find out how by visiting You can also find your nearest local chapter by downloading the free NFB Connect iPhone app from Apple’s App Store. If there’s not a chapter near you, your state affiliate may have an at-large chapter that meets by conference call or other ways for you to get involved. You can also join one of our special-interest divisions or groups; there’s a list of them at Finally, you can join the National Federation of the Blind as an at-large member by visiting and filling out our online form. We’ll follow up with you to help you get involved and live the life you want!

How can I support the National Federation of the Blind?

You can send a donation to the National Federation of the Blind, 200 East Wells Street at Jernigan Place, Baltimore, MD 21230. You can also learn about other ways to support the National Federation of the Blind by scanning this QR code or visiting

How can I learn more?

Member of NFB staff posing with a young 6 Dot Dash participant.Call us: (410) 659-9314
Send us an email:
Visit our website:
Social media: Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram (@NFB_voice), and subscribe to our YouTube channel (NationsBlind).

"The National Federation of the Blind is like a big brother who teaches you confidence, self-reliance, and determination. The NFB has mentored me in all aspects of my life and, in turn, I have been able to mentor others."
—Blind Professional, Atlanta, GA

Mark Riccobono driving the Blind Driver Challenge car with sleep shades on.

"The National Federation of the Blind taught me that blindness did not have to make me a passenger in my own life, and from my mentors and friends in the Federation, I learned to be a driver. I am fortunate that I can now give this invaluable gift to others. I pledge to give all of my energy, my creativity, and my love to our movement. This is how I intend to pay it back, pay it forward, and make a future full of opportunity for blind people. I Mark Riccobono walking with his daughter Elizabeth.have no illusions that this will be easy, but I have every expectation that it will happen when all of us pull together to create the kind of future in which we truly live the lives we want."
—Mark A. Riccobono, President, National Federation of the Blind
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