National Organization of Parents of Blind Children

What is the NOPBC?

A girl smiling while holding several Braille booksThe National Organization of Parents of Blind Children (NOPBC), a proud division of the National Federation of the Blind (NFB), is a membership organization of families, friends, and educators of blind and low-vision children who support one another with encouragement and important information. We know that blindness does not define your child's future.

What are the goals of the NOPBC?

  • Create a climate of opportunity for blind and low-vision children in home, school, and society.
  • Provide information and support to families and educators of blind and low-vision children.
  • Facilitate the sharing of experiences and concerns among parents and educators.
  • Develop and expand resources available to parents and educators.
  • Help parents and educators gain understanding and perspective through partnership and contact with blind adults.
  • Function as an integral part of the National Federation of the Blind in its ongoing effort to help all blind people live the lives they want.

What are some of the NOPBC's programs and activities?

  • A young boy plays with a shape sorting toyAn annual national conference for parents, with joint activities for children and youth
  • Future Reflections, a FREE quarterly magazine providing information and inspiration for families and teachers
  • Monthly information calls and podcasts
  • IEP workshops, information, and resources
  • Braille, orientation and mobility, and STEM programs to help kids of all ages gain skills and confidence
  • NFB Scholarship Program, providing access to thirty scholarships for blind students
  • And much more!

How to join the National Organization of Parents of Blind Children

A group of five kids use their canes to travelVisit www.nopbc.org and complete the membership form. We also recommend becoming a member of your state parent division. Visit www.nopbc.org/find-a-chapter for state-by-state listings. We welcome all families to join and become involved with the NOPBC!

Here's what parents of blind children have to say about the NOPBC:

"Thanks to the information gleaned from NOPBC conferences and to the care, mentoring, and wisdom of its members, our daughter has grown into a competent, independent young lady and is on her way to a successful life."

A boy reads a print/Braille book with his grandma"[The NOPBC] has been a great resource of experienced families to learn from, a national network of friends, and a great source of strength."

"In 2007 we met the National Federation of the Blind and the NOPBC. They believed in [my daughter's] abilities [and] ... showed her ways to succeed with her life. [She] has now graduated from college and is achieving all the goals in life she ever wanted!"

Resources

Please visit www.nopbc.org/resources.

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National Organization of Parents of Blind Children (NOPBC)
200 East Wells Street at Jernigan Place
Baltimore, Maryland 21230
(410) 659-9314
(Ask for Parent Outreach)
[email protected]
www.nopbc.org

The NOPBC is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. Donations are tax deductible.

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