The National Federation of the Blind's extensive legal program has helped advance disability rights case law under the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, creating more equitable workplaces, classrooms, and communities for blind Americans.
This work is a critical part of our mission to raise expectations and eliminate obstacles between blind people and our dreams. We focus our legal efforts on several key priority areas, including access to information, education, high-stakes testing, parental rights, and employment.
The goals of our legal program are to:
- Strategically use our legal expertise and experience to protect and expand the rights of blind people
- Empower members of the NFB with the tools they need to be strong self-advocates
- Coordinate legal work across the NFB at all levels, including state affiliates, chapters, and divisions
- Create systemic change in how technology manufacturers, employers, schools, and government agencies address accessibility and equality for the blind
- Build a network of advocates and legal experts outside of the NFB
Support and Resources
Visit our legal support and resources page to learn how you can prevent and report discrimination, connect with legal resources in your area, and advocate for your legal rights.
Rulings, Filings, and Letters
Read about the NFB’s many high-impact legal actions since 2007 on our rulings, filings, and letters page.
Share your experience. The important work of advancing disability rights requires us to learn about you and your story. We have several surveys to gain more information in the areas of rideshare, education technology, COVID-19 vaccine and testing, digital library services, and unemployment benefits. Please report your experiences via one of our important surveys. Thank you for your time.
Jacobus tenBroek Disability Law Symposium
The annual Jacobus tenBroek Disability Law Symposium honors the extraordinary legacy of Dr. Jacobus tenBroek who founded the National Federation of the Blind in 1940.
For more information about our legal program or to discuss any blindness-related legal concerns and questions, please submit the Legal Program: Contact Us Form.