Who Is The National Federation of the Blind?
Founded in 1940, the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) is the largest and most influential membership organization of blind persons in the United States. With fifty thousand members, the NFB has affiliates in all fifty states plus Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico, and over seven hundred local chapters. As a consumer and advocacy organization, the NFB is considered the leading force in the blindness field today.
The goals of the NFB are to ensure opportunity, security and equality for all blind citizens. The purpose of the National Federation of the Blind is two-fold—to help blind persons achieve self-confidence and self-respect and to act as a vehicle for collective self-expression by the blind.
Members of the NFB strive to educate the public that the blind are normal individuals who can compete on terms of equality with our sighted peers.
The NFB has created a wide array of services to blind and visually impaired persons of all ages. We provide public education about blindness, information and referral services, scholarships, literature and publications about blindness, aids and appliances and other adaptive equipment for the blind.
The National Federation of the Blind assist with advocacy services and protection of civil rights, creates job opportunities for the blind with America’s Job Line and Newsline for the Blind, and we are actively developing and evaluating technology, and support for blind persons and their families.
It is estimated that about 1.1 million people in the U.S. are blind. Each year 50,000 more will become blind. Studies show that only AIDS and cancer are feared more than blindness. However, blindness need not be the tragedy which it is generally thought to be. In the NFB we say, “The real problem of blindness is not the loss of eyesight, but the misunderstanding and lack of information which exist.”
You can make a difference…It is as easy as simply acknowledging that people who are blind and visually impaired are normal “people” with a different characteristic