The Blind Federation of America, aka National Federation of the Blind (NFB), 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.
We work to provide greater opportunities to blind children and adults across the nation through training programs, advocacy, and mentoring. We received a testimonial recently from a member in Texas that exemplifies the impact of our programs.
“I have been blind since birth and grew up in a rural area with few services for blind and low vision people. Until I joined the Federation in 1982, I had very low expectations for myself. I hadn’t been given the skills I needed to succeed, and my life was not what I wanted it to be. Thanks to the thousands of blind men and women who are part of the National Federation of the Blind, I began to pick up new skills and was given opportunities to use those skills in support of other blind people. I am thankful every day for my involvement in the Federation.”
The National Federation of the Blind helps open doors to careers previously thought impossible for blind people. A participant of our summer program for teens interested in science and engineering shared this about her experience:
“As a former attendee of NFB science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs, including STEM-X and STEM2U, I would like to express my deepest gratitude from the bottom of my heart to you for awarding me with the priceless opportunity of education. The STEM programs have been life-changing, not only for me, but for everyone who has been granted the opportunity to be a part of and benefit from them. I am so grateful to you for continuously supporting the education of blind students, because everyone deserves an equal and accessible education.”
Your donations help us distribute free white canes, provide children with Braille and nonvisual skills instruction, advocate for the rights of blind Americans, and more. Learn more at nfb.org/get-involved.