About the NFB

With more than 50,000 members, the National Federation of the Blind is the largest and most influential membership organization of blind people in the United States.  The NFB improves blind people’s lives through advocacy, education, research, technology, and programs encouraging independence and self-confidence. It is the leading force in the blindness field today and the voice of the nation’s blind. In January 2004 the NFB opened the National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute, the first research and training center in the United States for the blind led by the blind.

The NFB has affiliates in all fifty states plus Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico, and over seven hundred local chapters.


Here is what some of our members are saying about the NFB.

Carrie Modesitt

“The positive philosophy of the NFB shatters misconceptions about blindness.  I attended my first NFB event when I was in high school.  At the time, through the eyes of a 16 year old, I was liberated by the realization that I could acknowledge my blindness and still pursue my goals of college, law school, and a career. The example set by Federationists sparked an inquisitive interest about independence and how to achieve it.”

Carrie ModesittCollege studentMartinsburg, Missouri

Garrick Scott

“The Federation is like a big brother that teaches you confidence, self-reliance, and determination.  It has mentored me in all aspects of my life and, in turn, I have been able to mentor others.  The NFB has been one of the most important factors in my success as a professional.”

Garrick ScottNFB-NEWSLINE® Outreach ManagerAtlanta, Georgia

Carlton Anne Cook Walker

“Before I found the NFB, I believed what the school said about my daughter’s low vision―she would be fine with enlarged print and peers to help her get around school.   The NFB has shown me the tools and blindness skills my daughter will need to become a confident, independent young woman.   Most importantly, through the NFB, my family has also found wonderful people―mentors and friends―to help and support us on this journey.”

Carlton Anne Cook WalkerParent of a blind childMcConnellsburg, Pennsylvania


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