The National Federation of the Blind of New Jersey 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. You can have the life you want; blindness does not hold us back. Together with love, hope and determination, we transform dreams into reality.

Since 1976, the National Federation of the Blind of NJ has been helping members live the lives they want! With our chapters, divisions, programs, and projects, the NFB of NJ is making the public aware that the real problem concerning blindness is not blindness itself but the lack of knowledge, understanding, and opportunity from our sighted peers. Get involved in the largest organization of the blind in the nation and in the state. Get involved in the NFB of NJ and help us live the lives we want!
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What is the NFB?

The National Federation of the Blind is an organization of blind and interested sighted people whose purpose is to promote equal opportunity for the blind. Founded in 1940, the Federation has affiliates in every state, Puerto Rico, Washington DC and includes more than 50,000 of the nation’s blind. Dedicated to the complete integration of the blind into society, the Federation works toward the removal of legal, economic, and societal barriers to full participation by blind people in employment, education, recreation, and all other aspects of community life. The Federation is working to end discrimination by educating the public to new concepts about blindness and the abilities of blind people, offering training and advocacy to blind people and to parents of blind children, and providing job referrals and placements. The Federation helps the newly blinded to learn the techniques that will enable them to maintain productive lives and informs them of services available from governmental and private agencies and of the laws and regulations concerning the blind.

The National Federation of the Blind is an organization of the blind speaking for ourselves. Please visit www.nfb.org to learn more on:

  • About the NFB
  • Info on Blindness for …
    • Members
    • Resources
    • Products & Technology
    • Publications
  • Vehicle Donations program
  • Free White Cane program
  • Joining the NFB
  • Making A Donation

We proudly sponser: the KNFB Reader app!

The KNFB Reader app is a revolutionary tool that you can use, with the touch of a single button, to read virtually any type of printed text, including mail, receipts, class handouts, memos, and many other documents. Accuracy is facilitated by a field-of-view report, automatic page detection, and tilt control. The KNFB Reader is now fully sponsored by the NFB! To learn more about the app and how to download, visit www.nfb.org/knfbreader. You can also learn more at www.knfbreader.com.

Please download the following to learn how to use the KNFB Reader app:

Blog Post

Please read the KNFB Reader blog post found on the Blind With Vision Blog on the website of Mackey Enterprises LLC. The name of the blog post is “Blind People Reading Print They Can’t See? There’s an App for That!” You can read it at www.mackeyenterprisesllc.com/bwv-blog/blind-people-reading-print-they-cant-see.html. The blog can also be read at www.perkinselearning.org/technology/blog/blind-people-reading-print-they-can%E2%80%99t-see-there%E2%80%99s-app and www.nfbofillinois.org/blind-people-reading-print-they-cant-see.

Attention blind and low-vision students!

NFB 2017 Scholarship Program

The National Federation of the Blind Scholarship Committee is accepting scholarship applications from November 1, 2016, to March 31, 2017. This annual program offers thirty scholarships worth from $3,000 to $12,000 to eligible students, from high school seniors beginning their freshman year in the fall semester of 2017, up through graduate students working on their PhD degrees. These merit scholarships are based on academic excellence, community service, and leadership. In addition to the money, each winner will receive assistance to attend the 2017 NFB annual convention in Orlando, Florida, held during the second week of July, providing an excellent opportunity for high-level networking with active blind persons in many different professions and occupations. Go to www.nfb.org/scholarships for complete rules and requirements.

2017 NFB Youth Slam

Some say that blind students cannot learn science, technology, engineering, or mathematics. The members of the National Federation of the Blind say “Slam that!” Dates and a location are now available for the 2017 NFB Youth Slam—a week-long, hands-on, STEM learning program for one hundred blind and low-vision high school students from across the country. This program of the NFB Jernigan Institute’s National Center for Blind Youth in Science will be held July 23-29, 2017, at Towson University in Baltimore, Maryland. Individuals who are interested in volunteering to help the members of the NFB “Slam that!” and are available July 21-29, 2017, should apply at http://www.blindscience.org/nfb-youth-slam-volunteer-page. The deadline to apply is January 31, 2017.

NFB Vehicle Donations program

The National Federation of the Blind is continuing to partner with Vehicles for Charity on a vehicle donation program. The NFB’s vehicle donation program accepts almost any vehicle, including cars, trucks, boats, motorcycles, and recreational vehicles. All donations may be eligible for a tax deduction on the donor’s federal income tax return, and the NFB receives an average of $360 for each donated vehicle. We need your help for this program to succeed. You can visit the Vehicle Donation Material webpage where you will find ideas on how to share this program with potential donors. Remember, our main job is to let the public know about this vehicle donation program. To help with this mission, you will find flyers, mail inserts, and press releases that can be printed to share with businesses and local media, and you can order materials to be shipped to you. You can also add HTML or a link to the national office donation page to your state and local chapter websites. Ideas on how to use these materials are included on the website. We also have public service announcements about this program playing on radio stations around the country and available for you to listen to on the website. Contact your local radio stations and provide them with the following link where they can download these PSAs: http://digitalnewsrelease.com/?q=NFB_RadioPSAs.

If you have any questions, please contact the NJ Vehicle Donations coordinator Anthony Lanzilotti at 609-361-3038 or tti777@gmail.com. You could also contact the NFB Vehicle Donations coordinator Pattie Chang at 410-659-9314 x2422 or pchang@nfb.org. Your Old Car Keys Can Be Keys To Literacy For The Blind. Donate your unwanted vehicle to us by clicking: www.carshelpingtheblind.org or call 855-659-9314.

Green Drop program

donate new or used clothing and household items to the National federation of the blind. Are you or someone you know moving soon or cleaning out some closets? Why not donate your unwanted items to benefit the National Federation of the Blind? We’ll even pick the items up at your home! To schedule a pick up visit www.nfbpickup.org or dial 1-888-944-DROP (3767). All boxes and bags must be marked with NFB in order for the organization to receive credit for the donation. Questions can be directed to NJ Green Drop coordinator Linda DeBerardinis at 856-735-5559 or ljdeber3@comcast.net. You could also direct your questions to the NFB GreenDrop coordinator Bridget Burke at 410-659-9314 x2271 or GreenDrop@nfb.org.

Listing of Accepted Items

The entire list of accepted items can be found on the GreenDrop website, www.nfbpickup.org. GreenDrop accepts new or gently used items including:

  • Clothing & Shoes
  • Household Items
  • Kitchenware
  • Games/Toys
  • Small Appliances
  • Electronics
  • Sporting Goods
  • Books, CDs & Videos
  • Baby Items

Drop off locations

Here is the listing of Green Drop drop off locations in New Jersey. When you drop off your donations, make sure you mark all bags and boxes with NFB so that the NFB receives credit from your donation.


831 South Springfield Ave
Springfield, NJ 07081


359 Amboy Ave
Metuchen, NJ 08840


1060 Maple Ave.
Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

Blind Veterans Info

The National Federation of the Blind is reaching out to blind veterans across the country. If you know any blind veterans who you think would benefit from our programs, please contact Mrs. Patricia Maurer at pmaurer@nfb.org or 410-659-9314 x2287. The NFBNJ Coordinator is Joe Ruffalo, who can be reached at 973-743-0075 or nfbnj1@verizon.net.

Archived ThruOurEyes shows

Archived Episodes of ThruOurEyes podcasts are preserved in the Jacobus tenBroek Library at the National Federation of the Blind and are available for listening upon request. Please contact the tenBroek Library at jtblibrary@nfb.org or at 410-659-9314, extension 2310 for more information.

The podcasts that are in the archives are:

  • Echevarria Travel
  • From Our Hearts to Your Home
  • Looking Good Without Looking
  • On the Bright Side
  • The Sounding Board
  • ThruOurEyes

Additional Information

For additional information about the National Federation of the Blind of New Jersey or how to send us a donation, please contact NFBNJ President Joe Ruffalo at the following:

National Federation of the Blind of New Jersey
254 Spruce Street
Bloomfield, NJ 07003
Phone: 973-743-0075
Email: nfbnj1@verizon.net

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Contact Information

Joseph Ruffalo, President
254 Spruce Street
Bloomfield, NJ 07003
Phone: 973-743-0075
Email: nfbnj1@verizon.net

Coming Soon

NFB Washington Seminar
January 30 through February 2, 2017
Holiday Inn Capitol
550 C Street, SW
Washington, DC 20024

NFB National Convention
July 10 through 15, 2017
Rosen Shingle Creek Resort
9939 Universal Boulevard
Orlando, FL 32819