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 live 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, committees, 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


NFB-NEWSLINE® is a free service offering access to newspapers available to anyone who is blind, visually impaired or print-disabled. It offers over 400 publications to choose from, including 12 national newspapers like the Wall Street Journal and USA Today, 20 breaking news sources such as CNN, BBC and ESPN Online, 17 international newspapers including Financial Times and Vancouver Sun, and countless state newspapers, as well as over 50 magazines like Family Circle, Time, Smithsonian and more.

NFB-NEWSLINE® also has TV Listings so you can keep track of your favorite shows.

Job listings with NFB-NEWSLINE® are another important resource for subscribers. Job listings for NFB-NEWSLINE® are provided by a leading national search engine with over 100,000 jobs listed.

Another feature of NFB-NEWSLINE® is the localized weather alerts. Have you heard the emergency alert tone on the television but are unable to read the message scrolling on the screen? Now you can simply sign into NFB-NEWSLINE® and the weather report will be read to you on the spot. Any available weather alerts will be provided as soon as you sign into NFB-NEWSLINE®.

NFB-NEWSLINE’s wide array of publications and announcements can be accessed anytime you choose, on your schedule, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. There are a variety of ways to access. You can use your touch-tone telephone; you can access the service via the website, On Demand emails, using portable players, or even via your iPhone, iPad or iPod! And it’s always free.

Since 1996, the New Jersey Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired (NJCBVI) has sponsored and funded NFB-Newsline® in New Jersey. We thank the NJCBVI for continuing to raise expectations to live the life we want!

For additional information, please visit www.nfbnj.org/nfb-newsline. You can also contact the NFB-NEWSLINE coordinator for New Jersey, Jane Degenshein, at 973-736-5785 or jdegen16@comcast.net or contacting NFB-NEWSLINE at the National Federation of the Blind by dialing 1-866-504-7300 (toll free).

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. We are proud to inform you that in addition to the KNFB Reader being available on iOS and Android devices, it is now available on Windows 10 devices. 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. 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.

Upcoming Chapter/Division Events

NJABS Wellness Seminar

Come join the New Jersey Association of Blind Students for a day of wellness! The NJABS will be hosting a Wellness Seminar on April 22nd from 11am to 5pm at The College of New Jersey. Please RSVP no later than April 17th. The flyer with the full details can be found on our NFBNJ News page. If you have any questions, please contact NJABS President Vee Gaspa at 434-989-1868 or veronica.gaspa@student.shu.edu.

Sunday Afternoon at the Ballpark

Are you looking forward to the summer? Would you like to share one day during this season of nice weather with friends and family and people you may not have seen for a long time? Do you like live baseball?

If you can answer yes to any of these questions, you may be interested in attending a Trenton Thunder baseball game, the Double A affiliate of the New York Yankees, on Sunday, June 11. The first pitch is scheduled for 1:00 pm. The Capitol Chapter is sponsoring this event. Tickets are $11.00 per person. Please read the full details posted on our NFBNJ News page.

Attention blind and low-vision students!

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. Students should submit applications for the 2017 Youth SLAM at www.nfb.org/youth-slam-student-application by May 7, 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.

If you have any questions, please contact the NJ Vehicle Donations coordinator Andrew Rees at 732-659-6002 or amrees567@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

NJABS Wellness Seminar

April 22, 2017
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
The College of New Jersey
2000 Pennington Rd.
Ewing Township, NJ, 08618
Cross street: Lake Boulevard
Access Link accessible

Capital Chapter Baseball Fundraiser

June 11, 2017
1:00 PM
Arm and Hammer Park
1 Thunder Road
Trenton, NJ 08611
Cross street: Lamberton Street
Access Link accessible

NFB National

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

2017 NJ BELL

July 17 to 28, 2017
9 AM to 3 PM
Puerto Rican Association for Human Development, Inc.
101 First Street
Perth Amboy, NJ 08861

NFBNJ 41st State Convention

November 9-12, 2017
Holiday Inn Hotel
151 Route 72 East
Manahawkin, NJ 08050
Access Link accessible

PayPal Donations

Please make a donation to the National Federation of the Blind general account, our general scholarship account, the Joe/Rose Ruffalo Memorial Scholarship account, or the Braille Enrichment for Literacy and Learning (BELL) Academy. Please indicate which account you which the donation to go into when making your contribution. You do not need to have a PayPal account to donate, simply use the information from your debit/credit card if you don't have PayPal. All donations are tax deductible.