Welcome to the National Federation of the Blind of NJ!
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!
Please download the current contact listing for NFB of NJ
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 http://www.nfb.org/ to learn more on:
- About the NFB
- Info on Blindness for …
- Products & Technology
- 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:
- KNFBReader quick start guide (PDF)
- KNFBReader quick start guide (Word)
- KNFBReader manual (PDF)
- KNFBReader manual (Word)
Attention blind and low-vision high school students!
NFB EQ 2016
Are you interested or know someone who might be interested in pursuing work in science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) after high school? Do you enjoy investing your talent and energy in solving real-world problems? Join the National Federation of the Blind for NFB EQ, a week-long engineering program for blind and low-vision high school students. At this program, you will collaborate with other students to solve authentic problems that exist in developing countries. You will spend the week working on a team to engineer solutions to a given problem. Your team will create proposals with accompanying models, which you will pitch to various stakeholders. After constructing life-size prototypes of your designs, you will test them in authentic settings. You will also have the opportunity to meet and collaborate with a number of engineers from across the country, some of whom happen to be blind. To learn more and to apply, visit www.blindscience.org/NFBEQ.
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://www.nfbnj.org/how-to-contribute/.
If you have any questions, please contact the NJ Vehicle Donations coordinator Anthony Lanzilotti at 267-414-4010 or email@example.com. You could also contact the NFB Vehicle Donations coordinator Bridget Burke at 410-659-9314 x2271 or firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com. You could also direct your questions to the NFB Green Drop 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
- Small Appliances
- 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
CHERRY HILL MAPLE
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-659-9314 x2287. The NFBNJ Coordinator is Joe Ruffalo, who can be reached at 973-743-0075 or email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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
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