The National Federation of the Blind of New Jersey has positively changed many lives since its founding in 1976. If you wish your testimonial to be included here, please submit to President Joe Ruffalo at firstname.lastname@example.org for consideration.
We were lucky enough to learn about the NFB when our daughter Serena was a baby. We began attending NFB conventions when she was in first grade and we were desperate for help with her education. We received help and so much more. Our daughter is an adult now and we are still active members of our state NFB and we still attend conventions. What we found that first time is what still inspires and energizes us each time we go–the message that blind people can lead normal lives complete with a job, a family, friendships, fun, and involvement in community life. We learn something new at convention each year that can not only help our child but that we can take back to our home state to help other blind kids and their families. Being part of the NFB and attending NFB conventions is absolutely THE BEST thing you can do for your blind child.
Thank you for the opportunity to be a part of the NFBNJ State Convention. This was an excellent event and I learned a lot and gained a lot of insight. I met incredible, knowledgeable, inspirational people – and they left me energized.
It was 20 years ago, when a doctor said to me, “Ms. Lynch, I hate to drop the bomb on you, but you will never be able to see again.” Now I didn’t have much usable vision as it was, but what I had, I relied on so heavily. My life, I thought, was over that day.
Fast forward 2 years later, we were sitting in the office of my occularist waiting for my new eyes to be finished. I’d found a couple braille books on the table. One, was the Braille Monitor. There were articles by many blind individuals and I thought to myself, “These people are all blind?” So I thought, “Maybe I really aught to try this Nfb out. I mean, if they can live independently, then so can I!” I attended a few state conventions in Pennsylvania, my first national convention in Philadelphia in 2001.
It’s now 2016, I am currently working in Human Resources at Td Bank N.A., in Mt. Laurel New Jersey. Just celebrated my 5th year anniversary. I attended my 2nd National convention in Orlando Florida this year, and again, had a wonderful time. Was inspired to keep going. I was fortunate to meet our State President Mr. Joe Ruffalo, along with many others. I currently serve as Secretary of the South Jersey Shore chapter of the National Federation of the blind, as well as Secretary of the National Association of Blind Office Professionals devision. Looking forward to attending my first New Jersey state convention in November. I’m living the life I want, thanks to a great organization called the National Federation of the blind.
I was introduced to the NFBNJ from a friend in September 2007 and attended my first state convention that fall in Manahawkin. I witnessed throughout the weekend the many skills, techniques and the positive attitude demonstrated at the state convention and I realized that with training and hard work, I will gain my independence that I needed and wanted to achieve. With this knowledge, I would share wit others the gift of the Federation.
By gaining confidence, I have become involved in the NFBNJ by holding multiple positions of leadership in several state divisions. With my involvement in the divisions, I have been able to discuss several opportunities to learn technology to better my life.
I am proud to be a member of the largest blind organization in the country and in the state, The National Federation of the Blind of New Jersey as we raise expectations to live the life we want!