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You can live the life you want; blindness is not what holds you back.

The National Federation of the Blind of NJ 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.

Since 1976, the National Federation of the Blind of NJ has been helping members live the lives they want! We know 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 NFB of NJ, the largest organization of the blind in the nation and in the state, and help us live the lives we want!

Congratulations to Joe Ruffalo for serving twenty-seven years as President of the National Federation of the Blind of New Jersey. Linda Melendez was elected as President during the virtual state convention on November 20, 2020. Congratulations Linda! Click here to view the current members of the affiliate Board of Directors.

Upcoming Events

National Federation of the Blind of New Jersey 45th Annual State Convention

November 10th through 13th, 2021
Theme: Live the Life You Want; We Are More Than The Sum of One
Location: Anywhere & Everywhere

The National Federation of the Blind of New Jersey is proud to announce our 45th Annual State Convention! Once again, this event will be held virtually with free registration! Please save the dates of Wednesday, November 10, Thursday, November 11, Friday, November 12, and Saturday, November 13.

The National Federation of the Blind of New Jersey State Convention is the largest gathering of blind people in the state. It is the premier event for training, support, and information for the blind community. It also serves as a governing body, democratically electing our leadership and establishing each year’s organizational priorities.

Here is your chance to participate and learn more about the NFB’s programs and goals on the state and national level. Hear from the NFB national representative. Also, hear from speakers on topics of national and state importance, membership, seniors, technology, Braille, sports and recreation, students, and parents’ concerns, meet the scholarship class of 2021 and much more!

Mark your calendars and make every effort to attend the 45th annual state convention of the NFB of New Jersey. Get Involved. Make a Difference! Please share with others, everyone is welcome! Please visit www.nfbnj.org/state-convention to learn more.

What is the National Federation of the Blind (NFB)?

The National Federation of the Blind is an organization of the blind speaking for ourselves. Click here to learn more.

National Federation of the Blind COVID-19 Policy Relating to Public Events

Please give attention to the policy directive from the Board of Directors of the National Federation of the Blind related to the immediate postponement of public meetings of the organization. You can read the policy directive and hear an emergency Presidential Release related to this matter at https://www.nfb.org/about-us/press-room/national-federation-blind-covid-19-policy-relating-public-events.

COVID-19 Resources

The National Federation of the Blind is closely monitoring the COVID-19 emergency, which is changing everyone’s lives but has unique effects on blind people. The health and safety of all of our members, colleagues, and friends is always our top priority. Information on the NFB’s COVID-19 Resources page, www.nfb.org/resources/covid-19-resources, provides resources that may be particularly useful to blind people facing challenges during the emergency. If you have found other resources that you believe are useful, please email the information to communicationsteam@nfb.org. For the latest happenings with the NFB surrounding COVID-19, please visit www.nfb.org.

NFBNJ Town Hall Zoom Meetings

Members of the National Federation of the Blind of New Jersey are hosting conference call town hall meetings on a variety of topics. These meetings are conducted on the Zoom platform. Click here to learn more.

National Convention

The National Federation of the Blind National Convention is the largest gathering of blind people in the world. Click here to learn more.

State Convention

The NFBNJ State Convention is the largest gathering of blind people in the state. Click here to learn more.

Technology Seminars

The NFBNJ Technology Division sponsors conference calls on a variety of topics with moderators presiding over each call. We hope these calls provide information and thoughtful discussions in your local chapter meetings throughout the year. Click here to learn more or contact Jane Degenshein, NFBNJ Technology Division President, at 973-736-5785 or jdegen16@comcast.net.

The Sounding Board

The Sounding Board is the flagship publication of the NFBNJ covering events and activities , issues we face as blind people, and member highlights. Click here to learn more or contact Annemarie Cooke, editor, at 609-859-4084 or aec732@gmail.com.

NFB BELL (Braille Enrichment for Literacy & Learning) Academy

The NFB BELL (Braille Enrichment for Literacy and Learning) Academy is a two-week summer day program that teaches confidence and independence skills through Braille, crafts, games, field trips, and interaction with blind mentors. Children ages 4 -12 learn that their blindness or low vision does not define them or their future. They can live the lives they want. Click here to learn more or contact Mary Jo Partyka, coordinator, at 609-888-5459 or choirnfb@gmail.com.

NFB-NEWSLINE

NFB-NEWSLINE is a free audio news service for anyone who is blind, low-vision, or print-disabled that offers access to 500 publications, job listings, weather alerts, and more. Access through the phone, apps, computer, Alexa, and more. Click here to learn more or contact Jane Degenshein, coordinator, at 973-736-5785 or jdegen16@comcast.net.

KNFB Reader

KNFB Reader is an award-winning mobile app for blind, low-vision, dyslexic, and other print-disabled users that converts text to speech or text to Braille. Click here to learn more.

We Need Your Help! Monitor Uber and Lyft Compliance with Service Animal Agreement

If you use Uber or Lyft and have a service animal or travel with someone who does, please complete our Uber and Lyft survey. For questions, contact Trish Ebel, coordinator, at 201-456-0091 or patriciaebel0302@comcast.net.

Green Drop Program

Donate clothing, household items, toys and much more to benefit the NFB. Drop off at a GreenDrop collection site, or call 888-610-4632 for home pickup. Learn more at gogreendrop.org or contact Linda DeBerardinis, coordinator, at 856-735-5559 or lindadb739@gmail.com.

NFB Vehicle Donations Program

Donate a vehicle to the NFB by calling 855-659-9314 or by making an online donation. For more information, contact Mary Fernandez, coordinator, at 732-857-7004 or trillian551@gmail.com.

Blind Veterans

If you know any blind veterans who would benefit from our programs, contact Joe Ruffalo, coordinator, at 973-743-0075 or nfbnj1@verizon.net.

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 Linda Melendez at the following:

National Federation of the Blind of New Jersey
PO Box 185
Keyport, NJ 07735
Phone: 732-421-7063
Email: president@nfbnj.org

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