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.
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.
2021 Exhibitors & Sponsors
The National Federation of the Blind of New Jersey thank all exhibitors and sponsors for their support to change what it means to be blind. To view the listing of exhibitors and sponsors for our 45th state convention, “Live The Life You Want; We Are More Than The Sum Of One,” please visit www.nfbnj.org/state-convention/exhibitors-and-sponsors and then click on the appropriate link to view info for either the sponsors or the exhibitors. Each exhibitor has provided a short audio/video clip to describe what they have to offer.
Please use the following link to register as a sponsor.
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 about the NFB.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 about our town hall Zoom meetings.
The National Federation of the Blind National Convention is the largest gathering of blind people in the world. Click here to learn more about national convention.
The NFBNJ State Convention is the largest gathering of blind people in the state. Click here to learn more about state convention.
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 about the technology seminars or contact Jane Degenshein, NFBNJ Technology Division President, at 973-736-5785 or email@example.com.
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 about The Sounding Board or contact Annemarie Cooke, chair of the Sounding Board Committee, at 609-859-4084 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 about the NFB BELL Academy or contact Mary Jo Partyka, coordinator, at 609-888-5459 or email@example.com.
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 about NFB-NEWSLINE® or contact Jane Degenshein, coordinator, at 973-736-5785 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 about the KNFB Reader.
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 email@example.com.
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.com or contact Linda DeBerardinis, coordinator, at 856-735-5559 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
NFB Vehicle Donations Program
If you know any blind veterans who would benefit from our programs, contact Joe Ruffalo, coordinator, at 973-743-0075 or email@example.com.
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