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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!

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What is the 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 Federation of the Blind Announces 2020 Scholarship Program Finalists

Baltimore, Maryland (May 6, 2020): The National Federation of the Blind (NFB), the nation’s leading advocate for equal education of the blind, today announced the finalists for its annual scholarship program, which provides financial assistance and connects students with mentoring and other resources. Click here to read More.

National Federation of the Blind 2020 Convention Goes Virtual

Baltimore, Maryland (April 10, 2020): The National Federation of the Blind will hold its national convention beginning July 14, 2020 with virtual events and local, in-person gatherings where appropriate. The convention was originally scheduled to take place in Houston, Texas. The change of plans is in response to the public health, safety, and logistical concerns raised by the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here to read more.

National Convention

NFB 2020 National Convention logo

The National Federation of the Blind National Convention is the largest gathering of blind people in the world. Plan to attend July 14 through July 18, 2020. The 2020 National Convention will be held virtually for the first time, and you can participate by phone or web. Through this unique event, we will connect blind Americans from anywhere to build opportunities everywhere. We look forward to spreading the 2020 view on blindness to the entire nation and beyond. Learn more and register today at no cost at www.nfb.org/convention.

State Convention

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

Technology Seminars

The New Jersey Association of Blind Technology Users (NJABTU) 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, NJATBU 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 Kathy Gabry, editor, at 201-998-9427 or specialk38@aol.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 or contact Rick Fox, coordinator, at 973-743-6107 or richardfox1@comcast.net.

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 nfbpickup.org or contact Linda DeBerardinis, coordinator, at 856-735-5559 or ljdeber3@comcast.net.

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 Andrew Rees, coordinator, at 732-659-6002 or amrees567@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 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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