New Jersey Association to Promote the Use of Braille

The mission of the New Jersey Association to Promote the Use of Braille (NJAPUB) is to promote the importance of Braille literacy and to communicate the need for Braille by speaking to service groups, school children, and by addressing the matter at Parents of Blind Children workshops. Our goal is to help make it possible for anyone who wants to learn Braille to do so. NJAPUB works towards accomplishing this goal as follows:

  1. By holding Braille workshops at state conventions and other locations where attendees are exposed to the positive benefits of Braille and how Braille aids blind people in their education, employment and daily lives.
  2. By serving as a strong presence in and promoting the Braille Enrichment for Literacy and Learning (BELL) Academy and its importance to children aged four through twelve
  3. By establishing and publicizing a Braille Mentoring Program where experienced Braille readers are matched up with blind persons who live in their geographical area who wish to learn to read and write it
  4. By encouraging current Braille readers to participate in NFB-sponsored Braille-writing contests and other challenges which will help increase their fluency and reading speed
  5. By putting materials such as convention agendas and documents used in employment and volunteer activities into Braille for our Division members or other people who request this service
  6. By encouraging Division members to become aware of changes in the way Braille is read and written and to provide this knowledge to others e.g. the Unified English Braille Code (UEB),
  7. By distributing literature such as the Braille Monitor, Future Reflections, Kernel Books, and literature from the Independence Market which emphasizes the importance of Braille in peoples’ lives.

The Braille Division conducts quarterly conference call meetings. To learn more about the Braille Division and to receive a schedule of meeting dates and times, please contact President Mary Jo Partyka at 609-888-5459 or choirnfb@gmail.com.

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Contact Information

Joseph Ruffalo, President
254 Spruce Street
Bloomfield, NJ 07003
Phone: 973-743-0075
Email: nfbnj1@verizon.net

Coming Soon

NFBNJ 41st State Convention

November 9-12, 2017
Holiday Inn Hotel
151 Route 72 East
Manahawkin, NJ 08050
Access Link accessible

2018 NFB Washington Seminar

January 29 to February 1, 2018
Holiday Inn Capitol
550 C Street, SW
Washington, DC 20024

PayPal Donations

Please make a donation to the National Federation of the Blind general account, our general scholarship account, the Joe/Rose Ruffalo Memorial Scholarship account, or the Braille Enrichment for Literacy and Learning (BELL) Academy. Please indicate which account you wish the donation to go into when making your contribution. You do not need to have a PayPal account to donate, simply use the information from your debit/credit card if you don't have PayPal. All donations are tax deductible. To make a donation to NFBNJ via PayPal, please visit our PayPal Donations page.

White Cane Awareness Day: teach the world about what the white cane means to blind people

White canes help blind people live the lives we want. The white cane does more than tell the sighted that we’re blind; it is a tool for freedom and self-determination because it allows blind people to come and go on our own. Since we can travel safely and independently, we can contribute in the workplace, in our communities, and in society. Celebrate White Cane Awareness Day on October 15 by giving the gift of independence. To learn more, please visit www.nfb.org/white-cane-awareness-day. If you wish to make a donation during White Cane Day, please visit www.nfb.org/donate2017.


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