Parents of Blind Children-NJ (POBC-NJ)

Parents of Blind Children-NJ (POBC-NJ) is a statewide organization made up of families, teachers, and friends of blind and visually impaired children. Our goal is to help blind/visually impaired children grow up to be productive, fully functioning, independent members of society by providing information, inspiration, and support to their families and teachers. We are also dedicated to providing ideas, assistance, and information that will help blind/visually impaired children with additional disabilities reach their full potential.

We offer emotional support, a positive attitude toward blindness and the abilities of blind people, networking and contact with other families and with blind adults, a newsletter, advocacy, meetings, and an annual Parents Seminar with practical information and tips, the Blind Children’s Resource Center website:, social and educational events for blind children and their families, the What’s Available display and a Resource List of information, materials, and equipment, a voice on state boards and councils affecting the lives of blind children, and ongoing dialogue with legislators regarding the needs of blind children and their families.

To learn more about NJAPOBC and to receive a schedule of meeting dates and times, please contact Chair Carol Castellano at 973-377-0976 or email

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Contact Information

Joseph Ruffalo, President
254 Spruce Street
Bloomfield, NJ 07003
Phone: 973-743-0075

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 If you wish to make a donation during White Cane Day, please visit

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