Senior Blind

Classic cars at Hershey Park. Jane Degenshein is the driver with family.
Classic cars at Hershey Park. Jane Degenshein is the driver with family.


From February through June of each year, the Senior Division of the NFB (NASB) proudly 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 and other senior meetings throughout the year.

To attend the calls, dial 712-432-1500, then use access code 759633 pound. You will hear the code you entered repeated. Press 1 if it is correct. Press 2 to re-enter it. If you press 1, you then announce yourself by stating your name and you will then be entered into the conference call.

In order to obtain the best possible sound for these calls, it is recommended that each caller, after dialing in, press star 6 which puts you in a “mute” mode. You will be able to hear everything during the call but background noise from your location will not disturb others listening in on the conversation. When you wish to speak and enter the discussion, press star 6 and you will be released from the “mute” mode and able to participate. It is also highly recommended that each person wishing to speak state his or her name and wait for the moderator to recognize you before speaking. We can have too many people trying to seek the floor at one time and chaos can occur. The moderators will do their very best to recognize as many callers as possible however, they will determine the order in which speakers proceed. When finished with your comments, press star 6 again to go back into “mute” mode to facilitate better, uncluttered communication for everyone. Star 6 also works when you have your phone on speaker.

The times for the calls are

  • 4:00pm Eastern
  • 3:00pm Central
  • 2:00pm Mountain
  • 1:00pm Pacific

Please determine for yourself the time to enter the call if you live in a time zone other than those listed above.

Because our conference calls contain information that’s helpful and interesting to blind seniors, we archive all of them within hours of their completion. You can listen to our most recent archives by calling 712-432-1202, and entering the access code 759633 pound followed by the call reference code. There are 15 of our most recent calls for you to choose from. You can also listen to them through your computer or mobile device by visiting We hope you enjoy and learn from them.

Archived Calls

  • June 15, 2017 – What Options Do I Have To Learn Needed Skills From Sources Other Than My State Agency?
    Moderator: Shelley Copel with fellow South Carolinians who have taken correspondence courses from Hadley to obtain nonvisual skills
    Reference code: 22 pound
  • May 18, 2017 – Seniors In Charge: Cane Travel, Blindness Training Essential Elements To Attain Newfound Independence
    Moderator: Wayne Marshall with his colleagues from the Senior Support Group at the Colorado Center for the Blind
    Reference code: 21 pound
  • April 13, 2017 – Live The Life You Want: Be A Senior In Charge of Your Destiny
    Moderator: Diane McGeorge with Duncan Larsen
    Reference code: 20 pound
  • March 23, 2017 – how The Blind Consumer Interacts with Hospital and Emergency Room Professionals While Receiving Medical Care with confidence
    Moderator: Art Schriber
    Reference code: 18 pound

Additional archived calls can be viewed at

Additional Information

For more information regarding the National Association of Senior Blind (NASB), please visit For more information on the New Jersey Association of Senior Blind (NJASB), please visit or by contacting its president, Jane Degenshein, at 973-736-5785 or

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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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