The Sounding Board

The Sounding Board is the magazine of the National Federation of the Blind of New Jersey. It is published every spring and fall. The magazine is filled with educational, motivational and inspirational news from our members and others in the blindness field. Through The Sounding Board, our members can keep current with local, state and national news and issues of concern. We also aspire to provide a source of hope, inspiration, pride and camaraderie through the personal stories in our publication. We encourage our readers to share The Sounding Board with family members, teachers, professionals, neighbors, friends and any other interested parties. We estimate our circulation to be in the thousands, as readers from across the country regularly report that The Sounding Board influences their lives. The publication is available via email and Newsline, and can also be downloaded in its entirety from this website.

The deadline for the Spring 2018 edition is March 15th. Please submit articles to Kathy Gabry, editor, at and Joe Ruffalo, NFBNJ President, at Advertisements should be submitted to Barbara Shalit, advertising manager, at Advertising rates are $25 for a half page and $40 for a full page. Please note that the editorial staff will determine whether the article or advertisement will be printed, and reserves the right to edit all articles and advertising for space and/or clarity considerations.

To receive a copy of The Sounding Board via email, please subscribe to the NFBNJ’s email listserv at In addition to receiving The Sounding Board, you will receive a wide variety of information sent from the state affiliate (such as announcements regarding our state convention), and materials sent from the national office of the National Federation of the Blind located in Baltimore, Maryland.

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The following past issues are also available:

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Contact Information

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

Coming Soon

9th Annual After the Holidays Party

January 6, 2018
1:00 – 5:00 PM
Knights of Columbus Hall
94 Bridge Street
Belleville, NJ 07109
Cross Street: Belleville Avenue
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