Testimonials From Our Members

The National Federation of the Blind of New Jersey has positively changed many lives since its founding in 1976. If you wish your testimonial to be included here, please submit to President Joe Ruffalo at nfbnj1@verizon.net for consideration.

Carol Castellano:

We were lucky enough to learn about the NFB when our daughter Serena was a baby. We began attending NFB conventions when she was in first grade and we were desperate for help with her education. We received help and so much more. Our daughter is an adult now and we are still active members of our state NFB and we still attend conventions. What we found that first time is what still inspires and energizes us each time we go–the message that blind people can lead normal lives complete with a job, a family, friendships, fun, and involvement in community life. We learn something new at convention each year that can not only help our child but that we can take back to our home state to help other blind kids and their families. Being part of the NFB and attending NFB conventions is absolutely THE BEST thing you can do for your blind child.

Amo Musharraf:

Thank you for the opportunity to be a part of the NFBNJ State Convention. This was an excellent event and I learned a lot and gained a lot of insight. I met incredible, knowledgeable, inspirational people – and they left me energized.

Christy Lynch:

It was 20 years ago, when a doctor said to me, “Ms. Lynch, I hate to drop the bomb on you, but you will never be able to see again.” Now I didn’t have much usable vision as it was, but what I had, I relied on so heavily. My life, I thought, was over that day.

Fast forward 2 years later, we were sitting in the office of my occularist waiting for my new eyes to be finished. I’d found a couple braille books on the table. One, was the Braille Monitor. There were articles by many blind individuals and I thought to myself, “These people are all blind?” So I thought, “Maybe I really aught to try this Nfb out. I mean, if they can live independently, then so can I!” I attended a few state conventions in Pennsylvania, my first national convention in Philadelphia in 2001.

It’s now 2016, I am currently working in Human Resources at Td Bank N.A., in Mt. Laurel New Jersey. Just celebrated my 5th year anniversary. I attended my 2nd National convention in Orlando Florida this year, and again, had a wonderful time. Was inspired to keep going. I was fortunate to meet our State President Mr. Joe Ruffalo, along with many others. I currently serve as Secretary of the South Jersey Shore chapter of the National Federation of the blind, as well as Secretary of the National Association of Blind Office Professionals devision. Looking forward to attending my first New Jersey state convention in November. I’m living the life I want, thanks to a great organization called the National Federation of the blind.

Lydia Keller:

I was introduced to the NFBNJ from a friend in September 2007 and attended my first state convention that fall in Manahawkin. I witnessed throughout the weekend the many skills, techniques and the positive attitude demonstrated at the state convention and I realized that with training and hard work, I will gain my independence that I needed and wanted to achieve. With this knowledge, I would share wit others the gift of the Federation.

By gaining confidence, I have become involved in the NFBNJ by holding multiple positions of leadership in several state divisions. With my involvement in the divisions, I have been able to discuss several opportunities to learn technology to better my life.

I am proud to be a member of the largest blind organization in the country and in the state, The National Federation of the Blind of New Jersey as we raise expectations to live the life we want!

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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

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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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