The National Federation of the Blind welcomes all blind people—individuals, parents of blind children, blind students—those with low vision, those losing vision, family or friends of the vision impaired, and those interested in helping the vision-impaired. We are a family of members and friends that knows that blindness is not the characteristic that defines you or your future.
How to Join
The best way to become a member of the National Federation of the Blind is to join your local chapter. That way, you’ll meet blind people in your community and learn about the organization, too.
Connect with a chapter in your community.
Benefits of Membership at the Chapter and Affiliate Level
- Meet and make friends with blind people and other vision-impaired individuals who share concerns and understand your journey with vision loss. your profession, hobbies, interests, or goals.
- Find hope, tips, and local or national resources to enable you to move forward after vision loss.
- Meet and make friends with blind people who share your profession, hobbies, interests, or goals.
- Learn how to select the right technology to enable you to live an independent, active, and productive life as a blind person.
- Access local and nationwide networks of blind individuals who can provide information and support about all aspects of living, working, learning, and thriving as a blind person.
- Work with other blind people to change misconceptions about blindness, policies, and laws in your State and Nationally that affect the vision impaired.
- Scholarships are offered by the National Federation of the Blind of Hawaii for our Hawaiian college-bound students.
Benefits of Membership From Our National Organization
- NFB-NEWSLINE® which is the world’s largest audio information service for the blind. It is free to anyone who is legally blind. NFB-NEWSLINE® makes over four hundred newspapers and magazines, TV schedules, emergency weather alerts, and job listings, available on-demand to the vision-impaired by telephone apps and home automation devices such as Alexa or Google Nest.
- A free white cane, the basic tool for independent travel by the blind.
- A free slate and stylus—the basic tools for writing Braille.
- The National Federation of the Blind Independence Market—a store offering technologies and devices to aid the blind.
- Thirty national scholarships, totaling over $100,000, for outstanding blind students.
- Innovative programs for blind children and youth—including the Braille Enrichment for Literacy and Learning (BELL) program for beginning Braille readers and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs designed for blind students of all ages.