Founded in 1940, the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) is the nations'
largest and most influential membership organization of persons. With fifty thousand members,
the NFB has affiliates in all fifty states plus Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico, and over
seven hundred local chapters. As a consumer and advocacy organization, the NFB is considered
the leading force in the blindness field today.
The purpose of the National Federation of the Blind is two-fold-- to help blind persons achieve self-confidence and self-respect and to act as a vehicle for collective self-expression by the blind. By providing public education about blindness, information and referral services, scholarships, literature and publications about blindness, aids and appliances and other adaptive equipment for the blind, advocacy services and protection of civil rights, development and evaluation of technology, and support for blind persons and their families, members of the NFB strive to educate the public that the blind are normal individuals who can compete on terms of equality.
The Mission Statement of the National Federation of the Blind is to achieve widespread emotional acceptance and intellectual understanding that the real problem of blindness is not the loss of eyesight but the misconceptions and lack of information which exist. We do this by bringing blind people together to share successes, to support each other in times of failure, and to create imaginative solutions.