National Association of Blind Students

For over four decades, the National Association of Blind Students has worked, as an integral part of the National Federation of the Blind, to promote the equality of the blind by serving as a source of information, forum for networking and vehicle for collective action for blind students. Our work on the local, state, and national levels is firmly rooted in the conviction that blindness need not prevent one from excelling in a chosen field of study or living a full and productive life. Above all else, we are dedicated to changing what it means to be blind, by both changing perceptions among the general public of the capabilities of the blind and encouraging blind students to strive to achieve their maximum potential and realize their dreams.

It is our hope that you will find the resources on this website useful and informative. If you have any questions or comments about the website or the work of NABS, please feel free to get in touch with us and let us know. And, if you like what you see and would like to get involved you can become a member of the National Association of Blind Students. And remember, to stay up to date with the latest happenings within NABS, you can friend NABS on Facebook or follow NABS on Twitter. Please also join the NABS e-mail discussion list. Fill out and submit the form, then you will receive a confirmation email. Simply reply to that email, and you will be able to share your thoughts and ideas with the rest of our members!

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NABS invites you to participate in our 2016 Mentoring Program!
Whether you are a first-time convention attendee or a long-time Federationist, we would love your contribution to the growth of our movement.
The Mentoring Program offers students of all backgrounds the opportunity to network, learn, and grow alongside other Federationists. Through convention week, mentees are paired up with a mentor that shares common interests and career aspirations. We will have a kickoff meeting the first day of convention.

If you are interested in becoming a mentor, fill out the mentor application form.

To become a mentee, fill out the mentee application form.
See you in Orlando on June 30!

Embracing Our Membership, Our Meaning, and Our Movement

From the Editor:

Kathryn Webster is the Treasurer/Secretary of the National Association of Blind Students (NABS.) She is a rising senior at Wake Forest University studying Mathematical Business and Computer Science. Webster is involved in both the North Carolina and Connecticut affiliate. She’s built relationships with additional affiliates through her state liaison role. Last weekend, Kathryn attended the Virginia Leadership Seminar in Baltimore, Maryland; and would like to share some takeaways as she reflects on the recent event.

NABS NOTES | April 2016

In this edition of the NABS monthly bulletin:
1. Must-Read! Self-Advocacy In Higher Education Toolkit
2. Have You Registered for the 2016 NFB National Convention?
3. Volunteering with NABS at National Convention
4. State Updates
5. April NABS Board Meeting Minutes

WASHINGTON SEMINAR: Perspectives from First Timers

Join us as we reflect on the 2016 Washington Seminar, hearing from two ambitious students.

NABS NOTES | March 2016

In this edition of the NABS monthly bulletin:

  1. The NFB National Scholarship – TIME IS RUNNING OUT TO APPLY!
  2. Mark Your Calendars – NABS at the 2016 NFB National Convention
  3. March NABS Blog Update
  4. State Updates
  5. March NABS Board Meeting Minutes

NABS NOTES | February 2016

In this edition of the NABS monthly bulletin:

  1. The NFB National Scholarship – APPLY TODAY!
  2. Report Your Experiences with Pearson Products
  3. The NFB National Scholarship: Upcoming Membership Call
  4. Attention High School Students! – NFB EQ
  5. The NFB Summer Internship Program
  6. February NABS Blog Update
  7. State Updates
  8. February NABS Board Meeting Minutes

A Step-by-Step Approach to Getting Involved

From The Editor:

Lizzy Muhammad is currently a sophomore at Bryn Mawr College majoring in international studies. Outside of school, she is the secretary of the Pennsylvania Association of Blind Students, a board member of the performing arts division, and an active member in the Philadelphia Keystone Chapter. Lastly, Lizzy was a winner in our 2014 National Federation of the Blind scholarship program. Read below to learn some tips and tricks for getting involved at school.

NABS NOTES | January 2016

In this edition of the NABS monthly bulletin:

  1. NABS at Washington Seminar
  2. The NFB National Scholarship – APPLY TODAY!
  3. The NFB National Scholarship: Upcoming Membership Call
  4. Let Your Voice Be Heard: Release the Regs Petition
  5. Self-Advocacy in Higher Education Toolkit
  6. NABS Monthly Blog Update
  7. Help Needed: Blind Zoologist
  8. State Updates
  9. January NABS Board Meeting Minutes


As Thanksgiving rolls around, the holiday festivities at our NFB Training Centers come into full swing. Each center has its own unique traditions including Thanksgiving feasts, gift exchanges, holiday parties, Christmas tree gathering and decorating, and so much more. Some of the staff and students are eager to share their experiences with you. Enjoy as you read about the fun we have while in training.

NABS NOTES | December 2015

In this edition of the NABS monthly bulletin:
1. The NFB National Scholarship – Apply Today!
2. Congress Needs Your Stories!
3. NABS During Washington Seminar 2016
4. An Update on Our Annual NABS Café
5. No Barriers Youth
6. State Updates
7. December NABS Board Meeting Minutes

LEADING LIVES THROUGH LAWS: Reflections from Our Students

On November 7th, 2015, the National Association of Blind Students (NABS,) in conjunction with the National Federation of the Blind of Connecticut (NFB of CT,) held our first-ever regional legislative seminar. During this afternoon of moderated discussion and interactive dialogue, students of all ages were able to learn effective advocacy skills alongside national student leaders. This Legislative Leadership Workshop taught students about the current issues we are working on, conducted mock meetings with Congressmen, learned how to communicate with diffferent representatives, and so much more! Join us in reading reflections of the seminar from two of our active attendees, Alex Anderson and Nefertiti Matos.