National Association of Blind Students | National Federation of the Blind

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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LATEST NABS NEWS

Get Involved With NABS by Joining Our Committees

If you have ever wanted to get involved with the work your National Association of Blind Students is doing, this is your chance. We have recently reorganized our committees and are looking for students with a passion to work beside us in building the federation. If you are interested in joining one or more of our committees, please select the committee or committees you are most interested in and send an email to the chair of the committee. We look forward to working with you to build our federation.

Fundraising Committee

The fundraising committee is always hard at work to raise funds to support our NABS members. In the fundraising committee you would be working along side of our chair Kathryn Webster, Co-chairs Luke Schwinck, and Bryan Duarte to strategize and carry out different fundraising ideas. This committee is a lot of fun to be apart of and very rewarding. If you are interested in joining this committee please email Kathryn Webster

Legislative Committee

The legislative committee is focused on learning and sharing knowledge of legislation that impacts the blind. In this committee you would be working along the side of chair, Michael Ausbun and Co-chair Tarik Williams to learn and teach legislation as well as work with different student divisions to solicit AIM HE letters. If you are interested in joining the legislative committee please contact Michael Ausbun

Outreach Committee

The outreach committee is set up to handle all of NABS membership and recruitment. As a part of this committee you would work along the side of chair, Syed Rizvi as well as Co-chairs Chris Nusbaum and Vee Gaspa to engage students through social media and recruit new members through planning events. If you are interested in joining this committee please contact Syed Rizvi

Web Master

The web master is in charge of all information available on the NABS website. If you have any questions, comments, or updates you would like to make regarding the NABS website, please contact Bryan Duarte

STUDENT SUCCESS TOOLKIT

Finally, what you all have been waiting for: NABS' Student Success Toolkits!

Our 4 gb Flash drives contain the following software, Tutorials, resources, Templates, and information To ensure you are the most successful student you can be.

Software, including NVDA
Tutorials, including Excel, Outlook, and more!
Templates including sample cover letters, resumes, professionalism preparation documents, etc.
Additional Resources including NFB literature, an LSAT practice test, the NFB Self-Advocacy Toolkit, and personal testimonies from our NFB training centers
Health/Fitness documents to make sure you know how to exercise and eat well, wile succeeding as a student!

To order a thumb drive, fill out the online order form.
Upon receipt of payment, the Student Success Toolkit will be mailed to you.
If you are using PayPal, use luke.schwinck@hotmail.com
If you are using Venmo, pay nabs.president@gmail.com
If you are sending a check, the online form will provide instructions.

REFLECTIONS: 2017 Washington Seminar

From the Editor:

Each year, we depart the National Federation of the Blind Washington Seminar with overwhelming emotions of empowerment, leadership, and commitment to level out the playing field for blind people. This year, the national student division and President Riccobono partnered, yet again, to bring new and old, bright, ambitious students to the conversations with Congress. NABS is proud to have gained new members and welcomed our veterans to our winter seminar, Great Gathering In, first study rally, and so much more! Below, we will read some impressive takeaways from student leaders as we marvel over successes of our largest legislative week in the National Federation of the Blind.

Allow Your Passion To Lead The Way

Hello, my name is Kristen Boyle and I am a graduate student studying experimental psychology at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Along with being the typical Netflix-watching, coffee consuming, study abroad adventure-taking college student, I am also legally blind. I am diagnosed with a condition called Septo Optic Dysplasia, basically irreversible damage to my optic nerves. The vision effects will vary, but for me, this means I have light perception in my right eye and acuity of about 20/200 in my left eye.

NABS Notes for the month of December





NABS Notes December 2016

The Grand Canyon is not to grand for these blind students

Mike Armstrong is the health and wellness coordinator for SAAVI. Mike lost his vision over twenty years ago but that did not stop him from being active and accomplishing the things he wanted to do. Mr. Armstrong is an avid hiker completing the 800-mile Arizona Trail along with a rim-to-rim Grand Canyon trek in a single day. Mr. Armstrong is a personal trainer and martial arts instructor who owns his own dojo for teaching. His mission in life is to show others that being visually impaired doesn’t mean they can’t be active and fit.

NABS Notes for November





NABS Notes November 2016

Giving thanks on Thanksgiving

About the editor: Lizzy Muhammad, is the newly elected president of the Pennsylvania Association of Blind students. She is a junior International Studies major at Bryn Mawr College with a concentration in gender and a minor in Spanish. In this article, she talks about blind students having high expectations for themselves in the area of politeness and good manners

NABS Notes | October





NABS Notes October 2016

A Fellow Student Doing the Right Thing

Just like sighted people, blind people are capable of living a fulfilling productive life. There are blind students, blind parents, blind lawyers, blind educators, blind office professionals, etc. You name it; we have it. I am a student who just happens to be blind. I am blessed to have been born in a family where the expectations were high, independence was key, I was not held back, and I was allowed to try new things and simply be a kid. My mom worked hard to help us be as independent as possible. Let’s not forget to mention that she just happens to be blind.

Tech Spotlight on Nearby Explorer

Whenever I travel to a new place, I like to learn about my surroundings; the layout of the streets, the businesses, and restaurants that are in the area. The new Nearby Explorer app from the American Printing House for the Blind is a great way to retrieve this information and much more!

NABS Notes for the month of September





NABS Notes September 2016