National Association of Blind Students | National Federation of the Blind

For over 50 years, 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 email list. Fill out and submit the form, then you will receive a confirmation email.

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The national student division of the National Federation of the Blind

Visit the National Federation of the Blind home page to learn more about the efforts at a national level, as well as the programs we sponsor throughout the year.


Get Involved With NABS by Joining Our Committees

If you have ever wanted to get involved with the work the 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 ones you are most interested in and send an email to the Chair of the committee. Or, join the conference line at 712-770-5197,,265669# at the designated times when it is most convenient to you. We look forward to working with you to build the National Federation of the Blind.

Diversity and Inclusion Committee

Join the Diversity and Inclusion Committee, a new team led by Chairs Syed Rizvi and Kenia Flores, focused on embracing the many intersections that make up our membership. Email Syed Rizvi or come to our next meeting on the first Sunday of the month at 8:00pm eastern if this sounds like the committee for you.

Fundraising Committee

With the Fundraising Committee,you are working with dynamic Chairs Elizabeth Rouse, Trisha Kulkarni, and Dustin Cather, who are committed to raising funds to support our members and leaders. Introduce yourself to the team by contacting Elizabeth Rouse or join us on the second Sunday of the month at 9:00pm eastern.

Legislative Advocacy Committee

Make your voice heard by joining Chairs Justin Salisbury, Andre Hill, and Justin Young as they raise awareness for laws impacting blind students and enact direct change on the local, state, and national level. Please contact Justin Salisbury or join us on the third Sunday of the month at 8pm eastern.

Communications Committee

Work alongside Chairs Mausam Mehta, johna Wright, Nina Marranca, and Erin Daring to coordinate NABS membership programming and recruitment. Please contact Mausam Mehta or join us on the second Sunday of the month at 8pm eastern to get in on the fun.

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 Trisha Kulkarni

Blog Post for October 2019: To See, or Not to See by Arielle Silverman

From the editor:

Arielle Silverman is an activist and social scientist who is passionate about improving public understandings of disability. She obtained a Ph.D. in social psychology, after which she went on to found Disability Wisdom Consulting, and publish several notable research articles relating to disability. Today, she works closely with students and parents to instill a positive philosophy of blindness, and disability as a whole.

NABS NOTES | September 2019

In this edition, you will find:

• President’s Note
• NEW! NABS Notes Game Announcement
• Education Technology Survey
• NABS Now Podcast
• September Blog Post
• NABS Committee Updates
• NABS Social Media

Blog Post for September 2019: The Magic of Student Seminars in the National Federation of the Blind by Justin Salisbury

From the editor:

Justin Salisbury currently serves as a board member of the National Association of Blind Students. He lives in Hawaii, where he pursues advocacy in all shapes and forms. He finds huge amounts of energy and satisfaction from bringing students together around the country. Below, he writes of his experience with regional student seminars, and the positive impact they can have on blind students everywhere.  

NABS NOTES | August 2019

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Blog Post for August 2019: The Murano Glass Candle Holder by Kathryn Webster

###From the Editor: 

Kathryn Webster, our national student president, wrote a letter to parents everywhere. In this, she shares a little bit about her journey as a young and energetic girl transforming into a confident and independent woman. Join us in reading a story that can relate to anyone! 


NABS NOTES | July 2019

National Association of Blind Students

In this edition, you will find:
National Convention Debrief
Introducing the 2019 – 2020 NABS Board
NFB Open House Gatherings
Potential Chemistry Employment Opportunity
2019-2020 NABS Committees
NABS Facebook Group

NABS NOTES | June 2019

In this issue, you will find:
n Annual NABS Business Meeting Pre-registration
n NABS Superlatives
n NABS Walk-a-thon
n Google Calendar for National Convention
n NABS Regional Seminars
n June Blog Post
n NABS Committee Updates
n NABS Facebook Group

Pre-Register for the 2019 NABS Business Meeting

Click the link below to Pre-Register for the Annual NABS Business Meeting at National Convention.

June 2019 Blog Post: The Art of Our Playing Field by Tony Gebhard.

From the Editor: Tony Gebhard is a born musician, multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, producer, travel junky, aviation nerd, and is all about mental health advocacy. He has been involved actively with the Federation since 2017 when he attended his first state convention in Michigan. Tony will be attending school in the fall and he will major in marketing. He has a deep passion for journalism and capturing those who feel lost or without a voice. He has two published albums and currently sings and plays guitar for a metal band based in MI called Lost In Hope.

NABS NOTES | May 2019

NABS Notes: May 2019

In this issue, you will find:
• President’s Note
• 2019 NABS Mentorship Program
• 2019 NABS Walk-A-Thon • Campaign Training for People with Disabilities
• I-Stem Advanced Technical Training
• 2019 National Scholarship Finalists
• 2019 Southeast Regional Student Seminar
• 2019 Pacific Regional Student Seminar
• May Blog Post
• Committee Updates
• NABS Facebook Group