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 goings on within NABS, you can fan 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!

Support the NFB With Your Unused/Unwanted Vehicles

Do you have a car, truck, boat, motorcycle, RV, airplane or other wheeled/winged conveyance taking up space on your property? Do you know someone who does? Would you like to help the National Federation of the Blind by turning that vehicle into a donation? You might even qualify for a tax deduction on your federal income taxes. If yes, we'd love to help you out. The NFB has partnered with Vehicles for Charity to turn unwanted vehicles into cash to help fund our movement. Please visit the NFB Vehicle Donation page to learn more.

Latest NABS News

SPOTLIGHT: Meet A Few of the 2015 Scholarship Recipients

With the 75th Anniversary of the National Federation of the Blind National Convention two weeks behind us now, it is time to reflect upon the experiences gained during our week in Orlando, Florida. To recognize achievement by blind scholars, the National Federation of the Blind annually offers blind college students in the United States and Puerto Rico the opportunity to win one of thirty merit-based, national-level scholarships ranging in value of $3,000 to $12,000. All scholarships awarded are based on academic excellence, community service, and leadership.


By Kathryn Webster

With Convention right around the corner, it’s time to finalize our calendars and pencil in all student-related events. The National Association of Blind Students does a fabulous job each year, to make sure students have several ways to interact with others while furthering our movement. And, of course, this year is no different! Below, you will find an easy guide to follow when planning your days at Convention. I guarantee you will not want to miss any of the events we are having!

The Student Slate, Winter 2015

Learn to manage stress in “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff: Ten Relaxation Tips”, discover the ABC’s of Networking, recap the Empowering Blind Student’s Seminar held this summer at the University of Washington, get updated on the progress of the TEACH act, discover the activities NABS has planned for Washington Seminar, and read the biographies of two of your NABS board members.

the Student Slate, Summer 2014

Gain a firsthand account of all of the fun-filled activities that NABS has planned for convention week, read and learn how to properly care for a guide dog at National Convention, learn some tips and tricks for navigating airports and busy hotels, read about what the 2013 scholarship program meant to one winnerand how it has changed her life for the better, and find out the inside scoop on applying to grad school.

The Student Slate, Spring 2014

Take a break from your studying and learn about the TEACH Act aimed at providing better access to higher ed for the blind, growing local student divisions through the creation of an advertising directory, some things to consider when thinking about a guide dog, the NFB BELL program for young children, and STEM-X (the NFB's latest summer camp for blind kids).

NABS Notes, February 2014

In this edition of NABS' monthly bulletin: We're Bringing Updates Back, Washington Seminar Roundup, The TEACH Act Petition on, and State Announcements

2014 NABS Cafe and Auction

The National Association of Blind Students is excited about our upcoming Café and Auction!

* When: __Monday, January 27__ from __8:00 P.M. until midnight.__
* Where: __Discovery Rooms I. and II.__ At the Holiday Inn Capitol Hotel.
* What: An auction fundraiser with spectacular items listed below, a pie in the
face contest, live music from the NFB’s most talented, hors d’oeuvres, a cash
bar, and plenty of space to socialize.
* Cost: __Just $5 in advance__ from NABS board members and __$7 at the

##Auction Items

2013 Fall NABS Update

The National Association of Blind Students is excited to bring to you an update on the recent happenings of your fellow blind students. These are updates from across the country of students who are organized and unified in the mission of changing what it means to be blind. We encourage you to contact the student division in your state as well as become involved in the work of NABS via it’s committees such as Student Slate, Fundraising, membership and Communications.

The Student Slate, Summer 2013

In our Convention 101 piece, we continue our tradition of letting you in on all of the secrets to having a blast on a budget at the 2013 National Convention. Scholarship winners and enthusiasts alike will want to dodge the summer daydreams to read aspiring accountant, tenBroek fellow Cody Bair’s experience winning his first NFB scholarship and the anticipation of his second. Recommit yourself to the NFB’s initiative to end the U.S.’s unfair, discriminatory, and immoral practice of paying workers with disabilities subminimum wages when you learn how NABS president, Sean Whalen, has worked for a couple types of change in his lifetime. Celebrate the passage of the WIPO treaty to facilitate access of printed materials for blind people in many countries by reading New York’s Nihal Erkan’s experiences of growing up in Turkey and having limited access to alternative materials. Next, get some summer inspiration for your student division while reading our student spotlight on Texas and Kia Yang, NABS Leadership Seminar attendee, and AnilLewis, NABS Leadership Seminar facilitators’, chronicle on the impact of our recent NABS leadership seminar. Finally, cool down with some cucumber water and learn tips to cavalierly conquer those theme park monster travel challenges before your vacation.

The Student Slate, Winter 2013

In this issue, Slate committee member Cindy Bennett and education expert Natalie Shaheen will explain to you what the NFB thinks about the fact that you can't read this newsletter on a Kindle. Not to worry though, Chelsey Duranleau's inspiring piece about her study abroad experience will stir the coals and send flames flying. Tony Olivero tells us why he keeps going to Washington Seminar, and the Slate team makes sure you know what to talk about during your short 15 minutes of fame with your congressmen next week. If you can't make Washington Seminar, read on anyway so you can advocate on the home front, which is just as important. But before your trek up the Hill, learn a thing or two from Parnell Diggs's congressional campaign highlights. Finally, incorporate some new tips for your student division after reading Rose Sloan's update on how Illinois keeps the motivational molecules moving during the Midwest winter that we all shiver from just hearing stories about.