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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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.


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.

NABS NOTES | November 2015

In this edition of the NABS monthly bulletin:

  1. The NFB National Scholarship – APPLY TODAY!
  2. Leading the Way: Grand Canyon Sound Academy
  3. The Ins and Outs of Mathematics: Upcoming Membership Call
  4. Announcement: State Student Presidents call this Sunday!
  5. State Updates
  6. November NABS Board Meeting Minutes

Getting Involved Because We Can

Intro to the Author:
Bre Brown is the 2nd Vice President of the national Association of Blind Students. As the 2015 Kenneth Jernigan Scholarship recipient, her leadership abilities are quite transparent through her involvement in and outside the Federation. Often, blind students doubt the capabilities we have in serving as an integral part of society. In this article, Bre discusses her many passions and how those transformed from mere hobbies to leadership roles within middle school, high school, and now college. Blind students can live the life we want; and Ms. Brown exemplifies this by immersing herself in activities beyond the Federation. Our mission is to educate the public, while transforming our dreams into reality!

NABS NOTES | October 2015

In this edition of NABS’ monthly bulletin:
1. Last Chance to Join the 2015 Legislative Leadership Workshop
2. October Membership Call: Meet the NABS Board
3. State Updates
4. NABS Board Meeting Minutes for October

NABS NOTES | September 2015

In this edition of the NABS monthly bulletin:

  1. Kindle Products: Colleges and Universities
  2. Tune in: NABS President to be interviewed on KJSC Radio
  3. State Updates
  4. NABS Board Meeting Minutes

NABS NOTES | August 2015

IN this edition of NABS’ monthly bulletin:

  1. NABS and Connecticut Partner on Exciting Regional Legislative Workshop
  2. Connect with NABS on Social Media
  3. Share Your Training Center Story
  4. State Liaison Reassignments
  5. State Updates
  6. Meeting Minutes

Transition to College

From the Editor:

Arielle Silverman is the immediate past President of NABS. She has completed her Ph.D. in Social Psychology at the University of Colaroado – Bolder. Now, she is serving as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Washington. She frequently posts insightful and thoughtful disucssion topics to the NABS discussion list. This one was timely and exceedingly useful, so we snapped it up for the Student Slate Blog. Here are Arielle’s thoughts on why college is better than high school: