National Association of Blind Students | National Federation of the Blind

For fifty 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.

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NABS Cookbooks

Support our blind students by purchasing one of our very own NABS Cookbooks! We offer formats in standard print, large print, Braille, and electronic. These books, with over 50 recipes from appetizers, to dips, to main dishes, and desserts, are just $15. We take check, Paypal, and Venmo.
To make an online order, visit our NABS Cookbook order form.

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 committee(s) you are most interested in and send an email to the Chair of the committee. Or, join the conference line 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.

Fundraising Committee

The Fundraising Committee is always hard at work to raise funds to support our NABS members, leaders, and blind students across the nation. On the Fundraising Committee, you are working alongside our Chair Dustin Cather, Co-chairs Harry staley and Janae Bergmeier 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 Dustin Cather or join us on the second Thursday of the month at 9pm eastern by calling 712-770-5197 and dialing access code 265669.

Legislative Advocacy Committee

The Legislative Advocacy Committee is focused on learning and sharing knowledge of national and state legislation that impacts the blind. On this committee, you would be working alongside Chair Kenia Flores and Co-chairs Robert Parsons and Justin Salisbury to learn and teach legislation, as well as work with different student divisions and universities/colleges. If you are interested in joining the Legislative Committee, please contact Kenia Flores or join us on the second Sunday of the month at 8pm eastern by calling 712-770-5197 and dialing access code 265669.

Outreach Committee

The Outreach Committee is set up to handle all of NABS membership and recruitment. This committee is responsible for monthly membership calls, social media, monthly blog posts, the NABS Now Podcast, handling our Youtube channel, generating NABS Notes, and so much more! As a part of this committee, you would work alongside Chair Janae Burgmeier as well as Co-chairs Melissa Carney Elizabeth Scheeler and Matt Gip to engage students through social media and recruit new members through planning events. If you are interested in joining this committee, please contact Janae Burgmeier or join us on the first Monday of the month at 9pm eastern by calling 712-770-5197 and dialing access code 265669.

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

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.

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The National Association of Blind Students
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Scholarships

State Scholarships

Please Note: Not all states currently have a scholarship program. Check back because new ones will be added as they become available.
If you have questions about a particular state scholarship, contact the state president or the scholarship chairperson.

Alabama

This state does not currently have a scholarship program.

Alaska

This state does not currently have a scholarship program.

Resources

Welcome to the NABS resource page. This page is a constantly growing wellspring of resources, so please email the webmaster if something you think should be here is missing.

NFB Resources Page

Here you will find resources divided into four catigories:

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).

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.