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.

NABS Walk-A-Thon

Calling all 2017 National Convention attendees:

we all know how much we walk each day. Meeting to meeting, running to grab a quick bite to eat, and rushing to another seminar. Wouldn’t it be awesome to raise some money for the future leaders of the NFB, or better yet the current leaders just by doing what we do each day?… WALK!

This year, we are proud to announce the inaugural 2017 NABS Walk-A-Thon. This fundraising effort will be held on Wednesday, July 12, during the 2017 National Federation of the Blind National Convention.

So what exactly is a Walk-A-Thon? This will be a coordinated effort in which you create your own fundraising platform. Friends and family, or those who believe in our movement, they could be total strangers!, will ''pledge'' some amount per mile. These pledges represent a monetary value that your supporters promise to donate based on how many miles you walk throughout the day. The amount pledged is based on what the supporter wants to give. All you will have to do is use some sort of fitness wearable or a fitness app on your phone to record your distance between 7am and 10pm Wednesday, the 12th. It is that simple. The recording of your individual distance will start at 7am, or whenever you wake up, and end at the conclusion of our inaugural NABS Olympics! Once the clock strikes 10pm, participants will record their steps with NABS leaders. The top three winners will be rewarded with fabulous prizes and recognition!

Want to participate?

Visit: Registration Page and read the description carefully. Then, click the Sign up button and follow the directions to register. Once your page is created, please share on all of your social media platforms. We would love to get as many participants and supporters as possible! We need your help to make this possible. I am calling on each of you to sign up, share your page, walk as you normally would, and support our national student division in all the good we do. Each day, we are raising the expectations of blind students across our nation. We cannot do it without your love, support, and encouragement!

Direct any questions or concerns to Dustin Cather, NABS Walk-A-Thon Coordinator, at Email Dustin or via telephone at (309) 267-7670.


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 President 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 or join us on the second Monday of the month at 9pm eastern by calling 605-475-6700 and dialing access code 7869673.

Legislative Committee

The Legislative 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 Secretary Michael Ausbun and Co-chair Tarik Williams 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 Michael Ausbun or join us on the third Sunday of the month at 9pm eastern by calling 605-475-6700 and dialing access code 7869673.

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 alongside Chair Vice President 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 or join us on the first Tuesday of the month at 8pm eastern by calling 605-475-6700 and dialing access code 7869673.

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

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NABS Blog Post For May, Tips On Job Searching

Looking Back: One Year Removed from College

My college experience was what every student imagines: four straight years of broadening my horizons, living away from home, and, of course, the endless piles of work. When it was time for me to graduate this time last year, I felt ready to move onto the next step in my life. For me, that next step took the form of attending the Colorado Center for the Blind so that I could be confident in the knowledge that, no matter where life next took me, blindness would not hold me back.

NABS Notes For The Month Of April

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Keys To Success by Maureen Nietfeld

Let me start off this story by saying I truly believe that every individual can set out and achieve anything they desire. Maybe there will be bumps, and maybe it will be extremely challenging, but if you truly desire it, it can be done. I also believe the key to success and achieving things that may seem daunting is finding solutions. The solutions may not always be obvious, or be the solution we necessarily want, but finding, accepting, and utilizing the solution will be key to success.

NABS Blog for March, Ana Martinez at Mardi Gras

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NABS Notes for January and February

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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.

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