National Association of Blind Students | National Federation of the Blind

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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Preregister for the NABS 2017 Winter Seminar

Washington Seminar is approaching fast and NABS is ready to provide all of our student advocates with some information, training, and of course some fun. This year we will be holding our Winter Seminar on Monday January 30 at 10:00am. We would very much appreciate it if you would take a few minutes to preregister for the Winter Seminar so we can get started on time. Please follow the link below to preregister and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Preregister for the NABS Winter Seminar here


Finally, what you all have been waiting for: NABS' Student Success Toolkits!

Our 4 gb Flash drives contain the following software, Tutorials, resources, Templates, and information To ensure you are the most successful student you can be.

Software, including NVDA
Tutorials, including Excel, Outlook, and more!
Templates including sample cover letters, resumes, professionalism preparation documents, etc.
Additional Resources including NFB literature, an LSAT practice test, the NFB Self-Advocacy Toolkit, and personal testimonies from our NFB training centers
Health/Fitness documents to make sure you know how to exercise and eat well, wile succeeding as a student!

To order a thumb drive, fill out the online order form.
Upon receipt of payment, the Student Success Toolkit will be mailed to you.
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If you are using Venmo, pay
If you are sending a check, the online form will provide instructions.

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.

NABS Notes for the month of December

NABS Notes December 2016

The Grand Canyon is not to grand for these blind students

Mike Armstrong is the health and wellness coordinator for SAAVI. Mike lost his vision over twenty years ago but that did not stop him from being active and accomplishing the things he wanted to do. Mr. Armstrong is an avid hiker completing the 800-mile Arizona Trail along with a rim-to-rim Grand Canyon trek in a single day. Mr. Armstrong is a personal trainer and martial arts instructor who owns his own dojo for teaching. His mission in life is to show others that being visually impaired doesn’t mean they can’t be active and fit.

NABS Notes for November

NABS Notes November 2016

Giving thanks on Thanksgiving

About the editor: Lizzy Muhammad, is the newly elected president of the Pennsylvania Association of Blind students. She is a junior International Studies major at Bryn Mawr College with a concentration in gender and a minor in Spanish. In this article, she talks about blind students having high expectations for themselves in the area of politeness and good manners

NABS Notes | October

NABS Notes October 2016

A Fellow Student Doing the Right Thing

Just like sighted people, blind people are capable of living a fulfilling productive life. There are blind students, blind parents, blind lawyers, blind educators, blind office professionals, etc. You name it; we have it. I am a student who just happens to be blind. I am blessed to have been born in a family where the expectations were high, independence was key, I was not held back, and I was allowed to try new things and simply be a kid. My mom worked hard to help us be as independent as possible. Let’s not forget to mention that she just happens to be blind.

Tech Spotlight on Nearby Explorer

Whenever I travel to a new place, I like to learn about my surroundings; the layout of the streets, the businesses, and restaurants that are in the area. The new Nearby Explorer app from the American Printing House for the Blind is a great way to retrieve this information and much more!

NABS Notes for the month of September

NABS Notes September 2016

On Love and Rebuilding

When I was a small child, I was always comfortable with my blindness. My mum tells me that I would approach people at events and confidently introduce myself. "I'm Holly, I'm four and I'm blind." In my family, blindness was just another part of the many things that made me who I was. I liked to climb trees, ride horses, and bury myself in stacks of braille books. I never felt like I was limited because quite simply my parents never allowed me to feel that way. If I fell down and cried they'd pick me up, and tell me to carry on with whatever I'd been doing. And I did.