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.


2015 Legislative Leadership Workshop

Changing Lives through Laws

WHO: Any students who have an interest in legislative action. Both experts and novices are welcome and will benefit from this exciting workshop.

WHAT: An afternoon of interactive breakouts, moderated discussions and informative presentations that will provide you with the skills and know-how that will prepare you to improve accessibility of technology and educational opportunities for the blind by passing laws in Congress.

WHEN: Saturday, November 7, 2015 from 1:00-5:30 p.m.

WHERE: The Holiday Inn,
35 Governor Winthrop Blvd.
New London, CT 06320

Interested? Act now!
Space is limited, and the NFB of CT has graciously volunteered to cover the cost of registration, lunch and banquet dinner on the day of the event for the first 20 registrants.
Hurry up and
register today!
Don't miss out!!

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!

To donate

visit our GoFundMe page!

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 | 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:

NABS NOTES | July 2015

In this edition of the NABS monthly bulletin:

  1. Convention Wrap-Up
  2. Meet the 2015 NABS Board
  3. NABS Committees: We Need Your Help!
  4. NABS State Liaisons
  5. Amazon Bookstore Accessibility: We Need Your Stories!
  6. State Updates
  7. No NABS Board Meeting Minutes this Month

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