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 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 Treasurer Cody Beardslee, Co-chairs Shannon Cantan, Dustin Cather, and Edward Shaham 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 Cody Beardslee or join us on the second Monday 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 2nd Vice President Syed Rizvi and Co-chairs Bryan Duarte and Kenia Flores 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 Syed Rizvi or join us on the second Tuesday of the month at 9pm 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, handling our Youtube channel, generating NABS Notes, and so much more! As a part of this committee, you would work alongside Chair Tarik Williams as well as Co-chairs Chelsea Peahl and Ellana Crew to engage students through social media and recruit new members through planning events. If you are interested in joining this committee, please contact Tarik Williams or join us on the fourth Wednesday of the month at 9pm eastern by calling 712-770-5197 and dialing access code 265669.

Event Planning Committee

Join our newly created committee this fall! The Event Planning Committee will serve as a group of members interested in broadening awareness, spreading our message, and increasing membership. We aim to create a committee that coordinates regional seminars, plans events, implements "Meet the Blind Month" initiatives and so much more! We are proud to announce that the Chair of this committee is Luke Schwinck and the Co-chairs are Elizabeth Scheeler and Janae Bergmeier. If you are interested in joining this committee, please contact Luke Schwinck or join us on the second Thursday 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 Harry Staley

Blog Post For The Month Of August, The First Time

When I first made the decision to attend the PREP program at BLIND, Inc. I was a little nervous. I had never lived in an apartment separate from my family. I had never been responsible for doing my own laundry, I had never had the opportunity to cook, and I had never attended a training center. Nevertheless, I still thought it was the right decision… And I still think it’s one of the best decisions I ever made.

NABS Notes For The Month Of July

The National Association of Blind Students A proud division of the National Federation of the Blind.

NABS Notes, July 2017.


• Convention Wrap-Up

• Rideshare Testing Program.

• McGraw-Hill.

• NABS Cook Books.

• NABS Board Meeting Minutes.

• Monthly Blog Post.

• State Student Updates.

The 2017 Scholarship Program: A Spotlight on Our Winners

From the Editor

The National Federation of the Blind awards 30 scholarships to outstanding students in the classroom, in the community, and beyond. We are proud of these academically talented, yet exquisitely diverse individuals, for raising the expectations of blind people across the nation. Below, we will hear from five exceptional scholarship recipients, as they share some personal sentiments proceeding the 2017 National convention. Note: Scholarship applications open on November 1, 2017 and close on March 31, 2018.

Meet the 2017 NABS Board

On July 11, 2017, the National Association of Blind Students held our annual elections, where the 1st Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, Board Member 1, and Board Member 3 were elected. Congratulations to our newly elected leaders; and a big welcome back to our veteran leaders! Please join us in reading more about our NABS Board; and don't be strangers!

NABS Notes For The Month Of June

NABS Notes June 2017

NABS Blog For The Month Of June, The Federation Family

From the Editor:

NABS Notes For The Month of May

NABS Notes May 2017

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

NABS Notes April 2017

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.