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.

To donate

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, Dustin Cather and Elizabeth Rousse 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 Sunday 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 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 Justin Sailsbury or join us on the third 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 Dustin Cather

2019 Midwest Student Seminar Announcement!

2019 Mid-West Regional Seminar

Hosted by: the Illinois Association of Blind Students
the student chapter of the National Federation of the Blind of Illinois

Who: Blind and low vision students (high school and up)

When: Friday, March 15 – Sunday, March 17, 2019

Where: Holiday Inn O’Hare
5615 N. Cumberland Avenue
Chicago, IL 60631

NABS NOTES | December 2018

#NABS Notes: December 2018

In this issue, you will find: 

  • President’s Note 
  • Text to Give Campaign 
  • New Resource – NABS Phone Number 
  • Follow NABS on Instagram 
  • 2019 Scholarship Program 
  • K-12 and Higher Ed Technology Survey 
  • Research Study on Confidence Level in Orientation and Mobility Post O&M Training 
  • New Issue of The Journal of Blindness Innovation and Research 
  • Aira Plans for NFB Members 
  • Holiday Sale - Save 40% on KNFB Reader today!  
  • NABS Committee Updates 
  • December Blog Post 
  • NABS Facebook Group 

February Blog Post by Taylor Arndt

From the Editor: 
Taylor Arndt is a freshman at Western Michigan
University studying computer science. She is part of the Michigan Association of Blind Students and the computer science division. She does many other things relating to the NFB, but those are the most important at this point.

Contacting NABS

You can follow nabslink on twitter, or friend us on Facebook. We use both of these methods for providing information on upcoming conference calls, scholarship opportunities, interesting articles/links, happenings at convention and various other topics of interest to students.

We hope our website provides you with answers to many of your questions, but if you would like to contact NABS please reach out to any of the below Board Members and we will do our best to be of assistance.