About Us

For over 50 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.

NABS, formed at the 1967 convention of the National Federation of the Blind in Los Angeles, California, is the longest standing of all the NFB’s divisions. Having built upon the work begun by a small group of students in a Los Angeles hotel room fifty years ago, NABS has grown to become one of the largest and most active divisions of the NFB. For five decades, NABS has not only shared the NFB’s positive philosophy about blindness with students of all ages, but also provided blind students with opportunities to take on leadership roles within the organization.

View a list of all NABS's past presidents.

For a more in depth history of the organization, read the text of a speech delivered by Michael Baillif at the annual NABS business meeting in Dallas, Texas at the 1998 National Convention.

Get Involved With NABS by Joining Our Committees

If you have ever wanted to get involved with the work NABS 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 ones you are most interested in and send an email to the Chair of the committee. Or, join the conference line at 712-770-5197,,265669# 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.

Diversity and Inclusion Committee

Join the Diversity and Inclusion Committee, a new team focused on embracing the many intersections that make up our membership. Email Chair Rilee Sloan at rilee.sloan1@gmail.com if interested. Meetings are on the first Sunday of the month at 8:00pm eastern.

Fundraising Committee

Have you ever had a NABS Representative come to your state convention or attended Washington Seminar on a scholarship? By joining this committee, You are raising funds to support our members and make these opportunities and more possible. Email Chair Elizabeth Rouse at elizabethrouse.nfb@gmail.com if interested. Meetings are on the second Sunday of the month at 9:00pm eastern.

Legislative and Self-Advocacy Committee

Make your voice heard by joining this committee focused on ensuring that we advocate for the rights of blind students on an individual, state, and national level. Email Chair Trisha Kulkarni at trishak.nfb@gmail.com if interested. Meetings are on the third Sunday of the month at 8pm eastern.

Communications Committee

Help this team coordinate NABS membership programming and recruitment. Email Chair Nina Marranca at ninam0814@gmail.com if interested. Meetings are on the second Sunday of the month at 8pm eastern.