National Association of Blind Students | National Federation of the Blind

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.

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.


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 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 led by Chairs Syed Rizvi and Kenia Flores, focused on embracing the many intersections that make up our membership. Email Syed Rizvi or come to our next meeting on the first Sunday of the month at 8:00pm eastern if this sounds like the committee for you.

Fundraising Committee

With the Fundraising Committee,you are working with dynamic Chairs Elizabeth Rouse, Trisha Kulkarni, and Dustin Cather, who are committed to raising funds to support our members and leaders. Introduce yourself to the team by contacting Elizabeth Rouse or join us on the second Sunday of the month at 9:00pm eastern.

Legislative Advocacy Committee

On the Legislative Advocacy 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 to bring about direct change. Please contact Justin Salisbury or join us on the third Sunday of the month at 8pm eastern.

Communications Committee

Work alongside Chairs Mausam Mehta, johna Wright, Nina Marranca, and Erin Daring to coordinate NABS membership programming and recruitment. Please contact Mausam Mehta or join us on the second Sunday of the month at 8pm eastern to get in on the fun.

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

Blog Post for August 2019: The Murano Glass Candle Holder by Kathryn Webster

###From the Editor: 

Kathryn Webster, our national student president, wrote a letter to parents everywhere. In this, she shares a little bit about her journey as a young and energetic girl transforming into a confident and independent woman. Join us in reading a story that can relate to anyone! 


NABS NOTES | July 2019

National Association of Blind Students

In this edition, you will find:
National Convention Debrief
Introducing the 2019 – 2020 NABS Board
NFB Open House Gatherings
Potential Chemistry Employment Opportunity
2019-2020 NABS Committees
NABS Facebook Group

NABS NOTES | June 2019

In this issue, you will find:
n Annual NABS Business Meeting Pre-registration
n NABS Superlatives
n NABS Walk-a-thon
n Google Calendar for National Convention
n NABS Regional Seminars
n June Blog Post
n NABS Committee Updates
n NABS Facebook Group

Pre-Register for the 2019 NABS Business Meeting

Click the link below to Pre-Register for the Annual NABS Business Meeting at National Convention.

June 2019 Blog Post: The Art of Our Playing Field by Tony Gebhard.

From the Editor: Tony Gebhard is a born musician, multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, producer, travel junky, aviation nerd, and is all about mental health advocacy. He has been involved actively with the Federation since 2017 when he attended his first state convention in Michigan. Tony will be attending school in the fall and he will major in marketing. He has a deep passion for journalism and capturing those who feel lost or without a voice. He has two published albums and currently sings and plays guitar for a metal band based in MI called Lost In Hope.

NABS NOTES | May 2019

NABS Notes: May 2019

In this issue, you will find:
• President’s Note
• 2019 NABS Mentorship Program
• 2019 NABS Walk-A-Thon • Campaign Training for People with Disabilities
• I-Stem Advanced Technical Training
• 2019 National Scholarship Finalists
• 2019 Southeast Regional Student Seminar
• 2019 Pacific Regional Student Seminar
• May Blog Post
• Committee Updates
• NABS Facebook Group

Sign up for the 2019 NABS Walk-A-Thon Today!

Hello Nabsters!


It is that time of year again! We are excited to announce that the National Association of Blind Students will be hosting the third annual NABS Walk-A-Thon. The past two years have been a great success, and we are looking forward to getting as many students involved for this years effort.


Sign up for the 2019 NABS Mentorship Program.

Greetings Students!

To sign up for the NABS 2019 Mentorship Program as either a mentor or a mentee, please click the link below. Information about the program can be found in the link.


Register for the NABS 2019 Pacific Regional Student Seminar

Greetings Students!

You can regeister for the NABS 2019 Pacific Regional Student Seminar today!

All you have to do is fill out the form linked below.


We hope to see you there!

Blog Post for May 2019 - Convention Advice By Vejas Vasiliauskas

Note from the Editor: Vejas Vasiliauskas is a third-year English major at Loyola Marymount University.  When he isn't doing schoolwork, writing articles for his school's newspaper, or spending time with friends, he can often be found shut in his room, writing whatever comes to his mind.  He is considered pursuing a paralegal or law career after graduation, and will be interning this summer at Loyola Law School's Coelho Center.