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

April Blog Post - Advice to Self: Five Financial Tips

From the Editor:

Joe Orozco of Northern Virginia is an Intelligence Analyst for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Originally from Texas, Mr. Orozco received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Administration and later pursued a Master's degree in Congressional and Presidential Studies. He is an avid writer, incredible father, and natural leader. Aside from devoting his days to ensuring ethical practices are executed within our nation's law enforcement agency, Joe spends time reading political and economic blogs, coordinating a leadership institute within the Virginia affiliate, and sharing his wealth of knowledge and advice with loved ones. This month, Mr. Orozco showers us with tips and tricks on properly balancing our personal finances.


2019 Southeast and Pacific Regional Seminar Annoucement.

Get excited students!

We are happy to announce that NABS will be hosting two more regional seminars this year. BothWill be held during the second week of Augest, and will be jam packed with fun and exciting programing.

The Southeast Regional Seminar will be held in the Washington DC Metro area in Arlington Virginia. The Pacfifc Regional Seminar will be held in the Sanfrancisco Bay area. 

Currently, we are working hard to get the most up-to-date details for these events. Keep a watch out for more details about these events on our website!

NABS NOTES | March 2019

In this issue, you will find: 

  • President’s Note 
  • National Federation of the Blind Applauds the Introduction of the Access Technology Affordability Act 
  • National Convention Preregistration 
  • $100 Blind Users Innovating and Leading Design (BUILD) Opportunity 
  • Blind Performers Called to Action 
  • Aira Plans for NFB Members 
  • Mobility and Quality of Life Survey  
  • NABS Committee Updates 
  • March Blog Post 
  • NABS Facebook Group 

March Blog Post: Starting and Building a Student Division By Katy Olsen

From the Editor: Katy Olsen is from Iowa and she currently serves as president of the Iowa Association of Blind Students, a proud division of the National Federation of the Blind of Iowa. Here is her story.

Starting and Building a Student Division

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.