This page details everything you need to know about NABS at the National Federation of the Blind’s National Convention and will be updated with all important information. Currently you can find the following items for NABS Programming at the 2021 virtual conference:

  • Event Dates and descriptions including registration for our business meeting
  • Election protocols
  • An important note on membership status
  • Dues payment options

Background

As the formal student division of the National Federation of the Blind, NABS is thrilled to welcome hundreds of blind students to the NFB’s National Convention each year, which stands as the largest gathering of blind people in the world. The conference historically takes place over the summer and is the premier event for training, support, and information for the entire blind community. It also serves as the backdrop for some of the most exciting and important programming that NABS hosts.

NABS Programming

Per our constitution, the NABS Annual Business Meeting is held in conjunction with NFB’s National Convention to carry out official work of the organization, including reports and elections. However, over the years, it has evolved into a dynamic, innovative, and fun meeting that inspires and equips students for their upcoming school year.

We often host additional events during convention week, whether that is NABS Networking, resource fares, or some other exciting opportunity. We hope that any blind student or ally will join us for our programming and spread the word far and wide.

2021 NABS Convention Programming

Dates and Descriptions

NABS Networking

July 6 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm EST

We know we're not in person this year, but we still want to form lasting connections for all students at the 2021 NFB National Convention. This isn't your typical networking event. come kick off your week NABS style with high energy and interactive activities. Just bring yourself and your readiness to have fun.

NABS Annual Business Meeting

July 7 from 8:00 to 11:00 pm EST

We invite all students, avid learners, and those who support us to join us for our annual national student division business meeting! Let’s reflect on this unique year of virtual learning, celebrate our many organizational accomplishments, and look forward to our next year of success. Register for the event anytime before the start of convention to qualify for door prizes and become a dues paying member before June 21, 2021 to participate in elections.

2021 NABS Elections

Given that our business meeting will be taking place on Zoom, we want to do our best effort of providing clarity and advanced notice for how our election process will be managed in 2021. We invite you to review our 2021 Principles of Engagement reviewed and voted on by the NABS Board on May 31, 2021. This language is not meant to change our constitution in any way, but rather share how we plan to accommodate the virtual setting in carrying out our work. These principles will be read during the meeting before moving into official business.

We know that online elections and conventions can be a bit tricky to navigate, so we invite you to send any/all questions about the above outlined process to NABS 1st Vice President Kenia Flores at kflores@keniaflores.com.

2020-2021 Membership Dues

We want to notify all current and potential members of an important note for this year’s membership dues collecting process. The National Federation of the Blind is transitioning from a fiscal calendar year to a regular calendar year (beginning in January and ending in December.) For this reason, we are making a one-time exception to our dues collecting process in advance of the January 2022 deadline in accordance with guidance put forth by the NFB's National Board of Directors.

Your membership is ensured through the end of 2021, and assuming you register for our business meeting, you are eligible to vote in this year's election process in the following cases:

  • Your dues were paid last year on or before December 31, 2020
  • You’ve paid your dues since January 1, 2021
  • You will pay your $5 dues before June 21, 2021

Please note that this change will require all members to renew their membership status starting in January 2022. If you are unsure of your membership status, contact NABS secretary, Mausam Mehta by email at mausam.mehta.nfb@gmail.com or by phone at (540) 466-6033.

Dues Payment Options

Dues may be paid by any of the methods below or by check to our NABS Treasurer at PO Box 942, Durant, IA 52747.

If you have questions regarding your dues payment, please contact our NABS Treasurer by email at elizabethrouse.nfb@gmail.com or by phone at (563) 210-1854.