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National Federation of the Blind
200 East Wells Street
at Jernigan Place
Baltimore, MD 21230
(410) 659-9314 (Local)
(410) 685-5653 (Fax)

Brief Description

NFB has affiliates in all states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico and several special interest divisions, including those for diabetics, educators, lawyers, parents of blind children, students, and public employees.

A complete list of all of NFB's divisions and state affiliates may be found on NFB's website.

Hours of operation: Mon.-Fri. 8:00 AM-5:00 PM.
Number of staff: 100
Geographic area served: United States.
Publications: The "Braille Monitor" and "Future Reflections" (for parents and educators of blind children)


Marc Maurer, President
Patricia Maurer, Director, Community Relations, (410) 659-9314 2272,

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Assistive Products
    • Sells a variety of devices and appliances for blind and visually impaired persons. See our catalog at
  • Braille/Electronic/Audio/Large Print Production
    • Blindness-related materials.
  • Computer Training/Assistive Technology
    • The NFB Center of Excellence in Nonvisual Access to Education, Public Information, and Commerce (CENA) The CENA serves to share the considerable knowledge that the NFB and its partners have of web accessibility and access technology in order to bring about greater accessibility in government, education, and business; to promote best practices nationally; and to build Maryland’s status as leader in the field. International Braille and Technology Center for the Blind (IBTC) - A comprehensive evaluation, demonstration, and training center, complete with over $2.5 million worth of nearly all of the tactile and speech output technology now available to the blind, the IBTC serves as a rich resource for vendor-free advice on all aspects of access technology. The IBTC is open to the public, and you can call us at 410-659-9314 option 5 or email us at to make an appointment to visit. Technology Resource List - Do you need a comprehensive list of the latest access technology available? Check out our technology resource list! From notetakers to talking books, you'll find the information you need, including contact information for the manufacturer. The Braille file is also available for download. Creating Accessible Documents - Learn how to create various types of accessible documents. National Federation of the Blind Strategic Nonvisual Access Partner Certification- The National Federation of the Blind has developed a rigorous procedure by which Web sites and applications that have made special efforts to be accessible to the blind can be identified and recognized. User Experiences - If you want more than just product information, try our Access Technology Blog for first-hand stories about using access technology. The latest tips for users can be found on Access Technology Tips Blog. You can also call the access technology help line at 410-659-9314, option 5. Accessing Consumer Electronics - The access technology team designed a consumer electronics shopping guide to help shoppers pick usable appliances and devices. Nonvisual Election Technology - Casting a secret ballot is a right most Americans take for granted. Now, for the first time ever, speech output technology voting machines make it possible for blind and visually impaired people to cast a secret ballot privately and independently.
  • Reading Services
    • Would you like a newspaper with your morning cup of coffee? NFB-NEWSLINE® just added its 300th publication AND it's still growing. Five Spanish-language newspapers are now available to all subscribers. The service handles thousands of phone calls each day for individuals across the country who now access daily newspapers and magazines as never before. The toll-free centralized call-in center provides service on demand to any subscriber. This also enables those who cannot read conventional print to have access to all content offered on NFB-NEWSLINE® when traveling throughout the United States twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.
  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • We believe that independence and freedom to travel are so important to the quality of life of blind people that every blind person should have a cane, regardless of ability to pay. We are giving, free of charge to the user, rigid fiberglass canes. Please see the online application or download the paper application to view available cane sizes. Visit our online free white cane application form now or complete an accessible PDF application online. Completed applications should be mailed to: Free White Cane Program National Federation of the Blind 200 East Wells Street at Jernigan Place Baltimore, MD 21230

Services for Children

  • Braille and Reading Instruction
    • Offers the Braille Readers Are Leaders Program to help blind and visually impaired students become good Braille readers and a non-competitive Braille literacy program for blind infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and older students with reading delays. The goal of this program is to expose the family and the child to Braille and to encourage parents (or other responsible adults) to read aloud to or with their children a minimum of fifteen minutes a day during the program period.
  • Early Intervention/Infant Services
    • The Braille Reading Pals Club is an early literacy program that fosters positive attitudes about Braille for children and their families and promotes a love of reading by encouraging parents to read daily with their blind or low vision child. Watch this short video that explains the importance of the Braille Reading Pals Club, with a parent's testimony of how the program has impacted her young child. Participating club members will receive: •A print-Braille book and a plush reading pal •Monthly parent e-newsletter promoting tips for early Braille literacy (see examples of past e-newsletters) •Quarterly Braille activity sheets for young children •Braille birthday cards for child participants •Access to a network of resources devoted to serving parents of blind children •Subscription to Future Reflections, a publication for parents of blind children Mission of the Program: •Introduce young children and their families to Braille •Provide parents literacy strategies to use with their children •Direct parents to essential resources for promoting success for their young blind children •Help parents promote early literacy skills, a love of reading, and a positive attitude about Braille through daily reading with their blind children NFB Early Explorers is a free program designed to introduce young blind children and their families to the long white cane. Providing children with an early start to independent movement and travel ensures that children will be more confident and curious travelers throughout life. Possessing these skills allows young blind children to learn and play alongside their peers with ease. Program participants will receive •The BEE, a monthly parent e-newsletter filled with ideas about how to foster age-appropriate movement in young children through the use of the long white cane (see examples of past e-newsletters) •An informational DVD •A child-sized white cane •A subscription to Future Reflections (a quarterly publication for parents and educators presenting articles on a variety of topics) •Independent Movement and Travel in Blind Children: A Promotion Model by Joseph Cutter •Access to a network of resources devoted to serving parents of blind children through the National Organization of Parents of Blind Children
  • Education Services
    • Each year at its National Convention in July, the NFB gives a broad array of scholarships to recognize achievement by blind scholars. All applicants for these scholarships must be (1) legally blind and (2) pursuing or planning to pursue a fulltime, postsecondary course of study in a degree program at a United States institution in the fall of the year of application, except that one scholarship may be given to a fulltime employee also attending school part-time.

Services for Professionals

  • Consultation/Technical Program Assistance
    • Evaluates current programs and offers assistance in establishing new ones.


Blindness: Learning in New Dimensions, Inc.

Deaf-Blind Division of the NFB

Georgia Organization of Parents of Blind Children

National Alliance of Blind Students

National Association to Promote the Use of Braille

National Federation of the Blind of Minnesota

National Federation of the Blind of New York State

National Federation of the Blind Senior Division

National Federation of the Blind Tennessee

New Hampshire Parents of Blind Children

NFB of Alabama

NFB of Alaska

NFB of Arizona

NFB of Arkansas

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NFB of New Mexico

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NFB of Ohio

NFB of Oregon

NFB of Pennsylvania

NFB Oklahoma

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