Welcome to the National Federation of the Blind of North Dakota World-Wide Web Site

The real problem of blindness is not the lack of eyesight. The real problem is the misunderstanding and lack of information that exists. If a blind person has proper training and opportunity, blindness is only a physical nuisance.

We are a proud member of the National Federation of the Blind, the Nation's oldest and largest organization of blind persons in the United States with local chapters and affiliated divisions of blind consumers in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

Our purpose is to integrate the blind of North Dakota and our nation in to society on a basis of equallity with our sighted neighbors. We're accomplishing this through innovative and exciting initiatives. Most important of all we are the blind speaking for ourselves.

Our new home on the World-Wide Web is a leading source of information on blindness and the activities of the National Federation of the Blind of North Dakota. We invite you to explore these pages and learn about our parent organization by visiting the links on this page to access additional information about the NFB and how we are changing what it means to be blind.

Upcoming State of North Dakota Affiliate Events

NFB of North Dakota Teleconference Meeting

There will be no teleconference meeting for the month of September as it is the same weekend of our state convention.

Up-Coming National Events

National Federation of the Blind Announces 2015 Scholarship Program Finalists

Baltimore, Maryland (May 11, 2015): The National Federation of the Blind (NFB), the nation’s oldest and largest organization of blind people, today announced the finalists for its 2015 Scholarship Program, which awards thirty scholarships each year to recognize achievement by blind scholars. The list can be found on the homepage of the National Federation of the Blind.

The NFB of North Dakota wishes to congradulate Alexandra Engraf, of ND: pursuing a degree in Human services, counseling.

What's New

Learn More about KNFB Reader Mobile

You can learn more about the KNFB Reader or arrange a free, no obligation demonstration of the KNFB Reader by contacting the KNFB Reader liaison From the NFB of North Dakota by contacting Milton Ota at 701.212.0154 or by sending an e-mail message to Milton.

Buy KNFB Reader Mobile from iTunes Now

On July 8, 2015, in honor of the seventy-fifth anniversary of the National Federation of the Blind, members and supporters of the NFB set a new GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS&tm; title for largest umbrella mosaic. Two thousand four hundred and eighty individuals simultaneously raised umbrellas to create the image of the National Federation of the Blind icon and the organization’s tagline, “Live the life you want.” For more information, including video and photographs, visit www.nfb.org/gwr.

2015 National Convention Highlights

If you missed attending the 2015 75th Anniversary Convention of the National Federation of the Blind, you can now listen to the speeches and highlights of the convention in MP3 at : 2015 convention Highlights

New video about NFB's free slate and stylus program

Dear Fellow Federationists:

As many of you know, the National Federation of the Blind is distributing free slates and styluses to blind people in the United States. In our new Youtube video, Dr. Maurer talks about this program. He discusses the usefulness of the slate and stylus¬the original, and still most flexible and practical, Braille writing tool, and its importance to Braille literacy. Please share this video with everyone you know who uses Braille or is interested in using or learning the code¬the key to success for blind children and adults. Here is the link to the video: http://youtu.be/ljUb2LtdbM0

Please enjoy and share via e-mail, on your Facebook page or your Twitter feed, at NFB meetings and other gatherings of blind people, and in any other way you can imagine

Want to ensure you don't miss any of the latest news and information from the National Federation of the Blind? You can get firsthand access to all of our newest videos, photos, and information on our social media channels. Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and subscribe to our YouTube channel, and you won't miss a thing!

Building the Lives We Want

From its beginning in 1940, the National Federation of the Blind has been the driving force behind a powerful people's movement. It has raised expectations, shattered assumptions, and broken down barriers to secure the full participation of blind people in every aspect of society. Building the Lives We Want traces the history of the blindness movement from its dawn in the nineteenth century to the founding of the Federation in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. The story continues with the first efforts at grassroots organizing and the emergence of the Federation as an instrument of change. The book portrays Federationists working tirelessly for access to education, employment, and equal rights.

The work of the Federation has been carried forward through the dedicated efforts of thousands of men and women fighting for equality, security, and opportunity for all blind people. This ebook brings the story of the movement to life through the voices of its leaders and rank-and-file members. In addition to the extensive material in the text itself, the book amplifies the story through dozens of photographs and hundreds of links to articles, speeches, and songs. It demonstrates how, through seventy-five years of collective action, working together with love, hope, and determination, blind people are finding the freedom to build the lives they want.

Go to: https://www.nfb.org/pubs/building-the-lives-we-want

This quarterly magazine (published by the American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults in partnership with the National Organization of Parents of Blind Children) offers parents and teachers a multitude of resources and information based on the positive NFB philosophy.

Now Available Vol. 34, No. 2 Special Issue, Extracurricular Activities
Now available: Vol. 34, No. 1 Winter 2015 of Future Reflections


Annual Report of the National Federation of the Blind

You can either download one of the three formats of the 2013 Annual Report of the National Federation of the Blind.

Contact Information

For further information about the NFB of North Dakota and its activities feel free to contact our president using the information given below:

Milton Ota, President

909 8th Street, South

Fargo, ND 58103-2723

Cell: (808) 295-2528

Email: President@nfbnd.org

We are Changing what it means to be Blind!!!


The National Federation of the Blind knows
that blindness is not the characteristic that
defines you or your future. Every day we
raise the expectations of blind people,
because low expectations create obstacles
between blind people and our dreams.
You can have the life you want; blindness
is not what holds you back.

What Is The NfB All About, (New One-Minute Message)

Dear Friends:

I am often asked, “What is the National Federation of the Blind all about?” I’m sure you are asked the same question. Our new one-minute message, which we have introduced as part of our new branding effort, is one way to answer that question. This message is meant to be shared with potential members, potential donors, and members of the general public. Here’s a link to a video (http://youtu.be/rRYPRbsA-wE) that we have produced with NFB members conveying the one-minute message. Please take a moment to watch this very short video, and then take just a few more minutes to share the link with your family and friends via e-mail or through your preferred social networking platform. Help us to spread our positive message about blindness and blind people: you can have the life you want; blindness is not what holds you back!

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