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

The next teleconference meeting of the National Federation of the Blind of North Dakota will be on Sunday, august 16, 2015 at 2:00 P.M. CST. via Free Conference. Interested persons should contact President Milton Ota, see the contact information at the bottom of the page. To join the conference, call (712) 832-8300 and enter the access code 9381122# The meeting will last at least an hour and you will need unlimited long distance service with the phone carrier you use.

2015 NFB of North Dakota State Convention

The National Federation of the Blind of North Dakota will hold its 2015 State Convention on Saturday, September 19.
Place: Kelly Inn Bismarck
    1800 North 12th Street
    Bismarck, North Dakota 58501
Phone: (701) 223-8001

Room rates per night at the Kelly Inn will be $89.00 plus all necessary taxes. Room reservations are blocked under "National Federation of the Blind of ND" to get the special room rate.

I'm please to announce that our national representative to our state convention representing President Riccobono will be State Affiliate President of Utah, Everette Bacon. Mr. Bacon was recently elected to serve a two year term on our national Board of directors. Plan to come and join us and meet Mr. Bacon.

Check back here often for more details!

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

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!

Greetings Fellow federationists,

As you may recall from my announcement during our National convention in Orlando, the NFB of New York, with the help of over a dozen other affiliates has started a pilot project to facilitate communications and information exchange among blind persons around the United States and the world. This project consists of an online chat community where both NFB members and non-members can participate in events, presentations and activities in real time. All that is required is a computer, an internet connection and a headset. We are often aware of the potential isolation faced by blind individuals, either due to geographical location or circumstance. NFB Live hopes to address this situation by providing a safe environment where blind persons can interact with others. We hope NFB Live can offer opportunities for socialization, education, information exchange and growth. This is also a way that we can get our message out to the widest audience at a minimal cost.

The potential uses for this venue is quite fantastic. Our membership can interact with a variety of different individuals and organizations. We can use the NFB Live chat rooms to host educational events, organize discussions on a variety of topics of interest to our members, participate in seminars and games and even just socialize with other people. It would be easy for us to host committee and board meetings in these rooms as well.

Our site and chat rooms are easy to access with a minimum amount of effort. We have specialized technical support staff that are willing to assist anyone interested in our events. We can assist anyone requiring help in accessing our site and chat rooms.

Anyone can register with NFB Live by filling out the registration form at: Register for NFB Live

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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