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.

This is the official video for our song, “Live the Life You Want,” which was debuted at our seventy-fifth national convention in July of 2015. The video is a montage of pictures and video of Federationists living the lives they want. You can get a copy of our album, Rhythm of the Movement: Federation Philosophy in Song, at www.nfb.org/rhythm.

Upcoming State of North Dakota Affiliate Events

Schwan-Care Foods Fundraiser

The National Federation of the Blind wishes to thank all who have been generously supporting our fundraising efforts. We are starting a new campaign and here is how you can help us:

ORDER BY PHONE: Call 1-855-870-7208 and provide Campaign ID: 33644 and Team Member ID, if applicable.

To advance opportunities and education for the blind in North Dakota

Schwan Foods may not be available in all parts of the United States.

Thank you in advance for your support.

Uber and Lyft monitoring program

As you may know, we have reached settlement agreements with Uber and Lyft regarding their drivers’ treatment of riders with service animals. As part of these settlements, we are starting a testing program to help evaluate the progress these companies are making. We have reached out to the affiliate presidents letting them know what we need from each affiliate. They have each assigned a testing point of contact.

We have created some documents and related webpages that explain the testing program: https://nfb.org/rideshare and https://nfb.org/rideshare-faq. This is a three year program, so we will need to continue spreading this information beyond the launch date on May 8. Valerie Yingling is coordinating things on our end. She has shared information with the testing POC's, including some sample messaging and social media posts. Please get in touch with your affiliate president and find out what is needed to make sure this testing program is a success. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Valerie at vyingling@nfb.org or (410) 659-9314, extension 2440.

Read: The Braille Monitor for May, 2017, Uber and Lyft Agree to Improving Service for Riders with Service Animals: We Need Your Help with Monitoring Their Progress

If you use Uber or Lyft and have a service animal or travel with someone who has a service animal, we need your help. Fill out our online questionnaire after your next Uber or Lyft ride, and as often as you can after that. We would love feedback from regular Uber and Lyft users at least once a month, about both positive and negative experiences.

The point of contact for the National Federation of the Blind of North Dakota is Sherry Shirek. and she can be reached by E-mail at Sherry Shirek or by calling her at (701) 781-3055.

What's New

ICYMI: President Riccobono's 2017 National Convention Banquet Speech

President Riccobono presented a speech titled "Innovation, Blindness, and the Emerging Pattern of Thought" during the 2017 National Convention Banquet.

Read the Speech Here

Are you a blind parent, grandparent, foster parent, or caregiver for children? Would you be interested in passing along your knowledge and giving your support to a parent, grandparent, or other caregiver who also happen to be blind? If so, the National Federation of the Blind needs you! If you are willing to serve as a mentor to an expecting parent, a current parent who is seeking support, a grandparent, or someone else who plans to provide extended care for children, please send an email to Melissa Riccobono at parenting@nfb.org

As you know, the National Federation of the Blind is the leading advocate for the rights of blind parents and the largest resource network for blind people who are considering being parents. We are continuing to build our resources in this area, and the next step is to formalize a program of mentoring. Mentors will follow up with individuals they are assigned to mentor, and will be asked for ideas about other resources needed to strengthen the network of education, support, and advocacy the National Federation of the Blind provides to blind parents, grandparents, and other caregivers.

If you are an individual who would be interested in being matched with a mentor, please send an email to parenting@nfb.org. This program is in its beginning stages, but we will do all we can to match you with a mentor as soon as possible.

Learn More about KNFB Reader Mobile

You can learn more about the KNFB Reader or arrange for 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. Everyone who purchases from the link below will help the National Federation of the Blind

Buy KNFB Reader from iTunes Now

Get the KNFB Reader App for Android through Google Play

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. 36, No. 2 Special Issue: The Individualized Education Plan (IEP)

•You may also subscribe to our RSS feed at: https://nfb.org/images/nfb/audio/future_reflections/fr-rss/rss.xml

The Journal of Blindness Innovation and Research (JBIR) is the first international, interdisciplinary open access journal created by blind people, parents, teachers, administrators, and academic researchers designed to further efforts to address the real problems of blindness.

Select here to go to current issue


To learn about NFB-NEWSLINE®, the free electronic newspaper service, call (866) 504-7300. Or, to sign up for service, go to: https://nfb.org/newsline-how-sign

Self-Advocacy in Higher Education Toolkit:

Equal access in higher education is an ongoing priority issue for us. To better address students’ needs and to help prevent or mitigate access barriers, we have created the Self-Advocacy in Higher Education Toolkit. Please take time to review this toolkit, forward the information on to others, and, importantly, send us your feedback.

We plan to expand the toolkit to include additional topics and want to ensure it is useful to all blind students. Please send your suggestions to e-mail: Valerie Yingling , (410) 659-9314, extension 2440, or E-mail: Mehgan Sidhu, (410) 659-9314, extension 2314.


NFB New Member Information Form

Opportunity Ambassadors, affiliate presidents, and chapter presidents, please complete this form to tell us about new members joining the National Federation of the Blind. NFB New Member Information Form or E-mail: Membership.

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: (701) 731-0511

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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