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

NFB of North Dakota Teleconference Meeting

The next teleconference meeting of the National Federation of the Blind of North Dakota will be on thursday, May 19, 2016 at 8:00 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. --->

Schwan-Care Foods Fundraiser

The National Federation of the Blind of North Dakota has launched a fundraising drive through Schwan's Food. We can use your help by designating your orders from Schwan following the instructions below.

If you have never ordered from Schwan Foods, it is very easy and you'll enjoy the wide choices of selection of frozen foods delivered right to your door.

Through Schwans-Cares.com, you can order from Schwan's Home Delivery and help our organization meet its fundraising goals. When you order by May 29 2016, 20% of product and 40% of eGift Card sales will go back to the organization.

Here are two ways to support us! ORDER ONLINE:

  • Visit: www.schwans-cares.com/c/26398, Click "Shop to Give", Select team member, if applicable, Start shopping !
  • ORDER BY PHONE: Call 1-855-870-7208 and provide Campaign ID: 26398 and Team Member ID, if applicable.
  • To advance opportunities and education for the blind in North Dakota www.schwans-cares.com/c/26398

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

    Thank you in advance for your support.

2016 State convention of the National Federation of the Blind of ND

Plan to join the National Federation of the Blind of North Dakota on Saturday, September 17, 2016 for the annual State Convention.

  • Where: Baymont Inn and suite
  • Address: 3333 13th Avenue, South, Fargo, ND 58103
  • For room reservations call the hotel at: (701) 235-3333. Rooms have been set aside under National Federation of the Blind of ND. Cost: $89.00 per night plus applicable taxes.

    Our convention will begin at 9:00 AM and end by 4:00 PM. We will have a luncheon, door prizes and fun.

    At this time we do not know who will be our national representative so check back here often.

    Up-Coming National Events

    Scholarship Program

    The 2016 scholarship application and information is now available; deadline for submissions is March 31, 2016. Chairperson of the Scholarship Committee is Patti Gregory Chang. For eligibility rules and application instructions, go to www.nfb.org/scholarships.

    This year's national convention will take place Thursday, June 30—Tuesday, July 5, 2016, at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort at 9939 Universal Boulevard in Orlando, Florida. To preregister for the convention, or to find out more information information about the convention schedule, room rates, and other important details, please visit the 2016 NFB National Convention page.

    What's New

    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

    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. 4 Convention Issue 2015
  • Vol. 34, No. 3 Fall 2015
  • Vol. 34, No. 2 Special Issue, Extracurricular Activities
  • 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: (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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