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 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
The National Federation of the Blind of North Dakota invites you to a "Get Acquaintence" gathering at Happy Joe's Pizza located at 2511 University Dr., Fargo, ND 58103, (701) 293-5252. Time: 2:00 Pm to 4:00 PM on Saturday, August 1. We will be serving Pizza and Pop. We will have a drawing for a Halo pocket charger for all your cell phone and accessories. Good for 3 charges of an iphone when fully charged. Please call Milton at (701) 212-0154 if you plan to attend.
NOTE: Happy Joe's serves gluton free pizza.
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
July 5-10, 2015: NFB National Convention
The date has been set for the seventy-fifth convention of the National Federation of the Blind! Join us July 5-10 at the beautiful Rosen Centre in Orlando, Florida, as we celebrate seventy-five years of raising expectations of blind people. Preregistration is now open; preregister now! More information about the convention can be found at www.nfb.org/convention.
Guinness World Record Attempt:
On July 8, 2015, in honor of the seventy-fifth anniversary of the National Federation of the Blind, we will attempt to set a world record by creating the largest umbrella mosaic. In the National Federation of the Blind we know that together with love, hope, and determination we transform dreams into reality. Together—the members of the Federation along with our friends and supporters—will undertake a world record to raise expectations and bring focus to the ongoing mission of our organization. Will you be one of the 3,000 people in attendance at our world record attempt? All you have to do is hold an umbrella up at the designated time to help form the message that will be viewed from above. Sign up now to make history with us by visiting www.nfb.org/gwr. More details about this historic undertaking will be added as they are available!
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.
"Reflecting the Flame: Passing the Torch"
Dr. Marc Maurer is the longest serving President of the National Federation of the Blind. He was elected President in 1986 and serves until the evening of July 6, 2014 when Mark Riccobono, who was elected President, begans his term.
The link below is to a video that was shown at the close of the General Session 2014 National Federation of the Blind National Convention in celebration of the achievements realized during Dr. Maurer's presidency.
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
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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
Now available The July, 2015 Issue of the Braille Monitor
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.
Vol. 34, No. 2 Special Issue, Extracurricular Activities
Now available: Vol. 34, No. 1 Winter 2015 of Future Reflections
Now available Presidential Release 440 for July, 2015
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.
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
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)
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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