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
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 17, 2014 at 2:00 P.M. CT. via Free Conference. Interested persons should contact President Duane Iverson using the contact information at the bottom of the page. To join the conference call (857) 232-0300 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.
NFB of North dakota State Convention
The 32nd anual state convention of the NFB of North Dakota will be held on Saturday, September 13, 2014 at the Best Western Doublewood Inn; 3333 13th Avenue, South; Fargo, North Dakota. For more information contact the President using the contact information toward the bottom of the page.
Up-Coming National Events
"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.
75 Days of Action
Incredible! Informative, highly imaginative, grassroots produced, empowering video tool. Watch online a 6-minute video BreakingBlind - Building the National Federation of the Blind
Whether you were at convention, joined us online, or were not there in person or virtually, we are confident that you will be inspired by this very cool six minute video. It captures the spirit of grassroots organizing. It highlights some of the techniques we will be using in the upcoming 75 Days of Action campaign. This is very cool. Please enjoy the video and give us your feedback. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
The National Federation of the Blind has announced the finalists for its 2014 Scholarship Program, which awards thirty scholarships each year to recognize achievement by blind scholars. In July each finalist will attend the NFB’s seventy-fourth annual national convention in Orlando, Florida, where the Scholarship Committee will spend several days getting to know each student and then decide which scholarship (ranging in value from $3,000 to $12,000) to award each of them. The scholarship winners will then be announced at the banquet of the NFB convention on Sunday, July 6. For the full list of finalists, please read the official press release.
And the NFB of North Dakota is proud to see the graduating senior Amber Kraft making the list of the 30 finalist to the NFB Scholarship Class of 2014>
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
National Federation of the Blind Vehicle Donation Program
As a national fundraiser, the National Federation of the Blind has partnered with Vehicles for Charity to launch a new vehicle donation program. The NFB’s vehicle donation program accepts almost any vehicle, including cars, trucks, boats, motorcycles and recreational vehicles. All donations may be eligible for a tax deduction on your federal income tax return.
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
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.
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: