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, November 16, 2014 at 2:00 P.M. CT. via Free Conference. Interested persons should contact President Amber Kraft, see 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.

Up-Coming National Events

2015 NFB Scholarship

Scholarship applications for 2015 are being accepted from November 1 through March 31, 2015. More information can be found on the scholarship programís website at https://nfb.org/scholarships.

"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.

View the video Here!

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 75days@nfb.org

What's New

Bid for Equality

Itís that time of year again! Our Bid for Equality online auction begins on Black Friday, November 28! If you have not already done so, you may preregister online. Preregistering will ensure that you are ready to bid as soon as the auction goes live! To preview our exciting donations prior to the auction, please visit our auction homepage at http://www.biddingforgood.com/bid-for-equality. You can even add items to your cart to easily access them at a later time. Donít miss this opportunity to show the special people in your life that you care, while supporting the work of the NFB at the same time!


After enjoying Thanksgiving dinner, and shopping the Bid for Equality and Cyber Monday deals, the National Federation of the Blind invites you to give back on #GivingTuesday, December 2, by donating to support the programs that help the blind live the lives they want. This year the National Federation of the Blind has set a #GivingTuesday goal of 750 donations, and you can help us reach that goal in one of three ways:

  • 1. Spread the word about our #GivingTuesday efforts on social media using the hashtags #NFB, #DefyExpectations, and #GivingTuesday.
  • 2. Join some of our top leaders, including President Mark Riccobono, in our #GivingTuesday Leadership Challenge by calling your contacts to request their help in reaching our goal of 750 donations.
  • 3. Join us at 200 East Wells Street in South Baltimore from 5 to 8 p.m. for our Winter Block Party on December 2, where we will have food, games, music, and much more.

For more information about our #GivingTuesday efforts, please visit www.nfb.org/giving-tuesday.

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

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.

Now Available Vol. 33, No. 3 Fall 2014 of Future Reflections

Presidential Release


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:

Amber Kraft, President

2010 Xavier Street, Apartment 309

Bismarck, ND 58501

Cell: (701) 390-3482

Email: President@nfbnd.org

2013 Presidential Report

NFB of ND 990 in PDF

NFB of ND charitable Registration

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, ďWhat is the National Federation of the Blind all about?Ē Iím 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. Hereís 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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