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Welcome to the National Federation of the Blind of Arizona!

The National Federation of the Blind of Arizona is a 501 (c) 3 consumer organization comprised of blind and sighted people committed to changing what it means to be blind.

The Federation has affiliates in every state, Puerto Rico, and Washington DC. Dedicated to the complete integration of the blind into society, the Federation works toward the removal of legal, economic, and societal barriers to full participation by blind people in employment, education, recreation, and all other aspects of community life.

The National Federation of the Blind of Arizona provides a network of support and encouragement
and promotes an understanding of the real problems of blindness... the attitudes and misconceptions which we and the general public have about blindness. We believe that with training and opportunity (and these are important) the average blind or visually impaired person can lead a perfectly normal life... not just dream about it.

If you are blind or visually impaired you should know about the National Federation of the Blind of Arizona. Why? Because the National Federation of the Blind of Arizona is an organization of hundreds of people like you working together to promote better services and opportunities in education, rehabilitation, employment, and legislation for blind and visually impaired persons. Together, we are “changing what it means to be blind” and we need your ideas and energy. Through our affiliation with the National Federation of the Blind, the largest organization of blind persons in the country, we have developed a very effective voice in determining the direction of laws and programs which affect blind and visually impaired persons in Arizona and across the nation.

The NFB of Arizona has local chapters, at-large members, and special divisions for blind merchants and entrepreneurs, blind high school and college students, the Deaf-Blind, and parents of blind children. Information about blindness, self advocacy, and current issues is circulated by email and posted on NFB-NEWSLINE, our digitized newspaper-reading service by phone, and on our website. For information about the National Federation of the Blind of Arizona or to make address changes or be added to the mailing list, call toll free (888) 899-6322 or email

For information about NFB-NEWSLINE, our free digitized newspaper-reading service, call (866) 504-7300.

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.

May's Presidential Message

May 5, 2015
Hello, fellow Federationists,

May is gardening time at our house, so we are outdoors quite a bit. I hope
you will picnic, hike, or get to enjoy our Spring climate!

We are preparing for convention season, making air and hotel reservations
and all the household arrangements needed to be away for over a week. I am
told that the NFB convention hotel is already referring new reservations to
our Rosen Center overflow hotel. If you have not already made your national
convention plans, do so immediately!

News and Views April 2015

National Federation of the Blind of Arizona

News and Views

April, 2015

In This Issue

Greetings from Our President

Word on the street

Guess Who Just Took Another Trip Around the Sun

Phoenix Seminar Recap

New NFB Connect App

Arizona is about to Ring the BELL for the 2nd Time and We Need You

The NFBA Membership Team is Hitting the Road

Valley Metro Regional Transit Plan Survey

Attention Guidedog Committee Members and Enthusiasts

Student Division Goalball Tournament

Video On Demand TV Programming for Children Now Accessible

2015 Student Division Goalball Tournament

The Arizona Association of Blind Students is holding their very first goalball tournament, and we would like your help to make it as fun and successful as possible. The tournament will be held on Saturday, May 9th, at Tucson’s very own Arizona School for the Deaf and Blind. Pre-registration is required by May 1st for any teams or individual players wishing to participate in the tournament. Any individual players wanting to participate will be placed in a pool, and selected to join a team made up from other pool members.

Free Slate and Stylus Program

The National Federation of the Blind knows that there is a corilation between successful blind individuals and braille. For this reason the National Federation of the Blind would like to make sure that every blind person has access to a slate and stylus.

For more information about the NFB's Free Slate Program please check out the following web page.


One of the many ways that the National Federation of the Blind helps blind people achieve their goals is through it's scholarship program. Each year the National Federation of the Blind gives 30 merit based scholarships at it's national convention over July 4th. The National Federation of the Blind of Arizona also offers a merit based scholarship each year at it's state convention each fall. For more information about these 2 scholarship opportunitys please look at the links bellow.

NFB National Scholarship Program

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.