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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. Though blindness is still all too often a tragedy to those who face it, we know from our personal experience that with training and opportunity it can be reduced to the level of a physical nuisance. We work to see that blind people receive the services and training to which they are entitled and that parents of blind children receive the advice and support they need to help their youngsters grow up to be happy, productive adults.

We believe that first-class citizenship means that people have both rights and responsibilities, and we are determined to see that blind people become first-class citizens of the United States, enjoying their rights and fulfilling their responsibilities. The most serious problems we face have less to do with our lack of vision than with discrimination based on the public's ignorance and misinformation about blindness.

Join us in educating Arizonans about the abilities and aspirations of Arizona's blind citizens.

We are changing what it means to be blind.

The NFB of Arizona has local chapters, at-large members, and special divisions for diabetics, merchants, students, seniors, 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.

Announcing the 2014 NFBA State Convention

2014 NFBA State convention

We will hold our NFBA state convention at the Sheraton Phoenix Airport hotel, 1600 S. 52nd Street, Tempe, AZ 85281, 480-967-6600, or Reservations: 888-627-8960

NFB group room rates at the Sheraton Phoenix Airport hotel are $84.00 plus tax for singles and doubles and include hot breakfast.

Please make your reservations by August 28, 2014.

Convention will run from Friday, September 12 through Sunday, September 14 at noon.

Friday is exhibit hall and seminars and resolutions day, and Saturday is general session day and banquet evening. Sunday is general business morning.

You will find our 68th annual convention informative and fun! Please fill out our pre-registration form. you can pay by PayPal on-line, mail a check, or pay by credit card on arrival.

Please feel free to check out our agenda of the exciting events planned for the convention.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Bob Kresmer, president
toll-free: 888-899-6322

2014 NFBA State Convention Preregistration


If you will be attending the NFB of Arizona state convention, please complete this preregistration form by August 31. We would love to see you there!

NFBA June News and Views

National Federation of the Blind of Arizona

News and Views

Issue #5

June 1, 2014

In This Issue


Greetings from Our President

Word on the Street

Guess Who Just Took another Trip around the Sun

Sun Sounds Announces new Website

2014 NABS mentoring Program

Reversible Glue Could Save Soldiers Sight

Free NFB Slate and Stylus Program

Why I Joined the NFB

Tell Your Personal Story

A Fun New Game, Blindfold Racer

Attention Guide Dog Users

The Bookshelf, 2 Selections

2014 Congressional Biographies

January Presidents Message

January 15, 2014
Hello, fellow Federationists,
Happy New Year! We are busy as an affiliate preparing for upcoming events - Washington Seminar, our summer BELL program, fundraising activities, our state legislative season, blind students of the Southwest spring seminar in Colorado, and many more. Today, we will talk about -

  • Affiliate quarterly board meeting Saturday, February 8, by teleconference
  • Please contact your senator now
  • Northern Arizona chapter meeting
  • Newsletter editor, Debi Chatfield asks us to provide news
  • Scholarship applications are being accepted

December presidents message

December 4, 2014
Hello, fellow Federationists,

We are looking forward to the holidays and our new year! There is lots of news and information to consider. Most recently, at the NFB national board of directors meeting, NFB president, Marc Maurer announced he is not going to stand for re-election at our 2014 convention, and strongly suggested that Jernigan Institute director Mark Riccobono be supported for election as our next president.

In this message, we will discuss -

  • Washington Seminar
  • Christmas parties
  • Students' New Years party
  • Northern Arizona chapter meeting and election, December 22.
  • Committees need your input
  • Newsline has holiday circulars
  • Applications for NFB National scholarships are now being accepted
  • How Braille Turned Me Into a Purse Junkie - An article from NFB OK Today newsletter

November 2013, Presidents Message

November 16, 2013

Hello, fellow Federationists,

I am certainly happy to be back in Arizona after having spent five weeks learning how to work with my first guide dog! I appreciate first vice

- president Donald Porterfield's stepping up to assist the affiliate in my absence. The end of the year is close, with the holidays attracting

our attention, but we have many items of interest to us -

  • Action needed regarding the TEACH act just introduced into congress
  • Northern Arizona chapter meeting scheduled
  • NFB national on-line auction November 29 through December 3 - Arizona offers stay at premier dude ranch ($6,000.00 value)
  • Chapter Christmas parties
  • Grant available for accessible computer from the Inspiration Foundation
  • VRATE in Phoenix December 13
  • Washington Seminar begins January 27, 2014 - financial assistance available
  • Maricopa Association of Governments holds hearings re transit plans November 25

October Call to Action

Hello Federationists:

My apologies up front for the length of this message; however, there is some very important and time sensitive information that needs to be shared with you.

Recently, there has been a lot of activity on the legislative front with more to come. As a brief reminder, the three issues presented to our United States Congressmen at this year’s Washington Seminar were:

October 3rd 2013 presidents message

Hello, fellow Federationists,

Thank you all for the very successful 2013 state convention! I believe we
enjoyed ourselves and had a very productive convention with lots of help
from committee chairs, division presidents, lots of volunteers, and our host chapter!

The Friday after our convention, I received a call from a dog guide school

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