National Federation of the Blind
100 East 22nd Street
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55404
State Scholarships Available: The National Federation of the Blind of Minnesota announces its 2016 scholarship program. We will be awarding scholarships totaling $2,500 this year. Candidates must be students who are legally blind and attending a post-secondary school in Minnesota. Scholarship applications and documents must be received no later than April 15. Read complete state scholarship details.
National Scholarships Available: To recognize achievement by blind scholars, the National Federation of the Blind annually offers blind college students in the United States the opportunity to win one of 30 national scholarships worth from $3,000 to $12,000. All scholarships awarded are based on academic excellence, community service, and leadership. The scholarships are available to blind students who are pursuing or planning to pursue a full-time, post secondary course of study in a degree program at a United States institution in the 2016 scholastic year. In addition to a scholarship, each winner will receive assistance to attend the National Federation of the Blind Annual Convention in July, providing an excellent opportunity for high-level networking with active blind persons in many different professions and occupations. To apply, read the national scholarship rules and the Submission Checklist, complete the official Scholarship Application Form (online or in print), supply all required documents, and request and complete one interview by NFB of Minnesota president Jennifer Dunnam. Scholarship applications and documents must be e-mailed or postmarked no later than March 31.
Upcoming Event: June 30 through July 5. The National NFB Convention is at the Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel in Orlando, Florida. This is a whole week of friends, fun, and serious business. It is a chance to be part of the largest gathering of blind people in the world. Read the full convention bulletin on the NFB website.
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.
The National Federation of the Blind of Minnesota (NFBM) is the state's largest and oldest organization of the blind. We provide individual counseling, advocacy, and education through a number of programs. Most of our members are blind, and our knowledge of blindness comes from our personal lives and our collective experience. We have learned that the real problem of blindness is not loss of eyesight, but the fear and misunderstandings that surround it. We believe that, if given training and opportunity, blind people can live full and productive lives.
The Minnesota Bulletin is the quarterly publication of the NFB of Minnesota. It contains the latest updates on issues that affect blind Minnesotans, announcements and information about NFB meetings and conventions, and thought-provoking articles about the lives of blind people.
To improve adjustment-to-blindness training options for blind people in Minnesota, members of the National Federation of the Blind founded Blindness: Learning In New Dimensions (BLIND), Inc. in 1986. BLIND Incorporated has training programs that help people of all ages to gain the skills and confidence they need to be full and productive members of society.
Now you can have the convenience of an OCR scanner in the palm of your hand. The KNFB Reader app is a revolutionary tool that you can use, with the touch of a single button, to read virtually any type of printed text, including mail, receipts, class handouts, memos, and many other documents. Proprietary document analysis technology determines the words and reads them aloud to the user with high quality text-to-speech. Read the words you want to read; live the life you want. Learn more about the reader or buy it from iTunes.
For information or assistance with issues relating to blindness, contact
Jennifer Dunnam, President
There are several ways to keep up with, as well as interact with, the most active group of blind people in Minnesota:
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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 donation on your federal income tax return. For more information, including how to donate, visit www.nfb.org/vehicledonations.