National Federation of the Blind
100 East 22nd Street
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55404
Email: President Jennifer Dunnam
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 2015 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.
State Scholarships Available: The National Federation of the Blind of Minnesota announces its 2015 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.
Upcoming Event: May 16. The Semiannual NFB of Minnesota Convention is at our NFB of Minnesota headquarters in Minneapolis.
Upcoming Event: June 8-June 19. The NFB Braille Enrichment for Literacy and Learning (NFB BELL) program provides children ages 4-12 with two weeks of intense Braille instruction through fun, hands-on learning activities. The program targets blind and low vision children who are not currently receiving enough Braille instruction in school or who could benefit from Braille enrichment over the summer. The program runs Monday through Friday for six hours a day. In addition to Braille crafts, games, and other engaging projects, children may also enjoy field trips to sites related to the NFB BELL curriculum. Read about and apply for Minnesota's NFB BELL program.
Upcoming Event: July 5 through July 10. The National NFB Convention is at the Rosen Centre 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.
Upcoming Event: September 12. The 34th annual Walk for Opportunity is in Rochester. Each participant is asked to work on seeking donations from the community and bring their pledge forms and collections the day of the event.
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.
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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Donations to it are tax deductible
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.