Please give attention to the policy directive from the Board of Directors of the National Federation of the Blind related to the immediate postponement of public meetings of the organization. You can read the policy directive and hear an emergency Presidential Release related to this matter at https://www.nfb.org/about-us/press-room/national-federation-blind-covid-19-policy-relating-public-events.
2022 NFBMA State Scholarship ProgramNovember 1, 2021 to January 31, 2022
12:00 AM to 11:59 PM
The National Federation of the Blind of Massachusetts’s annual scholarship program awards Up to 3 merit-based scholarships (1 for $3,000.00 and 2 for $1,500.00 each) to blind scholars across the state. Any legally blind, full-time college student or graduating high school seniors who will be attending college full-time in the fall of 2022 may apply. All finalists must attend the entire National Federation of the Blind of Massachusetts state convention, to be held in February.
2022 NFB Scholarship ProgramDecember 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022
12:00 AM to 11:59 PM
The NFB's annual scholarship program is the largest of its kind in the nation. Every year, the NFB awards more than $240,000 to blind scholars across the fifty states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico in recognition of their achievements and professional aspirations. Click here to learn more about the NFB Scholarship Program.
2022 NFB Washington SeminarFebruary 7, 2022 to February 10, 2022
12:00 AM to 11:59 PM
At our Washington Seminar, members of the NFB convene to learn about and advocate for legislative initiatives that will improve the lives of blind Americans. Click here to learn more about the NFB Washington Seminar.
2022 NFBMA State ConventionMarch 31, 2022 to April 3, 2022
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Embassy Suites by Hilton Boston at Logan Airport - Boston, MA
The NFBMA State Convention is the largest gathering of blind people in the state. The 2022 NFBMA convention will be held from February 25th through 27th in person. Please visit our State Convention page often for further details including the registration form, agenda ,and information regarding our national rep.
COVID-19 Information & Announcements
National Federation of the Blind COVID-19 Policy Relating to Public Events
The National Federation of the Blind is closely monitoring the COVID-19 emergency, which is changing everyone’s lives but has unique effects on blind people. The health and safety of all of our members, colleagues, and friends is always our top priority. Information on the NFB’s COVID-19 Resources page, www.nfb.org/resources/covid-19-resources, provides resources that may be particularly useful to blind people facing challenges during the emergency. If you have found other resources that you believe are useful, please email the information to firstname.lastname@example.org. For the latest happenings with the NFB surrounding COVID-19, please visit www.nfb.org.
AIRA NFB Plans
There are now two Aira plans available to members of the National Federation of the Blind only.
- Thirty minutes a month for $20.00
- One hundred and forty minutes per month for $99.00 (This plan includes the Austria glasses, allows for minute sharing, permits purchasing additional non-expiring minutes if one is running short, and lets members get credit for referrals.)
Call an Aira agent (800-835-1934) to subscribe or visit the Aira website at https://aira.io/nfb.
Beware of Scam Emails
We have received several calls and emails over the last few days asking about text messages and/or emails that look like they are coming from President Shara Winton or other members of the National Federation of the Blind of MA. The emails asking people to contact Shara or other members of the National Federation of the Blind of MA Board of Directors urgently, or asking for gift cards and the codes to be sent to the sender of the message. We want to let you all know, this is a scam and not something that is being sent from Shara or any other members of the National Federation of the Blind of MA Board of Directors. It has been noted that the email address or phone number they are coming from is not Amy or others listed on the affiliate website email address, but they are using their names. The organization would not ever ask for gift card purchases or other personal information like this in emails or text messages.
If you ever do have a question about an email or text message that you receive from Shara or anyone else from the National Federation of the Blind of MA, and think it may be a scam, please make sure to reach out to Shara or the individual who supposedly sent you the message prior to sending any information to it. If it does appear to be a spam message, please ignore the message and report it to email@example.com.
Featured NFBMA Programs
The NFBMA State Convention is the largest gathering of blind people in the state. The 2021 NFBMA convention will be held from February 18 through 21st on Zoom. Please visit our State Convention page often for further details including the agenda and the Zoom information. Please complete our online registration form at www.nfbma.org/state-convention/registration.
NFB BELL (Braille Enrichment for Literacy & Learning) Academy
The NFB BELL (Braille Enrichment for Literacy and Learning) Academy is a two-week summer day program that teaches confidence and independence skills through Braille, crafts, games, field trips, and interaction with blind mentors. Children ages 4 -12 learn that their blindness or low vision does not define them or their future. They can live the lives they want. Click here to learn more.
NFB-NEWSLINE® is a free audio news service for anyone who is blind, low-vision, or print-disabled that offers access to 500 publications, job listings, weather alerts, and more. Access through the phone, apps, computer, Alexa, and more. Click here to learn more.
KNFB Reader is an award-winning mobile app for blind, low-vision, dyslexic, and other print-disabled users that converts text to speech or text to Braille. Click here to learn more.
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NFB Vehicle Donations Program
Donate a vehicle to the NFB by calling 855-659-9314 or by making an online donation.