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First Annual NFB of Montana Bell Academy

What: Braille Enrichment for Literacy and Learning
Who: Blind or Visually Impaired Children, ages 4-12
When: June 11-22, 2018, M-F, 9:00 A.M.--3:00 P.M.
Where: First Christian Church, 2701 S. Russell, Missoula, 59801
Why: The NFB Braille Enrichment for Literacy and Learning (BELL) Academy prepares blind and low vision children, ages four through twelve, to grow into confident and independent blind people who will live the lives they want. The program provides Braille and non-visual skills instruction through fun, hands-on learning in a day program or residential setting. In addition to Braille crafts, games, and other engaging projects, children learn vital independent living skills, interact with blind adults who serve as mentors, and enjoy field trips to sites related to the NFB BELL Academy curriculum. Through these activities and interactions, the children learn that blindness or low vision does not define them or their future.

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Welcome to the Sixth Annual Treasure State Convention of the NFB of Montana!

Friday-Sunday, September 21-23, 2018
Jorgenson's Inn & Suites
1714 11th Avenue
Helena, Montana 59601
Hotel Reservation Phone Number: 406-442-1770, 406-442-1772, or 800-272-1770
2018 Convention Information Coming Soon!

Uber and Lyft Testing Program

The National Federation of the Blind has created a rideshare testing program to measure Lyft and Uber’s efforts to eliminate driver discrimination against riders with guide dogs or service animals. Recent agreements with these two major ridesharing companies require the National Federation of the Blind to provide feedback, over the next three to five years, on the efforts they have agreed to undertake to prevent discrimination against service animal users.

If you use Uber or Lyft and have a service animal or travel with someone who has a service animal, we need your help. Fill out our online questionnaire after your next Uber or Lyft ride, and as often as you can after that. We would love feedback from regular Uber and Lyft users at least once a month, about both positive and negative experiences.

Do You Dream In Color?

The National Federation of the Blind, in collaboration with the filmmakers, is proud to present Do You Dream in Color?, a new, critically acclaimed documentary about blind youth and the educational and societal challenges they face. The film, directed by Abigail Fuller and Sarah Ivy, is available through video-on-demand platforms from Uncork’d Entertainment, and public screenings are being planned. To view the trailer and get more information, visit

Contact the National Federation of the Blind of Montana
Local Chapters
Resources for the blind of Montana
Calendar of upcoming events
Courtesy rules of Blindness
The Braille Monitor, the flagship publication of the NFB
National Federation of the Blind of Montana Constitution
National Federation of the Blind of Montana Awards

The History of the National Federation of the Blind

Founded in 1940 in Pennsylvania by sixteen members from eight states, the National Federation of the Blind is now the largest and most influential consumer and advocacy organization of the blind in the United States, with a nationwide membership of over fifty thousand, and affiliates in all fifty states as well as Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico. The NFB improves the lives of blind people through advocacy, education, research, technology, and programs encouraging independence and self-confidence. The NFB works toward the removal of legal, economic, and social barriers to full participation by blind people in all aspects of community life.

As a state affiliate of the National Federation of the Blind, the National Federation of the Blind of Montana is an organization in which the blind members and their families and friends come together to plan and carry out programs to raise the expectations of blind people and those with whom we live, work, and play, because we know that low expectations create obstacles between blind people and our dreams. We believe that we can live the lives we want; blindness is not what holds us back.

A comprehensive overview of the history of the blindness movement in the United States from 1940-1990 can be found in the book Walking Alone and Marching Together, written by Floyd Matson, and published by the National Federation of the Blind in 1990. It is available online and on BARD.

HTML Version Audio Version

The free ebook, "Building The Lives We Want: The seventy-Fifth Anniversary History of the National Federation of the Blind" is now available. Use the link below to access options for reading the book, including iBooks, Voice Dream Reader, computer, Kindle and hardware book readers. The page contains instructions on how to read the ebook via all of these formats. As the Acknowledgements and Appreciations section says, in part; "It is not the work of an individual setting forth alone to record our struggles and achievements. Instead, it came into being through the collective effort of dedicated authors, researchers, and technology wizards. It brings together the knowledge and reflections of men and women who have played active roles in the National Federation of the Blind."

The Power of Love:
The ebook version of The Power of Love: How Kenneth Jernigan Changed the World for the Blind is now available from iUniverse, Amazon, and other booksellers for $9.99.

The National Federation of the Blind of Montana raises expectations for the blind

Through Employment

The Montana Business Enterprise Program

Contact the CEO of MBEI, Ted Robbins
Phone: (406) 453-6678

Should disabled workers be paid pennies per hour just because it's legal?
NBC-Harry Smith exposes Loophole that Allows Goodwill to pay handicapped employees $0.22 an hour
Watch this NBC Rock Center Video, first aired on 06/21/2013
Watch this film called Bottom Dollars

Through the Crafting of Resolutions at Annual State Conventions

National Federation of the Blind of Montana Resolutions 2013
National Federation of the Blind of Montana Resolutions 2014
National Federation of the Blind of Montana Resolutions 2015

Through Education

The Jernigan Institute Education Initiative
The BELL Academy, a summer program of intensive Braille instruction for blind and low vision children
To apply, please complete this online application form
The Braille Readers Are Leaders Contest
The National Association to Promote the Use of braille (NAPUB)
The National Association of Blind Students (NABS)
NFB Scholarships

Through Innovation

Hand holding a mobile phone with KNFB Reader logo on the screen
Make the print yours!
The KNFB Reader is a mobile app that converts printed text into high quality speech to provide accurate, fast, and efficient access to both single and multiple page documents with the tap of a button.
To purchase KNFB Reader, please visit

The mobile app launched by NAGDU details each state's guide and service dog access laws
Download the NAGDU APP

Through Legislation

Washington Seminar

Through challenging the public perception of the capabilities of the blind

The NFB Blind Driver Challenge™
Watch blind man drive car independently -- 01/29/2011

The NFB: How do I become a member?

NFB Pledge
I pledge to participate actively in the efforts of the National Federation of the Blind to achieve equality, opportunity, and security for the blind; to support the policies and programs of the Federation; and to abide by its constitution.

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