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.

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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.