National Federation of the Blind of Oregon

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The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) is a non-profit volunteer membership organization comprised of blind people, their families, and friends. The National Federation of the Blind has affiliates in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia. It is the largest organization of blind people anywhere in the world.

The Oregon affiliate of the NFB provides programs and services to blind Oregonians.

Some of our programs include:

  • Educational programs for children and youth
  • Scholarships for blind college students
  • Workplace advocacy for blind workers in a variety of professions
  • Support for Parents of Blind Children and Blind Parents
  • General support for members throughout the state

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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 live the life you want; blindness is not what holds you back.

  • Blind people are simply normal people who cannot see--we are not defective sighted people.
  • Blind people comprise a cross-section of the broader society and, therefore, are not all alike.
  • The real problem of blindness is not the loss of vision itself, but the public’s misunderstandings, and misconceptions about it.

NFB BELL® Academy

Washington State School for the Blind
2214 E 13th Street
Vancouver, WA 98661

3:00 p.m. Sunday, July 30, to 3:00 p.m. Friday, August 4, 2023

The Washington and Oregon affiliates of the National Federation of the Blind will cohost an NFB BELL Academy this summer. We invite your child to enhance Braille and nonvisual skills with blind role models in our residential summer program for blind and low-vision children from July 30 through August 4, 2023 at the Washington State School for the Blind in Vancouver, Washington.

This is a residential program for children 8 to 13. Parents will drop students off on July 30 and pick them up on August 4. All meals will be provided onsite. Students will participate in creating their own healthy and nutritious meals throughout the program. It is very important to alert us to any food allergies that may affect food choices.

Registration is $75 per child however, scholarships are available from both the NFB of Washington and the NFB of Oregon for families of limited means. Donations of 75 dollars to help cover expenses are appreciated.

If your child could use extra support building their Braille skills over the summer as well as practicing nonvisual skills such as orientation and mobility, budget management or assistive technology, then apply today! Program participants will receive a free t-shirt. For additional questions, please contact Justin Harford.

To apply please visit the national NFB-BELL® Academy page.

2023 Student Scholarships Awarded by NFB of Ortegon

Each year at its State Convention in the fall, the National Federation of the Blind of Oregon (NFB of Oregon) awards several scholarships to recognize achievement by blind scholars. In 2023 up to four scholarships at a minimum of $3,000 each will be awarded. These may include the Joseph E. Weston scholarship and the Len Hannon Scholarship, (named for a former leader in the Oregon State Legislature, and friend of the NFB of Oregon) may be awarded to an individual who has been a scholarship winner in the past and continues to make a difference in the lives of blind people.

NFB of Oregon Student Scholarships are funded in part by the Lillian S. Edelstein Trust.

More information and application for 2023 NFB of Oregon Student Scholarships

NFB of Oregon is assisting its chapters and divisions with the collection of membership dues for 2023. Those wishing to pay membership dues and/or donate to a local chapter or division can do so here by credit or debit card. We will also gladly accept dues for membership at large and donations to NFB of Oregon.
NFB of Oregon Chapters and Locations:
At Large (serves all of Oregon)
Portland Central (serves metro Portland)
Southern Oregon (serves Medford/Ashland area)
Capitol City (serves Salem area)
Rose City (serves metro Portland)
Linn-Benton (serves Albany/Corvallis area)
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Links to some of the NFB organizations:
National Association of Guide Dog Users (NAGDU)
National Association of Blind Lawyers (NABL)
National Association of Blind Merchants (NABM)
National Association of Blind Students (NABS)
National Association of Blind Veterans
National Organization of Parents of Blind Children (NOPBC)

Links To Nearby Affiliates of National Federation of the Blind:
NFB of Alaska
NFB of California
NFB of Idaho
NFB of Nevada
NFB of Washington

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of Oregon. Since 1971, an affiliate of the National Federation of the Blind.

State President Carla McQuillan.

Affiliate office telephone, voice or text, 541.653.9153.
Office hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, pacific time.

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