National Federation of the Blind of Alabama

Live the life you want! Changing what it means to be blind!

FOCUS on Seniors

Are you over age 50? Are you blind or starting to lose your vision and wondering how other people like you handle problems you have not had to worry about in the past? If so, you are not alone. All over Alabama there are people like you.

The National Federation of the Blind of Alabama is with you! We want to open lines of communication throughout the state to help each other find some solutions that really work so we can live the lives we want. Some top concerns for all seniors are:

o   Personal safety

o   Maintaining good health

o   Financial security

o   Becoming or staying independent

o   Access to the community of your choice

o   Inclusion in the community of your choice (family, worship setting, community events, voting process….to name a few)

We who have lost or are losing vision have a few more concerns specific to us, too. See if you want help with any of the following challenges or can offer help to other seniors with any of them:

o   Overcoming isolation and misunderstanding

o   Maintaining a positive attitude about your condition

o   Finding good training to use a cane or guide dog for travel, reading and writing Braille, using high tech devices, keeping your home safe and organized, gaining and keeping a job

o   understanding services offered by the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services and the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind

o   finding affordable resources for getting a computer or cell phone

o   learning about how NFB can help you

o   learning about how you can help other blind people through supporting the NFB


As you read these checklists, consider the ones that matter to you. If you check even one of them, your NFB affiliate is with you! We seniors all have at least ONE check. We want to help each other with becoming empowered to increase our personal freedom to live the lives we want.

The Seniors Division met on August 17. NFB chapters represented at the meeting were Birmingham, Montgomery, and Huntsville. Officers who attended the NFB Senior Division meetings at this summer’s NFB National Convention reported on what happened. Discussion topics for September, October, and December were determined by the membership.

Save these dates:

On September 14 we will hear from Brandy Wood, a blind rehabilitation teacher at the Veterans’ Administration Blind Rehabilitation Center in Birmingham, will walk us through some iPhone apps such as Seeing AI and the KNFB Reader. 

On October 12 Sue Povinelli, a blind Human Resource Specialist with the United States Army Materiel Command, will introduce Blind Alive’s accessible fitness programs. 

On November 9 we will hear about diabetes prevention and management updates from Constance Hughes, a nutrition educator at USA Medical Center in Mobile and has been a presenter at NFB of Alabama State Conventions. 

We welcome all seniors with vision loss, their family members and friends, and vision loss professionals to phone in for our live discussion meetings. Dial 712_432_5924 and follow the prompts to enter live chat room 33.

Remember—blindness is not what holds you back from living the life you want.

If you have questions or suggestions for the agenda, call Carol Braithwaite at

The NFB of Alabama is here for you! You need us, and we need you.

Concerned seniors in all of our 7 chapters are aware that blind seniors are wanting, more active connection with each other more ways to reach out to other blind and visually impaired seniors in our communities with NFB’s positive message about blindness. 

We want you to know we are ramping up for seniors, and we want to know you

For more information,

call Carol Braithwaite, State NFB Membership Chairman, at


or email her at

[email protected]