National Federation of the Blind of Alabama

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

The next National Federation of the Blind of Alabama Board of Directors meeting will be on, Thursday, April 25, 2019 at 7 p.m. The meeting will be via conference call, please call 712-451-1177, dial 3932002#.  Join us on the call and be a part of growing the federation.  The board meeting should be over by 9 p.m. at the very latest. 

The National Federation of the Blind knows that blindness is NOT the characteristic that defines your or your future.  Every day we raise expectations of blind people, because low expectations create obstacles between blind people and our dreams. You can have the life you want, blindness is NOT what holds you back. 

People who are blind can experience all of the joys and empowerment of every day life, and the lack of eyesight can be the least problem of blindness. Great significance is a person's misunderstanding and lack of information. For example, with proper training and opportunity, blindness is often regarded more as a nuisance than a disability.


The National Federation of the Blind of Alabama is a self-help group of blind people who provide peer support for one another. The NFB of Alabama can help you understand that blindness need not be a tragedy. We work together to promote the goal of integrating blind people into society as equals and productive members. We work towards this goal by helping people outgrow their many misconceptions about blindness and by changing laws that affect the blind.


The National Federation of the Blind of Alabama is one of 52 affiliates of the National Federation of the Blind.  You can learn more about the National Federation of the Blind at our national homepage at  We are Alabama's and the nation's largest organization of the blind.  Please come and participate in our organization through a local chapter in your area.  For further information you can contact, Barbara Manuel, President, NFB of Alabama.  She can be reached via email at or at (251) 656-5165.  Come and join us as we change what it means to be blind! 

  Braille Readers Are Leaders Contest

2018-2019 Nationwide Braille Readers Are Leaders Contest is now open for registration. The National Federation of the Blind of Illinois, in partnership with the NFB Jernigan Institute and The American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults, again announces the annual Nation-wide Braille Readers Are Leaders (BRAL) contest for kids. Please visit Braille Readers Are Leaders Contest Page for details. You can get there by clicking here.

2019 Frank Lee Memorial Scholarship are now available. Please go to our scholarship page for details.  

TALLADEGA - September 20, 2018 - Alabama Secretary of State John H. Merrill announced this morning a new initiative by his office to help Alabama voters with visual impairments have better experiences participating in state elections. Please see our Press Release page for details.

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Braille Enrichment for Literacy & Learning (BELL) Academy 

Now completed, the 2018 NFB of Alabama BELL Academy was truly a success! Please check our BELL Academy Facebook page for details. 

For more information, please visit the 2018 BELL Academy Page by clicking here. 

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Are you over 50 and experiencing vision loss ?  Please join our Seniors Division!
Our next meeting is Thursday, January 10th, from 7 to 8 PM.  Call (563) 999-2432 access code is 813429. This is a free conference call

Topic: Ms. Angela Fisher-Hall, librarian at the Alabama Regional Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped will be on this free conference call to highlight services and how to register and navigate the ones through which books and magazines can be read in audio and Braille formats. She will also give information about the two new online services (replacements for Overdrive) for downloading audio books that are now available through many local Alabama public libraries.

Call: 563­_999_2432, access code 813429.

For more information, please visit the Seniors Division page by clicking here.  or you can visit the Seniors Division tab at the top of the home page.


2019 National Convention to be held in Las Vegas, Nevada

Please make your plans now to attend

The 2019 National Federation of the Blind Convention 

Come join us for our seventy-ninth convention of the National Federation of the Blind! Join us next July 7 through 12, 2019, at the beautiful Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, as we celebrate seventy-nine years of raising expectations of blind people. Preregistration will be available March 1, 2019! Please reserve your room after January 1, 2019! For more information about the convention, please go to this link: 

We want to see you be a part of our national convention.  The largest gathering of blind people anywhere in the world.  Learn about all the latest technology at the world's largest exhibit hall for the blind.  You won't regret coming to Las Vegas.  See you there!



 Highlights of our 2018 Washington Seminar-Three Alabamians visited the US Congress along with 550 federationists from around the country.  Follow this link for details:



The NFB of Alabama and the Alabama Association of Blind Students are pleased to present the second Frank Lee Memorial Scholarship. The aim of this Scholarship is to help blind college students in Alabama unleash their full potential and become leaders in their communities. We are looking for dedicated students who are determined to succeed and facilitate the success of other blind students. We urge all blind college students in the state of Alabama to apply for this scholarship, we will be awarding two scholarships this year.  One scholarship will be in the amount of $1,000, and the second in the amount of $500. The deadline to submit an application is January 14th, and the winner will be notified no later than February 15th.

Once the winner has been selected, he/she will have the opportunity to attend the NFB of Alabama’s 2019 annual convention in March. While there, the winner will meet other successful blind college students and professionals. The Alabama Association of Blind Students will host various activities which will give the scholarship recipient the chance to learn about AABS and become involved in the organization.  Click here for details!


Would you like a newspaper with your morning cup of coffee? NFB-NEWSLINE® just added its 370th publication AND it's still growing. Five Spanish language newspapers are now available to all subscribers. The service handles thousands of phone calls each day for individuals across the country who now access daily newspapers and magazines as never before. The toll-free centralized call-in center provides service on demand to any subscriber. This also enables those who cannot read conventional print to have access to all content offered on NFB-NEWSLINE® when traveling throughout the United States twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.

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National Federation of the Blind Vehicle Donation Program! Honk! Honk!

For more information on how your old car or truck can benefit the NFB's Vehicle Donation Program, please visit our link above or visit, or call 1-855-659-9314.  Your support of our cars program is appreciated!

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First Photo - Left to right NFB National President Riccobono, NFB AL Vice President Tamika Williams, Joy Harris has the microphone announcing the Braille Readers Are Leaders winners.  One of the winners are pictured Rebecca she is smiling really big with an adorable purple dress on and her dad is standing directly behind her.

Second Photo - Pictured from left to right Larry Povinelli, Allen and Joy Harris, seated President Riccobono , Ahbee Orton, Joy Orton and Grace Anderson.

The picture was taken in celebration of Ahbee receiving the Provost Scholars of Distinction Award from Blue Mountain College.  Congratulations Ahbee!


Thank you for your interest and support. By donating to the NFB of Alabama, you can help make a significant difference in the lives of blind people across the great state of Alabama.

Please make all donations payable to the NFB of Alabama & mail them to:

NFB of Alabama 

c/o: Lawrence Povinelli, Treasurer 

121 Cork Alley

Madison, AL 35758

Upcoming Event! The next National Federation of the Blind of Alabama Board of Directors meeting will be on, Saturday, November 10, 2018 at Noon.  The meeting will be held in Montgomery, Alabama. Location still being confirmed.

First Annual Walk-a-thon
Saturday, October 13, 2018
go to Walk-a-thon page for more details.