National Federation of the Blind of Alabama

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

National Federation of the Blind of Alabama 

2020 Convention

 Vision 2020: Commitment To Excellence 

March 6 through 8, 2020

Holiday Inn Mobile Downtown

301 Government Street

 Mobile Al, 36602 

Phone: (251) 694-0100

See you in Mobile!!! 


Convention registration forms are now available for download! You can download a copy of the convention registration form in PDF by clicking 2020 NFB of Alabama Convention Registration Form.pdf. You can also download a Word version of the registration form by clicking 2020 NFB of Alabama Convention Registration Form.docx. Please register by February 25, 2020 to received your early bird discount! 

You can register online by going to: 

Convention announcement flyer can be downloaded by clicking, 2020 NFBAL Convention Save the Date flyer 
Agenda will be coming soon!  We look forward to seeing you all in Mobile, Alabama!  

The 2020 Frank Lee Memorial Scholarship Program is now accepting applications until January 15, 2020.  Please visit the 2020 Frank Lee Memorial Scholarships page for more details


The National Federation of the Blind of Alabama 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! 

Parental Rights for the Blind Act

Alabama now has a "Parental Rights for the Blind Act".  The bill was signed into law on May 28, 2019 by Governor Ivy. NFB of AL PARENTAL RIGHTS  ACT 2019 274 provides that the blindness of

An individual may not serve as a basis for denial or restriction of visitation or custody in family or dependency cases, denial of adoption or denial of foster care when the visitation, custody, adoption, or placement in foster care is determined to be otherwise in the best interest of the child.  Blind individuals should be given equal opportunity to successfully parent their children to the fullest extent possible. Our sincere thanks goes to  Representative Hollis? dedication and commitment.  Her collaborative efforts with members of the Alabama State House  made this bill a reality. We were able to place a law on Alabama books. This is just the beginning toward navigating our movement to even greater heights as we enhance the lives of every blind individual in our great state.

 Legislative chair Nathalie Oliver worked diligently to make this bill become law and we will always be appreciative to her for her dedication and commitment toward this effort. Thank you Nathalie !!

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National Federation of the Blind of Alabama 

Braille Enrichment for Literacy & Learning (BELL) Academy 

Now completed, the 2019 NFB of Alabama BELL Academy was truly a success! We were fortunate to have had two BELL Academies, one in Mobile and one in Madison. 

For more information please visit our

BELL Academy Facebook Page at: 

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2020 National Convention to be held in Houston, Texas

Please make your plans now to attend

The 2020 National Federation of the Blind Convention 

Come join us for our eightieth convention of the National Federation of the Blind! Join us next July 14 through  July 19, 2020, at the beautiful Hilton Americas-Houston in downtown Houston, Texas, as we celebrate eighty years of raising expectations of blind people. Preregistration will be available March 1, 2020! Please reserve your room after January 1, 2020! 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 Houston.  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.

National Association of Blind Merchants of Alabama
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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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The National Federation of the Blind of Alabama  participating in a signing ceremony with Governor Kay Ivy. The Parental Rights Bill for the Blind in Alabama is only the beginning!!! We are committed to change what it means to be blind in the state of Alabama. Let’s come together and work to enhance the lives of every blind individual in Alabama and beyond


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 9, 2019 at 11 a.m.  The meeting will be held in Montgomery, Alabama. Location still being confirmed.

Second Annual Transforming Dreams into Reality Walk-a-thon was a great success!
Thank you to one and all that donated or participated in the walk. 
Saturday, October 12, 2019
go to Walk-a-thon page for more details.