National Federation of the Blind of Alabama

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The National Federation of the Blind of Alabama 

Please donate to our organization; we are truly changing what it means to be blind! Follow the link below to give your tax exempt donation.  Thank you for your support!!


2021 NFB National Convention

The National Federation of the Blind National Convention is the largest gathering of blind people in the world. It is the premier event for training, support, and information for the blind community. It also serves as a governing body, democratically electing our leadership and establishing each year's organizational priorities. 

Although the convention is open to all, our constitution states that only members of the NFB have the right to participate in decision making when it comes to organizational policy. If you are not already a member, join the NFB today.

    Date and Location 

     July 6 through July 10, 2021 

    Anywhere and Everywhere, virtual  More details coming soon. 

    Follow this link for updates!


    National Federation of the Blind of Alabama 

    2021 Braille Enrichment for Literacy & Learning (BELL) Academy at Home Edition 

    For more information please visit our

    BELL Academy Page at: 

    NFB BELL® Academy | National Federation of the Blind


    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 [email protected] 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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    Due to the COVID-19 outbreak the 

    2020 National Convention of the National Federation of the Blind will be held virtually and in local gatherings as health and safety permit. Please make your plans to register and attend the largest gathering of blind people anywhere in the world. 

    Come join us for our eightieth convention to be held July 14 through July 19, 2020. 

    Preregistration and get up-to-date information now by going to this link:


    We want you to be a part of our national convention.  The largest gathering of blind people anywhere in the world.  Learn about all the latest technology and informative sessions.  

    You won't regret being a part of this record breaking event! See you virtually!!


     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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    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.