Welcome to the NFB of Virginia!

The National Federation of the Blind of Virginia (NFBV) is a nonprofit made up of blind people of all ages, their families and friends. Our members and leaders provide advocacy and support to blind and visually impaired Virginians across the commonwealth. We work together to promote full participation and integration of blind people in all areas of life, and we serve as an advocate for change when equal access and treatment of the blind is denied.

Chapters and divisions across the commonwealth offer community based forums for the blind and visually impaired to interact and work together on issues at the local level. As a state-wide group, the NFBV brings the collective experiences of our members together to identify problems or needs and work for change at the state and national levels.

The NFB of Virginia believes that the real problem of blindness is not the loss of eyesight but the general misunderstanding and lack of information about blindness that exist. We believe that with the proper training, opportunity and positive attitudes, blindness can be reduced to a mere physical nuisance.

COVID-19 Helpful Resources

We have compiled a list of resources to help you navigate this unexpected period brought on by Covid-19. These are for informational purposes only and are not direct endorsements by the National Federation of the Blind of Virginia. Read more.

National Federation of the Blind COVID-19 Policy Relating to Public Events

From the National Office:

The National Federation of the Blind is closely following the rapidly evolving situation with respect to the novel coronavirus and its associated illness known as COVID-19. Since we issued our initial guidance on this situation on March 11, public officials across the nation have escalated their response to the virus and issued new and more aggressive directives. Generally, while specific directives as to the size of permitted public gatherings vary across states and local jurisdictions, public health officials agree that it is advisable to engage in “social distancing” in order to prevent or mitigate the spread of the virus, and people are being directed to minimize proximity and/or physical contact with others outside the home as much as possible. As a result, the National Federation of the Blind Board of Directors met on March 13 and developed this policy directive related to public meetings of the organization.

The National Federation of the Blind is the oldest and largest nationwide organization of blind people, with affiliates in all fifty states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico; hundreds of local chapters; as well as statewide and national special-interest divisions. Together these are comprised of some fifty thousand members and countless volunteers and supporters who conduct various public meetings and events. The health and safety of our members and friends is our top priority, and we are also mindful of our obligation to follow public health directives and to engage responsibly with the general public. We also recognize the need for consistent guidance across our organization as our affiliates, chapters, and divisions consider or plan meetings and public events.

To that end, the President and Board of Directors of the National Federation of the Blind hereby direct that all meetings, events, or public gatherings that are currently planned by affiliates, chapters, and divisions to take place within thirty days from today, March 13, 2020, are to be canceled or postponed until sometime after April 12, 2020. This includes, but is not limited to, statewide conventions or meetings, local chapter meetings, and statewide or local division meetings. Of course, where practicable, meetings to conduct the ongoing business of the Federation may be held via phone call or videoconference. Furthermore, the outreach and advocacy priorities of the organized blind movement can and should continue despite the disruption to public meetings, including monitoring unique barriers that blind individuals encounter due to the extreme circumstances. However, no official business of the organization should be conducted via in-person gatherings during this period. The national leadership will re-evaluate the situation on or shortly after April 12, 2020, and issue additional guidance if needed.

We are issuing this directive to align with the best available public health advice as well as with multiple state and local directives, and to carry out our general obligation to protect the health and safety of everyone in our Federation family. We wish everyone the best as together we meet the challenges and make the sacrifices required by this public health emergency.

Upcoming Events

For a list of upcoming local and recurring activities by our chapters, divisions, and special committees, please visit our Events page.

Join President Riccobono for the National Federation of the Blind Presidential Release (Live) #493

Thursday, April 2, 2020 @ 8:00 p.m. EDT via Zoom

Join this national teleconference where you can listen live to President Mark Riccobono deliver the April Presidential Release (#493) of the National Federation of the Blind. First established in 1971, the presidential release is a monthly message delivered by the President of the organized blind movement that is intended to be played at every local chapter meeting. This will be the first time the President of the Federation delivers this monthly message with a live audience present.
Open for Questions

After the remarks and updates from the elected President of the National Federation of the Blind, the organization's First Vice President, Pam Allen, will moderate questions. Members of the Federation are cordially encouraged to attend and non-members are warmly welcomed to participate. This is a unique national forum to share the work of the organization and answer some questions that might be on the minds of blind Americans. If you wish to send your questions in advance, please send an email to cdanielsen@nfb.org and put PR493 in the subject line.
Join the Zoom Meeting

Save the date and time. Below are the Zoom details to join the presidential release on Thursday, April 2 at 8:00 p.m. EDT via web or phone.

https://zoom.us/j/2368918214

Meeting ID: 236 891 8214

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We look forward to your participation.

Spring Board Meeting

Note: The details for this event may change pending COVID-19 developments.

Saturday, May 16: 1 - 4 PM

Virginia Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired
Library and Resource Center
395 Azalea Avenue
Richmond, Virginia 23227

National Convention 2020

Start planning your trip today and help us celebrate the eightieth anniversary of the NFB!

Tuesday, July 14 - Sunday, July 19, 2020

Hilton Americas-Houston
1600 Lamar Street
Houston, TX 77010

Visit the National Convention landing page for complete details.

Summer Board Meeting

Saturday, August 8: 1 - 4 PM

Virginia Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired
Library and Resource Center
395 Azalea Avenue
Richmond, Virginia 23227

State Convention 2020

Our annual highlight event comes back to Northern Virginia! Come celebrate our 62nd birthday:

Friday, October 30 - Sunday, November 1, 2020

Westin Tysons Corner
7801 Leesburg Pike
Falls Church, Virginia 22043
Phone: (703) 893-1340.

Visit our State Convention landing page for complete details.

>Will You Join Us?

We are a welcoming organization and want to meet you!

Are you a blind student?

Join our student association, apply for scholarships, explore training possibilities, connect with mentors. We think you’ll find the NFB to be a solid support system as you build your future prospects.

Are you a parent of a blind child or blind parent yourself?

Parenting is not easy under the best of circumstances. Blindness will add a unique dimension to your activities, but you need not fear you are alone. Connect with either our parents of blind children or blind parents’ group, and you’ll see just how much a part you are of a positive collective.

Are you a senior?

Connect with other seniors! Learn about the technology, services, and other resources that will make your golden years something to feel great about and not something to dread. Whether you have been blind all your life, or just recently lost your sight, we’ll introduce you to people who get it and want you to lead a lively and productive life.

Joining the NFBV is as simple as contacting your local chapter. Though annual membership dues may vary, the typical amount is $5, and joining your local chapter makes you a member of the national organization.

As a member you will have the opportunity to:

  • Network with persons from a diverse range of professions, backgrounds, and interests.
  • Participate in local chapters and divisions
  • Learn about the techniques used to travel safely, manage a household, and obtain employment
  • Help others experiencing vision loss
  • Advocate for other blind Virginians on state and national issues affecting the blind.