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.

State Convention Season is Upon Us!

CPR training! Self defense! Fitness workshops! Latin Night! Tech training! And an escape room? So much to cover, and it's all happening over the span of the last weekend in October. It's our 64th Annual State Convention, and we want to see you back in person! Read about all the details.

Calling for Convention Sponsors!

The National Federation of the Blind of Virginia (NFBV) cordially extends an invitation for supporters to connect with a thriving consumer base at our 64th state convention in Falls Church. There are opportunities to be an exhibitor, be a general sponsor, or even a sponsor of a specific event. Companies and organizations wanting to be an exhibitor on Friday, October 28th can register at the Pioneer level. Those wishing to have visibility throughout the Convention can elect to be a sponsor at the Vanguard, Innovator, or Trail Blazer level which all include space in the exhibit hall. The benefits that can be leveraged at each sponsorship level are described in our sponsorship material. Learn more.

Apply for Our Academic Scholarships

The NFB of Virginia is pleased to announce the launch of its James F. Nelson merit scholarship program for the academic year 2022-2023. Up to three scholarships
of $2500.00 will be awarded at the state convention based on academic achievement, community engagement, and leadership potential.  One of these three scholarships will be directly pledged to a qualifying freshman or sophomore. Read more.

Silver BELLS Gears Up for Round 2!

Silver BELLS is our program designed to empower blind senior citizens with a variety of home management and life and advocacy skills training opportunities. The program, hosted in strategically chosen locations in Virginia, will prepare blind and low-vision seniors to take control of their personal and professional lives through direct and individualized attention based on physical ability, personal skills, and goals. Learn more.

Important Dates

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Silver BELLS Virtual Meet and Greet

Saturday, September 17, 2022

Time: 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

For more details, please visit the Silver BELLS calendar.

Silver BELLS Half Day Seminar

Saturday, September 24, 2022

Time: 11 AM - 3 PM

For more details, please visit the Silver BELLS calendar.

State Convention

Thursday, October 27 - Sunday, October 30, 2022

Location: Falls Church, Virginia

Click here for all the 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.