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.

Silver BELLS Returns for Its Third Year!

The National Federation of the Blind of Virginia (NFBV) proudly announces the relaunch of its Silver BELLS program to help blind seniors achieve new heights of independence. The program will offer thorough and individualized lessons and activities, emphasizing national expertise and local community building. With a blend of qualified staff, accessible lessons, interactive activities, and proven goal setting, the NFBV team is confident in its ability to deliver exceptional programming to blind seniors and their families. Click here to learn more about Silver BELLS.

Important Dates

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Richmond Seminar 2024

Dates: January 15-16, 2024

Click here to download this year's fact sheet.

Click here for additional details about Richmond Seminar.

Washington Seminar 2024

Dates: Monday, January 29, 2024 - Thursday, February 1, 2024

Washington Seminar will be held at the Holiday Inn Washington – National Capitol from Monday, January 29 through Thursday, February 1, 2024. As is tradition, the Great Gathering-In will be on that Monday (January 29, 2024) at 5:00 p.m. Be sure to stay tuned for updates in the near future regarding hotel reservation and additional scheduling details.

Click here for additional details about Washington Seminar.

National Convention 2024

Dates: July 3-8, 2024

Orlando, Florida

Save the date! And check the national convention landing page for all the details coming soon.

State Convention 2024

Dates: Thursday, October 31 - Sunday, November 3, 2024

The state convention returns to the waterfront! It's going to be the event you won't want to miss, better than ever. Stay tuned for details as they begin to be published.

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.