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.

Project RISE Seeks Mentors!

Project RISE is gearing up for the 2022-2023 academic school year. As part of our preparation, we're looking for mentors to help support this year's class of outstanding students. Are you willing to serve? Do you know of others who might be interested in participating? We think it's a worthwhile opportunity worth applying. Learn more!

Important Dates

Please consider signing up for the Virginia Announcement List to have event updates delivered straight to your inbox. For virtual events sponsored by the affiliate, please contact Jacki Bruce for the Zoom info.

Summer State Board Meeting

Date: Saturday, August 6

Time: 1 - 4 PM

Location: DBVI Library and Resource Center
397 Azalea Avenue
Richmond, VA 23227

Consistent with our national convention and our upcoming state convention, this is an in-person meeting with a limited virtual experience. While we will be streaming this meeting as a webinar over Zoom, presentations and reports will be provided in-person and discussion will occur in person. We will take questions in the chat and via email but we will not be unmuting Zoom participants.

We are working on the meeting agenda and will provide an updated agenda in advance of the meeting. Key topics for the agenda will include the following topics:

  • Project RISE and Silver Bells Updates
  • National Convention Updates
  • Virginia Legislative Updates
  • NFB of Virginia State Convention
  • Division and Committee Reports

If you have items for the agenda, please reach out to Tracy by Monday, August 1.

State Convention

Friday, October 28 - Sunday, October 30, 2022

Location: Falls Church, Virginia

Details forthcoming.

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.