The National Federation of the Blind (NFB), established in 1940 as an organization of blind persons, serves as both an advocacy and a public information vehicle. NFB contacts newly blind persons to help them with adjustment problems, provides information on services available from governmental and private agencies and on applicable laws and regulations, provides scholarships, and assists blind persons who are the victims of discrimination or whose rights have been denied. NFB monitors legislation for blind persons and evaluates and promotes new technology useful to the blind. NFB prepares pamphlets and uses public appearances to educate the public to the fact that the blind are normal individuals who can compete on terms of equality with others.
NFB publishes books and pamphlets on various areas of blindness, such as blindness and disorders of the eye, employment, handbooks for college students, a resource guide for parents and educators, and others. Serial publications: Braille Monitor (magazine), monthly--news and discussion of issues important to the blind published in Braille and in print. Braille Monitor is available in Braille, large print, on cassette, and via e-mail. Voice of the Diabetic (newsletter) and Future Reflections, both quarterly; the NFB magazine for Parents of Blind Children. The National Federation of the Blind offers NFB-NEWSLINEŽ, the talking newspaper service available over a touch-tone telephone and the Kernel Book series, which tell the stories of blind men and women.
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