National Federation of the Blind of Oregon

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Beautiful Crater Lake in south central Oregon
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Welcome! We are National Federation of the Blind of Oregon (NFB of Oregon), an affiliate of the National Federation of the Blind. Established in 1971, NFB of Oregon has been active in changing the lives of blind oregonians. NFB of Oregon carries on its work through chapters, divisions and groups. These various bodies provide support, information, and resources regarding a wide range of professions, recreational activities, special interests, legislative issues, fundraising projects, and other areas related to blindness.

With more than 50,000 members, the National Federation of the Blind is the largest and most influential membership organization of blind people in the United States.  The NFB improves blind people's lives through advocacy, education, research, technology, and programs encouraging independence and self-confidence.  It is the leading force in the blindness field today and the voice of the nation's
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blind.  In January 2004 the NFB opened the National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute, the first research and training center in the United States for the blind led by the blind.

The NFB has affiliates in all fifty states plus Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico, and over seven hundred local chapters.

To hear the One Minute Message of the National Federation of the Blind, click the play button to the right.

National Federation of the Blind Philosophy:
  • Blind people are simply normal people who cannot see--we are not defective sighted people.
  • Blind people are as different as sighted people are; that is, we are a cross-section of the broader society and, therefore, are not all alike as some assume.
  • Given proper training and opportunity, the average blind person can compete in all facets of society on an equal basis with the average sighted person.
  • Blindness is a physical characteristic, and the limitations resulting from this normal characteristic can be overcome using alternative techniques to do without sight what an individual would do with sight if he or she had it. (Graphic to the right is an electronic Braille display used for converting print and digital displays into Braille.)
  • It is respectable to be blind, and, given proper training, blindness may be reduced to the level of a nuisance or inconvenience.
  • The real problem of blindness is not the loss of vision itself, but is wrapped up in all of the public misunderstandings, misconceptions, and superstitions about it.
  • Because of these incorrect attitudes with their resulting stereotypes, the blind have organized for the same reasons other minorities have--to make positive social change through collective action.

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National Federation of the Blind
of Oregon, NFBO.
Established 1971.
An affiliate of the National Federation of the Blind
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State President: Carla McQuillan
National Federation of the Blind of Oregon
5005 Main Street
Springfield, OR 97478
Mon - Fri 6:30 AM to 6:30 PM pacific time
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