As a blind person, it is essential
to possess a strong sense of confidence in one's own ability and self
worth. The National Federation of the Blind of Connecticut believes blindness
is merely an inconvenience and, with proper skills and training, a blind
individual can obtain success in his or her personal and professional
life. The NFB of CT offers many role models for blind children and newly
blinded adults. The NFB of CT makes it possible for blind individuals
to reach their full potential by providing information, scholarships,
seminars, support networks and by keeping legislators informed of issues
pertaining to blindness.
Blindness does not discriminate.
Any individual can become blind in childhood or in later life. You may
have a family member, an employee, student, client, or educator who is
blind. You may come in contact with blindness or a blind individual on
a daily basis or simply in passing. Regardless of the way your contact
with blindness occurs, it is in the best interest of every individual
to understand it and issues concerning blindness.
chapter meetings throughout the state. Our members are diverse
and include professionals, students, children, and people who have family
members or friends who are blind. If you are seeking information about
blindness or about what it means to be blind, join one of our chapters
in Connecticut and meet other blind people who want to let you know
that its respectable to be blind.
Scholarships to blind students in Connecticut who are entering
or attending college, and personal advancement awards to blind individuals
in Connecticut seeking better career opportunities. Also, through funding
by the Brendan Cummins Family, the NFB of CT is offering a scholarship
to college and graduate students who are enrolled in a full-time program
to teach blind and visually impaired students in Connecticut. Applicants
need not be legally blind.
- The NFBC-Coccomo
Quarterly Grant is a means through which Connecticut's blind
and visually impaired community can receive assistance in the pursuit
of training, employment, independent living and technological advancement.
It is designed for easier and more frequent access to support opportunities.
The intention of the program is to facilitate a higher yield of blind
community support through a manner that is as equitable as it is immediate.
Grants will be disbursed directly to vendors.
- The National Federation
of the Blind of Connecticut is proud to offer
NFB-Newsline® service to our state. Thanks to the
efforts of our national office, the Board of Education and Services
for the Blind (BESB) and CRIS Radio, NFB-Newsline is available for your
- A support and information
network for blind diabetics through our state and National
Diabetes Action Network. Our national network has created a
of literature where you can find information concerning about
diabetes and blindness, and products for blind people with diabetes.
The Diabetes Action Network now also has a list serv for people with
diabetes and their families and friends. Click
here for more information about diabetes-talk.
- Free information and support
networks to enable newly blinded persons adjust to blindness. Members
of the NFB of CT reach out to newly blinded persons to help them with
problems of adjustment and orientation. Our publication is The
Federationist in Connecticut.
- Informational and interactive
seminars for blind job seekers, people
with diabetes, and parents and educators of blind children.
- Books, videos and literature
to schools and colleges, senior citizen centers and libraries concerning
blindness and the capabilities of blind persons.
- Advocacy on behalf of blind
persons who have met with discrimination in employment, housing, guide
dog accessibility, etc.
for legislators on issues pertaining to blindness.
- To become a member, print
out this form and send to our outreach office with your dues.
readers throughout the state.
can contribute: donation information
- Brailled materials for blind
persons in Connecticut.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:
- Call the National Federation
of the Blind of Connecticut Outreach Office at: (860) 289-1971
- Write to us at: 477 Connecticut
Blvd, Ste 217, East Hartford, CT 06108
- E-Mail us at: firstname.lastname@example.org