Blind Women’s Empowerment Conference in Washington DC

Theme: “I Am Woman. Hear Me Roar!”

The National Federation of the Blind of the District of Columbia

The women of the NFBDC proudly present the 3rd Annual Blind Women’s Empowerment Conference with another awesome all blind panel & keynote speaker ready to inspire other women so they can rise to any occasion, reach their goals and live the life they want.

Women at this conference will be invigorated, uplifted, and empowered while enjoying a delectable lunch prepared by the Shiloh Baptist church catering staff. And, if you are looking for some bling bling or something to accessorize that new outfit, you can stop by one of our vendor tables that will be available after the conference. All women are welcome.

Keynote Speaker: Evelyn Valdez

Thursday, October 11, 2018; 10:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M.

The Shiloh Baptist Church
1510 9th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001


To register or for more information, please call Libra Robinson at (202) 427-3600 or email at no later than Friday, October 5 , and bring your cash payment to the door on the day of the event. All sales are final, and no refunds will be provided.

“Live the Life You Want in the Nation’s Capital!”

Harrisburg Chapter meeting announcement


The NFB of Pennsylvania is excited to announce that the Harrisburg and surrounding areas chapter is being revitalized. A group of interested folks will be meeting on June 2 at 10 am at the Center for Independent Living of Central PA at 207 House Ave. Camp Hill PA 17011.

The following are some important instructions about the area and how to get into the building. Its at Senate Ave and House Ave. When giving directions to a driver, once on House ave, follow the loop around, once the street turns left. 207 is the second building on the right. Passengers and persons should park at the entrance that is closest to the street, the door that does not have a ramp. Drivers should turn right into the first driveway into the parking lot and an make an immediate left. This is also the door that can be used when using paratransit.

Once in the building, there is a hallway that is straight in front of you. As you walk down this hall, the restrooms are on the left. The Ladies is first. The button to open the door is on the left at the corner, it’s a square box. The door opens to the right. Second is the men’s room. On the right a hallway begins just past the men’s room. Turn right, the door to the conference room is on the left. Again, there is a big square button on the left to open the door. Once in that door, There is a small front room. The hallway to the conference room is on the right of that hallway and spreads in the same direction in which you came into the last door. The conference room door at the end of the hallway on the left. There are braille signs on all the doors.

We hope that you can join us. If you’re not able to join that day but are interested in learning more, please send an email to

See you soon!

Thank you,

Marsha Drenth

Washington Seminar 2018

Monday, January 29, through Thursday, February 1, 2018

It is time again for us to take our concerns directly to our legislators in Washington, DC. For those that are not familiar with Washington Seminar, this is where 500 members of the NFB come together to present three to four issues important to the blind and disabled community to our federal Congressional representatives. This year we have four issues. In addition to meeting with members of Congress and Senators, Washington Seminar is the site of student seminars and meetings of many NFB groups and divisions.

To read the issues, and to view pictures from the 2018 Washington Seminar, please visit our Washington Seminar page. To read the fact sheets for the issues, please visit the [NFB Washington Seminar] page.

2018 NFB of PA State Convention

The NFB of Pennsylvania 2018 State Convention will be held Friday, November 2 through Sunday, November 4 at:
The Atherton Hotel
125 S. Atherton St.
State College, PA 16801

Make your reservations now by calling the hotel directly at 814-231-2100 or 800-832-0132. To receive the special room rate, you need to mention the NFB of Pennsylvania when making your hotel reservation. The room block expires on October 1st, so don’t delay.

For additional information regarding to the state convention and to register, please visit our Convention page.

Reading Print Material Has Never Been Easier

If you’re like most blind people, every day you encounter UPO’s (unidentified print objects), from mail to flyers to package labels. Now you can read virtually any printed material with the phone that you carry every day. KNFB Reader Mobile is recognized worldwide as the best reading app available, and you can now get it for your iPhone, Android phone, or other compatible Apple or Android devices. Click on the links below to learn more or buy it today! Learn more: Buy from iTunes: Buy from the Google Play store:

2015 Possibilities Fair

“Vision loss does not have to mean the loss of independence. Once an individual experiencing vision loss has access to information, transportation and inspiration, they can remain a contributing member of the community.”
– David J. DeNotaris, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation

Imagine Independence…
Possibilities Fair for Adults 55 and Older
October 9, 2015

Take hold of the opportunities with the National Federation of the Blind Possibilities Fair for Older Adults Who Are Losing Vision and for Their Families
Friday, October 9, 2015
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Cost: $5.00, includes lunch
Where: Surrey Services for Seniors
60 Surrey Way (formerly Chestnut Ave.)
Devon, PA 19333

This Possibilities Fair will provide a hands-on opportunity for those 55 and older who are losing vision to learn how to improve their lives. The Fair will include demonstration areas featuring alternative techniques, equipment, services for older adults losing vision, and helpful hints about enjoying life.

To register, please call 215-988-0888 or download the following form in one of the two formats provided here and mail it to the address on the form:

Possibilities Fair Registration Form (Word document)

Possibilities Fair Registration Form (PDF document)

2016 Convention

The NFB of Pennsylvania 2016 Convention will be held Friday, November 11 through Sunday, November 13 at
Atherton Hotel in State College,  125 S Atherton St, State College, PA 16801.

Make your reservations now by calling the hotel directly   (814) 231-2100 or 800-832-0132.  To receive the special room rate, you need to mention the NFB of Pennsylvania when making your hotel reservation.

More information to follow.

BELL Program for 2014

brailleThis summer will be the second annual Braille Enrichment for Literacy and Learning (BELL) program in Pennsylvania.

The goal of this program is to introduce young students to Braille and to encourage other students in their Braille study.

We especially want to reach out to children who would not otherwise be taught Braille.

This two-week program makes Braille fun through games, activities, lessons, field trips, and stations where students practice reading and writing Braille.

If you or someone you know might be interested, please contact our main office at 215-988-0888 or e-mail us at

Washington Seminar 2014

file000619663500Monday, January 27, through Thursday, January 30, 2014

It is time again for us to take our concerns directly to our legislators in Washington, DC.
This year’s issues again includes the Technology, Education, and Accessibility in College and Higher Education (TEACHE) Act.

College students need access to their textbooks and online resources as much as students in earlier grades.

Another issue this year is the fight for Fair Wages for People with Disabilities.

The current laws allow employers to pay disabled employees less than the minimum wage, and this practice needs to be stopped.

The third issue is the Air Carrier Access Act, which is a movement towards making airport kiosks and web sites accessible.

In addition to meeting with members of Congress and Senators, Washington Seminar is the site of student seminars and meetings of many NFB groups and divisions.

For more information about Washington Seminar, please visit:

Louis Braille Carnival

Members of the Keystone Chapter will once again be holding a Louis Braille Carnival at Saint Lucy’s Day School in Philadelphia.

Games like Braille Twister and a Braille-oriented version of musical chairs are hits with the kids who have fun while learning about the importance of Braille.

Story Time shows how Braille can be used to read books at the same speed as using print and encourages the kids to keep practicing.

There is always an art activity, too, that brings Braille and the kids’ creativity together.

This year’s Braille Carnival will probably be held on Valentine’s Day, but stayed tuned for more details.