NFB-Live Comes to Pennsylvania

Live the life you want with; this live “chat site,” works with the use of a microphone and headset, allowing participants to interact with others using nothing else but their own voices. was created to improve communication, provide a forum for learning and offer a place for fun and relaxation. The National Federation of the Blind of New York President and host, Carl Jacobsen notes that the site is “a place to build programs which we have yet to create in our dreams.” is open to members of the Federation and non-members alike. It is our belief that increased communication and opportunities to socialize can bring further understanding between people. Events hosted on NFBLive include: Personal interviews of a variety of individuals who have impacted the blind community, open discussions on a variety of topics and presentations from our members and our sponsors on topics affecting the blind community. NFBLive also hosts games that users can participate in as teams or individually including: Family Feud, Password, Jeopardy, Crossword and several other dice, board and card games.

You can join the site at no cost. All you need is a microphone and access to the internet. Visit and go to the Join Our Community link. You can register with the form at the bottom of the page. Once you have signed up, you will receive a username and password to begin interaction and communication with others from around the world; it’s all at your fingertips! For questions regarding contact:



Possibilities Fair – July 2014

On a sunny, bright Friday in July the National Federation of the Blind of Pennsylvania and Surrey Services for Seniors hosted a Possibilities Fair for older adults dealing with vision loss. The fair, held at Surrey Senior Services in Berwyn, P.A, boasted a wealth of knowledge, demonstrations and resources for older adults in this community.

The fair provided a hands-on opportunity for those 55 and older, losing vision, to learn how to improve their lives. The event highlighted demonstration areas featuring alternative accessible techniques and equipment as well as, state services for older adults losing vision. This was a meaningful opportunity for older adults dealing with vision loss to gain and maintain independence. Information for spouses and families to gain understanding and to become supportive of their loved ones struggling with vision loss was also shown at the event.

The Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, the PA Bureau of Blindness and Visual Services, CARIE- Center for Advocacy for the Rights and Interests of the Elderly, the William Feinbloom Vision Rehabilitation Center and PA NewsLine (Free Telephone Newspaper Service) were all in attendance at the fair, providing direct support and hands-on demonstrations as well as quality of life tools and tips. Demonstration stations included speech output devices, mobility practice sessions, and techniques for the kitchen as well as a display of helpful aids and appliances available to make everyday tasks more accessible.

Breakfast refreshments and goody bags were provided as the day began. Attendees and family members were escorted to the various sessions and demonstration booths to explore their own possibilities. At the end of the remarkable event, a lunch wrap-up session with state president, Jim Antonacci and notable NFBP members gave attendees another insightful glimpse into the lives of older blind adults.

To learn more about vision loss and your own possibilities, contact the National Federation of the Blind of Pennsylvania at 215-988-0888