Convention Online Registration

You can now register for the 2019 NFB of Pennsylvania Convention. If you register before midnight on September 30, the price of registration is only $15. On October 1, the registration price rises to $25, so do not delay. The meal prices will remain the same. For detailed information about the convention, please visit the Convention page. Register Now!

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.

Possibilities Fair for Older Adults Losing Their Vision and for their Families

file000805054114Americans are living longer, and vision loss occurs more frequently among those who are older.

More than 50 percent of the 70,000 individuals who become blind in this country each year are over the age of 65, and this population is expected to more than double by the year 2030.

Yet less financial resources and fewer services are available to those over 55 losing vision than to younger blind people.

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.

The exact date has not yet been announced, but it will be in April or May of 2014, so stay tuned for more information.

Surrey Services is partnering with the NFB of Pennsylvania to host this event.

For directions or transportation information, please call our main office at (215) 988-0888 or e-mail us at

Philly Give Camp Helps NFB of PA Update Their Web Site

philly give campAt the Microsoft Center in Malvern, PA, over eighty volunteers came together to help twenty-five charitable organizations build or improve their web sites.

The National Federation of the Blind of Pennsylvania was one of the organizations that was helped. This event, put on by the Philly Chapter of the national Give Camp organization, started on Friday night, January 17, and lasted through Sunday afternoon, January 19.

Volunteers from Microsoft brought volunteers together with the charities that needed their help, and their skills were put to good use.

Graphic designers, WordPress experts, database wizards, and many others donated their time and experience to give these charities leading-edge web sites.

Significant planning and information-gathering took place before the event to make the best use of time during this whirlwind weekend.