Welcome to the NFB of Virginia!

The National Federation of the Blind of Virginia (NFBV) is a nonprofit made up of blind people of all ages, their families and friends. Our members and leaders provide advocacy and support to blind and visually impaired Virginians across the commonwealth. We work together to promote full participation and integration of blind people in all areas of life, and we serve as an advocate for change when equal access and treatment of the blind is denied.

Chapters and divisions across the commonwealth offer community based forums for the blind and visually impaired to interact and work together on issues at the local level. As a state-wide group, the NFBV brings the collective experiences of our members together to identify problems or needs and work for change at the state and national levels.

The NFB of Virginia believes that the real problem of blindness is not the loss of eyesight but the general misunderstanding and lack of information about blindness that exist. We believe that with the proper training, opportunity and positive attitudes, blindness can be reduced to a mere physical nuisance.

Upcoming Events

For a list of upcoming local and recurring activities by our chapters, divisions, and special committees, please visit our Events page.

Winter Board Meeting and Richmond Seminar 2020

The NFBV Winter Board Meeting will be held in conjuction with Richmond Seminar. The Board Meeting will be held:

Monday, January 20: 1 - 4 PM

Virginia Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired
Library and Resource Center
395 Azalea Avenue
Richmond, Virginia 23227

Teams for the subsequent Richmond Seminar on Tuesday will be assigned on Monday at the board meeting. Please contact President Soforenko if he is not yet aware of your intentions to participate on Tuesday. Visit our Advocacy page for further details on Richmond Seminar.

Washington Seminar

Join us in the halls of Congress to advocate for our national legislative priorities.

Monday, February 10 - Thursday, February 13, 2020

Holiday Inn Washington-Capitol
550 C Street, SW
Washington, DC 20024

These year's congressional priorities include:

  • Access Technology Affordability Act (ATAA) (H.R. 2086/S. 815)
  • Greater Access and Independence through Nonvisual Access Technology (GAIN) Act (H.R. 3929)
  • Accessible Instructional Materials in Higher Education (AIM HIGH) Act (H.R. 5312/S. 3095)

Visit the National site for more details.

Spring Board Meeting

Saturday, May 16: 1 - 4 PM

Virginia Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired
Library and Resource Center
395 Azalea Avenue
Richmond, Virginia 23227

National Convention 2020

Start planning your trip today and help us celebrate the eightieth anniversary of the NFB!

Tuesday, July 14 - Sunday, July 19, 2020

Hilton Americas-Houston
1600 Lamar Street
Houston, TX 77010

Visit the National Convention landing page for complete details.

Summer Board Meeting

Saturday, August 8: 1 - 4 PM

Virginia Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired
Library and Resource Center
395 Azalea Avenue
Richmond, Virginia 23227

State Convention 2020

Our annual highlight event comes back to Northern Virginia! Come celebrate our 62nd birthday:

Friday, October 30 - Sunday, November 1, 2020

Westin Tysons Corner
7801 Leesburg Pike
Falls Church, Virginia 22043
Phone: (703) 893-1340.

Visit our State Convention landing page for complete details.

>Will You Join Us?

We are a welcoming organization and want to meet you!

Are you a blind student?

Join our student association, apply for scholarships, explore training possibilities, connect with mentors. We think you’ll find the NFB to be a solid support system as you build your future prospects.

Are you a parent of a blind child or blind parent yourself?

Parenting is not easy under the best of circumstances. Blindness will add a unique dimension to your activities, but you need not fear you are alone. Connect with either our parents of blind children or blind parents’ group, and you’ll see just how much a part you are of a positive collective.

Are you a senior?

Connect with other seniors! Learn about the technology, services, and other resources that will make your golden years something to feel great about and not something to dread. Whether you have been blind all your life, or just recently lost your sight, we’ll introduce you to people who get it and want you to lead a lively and productive life.

Joining the NFBV is as simple as contacting your local chapter. Though annual membership dues may vary, the typical amount is $5, and joining your local chapter makes you a member of the national organization.

As a member you will have the opportunity to:

  • Network with persons from a diverse range of professions, backgrounds, and interests.
  • Participate in local chapters and divisions
  • Learn about the techniques used to travel safely, manage a household, and obtain employment
  • Help others experiencing vision loss
  • Advocate for other blind Virginians on state and national issues affecting the blind.