The National Federation of the Blind knows that blindness is not the characteristic that defines you or your future. Every day we raise the expectations of blind people, because low expectations create obstacles between blind people and our dreams. You can have the life you want; blindness is not what holds you back.
On a navy blue field is a sunflower, the state flower. Also, the state seal and the words "Kansas". In the picture of the state seal are thirty-four stars representing the order of statehood. Above the stars is the motto "To the Stars Through Difficulties". On the seal a sunrise overshadows a farmer plowing a field near his log cabin, a steamboat sailing the Kansas River, a wagontrain heading west and Native Americans hunting bison.
Welcome to the National Federation of the Blind of Kansas World-Wide Web Site
The real problem of blindness is not the lack of eyesight. The real problem is the misunderstanding and lack of information that exists. If a blind person has proper training and opportunity, blindness is only a physical nuisance.
We are a proud member of the National Federation of the Blind, the Nation's oldest and largest organization of blind persons in the United States with local chapters and affiliated divisions of blind consumers in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.
Our purpose is to integrate the blind of Kansasand our nation in to society on a basis of equallity with our sighted neighbors. We're accomplishing this through innovative and exciting initiatives. Most important of all we are the blind speaking for ourselves.
Our new home on the World-Wide Web is a leading source of information on blindness and the activities of the National Federation of the Blind of Kansas. We invite you to explore these pages and learn about our parent organization by visiting the links on this page to access additional information about the NFB and how we are changing what it means to be blind.
2017 NFB of Kansas State Convention
Greetings Federationists and Friends,
I am pleased to announce that the 2017 convention of the National Federation of the Blind of Kansas will take place at the Hilton Double Tree hotel in Lawrence KS on November 10-12. I look forward to the family reunion, celebration of our successes, and strategy for the future. This convention marks our 48th annual gathering since the organization of the NFB of KS in 1969.
Some of this year’s highlights will be:
Fellowship and fun at our hospitality room on Friday and happy hour on Saturday.
Blind Seniors Division Luncheon
Banquet address by National Representative Carla McQuillan
Informative speakers on topics of interest to blind Kansans
National and State reports
Annual Business meeting
Great live band on Saturday night
We plan to focus on topics including: education of blind children, skills training for blind people of all ages, and our ongoing advocacy work and partnerships. I hope to get to meet and spend time with each and every one of you in Lawrence this November! Read on for information on the Hotel.
President, National Federation of the Blind of Kansas
2017 Convention Info and
Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Lawrence
200 Mcdonald Drive, Lawrence, KS, 66044,
Room Rates: $99 for singles or doubles per night.
Make sure to inform the hotel that you are with the NFB of KS group!
2017 Convention Pre-Registration Form
The 2018 NFB Scholarship Program will begin accepting applications from November 1, 2017 through March 31, 2018. Go to
https://nfb.org/scholarships for information.
NFB of Kansas Scholarship Program
Its that time again to think about applying for the National Federation of the Blind of Kansas Scholarship to be given at the 2017 convention in November. The NFB of Kansas will be giving up to $5500 in scholarships!
the Scholarship Info
"Reflecting the Flame: Passing the Torch"
Dr. Marc Maurer is the longest serving President of the National Federation of the Blind. He was elected President in 1986 and serves until the evening of July 6, 2014 when Mark Riccobono, who was elected President, begans his term.
The link below is to a video that was shown at the close of the General Session
2014 National Federation of the Blind National Convention in celebration of the achievements realized during Dr. Maurer's presidency.
View the video Here!
National Federation of the Blind Vehicle Donation Program
As a national fundraiser, the National Federation of the Blind has partnered with Vehicles for Charity to launch a new vehicle donation program. The NFB’s vehicle donation program accepts almost any vehicle, including cars, trucks, boats, motorcycles and recreational vehicles. All donations may be eligible for a tax deduction on your federal income tax return.
For more information, or to donate a vehicle:
Tap Track - Newsletter
Building the Lives We Want
From its beginning in 1940, the National Federation of the Blind has been the driving force behind a powerful people's movement. It has raised expectations, shattered assumptions, and broken down barriers to secure the full participation of blind people in every aspect of society. Building the Lives We Want traces the history of the blindness movement from its dawn in the nineteenth century to the founding of the Federation in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. The story continues with the first efforts at grassroots organizing and the emergence of the Federation as an instrument of change. The book portrays Federationists working tirelessly for access to education, employment, and equal rights.
The work of the Federation has been carried forward through the dedicated efforts of thousands of men and women fighting for equality, security, and opportunity for all blind people. This ebook brings the story of the movement to life through the voices of its leaders and rank-and-file members. In addition to the extensive material in the text itself, the book amplifies the story through dozens of photographs and hundreds of links to articles, speeches, and songs. It demonstrates how, through seventy-five years of collective action, working together with love, hope, and determination, blind people are finding the freedom to build the lives they want.
Go to: https://www.nfb.org/pubs/building-the-lives-we-want
The Nations Blind Podcast
The Journal of Blindness Innovation and Research (JBIR) is the first international, interdisciplinary open access journal created by blind people, parents, teachers, administrators, and academic researchers designed to further efforts to address the real problems of blindness.
Select here to go to the current issue.
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Chikako Mochizuki Anounces Our NFB Kansas Twitter handle is @KansasNFB
you can search under NFB Kansas. Please follow our newly created Twitter account.
NFB of Kansas Listserv
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For further information about the NFB of Kansas and its activities feel free to contact our president using the information given below:
Tom Page, President
120 E. 1st Apt. 3C
Wichita KS 67202
We are Changing what it means to be Blind!!!
What Is The NfB All About, (New One-Minute Message)
I am often asked, “What is the National Federation of the Blind all about?” I’m sure you are asked the same question. Our new one-minute message, which we have introduced as part of our new branding effort, is one way to answer that question. This message is meant to be shared with potential members, potential donors, and members of the general public. Here’s a link to a video (http://youtu.be/rRYPRbsA-wE) that we have produced with NFB members conveying the one-minute message. Please take a moment to watch this very short video, and then take just a few more minutes to share the link with your family and friends via e-mail or through your preferred social networking platform. Help us to spread our positive message about blindness and blind people: you can have the life you want; blindness is not what holds you back!
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