About the National Federation of the Blind Seniors Division
The National Federation of the Blind Seniors Division, a division of the National Federation of the Blind, is an organization that believes in the full capacity of blind people, and has the power, influence, diversity and determination to help transform our dreams into reality. Members work together for a brighter tomorrow by raising expectations so that blind persons can live the life they want.
Who We Are
The National Federation of the Blind Senior Division is a nonprofit volunteer membership organization comprised of blind and interested sighted persons of all ages, their families and friends. Our committed state affiliate senior divisions and committees, committees, programs, and well-trained leaders help newly older blind people adjust to vision loss, and promote the full participation and integration of older blind people in our communities. We bring our collective experiences together to effect change at the state and national level.
As a proud division of the largest organization of the blind in the world, the Seniors Division works together to support one another in our efforts to change the misconceptions about blindness and to promote the positive qualities of each senior to live the life you want. We support one another, act with courage and determination when we encounter barriers or experience setbacks, and engage in collective action to improve our lives.
What Is Our Purpose?
We, the members of the National federation of the Blind Seniors Division, are a learning, peer support group to teach ourselves and reach out to other seniors experiencing vision loss to empower each senior to use the talents and abilities they already possess and to learn effective strategies for living independently and acquiring a positive attitude about living with limited vision. Our mission is based on a positive philosophy of the capabilities of senior citizens to develop alternative non-visual techniques that employ such methods as using a white cane, learning basic Braille and other tactile labeling methods, and acquiring proficiency with adaptive technology. We continue to pursue hobbies of interest; volunteer in our communities; participate in a variety of social activities; and maintain our dignity and self-respect by believing we control our own destiny. We pass on to others what we have learned and encourage and promote a can-do, philosophy that emphasizes the normalcy of living with limited vision.