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Welcome to the National Federation of the Blind of Iowa Home Page

  Who We Are

Our national organization needs funding to complete our nation wide mission!!!!

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 donation on your federal income tax return. For more `information, including how to donate, please follow this link!
Keys to first class citizenship for the blind!

Tax-exempt Donations

NFBI is a tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) organization. We welcome your support and contributions.

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National Federation of the Blind To Award 30 Scholarships In 2013

The National Federation of the Blind is now accepting applications to our national scholarship program, which recognizes achievement by blind scholars, for freshmen beginning college this fall on up through grad school level. Thirty top students will receive scholarships, ranging in value from $3,000 to $12,000, along with a trip to our national convention in Orlando this July! Applications must be received by March 31, 2013. To apply or learn more, please visit

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Support Braille Literacy For Iowa's Blind Children

You can help support Braille literacy by texting the word blind to 85944 today.

Sponsored by Dahls Foods of Iowa


NFBI brought NFB-NEWSLINE® to the state of Iowa and continues to provide customer support for this service. NFB-NEWSLINE® provides, at no cost to blind individuals, the following telephone features:

  1. Daily weather forecasts
  2. Just Added: Newsline is now available as an app on your iPhone
  3. NEW FEATURE! Iowa Information Channel
  4. NEW FEATURE! Monthly Consumer bulletins from the Iowa Attorney General's Office
  5. NEW FEATURE! Get NFB Newsline online at
  6. Access to several magazines, now including The Braille Monitor/ and The Reader's Digest/
  7. More than 320 daily newspapers
  8. Up to the minute feeds from the Associated Press
  9. TV listings
  10. E-mail delivery of your Newsline Favorites
  11. The ability to have a specific article e-mailed to you by pressing Pound followed by 9 while reading the article
  12. The ability to search for jobs
  13. The ability to read the weekly Target ads in your area

With NFB-NEWSLINE®, subscribers can select which paper, section, or article read; and they can read the paper at any time--day or night. To help save money, please use the NFB-NEWSLINE local numbers for your area. To obtain an application for NFB-NEWSLINE®, contact Peggy Chong at (515) 277-1288. You may also apply online for NFB-NEWSLINE®.

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Iowa Parents Of Blind Children Division

If you are the parent of a blind child, you will be interested in our Iowa Parents Of Blind Children Division! This division was formed as a result of a four-year program where a small handful of Federation members met on the second Saturday of each month with parents and their blind children at "Saturday School" where parents were introduced to the positive philosophy of blindness espoused by the National Federation of the Blind of Iowa and the National Federation of the Blind. Parents were taught to believe that their blind child could achieve just like their siblings who have sight. If you are a parent of a blind child, a grandparent, or perhaps you know someone who is a parent of a blind child, and would like more information, you may contact the division president, Carrie Thomson at e-mail Carrie

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National Federation Of The Blind Free White Cane Program

The White Cane is a tool used by the blind to travel independently as contributing, productive members of our communities and is recognized everywhere as a symbol of independence.

The NFB is giving, free of charge to the user, straight fiberglass canes. The canes are available in the following lengths: 53, 55, 57, 59, 61, and 63 inches. Any blind individual in the fifty states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico may request a cane for their personal use. Requests may be made as often as every six months. For more information, or to order your free white cane, Visit this link to learn more

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America is a nation in crisis regarding Braille literacy!

How many children in America are not taught to read?

The answer is 90 percent if the children are blind.  Most Americans are shocked to hear this statistic.  And we should be.  The blind read and write using Braille, so why is our educational system failing to teach Braille to so many children?  Why are these children being denied the opportunities that come with a proper education?  What if you could not read and write?  Where would you be today?

There are three primary reasons for this educational crisis: (1) there are not enough Braille teachers; (2) some teachers of blind children have not received enough training; and (3) many educators do not think Braille instruction is even necessary.

To bring critically-needed attention to this educational crisis, the United States Congress authorized the minting of the 2009 Louis Braille Bicentennial Silver Dollar with a portion of the sale of each coin going toward a revolutionary and comprehensive Braille literacy campaign.

Learning to read and write is fundamental to education, which in turn is paramount to full and equal participation in American society. This coin, the first U.S. coin to have proper tactile Braille, symbolizes independence, opportunity, and the potential of blind people to make significant contributions to society when they are taught to read and write using Braille.

Learn More About The National Federation Of The Blind Braille Readers Are Leaders Program

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The National Federation of the Blind of Iowa is changing what it means to be blind in the state of Iowa. We know the world should not change to meet all of our needs, but we believe and demonstrate through our many projects and programs that Blind people, given the proper training and opportunity, can lead productive lives in our society.

The National Federation of the Blind of Iowa is an affiliate of the National Federation of the Blind: 200 East Wells Street At Jernigan Place, Baltimore, Maryland 21230; phone: 1-410-659-9314; e-mail:; on the web at

Visit the audio/video archives of the National Federation of the Blind

Here you will find past historic banquet speeches, NFB presidential reports and highlights of the 2013 convention of the National Federation of the Blined.

Audio/Video Center of the National Federation of the Blind

Read Issues of the Following NFB Publications:

Read NFB Kernel Books Online

Kernel Books are books about blind people written by blind people. These books tell what blindness is like--and what it isn't like--and seek to get to the heart of blindness. Read Kernel Books Online

NFB of Iowa Contact Information

NFB of Iowa Press Releases
National Federation of the Blind Home Page

If you have questions about the National Federation of the Blind of Iowa, you may either send a message to the president or call (515 771-8348.

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