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You can live the life you want; blindness
is not what holds you back.

The National Federation of the Blind of CT 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.

Upcoming Events

2021 NFB BELL Academy In Home Edition, Session 3

August 9, 2021 to August 20, 2021
9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Anywhere & Everywhere

The NFB BELL® (Braille Enrichment for Literacy and Learning) Academy is a two-week summer day program that teaches confidence and independence skills through Braille, crafts, games, field trips, and interaction with blind mentors. Children ages 4 -12 learn that their blindness or low vision does not define them or their future. They can live the lives they want. Click here to learn more or contact Kristen Dockendorff, coordinator, at 860-993-5869 or

2021 NFBCT State Convention

October 29, 2021 to October 31, 2021
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

In-person attendance:

Sheraton Hartford South
100 Capitol Boulevard
Rocky Hill, CT 06067

Virtual Attendance:

Zoom Conference Call, details will be released in the agenda

The NFBCT State Convention is the largest gathering of blind people in the state. Click here to learn more.

Click here to register as a convention sponsor!

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COVID-19 Information & Announcements

National Federation of the Blind COVID-19 Policy Relating to Public Events

Please give attention to the policy directive from the Board of Directors of the National Federation of the Blind related to the immediate postponement of public meetings of the organization. You can read the policy directive and hear an emergency Presidential Release related to this matter at

COVID-19 Resources

The National Federation of the Blind is closely monitoring the COVID-19 emergency, which is changing everyone’s lives but has unique effects on blind people. The health and safety of all of our members, colleagues, and friends is always our top priority. Information on the NFB’s COVID-19 Resources page,, provides resources that may be particularly useful to blind people facing challenges during the emergency. If you have found other resources that you believe are useful, please email the information to For the latest happenings with the NFB surrounding COVID-19, please visit

What's New

Beware of Scam Emails

We have received several calls and emails over the last few days asking about emails or text messages that look like they are coming from President Maryanne Melley or other members of the National Federation of the Blind of Connecticut. The emails asking people to contact Maryanne or other members of the National Federation of the Blind of Connecticut Board of Directors urgently, or asking for gift cards and the codes to be sent to the sender of the message.

National Federation of the Blind's Give $20 Convention Drawing

Each year, thousands of Federation members and friends make donations to fund our great programs. Your continued support is needed. When you participate in the Give $20 campaign you will be entered into the Give $20 convention drawing (formerly known as the Kenneth Jernigan convention drawing) AND help our work to change lives for blind people across the country.

How to Contribute and Qualify:

Please note: The drawing is for individuals and is not intended for contributions by divisions, state affiliates, or chapters.

You must specify a fund in order to be entered into the drawing. You can do this by using our Give $20 online donation form or writing in the memo if giving by check. Choose one of the following funds: Kenneth Jernigan Fund, SUN Fund, White Cane Fund, or the tenBroek Fund. Your donation will be counted for the drawing regardless of which fund you designate.

  • Donate online now.
  • Donate via phone by calling our donation line at 410-659-9314, extension 2282.
  • Send a check to Attention: Give20, National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute, 200 East Wells Street, Baltimore, MD 21230. Be sure to have "Give 20" and the fund you are donating to in the memo.

Participate in our Give 20 Convention Drawing and double your donation at the same time if you donate during the week of May 16 through 23. Contributions of $20 or more will be eligible to win a trip to the 2022 national convention in New Orleans, Louisiana, OR take the cash prize of $2,000. For more information or to donate by phone, contact us at or 410-659-9314, extension 2282.

Winter/Spring 2021 issue of The Federationist In Connecticut is now available!

The Winter/Spring 2021 issue of The Federationist In Connecticut is now available for your reading enjoyment! Current and past issues of The Federationist In Connecticut can be viewed at

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