The National Federation of the Blind of Illinois 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 does not hold us back. Together with love, hope and determination, we transform dreams into reality.
National Federation of the Blind Philosophy:
We believe that blindness can be reduced to a nuisance with proper training. We are the voice of the nation’s blind speaking for ourselves. We advocate for blind and visually impaired persons all over the United States, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.
About the NFBI
Our VISION is to create a world where people who are blind share opportunities to lead satisfying and independent lives, equal to those who are not blind. We commit ourselves to improving the lives of blind people in Illinois by living the VALUES of: SECURITY, EQUALITY and OPPORTUNITY assuring comparable choices to pursue our dreams.
Our MISSION as a grass roots “people’s movement” is to work together to advocate for ourselves and to encourage each other to achieve self-determined independence.
The National Federation of the Blind of Illinois demonstrates its commitment through statewide activities, advocating for children and adults of all ages. This includes developing and nurturing strong and informed relationships with both public and private schools and agencies responsible for providing services to the blind; seeking legislative solutions through cooperative ventures with our state representatives; and seeking private funding to support scholarships, work-study grants and internships for promising students. The NFBI Board of Directors also sponsors many low- income members in attending seminars, conventions and legislative events in order to provide mentoring and for them to learn more about possibilities for their futures. In many instances, attendance at such an event is the first time a newly blinded person has met other blind people with rich and interesting stories of success to share.
The National Federation of the Blind of Illinois carries out its work through collaboration and resource sharing with its strong National organization, through meetings and activities of its local chapters and through the education and mentorship activities of its more than 300 members scattered throughout the state. While the organization affirms its grass roots emphasis by reserving its leadership for people who are blind, all people who support our values and aspire to our vision are welcome to join our movement.
KNFB Reader App
Make the print yours!
The KNFB Reader is a mobile app that converts printed text into high quality speech to provide accurate, fast, and efficient access to both single and multiple page documents with the tap of a buttontext, including mail, receipts, class handouts, memos, and many other documents. Accuracy is facilitated by a field-of-view report, automatic page detection, and tilt control. The KNFB Reader is now fully sponsored by the NFB!
Please download the following to learn how to use the KNFB Reader app
- KNFB Reader Quick Start Guide (Word)
- KNFB Reader Quick Start Guide (PDF)
- KNFB Reader Manual (Word)
- KNFB Reader Manual (PDF)
Special Limited Offer!
The National Federation of the Blind is pleased to announce that Google continues its support of the development and distribution of KNFB Reader. For a limited time, KNFB Reader will be offered for the reduced price of $19.99 USD for the Android app. This is 80 percent off of the regular price. Check the Google Play store for pricing.
KNFB Reader is a mobile app that reads print aloud. It’s easy to use: take a photo and the app reads the text aloud in clear synthetic speech. And it’s fast: the print will be yours almost instantly.
The app is fully accessible thanks to Google TalkBack and app functionalities that guide the blind user in independently taking the perfect picture. The app can currently recognize text in nineteen different languages and is compatible with connected Braille displays.
One new KNFB Reader user said, “I had a minor medical procedure yesterday and upon discharge I was given a pile of papers which included my reported results. For the first time in my life, I was able to read my report in privacy and independently. If you are still wondering whether to buy this app, all I can say is that for me it was a good investment. I can imagine myself using the KNFB reader on a daily basis.”
Don’t miss out – this price is for a limited time only!
To purchase KNFB Reader, visit the Google Play Store.
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Have a Vehicle to Donate?
Help NFB increase Braille Literacy, fight against the payment of subminimum wages, and help visually impaired veterans by going to: https://nfb.org/vehicledonatios