The National Federation of the Blind distributes many different magazines, newspapers, newsletters, speeches, reports, books, and other pieces of literature to inform the public (blind and sighted) about the true nature of blindness and about issues of interest to the blind.

The Student Slate

The Student Slate is the newsletter of the National Association of Blind Students, (NABS.) It is written by blind students for blind students of all ages and is packed with information to assist readers with issues related to their current course of study and to help them plan for future career successes. It contains articles about what it takes to be a successful blind student and how to plan, organize,and undertake one's chosen course of study.

The Braille Monitor

The Braille Monitor is the leading publication of the NFB, this magazine is published eleven times a year and covers blindness-related events, activities, and issues.

Voice of the Nation's Blind

The Voice of the Nation's Blind is the blog of the National Federation of the Blind, which features news and commentary on issues affecting the blind.

Future Reflections

Future Reflections is a quarterly magazine (published by the National Organization of Parents of Blind Children) offers parents and teachers a multitude of resources and information based on the positive NFB philosophy.

Voice of the Diabetic

The Voice of the Diabetic is a quarterly newspaper (published by the Diabetes Action Network) offers information and inspiration for diabetics, health professionals, and all those touched by the condition.

Journal of Blindness Innovation and Research

Journal of Blindness Innovation and Research (JBIR) is international in scope and interdisciplinary. Its reports, reviews, and opinion pieces broaden and deepen our understanding of the best practices for increasing the independence, self-respect, self-determination, and potential of the blind.

Imagineering Our Future

Imagineering Our Future Email Newsletter is the NFB's monthly email newsletter that shares a letter from President Riccobono, Federationist stories, news, and action items. Read a recent issue. Sign up here to receive our monthly Imagineering Our Future email newsletter.

Kernel Books

Kernel Books is an influential series of booklets made up of inspirational stories written by blind people about themselves. Contact the Independence Market to learn how you can receive free copies for a limited time. 

The Nation's Blind Podcast

The Nation's Blind Podcast is a monthly show that highlights different areas of the Federation. You can subscribe to the show's RSS feed, or find it on iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts.

Speeches and Reports

Discover key NFB speeches delivered by our esteemed leaders Jacobus tenBroek, Kenneth Jernigan, Marc Maurer, and Mark Riccobono. Included in this section are national convention banquet speeches, presidential reports, resolutions, and President Riccobono's presidential releases.


Topics covered by NFB literature include Braille, discrimination, education, seniors, low vision, parents, students, technology, and more! In addition, you'll find Information Packets full of valuable articles, books, resource lists, brochures, and forms. All of these items are available to order, and many are immediately available online!

NFB History

Building the Lives We Want: The Seventy-Fifth Anniversary of the National Federation of the Blind
Edited by Deborah Kent Stein, 2015
(Download Building the Lives We Want in multiple formats)

Walking Alone and Marching Together: A History of the Organized Blind Movement in the United States, 1940-1990
Edited by Floyd Matson, 1990
Available online: 
Walking Alone and Marching Together (HTML) 
Walking Alone and Marching Together (MP3)

Audio Video Center

President Riccobono's monthly Presidential Release, information about the Nation's Blind Podcast, and much more can be found in our Audio-Video Center.

Our publications are just one way the National Federation of the Blind is helping blind people live the lives we want!

For more information about blindness, please contact the Jacobus tenBroek Library of the National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute at 410-659-9314 or send an email to