How to Join

Becoming a member of the National Federation of the Blind is easy to do! Membership in the NFB is rewarding because it opens up a network of unparalleled support, friendship, and resources. Together with love, hope, and determination, we help you transform your dreams into reality.

Become a member through your local chapter or division

A young blind boy plays with a floating ball in a museum.The best way to join is by attending a chapter or division meeting in your local area.  Generally, you simply submit your contact details and pay the annual membership dues of that chapter or division. Membership in a chapter or division also makes you a member of the national body of the NFB. Affiliate members are able to run for state or national offices and have state and national voting rights. By becoming an active member of the NFB family, you will gain self-confidence and self-esteem and learn ways to overcome any challenge.  Cultivating relationships, gaining access to local information, and learning from blind people in your area are just a few of the benefits of joining at this level.

For chapter and division contact information, meeting times, and resources in your area, go to either State and Local Organizations or Divisions and Committees.

Become a Member-at-Large

A group of blind adults and teenagers cross the street.Becoming a member-at-large is mostly for people who live in areas that do not have local chapters or divisions, or those who can't engage locally but want to support the organization. Members-at-large are members of the national organization.  Members-at-large may vote at our national convention. By contrast, becoming a member of an affiliate offers access to statewide NFB events and the network of friendship and support available in her or his state, as well as local voting rights.

National Federation of the Blind headquarters: National Center for the Blind and Jernigan InstituteTo become a member-at-large fill out this online form with your contact details and provide a form of payment for annual membership dues.  You can also use this Member-At-Large Form (Word Doc) and mail your information and payment to us.

To ask questions or obtain more information, please email us at [email protected] or call 410-659-9314 ext. 2357.

No matter how you become a member of the National Federation of the Blind, we encourage you to join our family and live the life you want.