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 Braille Monitor cover has a dark blue background and the new NFB logo.Braille Monitor

The leading publication of the National Federation of the Blind, this magazine is published eleven times a year and covers blindness-related events, activities, and issues.

Journal of Blindness Innovation and Research

Journal of Blindness Innovation and Research logoJBIR is the first scholarly journal created by blind people designed to address the real problems of blindness. An open-access, online-only publication, 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.

Voice of the Nation's Blind

The blog of the National Federation of the Blind features news and commentary on issues affecting the blind.

Imagineering Our Future Email Newsletter

Our monthly email newsletter 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.

The future reflections cover features an adult and child icon pair on a bright blue background.Future Reflections

This quarterly magazine (published by the American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults in partnership with the National Organization of Parents of Blind Children) offers parents and teachers a multitude of resources and information based on the positive National Federation of the Blind philosophy. You may also subscribe to our RSS feed.

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.

Kernel Books

This influential series of booklets is 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. 

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 State, 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 [email protected].

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