National Organization

We are the California affiliate of the National Federation of the Blind, a grass roots membership organization.

Purpose

The purpose of the National Federation of the Blind is to serve as a vehicle for collective action by the blind of the nation; to function as a mechanism through which the blind and interested sighted persons can come together in local, state, and national meetings to plan and carry out programs to improve the quality of life for the blind; to provide a means of collective action for parents of blind children; to promote the vocational, cultural, and social advancement of the blind; to achieve the integration of the blind into society on a basis of equality with the sighted; and to take any other action which will improve the overall condition and standard of living of the blind.

Leadership

The Board of Directors list

History of NFBC-Sponsored Legislation

AB-2312

(John Dutra, Point-of-Sale machines) was recently signed by Governor Schwarzenegger. Because of the installation of touchscreen point-of-sale machines, legislation was necessary to make these machines accessible once again to the blind and visually impaired population.

AB-1010 (Yee)

Forgiveness loans for VI teachers. Died due to budget. Rewritten by Pavley to require publishers to issue all books on diskette to students in grades K-12 — vetoed by Governor Schwarzenegger, 2004

AB-2616(Lowenthal)

Provided forgiveness loans and distance learning programs for teachers of the visually impaired – vetoed by Governor Davis, 2002

AB 2525(Jackson)

Mandated non-visual access to voting machines – signed by Governor Davis, 2002