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"It is not so much the powerful leaders that determine our destiny as the much more powerful influence of the combined voices of the people themselves."

– Eleanor Roosevelt ("Tomorrow is Now," 1963)


NIB is committed to expanding opportunities for social and economic independence of persons who are blind.  Advocacy is a core component of this commitment, and the stronger our collective voice is heard, the more doors to opportunity can be opened for the millions of Americans who are visually impaired and not currently participating in our workforce.


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2019 NIB/NAEPB National Symposium
Hilton Alexandria Mark Center, Alexandria, Virginia
April 29-May 2, 2019


The NIB/NAEPB National Symposium provides an opportunity for representatives of our associated nonprofit agencies to gather in Washington, D.C., and meet with members of Congress and their staff to build relationships and discuss issues affecting the employment of people who are blind. The Symposium also incorporates recognition of our associated agency employees of the year and national award winners.

NIB will provide hands-on training at the event for participants in our Advocates for Leadership and Employment program, as well as full legislative briefings and other preparation for participants planning to visit congressional offices on Capitol Hill. Please join your colleagues for this critical event to advocate and increase our presence in the nation's capitol.

Details about the NIB/NAEPB National Symposium are provided on NIB's events page


Advocates for Leadership and Employment

The Advocates for Leadership and Employment are NIB associated agency employees who are blind who have an interest in learning about the public policy process and sharing the NIB story with legislators. Over a two-year period, Advocates receive formal training and focus on effective communications, advocacy strategies and grassroots initiatives. Ongoing training and updates are provided from NIB staff. The Advocates program benefits NIB associated agencies by providing a trained advocate working on behalf of our shared mission to increase employment of people who are blind. Click here to watch a video about the Advocates program.


Tools and Resources

The American Foundation of the Blind (AFB) maintains an informative webpage with facts and figures on adults with vision loss, and NIB can provide advocacy toolkits to help assist with your outreach efforts. For more information, contact Rick Webster, vice president, public policy, at 703-310-0365 or