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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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2016 NIB/NAEPB Public Policy Forum
May 24-25, 2016
Crystal Gateway Marriott
1700 Jefferson Davis Highway
Arlington, VA 22202

The NIB/NAEPB Public Policy Forum is annual opportunity for representatives of our associated nonprofit agencies to gather in Washington, DC to meet with Members of Congress and their staffs to grow relationships with federal elected officials and discuss issues affecting the employment of people who are blind.  As part of the Forum, NIB provides hands-on training for participants in our Advocates for Leadership and Employment program.  These Advocates are an increasingly important part of the Forum, as well as continued advocacy in their local communities year-round. Please be sure to join your colleagues in providing leadership and an increased presence in the nation’s capital for this critical event.

Details about the 2016 NIB/NAEPB Public Policy Forum will be provided on NIB's events page in early 2016. 


Advocates for Leadership and Employment

The Advocates for Leadership and Employment are NIB associated agency employees who are blind and interested in learning more about the public policy process and telling the NIB story to legislators. Over a two-year period, the Advocates focus on effective communications, advocacy strategies and grassroots initiatives. The employees' agencies benefit by having a trained advocate working on behalf of the shared mission to increase employment of people who are blind.  View videos from the Advocates.


Tools and Resources

Below are some valuable tools and resources that can assist in your advocacy efforts.

For more information on how you can have your voice heard, contact Rick Webster, vice president, public policy, at 703-310-0365 or