nation's largest membership organization of blind persons, founded in 1940. With 50,000 members, the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) has affiliates in all 50 states plus Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico, and more than 700 local chapters. The National Federation of the Blind provides information and referral services, scholarships, literature and publications about blindness, aids and appliances and other adaptive equipment for the blind, advocacy services, development and evaluation of technology, and support for blind persons and their families.
Special services of the federation include a Materials Center containing literature about blindness and different aids and appliances used by the blind, and the International Braille and Technology Center for the Blind—the world's largest and most complete evaluation and demonstration center for all speech and Braille technology used by the blind from around the world. NFB-NEWSLINE for the Blind, the world's first free talking newspaper service, offers the blind the complete text of leading national and local newspapers with the use of only a touch-tone telephone. Jobline offers national employment listings and job openings through a telephone menu system available to anyone free of charge.
National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) A nonprofit organization that seeks to raise public awareness and understanding of learning disabilities, provide information and referrals, and arrange educational programs and legislative advocacy. The National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) provides educational tools to heighten understanding of learning disabilities, including the annual publication called Their World,
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