Here is a picture of a Whozit, a stylized colorful figure representing a blind person using a long cane.

Changing What It Means to Be Blind in the Nationís Capitol!


Being blind does not mean losing sight of life! We believe that a real problem of blindness is not the loss of eyesight. A real problem is the misunderstanding and the lack of information. We know that if a blind person has proper training and opportunity, blindness can be reduced to just a physical nuisance. The visually impaired can be just as successful pursuing their endeavors and live independently the same as their sighted peers. We are not just saying it, we are living it!

If you, or you know someone else that needs information or advice about living as a blind person, please call (202 352-1511 or contactthe National Federation of the Blind of Washington, DC .

New Affiliate Board of Officers


The 2013 NFB-DC State convention was a spectacular event. Read about the highlights in the "Capitol Steps" Newsletter below. The new affiliate board of Officers are as follows:


  • President, Shawn Callaway
  • 1st Vice President, Libra Robinson
  • 2nd Vice President, Margaret Williams
  • Treasurer, Lamont Wright
  • Secretary, Gail Snider
  • Board Member, Robert Ashe
  • Board Member, Eric Smith
  • Board Member, Jackie Patrick
  • Board Member, Oliver Washington

2014 Scholarship Program


Are you a legally blind college student living in the United States or Puerto Rico? This annual program offers 30 scholarships worth from $3,000 to $12,000 to eligible students, from high school seniors beginning their freshman year in the fall semester of 2014, up through grad students working on their PhD degrees. These merit scholarships are based on academic excellence, community service, and leadership. In addition to the money, each winner will receive assistance to attend the 2014 NFB Annual Convention in Orlando, Florida (July 1 to July 7, 2014), providing excellent opportunities for high-level networking with active blind persons in many different professions and occupations. To apply:

  • Read the rules & Submission Checklist
  • Complete the official 2014 Scholarship Application Form (online or in print)
  • Supply all required documents
  • Request and complete one interview by an NFB affiliate president

Applications are due March 31, 2014.

Click here for complete rules & requirements.


The Capitol Steps Newsletter



Read about some interesting details about the National Federation of the Blind & the blind community in the Nationís capitol. Subscriptions are available if you e-mail your request, and you can also email any articles and Letters for consideration to theeditors.


Read the most current version of The Capitol Steps newsletter here.



Upcoming Events


The NFB Washington, DC affiliate is on the move, and we want you to come along for the ride! We conduct various events and activities throughout the year. This includes meetings, fundraisers, social activities, and much more including other events in the community as well.

Get information about the Washington Seminar taking place January 27 to January 30, 2014.

Click here for our Calendar of Events.


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