Greater Springfield Chapter

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Contact Information

National Federation of the Blind of Massachusetts
Contact: Robert R. Baran, President
Email Address:
Phone: 413-733-5547

P.O. Box 3512 Springfield, MA 01101
Area Served: West

Map Location Greater Springfield Chapter


     NFB brings the blind together to share successes, to support each other in times of failure and to create imaginative solutions to problems.

The purpose of the National Federation of the Blind is two-fold-- to help blind persons achieve self-confidence and self-respect and to act as a vehicle for collective self-expression by the blind. By providing public education about blindness, information and referral services, scholarships, literature and publications about blindness, aids and appliances and other adaptive equipment for the blind, advocacy services and protection of civil rights, development and evaluation of technology, and support for blind persons and their families, members of the NFB strive to educate the public that the blind are normal individuals who can compete on terms of equality.

Special services of the National Federation of the Blind include a Materials Center containing over eleven hundred pieces of literature about blindness and four hundred different aids and appliances used by the blind and the International Braille and Technology Center for the Blind is 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 to anyone free of charge.

Service Types

  • Adult Education
  • Disability Awareness
  • Family Support
  • Job Counseling
  • Socialization Activities

Program Type

  • Advocacy
  • Aging
  • Assistive Technology and Equipment
  • Communication
  • Self-Advocacy Training
  • Support Groups
  • Transition
  • Vocational

Populations Served

  • Blind

Ages Served

  • Birth to 3
  • 3 - 4
  • 5 - 8
  • 9 - 13
  • 14 - 18
  • 19 - 22
  • 23 – 59
  • 60 +

Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

Accessibility Features

  • Able to serve clients in their wheelchair
  • Accessible Parking
  • Accessible Public Transportation
  • Accessible Restrooms
  • Near Public Transportation
  • Wheelchair Ramps

Additional Information

  • Fees: Free Service