National Federation of the Blind of Alabama

Live the life you want!    Changing what it means to be blind!

National Federation of the Blind
 2020 Virtual Seniors Retreat

This is a great training opportunity in basic blindness  skills available to  members of the  NFB of Alabama Seniors Division who have paid their dues for 2020 (5.00). call Carol Braithwaite, president, if you wish to Pay membership dues at  1-205-903-8520.


Here you can learn more about this event by reading the informational flyer. Then, register, and pay the fee

October 18th-24th
Sponsored by the NFB Seniors Division

This virtual retreat focuses on promoting a sense of wellbeing and self-confidence despite living with newly acquired vision loss, and/or lifelong blindness. Our collective experience has taught us, that learning about blindness from competent blind people, while sharing the camaraderie of fellow retreat members, strengthens personal growth and guides seniors to advocate for themselves. Participants can look forward to receiving training in basic skills in adaptive techniques, development of new strategies for solving problems, an introduction to valuable resources, all to be better able to determine for themselves, what steps they can take to Live The Life They Want. We cannot overstate the positive impact an individual will experience as a member of a group of seniors, working together, sharing the life-changing activities in a retreat of this nature; just ask one of our recent graduates!

Please read the following registration form and choose the option which best suits your situation to register. Note, complete this before September 30th. Come join us to explore the possibilities of taking control of your life, and accepting vision loss by learning from a supportive, caring group of successful blind Americans.

If you need it, download the Flyer by clicking on this link.

Registration Form2020 VIRTUAL SENIOR RETREAT
(Note: This is Not a live form that can be filled out here on the web; it is a text Representation of the word document of the form, you can download below.)

Provide us with the following information and submit it, no later than September 30th.
Email Address:
Preferred Phone Number:
Address, Street:
State, Zip Code:

Have you had any skills training in blindness techniques in the past? Yes- No-
When did onset of blindness occur? Within the past year- Within the past three years- More than five years- More than ten years- Longer-

Check the classes you are most interested in learning:
Cane Travel-
Beginning Braille-

Daily Living-
Organizational Skills-
Exploring Hobbies-
Basic Information on iPhone and IOS devices-
Meaningful Discussions on Living With My Blindness-

Our greatest gift to you during this training, is to teach you how to think as a blind person needs to think. All your instructors are competent blind people who use these skills on a daily basis, and have been sharing this knowledge for years.

Note: It is highly recommended that you acquire a long, rigid white cane free from the National Federation of the Blind to practice with the instructors as you learn techniques for proper use, storage and traveling with a white cane. The proper length of your cane, when standing it vertical at your front, it should extend up to your chin but not higher than your nose. Canes should be ordered no later than September 5th, so you receive it in time to participate in this retreat. Here is a phone number to speak to someone to assist in ordering it-- 410-659-9314
Here is the link to where you can fill out an on-line form, to have a cane sent to you.

Also, if you checked (yes) to having an interest in learning beginning Braille, you will receive a Braille booklet.
If you do not own a slate and stylus, the long-time tool for writing braille, the NFB will give you one, free! Here is the link to have one sent to you.

The cost per attendee for this retreat is $50.00. It can be paid by one of the following two methods:
(Note on the actual registration form: please check the option you have chosen; it will help us to match up you and your money.)

#1 PayPal, or credit card from this website.

#2 By check and sent to our treasurer:

Seniors Division
Duncan Larsen
Colorado Center for the Blind
2233 West Shepperd Ave.
Littleton, CO 80120.

The check should be made out to: NFB seniors division. In the memo field, write- SENIOR RETREAT.

Fees are nonrefundable and money will be considered a donation to the Seniors Division. Payments should be received by September 30th.

Should you have any questions, please contact Ruth Sager, President NFB Seniors Division
Phone: 410-602-9030
Email: [email protected]

Note: Once your registration has been reviewed, the retreat team will send you the information necessary for you to call into the classes that you are scheduled for; this phone platform, is Zoom. If you need Some assistance in knowing what to do to make this work for you, please email, or call! This platform will work for the person using a landline phone, or a smart phone, or a computer.

We look forward to your participation in our first-ever virtual Senior Retreat.

If you need it, download the registration form by clicking on this link.
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Paying by PayPal- a PayPal account, or by a credit card:

here is a short run-down on how the below PayPal button works:
-First, you will encounter an edit box we would like you to fill out: Registrant's Name:
-Next, there is the actual PayPal button. When it opens up, you are in the PayPal site. Note, the dollar amount is already set at $50.00. If you have a PayPal account, you could log in and use that service to transact your business. Or, arrow down and find the option to use a credit card. If you do not have a PayPal account, you can arrow down to the option to use your credit card. Either way, just follow the labeled edit boxes, filling them in until you can check out.
-At completion of your transaction, you will receive a confirmation email from PayPal.

Are you approaching or over age 50? Are you blind or starting to lose your vision? Are you wondering how other people like you handle problems you have not had to worry about before now? If so, you are not alone. All over Alabama there are people like you.

The National Federation of the Blind of Alabama Seniors Division is with you! We want to open lines of communication about what NFB has to offer “junior seniors” and older throughout the state. We know banding together is the key to helping each other learn to live the lives we want.

We meet each month by phone for an hour of sharing practical information. We have one face-to-face meeting annually in March at the NFB of Alabama State Convention. The meetings are orderly, friendly, and focused on particular topics of interest. Some of the topics covered since we organized as a division of Alabama’s NFB affiliate are how to use cell phone apps effectively, finding exercise programs that have good voiced instructions, and taking charge of our general health with good dental care.

We received our charter at the NFB of Alabama State Convention in March 2018. We have our own constitution. Membership dues are $5 annually and are paid by January of each calendar year. Membership entitles a person to vote on all decisions made by the members. Members also belong to a local NFB of Alabama chapter (see first page of this website). However, it is not necessary for a person to join the Federation to participate in our meetings by phone. We welcome all who call in. We who have lost or are losing vision must meet all the challenges all seniors face. We also have a few additional concerns. See if any of these ring a bell:

1. Maintaining a positive attitude about vision loss

2. Finding good training to use a white cane or guide dog for travel, reading and writing Braille, using computers and phones, keeping your home safe and organized, gaining and keeping a job

3. Understanding services offered by the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services and the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind

4. Finding affordable ways to get a CCTV, computer, cell phone, or other equipment

5. Learning about how the National Federation of the Blind can help you stay independent in your home

6. Learning how you can help other blind people through supporting the NFB


As you read this list, consider the concerns that matter to you. If even one of them does, your NFB Alabama affiliate is here to help! We NFB seniors all have at least one, and most have several of these. We want to help each other with becoming empowered by increasing our personal freedom to live the lives we want.

For more information call Seniors Division President Carol Braithwaite at

205.903.8520 or email her at

[email protected]