All Chapters & Divisions

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All Chapters & Divisions

At Large Chapter

Monthly Meeting: third Sunday at 7:00 p.m.

Meets via Zoom. Contact the President for the connection information.

President: Dave Andrews (email) or call (612) 730-7931

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Metro Chapter

Monthly Meeting: Third Saturday of the month from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Via Zoom (web and telephone platform) until further notice

President: Deanna Langton (email) or call (651) 247-4461

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Riverbend Chapter

Monthly Meeting: Second Thursday of the month at 7 p.m.

Meets via Zoom web conferencing application; join meeting with this link

President: Mike Colbrunn (email) or call (507) 469-9492

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Rochester Chapter

Monthly Meeting: The fourth Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m.

The meetings take place via Zoom. Contact the president for the connection information.

President: Jan Bailey (email) or call (507) 288-5335


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Twin Ports Chapter

Monthly Meeting : Second Monday of the month at 6:00 p.m.

Pizza Luce 11 E Superior Street Duluth, MN

President : Alex Loch (email) or call (763) 242-6217

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Minnesota Association of Blind Students

The Minnesota Association of Blind Students (MNABS) is a division of the National Federation of the Blind of Minnesota and is composed of blind students of all ages and academic levels who seek to improve opportunities and advocate for themselves and all blind students in the state of Minnesota. We meet to discuss issues of interest to blind students and share information and ideas. We conduct seminars where experienced blind students and successful, employed blind individuals share what they have learned in dealing with a variety of common situations such as Disability Services offices, hiring readers, misconceptions about blindness, and many other topics. We assist with the NFB of Minnesota scholarship and distribute information about the NFB's national scholarship program.

MNABS holds monthly conference calls to discuss topics and plan future events pertaining to blind students. Come learn what we're all about. The conference number is: (605) 475-4881,,960671#

Join us in an opportunity to change what it means to be a blind student. There are many areas where we can make a difference. It takes planning and action to be effective and we intend to have a large voice where it is needed. Come and join us; we need good leadership and there are plenty of opportunities to enhance your student life and build your leadership skills. We are looking forward to a very exciting year.

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Seniors Division

Accepting Change

As we age, so do our eyes and this may result in vision loss.  In fact, the majority of people who develop low vision or become legally blind are over 65.  Of course, adapting to changes in your eyesight can be difficult and may lead to fear, frustration, and feelings of isolation and helplessness.  Sometimes well-intentioned friends and family members may even contribute to these negative feelings because they too believe we are unable to care for ourselves.

A New Attitude

We at the NFB of Minnesota Seniors Division believe vision loss need not restrict your life.  Our experience is that with the correct training and encouragement, seniors with vision loss can, and do, continue to enjoy full and independent lives.

The secret lies in the AAA Approach: Acceptance, Attitude, and Alternative techniques. By learning to use some alternative techniques that employ senses of touch or hearing rather than sight, low vision seniors continue to do almost everything they wish.

Adopting Alternative Techniques

Thankfully,many of these clever alternatives are relatively easy to learn.  Blind and low vision seniors everywhere are successfully using practical nonvisual techniques to manage everyday life to retain and regain their independence.

You can:

  • find alternatives to driving
  • cook and clean
  • write letters
  • continue favorite hobbies
  • shop in stores and online
  • dial the telephone
  • use computers
  • read daily newspapers
  • organize and identify money
  • recruit and work with readers
  • travel for pleasure
  • get around safely and confidently

Next Steps: Make the most of our NFB resources.

Nearly all are free of charge!

  1. Reach out to one of your peers in the NFB of Minnesota Seniors Division
  2. Subscribe to NFB-NEWSLINE®, and read the newspaper again
  3. Join your local NFB of Minnesota chapter, and meet other low vision seniors
  4. Read our free NFB motivational literature about using alternative techniques
  5. Contact Blindness: Learning In New Dimensions (BLIND, Inc.) and State Services for the Blind, and learn about additional services in your community
  6. Visit Blindness: Learning In New Dimensions (BLIND, Inc.) to learn how to use a computer

Connect with Us!

Judy Sanders, President
Phone: (952) 232-8049‬


Judy Sanders, President
Phone: (952) 232-8049‬

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