Why I Changed My Mind About the NFB
By Megan Homrighausen
(Editor’s Note: This article appeared in News and Views, the newsletter of the National Federation of the Blind of Arizona. I reprint here because it is a good summary of the experience of so many of us, and perhaps an encouragement to others.)
When I first heard about the NFB, it didn't impress me too much. I thought there were too many rules and regulations and I just felt like I didn't fit in. Mind you, I was a lot younger back then and when you're young like I was, the last thing you want to do is follow another rule. I tried to like the NFB because all of my friends had joined and so I went to my first state convention in 2005. I had fun staying at a hotel and I took in all the information that I could. I went to all the meetings and the banquet and had a lot of fun but I still was skeptical. I wasn't quite ready to be independent yet because I didn't really believe that I could be.
Years later, as I got older, I thought to myself, I should go to state convention again; I have the money right now. It literally changed my life and my world. I found out that the NFB wasn't just a bunch of rules, but a way of life.
Because of the NFB, I am feeling more independent than I ever have even though I've lost more eyesight recently. My friends in the NFB teach me the NFB way by example every day. I get the encouragement that I need from the NFB and I've found that I can do more things myself than I ever imagined possible.
I encourage you to do some research on all the things that the NFB has changed over the years. You would be truly amazed.