Welcome to the home of the National Federation of the Blind of Arkansas.

Our Mission:

The mission of the National Federation of the Blind is to achieve widespread emotional acceptance and intellectual understanding that the real problem of blindness is not the loss of eyesight but the misconceptions and lack of information which exist. We do this by bringing blind people together to share successes, to support each other in times of failure, and to create imaginative solutions.

The National Federation of the Blind of Arkansas and its chapters are dedicated to helping the blind and visually impaired community in our state. We are constantly working towards making the general public aware of the challenges blind people face in everyday life. Through our advocacy and fundraising activities, we strive to show blindness doesn’t limit our abilities. The real problem of blindness is the misunderstanding and lack of information about blindness, not the lack of eyesight itself.

The NFBAR is one of the National Federation of the Blind’s 52 National Affiliates, which include Puerto Rico and Washington D.C. Our 5 local chapters are part of the NFB’s more than 700 local chapters. With more than 50,000 members, the NFB is The largest organization of blind persons in the United States. The NFB is the largest and most influential advocacy organization of blind persons in the United States. There are also many sighted members who are interested in promoting the NFB’s positive messages.

The NFB was founded in 1940, and has its national headquarters in Baltimore, Maryland. The NFB has also established the Jernigan Institute, a facility for research and for the education of blind persons by teachers who are also blind. The Jernigan Institute is located next door to the NFB National Headquarters in Baltimore.

We are striving to change what it means to be blind. Whether you are blind or sighted, if you would like to become a part of the largest organization of the blind in the nation, and be a part of our efforts in Arkansas please contact our state affiliate or any of our local chapters.

Affiliate History

The National Federation of the Blind of Arkansas was founded in 1959. The NFBAR is composed of elected members from all chapters in the state of Arkansas, and as such does not have a permanent location. Our state affiliate currently consists of 5 chapters serving locations across the state. The Northwest Arkansas (NFB of NWA) serves the major Northwest Arkansas area including the cities of Bentonville, Rogers, Springdale, and Fayetteville. The Central Arkansas chapter, based out of Little Rock, serves the central Arkansas region. The River Valley chapter is located in Fort Smith, and serves the greater river valley region. The At Large Chapter, was created to serve all of Arkansas, who do not have access to a local chapter.

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