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Stones River Chapter of NFB of TN

Murfreesboro, Tennessee

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The Stones River chapter of the National federation of the Blind of Tennessee is made up of business professionals, parents, seniors and college students. With a majority of the members being blind, The Stones River Chapter of the NATIONAL FEDERATION OF THE BLIND of Tennessee IS NOT AN ORGANIZATION SPEAKING FOR THE BLIND; IT IS THE BLIND SPEAKING FOR THEMSELVES We meet monthly to organize and build Services that can and do assist communities in Rutherford County. These services include, but are not limited to: educating the public about blindness Assisting parents of blind children with the resources needed to give their child the tools to succeed Collaborate with community leaders to better assist them when developing plans for expansion or growth Train and give voice to the newly blind Identify legislation that can help or harm the blind Ensure the blind have accessibility in transportation, public buildings and entertainment Participate in events that will allow the community to interact with the blind More than half of our members are Middle Tennessee State University students who are interested in networking, removing roadblocks to learning for blind students, and giving voice to students on a State and National level. Topics of interest to these Students are: Life after high school for blind students Working to ensure blind students have the same opportunities and privileges as their sighted classmates Inclusion in Student Government, Politics, Social clubs and Community affairs Blind students taking the lead in improving educational opportunities for those yet to come Leading the way toward more adequate library and rehabilitation services Collective action of organized blind students The Stones River Chapter of the National Federation of the Blind of Tennessee, believes that blind people are essentially normal and that blindness in itself is not a mental or psychological handicap. We invite you to join with us in abolishing Legal, economic, and social discrimination based upon the false assumption that the blind are somehow different from the sighted. Equal opportunity must be made available to blind people. Because of their personal experience with blindness, the blind themselves are best qualified to lead the way in solving their own problems, but the general public is invited to participate in finding solutions. Upon these fundamentals, the Stones River Chapter of the National Federation of the Blind predicates its philosophy. For more information please call President James Boehm at 901-483-1515 or go to our web site

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