(Resources and Information for Blind/Visually Impaired Students)

Colorado Association of Blind Students (CABS)

CABS, the state chapter of the NFB’s National Association of Blind Students, provides support, information, and encouragement to blind college students and to high school students who are looking forward to college. At both the national and state levels this division of NFBCO leads the way in offering information on issues such as national testing, accessible textbooks and materials, overcoming negative attitudes about blindness from school personnel, developing new techniques for accomplishing laboratory or field assignments, working with disabled student services offices and more. CABS offers regional seminars dealing with issues affecting college students throughout the year and holds an annual meeting at the NFB of Colorado State Convention in the Fall. CABS meets monthly via conference call. Contact the division president for more information.

For more information about CABS contact:

Cynthia Coffin, President

NFB Scholarships

NATIONAL SCHOLARSHIPS: The National Federation of the Blind offers scholarships to persons who are legally blind and living in the United States or Puerto Rico. There are 30 awards, from $3,000 to $12,000. All documents required from the applicants must be submitted online by 11:59 p.m. on March 31st. The NFB National Scholarship Program application is posted online in November at NFB.org.

STATE SCHOLARSHIPS: Each year at its state convention, the National Federation of the Blind of Colorado gives a broad array of scholarships to recognize achievement by blind scholars. Scholarships are awarded in May of the year. Applications for the next academic cycle are available in November. Click for Fact Sheet.

  • All applicants for these scholarships must be:
    • (1) legally blind
    • (2) a resident of Colorado, and,
    • (3) pursuing or planning to attend a full-time post-secondary course of study. One scholarship may be given to a full-time employee also attending school part-time.
  • Previous NFBCO scholarship winners are encouraged to apply again.
  • Applications are due by April 15.
  • Click here for the Scholarship Application packet.

For more information please contact:

Jessica Beecham, President

Training Opportunities

The National Federation of the Blind operates three training centers for blind and visually impaired individuals who are seeking to develop and refine the adaptive skills needed to succeed as a fully independent blind person. Programs specifically designed to prepare the blind/visually impaired student for college are available. Click here for information about the programs at the Colorado Center for the Blind.