The National Federation of the Blind knows that blindness is not the characteristic that defines you or your future. Every day we raise the expectations of blind people, because low expectations create obstacles between blind people and our dreams. You can live the life you want; blindness is not what holds you back.

The newly elected NFB of Florida Board

2021 State Convention

The Miami-Dade and Tampa Bay Chapter would like to thank all of our members who attended the 2021 Florida State Convention in person or virtually.

2021 Convention Sponsors

Vanda Pharmaceuticals, Inc. has enjoyed a long and enduring partnership with the NFB, and we deeply appreciate our relationship with you.

Thank you for inviting us to participate in The NFB of Florida 2021 Annual State Convention. We are happy to be here and proud to be your Title Sponsor!

Vanda is a biopharmaceutical company that conducts research on a rare condition called Non-24 - a short name for Non-24 Hour Sleep-Wake disorder.

Did you know that up to 70% of people who are totally blind have Non-24 and may not even know it?

Many think that it only affects people who are totally blind, when in fact, Non-24 can affect people with low vision, and even those who are sighted.

Non-24 is characterized by:
- Difficulties falling asleep at night;
- Difficulties staying asleep at night;
- And lots of daytime sleepiness.
Those are the three main symptoms.

And while the symptoms make it seem like a sleep disorder, it is not!
It is actually classified as a circadian rhythm disorder that occurs when our internal sleep-wake rhythm misaligns with a regular 24-hour day-night cycle, leading to the three main symptoms described earlier. This fact often leads to misdiagnosis and misunderstandings about this condition.
To bring attention to all the facts of Non-24, Vanda nurse educators provide educational programs at all levels within your organization and with its various affiliates. You are encouraged to advocate for yourself and for others, by scheduling a live program with Vicki Preddy, either virtually or in person.
For more information about Non-24, or to schedule a live program, please visit Vicki at her convention exhibit booth, or contact her by phone at 202-578-9060.

The National Federation of the Blind is not an organization speaking for the blind - It is the blind speaking for ourselves.