NFB Huntsville - Greater Rocket City Chapter

Changing what it means to be blind!

"The National Federation of the Blind - Greater Rocket City Chapter"

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 peoplebecause low expectations create obstacles between blind people and our dreams. You can live the life you want; blindness is not what holds you back. 

People who are blind can experience all of the joys and empowerment of every day life, and the lack of eyesight can be the least problem of blindness. Great significance is a person?s misunderstanding and lack of information. For example, with proper training and opportunity, blindness is often regarded more as a nuisance than a disability.  

The National Federation of the Blind of Alabama is a self-help group of blind people who provide peer support for one another. The NFB of Alabama can help you understand that blindness need not be a tragedy. We work together to promote the goal of integrating blind people into society as equals and productive members. We work towards this goal by helping people out grow their many misconceptions about blindness and by changing laws that affect the blind.  

Greater Rocket City Chapter of the National Federation of the Blind is an affiliate of the NFB of Alabama - visit


Monthly Meeting


Come join us at our next monthly meeting on Saturday, May 12, 2018, at 11:00 a.m!  The Greater Rocket City Chapter - Serving Huntsville, Madison, Decatur, Athens and the surrounding areas, meets on the second Saturday of every month at 11:00am at St. Mark's Evangelical Lutheran Church, located at 200 Longwood Drive, Southeast; Huntsville, AL 35801.  St. Mark's is located one block east of Whitesburg Drive on Longwood Drive. Please come join us!  At our upcoming chapter meeting, we will talk about the now two year old Alabama Freedom Center for the Blind, our Structure Discovery Center in Birmingham, Alabama. A partnership between the National Federation of the Blind and Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind. We will have a local artist talk to us about art for the blind and fundraising opportunities.  We will discuss our upcoming National Federation of the Blind convention to be held in Orlando, Florida, July 3 through 8, 2018. We will have several blind people speakers about their current jobs, Craig Moore a Blind Scientist with the Marshall Space Center.  Susan Povinelli, an engineer with the Army Materiels Command and another a PROGRAM MANAGER with the Army.  We will also have a panel regarding outdoor activities that the blind are a part of, including cross country skiing, beep baseball, white water rafting and kayaking. You won't want to miss out!  We are here in the Rocket City to provide you with important information regarding blindness! We continue to blastoff with great opportunities for the blind.   For more details, visit our chapter's website at We hope to see you at a meeting very soon. 

Don't forget our Christmas Party will be held with the Huntsville Pacesetters Lions Club Christmas Party.  The Christmas party will take place on Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. at the Brookdale Jones Farm Dinning Hall, located at 2815 Carl T. Jones Drive, Southeast, Huntsville, Alabama 35802. Our guest speaker will be Delegate Laura Hall. The cost of the dinner is $15 per person, inclusive.


Please visit our state affiliate website at for details on upcoming state activities, including our 2018 National Federation of the Blind convention and our 2019 National Federation of the Blind of Alabama annual convention to be held right here in Huntsville, March 7 through 10, 2019. 


At our 2017 National Federation of the Blind convention this past July in Orlando, which was the NFB's 77th annual convention, we had 55 Alabamians participated in the week long convention that offered numerous seminars and exhibits regarding blindness techniques and technology. We expect even more at our 2018 convention this summer in Orlando, Flordia.  Please visit for more details. We are now in the 78th year of the National Federation of the Blind.  You won't want to miss the review of accomplishments of the organized blind of the national over the past 77 years.  It will be a celebration you will want to be a part of.


Our 2018 NFB of Alabama convention was another great success with a record 175 registered attendees.  We are well underway in planning for our 2018 convention.  The convention will be at the Marriott Space & Rocket Center, Huntsville, Alabama.  It will be held March 8-10, 2019.  You will find details of the Alabama convention at   Start saving your pennies and plan now to be a part of the largest gathering of blind people in Alabama.   Our conventions are always exciting and energetic with many nationally known blind dynamic speakers. One such speaker is our own Milton Anthony.  Milton's story is powerful and one that shows us about how we can all learn to  over came all odds.  Mr. Anthony overcame insurmountable odds to become an outstanding motivational speaker and professional counselor.  Please visit his website at    

In December 2018, we, the members of the Greater Rocket City Chapter of the NFB, will sponsor a local blind child for our 2018 Christmas Angel. We are changing what it means to be blind in the Rocket City and beyond!  Come join us!












Contact Larry Povinelli at or 256-325-4120 for more info.

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Greater Rocket City Chapter

Larry Povinelli, Treasurer

121 Cork Alley

Madison, AL 35758-3106

(256) 325-4120

(703) 969-6476 Cell

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