National Federation for the Blind


The National Federation for the Blind provides free items to individuals who are blind or who have low vision.



Programs Available

NFB's Free White Cane Program distributes free white canes that give people who are blind the ability to achieve a full and independent life, allowing them to travel freely and safely.

NFB's Free Slate and Stylus Program distributes a plastic, four line, twenty-eight cell slate along with a saddle stylus to those who need them.  This is for those who know Braille or want to learn Braille. It is the only Braille writing device that has the same portability, flexibility, and affordability as a pen and pencil.

Financial Criteria

Requests can be made every 6 months for either the cane or slate and stylus. 


Those who are blind or with low vision who live in the 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.

AT Services Provided/Covered

None specified.

AT Devices Provided/Covered

White cane or Slate and Stylus

Application Process

Apply for the Free White Cane Program or Free Slate and Stylus Program on the NFB website

Pieces of the Puzzle

  • Resources for how to use the white cane and slate and stylus are provided on the website.