What Is Different About the GOPBC?
As a Division of the National Federation of the Blind of Georgia (NFBGA), the Georgia Organization of Parents of Blind Children has the unique advantage of being a part of the largest, most active consumer organization of the blind in the country. This relationship offers members of GOPBC a number of benefits. Parents and their blind children can learn through contact with blind adults that it is respectable to be blind. Negative attitudes about blindness are so prevalent that it is not unusual for a blind child (even with the most supportive parents) to feel shame and resentment about his or her blindness. Regular and consistent interaction with a variety of competent, normal blind adults can do wonders for a blind child's self-esteem. The NFB of Georgia awards scholarships to blind students, combats discrimination against the blind (children, too), evaluates new technology, and provides free and low cost literature about all aspects of living with blindness.
Who Can Join the GOPBC?
Parents, relatives, educators, blind adults, and others interested in promoting opportunities for blind children may join. Local parent support groups are also invited to affiliate with the GOPBC. Although membership is open to non-parents, the control and focus of GOPBC remains with parents.
How Can I Join the GOPBC?
Georgia Organization of Parents of Blind Children dues are $10.00 per family per year, which includes membership in the National Organization of Parents of Blind Children, and subscriptions to Future Reflections and The Braille Monitor. Members of the GOPBC are also members at large of the National Federation of the Blind of Georgia. To join, fill out the membership application below and return it with a $10 check, made payable to the NFB of Georgia, to cover your annual dues.
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