National League of the Blind & Disabled
Honoured and proud to represent our Blind, Deaf and Disabled members in the NLBD.
The National League of the Blind and Disabled (NLBD) is section
of Community, the trade union for life. The NLBD represents members
with vision impairment or other disabilities and supports them into
If you are a disabled person, as we all are, in the National
League of the Blind and Disabled (NLBD), and you believe that
disabled people are severely disadvantaged in terms of employment
opportunities, access to the built environment, transport,
communications and other issues, then we need you to join us to add your
voice to our campaign for full civil rights and an end to
discrimination against disabled people.
The NLBD is a national organisation of members formed into
around 45 branches across the UK, including Northern Ireland,
Scotland and Wales. Our members organise within their branches and
on a regional basis in their Regional Councils, and are governed by
a National Committee elected by the members.
The NLBD is the oldest organisation of disabled people in the
world, and was originally founded as a trade union in 1899. We
joined forces with the old ISTC trade union in 2000 to help form
Community as a whole new vision of what trade unionism should be
about. In addition to our expertise in representing people at the
workplace, we are primarily a campaigning organisation and have had
some tremendous successes throughout our long history.
The NLBD led a successful and crucial campaign in 1920, which
provided disabled people with the first legislation specifically
for blind people with the introduction of the 1920 Blind Persons
This Act made it a duty for councils to provide for the welfare
of the blind and extended the old age pension to blind people at 50
years of age rather than 70. For the first time, blind children are
allowed to take the same examinations as sighted people, such as
City and Guilds.
More recently the NLBD campaigned for full civil rights which
led to the formation of the Disability Rights Commission, and we
also played a major part in the campaign for the 2005 Disability
We believe there is much more to do, specifically in terms of
the cultural changes necessary to convince employers of the
benefits of employing disabled people.
The more people that join Community, the stronger our
voice will be in future campaigns of this type.