National League of the Blind and Disabled is a registered trade union and is involved in all issues regarding the employment of blind and disabled people in the UK. The National League of the Blind became the National League for the Blind and Disabled and then in 2000 merged with ISTC to become the union ‘Community’. Community is now represent members and their families in all industries and sectors within the UK from Footwear & Textiles industries to the NSPCC.

The National League of the Blind and Disabled (NLBD)

The National League of the Blind and Disabled (NLBD) represents members with vision impairment or other disabilities and supports them into the workforce. 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. 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 Act and 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 Discrimination Act.

If you are a disabled person 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.


Community provides members with the highest levels of service and representation as well as our competitive membership benefits which include our outstanding legal protections.  We campaign on behalf of our members, their families, and their communities to ensure a better life for all in both the workplace and the home. We also provide information and advice on your work rights such as minimum pay, holidays, maternity leave, notice periods, discrimination and working hours.

Unlike other trade unions who may specialise in specific industries and sectors, Community is proud to be an inclusive 21st Century trade union, welcoming all people as members regardless of the sector they work in, or the community they live. We aim to be:

Aspirational: Our resources are dedicated to making our member’s lives and their communities better.

Accountable: Our members run the union and we welcome our responsibilities to them, their employers, their families, and our social and political partners.

Responsive: We listen to our members, we act quickly to address their concerns, and we will strengthen our resolve when they need us most.

Resourceful: We are a strong independent union, driving change proactively and we manage our member’s contributions effectively to define and resolve future challenges.

There are 3 ways you can join Community – online, over the phone, or by post. Subscription fees are proportionate to income and can cost from around £2.50 to £25.00 per month. Click here for more information on joining Community


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National League of the Blind and Disabled

324 Gray’s Inn Road




020 7837 6103