While serving at the Seattle, Washington police department, John Schorsch ensured the city’s safety during large events and ran the Marine Operations team. Alongside other volunteer efforts, John Schorsch is a self-defense instructor for the National Federation of the Blind (NFB). The NFB provides many services for the visually-impaired and people losing their vision, and advocates for these groups. The NFB was founded in 1940 by visually-impaired people from seven states. In its constitution the NFB states its purpose: to promote the social and economic independence of the visually-impaired, and to advocate for policies benefiting them at the federal level. Through their advocacy, they aim to demonstrate blind people’s equal rights and capabilities relative to sighted people, and how only blind people themselves can speak on behalf of the community and its needs. The NFB offers resources including independent living skills training, accessible versions of print media, and publications for the blind and their advocates. The Journal of Blindness Innovation and Research is the first scholarly journal operated by visually-impaired people that discusses blindness from a nonmedical, interdisciplinary perspective. Via mail, the NFB distributes free slates and styluses to anyone who is blind, low vision, or wants to learn braille, and offers Library of Congress braille certification classes for transcribing and proofreading literary and Nemeth (mathematical) braille.