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Upcoming Events

Free Accessibility Training Boutiques

Accessible Websites, Made Accessibly: An Introduction to Wordpress
July 25, 3:00-5:00 PM

This boutique will cover some of the tools and techniques available to build an accessible site using Wordpress. 

Testing Accessibility with NVDA
August 11, 8:00-10:00 AM

This boutique will cover the basics of using NVDA, an open source screen reader, as well as some of the reasons why NVDA is especially well-suited for software and website testing. 

Accessible Websites, Made Accessibly: An Introduction to Drupal
September 26, 3:00-5:00 PM

In this boutique we will discuss some of Drupal’s features and share behind-the-scenes insight into what makes an accessible Drupal site tick. 

For more information or to RSVP for any of our boutiques, please go to our accessibility boutique information page.


The NFB will facilitate a weeklong advanced engineering design program for blind high school students July 31—August 6, 2016. To learn more please visit http://www.blindscience.org/NFBEQ. To learn more about the teacher cohort program offered August 2-6, 2016, please visit http://www.blindscience.org/nfb-eq-teacher-seminar.

WBU/ICEVI Joint Assembly

The WBU/ICEVI Joint Assembly, hosted by NFB, will take place in Orlando, Florida, August 18—25, 2016, at the Rosen Centre Hotel. For more information about these conferences, please visit the WBU-ICEVI 2016 site.

NFB BELL Academy

The NFB BELL Academy provides intensive Braille and nonvisual skills instruction to blind and low-vision children using fun, engaging activities during the summer months. Twenty-two begin in July and eight more will commence in August. To find an NFB BELL Academy near you, please visit the NFB BELL Academy home page. You may apply at the 2016 NFB BELL Academy Application page

Google Training

The NFB Jernigan Institute and Google are co-hosting a three-day event for access technology trainers on all things Google on October 4–6. For more information on the training and how to apply, please visit the Google Training page

What's New

Submit Your Title II SANPRM Comments

The NFB is gathering member comments regarding the importance of accessible websites in response to the US Department of Justice’s consideration of adopting specific technical standards for website accessibility under Title II of the ADA. We need your stories, both positive and negative, regarding the importance of accessible state and local government websites. Submit them before July 31, 2016, via https://nfb.org/titleiisanprm

Submit Your Comments on DFARS Case 2015-D012

The NFB is gathering member comments regarding the Department of Defense’s proposal to amend the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS). If enacted, the current proposed rule would result in opportunities being taken away from blind persons and will virtually ensure there are no new opportunities in the future within the Randolph-Sheppard Program. We need feedback from those who are familiar with the Randolph-Sheppard Program and appreciate the opportunities it affords to blind people to be self-employed entrepreneurs. Please submit your comments before August 8, 2016, via https://nfb.constituentvoice.net/nfbreg/.

July Braille Monitor Now Available

The July edition of the Braille Monitor, the NFB’s flagship publication, is now available to read online. This publication, with all the latest news about blindness and the NFB, is also available in large print, Braille, and audio format, as well as via email and on NFB-NEWSLINE. In this month’s issue, read about a victory for blind parents in Maryland, as well as an inspiring story about using structured discovery in unfamiliar places and much, much more.

Jerry Whittle’s Story

In honor of recent Jacobus tenBroek Award recipients Jerry and Marilyn Whittle, this week’s video is Jerry Whittle’s story. Jerry Whittle has been an athlete, a professor, a Braille instructor, and even a published author. Despite losing his vision as a teen, he learned to adapt to his circumstances using nonvisual techniques. The training and support he received from the National Federation of the Blind empowered him to pursue his dreams and now, Jerry is living the life he wants.

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