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Upcoming Events

NFB BELL Academy Training Seminars

There will be two training seminars for affiliates planning to host one or more NFB BELL Academy sites in the summer of 2017; attendance at one of these training seminars is required.

September 30-October 2, 2016

This training is only for states that hosted one or more NFB BELL Academy sites in the summer of 2016. Registration has closed for this training.

October 20-23, 2016

This training is for novice- and intermediate-level NFB BELL Academy staff, but may be attended by more experienced staff as well. Registration has closed for this training.

Free Accessibility Training Boutiques

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.

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

State Conventions

Many states have their conventions in the fall. Please visit the State Conventions page to find out if there is an upcoming convention in your state.

What's New 

Important Legislative Action

We need to thank Representative Mac Thornberry, chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, for assisting disabled veterans injured prior to September 23, 1996, to obtain access to the Space Available program by including language to correct the exclusion of these veterans from the program in the House version of the National Defense Authorization Act. Your letter of thanks will give Chairman Thornberry support when he seeks inclusion of his language in the final joint House and Senate bill when the conference committee meets in September. We have made it simple and convenient for you to write to Chairman Thornberry; all you need do is fill out the very short webform located at this link: https://nfb.org/thank-you-thornberry

Proposed Uber Class Action Settlement

In order to prevent discrimination against service animal users by Uber drivers, the NFB has proposed a class action settlement that would, among other things, require Uber to provide additional training to its drivers, require Uber drivers to acknowledge their responsibility to transport riders with service animals, and require Uber to terminate drivers that refuse to transport riders with service animals. View the full notice or an additional summary of the comprehensive settlement terms from the attorneys for the class.

Jamie Allison Discusses the Importance of Blindness Skills

In this video,Jamie Allison talks about her journey to becoming an independent blind person and the importance of Braille and cane travel.

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