June 7, 2015: 6 Dot Dash: A 6K to Advance Braille Literacy
On June 7, the National Federation of the Blind will once again be holding its 6 Dot Dash: A 6K to Advance Braille Literacy. The Dot Dash will begin at 8.am. at our headquarters in Federal Hill and continue through the Inner Harbor. More details, including information about registration, teams, and sponsors, can be found as they develop at www.nfb.org/dot-dash. Come join us as we ensure every blind child makes it to the literacy finish line!
July 5-10, 2015: NFB National Convention
The date has been set for the seventy-fifth convention of the National Federation of the Blind! Join us July 5-10 at the beautiful Rosen Centre in Orlando, Florida, as we celebrate seventy-five years of raising expectations of blind people. The exciting activities at this year’s historic gathering will even include a Guinness World Record attempt! You won't want to miss this convention - preregister today! More information about the convention can be found at www.nfb.org/convention.
August 2-8, 2015: NFB EQ
Calling all blind and low vision high school students: are you interested in pursuing work in science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) after high school? Do you enjoy investing your talent and energy in solving real-world problems? Join the National Federation of the Blind for NFB EQ, a week-long engineering program for blind and low vision high school students. The program will take place August 2-8, 2015, in Baltimore, Maryland, at the National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute. To learn more and to apply, visit www.blindscience.org/NFBEQ.
In a new video, NFB Vice President Ron Brown shares how he became involved with the National Federation of the Blind and learned that blindness won't hold him back from achieving his dreams. Watch his powerful story on our YouTube channel.
The National Federation of the Blind has applauded the April 15 passage of S.B. 47 by the New Hampshire House of Representatives. The bill was unanimously passed by the New Hampshire Senate on March 5. If Governor Hassan signs the bill, state law RSA 279:22, which previously allowed entities to pay people with disabilities less than the minimum wage, will be repealed. New Hampshire will be the first state to have a law that “prohibits employers from employing individuals with disabilities at an hourly rate lower than the federal minimum wage.” For more information on this important bill, please read the official press release. And for further information on the issue of fair wages for workers with disabilities and how you can help, please visit www.nfb.org/fair-wages.
If you were unable to attend the eighth annual Jacobus tenBroek Disability Law Symposium, you can now listen to all of the plenary sessions from this year's great event! Distinguished presenters such as NFB President Mark Riccobono, Dr. Fred Schroeder, first vice president of the World Blind Union, and Peter Blanck, chairman of the Burton Blatt Institute, Syracuse University, discussed topics such as: the future of disability, how to enable the participation of people with disabilities in court proceedings, the unique challenges faced by criminal suspects and offenders with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and a vision for the next twenty-five years to improve and augment the Americans With Disabilities Act, Rehabilitation Act, and Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Listen to all the plenary sessions now by visiting https://nfb.org/2015-jacobus-tenbroek-disability-law-symposium-audio-recording.