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Upcoming Events

NFB BELL Academy Applications for New Host Affiliates

Affiliates that did not host an NFB BELL Academy site this year are welcome to apply to host next summer. NFB BELL Academy affiliate applications must be submitted by September 8, 2016.

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. The registration form for this training must be returned by August 31, 2016.

October 20-24, 2016

This training is for novice- and intermediate-level NFB BELL Academy staff, but may be attended by more experienced staff as well. The registration form must be returned by September 15, 2016.

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

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 September 2, 2016, via https://nfb.org/titleiisanprm

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.

LEGO and the Pattern of Experience

In this video, Mark Riccobono, President of the National Federation of the Blind, and his son Austin build with LEGOs together.  

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