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Upcoming Events

2016 Jacobus tenBroek Disability Law Symposium

Registration is now open for the 2016 Jacobus tenBroek Disability Law Symposium, “Diversity in the Disability Rights Movement: Working Together to Achieve the Right to Live in the World.” The symposium will take place March 31 – April1, 2016, at the National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute. Join leading disability rights advocates from throughout the United States to examine the status of diversity in the disability rights movement and explore ways to increase diversity so that all may achieve Dr. tenBroek's vision of equality of opportunity.


The National Federation of the Blind will facilitate three weeklong advanced engineering design programs known as NFB EQ. The first program took place in the summer of 2015 (August 2-8). This summer (2016), two additional programs will be held (June 19-25, 2016 and July 31-August 6, 2016). To learn more and apply please visit http://www.blindscience.org/NFBEQ

NFB BELL Academy

The NFB BELL Academy is designed to provide intensive Braille instruction to blind and low-vision children during the summer months. If you are interested in having your child attend in a city near you please check back Spring 2016 to apply. 

What's New

National Federation of the Blind Applauds Transmission of Marrakesh Treaty for Ratification

The National Federation of the Blind today applauded President Obama's transmission of the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired or Otherwise Print Disabled to the United States Senate for ratification, and urged the Senate to act immediately to ratify the treaty. For more information on the treaty, please visit https://nfb.org/marrakeshfactsheet.

National Federation of the Blind Applauds Affirmation of Ruling on Access to Absentee Ballots

On February 9, 2016, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Judicial Circuit upheld a lower court ruling requiring the state of Maryland to make an accessible online ballot marking tool available to blind voters who wished to vote by absentee ballot. For more information about this historic ruling, please read our press release.

Darian Smith’s Empowering Story

In this video, Darian shares how his ideas about blindness were changed through joining the NFB and going for training at one of our centers.

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