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. Preregistration is now open; preregister now! 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.
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.
Maureen Bassmaster, creator and star of the popular YouTube channel Breaking Blind, has posted a video sharing how and why she became involved with the National Federation of the Blind. Viewers of her channel know that Maureen is truly living the life she wants. In her deeply personal and emotionally powerful video, Maureen explains how the NFB has made her the confident, independent, and proud blind person she is today.
Applications are now being accepted for the 2015 Dr. Jacob Bolotin Award program. Each year the National Federation of the Blind presents cash awards to individuals and organizations that have demonstrated exemplary leadership and extraordinary accomplishments in improving the lives of blind people in the United States. Individuals or organizations are encouraged to apply on behalf of themselves or others. The application deadline has been extended to April 15, 2015. For more information and/or to apply online, please visit https://nfb.org/bolotin-award-main.