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Upcoming Events

Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Accessibility Testing Symposium

Wednesday November 2 & Thursday November 3, 2016

(Preconference sessions: November 1)

Hosted by the National Federation of the Blind Center of Excellence in Nonvisual Access to Education, Public Information, and Commerce (CENA), this two day event brings together people who are interested in accessibility testing with peer reviewed presentations, panel discussions, and exhibits. Our keynote speaker is the esteemed Judy Brewer, director of the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) at the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). Take a look through the preliminary program and consider joining us in Baltimore for this inaugural symposium dedicated to improving the accessibility of electronic and web-based products and services through testing.

For more information, please visit http://ictaccessibilitytesting.org, or contact the Symposium Chair, Chris Law, at [email protected].

“Putting More STEAM in STEM”

A tactile art symposium hosted by the National Federation of the Blind

December 9, 2016, 5:30 -8:00 p.m.

During the "Putting More STEAM in STEM" tactile art symposium, the National Federation of the Blind will host Sensory Knowledge, a tactile art exhibit open to the public. For more information, visit nfb.org/tactile-art-symposium.

Free Accessibility Training Boutiques


Monday, November 14, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Android has long been a mainstay for the users of mobile devices. As the versions tick by and different companies customize the operating system, it is hard to learn what the state of play is for accessibility on mobile phones and tablets that use Android. This session will aim to demonstrate what accessibility features are available, what improvements have been made in the latest major updates, and what devices offer the best experience for a blind user.


Thursday, December 8, 8:00 – 10:00 a.m.

As Chromebooks spread through educational institutions and individual households, they bring with them an entirely new operating system and approach to screen readers. If you want to learn more about how it works and how it differs from business as usual, this boutique will get you started.

If you are interested in attending any of these boutiques, please RSVP to [email protected]. Space is limited.

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 

Blind Student Aleeha Dudley and US Department of Justice Resolve Miami University of Ohio Discrimination Case

With the support of the National Federation of the Blind, attorneys for Aleeha Dudley have reached an agreement with Miami University after the school failed to provide Ms. Dudley with equal and meaningful access to her curriculum to help her attain educational success as a blind student studying zoology. Mark A. Riccobono, President of the National Federation of the Blind, noted that the concurrent agreement that has also been reached between the university and the United States Department of justice is “the most comprehensive roadmap to accessibility that has yet been included in a consent decree.” For more information about this important settlement, please read the official press release.

October Braille Monitor Now Available

The October issue of the flagship publication of the National Federation of the Blind, the Braille Monitor, is now available for online reading as well as in print, Braille, and audio. This issue contains yet more highlights of the 2016 convention of the National Federation of the Blind. If you missed the convention or just want to relive it, don’t miss this issue.

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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