April 24-25, 2014: Jacobus tenBroek Disability Law Symposium
The 2014 Jacobus tenBroek Disability Law Symposium, held at the NFB Jernigan Institute in Baltimore, will consist of plenary sessions and workshops facilitated by distinguished law professors, practitioners, and advocates who will discuss topics such as: disability discrimination in the criminal and juvenile justice systems, next steps in Olmstead litigation, rights of parents with disabilities, supported decision making as an alternative to guardianship, and how to work with the media to get the disability rights message across. Register online now and/or visit www.nfb.org/law-symposium for more information, including the agenda and the full list of presenters.
Summer 2014: NFB BELL
In the summer of 2014, there will be thirty-seven NFB Braille Enrichment for Literacy and Learning (BELL) programs in twenty-four states. To learn more about how you can participate in a summer of Braille fun across the country as a student or a volunteer, please visit www.nfb.org/BELL.
June 8, 2014: 6 Dot Dash
Join us on June 8 for the 6 Dot Dash, a race to advance Braille literacy! This 6K race kicks off at 8 a.m. at the NFB Jernigan Institute, and winds through the Baltimore Inner Harbor before finishing back at the NFB. Registration is now open, and if you register before April 1 you will get an early bird discount! To register online or learn more, please visit www.nfb.org/dot-dash.
July 1-6, 2014: NFB National Convention
The 2014 convention of the National Federation of the Blind will take place in Orlando, Florida, July 1-6, at the Rosen Centre Hotel. Mark your calendar now - you won't want to miss the largest gathering of blind people in the country! The hotel is now accepting reservations; call (800) 204-7234. Preregistration is also now open at www.nfb.org/registration. Visit www.nfb.org/national-convention for more details as they develop.
Members of the National Federation of the Blind and its New Jersey affiliate will hold a protest at the Mays Landing campus of Atlantic Cape Community College (ACCC) on Thursday, April 17, from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM. Blind people from New Jersey and surrounding areas are gathering to protest discrimination by ACCC against Anthony Lanzilotti, a blind student studying criminal justice and cyber-security there. Mr. Lanzilotti has been denied even the most basic accommodations and at times has not been allowed on campus or to use campus facilities unless he is accompanied by a sighted person. He has also been prohibited from using campus laboratories because ACCC claims that this violates the fire code. For more information about the protest, please read the official press release.
The April edition of the National Federation of the Blind's flagship publication, the Braille Monitor, is now available! In this month's issue: a look back at the past decade of the NFB Jernigan Institute, a firsthand account of a newly blinded person coming to terms with her blindness, and a blind student's story of how her parents guided her toward an independent, full life, and much more.