2014-2015 School Year: NFB STEM2U
NFB STEM2U is coming to a city near you during the 2014-2015 school year! NFB STEM2U will provide great learning opportunities to blind and low vision children, parents of blind children, and teachers working with blind students. Learn more about the NFB STEM2U programs to be held in Baltimore, Boston, and Columbus, by visiting http://www.blindscience.org/nfb-stem2u.
March 26-27, 2015: Jacobus tenBroek Disability Law Symposium
Join leading disability rights advocates from throughout the United States for the 2015 Jacobus tenBroek Disability Law Symposium, to be held at the NFB Jernigan Institute in Baltimore. This year's symposium will consist of plenary sessions and workshops facilitated by distinguished law professors, practitioners, and advocates who will discuss 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 ADA, Rehabilitation Act, and IDEA. For more information or to register online now, please visit https://nfb.org/law-symposium.
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.
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.
Did you know it is legal for some entities to pay workers with disabilities wages far less than the federal minimum wage, due to an outdated provision in the Fair Labor Standards Act? Read the story of one such worker, Harold Leigland, a college-educated blind person, who is currently being paid only $2.75 per hour. The National Federation of the Blind will not let such discrimination stand; we are urging the passage of the TIME Act, H.R. 188, which will phase out this discriminatory law over a three-year period and allow all workers with disabilities to live the lives they want. More details about this critically important legislation can be found at www.nfb.org/fair-wages.
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. Applications are due by March 31, 2015. For more information and/or to apply online, please visit https://nfb.org/bolotin-award-main.