Thursday, March 23, 2017
With the rapid adoption of EPUB 3, a format is now available that provides some features that outstrip those of electronic setups originally designed to be a replica of print, such as PDF. With the accessible EPUB conformance requirements now out, a framework is developing to make this super-powered format work for all readers. Join us on Thursday, March 23, 2017 for a one-day training seminar that will focus on how to create and implement accessible EPUB 3 in a variety of different settings. For more information and to register, please visit https://nfb.org/ebooks-and-epub-accessibility.
Registration is now open for the 2017 Jacobus tenBroek Disability Law Symposium, “Disability Justice and the Supreme Court: The Constitution and the Right to Live in the World.” The symposium will take place March 30 - 31, 2017, at the National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute. Join leading disability rights advocates from throughout the United States to examine the application of the United States Constitution by the Supreme Court to persons with disabilities and explore strategies to raise the level of judicial scrutiny so that all may achieve Dr. tenBroek's vision of equality of opportunity.
It's back! Get your student excited about science at the 2017 NFB Youth Slam! It will be held July 23-29, 2017 at Towson University in Baltimore, Maryland. Students will get to stay on a college campus, meet blind mentors, and learn how to become confident blind adults able to live the lives they want, all while engaged in hands-on STEM classes. Applications for the program are available now for students and adult volunteers. To learn more and to apply please visit http://blindscience.org/youthslam.
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The National Federation of the Blind (NFB), in partnership with Wells Fargo, has launched the 2017 Braille Enrichment for Literacy and Learning (BELL) Academy program. The program takes place throughout the country each summer and provides blind children initial or advanced Braille instruction so that they may learn how to use this powerful reading medium in fun, interactive ways. For more information, visit our BELL Academy page, read our official press release, or check out the video below about the BELL Academy that took place last summer in Rhode Island.
We have launched a petition calling on congressional leaders to move swiftly to pass our Accessible Instructional Materials in Higher Education (AIM High) Act. The petition further calls upon President Donald J. Trump to unequivocally commit to supporting this legislation by urging its passage. Please sign and share this petition. Let’s show the incoming administration and Congress that equal access to electronic instructional materials must be a top policy priority for 2017.
To recognize achievement by blind scholars, the National Federation of the Blind annually offers blind college students in the United States and Puerto Rico the opportunity to win one of thirty merit-based, national-level scholarships worth from $3,000 to $12,000. All scholarships awarded are based on academic excellence, community service, and leadership. The deadline for applications is March 31, 2017. To learn more and to apply, please visit www.nfb.org/scholarships.