Convention goers clapping and giving a standing ovation after a banquet speech.
Posted by Melissa Riccobono | 06/13/2018 | General, Stories
The National Federation of the Blind National Convention is an experience like none other. From the informative seminars on all types of topics to the excitement of being surrounded by more than 2,000 other blind people. From hearing so many canes tapping and guide dogs working, to the energy of the room on the day of opening session. All of these experiences cannot be captured easily in words, nor can they fully be appreciated unless you are there in person. However, for a variety of reasons, being there is not always possible. Read more Banquet Listening Parties Create Convention Feel at Home...
A person's hands rest on a Braille display in front of a computer.
Posted by Amy Mason | 06/11/2018 | Access Technology
Last year, Karl Belanger and I reviewed the state of Braille support across a number of different screen reader and operating system combinations. One of the biggest difficulties we encountered had to do with the installation and stability of Braille display drivers. Another difficulty was having to locate drivers when a device was heavily optimized for a specific screen reader or operating system, but we wanted to use it with a different piece of screen access software. Read more Plug and Play Braille Display? Not Today, But Soon They Say...
A young man walks along the side of a road with his guide dog.
Posted by Valerie Yingling | 06/04/2018 | Advocacy
In May 2017, NFB initiated a rideshare testing program in response to our new settlement agreements with Uber and Lyft. Both rideshare companies had committed to changes intended to eliminate driver discrimination against travelers with service animals. So now, one year into our three-year testing program, are Uber and Lyft demonstrating improvement? The answer is complicated. Read more Rideshare Testing: After One Year, How Are Uber and Lyft Doing?...
Four blind students work on laptop computers while wearing headphones.
Posted by Mark Riccobono | 05/31/2018 | Advocacy, Education
The National Federation of the Blind is actively engaged in improving access to education for blind students. Our activities on this front include our push for passage of the AIM HIGH Act, our self-advocacy in Higher Education Toolkit to help students assert their rights, and, when necessary, the filing of discrimination complaints against colleges and universities. Read more Disturbing Developments at the Department of Education...
Yellow-headed black bird with its wings extended, vocalizing.
Posted by Allan R. Schneider | 05/22/2018 | General, Stories
We stop short, folks whisper, “What’s that?” It’s the unmistakable rattle of the beloved kingfisher, the rascal of the water birds, zooming along the river. It went by too fast; my restricted peripheral vision couldn’t locate it, but it caused me to smile. Read more What’s That? The Art of Bird Listening...
Michael pushes his friend Ashton in the Boston Marathon. Two other members of Team Hoyt run with them.
Posted by Michael Davis | 05/15/2018 | General, Stories
I am a long-time member of the National Federation of the Blind and have served as treasurer of the Tidewater Chapter of the NFB of Hampton Roads since 2009. Mr. Stewart Prost serves as our current chapter president. I want to tell all of you how much I appreciate being a part of the National Federation of the Blind. Read more National Federation of the Blind Member Makes History at the 122nd Running of the Boston Marathon ...

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