Posted by Stephanie Eller | 05/10/2016 | General
The 6 Dot Dash, a competitive 6K run/walk through the Riverside and Inner Harbor neighborhoods of Baltimore, is where members of the Federation family and members of the Baltimore community come together to raise awareness of the issues facing blind people. Supporters of the 6 Dot Dash, from our wonderful staff and volunteers to the great sponsors and participants of the race, know that blindness is not the characteristic that defines individuals or their future. Read more 6 Dot Dashing into Summer...
Posted by Terri Rupp | 05/08/2016 | Parenting
There are many different kinds of moms out there.  The crunchy mom who makes her own almond milk, the crafty mom who makes every birthday party decoration or teacher gift from scratch, the soccer mom, the yogi mom, the play group mom, the PTA mom, the new mom, the empty nest mom, the ___(fill in the blink)___ mom.  Me, I may be seen in my neighborhood or at my daughter’s school as the blind mom, but I’m so much more than just that.  Read more I’m Not Just a “Blind” mom. I’m a (insert adjective here) Mom....
Posted by Deja Powell | 05/03/2016 | General
I was nine years old and I had just auditioned to be a dancer in the 1992 Fiesta Bowl halftime show, to be played at Sun Devil Stadium in Phoenix, Arizona. I was beyond thrilled when I was selected as one of the youngest performers. I made my way to Phoenix with my mom and a few of my dance friends. My mom owns a dance studio in Salt Lake City and has taught dance since long before I was born (and still does)—I was sort of destined to be a dancer. Read more Choosing to Stand...
Posted by Jessica Beecham | 04/26/2016 | General
I have run on and off since high school and have consistently trained for and competed in half marathon distance races for the last four years. Still, a full marathon felt beyond my reach. I heard so many negative and discouraging comments about the undesirable nature of a marathon that I decided to skip that misery and stay comfortable in my 13.1 mile happy place were I could wax poetic about the joys of being a runner without having to push myself beyond my comfort zone. Read more Myths, Musings, and Running Shoes...
Posted by Chris Danielsen | 04/21/2016 | Education
Comments of the National Federation of the Blind before the Panel on Educational Policy, New York City Department of Education Wednesday, April 20, 2016 Read more The Advocacy Effect: An Update on Amazon and New York City Public Schools...
In the Federation, we know that technology accessibility is critical to the success of blind people, and people with other disabilities, in the twenty-first century. After all, today technology is ubiquitous at home, at school, at work, and in the community. Unfortunately we have all experienced technology that was not built upon the principles of accessibility and as a result poses tremendous barriers for us. On the web, unlabeled buttons, images without alternative text, poorly labeled links, and poor heading structures are the everyday reality for blind users. Read more Spreading the Good News About Technology Accessibility...

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