Yesterday was the seventy-fifth anniversary of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), which is a monumental piece of legislation for most American workers. The FLSA provides for the payment of a federal minimum wage, which is now $7.25 per hour, to every American citizen. To commemorate this seventy-fifth anniversary, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) conducted a hearing entitled "Building a Foundation of Fairness: 75 Years of the Federal Minimum Wage,” to discuss a proposed increase in the federal minimum wage.
Submitted by jessicafreeh on Tue, 06/25/2013 - 08:35
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
By Marc Maurer, President
National Federation of the Blind
I was moved recently by a story of a bright young Chinese-American woman named Michelle Yang. Blind from birth, Michelle explained that as a child she could not read folk tales in Hmong, her native language, because they cannot be physically imported or e-mailed into the United States—or to any other country for that matter—in Braille.
Instead, because of global copyright laws, they must wastefully be produced separately in accessible forms in every country where a blind child wants to enjoy and learn her own heritage in her own tongue.
Submitted by mriccobono on Tue, 05/07/2013 - 11:43
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
At the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) Jernigan Institute we work on creating educational programs and tools that enhance the participation of blind students. The summer of 2013 marks our tenth summer in a row providing high quality instruction in science, technology, engineering, and math—see the NFB STEM-X program http://www.blindscience.org/STEMX. Below is an announcement about an exciting product that will be tested at the 2013 NFB National Convention. In the past, too much technology development was done without input from blind students.