Baltimore, Maryland (April 30, 2020): The National Federation of the Blind, America’s civil rights organization of the blind, responded today to a recent survey finding accessibility barriers on forty-eight of fifty state websites that provide critical information about the coronavirus pandemic.
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Raleigh, North Carolina (December 2, 2020): Nash Hospitals, Inc. will pay $150,000 in damages and attorneys’ fees to settle legal claims by a blind Rocky Mount, NC, man whom Nash General Hospital refused to provide written materials in Braille.
In last week’s international edition of The New York Times, a cartoon appeared showing President Donald J. Trump, in dark sunglasses, apparently being led by a dog that had the face of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and a Star of David hanging from its collar.
Blind students who read Braille are all too familiar with waiting for Braille versions of their school textbooks. Some blind students can wait up to six months to receive an accessible version of a textbook if they get one at all, leading to a gap in education. The lack of Braille is particularly problematic in STEM subjects.
In order to make current news about the COVID-19 pandemic available to all blind people, the National Federation of the Blind is making the “Breaking News” section of our NFB-NEWSLINE service available throughout the United States, including Puerto Rico, for sixty days beginning March 16.
The National Federation of the Blind has released version 3.0 of NFB-NEWSLINE® Mobile to the Apple App Store. The brand new, redesigned app not only allows subscribers to access all of the content available through NFB-NEWSLINE from their iPhone, iPad, or other iOS device, but includes a free basic version of the KNFB Reader mobile app.
National Federation of the Blind Applauds the Introduction of the Access Technology Affordability Act in the Senate
Baltimore, Maryland (February 5, 2021): The National Federation of the Blind, the premier membership and advocacy organization of blind Americans, applauds the introduction of the Access Technology Affordability Act of 2021 in the United States Senate (S. 212) by Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Senator John Boozman (R-AR).
The National Federation of the Blind would like to express its deepest appreciation and warmest sympathies to the friends and family of Dr. Donald Capps, who passed away on November 6, 2019.
The National Federation of the Blind is closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation. Guidance to state affiliates, local chapters, and affiliated training programs regarding this situation has been provided and we will continue to coordinate resources across the country.
For eighty years, the National Federation of the Blind has viewed addressing discrimination and promoting equality as essential elements of our work. Today we stand in solidarity with the black community in their fight for justice and in their pursuit of equal treatment under the law.