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The National Federation of the Blind is the largest organization of blind and low-vision people in the United States. The organization consists of affiliates and local chapters in every state, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. By providing public education about blindness, information and referral services, scholarships, literature and materials about blindness, specialized aids and appliances, adaptive equipment, and support for blind people and their families, the members of the National Federation of the Blind strive to spread the word that the blind are normal individuals who can compete on equal terms with their sighted peers. Together with love, hope, and determination, we transform dreams into reality.

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National Federation of the Blind Congratulates NASA on Successful Mission

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Sunday, May 24, 2009
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EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE (May 24, 2009): When the space shuttle Atlantis landed today, it also returned from space two Louis Braille Bicentennial Silver Dollars. This unique coin commemorates the birth of the inventor of the reading and writing code for the blind and is the first United States coin to contain tactile, readable Braille.

Reading Rights Coalition Denounces Random House

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Wednesday, May 20, 2009
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New York City (May 20, 2009): The Reading Rights Coalition, representing more than 15 million print-disabled Americans, has denounced publishing giant Random House, which has turned off text-to-speech on all of its e-books available for Amazon’s Kindle 2 reading service.

Two Louis Braille Bicentennial Silver Dollars to Go Into Space Today

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Monday, May 11, 2009
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KENNEDY SPACE CENTER (May 11, 2009): When the space shuttle Atlantis takes off today, it will carry two Louis Braille Bicentennial Silver Dollars. This unique coin commemorates the birth of the inventor of the reading and writing code for the blind and is the first United States coin to contain tactile, readable Braille.

Louis Braille Coin to be Launched into Space on May 11

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Thursday, May 7, 2009
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Baltimore, Maryland (May 7, 2009): The 2009 Louis Braille Bicentennial Silver Dollar, the first coin ever to feature readable Braille, will fly on NASA space shuttle Atlantis on May 11, 2009. The coin will be launched into space on mission STS-125, which will service NASA's Hubble Space Telescope.

National Federation of the Blind Comments on Release of Large-screen Kindle

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Wednesday, May 6, 2009
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Baltimore, Maryland (May 6, 2009): The National Federation of the Blind, the nation’s oldest and largest organization of blind Americans, commented today on the release by Amazon, Inc. of a new version of its Kindle electronic reading device.

Martha Reeves to Participate in the National Federation of the Blind Motor City March for Independence

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Tuesday, May 5, 2009
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Baltimore, Maryland (May 5, 2009): The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) announced today that Martha Reeves, former lead singer of the Motown group Martha and the Vandellas, will take the stage serving as a co-chair for the organization’s fundraising walk-a-thon event.

U.S. Senators John Kerry and Arlen Specter Introduce Pedestrian Safety Enhancement Act

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Wednesday, April 22, 2009
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Washington, DC (April 22, 2009): Senators John Kerry (D-MA) and Arlen Specter (R-PA) introduced a bill, S. 841, intended to protect the blind and other pedestrians from injury or death as a result of silent vehicle technology.

Reading Rights Coalition to Participate in LA Times Festival of Books

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Tuesday, April 21, 2009
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Los Angeles, California (April 21, 2009): The Reading Rights Coalition will participate in the LA Times Festival of Books to educate authors about the need to enable text-to-speech for books available for Amazon’s Kindle 2 reading device.

National Federation of the Blind Enhances and Expands Newspaper Service for the Blind

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Tuesday, March 31, 2009
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Baltimore, Maryland (March 31, 2009): NFB-NEWSLINE®, the largest electronic newspaper service in the world for blind and print-disabled Americans, is pleased to announce the launch of NFB-NEWSLINE® Online (www.nfbnewslineonline.org).

Reading Rights Coalition Urges Authors to Allow Everyone Access to E-books

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Monday, March 30, 2009
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New York City (March 30, 2009): The Reading Rights Coalition, which represents people who cannot read print, will protest the threatened removal of the text-to-speech function from e-books for the Amazon Kindle 2 outside the Authors Guild headquarters in New York City at 31 East 32nd Street on April 7, 2009, from noon to 2:00 p.m.

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