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NFB Now Accepting Applications for 2012 Jacob Bolotin Awards

1/24/2012 1:47:00 PM
The National Federation of the Blind today announced that applications are now being accepted for the 2012 Dr. Jacob Bolotin Award Program.  Each year the National Federation of the Blind presents cash awards to individuals and organizations that have made outstanding contributions toward achieving the full integration of the blind into society on a basis of equality.   For more information about the program, please read the official press release.
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NFB Files Complaint Against Baltimore City Public Schools

1/4/2012 11:46:00 AM
The NFB announced today that it has filed a complaint with the United States Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, requesting an investigation of the Baltimore City Public Schools’ proposed acquisition of NOOK devices.  The NFB filed the complaint because the Baltimore City Public Schools recently announced a partnership with the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation to overhaul the school libraries in six middle schools in the district.  As part of the partnership’s plan, the selected school libraries will acquire an unspecified number of NOOK e-reader devices.  These devices are inaccessible to blind and other print-disabled students.  For more information please read the official press release.
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Update on Cardtronics Case

12/19/2011 2:27:00 PM
A federal court has found that Cardtronics, Inc., has failed to comply with the terms of a settlement and subsequent remediation plan reached with the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to make all of the automated teller machines owned by Cardtronics accessible to the blind.  In an order dated December 15, 2011, the Honorable Nathaniel M. Gorton of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts found that Cardtronics had not complied with the terms of the settlement agreement or remediation plan and that civil contempt was therefore appropriate.  For more information on this order, please read the official press release.
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Winners of 2011 Onkyo Braille Essay Contest Announced

12/14/2011 10:15:00 AM
The NFB today announced the winners of the 2011 Onkyo Braille Essay Contest.  The NFB administered the Onkyo Braille Literacy Essay Contest in the U.S. on behalf of the North American/Caribbean Region of the World Blind Union.  The essay contest, sponsored by Onkyo Corporation, a Japanese consumer electronics manufacturer, and the Braille Mainichi, part of the Mainichi Newspaper Company in Japan, was created to promote Braille literacy and to encourage the sharing of social and cultural information among blind and visually impaired persons.  For the full list of winners, please read the official press release.

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Braille letters from Santa program begins again

11/14/2011 10:48:00 AM

Once again, Santa has enlisted the help of the elves at the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) Jernigan Institute to get Braille letters out to hundreds of blind boys and girls this Christmas season.  Between November 15 and December 20, parents can go online at www.nfb.org and fill out a Santa Braille Letter request form.  The form can also be printed and faxed to (410) 685-2340.  Beginning December 1, the Braille letters from Santa will start going out to boys and girls around the country.  The Braille letter will also be accompanied by a print copy (for mom and dad to read), and parents can choose the contracted or uncontracted form of Braille for the letter.  Requests for letters must include the writer’s name, the child’s name, birthday, gender, mailing address, and a telephone number or e-mail address in case Santa’s helpers at the National Federation of the Blind have questions.

For more information, please read the official press release.

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Bid for Excellence Open for Bidding

11/1/2011 1:58:00 PM
The NFB today launched its first national online auction, the Bid for Excellence.  The Bid for Excellence is not only a chance to bid on fabulous items but also an exciting opportunity to raise funds to support the work of the NFB.  For more information, please read the official press release or visit www.nfb.org/bid.
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Federal Judge Issues Resolution to NCBE Case

10/26/2011 12:10:00 PM
On Monday, October 24, the Honorable Judge Charles R. Breyer ended a two-year legal battle between a blind law school graduate and a national testing corporation over the graduate’s right to use a computer equipped with assistive technology to take the California Bar Exam.  Granting Stephanie Enyart’s motion for summary judgment, Judge Breyer found that Ms. Enyart is entitled to take the bar exam on a computer equipped with text-to-speech screen reading and visual screen magnification software, as the method that will best ensure that she is tested on her aptitude rather than her disability.  For more, please read the official press release.
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Free Lottery for Wounded Warrior Announced

10/25/2011 10:53:00 AM
The National Association of Blind Veterans (NABV), a division of the National Federation of the Blind (NFB), today announced a free lottery for wounded warriors who have lost their sight during Operation Iraqi Freedom or Operation Enduring Freedom.  The winner will receive a free trip to Dallas, Texas, to attend the national convention of the NFB, which will take place from June 30–July 5, 2012.  For more information about this lottery, please read the official press release.
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Second Teacher of Tomorrow Class Announced

10/13/2011 8:20:00 AM
The NFB today announced the 2011 class for its NFB Teacher of Tomorrow program.  This program provides participants an opportunity to enhance their educational experience by learning about blindness from successful blind adults, parents of blind children, and blind students.  For the full list of participants, please read the official press release.
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NFB and Penn State Resolve Accessibility Complaint

10/11/2011 9:04:00 AM
The NFB and Penn State announced today that they have reached an agreement that will resolve a complaint filed against Penn State by the NFB with the United States Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights.  For more information on this agreement, please read the official press release.
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