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The Horrors of Atalissa

Blog Date: 
Monday, March 10, 2014

On Sunday, March 9, the New York Times published “The Boys in the Bunkhouse,” which tells the story, in excruciating and horrific detail, of the men who worked for Henry’s Turkey Service in Atalissa, Iowa. The article largely speaks for itself, and raises a critical question: how could this happen? But the article does not provide the answer, at least not directly, so we will make the attempt. History teaches that whenever any group of human beings is viewed as inferior and marked for different treatment, that group becomes subject to exploitation and abuse.

NFB Comments on New NBC Sitcom Featuring Blind Character

Blog Date: 
Thursday, February 20, 2014
We recently received a screener of the pilot episode of the upcoming NBC sitcom Growing Up Fisher, which tells the story of an eleven-year-old boy and his blind father. In the pilot, the blind character, Mel, and his wife get a divorce, and their son struggles with no longer being his father’s guide when Mel gets a guide dog. Early on it is revealed that for the past several years, Mel, who appears to be totally blind, has not admitted his blindness to anyone besides his family, and has enlisted his son in an elaborate deception. Mel has a successful career as an attorney, but he has been fooling his colleagues and the rest of the world into thinking he is sighted by using his son to tell him pertinent facts about his surroundings. When Mel gets divorced and moves out on his own, he is shown as asserting his independence by getting a guide dog. 
 

Glory, Glory, Federation; Our Cause Goes Marching On

Blog Date: 
Monday, February 17, 2014

By Mark Riccobono

Since 1969, “The Battle Song of the NFB,” or “Glory Glory Federation,” as its most popularly known among Federationists, has been our battle cry from the convention hall to the picket line. Now, on the cusp of our seventy-fifth anniversary, the National Federation of the Blind is launching a contest to discover a new NFB song! The goal is to find a song that encompasses our history while at the same time embraces the bright future that lies ahead.  The exciting part is that you have the opportunity to be a part of it!

Another Victory in a Book Battle

Blog Date: 
Monday, February 10, 2014

By Lauren McLarney

Last week, the FCC announced that a class of “basic e-readers” would be exempt from accessibility requirements over the next year.  At first glance, this announcement seems like a battle lost, considering that the National Federation of the Blind has spent the last eight years fighting the War for Access to make digital books available to the blind.  But in reality, this is a huge victory.  The Coalition of E-Reader Manufacturers (Amazon, Sony and Kobo) requested an indefinite waiver, and after persistent advocacy from the disability community, led by the NFB, the FCC saw through the smokescreen. It said:

A Decade of Imaginative Investment in Our Future

Blog Date: 
Thursday, January 30, 2014

By Mark Riccobono

In October 2003 I came to interview for a job with the NFB. I remember my interview with NFB President Marc Maurer was on a Sunday because that was the only day I could come to Baltimore. It was quiet at the NFB offices. When we finished our formal discussion, Dr. Maurer asked if I would like to take a walk around the new part of the building—we referred to it as the research and training institute at that time. Before our walk, Dr. Maurer cautioned me that the building was still under construction.

National Federation of the Blind Summer Internship Opportunities

Blog Date: 
Monday, January 27, 2014

By Mark Riccobono

The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) is the oldest and largest nationwide organization of blind people in the United States.  With an affiliate in every state, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, the Federation is the voice of the nation’s blind.  In 2004, the NFB established the Jernigan Institute as the first research and training facility developed and directed by blind people.  Through its members at the local level and programs and services offered through the NFB Jernigan Institute in Baltimore, Maryland, the Federation has established itself as a leader in creating innovative education programs, technologies, research, and partnerships that will forever change opportunities for the blind.  As we imagine and build a future full of opportunities, we are interested in fostering leadership and innovation through NFB internships. 

Catch a Ride in D.C. with Sidecar

Blog Date: 
Friday, January 24, 2014

By Mika Pyyhkala

Ten Reasons Why You Should Support the Fair Wages for Workers with Disabilities Act (H.R. 831)

Blog Date: 
Friday, January 24, 2014

By: Rose Sloan

More than four-hundred thousand people with disabilities are being paid subminimum wages—and it’s legal! Under current law, Special Wage Certificates are granted to nonprofit agencies that run “sheltered workshops” to employ people with disabilities. The Fair Wages for Workers with Disabilities Act of 2013 (HR 831) will phase out the practice of paying people with disabilities subminimum wages over a three-year period.  The top ten reasons why you (and your member of Congress) should support the Fair Wages for Workers with Disabilities Act are:

Section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act: 100 Percent Wrong

Blog Date: 
Thursday, January 9, 2014

By Anil Lewis

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