Submitted by jessicawichmann on Tue, 07/22/2014 - 10:14
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
By Anne Taylor
One of the founding principles of International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP), and one of the aspects that was most important in the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) in joining IAAP, is the great need for clarity and education in web accessibility. The National Federation of the Blind, as a longstanding advocate for accessibility, has every interest in supporting the recognition of professionals working in the industry. By working with others in the industry, we aim to both contribute to the field by bringing more blind individuals into the profession, and learn from the experience of our peers in order to share this knowledge with our membership and blind accessibility professionals.
Submitted by mriccobono on Mon, 06/30/2014 - 16:35
Monday, June 30, 2014
By Mark A. Riccobono
The National Federation of the Blind has updated its logo in preparation for the coming seventy-fifth anniversary of the organization. The new logo is an updated, stronger reflection of our organizational characteristics and values. The logo of the National Federation of the Blind consists of three elements: a symbol and two text elements—our name and tagline. This blog post describes the logo in detail.
Submitted by mriccobono on Wed, 05/14/2014 - 10:20
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
By Mark A. Riccobono
Press Club—Washington, D.C.
May 14, 2014
The National Federation of the Blind was active in the development of the HAVA legislation specifically to get nonvisual access included as a requirement under the law. Since 2003, our organization has operated a Nonvisual Election Technology Project under a HAVA grant from the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Community Living. The goal of our project is to increase the participation of blind voters in the elections process by providing training and technical assistance to protection and advocacy personnel, state and local elections officials, developers of accessible voting technology, and blind advocates.
Submitted by jessicawichmann on Mon, 03/10/2014 - 16:55
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.
Submitted by jessicawichmann on Thu, 02/20/2014 - 16:28
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.
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!
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: