Voice of the Nation's Blind


The Blog of the National Federation of the Blind
Edited by Danielle Trevino
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It Burns

Blog Date: 
Tuesday, March 8, 2016

By Anil Lewis

A Community of Opportunity

Blog Date: 
Tuesday, March 1, 2016

By Mark A. Riccobono
President, National Federation of the Blind

As a parent, I often think about creating opportunities for my children to learn and grow. Sometimes it is simply being present to recognize those opportunities that emerge in the course of a normal day. Other times it is creating opportunities for learning through new experiences. No one ever taught me how to do this as a parent. In fact, when our first child was born I remember the doctor very clearly reporting to us how healthy the baby looked and, despite her extensive searching, there was no instruction manual included.

The Orion TI30XS Multiview Talking Scientific Calculator

Blog Date: 
Tuesday, February 23, 2016

By Karl Belanger

National Federation of the Blind 2016 Summer Internship Program

Blog Date: 
Tuesday, January 26, 2016

The National Federation of the Blind knows that blindness is not the characteristic that defines you or your future. Every day we raise the expectations of blind people, because low expectations create obstacles between blind people and our dreams. Since 1940, the members of the National Federation of the Blind have come together in state affiliates and local chapters to share the real life experiences, practical techniques, and innovative strategies we use to transform our dreams into reality. In 2004, we established the National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute as the first research and training facility developed and directed by blind people.

We the People

Blog Date: 
Tuesday, January 19, 2016

As we gear up for Washington Seminar here at the Jernigan Institute, we field lots of phone calls from you, our dedicated members, asking what you can do to lend a hand. In addition to recruiting members and getting involved in your community, you can help in a big way just by typing your name. That’s right; your name is all you need to do your part. We’ve created a We the People petition to get President Obama’s attention. In 2010, he promised to ensure equal access for people with disabilities, by issuing regulations that will apply the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to the web. While these regulations wouldn’t change the web directly, they will give guidance to webpage developers on how to make their sites accessible for all. You can find the text to the petition below.

A Letter to the American Council on Education Regarding the State of Our Negotiations and NFB's Plans for Moving Forward

Blog Date: 
Thursday, December 10, 2015

After fourteen months of negotiating with the American Council on Education (ACE), the time has come to seek alternative avenues to secure equal access to electronic instructional materials at institutions of higher education. The following is a letter President Riccobono sent to ACE President, Molly Corbett Broad, informing her that while we are still open to dialogue, we will not sit idly on this critical issue to blind and print-disabled students. We will reengage with Congress to find champions for students with disabilities in order to ensure that we have equal access in the classroom and beyond, so that blind and print-disabled students can live the lives they want.

SENT VIA EMAIL

December 10, 2015

Molly Corbett Broad, President
American Council on Education
One Dupont Circle NW
Washington, DC 20036

Dear President Broad:

The Top Six Ways to Give this Holiday Season

Blog Date: 
Tuesday, December 1, 2015

It’s that time of year. The temperature starts to drop, our calendars fill up with holiday party invites, and we scramble to find the best turkey recipes online. It’s also the time of year when the spirit of the season inspires us to give.

We know that this time of year is also hectic, so we’ve rounded up the top six ways to donate to the National Federation of the Blind.

Senator Dole Supports Space Available for Veterans with Disabilities

Blog Date: 
Thursday, November 5, 2015

Federationists know that we are working to allow 100 percent service disabled veterans to participate in the military’s Space Available program, which allows active duty and retired military personnel to travel on Department of Defense flights when space is available. This week our cause gained a great champion in Senator Bob Dole. Senator Dole, a decorated World War II veteran, longtime Senate majority leader, and staunch advocate for veterans and Americans with disabilities, wrote to Senator John McCain, who chairs the Senate Armed Services Committee, asking him to incorporate language into the National Defense Authorization Act which would finally allow veterans with disabilities to enjoy the privilege already granted to their active-duty and retired colleagues.

Small Steps that Lead to Big Changes

Blog Date: 
Friday, October 30, 2015

By Lisa Irving
NFB of California, San Diego Chapter

Have you ever felt like there's no way one person can make a difference when it comes to influencing a member of Congress? That's how I used to feel before I became part of the collective voice of the National Federation of the Blind (NFB)last year at the annual Washington Seminar. Now I'm no longer overwhelmed and intimidated at the prospect of writing, calling, or meeting with my congressional representatives.

White Cane Safety Day 2015

Blog Date: 
Thursday, October 15, 2015

White Cane Safety Day 2015

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