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:
Submitted by mriccobono on Thu, 01/30/2014 - 08:07
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.
Submitted by mriccobono on Mon, 01/27/2014 - 13:30
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.
Submitted by jessicawichmann on Fri, 01/24/2014 - 09:51
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:
Today, the U.S. Department of Labor will be celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) with an all-day program. There will be a host of presentations on various wage and workplace achievements. However, a significant topic will not be discussed: Section 14(c) of the FLSA.
Submitted by mriccobono on Wed, 10/30/2013 - 08:22
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) has been engaged in every aspect of the publishing marketplace to ensure that we continue to move toward the standard of "same book, same time, same price!" In other words our vision for the future is that a blind person (or anyone else requiring specific design features is a digital book to gain access to the content) will be able to buy the same digital copy of the book at the same time as everyone else and for the same price. At the 2013 NFB National Convention in Orlando, Thomas H.