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The Blog of the National Federation of the Blind
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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

A Ridiculous Question

Blog Date: 
Thursday, January 2, 2014

By Anil Lewis

All Charitable Contributions Sustain Exploitive Services

Blog Date: 
Monday, December 9, 2013

By Anil Lewis

75 Years of the Fair Labor Standards Act and People with Disabilities Have No Reason to Celebrate

Blog Date: 
Friday, November 15, 2013

By Anil Lewis

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.  

Inclusive Publishing on the Horizon: Introducing the AAP EPUB 3 Implementation Project White Paper

Blog Date: 
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.

Unmasking the Exploitation of Workers with Disabilities

Blog Date: 
Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Is Goodwill Tricking or Treating its Contributors?

By Anil Lewis

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