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The discrimination of low expectation

By Jeannie M. Massay, M.A., LPC



When I returned to college as a non-traditional student who happened to be newly blind, I somewhat expected for others to have low expectations of me. However, I had rather high expectations of myself. This concept was instilled in me , quite literally, from birth. My mother was an educator; need I say more about the level of expectation within my family?

It Burns

By Anil Lewis

A Community of Opportunity

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.

National Federation of the Blind 2016 Summer Internship Program

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

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.

National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute Research Collaboration: Sunu Band

By Amy Mason

The National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute leads the quest to understand the real problems of blindness and to develop innovative education, technologies, products, and services that help the world's blind to achieve greater independence. Many technology developers have the best intensions when designing that great next product for the blind. Unfortunately they do not include blind people in the process. We strongly encourage developers of innovative nonvisual access technologies to work with us during the design and development phase. By leveraging the expertise and the life experience of the independent blind with the engineering expertise of these developers of next generation technologies, the result is an innovative, more useful product for the blind.  

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

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.


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

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.