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Living the Lives We Want: My Reflections on 23 Blast

Blog Date: 
Friday, October 24, 2014

By Mark A. Riccobono, President

A new film, 23 Blast, about a high school football star who goes blind but continues to play, will open in select cities today. The movie is based on what the filmmakers bill as “the amazing, true story of Travis Freeman,” the star of his high school football team in Corbin, Kentucky, until he loses his sight due to a virulent infection. It chronicles Travis’s adjustment to his blindness, which is an emotional struggle for him, and his ultimate, triumphant return to the field.

The Wrong Choice for the National Council on Disability

Blog Date: 
Thursday, October 16, 2014

By Rose Sloan

Access to Absentee Ballots for Maryland Voters with Disabilities

Blog Date: 
Friday, September 26, 2014

By Lou Ann Blake

On September 4, Judge Richard D. Bennett of the United States District Court for the District of Maryland issued a historic ruling requiring the Maryland Board of Elections to make its online ballot-marking tool available to voters with disabilities in the November election. The ruling in National Federation of the Blind et al. vs. Linda H. Lamone et al. means that Maryland voters with disabilities will be able to mark absentee ballots online for print out and mailing to the Board of Elections. 

However, before you can use the online ballot marking tool, you must first request that the ballot be delivered to you by email.

Following are steps to request email delivery of your absentee ballot:

Unachievable or Unwanted: Why Is ACE Opposed to Accessibility Guidelines?

Blog Date: 
Wednesday, September 3, 2014

By Mark A. Riccobono, President

Last Friday, the American Council on Education (ACE) sent a letter to Senator Harkin outlining their problems with his proposed Higher Education Opportunity Act reauthorization. Harkin’s draft includes a provision to address accessible instructional materials that was modeled after the Technology, Education and Accessibility in College and Higher Education (TEACH) Act. I was thrilled when I heard that Harkin included TEACH Act language in his draft because gaining equal access to electronic instructional materials for blind college students is one of the Federation’s most important priorities.   

Training, an integral component of accessibility implementation

Blog Date: 
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.

Comments on Apple and NFB Resolution 2014-12

Blog Date: 
Friday, July 11, 2014

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

Reflecting the NFB Brand

Blog Date: 
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.


Comments on Voting Accessibility Innovations in Elections: Making Voting Accessible for Everyone

Blog Date: 
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.

This is Not Acceptable for Workers with Disabilities

Blog Date: 
Monday, April 28, 2014
By Anil Lewis