Nonvisual Accessibility Web Certification

Why the National Federation of the Blind?

As the nation's largest organization of blind and visually impaired individuals, parents of blind children, and interested others, the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) has a better grasp of the consumer point of view of blindness accessibility than any other entity in the United States. It is part of the mission of the NFB to integrate the blind into society on a basis of equality, and ensuring full access to information technology and resources is a vital piece of that mission. It is in our interest to maintain the integrity of our standards for certification and to help businesses that want to reach our members.

With a membership of over 50,000 from over 700 state affiliates and local chapters, we are uniquely equipped to provide the consumer point of view and ensure that technology applications meet the central provisions of evolving access standards for the blind. The NFB operates the International Braille and Technology Center for the Blind (IBTC), the only center of its kind in the world. The goal of the IBTC is to collect one of every kind of speech-producing and Braille-output device on the current market for testing, demonstration, and teaching purposes.

Certification programs derive much of their credibility from the sector expertise and quality of the strategic partnerships they have established. The emerging field of disability access design and related services is in need of such a certification process. The NFB has credibility through a pragmatic knowledge of nonvisual access design, adaptive technology, and consumer desires and needs. This credibility is enhanced by a growing list of technology partners who can deliver the technical know-how needed to meet the emerging access standards.