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Upcoming Events

April 12-13, 2013: Tactile Graphics and STEM Education for the Blind

The National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute will host a conference on how tactile graphics can and are being made, and how the use of tactile graphics enhances STEM education for the blind. This subject is especially relevant in light of the recently published BANA guidelines, the rapid adoption of digital textbooks, and the 2010 DOJ letter and 2011 FAQ to colleges and universities and K-12 schools mandating equal access to educational materials. Registration is now open. For more information, please visit www.nfb.org/tactilegraphicsconference.


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NFB to Run Blind Voter Hotline

The National Federation of the Blind will be hosting an Election Day hotline that blind voters, poll workers, and voting rights advocates can call if problems arise with accessible voting technology or if other barriers prevent a blind voter from casting a private and independent ballot. The hotline will be available on November 6, 2012, by calling 1-877-632-1940 from 7 a.m. EST to 7 p.m. PST. Following the November 6th elections, the National Federation of the Blind will conduct an online survey to gather information about the experiences of blind voters. For more information about the hotline, please read the official press release.

NFB Applauds Landmark
Court Ruling

The National Federation of the Blind has applauded a decision issued on October 10, 2012, by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, which permits the distribution of millions of books to blind and print-disabled people.  The ruling in Authors Guild, Inc., et al., v. HathiTrust, et al. held that providing access for students with print disabilities constitutes a “transformative use” under the fair use provision of the Copyright Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act and that Section 121 of the Copyright Act (the “Chafee Amendment”) permits university libraries to digitize their collections for distribution and use by the blind.  As a result, the University of Michigan will now be permitted to make its entire 10 million volume digital collection available to all blind Americans, revolutionizing access to digital books by the blind and print disabled. For more information about this landmark court ruling, please read the October 12 Education Week article or the official press release.

NFB Collaborates with AccuWeather®

The National Federation of the Blind and its newspaper service for the blind, NFB-NEWSLINE®, have announced a collaboration with AccuWeather®, an online weather information service, to provide emergency weather alerts to blind and print-disabled subscribers throughout America.  NFB-NEWSLINE® is a free audible information access service that provides over three-hundred newspapers and magazines to the blind.  The AccuWeather® information service will be offered on NFB-NEWSLINE®, giving blind and print-disabled people instant access to emergency weather alerts.  For more information, please read the official press release.

Visit the T-Mobile Discount Program page to learn more about special discounts for NFB members.

To learn about NFB-NEWSLINE®, the free electronic newspaper service, call (866) 504-7300.