2014-2015 School Year: NFB STEM2U
NFB STEM2U is coming to a city near you during the 2014-2015 school year! NFB STEM2U will provide great learning opportunities to blind and low vision children, parents of blind children, and teachers working with blind students. Learn more about the NFB STEM2U programs to be held in Baltimore, Boston, and Columbus, by visiting http://www.blindscience.org/nfb-stem2u.
October 15-17, 2014: Train the Trainer
The NFB access technology team is conducting another Train the Trainer session this fall! Save the dates of October 15-17, when the team and invited experts will provide hands-on training on the latest and greatest in accessible technology. Topics will include cloud applications, mobile devices, STEM accessibility, Windows 8.1, Googleâ€™s Chrome OS, VoiceOver, Tactile Graphics, and much more. For more information, please visit https://nfb.org/training-the-trainers.
Fall 2014: State Conventions
All of the fifty-two affiliates of the National Federation of the Blind hold their own annual affiliate/state conventions. These conventions generally feature substantive blindness-related programming, deliberations on state and local policy matters, administration of internal organizational business, special exhibits of interest to members, and more. Like the national convention, state conventions allow members from local chapters across a particular state to gather, reunion-style, to renew old acquaintances and meet new friends. Below is a list of the upcoming state conventions. Check back frequently for updates.
District of Columbia - October 8-12, 2014
California - October 9-12, 2014
Nebraska - October 9-12, 2014
Georgia - October 10-12. 2014
Michigan - October 10-12, 2014
Montana - October 10-12, 2014
Iowa - October 17-19, 2014
Indiana - October 17-19, 2014
Rhode Island - October 17-18, 2014
Vermont - October 24-26, 2014
Why join the National Federation of the Blind? Watch this powerful and inspirational video in which President Mark Riccobono introduces himself and his family, and shows how the National Federation of the Blind helps blind people to live the lives we want. Whether youâ€™re just getting to know the Federation or want a way to introduce our organization to others, you will benefit from watching this video and sharing it with your family, friends, chapter and affiliate members, and members of your community. Watch the video now on our YouTube channel.
Want to learn more about the Technology, Education and Accessibility in College and Higher Education (TEACH) Act? Get "A Lesson on the TEACH Act" in our new video in which blind students explain the devastating problem of inaccessible technology in the classroom, and the solution of voluntary accessibility guidelines to be created by the TEACH Act. Or hear it straight from NFB President Mark Riccobono, who addresses the higher education lobby's opposition of the TEACH Act and its accessibility guidelines in a recent blog post. And Kyle Shachmut, president of our Massachusetts affiliate and a blind student himself, has shared his thoughts on the critical importance of the TEACH Act in not one but two recent op-eds: one in the Boston Globe and another in the Chronicle of Higher Education.
The National Federation of the Blind has applauded a September 4 ruling by Judge Richard D. Bennett of the United States District Court for the District of Maryland requiring the Maryland Board of Elections to make its online ballot-marking tool available to voters with disabilities in the November election. The ruling means that voters with disabilities will be able to mark absentee ballots online for printout and mailing to the Board of Elections. For more on this victory for voters with disabilities, please read our official press release, or the press coverage from the Baltimore Sun and the Washington Post.