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Advocacy Win for the Blind Diabetic Community

In 2017, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services made a peculiar policy decision to not reimburse Medicare beneficiaries for continuous glucose monitors when they were used in conjunction with a mobile app.  

#timeForTIME: Labor Standards Must Be Fair for All

Eighty years ago, the Fair Labor Standards Act became the law of the United States. It sought to improve wages and working conditions for American workers. Since its enactment, progress has certainly been made. But one thing hasn't changed since 1938: workers with disabilities can still be paid less than the federal minimum wage.

Science, Cooking, and Summer

Want to explore science with your blind or sighted child this summer? Consider cooking together. Let's take an example like browning apples. What can we learn?

Banquet Listening Parties Create Convention Feel at Home

The National Federation of the Blind National Convention is an experience like none other. From the informative seminars on all types of topics to the excitement of being surrounded by more than 2,000 other blind people. From hearing so many canes tapping and guide dogs working, to the energy of the room on the day of opening session.

Plug and Play Braille Display? Not Today, But Soon They Say

Last year, Karl Belanger and I reviewed the state of Braille support across a number of different screen reader and operating system combinations.

Rideshare Testing: After One Year, How Are Uber and Lyft Doing?

In May 2017, NFB initiated a rideshare testing program in response to our new settlement agreements with Uber and Lyft. Both rideshare companies had committed to changes intended to eliminate driver discrimination against travelers with service animals. So now, one year into our three-year testing program, are Uber and Lyft demonstrating improvement?

Disturbing Developments at the Department of Education

The National Federation of the Blind is actively engaged in improving access to education for blind students.

What’s That? The Art of Bird Listening

We stop short, folks whisper, “What’s that?” It’s the unmistakable rattle of the beloved kingfisher, the rascal of the water birds, zooming along the river. It went by too fast; my restricted peripheral vision couldn’t locate it, but it caused me to smile.

National Federation of the Blind Member Makes History at the 122nd Running of the Boston Marathon

I am a long-time member of the National Federation of the Blind and have served as treasurer of the Tidewater Chapter of the NFB of Hampton Roads since 2009. Mr. Stewart Prost serves as our current chapter president. I want to tell all of you how much I appreciate being a part of the National Federation of the Blind.

Introducing Amazon’s New Talking Locker Feature

Amazon Lockers are secure, self-service kiosks where customers can pick up Amazon.com packages at a time and place that is convenient for them. Amazon Locker was introduced in 2011, and has since expanded to over 2,000 locations across 50 plus major metropolitan areas in the US.