IMAGINEERING OUR FUTURE February 2020

IMAGINEERING OUR FUTURE
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President’s Letter

The fastest growing segment of blind people is over sixty-five years old. The National Federation of the Blind knows that independence is critical for living well and blindness should not hold anyone back at any age. More from President Riccobono.

Our Seniors Live the Life They Want

From international cruises to weekday programs, exercise and hobbies, Regina and other senior members keep busy and know that blindness does not hold them back. Learn more about blind seniors.

Latest News at the NFB

National board member Terri Rupp runs an ultra-marathon in support of NFB. New Drupal theme honors Rachel Olivero. National Federation of the Blind Engineering Quotient program accepting applications, and more. Read more news.

Take Action This Month

There are many ways to get involved in the National Federation of the Blind. This month we ask you to help Terri Rupp reach her goal of $50,000 for her fifty-mile run and spread the word about NFB EQ.

Important Dates

Mark your calendars: The leading disability law symposium is coming up. STEM program for teens, nonvisual access technology training, and important deadlines approach.
Read the complete issue online.
The National Federation of the Blind knows that blindness is not the characteristic that defines blind people or their future. Every day we raise the expectations of and for blind people, because low expectations create obstacles between blind people and our dreams. We can live the lives we want; blindness is not what holds us back. Please join us in our work by becoming a member, attending an event, sharing this newsletter, or supporting our programs.

President’s Letter January 2020
It is only after I joined the National Federation of the Blind that I learned how to use Braille as a tool for independence. I can’t imagine living the life I want now without it. More from President Riccobono.

Learning Braille in My Sixties: A Senior’s Perspective

I often felt like the class dunce. It was a humbling and frustrating experience, but I am proud to have graduated. I don’t think I would feel complete without the ability to read Braille. More from a senior’s perspective on Braille.

Latest News at the NFB

The Federation invades DC for our 2020 Washington Seminar. Jacob Bolotin award application period is open. Automated production of Braille math books in the works. Read the latest news.

Take Action This Month

Stay involved in the National Federation of the Blind. Share our scholarship application. Read about our new wing. Consider a preauthorized contribution monthly giving plan. There are so many ways to support and take action.

Important Dates

Washington Seminar is coming up. The Jacobus tenBroek Law Symposium, BLAST, and National Convention will be here before you know it. Scholarship and Bolotin Award applications are due. Review the calendar.

Read the complete issue online.
The National Federation of the Blind knows that blindness is not the characteristic that defines blind people or their future. Every day we raise the expectations of and for blind people, because low expectations create obstacles between blind people and our dreams. We can live the lives we want; blindness is not what holds us back. Please join us in our work by becoming a member, attending an event, sharing this newsletter, or supporting our programs.

 

IMAGINEERING OUR FUTURE President’s Letter December 2019

I invite you to explore membership and to join this dynamic organization of the blind. If you are already a member, I am proud to call you colleague and look forward to our continued work together. More from President Riccobono.

Reflect on Our Collective Action

The fact that most of our members are blind and that our leaders are blind people is what makes us different. The most important word in our name is “of.” Read about what collective action means to us.

Meet Samantha

“The people were all so friendly I just knew I wanted to take part.” Samantha wants to be a part of our movement because she appreciates the mentoring and networking that are integral to what we do every day. Read about her first year with NFB.

Latest News at the NFB

AIM High Act introduced. NFB’s legal initiatives help enforce equality in the workplace. Long-time leader Dr. Donald Capps passed and we offer condolences to his family and friends. Read the latest news.

Take Action This Month

Stay involved in the National Federation of the Blind. Support the mission with your dollars. Spread the word about Santa Letters for blind boys and girls. Read new stories in the blog or in the Braille Monitor. More about what you can do.

Important Dates

2020 National Convention dates have changed. Washington Seminar, the tenBroek Law Symposium, and NABM BLAST will be here faster than you know. Mark your calendars.

Read the complete issue online.
The National Federation of the Blind knows that blindness is not the characteristic that defines blind people or their future. Every day we raise the expectations of and for blind people, because low expectations create obstacles between blind people and our dreams. We can live the lives we want; blindness is not what holds us back. Please join us in our work by becoming a member, attending an event, sharing this newsletter, or supporting our programs.

 

IMAGINEERING OUR FUTURE

President’s Letter November 2019

NFB members are incredibly diverse but our committees, divisions, and groups help our members support one another. I urge you to explore them–you will surely find the connections as rewarding and helpful as I do. More from President Riccobono.

Divisions and Committees and Groups, Oh My!

“After seeking, learning, and remaining deeply involved, my experiences at the National Federation of the Blind allowed me to open the doors for so many parents.” Connections with a common interest can drive our mission. Read about Divisions, Committees, and Groups.

Hear from Cynda

Being involved isn’t just going to one event but rather a collective effort and continuous participation in a variety of programs. Cynda, a grandmother, stated, “We feel welcomed as family each year…” Read more from Cynda.

Latest News at the NFB

Programs to encourage Braille skills, reward college students, and give the gift of inclusion during the holiday season are open for registration. We also continue to advocate for pedestrian safety, quality education, and employment equity. Read about these initiatives and more.

Take Action Now

Full participation in our movement can sometimes take just a few minutes of your time. Give us feedback on this newsletter, or make a difference to blind children and their parents by donating. Learn more about what you can do this month.

Important Date Changes: Check The Calendar

2020 National Convention dates have changed. Washington Seminar, the tenBroek Law Symposium, and NABM BLAST will be here faster than you know. Review the important dates.

Read the complete issue online.
The National Federation of the Blind knows that blindness is not the characteristic that defines blind people or their future. Every day we raise the expectations of and for blind people, because low expectations create obstacles between blind people and our dreams. We can live the lives we want; blindness is not what holds us back. Please join us in our work by becoming a member, attending an event, sharing this newsletter, or supporting our programs.

 

IMAGINEERING OUR FUTURE

October

Support Advances to Independence during Meet the Blind Month
Access to information advances independence. October is Meet the Blind Month, and we are highlighting how the National Federation of the Blind is working to increase the accessibility of web-based, mobile, and medical technologies. Your support is helping us develop new technologies and advocate for more products that are accessible so we can all live the lives we want.

Accessible Technology Empowers Us
“NFB-NEWSLINE reopened the world of newspapers and magazines to me. It makes me feel more included and informed.”
Accessible mobile apps empower blind and low-vision individuals to gain greater access to information. We develop and provide a number of tools for more access to information. During Meet the Blind Month, please learn about and share these resources:

• NFB-NEWSLINE®, a free audio news service that offers access to more than 500 publications, weather alerts, and job listings.
• KNFB Reader, a mobile app that converts printed text to speech or Braille.
• NFBnet, regional and interest-based email lists that allow blind people around the globe to connect, provide mentorship, and share information.

Donate today!
Promote independence by getting accessible information and technology in the hands of more blind people. Please donate today and share information about NFB-NEWSLINE, KNFB Reader, and NFBnet.
Together with love, hope, and determination, we transform dreams into reality. Thank you for your support!

President’s Letter

Sharing and preserving the stories of blind people is one of the central projects at the National Federation of the Blind. President Riccobono invites you to visit.
Step into a One-of-a-Kind Library

It preserves our history and connects our community. It is the only research library on blindness that is owned and controlled by the blind. Learn about the National Federation of the Blind Jacobus tenBroek Library.
Explore Nonvisual Access Technology

Technology creates opportunities. For the blind, the technology needs to be nonvisually accessible. With the right support, that is absolutely possible. Our Center of Excellence in Nonvisual Access is that support.
Latest News at the NFB

Blind people push back on The Breakfast Club’s low expectations. Also, learn about a new ruling in favor of blind college students and our legal program’s efforts encouraging accessibility for employment. Read the latest news.
Take Action this Month

Stay involved in the National Federation of the Blind. There are so many ways to support and take action. You can share in Meet the Blind Month activities, follow our back-to-school series of podcasts, and more.
Important Dates

Mark your calendars: More accessibility boutiques, 2020 Washington Seminar, Jacobus tenBroek Disability Law Symposium, and the 2020 National Convention in Houston. Read the important dates.
Read the complete issue online.
The National Federation of the Blind knows that blindness is not the characteristic that defines blind people or their future. Every day we raise the expectations of and for blind people, because low expectations create obstacles between blind people and our dreams. We can live the lives we want; blindness is not what holds us back. Please join us in our work by becoming a member, attending an event, sharing this newsletter, or supporting our programs.