A blind woman was left terrified when her guide dog was attacked and injured just yards from her home.
Black labrador Gwen was working and in harness when a loose dog attacked her by the throat, said owner Julie Rees. Mrs Rees screamed for help following the incident on Ystrad Road in Fforestfach, Swansea, on Thursday. South Wales Police said there had been no arrests and it was not known if the small brown and white Staffordshire or terrier cross had been put down. Continue reading
Michael Hingson, 9-11 survivor and author of the New York Times best-selling book, THUNDER DOG: The True Story of a Blind Man, His Guide Dog, and the Triumph of Trust at Ground Zero will visit Hartwick College this Friday, December 6th. Continue reading
NFB is currently investigating the accessibility features available for the spring 2014 PARCC Field Tests. School districts were notified in September 2013 whether or not they would be included in the testing. If your child is scheduled to participate in either the PARCC Performance-Based Assessment or End-of-Year Assessment, NFB needs to hear from you. Continue reading
Our friends at Vanda Pharmaceuticals are running a campaign to raise awareness of Non-24 Hour Disorder and raise funds for the National Federation of the Blind at the same time. Non-24-Hour Disorder (Non-24) is a serious circadian rhythm disorder that causes significant nighttime sleep problems and a wide range of daytime difficulties, including an overwhelming urge to sleep during the day. Continue reading
Dear Federation Family,
Just in time for your Black Friday shopping, the NFB Bid for Equality online auction is now open for bidding. Help the NFB fund its work by sharing the auction with your friends and family. There are a wide range of unique and exciting auction items available, from exotic getaways to Puerto Rico and Costa Rica, to a gift card at a family-friendly apple farm in Connecticut. Visit www.biddingforgood.com/bid-for-equality to bid now, and remember: the future is in your bid! Continue reading
By Marc Maurer – 11/18/13 09:00 AM EST
The Wednesday before Thanksgiving is usually the busiest travel day of the year, so most planning to fly home for the holidays are prepared for high fares, long lines, and potentially substandard service. Thankfully, passengers have ways to prepare for the complications – compare fares online to get the lowest rate, monitor flight delays using mobile apps, print boarding passes ahead of time, and check bags using the kiosk – but the blind and other disabled passengers are denied access to these services. Continue reading
Jury finds NuVision Credit Union denied disabled vet loan because he did not have a driver’s license.
HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif., October 25, 2013- A Federal jury awarded Army Sgt. Major Jesse Acosta $160,000 in a legal victory finding that Huntington Beach-based NuVision Credit Union violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) and the Unruh Act by denying Jesse Acosta a loan because he could not produce a valid driver’s license. In 2006, Sgt. Major Acosta was blinded and suffered severe Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) while serving in Iraq. Continue reading
HOLLISTER CO. STORES MUST MOVE FORWARD WITH WHEELCHAIR ACCESS IMPROVEMENTS Federal Court Refuses to Stay Injunction Pending Appeal On August 20, 2013, US District Court Judge Wiley Y. Daniel ordered Abercrombie & Fitch, the owners and operators of Hollister Co. Stores to make 231 stores nationwide accessible to customers who use wheelchairs. Continue reading
Website: <www.nfb.org/scholarships >
Deadline: March 31, 2014
Are you a legally blind college student living in the United States or Puerto Rico? This annual program offers 30 scholarships worth from $3,000 to $12,000 to eligible students, from high school seniors beginning their freshman year in the fall semester of 2014, up through grad students working on their PhD degrees. These merit scholarships are based on academic excellence, community service, and leadership. In addition to the money, each winner will receive assistance to attend the July 2014 NFB Annual Convention in Orlando, Florida, providing an excellent opportunity for high-level networking with active blind persons in many different professions and occupations. To apply, read the rules and the Submission Checklist; by or before the deadline, complete the official 2014 Scholarship Application Form (online or in print), supply all required documents, and request and complete one interview by an NFB affiliate president (unless the president requests a later date). Applications are accepted for five months, from November 1, 2013, to March 31,2014. Go to www.nfb.org/scholarships for complete rules and requirements.
Rep. Tom Petri Introduces “Technology, Education and Accessibility
In College and Higher Education Act”
Baltimore, Maryland and Washington, DC (November 15, 2013): The National Federation of the Blind (NFB), the oldest and largest nationwide organization of blind Americans, and the Association of American Publishers (AAP), the leading trade association of the US publishing industry, applaud Congressman Tom Petri (R-WI) for introducing today the Technology, Education and Accessibility in College and Higher Education Act (H.R. 3505). The TEACH Act, which is the result of collaboration between the NFB and the AAP, and has been endorsed by ten other organizations of and for people with disabilities, will create accessibility guidelines for electronic instructional materials and related information technologies used by institutions of higher education. Continue reading