How Vermont Closed Sheltered Workshops

Fellow Federationists:

I had been searching for months to learn exactly how Vermont managed to close all of its sheltered workshops, and I finally found an article today that explains it concisely and clearly.  At the bottom of the article, there are three links to state plans to show exactly how the state ended sheltered employment.   Continue reading

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.

We take pleasure in answering at once and thus prominently the communication below, expressing at the same time our great gratification that its faithful author is numbered among the friends of The Sun:

Dear Editor, I am 8 years old.
Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus.
Papa says “If you see it in The Sun it’s so.”
Please tell me the truth. Is there a Santa Claus?
Virginia O’Hanlon
115 West Ninety-fifth St.

VIRGINIA, Your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe except they see. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds. Continue reading

National Federation of the Blind Announces Winners of 2013 Onkyo Braille Essay Contest

Competition Encourages Braille Usage Among the Blind

Baltimore, Maryland (December 18, 2013): The National Federation of the Blind (NFB), the oldest and largest organization of blind people in the United States, is proud to announce the winners of the 2013 Onkyo Braille Essay Contest. The NFB administered the Onkyo Braille Literacy Essay Contest in the U.S. on behalf of the North American/Caribbean Region of the World Blind Union. The essay contest, sponsored by Onkyo Corporation, a Japanese consumer electronics manufacturer, and the Braille Mainichi, part of the Mainichi Newspaper Company in Japan, was created to promote Braille literacy and to encourage the sharing of social and cultural information among blind and visually impaired persons. Continue reading

Disabled Wages

Written by
Michael Barber

MICHAEL D. BARBER of Des Moines is president of the Iowa affiliate of the National Federation of the Blind. Contact:

As a blind person who leads a statewide organization of blind people, I am often asked: What is the greatest challenge blind people face? My answer usually surprises people: For the blind, as for all people with disabilities, our biggest problem is other people’s attitudes about our disabilities and about how we should be treated.

Everyone wants to help us, but the kind of help they want to give isn’t always the kind of help we need. When we try to explain this, we are told that we are being unreasonable or, worse, ungrateful. Continue reading

University of Iowa to Pay $10K After Discrimination Claim by Student With Service Dog

Student allegedly denied housing in a residence hall.


The University of Iowa has agreed to revise its policy – and pay $10,000 – after a student with disabilities reported being denied housing in a residence hall because she had a service dog.

The agreement between the Iowa Civil Rights Commission and the UI was made public this month after the student filed a complaint in mid to late summer, said Don Grove, supervisor of housing investigation for the state commission.  Continue reading

Safeway Announces Web Site Accessibility Improvements

Safeway Announces Website Accessibility and Usability Enhancements to its On-line Grocery Delivery Website Benefitting Shoppers with Visual Impairments

Customers Applaud Safeway’s Commitment

Pleasanton, California (December 13, 2013) -Safeway (NYSE:SWY) today announced a comprehensive initiative to make its online grocery shopping website more accessible and usable for Safeway shoppers with visual impairments. The site enhancements are the result of collaboration between Safeway and several visually impaired customers.

Safeway has adopted the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) version

2.0 level AA as its accessibility standard and has already made significant enhancements to its online shopping website to meet this standard and will continue to do so over the next year.  Continue reading

Anger After Guide Dog Attacked

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

Needed ASAP: Students at Schools Participating in PARCC Field Testing

Dear parents,

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

Call and Sign Up to Learn More about Non-24 and Vanda Will Donate to the NFB

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