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National Federation of the Blind
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National Federation of the Blind Applauds
Senate Introduction of TEACH Act
Senators Warren, Hatch Introduce
Technology, Education and Accessibility in College and Higher Education Act
Baltimore, Maryland and Washington, DC (February 28, 2014): The National Federation of the Blind (NFB), the oldest and largest nationwide organization of blind Americans, applauds Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) for yesterday introducing the Technology, Education and Accessibility in College and Higher Education (TEACH) Act (S. 2060). The TEACH Act, which is the result of collaboration between the NFB and the Association of American Publishers, and which has been endorsed by eleven 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. The introduction of the bill was announced during a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing focusing on college access and success for students with disabilities. Continue reading
Michael was highlighted recently in an article in Campus Activities Magazine. Here is a link to the article, It is on page 25 and may be inaccessible for some of you.
I’m very pleased to announce that the February 2014 issue of our online book review magazine “California Bookwatch” features a review of “Running with Roselle”.
Here is the review: Continue reading
Under Obama Order, Workers With Disabilities To Get Pay Hike By Michelle Diament | February 12, 2014 From Disability Scoop
An executive order requiring federal contractors to be paid at least $10.10 per hour will apply to workers with disabilities too, White House officials say.
President Barack Obama plans to sign an executive order Wednesday raising the minimum wage for federal contract workers, including those with disabilities employed under service or concessions contracts with the government.
The move represents an about-face for the White House. When the plan to hike pay for government contractors was originally announced during Obama’s State of the Union address last month, it left out many workers with disabilities. Continue reading
February 3, 2014
President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20500
Dear Mr. President:
In your January 28th State of the Union Address, and via a conference call with Vice President Biden and Secretary of Labor Perez on January 29th, it was announced that all contractors would be required by executive order to pay their federally funded workers at least $10.10 an hour under any new contracts. The National Federation of the Blind, the oldest and largest nationwide organization of blind Americans, urges you to include workers with disabilities in this executive order, affirmatively and explicitly. We further urge you to announce that you will sign the Fair Wages for Workers with Disabilities Act (H.R. 831) if and when that legislation reaches your desk. With a Republican sponsor and substantial Democratic co-sponsorship, this nonpartisan piece of legislation will responsibly phase out the discriminatory practice of paying workers with disabilities less than the minimum wage. Continue reading
Here is the Facebook update from Michael about Karen’s current condition. You can make donations to help defray her medical expenses bo going to Michael’s Website here: www.michaelhingson.com or simply clicking on Karen’s picture here.
THANKS VERY MUCH for all of your thoughts and concerns about Karen and me. I appreciate them a great deal. Here is where we are at present.
Karen is improving, all be it at a slow rate. We are optimistic. As you know, Karen contracted pneumonia which advanced to include acute respiratory distress syndrome which means her lungs are very inflamed and thus breathing is extremely hard for her. Over the past week she has been heavily sedated and on an ventilator. They began reducing sedation levels last Thursday and took her off the sedative completely on Saturday. Continue reading
Excited to share details of the new Microsoft DisAbility Scholarship Fund targeting students with disabilities entering college in the fall. This is a new initiative from Microsoft and the DisAbility Employee Resource Group (ERG), built in partnership with Seattle Foundation. The scholarship website is open to applications until March 15th. Please, use your sharing/posting super powers to distribute details to your communities and anyone you feel may benefit. All the details are enclosed, and below.
Any questions, do let me know. Let’s change the number 🙂
Have a great weekend!
Chair DisAbility ERG,
Senior Director Accessibility Customer Experience, Privacy and Online Safety Support. Continue reading