News & Updates

Language Beta Testing for KNFB Reader 

We continue to extend the functionality of KNFB Reader. As part of our efforts to put the power of KNFB Reader into the hands of people across the globe, we are adding several additional languages this Spring. We are in need of testers who speak and or read the following languages: Russian, Greek, Czech, Bulgarian, Estonian, Ukrainian, and Indonesian  

If you are familiar with one or more of the above languages, and you have a supported iOS device (see www.knfbreader.com), we need your help.  

IRT-1 Talking Thermometer Price Reduction 

For immediate release! Due to increased production the price on the very popular Talking Infrared Thermometer (model IRT-1) from Brooks Technology has been reduced to just $99.95!  
The thermometer was designed specifically for the blind and vision impaired as a cooking and safety aid and can easily measure the temperature of items being cooked, the oven, fridge, freezer, bath water, coffee, etc without the need for physical contact. It is powered by 2 AA batteries, weighs just 5 ounces, and fits comfortably in the palm of your hand. It includes a built in speech tutorial, and can be set to speak in English, Spanish, or French. The temperature range is from minus 94 to 716 Fahrenheit. 3 buttons allows the user to change language, and set readout to Fahrenheit or Centigrade. It speaks clearly and is easy to use.  In the year since I designed and introduced the IRT-1 it has found a multitude of uses, from helping blind auto mechanics do car repairs, a blind restaurant owner verifying food temperatures, to blind herpetologists maintaining proper tank temperatures for their gecko lizards!
The IRT-1 can help promote safety and independence to vision impaired individuals and is especially useful for the newly blind in overcoming the fear of cooking!
The IRT-1 is available for $99.95, plus shipping. For organizations that require it my W9 form will be sent on request.

NFBGA Members At Large Chapter Notification

the word is getting around that the national Federation of the blind of Georgia affiliate at large is where the answers are.We meet on the last Thursday of each month this month. Membership development committee of the Nfb of Georgia, presents part two of this three-part mixer series with

‘Blind stuff’

Sometimes healing will have you laughing at yourself hosted by the affiliate second Vice President Georgeo Vickers special guest CCEC NFB chapter come share and learn you are not the only one 

Washington Seminar Update

Fellow Federationists,

The snow has stopped and a beautiful blue sky and bright sun now illuminates the two and a half feet of snow we have received in the Baltimore/Washington area. The shining sun is a great symbol of the hope and determination I continue to hear from Federationists who have traveled or are working to travel to Washington D.C.

NFBGA Members At Large Chapter Meeting 

National Federation of the Blind of GA.Affiliate At Large Meeting returns on the Last Thursday of every month.  

Thursday, January 28, 2016 will be a telephone mixer ! If you know of something unique and/or cool for the blind community, come share it. .

Hosted by The Affiliate Second Vice , George O. Vickers
Time: 7:00 PM  

Call: 712 432 4857. Room 14 

Vickers.

Seeking Members Who Would Like To Use Redbox Kiosks 

The NFB is seeking members who have tried to use or would like to use Redbox’s video and video game rental kiosks. This request is in response to a pending class action settlement and is urgently time sensitive. If you have tried to use or would like to use Redbox kiosks, please contact Valerie Yingling, paralegal, at vyingling@nfb.org or 410-659-9314, extension 2440, by January 31st. 


Working while Receiving Social Security Disability Benefits — January 27

The National Work Incentives Seminar Event (WISE) Webinar “Ticket to Work: Debunking the Three Biggest Myths about Disability Benefits and Work” will be held January 27, 2016 from 3 – 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time. If you receive Social Security disability benefits and are thinking about going back to work, the Ticket to Work program can help. This webinar will discuss some of the myths and misunderstandings about how working may affect your benefits. Register online or by calling 1-866-968-7842 (TTY: 1-866-833-2967).Have more questions about Social Security disability benefits? Check out “Get Answers to Your Questions about Social Security Disability Benefits” in Disability.gov’s recent news and events section.

It’s time for the Obama Administration to £UploadTheRegs

On July 26, 2010, the twentieth anniversary of the signing of the historic Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) addressing the obligation of public accommodations to provide websites that are accessible to individuals with disabilities was issued by the United States Department of Justice (DOJ). At the time, President Obama correctly observed that these proposed rules would be “the most important updates to the ADA since its original enactment.” Yet the release date of the actual rule proposal for revising the Title III regulations of the ADA, originally scheduled for January of 2012, has been extended until sometime in 2018, eight years beyond the issuance of the original ANPRM and at least a year after the end of his administration. Having originally taken a strong stance on the importance of these regulations, it now seems like the Obama administration is wishing to wash its hands of them entirely. 

National Federation of the Blind Launches Registration for Worldwide Blindness ConferencesWBU/ICEVI Joint Assembly to Take Place in Orlando, August 2016

You Are Invited!!! CCEC Empowerment Lunch

Empowerment Lunch – January 16, 2016
 
CCEC NFB: “A GOOD LOOK!” The Cobb County Empowerment Chapter of the National Federation of the Blind of GA presents: “2016 Empowerment Lunch” Our keynote speaker Keri Kokayi, will once again expand your definition of success and empower you to make that next step in your development.
 
When: Saturday, January 16, 2016
 Where: Golden Corral Restaurant
                      3845 Austell Road
Austell, GA
Time: 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM
* Special Discounted Price – $11.00 (Includes food and drink)
 
We will also be discussing upcoming NFB activities on a national, state and local level for 2016 and beyond. Come join us and kick start your new year with empowerment!! For more information, please call 678-883-2232.