Tales from the Tip

A New Perspective on Literacy for Students with Low Vision

Imagine a reading solution where students with low vision could read for an extended period of time without eye fatigue. A solution where their ability to distinguish among letters was not dependent upon print size, contrast, lighting, color, or font style. Where skimming or rereading a paragraph or page wouldn’t be cause for frustration or eye strain. Where students could easily discern the subtleties of spelling, punctuation, capitalization, and paragraph layout. Imagine a reading option in which individuals didn’t have to hold the book close to their face or hunch over a tablet screen in order to read. Well, there is a reading solution that enables students to accomplish this and more. That solution is Braille.
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National Federation of the Blind Announces 2016 Dr. Jacob Bolotin Awards

The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) announced today that applications are now being accepted for the 2016 Dr. Jacob Bolotin Award Program. Each year the NFB presents cash awards to individuals and organizations that have demonstrated exemplary leadership and extraordinary accomplishments in improving the lives of blind people in the United States.

KNFB Reader Integrated with Dropbox, Available for Android

The National Federation of the Blind (NFB), in conjunction with Sensotec NV, is pleased to announce that the KNFB Reader is now available for Android devices. Released for iOS in 2014, the KNFB Reader app uses optical character recognition (OCR) technology to take a picture of printed text using the built-in cameras available on smart phones and tablets and convert it into speech. Now, in response to popular demand, we are proud to bring the reader to the Android platform.

National Federation of the Blind and Scribd Agree to Collaborate to Make Reading Subscription Service Accessible to the Blind

The National Federation of the Blind and Scribd, Inc. have agreed to work together to provide access and make content available in Scribd’s subscription reading service and website accessible to the blind by the end of 2017. Available on desktop and mobile devices, Scribd’s service provides users access to ebooks, audiobooks and other published content for a flat monthly fee. As part of an agreement between the two organizations, Scribd will rearchitect its website to make most subscription content compatible with screen access software for the blind. Screen access software converts text-based content into Braille or spoken words. Scribd will also facilitate access to other types of documents in its collection when requested by blind users.

National Federation of the Blind Partners with Santa to Promote Braille Literacy

Once again, Santa has enlisted the help of the elves at the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) Jernigan Institute to get Braille letters out to hundreds of blind boys and girls this Christmas season.

Mark A. Riccobono, President of the National Federation of the Blind, said: “Santa approached the National Federation of the Blind several years ago and asked us to be his helpers.

Blind People Cast Your Votes

Blind People Speak Up. Let your voice be heard.
Message from Jon Olson, Founder of 3-D PhotoWorks

Tell us the one World Famous Painting you would like to see.3DPhotoWorks, with support from the National Federation of the Blind, has developed a 3D Tactile Fine Art Printing process that allows blind people to “see” fine art, diagrams, and other images.

The time has come for the world’s blind population to enjoy art and photography. We want to know, what is the very first famous work of art you would like to see.

Award-Winning Text Recognition App that Gives the Blind Access to Print Now Available on Android

We are happy to announce the release of the new KNFB Reader app for Android. KNFBReader Playstore Screenshot
The KNFB Reader converts printed text into high quality speech to provide accurate, fast, and efficient access to both single and multiple page documents with the tap of a button. First released for iOS in 2014, the app is now available for purchase in the Google Play app store. It offers a “try before you buy” option of 25 scans free of charge. Additionally, to celebrate the Android release, the KNFB Reader app will be available for a very limited time on both iOS and Android platforms for $74.99, a savings of 25% off the regular price.  

The KNFB Reader

KNFBReader App Store iCon
Now you can have the convenience of an OCR scanner in the palm of your hand. The KNFB Reader app is a revolutionary tool that you can use, with the touch of a single button, to read virtually any type of printed text,

The Awesome Foundation Awards the NFB of Georgia $1000

On August 19th, President Scott, along with treasurer Nata Watkins and Board member Patrice Lewis, attended an Awesome Hour, the Awesome Foundation for the arts monthly meet-up.

Photo of NFB of Georgia president Garrick Scott, Awesome Foundation Atlanta chapter founder and trustee Dr. Dionne Mahaffey, and others at the Awesome Hour Meet-up

Listen to President Scott’s thoughts on the evening.

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##More About the Awesome Foundation

The Atlanta Chapter of the Awesome Foundation’s grants support projects in sciences, arts, education, civic engagement, media, and entertainment — just about anything as long as it contributes to making Atlanta more AWESOME!

National Federation of the Blind Applauds Government Guidance on the Rights of Parents with Disabilities

Baltimore, Maryland (August 11, 2015):

The National Federation of the Blind (NFB), the nation’s leading advocate for the rights of blind parents and their children, applauds the new technical assistance document Protecting the Rights of Parents and Prospective Parents with Disabilities, recently issued by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office for Civil Rights Administration for Children and Families, and the United States Department of Justice (DOJ), Civil Rights Division, Disability Rights Section. The document is the first being issued under a new partnership between DOJ and HHS to advise state child welfare agencies on their obligations to avoid and prevent discrimination in the provision of services.