News & Updates

State Rehabilitation Council Public Hearings

The State Rehabilitation Council (SRC) in collaboration with the Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency (GVRA) will hold a series of public comment hearings statewide on the proposed GVRA policy revisions regarding Order of Selection and the implementation of Project Horizon. The State Rehabilitation Council and the Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency (GVRA) value input from stakeholders regarding the proposed policy revisions.

Alert: Important meeting Regarding Marta Mobility

There will be a MARTA meeting regarding the current changes that have been made to the MARTA Mobility Service. MV and MTM are the two companies that have been contracted to take over the MARTA Mobility Paratransit Service and recertification.
The meeting will be held:

Where: CVI, 739 W. Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA
When: Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Time: 4:15 pm – 6:00 pm

Urgent Action Needed: Final Push to Get Space Available Passed in the Senate!

Fellow Federationists:

Last week, Senator Heller from Nevada introduced an amendment to the Senate’s version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to include the same Space Available language that you already helped pass in the House NDAA last month. This is the first time we've ever been able to get an amendment for Space Available introduced in the Senate. This amendment currently has two cosponsors, Senators Tester from Montana and Ayotte from New Hampshire, but we need more support.

NFB Sports and Recreation Division and WE Fit Wellness Seek Health and Wellness Experts for the 2016 NF-BE Healthy Fair

On June 30, 2016, the NFB Sports and Recreation division will help kick off the 76th National Convention of the National Federation of the Blind with the first ever NF-BE Healthy Fair. The NF-BE Healthy fair is a health fair designed with the blind in mind. Instead of walking from table to table gathering print information, attendees will have the opportunity to receive a health assessment, nutrition information, put their hands on talking health and wellness related gadgets, try out accessible mechanisms for reading nutrition information, check out accessible activity trackers, and more.

A Lot More Needs To Be Done To Help Blind People Use The Internet

Facebook s new blind-friendly feature puts a small dent in a big problem.

By Casey Williams
From the Huffington Post→

For the blind, navigating the digital world can be as tricky as moving through the physical one.

Some companies have tried to make their sites easier for the world s 39 million blind people to use. Facebook, for instance, just introduced a new image-recognition feature that lets blind users see photos on the site.

But blind advocates say fixes like Facebook s don’t solve the biggest obstacles blind people face online.

National Federation of the Blind Praises Secretary Clinton’s Remarks on Employment of People with Disabilities

Baltimore, Maryland (March 30, 2016): The National Federation of the Blind commented today on recent remarks by Hillary Clinton in which she called for ending the tiered minimum wages for
¦ people with disabilities.

Mark A. Riccobono, President of the National Federation of the Blind, said:

Break into Spring with NFB-NEWSLINE & KNFB Reader

Greetings, NFB-NEWSLINE subscribers,

Your NFB-NEWSLINE team wanted to break into spring with our newest publications and tell you how to make the print yours with KNFB Reader’s Spring Break sale.

##New Publications
First, we have added two new publications: Successful Farming and World Politics Review.

Successful Farming is your must-have guide for reliable market forecasts, money-saving product reviews, the latest trends in machinery and tools, specialized advice geared to your region. It’s the magazine farm families turn to for smart, practical solutions to make farming even better.

The App That Helps Blind People See →

The first time Mark Edwards used Aipoly Vision, he cried. Edwards, 56 and legally blind since birth, had signed up as an early tester for the smartphone app that claims to help the visually impaired people “see” the world around them.
Read The App That Helps Blind People See on News Week→

It Burns | National Federation of the Blind →

By Anil Lewis

My earliest memory of having to deal with my impending blindness occured when my mom took  my siblings and me to visit the ophthalmologist’s office. I was probably seven years old, and the office staff took me into a dark room to dilate my pupils. This required administering a series of painful eye drops, and I remember squealing, “It burns!”
It Burns | National Federation of the Blind→

Shingle Creek Raffle Reminder

Greetings Federationists

The Raffle for the Shingle Creek has two weeks remaining and we urge those individuals who are considering purchasing tickets to do so at your earliest convenience.

The deadline to Purchase tickets by check or money order is Saturday, March 26, 2016

However, you can still obtain tickets via PayPal using the following link:

PayPal.Me/nfbfl

And the tickets will be scanned and Emailed to the person. The deadline to purchase tickets via PayPal is Wednesday, March 30, 2016 by 7:00 pm Eastern Daylight Savings Time.