News & Updates

The 2017 Senior Possibilities Fair

The NFB of Georgia Senior Division invites (ALL) seniors, their families, and the professionals who work with them to attend the Possibilities Fair For Seniors held during the 2017 Annual State Convention of the National Federation of the Blind of Georgia. 

The Possibilities Fair begins on Friday, October 13, 2017 from 2:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M.  Registration and displays will begin at 1:00 p.m. Admission is $5.00 per person.    The fair will include a silent auction, speakers with an array of information, helpful hints along with an interesting mix of nonprofit partners, demonstrations, and displays for ALL seniors and adults to enjoy. 

For further information concerning the fair, contact Jo Ann Johnson, Possibilities Fair Program Committee at 678-451-3975 or e-mail: joann369@bellsouth.net.

You can download the Possibilities Fair flyer here, and get the agenda here

NFB of Georgia At Large Chapter Update

If you’re at large and in charge and wanting to stay informed on community affairs please join the Georgia Affiliate of the NFB at large chapter the last Thursday of each month at 7:00 PM except for the months of November and December.

The telephone number to call is 712-432-4857 and we will be waiting for you in room 14.

  • August 31, 2017
    • Guess speaker to discuss jobs and Job training
  • September 28, 2017
    • Blind dating
  • October 26, 2017
    • Recap of the 2017 state convention being held on October 13-15
    • upcoming events
    • goals for next year

Southwest Georgia Chapter – 43rd Anniversary Celebration

You are Cordially Invited to the National Federation of the Blind Southwest Georgia Chapter’s 43rd Anniversary Celebration!

Saturday – September 16, 2017
BJ’s 2
2004 E. Oglethorpe Blvd.  
Albany, GA 31705

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Our Guest Speaker will be Greg Aikens, President of the National Federation of the Blind of Georgia.

Great Food, Door Prizes and Fellowship!

Visit the sites while you’re here

We look forward to seeing you!

SPONSORS NEEDED:

It’s time for the National Federation of the Blind of Georgia 2017 State Convention, and your opportunity to make this the great event that it can be.

As we prepare for the NFB of GA Annual State Convention in October this year. We are planning a number of activities and expanding the agenda to include multiple events on Friday.

Most notably, we are adding a seminar for job seekers, a seminar for blind students, and a seminar for parents of blind children to occur alongside the Senior Possibilities Fair that takes place every year.

Below are links that will provide you with copies of our Sponsor and Exhibitor Request letters in accessible PDF and Word formats. Please forward these letters to any individuals or organizations who may be interested in supporting our work to help blind Georgians live the lives they want.
Click here for the PDF or here for the Word document.
Please circulate throughout your networks and contact me with any questions.

Greg Aikens

President, NFB of Georgia

Email: gaikens@nfbga.org

Phone: 404-371-1000

State Convention Announcement

The National Federation of the Blind of Georgia invites you to join us for our annual State Convention, to be held October 13- 15, 2017 at the Holiday Inn Airport North, located at:

1380 Virginia Avenue
Atlanta, GA, 30344

Room rates are $89 for standard rooms, (doubles, or king, and suites will be $119.

The above prices do not include tax and other service fees.

You can reserve your room by calling 404-305-9990 or click here to visit the hotel website.

Make sure you use the Group Block Code NFB.
The deadline to book a room is September 22, 2017.

The National Federation of the Blind knows that blindness is not the characteristic that defines blind people or our future. Every day we work to raise expectations for blind people, because low expectations create barriers between us and our dreams. Join us in raising expectations for blind Georgians so we can live the lives we want!

More information is on the way!
This year’s State Convention is expected to be a unique experience as we move forward on our quest to build the federation!.

National Federation of the Blind Applauds Issuance of “508 Refresh” Regulations

The National Federation of the Blind, the nation’s leading advocate for blind Americans to gain equal access to information and technology, today applauded the publication of new technical standards to bring information and communication technology (ICT) into compliance with section 508 of the Rehabilitation act of 1973, which requires government agencies and contractors to make their electronic information and technology accessible to the blind and others with disabilities.

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

Information and communication Technology has changed a great deal since the last Section 508 regulations were issued, and has become an even more integral part of everyday life. Yet blind people, particularly blind federal employees, continue to struggle with access barriers when interacting with electronic and information technology used or procured by federal agencies.

For these reasons, we are extremely pleased that the new Section 508 standards have finally been published. Government agencies and contractors should now understand how to make information and services accessible to the blind, allowing federal employees to perform their job functions effectively and other blind Americans to exercise our rights and responsibilities as citizens.

In 1998, Congress amended the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 to require Federal agencies to make their ICT accessible to people with disabilities. Section 508 was enacted to eliminate barriers in information technology, open new opportunities for people with disabilities, and encourage development of technologies that will help achieve these goals. The law applies to all Federal agencies when they develop, procure, maintain, or use electronic and information technology.

National Federation of the Blind Applauds Issuance of Pedestrian Safety Enhancement Act Regulations

The National Federation of the Blind commented today on the issuance of regulations by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to implement the Pedestrian Safety Enhancement Act of 2010, which was passed by Congress and signed by President Obama to protect the blind and other pedestrians from the dangers posed by silent hybrid and electric vehicles.

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

Having raised concerns on behalf of blind Americans about the dangers posed by silent hybrid and electric vehicles, the National Federation of the Blind is extremely pleased that technical specifications for a safe level of sound to be emitted by such vehicles have now been issued.
The full implementation of the Pedestrian Safety Enhancement Act of 2010 will protect all pedestrians, especially the blind, as well as cyclists. This regulation will ensure that blind Americans can continue to travel safely and independently as we work, learn, shop, and engage in all facets of community life.

Studies conducted by NHTSA indicate that, under certain low-speed scenarios, the odds of hybrid and electric vehicles being involved in collisions with pedestrians are thirty-five percent higher than those for comparable internal combustion engine vehicles and that the odds of hybrid and electric vehicles being involved in collisions with cyclists are fifty-seven percent higher than for comparable internal combustion engine vehicles.
The Pedestrian Safety Enhancement Act was passed by unanimous consent in the United States Senate and by an overwhelming bipartisan majority vote of 379 to 30 in the House of Representatives. It was signed by President Obama on January 4, 2011.

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→

The KNFB Reader

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