News & Updates

Press Release: BANA Announces Fall Meeting in Atlanta→

The Braille Authority of North America (BANA) announces its fall meeting, which will take place November 3–5, 2016, in Atlanta, Georgia. Hosted by the American Foundation for the Blind, a BANA member organization.
This meeting will be held at the Center for the Visually Impaired, 739 West Peachtree Street N.W., Atlanta, 30308.
Guests are welcome at BANA Board meetings where they can observe deliberations. Space is limited. To reserve a seat, please contact BANA Chair Jennifer Dunnam.

National Federation of the Blind Applauds Continued Support from Google for KNFB Reader

Google Supports Continued Development of Text Recognition App that Gives the Blind Access to Print

Baltimore, MD (October 7, 2016): The National Federation of the Blind is pleased to announce that Google continues its support of the development and distribution of KNFB Reader. For a limited time, KNFB Reader will be offered for the reduced price of $19.99 for the Android app.

2016 NFBGA State Convention Cancellation

This is to inform everyone that the 2016 NFBGA Convention has been cancelled
due to inclement weather.

If you reserved a room at the hotel, I have been asked by the management to
advise you that the event has been cancelled by the hotel and there will be
no charge to you for this cancellation. This means that you do not have to
call to cancel your reservation because it has already been done by the

Innovative ride-share partnership offers on-demand options for paratransit customers

A true attempt at changing access to transportation. The governor of Massachusetts had this to say:

“The reliability of our transportation system depends on the MBTA’s ability to improve its core infrastructure and provide efficient, innovative transit options that meet the needs of the system’s one million daily riders,” said Governor Baker. “This initiative represents the MBTA’s efforts to increase accessibility in a more cost-effective and efficient way that also delivers more convenient service for its paratransit customers.”

National Federation of the Blind Comments on Foundation Fighting Blindness #HowEyeSeeIt Campaign

The National Federation of the Blind commented today on the #HowEyeSeeIt challenge launched in the past month by the Foundation Fighting Blindness, which has garnered considerable recent publicity. The NFB has also delivered a letter to the Foundation Fighting Blindness, and NFB members are using the #HowEyeSeeIt hash tag to counter the campaign via social media.

This Month’s At Large meeting features a Candidates forum

Hello NFB of Georgia family

The NFB of Georgia Affiliate at-Large presents a Candidate Forum for the upcoming elections

Sell them in NFB history, is leadership as important as right now. The Direction, focus and future of your affiliate is at hand. Next month when you determine who will navigate the terrain for the blind community of Georgia, Know what you are getting.

What’s New in iOS 10 Accessibility for Blind, Low Vision and Deaf-blind Users →

By Scott Davert writing for

Another fall is upon us, which means football season has started, temperatures are starting to drop, and that a new version of iOS is coming out. Another seemingly established tradition is that another article discussing the new accessibility features is in order. Just like the past several years, there are many changes to iOS that are mainstream and will be welcome changes. Some of the new features include a revamped Music app; a new Home app; new 3d Touch functionality in Apple apps; and much more. Many articles will cover these changes, but the aim of this piece is to cover accessibility changes that are specific to blind, low vision, and deaf-blind users.

Ranking Screen Readers In Windows10 Anniversary Update, Anything But Cool. →

From BrianHartgen’s

I will confine myself to the findings in relation to the comments regarding JAWS for Windows, since that is the product I work with and use. I will not, for a moment, even think about commenting upon the performance of other screen-readers because I know little about them, certainly not enough to write about them with any degree of authority.

Title II SANPRM from the National Federation of the Blind →

Ensuring access to digital information is a high priority of the NFB and the nation’s blind. For many years, the federal government has considered proposing a regulation that would clarify the requirements for accessibility of websites and online services provided by public entities. Such entities include state and local government websites, as well as those of public schools and colleges. In May 2016, the U.S. Department of Justice published a Supplemental Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking titled Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability; Accessibility of Web Information and Services of State and Local Government Entities (SANPRM) in the Federal Register.

Ranking Screen Readers In Windows10 Anniversary Update: The Results Will Surprise You! →

Written by: James Oates On August 9, 2016

In this article, I will attempt to review and rank three of the most popular current screen readers that are available at this time. The three screen readers were tested on the most recent version of Windows 10 anniversary update. This is important because one of the screen readers is Microsoft’s most recently updated Narrator.