News & Updates

NFB NEWSLINE Alexa Skill Training

Hello and Happy New Year from the NFB-NEWSLINE Team!

Now, you can listen to NFB-NEWSLINE without lifting a finger. In late November, the NFB-NEWSLINE Amazon Alexa skill was released. You can ask Alexa to read the paper, navigate through the paper with ease, and much more with a simple command set and we can show you how.

Whether you are a long time Amazon Echo user or Alexa just came wrapped as a gift under your tree, this is the training for you.
Hey Alexa, how can I access this great telephone training that will take place on Tuesday January 15, 2019 at 8:00 p.m. Eastern?

Be sure to join us on Tuesday evening for an interactive demonstration conducted by Scott White, Director of NFB-NEWSLINE on how to access the NFB-NEWSLINE service using the Amazon Echo family of products. Time will be provided to get your questions answered on the use of the skill as well as other NFB-NEWSLINE access methods.

Please join us online using the link or conference telephone numbers listed below.

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+16468769923,,962454147# US (New York)

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+1 646 876 9923 US (New York)

Meeting ID: 962454147#

NFB National Convention 2019

Dates: July 7-12, 2019

it’s not too early to begin thinking about the warmer weather and
the summer months. While July may seem on the distant horizon, it’s time to
plan for one of our most exciting events of the year. I’m talking, of
course, about our 2019 National Convention. For the first time in our
history, the largest annual gathering of the organized blind will be in Las
Vegas, Nevada.

We are excited to be hosting our convention at the beautiful Mandalay
Bay Resort and Casino

3950 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, Nevada 89119

As is the case every year, we have once again arranged for exceptional room
rates. Unlike in years past, the same enviable rate of $99 per night
applies to singles and doubles as well as triples and quads. Hotel and
sales taxes are 13.38 percent and 8.25 percent, respectively. The resort
fee (normally $37 a night) will be waived for NFB convention attendees.
However, fees for internet access, local and toll-free calls, and fitness
center access may apply.

To make reservations for the 2019 convention, you can call the hotel
at 877-632-7800 after January 1. The hotel will take a deposit of the first
night’s room rate for each room and will require a credit card or a
personal check. If you use a credit card, the deposit will be charged
against your card immediately. If a reservation is cancelled before Friday,
June 1, 2019, half of the deposit will be returned. Otherwise refunds will
not be made.

Situated at the beginning of the world-famous Las Vegas strip,
Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino is a short trip from Las Vegas’ McCarran
International Airport. The hotel has more than two dozen restaurants for
guests to enjoy. Among its features is an aquatic playground called
Mandalay Bay Beach which has real sand, a wave pool, and a lazy river. The
hotel is also home to an aquarium with more than 2,000 animals including
sharks, green sea turtles, and a Komodo dragon. Plus, it offers top-notch
entertainment including Michael Jackson ONE by Cirque du Soleil.

The 2019 convention of the National Federation of the Blind will be a
truly exciting and memorable event, with an unparalleled program and
rededication to the goals and work of our movement. Make plans now to be a
part of it.

Preconvention seminars for parents of blind children and other
groups and set-up of the exhibit hall will take place on Sunday, July 7,
and adjournment will be Friday, July 12, following the banquet.

Convention registration and registration packet pick-up will begin on Monday, July 8,
and both Monday and Tuesday will be filled with meetings of divisions and
committees, including the Tuesday morning’s annual meeting, open to all, of
the Board of Directors of the National Federation of the Blind.
General convention sessions will begin on Wednesday, July 10, and continue through
the banquet on Friday, July 12.

Remember that as usual we need door prizes from state affiliates,
local chapters, and individuals. Once again prizes should be small in size
but large in value. Cash, of course, is always appropriate and welcome. As
a general rule we ask that prizes of all kinds have a value of at least $25
and not include alcohol. Drawings will occur steadily throughout the
convention sessions, and you can anticipate a grand prize of truly
impressive proportions to be drawn at the banquet.
You may bring door
prizes with you or send them ahead of time to

Terri Rupp, 10587 Santerno
Street, Las Vegas, Nevada 89141.

The best collection of exhibits featuring new technology; meetings of
our special interest groups, committees, and divisions; the most
stimulating and provocative program items of any meeting of the blind in
the world; the chance to renew friendships in our Federation family; and
the unparalleled opportunity to be where the real action is and where
decisions are being made-all of these mean you will not want to miss being
a part of the 2019 National Convention. To assure yourself a room in the
headquarters hotel at convention rates, make your reservations early. We
plan to see you in Las Vegas in July.

National Federation of the Blind Applauds United Airlines for Prudent Service Animal Policy

Release Date: Tuesday, February 6, 2018Category: NationalBaltimore, Maryland (February 6, 2018): The National Federation of the Blind, the nation’s oldest and largest organization of blind people, commends United Airlines for announcing that there will be no changes to its policies regarding travelers with dog guides and other service animals, as opposed to animals that may fit other categories.Read more about National Federation of the Blind Applauds United Airlines for Prudent Service Animal Policy

National Federation of the Blind Celebrates Opening of Tactile Photography Exhibit

Release Date: Thursday, January 25, 2018Category: NationalMembers of the National Federation of the Blind will host a reception at the Newseum to honor the fiftieth anniversary of the Tet Offensive and celebrate a new exhibit, “The Marines and Tet: The Battle that Changed the Vietnam War.” This reception will honor John Olson’s work in the development of taRead more about National Federation of the Blind Celebrates Opening of Tactile Photography Exhibit

National Federation of the Blind Statement on Delta’s New Service Animal Policy

Release Date: Tuesday, January 23, 2018Category: NationalBaltimore, Maryland: (January 23, 2018): The National Federation of the Blind stated the following with regard to the new service and support animal policy announced by Delta Air Lines on January 19:Read more about National Federation of the Blind Statement on Delta’s New Service Animal Policy

NFB President Receives Automotive Innovation Award

Release Date: Monday, January 22, 2018Category: NationalBaltimore, Maryland (January 22, 2018): Mark A. Riccobono, President of the National Federation of the Blind, has received one of the inaugural Autos2050SM awards. The awards are being presented by the Auto Alliance and the Alliance for Transportation Innovation.Read more about NFB President Receives Automotive Innovation Award

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Leveraging Technology to Achieve Greater Braille Literacy

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Braille Opens Doors Previously Closed

As a child words meant everything to me. I loved to hear people talk and tell stories. One of the things I liked the best was when people read, but exactly what they were doing both perplexed and amazed me.

Braille Literacy: Success for Everyone

My son Nicholas was born into this world with a bit of difficulty to say the least. The hows and whys are not as important as the journey that Nicholas and my family have been on since April 2006.