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→

Cobb County Empowerment Chapter Meeting March 2016 

The Cobb County Empowerment Chapter of the NFB of Georgia meets on the third Saturday of each month. On March 19, 2016 there will be a Planning Session where we will organize our next seven (7) Quarters. Chapter 2nd Vice President Dr. Jamila Walker will facilitate the discussion as we formulate a plan for growth and influence. 

When:​Saturday, March 19, 2016

Time:​​12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Where:​Piccadilly Cafeteria

 ​​536 Cobb Parkway South

       ​​Marietta GA


Questions? Connect with us like this:


CCEC NFB “A Good Look!”

ccecnfb@gmail.com or call 678-883-2232.

Language Beta Testing for KNFB Reader 

We continue to extend the functionality of KNFB Reader. As part of our efforts to put the power of KNFB Reader into the hands of people across the globe, we are adding several additional languages this Spring. We are in need of testers who speak and or read the following languages: Russian, Greek, Czech, Bulgarian, Estonian, Ukrainian, and Indonesian  

If you are familiar with one or more of the above languages, and you have a supported iOS device (see www.knfbreader.com), we need your help.  


Here’s how you can participate:

Send your email address, name, location, phone number, the iOS device you will be using for testing, and the language(s) you will be testing to support@knfbreader.com. Please specify “Beta Testing” in the subject of the message. If selected, you will receive a reply message with further instructions.


This Beta cycle will differ from previous ones in that the primary area of testing will be these new languages. Of course, ensuring KNFB Reader continues to function optimally is a concern with new releases, so general testing should be conducted as well. 


Remember, by definition, Beta software is not final release software. The test versions of software you may receive will likely not be identical to the final release software. Throughout the Beta Testing Cycle, the test versions of KNFB Reader will be fully functional. After the cycle ends, the Beta software will cease to function.  


If you are a current owner of KNFB Reader, the test version will over-write your current installation of the app. Once testing is complete, you must remove the test version from the device and re-install the release version of KNFB Reader from the App Store.


Finally, if you know someone whom you believe may be interested in participating, please forward this email to them.  


We appreciate your willingness to take part. Bringing KNFB Reader into the hands of those who need it is another way to help everyone live the lives they want. 

IRT-1 Talking Thermometer Price Reduction 

For immediate release! Due to increased production the price on the very popular Talking Infrared Thermometer (model IRT-1) from Brooks Technology has been reduced to just $99.95!  
The thermometer was designed specifically for the blind and vision impaired as a cooking and safety aid and can easily measure the temperature of items being cooked, the oven, fridge, freezer, bath water, coffee, etc without the need for physical contact. It is powered by 2 AA batteries, weighs just 5 ounces, and fits comfortably in the palm of your hand. It includes a built in speech tutorial, and can be set to speak in English, Spanish, or French. The temperature range is from minus 94 to 716 Fahrenheit. 3 buttons allows the user to change language, and set readout to Fahrenheit or Centigrade. It speaks clearly and is easy to use.  In the year since I designed and introduced the IRT-1 it has found a multitude of uses, from helping blind auto mechanics do car repairs, a blind restaurant owner verifying food temperatures, to blind herpetologists maintaining proper tank temperatures for their gecko lizards!
The IRT-1 can help promote safety and independence to vision impaired individuals and is especially useful for the newly blind in overcoming the fear of cooking!
The IRT-1 is available for $99.95, plus shipping. For organizations that require it my W9 form will be sent on request.

NFBGA Members At Large Chapter Notification

the word is getting around that the national Federation of the blind of Georgia affiliate at large is where the answers are.We meet on the last Thursday of each month this month. Membership development committee of the Nfb of Georgia, presents part two of this three-part mixer series with

‘Blind stuff’

Sometimes healing will have you laughing at yourself hosted by the affiliate second Vice President Georgeo Vickers special guest CCEC NFB chapter come share and learn you are not the only one 

Thursday February 24, 2016 

call 712-432-4857 we meet in room 14

NFBGA Members At Large Chapter Meeting 

National Federation of the Blind of GA.Affiliate At Large Meeting returns on the Last Thursday of every month.  

Thursday, January 28, 2016 will be a telephone mixer ! If you know of something unique and/or cool for the blind community, come share it. .

Hosted by The Affiliate Second Vice , George O. Vickers
Time: 7:00 PM  

Call: 712 432 4857. Room 14 


Seeking Members Who Would Like To Use Redbox Kiosks 

The NFB is seeking members who have tried to use or would like to use Redbox’s video and video game rental kiosks. This request is in response to a pending class action settlement and is urgently time sensitive. If you have tried to use or would like to use Redbox kiosks, please contact Valerie Yingling, paralegal, at vyingling@nfb.org or 410-659-9314, extension 2440, by January 31st. 

Working while Receiving Social Security Disability Benefits — January 27

The National Work Incentives Seminar Event (WISE) Webinar “Ticket to Work: Debunking the Three Biggest Myths about Disability Benefits and Work” will be held January 27, 2016 from 3 – 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time. If you receive Social Security disability benefits and are thinking about going back to work, the Ticket to Work program can help. This webinar will discuss some of the myths and misunderstandings about how working may affect your benefits. Register online or by calling 1-866-968-7842 (TTY: 1-866-833-2967).Have more questions about Social Security disability benefits? Check out “Get Answers to Your Questions about Social Security Disability Benefits” in Disability.gov’s recent news and events section.

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It’s time for the Obama Administration to £UploadTheRegs

On July 26, 2010, the twentieth anniversary of the signing of the historic Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) addressing the obligation of public accommodations to provide websites that are accessible to individuals with disabilities was issued by the United States Department of Justice (DOJ). At the time, President Obama correctly observed that these proposed rules would be “the most important updates to the ADA since its original enactment.” Yet the release date of the actual rule proposal for revising the Title III regulations of the ADA, originally scheduled for January of 2012, has been extended until sometime in 2018, eight years beyond the issuance of the original ANPRM and at least a year after the end of his administration. Having originally taken a strong stance on the importance of these regulations, it now seems like the Obama administration is wishing to wash its hands of them entirely. 

As blind Americans, we know first-hand that equal access to the internet is paramount for education, to obtain and retain employment, and for everyday tasks such as paying bills, online shopping, booking travel, etc. We will not sit idly by as the administration attempts to sideline this critical access issue, so we have launched a petition demanding, in the strongest terms possible, that the administration issue these regulations immediately.


Upon reaching 100,000 signatures, the Obama administration is required to respond, so in addition to sharing our we the people petition via Email and your social media outlets, please personally ask 10 family members, friends, and colleagues to sign it and share it as well. A little personal contact goes a long way!


If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me; with your help, we will bring this critical issue for blind Americans to the forefront of the Obama administration’s list of priorities. Let’s go build the Federation!




Gabe Cazares

Government Affairs Specialist

National Federation of the Blind

200 East Wells Street

At Jernigan Place

Baltimore, MD 21230

E: gcazares@nfb.org

P: 410-659-9314 Ext. 2206

T: @gmcazares


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