News & Updates

Firefox 57 and Screen Reader Compatibility

If you are a screen reader user and also a user of the Mozilla Firefox web browser, please pay close attention to the following information. Do not update to the soon-to-be-released Firefox 57.

Not a Long White Cane but a Short Black Tail

It’s the spring of 2004, and I’m a nineteen-year-old college freshman majoring in voice. I’m on top of the world because I’ve just received my admission letter from The Seeing Eye

A Day of Service

It’s Thanksgiving already! This time of year always makes me reflect on all I have to be thankful for and how my family and I can help others.

Review of Freedom Scientific's ElBraille

The ElBraille consists of a small Windows 10 computer built into a case for the Focus 14 Blue Braille display. The case feels quite sturdy, and the overall concept is a very good one. The unit comes

Catastrophic Impact on Vocational Rehabilitation

Much attention has been given to Congress’s planned tax reform efforts and the varied effects those changes will have on Americans. However, one aspect of the Senate Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that no one seems to be talking about is the drastic effect it will have on people with disabilities.

Christmas Dinner and Elections

The Southwest Georgia Chapter of the National Federation of the Blind will be holding their Christmas Dinner and Elections on Friday, December 15th. We will be meeting at:

Blackbeard’s Bar-B-Que and Seafood Restaurant
2209 North Slappey Blvd. Albany, GA 31701

from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM.

Election Ballot includes:
* President
* Vice President
* Secretary
* Treasurer

You are responsible for the cost of your meals.

We look forward to seeing you.

Expedia unveils enhancements in website accessibility

Expedia and National Federation of the Blind celebrate key accessibility improvements

Bellevue, Wash., October 19, 2017
Expedia today announced details around site enhancements as part of an ongoing relationship with the National Federation of the Blind. It s estimated more than 48.9 million people live with disabilities in the US,1 including more than 7 million with a visual disability2. Expedia s dedicated UX designers, as well as product and software engineers, are actively engaged in ensuring travelers with disabilities have excellent experiences when visiting sites like Expedia.com and Travelocity.com.

The Expedia Accessibility Technology Team consists of front-end developers and testers who use a variety of methods to design and test site improvements that make the Expedia.com and Travelocity.com websites as inclusive as possible. Screen readers() (software applications that read out a webpage s text content and convey visual cues) for example, are commonly used amongst the blind community. To make it easier for these readers to relay information, Expedia engineers have attached text to pictures and structured the code in a way that allows users of assistive technology to efficiently navigate the product pages. The National Federation of the Blind has provided insights, feedback, and testing on the implementation of these accessibility components to help ensure a great user experience.

Expedia continuously assesses its products, utilizing industry standards that address not only blind users who use assistive tech but also those who need captioning for video or audio, who do not use a mouse, or who have other differences that make these features worthwhile. In fact, Expedia has found that these enhancements improve the user experience for all travelers, not just those with unique needs. While recent activity has been focused on the current site, Expedia is also working to educate and train all of its engineers to design and develop their products, mobile and desktop, from the ground up with accessibility in mind.

Blind people must have equal access to websites like Expedia to live the lives we want, independently,

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

Expedia is a distinguished partner in supporting our mission of ensuring that blind people have equal access to goods and services online and continues to champion accessibility overall through its product offerings. We are extremely pleased with the progress we have made in our relationship. We know that every user benefits from the enhancements we have worked on together.

At Expedia, our goal is to help people go places, and our efforts in improving website accessibility for the blind are helping a community of people that previously experienced difficulties in navigating online travel booking paths,
said Aman Bhutani, President, Brand Expedia Group.
Through our relationship with the National Federation of the Blind, we ve expanded our duty to bring travel to everyone and are encouraged and excited by our progress in this space.


  1. US Census Data 
  2. National Federation of the Blind 

Questionnaire Study Blind Adults and Healthcare Providers

My name is Carmel and I am a research assistant with the Judgment and Decision Making Lab at the University of Texas at El Paso. In about a month the Judgment and Decision Making Lab will be conducting a study in the form of a questionnaire. The PI is a blind doctoral candidate conducting her dissertation research. We will be looking at blind and low vision adults and their experiences with healthcare providers (i.e. doctors, pharmacy technicians, health insurance agents).

All participants will be entered into a drawing to win an Amazon gift card. If you qualify for this study and are interested please contact the Judgment and Decision Making Lab via e-mail at utep.psyc.hcd@gmail.com or via phone at 915-747-8659.
If you know of anyone who qualifies and would be interested please share this message with them.

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

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.