Indiana NFB 2020 Scholarship Program Finalist

We congradulate Indiana resident Marie Villaneda, pursuing her goal of becoming an Orientation and Mobility Instructor; one of thirty finalists for the National Federation of the Blind annual scholarship program, providing financial assistance and connecting students with mentoring and other resources. Vocation specialties of the thirty finalists include: Access Technology Specialist, Actuary, Animal Genetics and …

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NFB Asks Court to Require Acceptance of E-signatures for Social Security Disability Applicants

Four plaintiffs along with the National Federation of the Blind, are suing the Social Security Administration in federal court. They seek a court order requiring SSA to allow e-signatures on applications rather than requiring a “wet-ink” signature when the applicant is using an attorney or other authorized representative. SSA does not require wet-ink signatures for …

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Accessibility Barriers on 48 State CoronaVirus Websites

National Federation of the Blind Demands States Take Swift Action Baltimore, Maryland (April 30, 2020): The National Federation of the Blind responded to a recent survey finding accessibility barriers on forty-eight of fifty state websites that provide critical information about the coronavirus pandemic. The survey was commissioned by The Markup and conducted by Web AIM …

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2020 National Federation of the Blind Convention Goes Virtual

2020 National Federation of the Blind Convention Goes Virtual The National Federation of the Blind will hold its national convention beginning July 14, 2020 with virtual events and local, in-person gatherings where appropriate. The convention was originally scheduled to take place in Houston, Texas. The change of plans is in response to the public health, …

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Blind Americans Discriminated by Restaurants and Other Services During COVID-19 Crisis

On April 3, 2020 The National Federation of the Blind demanded that restaurants, banks, and other businesses, as well as drive-through COVID-19 testing facilities, provide equal service to blind customers, as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act, whether the blind customer is on foot or in a vehicle. Many businesses are offering drive-through service …

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