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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COVID-19 Information Available in Braille and Audio Via NFB Newsline

In response to the current situation with the coronavirus (COVID-19), the National Federation of the Blind has decided to provide up-to-date information to all eligible subscribers of the service. COVID-19 updates are available in the Breaking News Online category of NFB-NEWSLINE. This information is being obtained by the system searching the thirty-four publications in the …

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Blind Americans Settle Lawsuit against Social Security Administration to Improve Access to Kiosks

The National Federation of the Blind and two blind individuals, Lisa Irving and Amy Bonano, have reached a court-ordered settlement of the lawsuit they filed in 2017 against the Social Security Administration (SSA). Under the settlement agreement, the SSA will make improvements to the visitor intake processing kiosks (VIPr kiosks) at its field offices so …

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Social Security Administration to remove English communication disability benefit rule

The Social Security Administration is working to modernize the rules and standards used to evaluate how disability benefits are determined. The Administration will no longer be using the inability to communicate in English as a factor in awarding disability benefits. effective April 27, 2020, The change eliminates the education category–inability to communicate in English from …

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Introduction of AIM High Act, Legislation to Promote Equal Access to Higher Education for People with Disabilities

Baltimore, Maryland (December 6, 2019): Today, the National Federation of the Blind commends Congressman Phil Roe (R-TN) and Congressman Joe Courtney (D-CT) for introducing the Accessible Instructional Materials in Higher Education Act, also known as the AIM HIGH Act (H.R. 5312). This legislation will promote instructional technology and content that are accessible to the blind …

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