You and your membership participation is very important for the National Association of Blind Students. As of Friday, AIM High, or H.R. 5312, was dropped in the House of Representatives! This bill works to create guidelines for accessibility standards in higher education, and now we need to share our stories with Congress so that they know the importance of this bill to the success of blind students everywhere!
We need your testimony about a time you faced an accessibility challenge with educational materials and what the passage of AIM High would mean to you. submit your testimony.
Our goal is to get at least 3 testimonies from every state by December 23. We will be sharing these stories with your representatives on social media, by email, and in person. Here is an example from NABS Secretary Mausam Mehta.
“Last August, I was really excited to dive into the prerequisite coursework for my perspective program at the University of Virginia. As a sophomore, pursuing a degree in business and economics, I quickly discovered significant access barriers, primarily in the form of inaccessible instructional systems in accounting that I could not use independently with my assistive technology. This forced me to rely on a sighted counterpart to input my work, frustrating me to not be able to fully take charge of my academic aspirations. Unfortunately, this issue is not unique to accounting. Inaccessible materials are a preventable reality for blind students, and right now, our representatives have the power to take an important step in reducing these barriers across the country. I strongly urge Congress to pass AIM High (HR5312) to ensure that blind students, like myself, can be competitive applicants for top programs without the lingering question of access slowing us down.”
Please email Mausam Mehta with any questions. Have a wonderful and relaxing Holiday season, and thank you so much for your investment in our movement!
Mausam Mehta | University of Virginia Class of 2022
Secretary | Virginia Association of Blind Students Board Member | National Association of Blind Students | A proud division of the National federation of the Blind
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