American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults
Future Reflections
       Special Issue: The Individualized Education Plan (IEP)

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Sense-sational Adventures in Summer Science
Location: University of Michigan, Dearborn Campus
Dates: July 30-August 6, 2017
Students in grades 7-12 are invited to join the National Federation of the Blind of Michigan to explore weather, the most discussed and most misunderstood force in our environment. Blind scientists will lead explorations into chemistry, nature, and physics as students experience a whirlwind of fun field trips, games, and music. The program will give students a taste of life in college laboratories and classrooms, but outdoor adventures will be emphasized. Students will use accessible instruments, tools, and media to measure, record, and crunch data as they learn about wind, humidity, and barometric pressure. 

Disability Research Consortium
Date: August 2, 2017
Location: National Press Club, 529 14th St., NW, Washington, DC
At its annual meeting the Disability Research Consortium will highlight its latest research findings and their implications for the future of state and federal policies and programs that are designed to address challenges and concerns for people with disabilities. Participants will also hear insights from representatives of federal agencies that administer programs for people with disabilities, including Social Security.

ISLAND 2017 Conference
Contact: Cary Supalo,
Location: Kurz Purdue Technology Center, West Lafayette, IN
Date: September 15, 2017
The 2017 Independence Science, Learning a New Direction, Conference on Disability brings together educators, technology developers, and consumers to explore ways for students and professionals with disabilities to work effectively in the sciences.   


Braille around the World Photo Contest
National Braille Press
In its ongoing effort to promote the use of Braille, National Braille Press invited contestants to submit photos of people reading Braille in unusual settings. The first-place winner was Laura Suyasa for her photo of six-year-old Alan adding his name in Braille to NBP Valentine's Day cards. Teryll Kurokawa took second place for her photo of her grandmother reading to her grandson. Joanna Neely came in third with a photo in which she is reading Braille in the middle of a chicken coop.


Disney College Program
Contact Walt Disney World Florida:
Contact Disneyland California:
Disney College participants become part of the magic that is known worldwide. Interns gain valuable, on-the-job experience working in the Disney parks and resorts, participate in college courses, and have the opportunity to meet and live with people from all over the country in company-sponsored housing. This unique five- to seven-month program allows participants to network with leaders, take part in personal and career development classes, and build transferable skills.


There is free money for college out there, and Scholly has helped students win $70 million in scholarship awards. To participate, the student creates an online profile, and Scholly delivers a uniquely targeted list of scholarship opportunities.


Thinkmap Accessibility
Contact: Kim Cunningham,
The National Federation of the Blind is conducting an investigation into reported accessibility barriers on Thinkmap websites such as,, and Encyclopedia Britannica websites including and If your child is encountering accessibility issues in school, public libraries, or elsewhere with any of these websites, or if you are encountering difficulty using them as a blind parent or teacher, please email Kim Cunningham at the address above. 

ETS Usability Studies
Educational Testing Services
Contact: Carlos Cavalie,
Educational Testing Service (ETS) will conduct a series of usability studies in the fall of 2017 and the winter of 2018. The overall purpose of the studies is to improve the usability of ETS products by gathering user feedback regarding test question prototypes. ETS is seeking study participants who have experience using JAWS. Each participant will receive a gift certificate valued at $100.

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