The National Federation of the Blind would like to express its deepest appreciation and warmest sympathies to the friends and family of Dr. Donald Capps, who passed away on November 6, 2019.
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The National Federation of the Blind is closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation. Guidance to state affiliates, local chapters, and affiliated training programs regarding this situation has been provided and we will continue to coordinate resources across the country.
The National Federation of the Blind commented today on the new “public charge rule” issued on August 12.
Rachel Olivero (1982-2019) was a dedicated member and leader of the nation’s blind, a well-known accessibility expert, and a friend to many. She tirelessly devoted herself to her role as head of the organizational technology group at the National Federation of the Blind, a position from which she leveraged her passion to change the understanding of accessibility everywhere she could by raising the competency of her peers, and challenging companies and organizations to stop making excuses and start building accessible from the beginning.
Blind Americans Encountering Discrimination by Restaurants and Other Services during COVID-19 Crisis
Baltimore, Maryland (April 3, 2020): The National Federation of the Blind, America’s civil rights organization of the blind, today 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.
Geneva, Switzerland (February 8, 2019): Today, the United States government formalized its ratification of the Marrakesh Treaty by depositing the US instrument of ratification with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).
Baltimore (December 19, 2019): Senator Elizabeth Warren (D.-MA) has introduced the AIM HIGH Act (S. 3095), along with Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO.), Dan Sullivan (R-AK), Jon Tester (D-MT), and Joni Ernst (R-IA).
This document updates previous policy issued by the National Federation of the Blind Board of Directors on March 13, 2020. Effective April 4, 2020, the organization has extended its request that all in-person meetings, events, and public gatherings of Federation affiliates, chapters, and divisions are to be canceled or postponed until May 31, 2020 or until local, state, and federal governments permit, whichever is later.
Los Angeles (August 21, 2019): The National Federation of the Blind, its California affiliate, and two blind students, Roy Payan and Portia Mason, have won their disability discrimination lawsuit against the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD).
Per the NFB’s settlement agreement with the US Department of Education Office for Civil Rights, individuals whose OCR complaints were dismissed for insufficient evidence between March 5, 2018, and November 19, 2018, may appeal the dismissal but have only until April 4, 2020, to do so.