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).
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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).
Blind students who read Braille are all too familiar with waiting for Braille versions of their school textbooks. Some blind students can wait up to six months to receive an accessible version of a textbook if they get one at all, leading to a gap in education. The lack of Braille is particularly problematic in STEM subjects.
In last week’s international edition of The New York Times, a cartoon appeared showing President Donald J. Trump, in dark sunglasses, apparently being led by a dog that had the face of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and a Star of David hanging from its collar.
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.
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.
The National Federation of the Blind commented today on the new “public charge rule” issued on August 12.
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).
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.