[Nfbc-info] Fwd: NFB President’s Notebook - week of 03/06/2017

EverHairston ever.hairston at gmail.com
Wed Mar 8 04:55:07 UTC 2017

Ever Lee Hairston, President
National Federation of the Blind of California
H: 323 654.2975
C: 323 252.9188
ever.hairston at gmail.com

You Can Live The Life You Want

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From: "President, National Federation of the Blind" <OfficeOfThePresident at nfb.org>
Date: March 7, 2017 at 6:13:41 AM PST
To: "President, National Federation of the Blind" <OfficeOfThePresident at nfb.org>
Subject: NFB President’s Notebook - week of 03/06/2017

President’s Notebook
National Federation of the Blind
Mark A. Riccobono
officeofthepresident at nfb.org
(410) 659-9314
Critical Actions This Week:
Scholarship Application Deadline:
March 31 is quickly approaching. Help us make this year's goal of eight hundred applications by reaching out to all the students that you know to encourage them to participate.
KNFB Reader for Microsoft Windows 10:
At CSUN last week, we announced the launch of KNFB Reader for Microsoft Windows 10. Thanks to support from Microsoft, the KNFB Reader was available for an introductory price of $19.99 for a limited time.
Los Angeles Community College Suit:
Along with the NFB of California and two blind students, Roy Payan and Portia Mason, we have filed suit against the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) alleging that they have violated the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 by failing to provide accessible instructional materials and other accommodations required by these statutes and needed by these students.
Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards Case:
We are also assisting Kristen Steele in her lawsuit against the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB), which has denied her request to take its examination in Braille. Ms. Steele seeks to become a licensed massage therapist in Iowa and Nebraska, both of which require passing the exam in order to receive a license. Strangely, the FSMTB claims that Braille would somehow provide her with an unfair advantage.


Pearson Career Exploration Mentorship Program:
Pearson announced a new career exploration mentorship program in collaboration with the NFB. The program is for college students and recent graduates with disabilities. The pilot program will combine our expertise in mentoring and advocating for career opportunities for blind and low-vision students with Pearson’s commitment to providing mentorship to a wide range of students with disabilities.

Convention Preregistration Is Open:
You can now preregister at http://lx-web.nfb.org/convention/preregistration.php.
Dates to Keep in Mind:
·        March 23, 2017: eBooks and EPUB accessibility event
·        March 30-31, 2017: Jacobus tenBroek Law Symposium
·        March 31, 2017: Deadline for scholarship applications
·        April 15, 2017: Deadline for Jacob Bolotin Award applications
·        May 1, 2017: Deadline for Distinguished Educator of Blind Students Award
·        June 4, 2017: 6K Dot Dash
·        July 10-15, 2017: National Convention, Rosen Shingle Creek Resort, Orlando, Florida
·        July 23-29, 2017: Youth Slam, Towson University
·        September 12-17, 2017: BLAST, Nashville, Tennessee
The National Federation of the Blind knows that blindness is not the characteristic that defines you or your future. Every day we raise the expectations of blind people, because low expectations create obstacles between blind people and our dreams. You can live the life you want; blindness is not what holds you back.
Mark A. Riccobono
200 East Wells Street, Baltimore, MD 21230
(410) 659-9314 | officeofthepresident at nfb.org

The National Federation of the Blind is a community of members and friends who believe in the hopes and dreams of the nation’s blind. Every day we work together to help blind people live the lives they want.

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