[Nmabs] Fwd: [nabs-l] If you have ever experienced inaccessible technology in college, we need your help!

Darian Smith dsmithnfb at gmail.com
Tue Jan 14 23:29:08 UTC 2014

 Please read and assist!
 This is  a wonderful  chance for us as students to make true  change
for ourselves and for  blind students like ourselves; what we do as
 (please forgive  any re-posts on my  part)

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From: Cindy Bennett <clb5590 at gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 14 Jan 2014 15:02:02 -0800
Subject: [nabs-l] If you have ever experienced inaccessible technology
in college, we need your help!
To: National Asociation of Blind Students <nabs-l at nfbnet.org>
Cc: nabs presidents list <nabs-presidents at nfbnet.org>, North Carolina
Association of Blind Students <ncabs at nfbnet.org>

Dear Members,

My name is Cindy Bennett. I am an NFB member and the secretary of the
National Association of Blind Students (NABS).

NABS is excited to help with the recently introduced Technology,
Education, and Accessibility in College and Higher Education (TEACH)
act. I am currently working with Lauren McLarney, a Government Affairs
Specialist for the National Federation of the Blind, to collect
stories about blind student’s experiences with higher education. We
are contacting you because we want stories from constituents living in
every congressional district in the U.S., and we can only do this with
your help! Our current push for stories is so they can be used during
Washington Seminar, so we need them by Wednesday, January 22!

In summary, the TEACH Act will create accessibility guidelines for
electronic instructional materials and related information
technologies used by institutions of higher education. The TEACH Act
will provide guidelines for manufacturers of educational technology
and clarity for institutions of higher education to ensure that
materials are usable by all students. Earlier this year, Congressman
Tom Petri (R-WI) introduced the TEACH Act (H.R. 3505). Click here to
learn more about the TEACH Act.

Now that the bill has been introduced, we need to get it passed! And
that’s where you come in!

We need stories from current and recent students who are and have been
affected by the lack of accessibility in the classroom, whether it be
through inaccessible software, lack of materials, or late or
inadequate accessible materials. Be sure to include a sentence of how
accessibility guidelines would/would have helped you.

Compose your paragraph-long story and send it to me at
clb5590 at gmail.com by Wednesday, January 22. Please include the school
you attend/attended, and any congressional districts that you live in.
for example, if your permanent address is in a different congressional
district from the district in which you go to school, list both. If
you do not know this information, you can look it up here.
There is a simple edit field where you can enter your zip code. On the
next page, your zip code and the number district in which you reside
are listed like this.

Zip code: 98121
is located in the 7th Congressional district of Washington.

The second way you can help is by reinforcing the appointments Lauren
and other NFB members have with congress. If someone has an
appointment with your congressperson, I will contact you with the date
of the appointment, and you can call your congressperson’s office and
tell your story. This will show your congressperson that one of their
constituents is directly affected by inadequate accessibility and
needs the TEACH Act. This part is very important as members of
congress work for their constituents!

Of course, you do not have to wait for someone to have an appointment
with your representative or senators; we encourage you to go ahead and
contact them on your own!

Please pass this announcement on to all of the blind current and
recent students that you know!

Finally, please feel free to contact me or Lauren McLarney with any
questions. you can reach me at clb5590 at gmail.com, and Lauren at
LMcLarney at nfb.org.

We look forward to receiving your stories!

Cindy Bennett and Lauren McLarney

Cindy Bennett
Secretary: National Association of Blind Students

B.A. Psychology, UNC Wilmington
clb5590 at gmail.com

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