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Upcoming Events

April 8-12, 2011: NFB Leadership and Advocacy (LAW) Program

The NFB Leadership and Advocacy in Washington, D.C., (LAW) Program is a four-day experience that will provide blind and low-vision students with a unique opportunity to explore the inner workings of our country’s government, its history, and its culture while staying at the national headquarters for the National Federation of the Blind in Baltimore, Maryland.  In addition to learning about the history of the organized blindness civil rights movement, how resolutions are passed, and how blindness legislation is created, participants will learn more about the inner workings of the National Federation of the Blind, its advocacy work for blind individuals, and available resources for blind students and adults. To learn more, visit 

April 14-15, 2011: Jacobus tenBroek Law Symposium

The National Federation of the Blind and the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) will host the fourth Jacobus tenBroek Disability Law Symposium, "Bridging the Gap Between the Disability Rights Movement and Other Civil Rights Movements," on April 14-15, 2011, at the National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute.  The symposium will seek solutions to address the misconception that disability rights is not a civil rights issue.

July 3-July 8, 2011: National Convention

Each year the National Federation of the Blind holds its national convention. It is traditionally the largest disability conference of its kind- more than 3,000 blind people participate from across the United States. This year's convention will be held in Orlando, Florida, at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort.  Make your room reservation now by calling (866) 996-6338. Preregistration is also now open, so visit to register for convention and secure your spot at the banquet!

July 17–23, 2011: NFB Youth Slam

It’s back! The third biennial NFB Youth Slam will take place in the summer of 2011. 150 blind and low vision students from all across the country will be selected to attend this five-day adventure that will engage, inspire, and encourage the next generation of blind youth to consider careers falsely believed to be impossible for the blind. Whether or not science or technology is “your thing,” there’s sure to be something for everyone.  Learn the science behind building apps for your iPod, use cutting-edge equipment and technology to determine chemical reactions in chemistry labs, build robots, or learn how to use nonvisual techniques to perform a real dissection!  We guarantee this summer program will be like no other you’ve ever been to before!  Registration is now open; apply now!

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What's New

Blind Man Drives
Car Independently

The NFB has announced that for the first time a blind individual has driven a street vehicle in public without the assistance of a sighted person.  Mark Anthony Riccobono, a blind executive who directs technology, research, and education programs for the organization, was behind the wheel of a Ford Escape hybrid equipped with nonvisual technology and successfully navigated 1.5 miles of the road course section of the famed track at the Daytona International Speedway.  For more information on this historic moment, please read the digital news release with audio and video or the official press release.

February 2011 Braille Monitor
Now Available

Learn about the 2011 NFB National Convention and how you can get financial assistance to attend; how to get the most out of NFB-NEWSLINE®; and much more in the latest issue of our flagship publication, the Braille Monitor.

NFB Announces 2011
Jacob Bolotin Awards

The National Federation of the Blind has announced that applications are now being accepted for the 2011 Dr. Jacob Bolotin Award Program.  Each year the program allows the NFB to recognize individuals and organizations working in the field of blindness that have made outstanding contributions toward achieving the full integration of the blind into society on a basis of equality.  Named for a pioneering blind physician who practiced in the early twentieth century, these awards are made possible through the generosity of his late nephew and niece.  Individuals or organizations are encouraged to apply on behalf of themselves or others. Applications are due by March 31, 2011.  For more information, including application information and materials, please visit the Jacob Bolotin Award Program Web page.

Each year, the NFB offers blind college students in the U.S. the opportunity to win one of thirty national scholarships. To apply, visit

Visit the T-Mobile Discount Program page to learn more about special discounts for NFB members.

To learn about NFB-NEWSLINE®, the free electronic newspaper service, call (866) 504-7300.

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