Posts Tagged ‘National Federation of the Blind’

National Federation of the Blind Commends Parties to Google Settlement

PRNewswire, BALTIMORE — The National Federation of the Blind today commended Google, the Association of American Publishers, and the Authors Guild for retaining important provisions in the amended settlement relating to the Google Books project that will allow people who are blind or have other print disabilities to access the books that Google makes available to the public. The amended settlement between Google and authors and publishers regarding the Google Books project, if approved by the courts, will have a profound and positive impact on the ability of blind people to access the printed word…. READ PRESS RELEASE

Vision groups want colleges to stop buying Kindle

By Chris Bolt © WAER/National Public Radio — Amazon’s Kindle is taking some knocks from the National Federation for the Blind. The electronic reader can read books aloud, but the federation says that function is difficult to turn on when you can’t see. Now, two universities say they won’t buy more Kindles for their students unless Amazon comes up with a fix…. HEAR ARTICLE

Tech robotics laboratory puts blind drivers behind the wheel

By Pat Murphy © Collegiate Times , Blacksburg, Virginia — Attaining a driver’s license for most teenagers is a must, but for some groups of people such as the blind, this adolescent rite of passage never comes. However, the Robotics & Mechanisms Laboratory at Virginia Tech, or RoMeLa, is working on a way to fix this. In 2005, the National Federation for the Blind challenged society to create a car that a blind person could drive. So far, Tech has been the only one to rise to the challenge. Dennis Hong, mechanical engineering professor, faculty advisor, and RoMeLa director, explained why Tech chose to move forward with the project…. READ ARTICLE

Education Department hit over Web site access

By Alice Lipowicz © Federal Computer Week, Falls Church, Virginia — The National Federation of the Blind is accusing the Education Department of failing to comply with accessibility requirements for disabled people on the department’s USALearns.org Web site. The 50,000-member federation filed the administrative complaint Oct. 27 with Education that alleged violations of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, according to a news release…. READ ARTICLE

National Federation of the Blind Files Complaint with U.S. Department of Education

Baltimore, Maryland — The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) and Carlos Mora, a blind resident of Baltimore, Maryland, filed an administrative complaint today with the United States Department of Education. The complaint asserts that one of the United States Department of Education’s Web sites, U.S.A Learns, violates Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act because it is inaccessible to blind people who use text-to-speech screen access technology or Braille displays to access information on the Internet. Because of the inaccessibility of the U.S.A Learns Web site, blind people cannot access or navigate through the content of the English vocabulary, spelling, and pronunciation lessons that are offered through the site…. READ PRESS RELEASE

Ray Kurzweil Teams with Baker & Taylor on New eReader Software

By Calvin Reid © Publishers Weekly — Baker & Taylor announced a partnership with acclaimed scientist, inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil, CEO of Kurzweil Technologies, to supply digital content for K-NFB Reading Technology, a newly developed e-book reading software created by Kurzweil in collaboration with the National Federation of the Blind. The software will be offered to consumers for free. B&T unveiled the software at the Frankfurt Book Fair with plans to launch the new reader in the U.S. at the end of November. Although Kurzweil is a pioneer in creating technologies to assist the blind with reading, his new and as yet unnamed software product is aimed at both the general e-book reading market as well as the blind…. READ ARTICLE

National Federation of the Blind Applauds Partnership Between K-NFB Reading Technology and Baker & Taylor

Baltimore, Maryland — The National Federation of the Blind, the nation’s leading advocate for access to information by the blind, today applauds the historic partnership between K-NFB Reading Technology, Inc., the world-renowned pioneer in reading technologies, and Baker & Taylor, Inc., the world’s largest distributor of physical and digital books and entertainment products. This five-year partnership will use K-NFB Reading Technology’s soon-to-be-released electronic book reader to deliver the highest-quality digital book content to tens of millions of readers worldwide and harness Baker & Taylor’s market leadership and relationships with 44,000 publishers and major book retailers in more than 120 countries…. READ PRESS RELEASE

National Federation of the Blind Commends United States Mint on Release of Braille Education Set

From PRNewswire, Baltimore, Maryland — The National Federation of the Blind, the nation’s leading advocate for braille, has announced that the United States Mint released today the limited edition Braille Education Set. The set will include a beautiful 2009 Louis Braille Bicentennial Silver Dollar presented in a collectible folder designed to highlight the life and legacy of Louis Braille, as well as the importance of braille in the lives of blind people all over the world…. READ PRESS RELEASE

National Federation of the Blind Announces Dr. Jacob Bolotin Awards

Baltimore, Maryland: The National Federation of the Blind has announced that applications are now being accepted for the 2010 Dr. Jacob Bolotin Award Program. Each year the National Federation of the Blind presents cash awards to individuals and organizations that have made outstanding contributions toward achieving the full integration of the blind into society on a basis of equality. Recipients of the 2010 Dr. Jacob Bolotin Awards will be determined by the Dr. Jacob Bolotin Award Committee of the National Federation of the Blind. Online applications are due by April 15, 2010. Individuals or organizations are encouraged to apply on behalf of themselves or others. The award recipients will be announced at the 2010 National Federation of the Blind Convention in Dallas. A total of $50,000 will be distributed to the award recipients…. READ PRESS RELEASE

National Federation of the Blind and Motorola to Cooperate on Making Cell Phones Accessible to the Blind

Baltimore, Maryland, and Libertyville, Illinois: The National Federation of the Blind, the nation’s oldest and largest organization of blind people and the leading advocate for making mainstream devices accessible to the blind, and Motorola Inc., a leading manufacturer of cell phones and other mobile communications devices, announced today that they have entered into a cooperation agreement to promote technologies that improve the accessibility of cell phones to blind consumers. Certain future Motorola cell phones will provide verbal readouts of information such as the time and date, battery level, signal strength, user’s phone number, caller ID information for incoming calls, missed and received calls, and voice mail alerts. Blind users will also be able to take advantage of verbal readouts and voice-command features for ring tone status, inputting and accessing contacts, and various other settings. Motorola expects these cell phones to be available in 2010. The parties have also agreed to work together to make additional phones and features accessible to blind users…. READ PRESS RELEASE