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January 5 Chapter Growth And Development Seminar in Des Moines
Check out this link for important information about this essential seminar.
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National Federation of the Blind To Award 30 Scholarships In 2013
The National Federation of the Blind is now accepting applications to our national scholarship program, which recognizes achievement by blind scholars, for freshmen beginning college this fall on up through grad school level. Thirty top students will receive scholarships, ranging in value from $3,000 to $12,000, along with a trip to our national convention in Orlando this July! Applications must be received by March 31, 2013. To apply or learn more, please visit www.nfb.org/scholarships.return to the top of the page
Support Braille Literacy For Iowa's Blind Children
You can help support Braille literacy by texting the word blind to 85944 today.
NFBI brought NFB-NEWSLINEŽ to the state of Iowa and continues to provide customer support for this service. NFB-NEWSLINEŽ provides, at no cost to blind individuals, the following telephone features:
With NFB-NEWSLINEŽ, subscribers can select which paper, section, or article read; and they can read the paper at any time--day or night. To help save money, please use the NFB-NEWSLINE local numbers for your area. To obtain an application for NFB-NEWSLINEŽ, contact Peggy Chong at (515) 277-1288. You may also apply online for NFB-NEWSLINEŽ.return to the top of the page
Iowa Parents Of Blind Children Division
If you are the parent of a blind child, you will be interested in our Iowa Parents Of Blind Children Division! This division was formed as a result of a four-year program where a small handful of Federation members met on the second Saturday of each month with parents and their blind children at "Saturday School" where parents were introduced to the positive philosophy of blindness espoused by the National Federation of the Blind of Iowa and the National Federation of the Blind. Parents were taught to believe that their blind child could achieve just like their siblings who have sight. If you are a parent of a blind child, a grandparent, or perhaps you know someone who is a parent of a blind child, and would like more information, you may contact the division president, Carrie Thomson at e-mail Carriereturn to the top of the page
National Federation Of The Blind Free White Cane Program
The White Cane is a tool used by the blind to travel independently as contributing, productive members of our communities and is recognized everywhere as a symbol of independence.
The NFB is giving, free of charge to the user, straight fiberglass canes. The canes are available in the following lengths: 53, 55, 57, 59, 61, and 63 inches. Any blind individual in the fifty states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico may request a cane for their personal use. Requests may be made as often as every six months. For more information, or to order your free white cane, Visit this link to learn morereturn to the top of the page
America is a nation in crisis regarding Braille literacy!
How many children in America are not taught to read?
The answer is 90 percent if the children are blind. Most Americans are shocked to hear this statistic. And we should be. The blind read and write using Braille, so why is our educational system failing to teach Braille to so many children? Why are these children being denied the opportunities that come with a proper education? What if you could not read and write? Where would you be today?
There are three primary reasons for this educational crisis: (1) there are not enough Braille teachers; (2) some teachers of blind children have not received enough training; and (3) many educators do not think Braille instruction is even necessary.
To bring critically-needed attention to this educational crisis, the United States Congress authorized the minting of the 2009 Louis Braille Bicentennial Silver Dollar with a portion of the sale of each coin going toward a revolutionary and comprehensive Braille literacy campaign.
The National Federation of the Blind of Iowa is changing what it means to be blind in the state of Iowa. We know the world should not change to meet all of our needs, but we believe and demonstrate through our many projects and programs that Blind people, given the proper training and opportunity, can lead productive lives in our society.
The National Federation of the Blind of Iowa is an affiliate of the National Federation of the Blind: 200 East Wells Street At Jernigan Place, Baltimore, Maryland 21230; phone: 1-410-659-9314; e-mail: email@example.com; on the web at www.nfb.org.
Visit the audio/video archives of the National Federation of the Blind
Here you will find past historic banquet speeches, NFB presidential reports and highlights of the 2012 convention of the National Federation of the Blined.
Audio/Video Center of the National Federation of the Blind
Read Issues of the Following NFB Publications:
Read NFB Kernel Books Online
Kernel Books are books about blind people written by blind people. These books tell what blindness is like--and what it isn't like--and seek to get to the heart of blindness. Read Kernel Books Online
If you have questions about the National Federation of the Blind of Iowa, you may either send a message to the president or call (515 771-8348.return to the top of the page