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Upcoming Events

April 4, 2009: THE CANE EVENT

Make plans now to be a part of THE CANE EVENT: Celebrating Braille Readers are Leaders, held at the NFB Jernigan Institute.  Please join us for a night of entertainment, food, and silent and live auctions to support upcoming NFB Jernigan Institute initiatives and programs.  For more information about the event or sponsorship opportunities, please visit THE CANE EVENT page.

April 17, 2009: Jacobus tenBroek Disability Law Symposium

The 2009 symposium, “New Perspectives on Disability Law: Advancing the Right to Live in the World,” will take place at the NFB Jernigan Institute.  For more information, visit the Jacobus tenBroek Disability Law Symposium home page.

May 8 - 9, 2009: Early Childhood Conference

The NFB Jernigan Institute will be holding an early childhood conference in Baltimore, which is open to those parents of blind children ages birth to seven who live in the Mid-Atlantic region.  Please continue to visit for more details, or contact the Education Department at the NFB Jernigan Institute at (410) 659-9314. 

July 3 - July 8, 2009: National Convention

Please join us for the 2009 NFB convention, held at the Detroit Marriott, Renaissance Center. You won't want to miss the excitement! For reservations and more convention information as it becomes available, please visit the National Convention web page.

July 6, 2009: Motor City March for Independence

Register now or sponsor a marcher for the third annual March for Independence, to be held in Detroit, Michigan, this summer! For more information, please visit

July 26 - August 1, 2009: Youth Slam

Attention blind and low vision high school students: join us for the second NFB Youth Slam!  This summer academy will not only provide hands-on experience with science, technology, engineering, and math, but also give you the chance to meet other blind and low vision youth and adults from all over the United States.   Apply for the NFB Youth Slam today!

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What's New 

Apply Now for an NFB Scholarship

Each year at its national convention in July, the NFB gives a broad array of thirty scholarships to recognize achievement by blind scholars.  Applications are now being accepted online.  The deadline for applications is March 31, 2009.  For more information about NFB scholarships, including eligibility information and applicant instructions, please visit the NFB Scholarships Home Page.

NFB Announces 2009
Dr. Jacob Bolotin Awards

Applications are now being accepted for the 2009 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. A total of $50,000 will be distributed to the award recipients. Online applications are due by April 15, 2009.  For eligibility requirements and all other Jacob Bolotin Award information, please visit the Jacob Bolotin Award main page.  To apply now for the award, please visit the Application Information page.

Braille: Unlocking the Code
(Video 37 MB)

In this exciting new video, the history and power of Braille is explored with commentary from successful Braille readers.  For more on Braille literacy, watch Hall of Fame Quarterback Terry Bradshaw's new PSA.  To learn more about the NFB's Braille Literacy campaign, please visit

To learn more about the NFB's historic Braille literacy campaign and sign up for the exclusive campaign list, please visit

Visit the T-Mobile Discount Plan page for more information about T-Mobile discounts offered to NFB members.

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