NABS Notes for January and February

NABS Notes January and February 2017

The National Association of Blind Students
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National Federation of the Blind National Scholarship

National Federation of the Blind 2017 Scholarship Program

visit scholarship page here

Are you a legally blind college student living in the United States or Puerto Rico? This annual program offers 30 scholarships in dollar amounts from $3,000 to $12,000 to eligible students, from high school seniors beginning their freshman year in the fall semester of 2017, up through grad students working on their PhD degrees.

 These merit scholarships are based on academic excellence, community service, and leadership. In addition to the money, each winner will receive assistance to attend the July 2017 NFB annual convention in Orlando, Florida providing an excellent opportunity for high-level networking with active blind persons in many different professions and occupations. 

To apply, read the rules and the Submission Checklist,
complete the official 2017 Scholarship Application Form (online or in print),
supply all required documents,
and request and complete one interview by an NFB affiliate president.

Applications are accepted through March 31. Go to

Scholarships page
for complete rules and requirements.

Please, also consult your state president as many of our state affiliates also award scholarships. A list of state affiliate president information can be found at:


Learning Ally Scholarships

Each year, Learning Ally offers two endowed scholarship awards to our members. Recipients receive money for college and post-graduate studies and are honored for their academic excellence and outstanding personal accomplishments at our National Achievement Awards celebration.

About the Awards

The Mary P. Oenslager Scholastic Achievement Awards (SAA)

for college seniors and graduate students who are Learning Ally members and are blind or visually impaired.

The Marion Huber Learning Through Listening® Awards (LTL)

for Learning Ally members who are high school seniors and have learning disabilities.

Applications must be submitted no later than May 31st, 2017.
Apply Now

The 2017 Western Regional Student Seminar

This March, the Colorado Center for the Blind, National Association of Blind Students, and the Colorado student division are collaborating to host an incredible western regional student seminar! We are excited to have many students from several states join us in beautiful Denver, Colorado.

The 2017 Western Regional Student Seminar
The Strength of Confidence

Friday, March 10 and Saturday, March 11, 2017

Colorado Center for the Blind, Littleton, Colorado

Topics to learn about include:

  • Networking
  • Advocacy
  • Fitness&Wellness
  • Legislation
  • Career opportunities
  • College preparation and admission
  • College and career resources
  • Teamwork
  • Leadership
  • Confidence building

Kick off the weekend with a college and career fair on Friday, March 10, at 10 AM at the Colorado Center for the Blind (CCB,)
followed by a social event in downtown Denver.

Wake up bright and early on Saturday morning for some invigorating yoga and get ready for an engaging and interactive day of networking and learning.

We will end our weekend Saturday night with some exciting food and fun downtown, getting good practice with public transit!

To reserve a spot at this year’s Western Seminar,

Email Kathryn Webster

To reserve your hotel room, contact:

Hampton In and Suites

Phone: 303-794-1800

Address: 3095 West County line Road Littleton Colorado

Rates are $106

A free hot breakfast is provided.

Shuttle service is available within a five mile radius.

When making a reservation, say that you are with the Colorado Center for the Blind,
Make your reservations today! We’ll see you soon!

Note: Reservations are accepted until the end of February.

The Illinois Association of Blind Students, 2017 Student Spring Seminar

Join the National Federation of the Blind of Illinois for our annual Students’ Seminar.

The Illinois Association of Blind Students, the student chapter of the National Federation of the Blind of Illinois, presents a 2017 Student Spring Seminar:

This year’s student seminar will be a full day of current and vital content for blind student success in education and life. We’ll have presentations by experts in topics of high interest to blind students,

an engaging student panel,

interactive workshops,

energizing physical activity and more.

This is a prime chance to network and share knowledge with blind students and professionals from near and far. The seminar will also include lunch and loads of valuable resources.

Here is what you want to know

If you are a blind or low vision student, or you want to know more about and be a part of blind student life, this is your seminar!

Saturday, April 22nd, 2017

Holiday Inn Midway:
6624 S. Cicero Ave.
Chicago, IL 60638.

To reserve your hotel room, call:


Tell the hotel you are booking with the National Federation of the Blind of Illinois for the special rate of $129 per night (plus tax)

How Much:
The Seminar costs only $15 per person. Financial assistance may be available for attendees outside Chicagoland through the NFBI Chappell-Dennis Memorial fund. Please apply by April 1,2017.


Please register at the National Federation of the Blind of Illinois web site. The registration form can be found at

Registration ends April 14, 2017.
Special requests and questions should be directed to Emma Meyer

National Federation of the Blind, Sensotec NV Announce Launch of KNFB Reader for Microsoft Windows 10



Chris Danielsen

Director of Public Relations
National Federation of the Blind

(410) 659-9314, extension 2330

(410) 262-1281 (Cell)

National Federation of the Blind, Sensotec NV Announce Launch of KNFB Reader for Microsoft Windows 10

March 1, 2017

San Diego: The National Federation of the Blind and Sensotec NV, creators and developers of the KNFB Reader smart phone app, today jointly announced the launch of KNFB Reader for Microsoft Windows 10. This groundbreaking new product, which brings the world's best document-reading software for the blind and print-disabled to the Windows family of personal computers and tablets, was announced as part of the 32nd annual CSUN Assistive Technology Conference hosted by California State University at Northridge.

Like its smartphone counterparts, KNFB Reader for Windows 10 allows the blind and others with print disabilities to access the content of printed documents, including bills, brochures, books, magazines, handouts, and more. Users can simply photograph the document and KNFB Reader will almost instantaneously convert the image to text that can be read aloud in synthesized speech or output to a connected refreshable Braille display using a compatible screen reader. KNFB Reader for Windows 10 incorporates KNFB Reader's signature audio and vibration guidance to help the user align the camera and take the perfect image of a document so that processing is fast and accurate. It's also the perfect desktop PC or laptop application for recognizing image-based PDF files.

Mark A. Riccobono, President of the National Federation of the Blind, said:

"The National Federation of the Blind is pleased to bring our one-of-a-kind reading technology to the Windows platform so that more blind people can acquire the information they need to live the lives they want. The blind and others with print disabilities who benefit from this product will now have instant access to printed documents, at their desks or on the go, on the device of their choice. We continue to break down the barrier of access to print that has been faced by the world's blind, and we look forward to continued collaboration with our partners and friends at Sensotec NV and Microsoft to integrate this life-changing technology into Windows now and in the future."

Jenny Lay-Flurrie, Chief Accessibility Officer at Microsoft Corp. said:

We are thrilled to add KNFB Reader to our Windows 10 family of applications and deeply appreciate the opportunity we've had to work with the National Federation of the Blind and Sensotec NV to bring its valuable capabilities to our customers. At Microsoft, we believe in the opportunity for accessible technology to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more, and KNFB Reader is a great example of technology that can help people do exactly that.

About Disability Rights Ohio:

Thanks to support from Microsoft, KNFB Reader will be available to download for an introductory price of USD $19.99, 80 percent off the normal purchase price of USD $99.99. This offer is for a limited time only. Prices vary by country.

For more information about KNFB Reader, please visit KNFB Reader Website

NABS Board Meeting Minutes

Board Meeting Minutes February, 2017

Meeting called to order at: 9:02 P.M.

Members Present:.

  • Kathryn Webster (President)
  • Bre Brown (1st Vice President)
  • Syed Rizvi (2nd Vice President)
  • Luke Schwinck (Treasurer)
  • Michael Ausbun (Secretary)
  • Vee Gaspa (Board Member 1)
  • Tarik Williams (Board Member 2)
  • Chris Nusbaum (Board member 3)
  • Bryan Duarte (Board Member 4)

Treasurer’s Report:

Checking account balance: $3588.98

Washington seminar:

  • auction: $1730.00
  • Requests for songs: $33.00
  • Registration: $200.00
  • Nabs cafe admittance $875.00

Current work

President webster:

The student division did a lot of good work at Washington Seminar. She has been trying to collect letters from all the folks who received funding. She has also been working with student division precedence helping them talk with their Presidents and planning the Colorado seminar. There will be a fiftieth year anniversary committee under the fundraising committee umbrella.

Vice president Brown:

Will be reaching out to folks if she needs help on her individual things. Bre has also been embossing the braille cookbooks for everyone. Additionally, bre will be handling the dear friend’s letters. The training center stories.

Vice President Risvi:

Syed is trying to pull together two different blog posts dealing with Washington seminar. He has confirmed two different call dates dealing with the first Tuesday of the month at 7 P.M. central. They are still trying to get together the times and dates. He is working with delta gamma on organizing an outreach and fundraising activity at the university of Texas. Finally, he will be working on trying to get all of the blind students at the University of Texas to the Federation group.

Treasurer Schwink:

Trying to put together a mid-west coalition of some sort. He wants to work with the Oklahoma affiliate as well as the others in the area.


Going to the Tennessee convention; helping with the planning of the seminar for Colorado; working on membership outreach and development; working on putting together a comprehensive curriculum for student leaders.

Board Member Vee

Doing all of her stuff like she should and contacting more people than usual.

Board member Williams:

Planning a legislative call to inform people about what is going on. He is also monitoring the Facebook.

Board member Nussbaum:

Increasing engagement with members and getting members involved within the national association of blind students.

Board member Duarte:

Bryan has worked hard on Arizona stuff. He has also begun communicating with the policy people at ASU.

Washington seminar recap:

Washington seminar went well overall. The energy was fantastic, people were really on the ball.
The student rally went extremely well. The presence was extremely high.

State updates:

  • Michael will be going to Tennessee
  • Vee: Alabama and Wisconsin
  • Brian: New Mexico
  • Kathryn: Illinois
  • Brian is going to communication seminar this weekend.

Committee objectives:

  • Fundraising: raising as much money as possible under the next few months. Getting at least one student per state. There will be a bunch of different events. Working with divisions to have events. Make sure we are very present at this convention. Anyone who is interested on being on the committee speak up. Will also be talking to patty and such about fundraising at a greater scale

    Meetings: Monday at 9 eastern. This will be the second Monday of the month.
  • Legislative: Same as usual
  • Outreach: The first committee call will be on a Tuesday. The first membership call is TBA. Resource database is under construction
    Brian is in charge of the website
    Colorado: the western regional student seminar is back!!!
    Every other week, president Webster will be contacting people to check up on them what is going on.
    NABS rep: Kathryn will be putting everyone in touch with everyone who is involved.

Meeting adjourned at: 10:05 P.M.

February Blog Post

Greetings NABS,

We are so thankful for the work you all did on Capital Hill during the Washington Seminar. Together we were over 500 strong and the message we delivered was powerful and well received.

During our student rally over 30 students gave their testimony on how inaccessibility has hindered their college experience, but more importantly how AIM HE would change that. The NABS Cafe along with our NABS Winter Seminar was a huge success thanks to all of you! Together we showed our nations capital we are here, we are not leaving, and "Don't Deny, AIM HIGH!

I would strongly encourage you all to join with me in reading this months blog post. This blog is a special one, written by some of our very own NABS members about their experience at Washington Seminar this year. We hope you enjoy this blog and we look forward to seeing you all here next year.

As always if you have any questions or comments please feel free to
Email Bryan Duarte

Thank you and

Click here to read the blog

Student division updates by state


Greetings from Arizona students,

Over the last two months the Arizona students have been preparing for both Washington Seminar as well as our state advocacy day called the Phoenix Seminar. The Phoenix Seminar took Place on February 27 and was a great success. We had several federationists present from all over the Arizona districts to meet with our state legislators. The Arizona students have also decided to assist four students to attend the Western Regional Seminar in Colorado. We still have spots available so if you are an Arizona student and you wish to attend the seminar

email Bryan Duarte

We are proud to have worked beside you at our nations capital and look forward to building the federation together!


The Kansas student division is gearing up for Washington Seminar and another semester of outreach. We are very excited and proud to be sending five students to join the Kansas delegation in Washington DC this year. In addition to our legislative activities we will also be conducting one of our major fundraisers by selling nuts throughout the seminar. Immediately following Washington seminar we will began plans to conduct a series of outreach visits to the universities in Kansas to spread the word about the National Federation of the Blind.


I know it is a bit late, but we had our student seminar this past November, and it was a complete success. We had a few new students show up, and a lot of past students also participated. In addition, this past weakened we had our membership call, in which we talked all about scholarships. We had 3 very interested students. Who knows, maybe Louisiana will have yet another national scholarship winner this year.


The Ohio Student Division is hard at work Reactivating the division.
social media, email and website
Member recruitment Reaching out to the disability offices of the Ohio universities to recruit more students.
Organizing an NFB scholarship information conference call
Advertising AIM HE petition and NFB student events.
Having some type of podcasts for students to help them at school. We will start doing that soon.


Hello from the Great State of Pennsylvania!
It has been a while since we've updated NABS on our progress as a student division, so let's start with our new board.
We welcome the following students to these respective positions:
- President: Lizzy Muhammad
- Vice-President: Tom Brown
- Secretary: Angel Ayala
- Treasurer: Jason Polansky
- Board member: Anna Walker

We've hit the ground running with initiatives for outreach and fundraising, and are proud to have seven representatives at Washington seminar pushing for AIMHE this year. We're thinking of new fundraiser ideas and recently set up a Venmo account to make electronic payment easier. Keep in touch with Pennsylvania students via our NFB net list serve by emailing PABS list Or, follow us on Twitter @pabsnfb
We are all excited to continue building the Federation in Pennsylvania in the New Year!


Greetings from cold snowy Wisconsin!

Here is what WABS as been up to. Earlier in this month, we had a bowl-a-thon to raise money for the students going to Washington Seminar this year. We are in the middle of planning a student membership recruitment event for March as well as planning some activities for our state convention which will be in the month of April. We will also be focusing on having some fundraisers in order for us to be able to have events. We will be having a bake sale next month as one of our fundraisers. That is all from Wisconsin. Hope you are staying warm!