NABS Notes For The Month Of April

NABS Notes April 2017

The National Association of Blind Students
A proud division of the National Federation of the Blind.

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National Federation of the Blind Proud to Present Documentary on Blind Youth

National Federation of the Blind Proud to Present Documentary on Blind Youth

Do You Dream in Color? Tells Stories of Blind Students

The National Federation of the Blind, in collaboration with the filmmakers, is proud to present Do You Dream in Color?, a new, critically acclaimed documentary about blind youth and the educational and societal challenges they face. The film, directed by Abigail Fuller and Sarah Ivy, is available through video-on-demand platforms from Uncork’d Entertainment, and public screenings are being planned.


Connor, Nick, Sarah, and Carina are like most teenagers navigating the growing pains of high school, but unlike their peers these four teens face another challenge – they’re blind. Do You Dream in Color? is a poignant coming of age story that captures the inspired journeys of four courageous teenagers as they strive to achieve their goals: to be a sponsored skateboarder, to travel the world, to become a rock star and to be the first family member to graduate high school. Their extraordinary stories shine a provocative light on both the social and institutional obstacles faced by people who are blind in the sighted world and what it takes to surmount these barriers. A winner with film festival audiences and critics, garnering major awards at the Dallas International Film Festival, San Luis Obispo International Film Festival, and Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, Do You Dream in Color? has been described as “powerfully human" by Truth on Cinema and as "a film that will touch your head and your heart" by Unseen Films.

For more information, including the trailer and where and how to experience the film, visit

The Website

National Convention Preregistration

Preregistration is now open. When purchased online by May 31st, the preregistration fee for convention is $25 ($30 on-site) and the cost of a banquet ticket is $60 ($65 on-site).

To preregister, please follow this link:

National Convention Preregistration

Social Security Forms

The NFB is seeking members who currently receive social security benefits and would like Social Security forms to be accessible and available online, so that blind individuals can privately and independently complete these forms. We are particularly interested in hearing from members who are iOS users. Please contact Valerie Yingling at:

to discuss how you can help NFB push the Social Security Administration towards accessibility.


The NFB is investigating the accessibility of McGraw-Hill products and platforms, including ALEKS, Connect, and SmartBook. If you have encountered access barriers with McGraw-Hill products or platforms, please contact Valerie Yingling at:


NABS Cook Books

Greetings NABS,

NABS is selling accessible cook books to help raise funds so we can help sponsor students to attend our national convention. Please consider purchasing one of your own and contact friends and family to get one into their hands as well. This cookbook is a diverse collection of recipes submitted by blind students from across the country. It is divided into three sections which are appetizers, entrees, and of course desserts! Each section contains a multicultural influence from Asian, Middle Eastern, Mexican, Italian, and down home American comfort food. At the front of the book it also has helpful non visual cooking tips and where to find non visual kitchen gadgets. We are able to print these in braille, large print, and regular print. All varieties are sold for $15.

If you would like to purchase one of your own please follow this link to the order form. Thank you and lets continue to build a federation.

Cook Book Order Form

NABS Silent Auction

Greetings NABS,

This month we are kicking off our silent auction as a fun fundraiser. For the entire month of May we will have a set of 4 tickets to Sea World for you to bid on. If you are interested in participating in this auction here is what you need to do.

  • follow this link to the Google form.

    Place your bid here
  • Enter your information in case you should be the highest bidder
  • Place your bid!
  • Check the NABS Facebook page, twitter, and NABSL list for regular updates on who is currently the highest bidder

We are so excited to hold this fundraiser and to provide someone with 4 tickets to Sea World while they are at National Convention this year. Good luck and have fun.

NABS Board Meeting Minutes

Board Meeting Minutes April, 2017

There was no NABS Board meeting held during the month of April due to the large amount of board members traveling to attend conventions as NABS Reps. All committees met and each has updates below. Thank you and check back next month for NABS Board meeting updates.

NABS Committee Updates

Communications committee

  • We are excited to keep you all up to date during the NABS silent auction fundraiser.
  • We still need blog post writers who are willing to share their blindness related testimony. Please reach out to Syed if you are willing to write for the NABS blog.

  • Fundraising Committee

    As we approach our 50th anniversary this July, the NABS Fundraising Committee has been fast at work planning our fundraisers for this year’s National Convention. We are creating new traditions with the NABS Olympics, a collaborative event that incorporates our centers, our divisions, and our philosophy into a night of fun. We also are working closely with the Host Committee to plan fun social events. On the second day of General Session, we are hosting an ice cream social as a means of selling beautiful ceramic bowls from Arkansas, as well as joining together to enjoy some tasteful treats. Our fundraising does not stop there, as we will be selling NABS Cookbooks, 50th anniversary commemorative books, and Convention survival kits at Exhibit Hall and during our meetings. In preparation for Convention, we are putting on film screenings of “Do You Dream in Color?” a newly marketed documentary on blind adolescents. Through this, we are promoting our philosophy of breaking down the misconceptions of blindness, as well as raising money for our movement. Reach out to Kathryn Webster with any questions.

    Legislative Committee

    The Legislative committee has been diligently working on obtaining student testimonies, letters of institutional support, student government support, and congressional support for H.R. 1772, Aim High. We are always looking for interested individuals to join our committee and help obtain accessible instructional materials in higher education! For more information, please contact Michael Ausbun, Tarik Williams, or Kathryn Webster.

    Membership Committee

    There are no updates from the membership committee, but please stay tuned and join our committee call in May.

    March Blog Post

    Greetings NABS,

    Here is another NABS Blog brought to you this month by Maureen Nietfeld. Maureen is a full time Home Management teacher at The Colorado Center for the Blind, board member of The Colorado Affiliate, president of the NFB CO Sports and Recreation Division, and a strong woman who has not allowed blindness to define her or her future. Please take time to read this awesome blog she authored to share with you her inspirations, achievements, and her keys to success.

    If you have any questions please contact Bryan at:
    Email Bryan

    Read Blog Here

    Student division updates by state


    Greetings from Arizona students,

    During the month of April we held a meeting to discuss how each committee will opporate within the student division. It is so important that the student division is not separate from the state affiliate but works closely with. For this reason each board member has selected one or more state committee to be apart of and then each month they will have a good understanding about what is going on so we can be a part of it. We have also compiled new information to update our Arizona Students Division web page with and should have it up soon. From all of us here in Arizona we wish you will on your finals and the start to a great summer to come.


    The Kansas students have hosted an outreach event at Wichita State University and will soon host another at Emporia State University. We Will then have our annual cookout in May, to which we will invite these newcomers to come meet our state board and the rest of the student division.


    The Massachusetts student division has been hard at work. Their spring social was held on Saturday, April 22nd. The board will be holding a conference call very soon to continue conversations on student outreach and planning for engaging socials in the future. MASSABS is very excited for national convention, and the 50th anniversary of NABS!


    I am pleased to report that during our state convention, held from the 7th through the 9th of April, I was elected to the position of WABS President. as you can see, I have humbly accepted. Other board members listed are:

    Vice President: Stephen Toth
    Secretary: Craig Duffeck
    Treasurer: Lindsey Fritz
    Board member 1: Nate Howard
    Board member 2: Ellen Bartelt

    We have met once since convention via telephone conference, as our meetings happen every second and fourth Sunday of each month unless otherwise scheduled. WABS board members in attendance at National Convention will be selling candy bars as a fund-raiser. we hope to have this fund-raiser under way sometime within the month of May, and it will run through the end of July.
    I have asked all members present at the last meeting to come up with more ideas so we can get in the habit of fund-raising throughout the year, not just around convention time or in the month leading up to Washington seminar.
    It is also my goal at some point in the future to lay the groundwork for, or even to start some kind of mentoring program for younger blind students in the state who need support as they move through academic and social settings at different ages and stages of schooling. someone needs to carry on with our work once those of us currently in WABS are no longer students, and we are in need of members, as we are small-numbered.
    This concludes my report.