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National Federation of the Blind

National Federation of the Blind Files Suit Against the Department of Transportation

January 2014 — The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) filed suit against the Department of Transportation (DOT) challenging regulations issued under the Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA) meant to “require that airline check-in kiosks be made accessible to airline passengers who are blind.”  The NFB asserts that the regulations, which require 25 percent of airport kiosks to be accessible by 2023, fail to implement the ACAA as Congress intended and that currently kiosks can easily be made accessible   by “affixing Braille labels, installing headphone jacks and adding speech software that prov

Emergency Weather Alerts for the Blind and Print Disabled

August 29, 2012 –The National Federation of the Blind and AccuWeather® have joined forces to provide accessible weather alerts to the blind and print disabled.  Audible weather alerts will be disseminated via NFB-Newsline®, a free service that offers hundreds of newspapers and magazines in audible formats.  According to NFB, the service is the first of its kind, bringing independent access to emergency information to the blind.

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