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First Annual NFB of Montana Bell Academy

What: Braille Enrichment for Literacy and Learning
Who: Blind or Visually Impaired Children, ages 4-12
When: June 11-22, 2018, M-F, 9:00 A.M.--3:00 P.M.
Where: First Christian Church, 2701 S. Russell, Missoula, 59801

The NFB Braille Enrichment for Literacy and Learning (BELL) Academy prepares blind and low vision children, ages four through twelve, to grow into confident and independent blind people who will live the lives they want. The program provides Braille and non-visual skills instruction through fun, hands-on learning in a day program. In addition to Braille crafts, games, and other engaging projects, children learn vital independent living skills, interact with blind adults who serve as mentors, and enjoy field trips to sites related to the NFB BELL Academy curriculum. Through these activities and interactions, the children learn that blindness or low vision does not define them or their future.

 

Welcome to the Sixth Annual Treasure State Convention of the NFB of Montana!

Friday-Sunday, September 21-23, 2018
Jorgenson's Inn & Suites
1714 11th Avenue
Helena, Montana 59601
Hotel Reservation Phone Number: 406-442-1770, 406-442-1772, or 800-272-1770
2018 Convention Information Coming Soon!

Uber and Lyft Testing Program

The National Federation of the Blind has created a rideshare testing program to measure Lyft and Uber’s efforts to eliminate driver discrimination against riders with guide dogs or service animals. Recent agreements with these two major ridesharing companies require the National Federation of the Blind to provide feedback, over the next three to five years, on the efforts they have agreed to undertake to prevent discrimination against service animal users.

If you use Uber or Lyft and have a service animal or travel with someone who has a service animal, we need your help. Fill out our online questionnaire after your next Uber or Lyft ride, and as often as you can after that. We would love feedback from regular Uber and Lyft users at least once a month, about both positive and negative experiences.

Do You Dream In Color?

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. To view the trailer and get more information, visit www.doyoudreamincolor.com

Contact the National Federation of the Blind of Montana
Local Chapters
Resources for the blind of Montana
Calendar of upcoming events
Courtesy rules of Blindness
The Braille Monitor, the flagship publication of the NFB
National Federation of the Blind of Montana Constitution
National Federation of the Blind of Montana Awards

The National Federation of the Blind of Montana raises expectations for the blind

Through Employment

The Montana Business Enterprise Program

Contact the CEO of MBEI, Ted Robbins
Phone: (406) 453-6678
Email: mbei@nfbofmt.org

Should disabled workers be paid pennies per hour just because it's legal?
NBC-Harry Smith exposes Loophole that Allows Goodwill to pay handicapped employees $0.22 an hour
Watch this NBC Rock Center Video, first aired on 06/21/2013
Watch this film called Bottom Dollars

Through the Crafting of Resolutions at Annual State Conventions

National Federation of the Blind of Montana Resolutions 2013 National Federation of the Blind of Montana Resolutions 2014 National Federation of the Blind of Montana Resolutions 2015 National Federation of the Blind of Montana Resolutions 2016 National Federation of the Blind of Montana Resolutions 2017 Proposed National Federation of the Blind Resolutions 2018

Through Education

The Jernigan Institute Education Initiative
The BELL Academy, a summer program of intensive Braille instruction for blind and low vision children
To apply, please complete this online application form
The Braille Readers Are Leaders Contest
The National Association to Promote the Use of braille (NAPUB)
The National Association of Blind Students (NABS)
NFB Scholarships

Through Innovation

Hand holding a mobile phone with KNFB Reader logo on the screen
Make the print yours!
The KNFB Reader is a mobile app that converts printed text into high quality speech to provide accurate, fast, and efficient access to both single and multiple page documents with the tap of a button.
To purchase KNFB Reader, please visit www.nfb.org/knfbreader

The mobile app launched by NAGDU details each state's guide and service dog access laws
Download the NAGDU APP

Through Legislation

Washington Seminar

Through challenging the public perception of the capabilities of the blind

The NFB Blind Driver Challenge™
www.blinddriverchallenge.org
Watch blind man drive car independently -- 01/29/2011

The NFB: How do I become a member?

NFB Pledge
I pledge to participate actively in the efforts of the National Federation of the Blind to achieve equality, opportunity, and security for the blind; to support the policies and programs of the Federation; and to abide by its constitution.

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