NRTC Seeks Assistance with Access Technology Study

The National Research and Training Center on Blindness and Low Vision (NRTC) at Mississippi State University is recruiting persons with blindness or low vision (age 21+), who are working or who are interested in working, to be part of a five-year study about access technology (AT) use, particularly in the workplace. Some questions to which the Center seeks answers are: What access technology do you most commonly use? How do you decide whether to use […]

Online Dialogue and Public Forum Address Accessibility of Autonomous Vehicles

To promote accessibility for people with disabilities in the design of Autonomous Vehicles (AVs), the United States Access Board has begun hosting “Inclusive Design of Autonomous Vehicles: A Public Dialogue” along with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Community Living, and other federal agencies. The national online dialogue is now open to the public. Interested parties may share their ideas for designing AVs […]

National President Zampieri To Outline BVA’s Legislative Priorities

Blinded Veterans Association (BVA) National President Thomas A. Zampieri, Ph.D. will form part of a six-member panel of Veterans Service Organizations (VSOs) on Wednesday, March 3, as he summarizes the Association’s priorities for the first session of the 117th Congress. The scheduled 10:00am EST beginning of the hearing, which will be conducted virtually by the House and Senate Committees on Veterans Affairs, will first feature oral testimony from the Disabled American Veterans followed by the […]

Access Board Seeks Public Input on Self-Driving Vehicles

The United States Access Board will host, during the months of March and April, a four-part series of virtual meetings on making Autonomous Vehicles (AVs) accessible to passengers with disabilities.   The meetings will provide an open forum and encourage public dialogue through which stakeholders and interested citizens can discuss considerations, challenges, and solutions in the design of accessible, self-driving vehicles.   Two 90-minute sessions scheduled for March 10 and 24 will address access for […]

Matthew Whitaker Concert – National Library Service 90th Anniversary Celebration

Date: Wednesday, March 3, 2021Time: 8:00pmLink: Stellar jazz pianist Matthew Whitaker has been blind since birth and playing music since his grandfatherbought him a small keyboard at age three. At 10, he performed for Stevie Wonder’s induction intothe Apollo Theater Hall of Fame. Now, at age 19, Whitaker has been featured on stages around theworld, including Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and the Lincoln Center. A patron of the National Library Service for the […]