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VA Seeks Blinded Veteran Feedback to Improve Digital Tools

Blinded veterans, their families, and other caregivers often encounter obstacles and challenges as they explore, apply for, manage, and track their benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Opportunities are now available to openly share those challenges with VA through an initiative known as the Veterans User Experience Research Studies. The Blinded Veterans Association (BVA) encourages your participation. Teams at VA are attempting most particularly to recruit veterans who use assistive technology and/or who […]

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Support Blinded Veterans Vying for 2022 Holman Prize!

Two members of the Blinded Veterans Association (BVA) have entered this year’s competition for the prestigious Holman Prize, a recognition of the Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired in San Francisco, California. Author, scholar, and pastoral psychologist Paschal Baute (Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Group) and outdoor adventurer Lonnie Bedwell (Indiana Regional Group) are both current contestants to become semifinalists for the award. The application package submitted by Paschal and Lonnie included a form, a written outline […]

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BVA Commemorates 77-Year Milestone

In the early morning of March 28, 1945, a hundred recently returning World War II service members and veterans gathered for a much-publicized meeting at Avon Old Farms Army Convalescent Hospital. The group, all young men at the time, were recovering from combat injuries, the most notable of which was their loss of sight. Time spent at the Connecticut facility also consisted of a program of instruction and practical training through which they learned how […]

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FCC Online Forum to Address Audio Description

Blinded veterans and their families are invited to participate in a virtual Video Programming Accessibility Forum that will highlight the importance of audio description. The forum is scheduled for this coming Monday, March 28, 1:00-3:45pm Eastern Time. Hosted by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the forum will explore the state of audio description availability for online video programming, including best practices and technical issues. It will also explore how to enhance accessibility, such as voluntary […]

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Register Now for BVA 77th National Convention

Preliminary information and online registration for this summer’s BVA 77th National Convention in Washington, DC, is now live at https://bva.org/national-convention/. Official dates for the Convention are August 22-26 (Monday-Friday). The BVA room block rate at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill is available to convention attendees from August 21-27. Please note that there will be a special kayaking event held on Saturday, August 27, for those remaining in Washington an additional day. (CLICK HERE) […]