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February 25, 2014

National Federation of the Blind Settles Lawsuit Against PARCC

The common-core assessment consortium plans to work closely with the advocacy organization to create accessible field tests for blind students.

January 28, 2014

National Federation of Blind Sues PARCC Over Field Test

Pilot tests being developed by one of two common-core testing consortia will not allow the use of Braille or text-to-speech technology.

October 14, 2013

Teachers of the Blind to Get Common Core Support Through Gates Grant

A $250,000 grant will help the Perkins School for the Blind create resources tied to the math and English/language arts standards adopted in 46 states and the District of Columbia.

July 16, 2013

School for Blind Expands Online Resources for Educators

The Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown, Mass., is positioning itself as a resource for regular classroom teachers as well as educators specifically trained in teaching blind students.

June 19, 2013

Braille Instruction Receives Boost From Education Department

In a letter to schools, districts and states, the Education Department notes that special education law requires that blind and visually impaired students should be taught Braille unless an IEP team deems such instruction inappropriate.

December 07, 2012

Advocates for the Blind Plan Protest of Amazon's Kindle

The National Federation of the Blind protests Amazon's "massive effort" to sell Kindle e-readers and books in schools because of inaccessibility for the visually impaired.

November 14, 2012

Study: People Who Are Blind Can Learn to Process Visual Input

Researchers in Israel taught congenitally blind adults to use sensory substitution devices—non-invasive sensory aids that provide visual information—through the senses they do have.

October 12, 2012

'Google' Ruling on Digitizing Books a Boon for Blind Readers

In the ruling, Judge Harold Baer specifically cited the benefits that digital content has for people with print disabilities. Meanwhile, Netflix agreed to provide closed captioning on 100 percent of its streaming content within two years.

August 20, 2012

Bookshare Plans to Make Graphics, Math in Books More Accessible

The California nonprofit just won a $32 million grant to expand its collection of audio books—which students can read along with on a computer—and work on the more difficult issue of translating pictures and graphics for students with visual impairments.

June 07, 2012

Oregon Braille Testing Prompted in Part by Complaint

The state's goal was to ultimately include all students in the online adaptive testing system. The complaint nudged the education department to get to that goal more quickly.

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