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2011-02-03 14:01:00

BALTIMORE, Feb. 3, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) announced today that it will be a featured nonprofit on eBay this month, offering everyone the opportunity to buy, sell, or donate to support NFB's job training programs. Between January 31, and February 6, eBay buyers will be given the option of adding a $1 to $25 donation to the NFB when they make a purchase on eBay. In addition to donating at checkout, supporters can also go to the "Workin'...

2011-01-29 11:46:00

Avoids Dynamic Obstacles DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Jan. 29, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Federation of the Blind (NFB), the oldest and largest organization of blind people in the nation, announced today that for the first time a blind individual has driven a street vehicle in public without the assistance of a sighted person. Mark Anthony Riccobono, a blind executive who directs technology, research, and education programs for the organization, was behind the wheel of a Ford...

2011-01-28 07:28:00

BALTIMORE, Jan. 28, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Federation of the Blind (NFB), the oldest and largest organization of blind people in the nation, announced today that Mark Anthony Riccobono, a blind executive who directs technology, research, and education programs for the organization, will be the first blind individual to drive a street vehicle in public. Mr. Riccobono will be behind the wheel of a Ford Escape hybrid equipped with nonvisual technology allowing a blind...

2011-01-27 07:27:00

WASHINGTON, Jan. 27, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Federation of the Blind announced today that Congressman John Mica, who represents Florida's Seventh Congressional District and chairs the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, will participate in the demonstration of a vehicle that can be driven by the blind. The Congressman will be present along with NFB officials and other dignitaries when a modified Ford Escape equipped with nonvisual technology allowing a...

2011-01-17 09:34:00

Travelocity to Make its Web Site More Accessible to Blind Users BALTIMORE, Jan. 17, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Federation of the Blind (NFB), the nation's leading advocate for Internet access by blind Americans, today announced an agreement with Travelocity, one of the largest and most popular online travel agencies, to make travelocity.com more accessible to the blind. Under today's agreement, Travelocity will make accessible by July 1, 2011, its home page and each...

2011-01-05 15:31:00

National Federation of the Blind Applauds Ruling BALTIMORE, Jan. 5, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Federation of the Blind (NFB), the oldest and largest nationwide organization of blind people, today applauded a federal appellate court ruling affirming the right of a blind California woman to use screen access technology to take professional examinations required for her to receive a license to practice law. The ruling, handed down yesterday by a unanimous three-judge panel...

2011-01-05 10:47:00

NFB-NEWSLINE® to Resume Service Temporarily with Financial Support from the Michigan Commission for the Blind DEARBORN HEIGHTS, Mich., Jan. 5, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Federation of the Blind of Michigan is pleased to announce that partial funding has been found for NFB-NEWSLINE® -- the free service that provides independent access by blind and print-disabled people to hundreds of local and national publications and job and TV...

2011-01-05 08:02:00

WASHINGTON, Jan. 5, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --The National Federation of the Blind today commended President Barack Obama for signing into law the Pedestrian Safety Enhancement Act (S. 841), which will protect the blind and other pedestrians from injury as a result of silent vehicle technology. "The National Federation of the Blind is pleased that this critical legislation has been signed into law, preserving the right to safe and independent travel for the blind," said Dr. Marc...

2010-12-20 16:35:00

BALTIMORE, Dec. 20, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NFB-NEWSLINE®, a free audible newspaper service for blind and print-disabled people, and the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped of the Library of Congress (NLS) today announced the launch of an exciting new access method, the NFB-NEWSLINE® NLS DTB Downloader. This breakthrough access method will allow subscribers to easily download their favorite publications to the book...

2010-12-16 14:14:00

WASHINGTON, Dec. 16, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today the U.S. House of Representatives passed S. 841, The Pedestrian Safety Enhancement Act, legislation that will provide blind, visually impaired, and other pedestrians greater security when traveling in close proximity to hybrid or electric vehicles. "The passage of this legislation is momentous and marks over two years of vigorous advocacy by ACB membership that has resulted in consensus by the blind community, auto industry, and...


Word of the Day
attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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