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The National Federation of the Blind of Delaware knows that blindness is not the characteristic that defines you or your future. Every day we raise the expectations of blind people because low expectations create obstacles between blind people and our dreams. You can live the life you want; blindness does not hold us back. Together with love, hope and determination, we transform dreams into reality.

Since 1968, the National Federation of the Blind of DE has been helping members live the lives they want! With our chapters, committees, programs, and projects, the NFB of DE is making the public aware that the real problem concerning blindness is not blindness itself but the lack of knowledge, understanding, and opportunity from our sighted peers. Get involved in the largest organization of the blind in the nation and in the state. Get involved in the NFB of DE and help us live the lives we want!
Please download the NFBDE contact listing.

Please connect with us through the following:
Twitter: https://twitter.com/nfbde
NFBNet: https://www.nfbnet.org/mailman/listinfo/nfb-of-delaware_nfbnet.org

What is the NFB?

The National Federation of the Blind is an organization of blind and interested sighted people whose purpose is to promote equal opportunity for the blind. Founded in 1940, the Federation has affiliates in every state, Puerto Rico, Washington DC and includes more than 50,000 of the nation’s blind. Dedicated to the complete integration of the blind into society, the Federation works toward the removal of legal, economic, and societal barriers to full participation by blind people in employment, education, recreation, and all other aspects of community life. The Federation is working to end discrimination by educating the public to new concepts about blindness and the abilities of blind people, offering training and advocacy to blind people and to parents of blind children, and providing job referrals and placements. The Federation helps the newly blinded to learn the techniques that will enable them to maintain productive lives and informs them of services available from governmental and private agencies and of the laws and regulations concerning the blind.

The National Federation of the Blind is an organization of the blind speaking for ourselves. Please visit www.nfb.org to learn more on:

  • About the NFB
  • Info on Blindness for …
    • Members
    • Resources
    • Products & Technology
    • Publications
  • Vehicle Donations program
  • Free White Cane program
  • Joining the NFB
  • Making A Donation

NFB-NEWSLINE®

NFB-NEWSLINE® is a free service offering access to newspapers available to anyone who is blind, visually impaired or print-disabled. It offers over 400 publications to choose from, including 12 national newspapers like the Wall Street Journal and USA Today, 20 breaking news sources such as CNN, BBC and ESPN Online, 17 international newspapers including Financial Times and Vancouver Sun, and countless state newspapers, as well as over 50 magazines like Family Circle, Time, Smithsonian and more.

NFB-NEWSLINE® also has TV Listings so you can keep track of your favorite shows.

Job listings with NFB-NEWSLINE® are another important resource for subscribers. Job listings for NFB-NEWSLINE® are provided by a leading national search engine with over 100,000 jobs listed.

Another feature of NFB-NEWSLINE® is the localized weather alerts. Have you heard the emergency alert tone on the television but are unable to read the message scrolling on the screen? Now you can simply sign into NFB-NEWSLINE® and the weather report will be read to you on the spot. Any available weather alerts will be provided as soon as you sign into NFB-NEWSLINE®.

NFB-NEWSLINE’s wide array of publications and announcements can be accessed anytime you choose, on your schedule, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. There are a variety of ways to access. You can use your touch-tone telephone; you can access the service via the website, On Demand emails, using portable players, or even via your iPhone, iPad or iPod! And it’s always free.

The Division for the Visually Impaired (DVI) has sponsored and funded NFB-Newsline® in Delaware. We thank the DVI for continuing to raise expectations to live the life we want!

For additional information, please visit https://www.nfbde.org/nfb-newsline to learn how to sign up. You can also contact the NFB-NEWSLINE coordinator for Delaware, Kathryn Bottner at 302-528-2621 or kat.bottner@gmail.com or contacting NFB-NEWSLINE at the National Federation of the Blind by dialing 1-866-504-7300 (toll free).

We proudly sponser: the KNFB Reader app!

The KNFB Reader app is a revolutionary tool that you can use, with the touch of a single button, to read virtually any type of printed text, including mail, receipts, class handouts, memos, and many other documents. Accuracy is facilitated by a field-of-view report, automatic page detection, and tilt control. The KNFB Reader is now fully sponsored by the NFB! To learn more about the app and how to download, visit www.nfb.org/knfbreader. You can also learn more at www.knfbreader.com. We are proud to inform you that in addition to the KNFB Reader being available on iOS and Android devices, it is now available on Windows 10 devices. Please download the following to learn how to use the KNFB Reader app:

Blog Post

Please read the KNFB Reader blog post found on the Blind With Vision Blog on the website of Mackey Enterprises LLC. The name of the blog post is “Blind People Reading Print They Can’t See? There’s an App for That!” You can read it at www.mackeyenterprisesllc.com/bwv-blog/blind-people-reading-print-they-cant-see. The blog can also be read at www.perkinselearning.org/technology/blog/blind-people-reading-print-they-can%E2%80%99t-see-there%E2%80%99s-app and www.nfbofillinois.org/blind-people-reading-print-they-cant-see.

Upcoming Affiliate/Chapter Events

2017 NFBDE State Convention

The National Federation of the Blind of Delaware will hold its 49th state convention on November 10th and 11th at the Holiday Inn Downtown inDover. The cost of the convention is $86.00 a person, $15.00 registration fee and the rest covers 4 meals including Banquet on Friday night, November 10th. Individuals are responsible for making their own room reservations and may take advantage of the special rate available November 9 through 11, 2017. Rooms are being held until October 9 for a price of $82.00 per night (plus 8% sales tax for a total of $88.56 per night). To make your reservations, please call the hotel at 302-747-5050 and say you are attending the NFBDE convention.

To register for the convention, please download and complete the pre-registration form. Please download one of the following:

Additional information on the convention can be viewed on our State Convention page.

We Need Your Help! Monitor Uber and Lyft Compliance with Service Animal Agreement

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.

Here’s where you come in. 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.

Extensive information about the program is available in the May issue of the Braille Monitor. You can also visit nfb.org/rideshare for more information, including an extensive FAQ, information on how to report discrimination to Uber and Lyft directly as well as through our questionnaire, and a list of the questions we’ll ask so you can be thinking about them when you take your next ride.

Please share this information with fellow Uber and Lyft users with guide dogs or other service animals.

If you have questions that are not answered by the resources above, contact Valerie Yingling, legal program coordinator, at the National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute, at (410) 659-9314 extension 2440, or vyingling@nfb.org. The NFBDE project chair is Kathryn Bottner who can be reached at 302-528-2621 or kat.bottner@gmail.com.

Thanks in advance for your assistance with this important effort.

Lyft’s Service Animal User Guide

As part of the agreement reached between the NFB and Lyft, Lyft has created a service animal user guide. Please view the version most appropriate for you and share with other service animal users.

Kustom Cane’s “You Cane Give” Program

Wondering what to do with your old cane or tips: “You Cane Give” allows you to help us give your used cane to a person far away who needs it! We are in need of canes in all sizes. We have contacts in Peru, Nigeria, and South Africa wishing for a cane of their own. Please contact us at 901-483-1515 or at kustomcane@gmail.com for more information. Put a cane in a hand and empower a blind person today.

NFB Vehicle Donations program

The National Federation of the Blind is continuing to partner with Vehicles for Charity on a vehicle donation program. The NFB’s vehicle donation program accepts almost any vehicle, including cars, trucks, boats, motorcycles, and recreational vehicles. All donations may be eligible for a tax deduction on the donor’s federal income tax return, and the NFB receives an average of $360 for each donated vehicle. We need your help for this program to succeed. You can visit the Vehicle Donation Material webpage where you will find ideas on how to share this program with potential donors. Remember, our main job is to let the public know about this vehicle donation program. To help with this mission, you will find flyers, mail inserts, and press releases that can be printed to share with businesses and local media, and you can order materials to be shipped to you. You can also add HTML or a link to the national office donation page to your state and local chapter websites. Ideas on how to use these materials are included on the website.

If you have any questions, please contact the NFB Vehicle Donations coordinator Pattie Chang at 410-659-9314 x2422 or pchang@nfb.org. Your Old Car Keys Can Be Keys To Literacy For The Blind. Donate your unwanted vehicle to us by clicking: www.carshelpingtheblind.org or call 855-659-9314.

Green Drop program

Donate new or used clothing and household items to the National federation of the blind. Are you or someone you know moving soon or cleaning out some closets? Why not donate your unwanted items to benefit the National Federation of the Blind? We’ll even pick the items up at your home! To schedule a pick up visit www.nfbpickup.org or dial 1-888-944-DROP (3767). All boxes and bags must be marked with NFB in order for the organization to receive credit for the donation. Questions can be directed to DE GreenDrop coordinator Verita Turner at 302-734-7419. You could also direct your questions to the NFB GreenDrop coordinator Bridget Burke at 410-659-9314 x2271 or GreenDrop@nfb.org.

Listing of Accepted Items

The entire list of accepted items can be found on the GreenDrop website, www.nfbpickup.org. GreenDrop accepts new or gently used items including:

  • Clothing & Shoes
  • Household Items
  • Kitchenware
  • Games/Toys
  • Small Appliances
  • Electronics
  • Sporting Goods
  • Books, CDs & Videos
  • Baby Items

Drop off locations

Here is the listing of GreenDrop drop off locations in Delaware. When you drop off your donations, make sure you mark all bags and boxes with NFB so that the NFB receives credit from your donation.

Wilmington

2308 Concord Pike
Wilmington, DE 19803

Blind Veterans Info

The National Federation of the Blind is reaching out to blind veterans across the country. If you know any blind veterans who you think would benefit from our programs, please contact Mrs. Patricia Maurer at pmaurer@nfb.org or 410-659-9314 x2287.

Additional Information

For additional information about the National Federation of the Blind of Delaware or how to send us a donation, please contact NFBDE President Kathryn Bottner at the following:

National Federation of the Blind of Delaware

24 Monterry Drive
Newark, Delaware 19713
Phone: 302-528-2621
Email: kat.bottner@gmail.com