AFB-DirectConnect Newsletter, Published 5/4/2015

A Free Teleseminar Jointly Hosted by the American Foundation for the Blind and National Industries for the Blind

Thursday, May 21, 2015, 2:30pm, Eastern

For further information, contact:

Mark Richert, Esq.
Director, Public Policy, AFB
(202) 469-6833

What Is Washington Up To?

Many of us ask this question frequently, and not always without shaking our heads. In this free national teleseminar jointly sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) and National Industries for the Blind (NIB), you can get a better handle on what the U.S. Congress and key federal agencies are doing in two key areas of interest to the vision loss community, education and vocational rehabilitation policy. A panel of nationally recognized leaders and expert advocates will share their observations with us and take your questions.

Are you interested in:

  • learning more about how the extensive array of proposed new federal regulations implementing the Rehabilitation Act and related legislation could impact you, your clients, and your program? If these proposed rules go through, how will services to people who are blind or visually impaired be affected across the country?
  • understanding how the U.S. Congress is planning to change national policy concerning elementary and secondary education and how these changes will impact students with disabilities, including students with vision loss? How will these proposed changes interact with America's special education system?

There is no need to register or RSVP for this free two-hour interactive teleseminar. To join the conference call, simply dial the toll-free number below at least ten minutes prior to the May 21, 2:30pm Eastern, start time. Dial:


and when prompted, enter the pass code:


We look forward to your participation in this opportunity for our community to come together to discuss some of the most critical current issues in education, rehabilitation and independent living we face today.