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National Federation of the Blind of Nevada

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Contact Information

Terri Rupp, President
PO Box 20041
Reno, Nevada 89515
Cell Phone: 702-524-0835

Please report technical issues to:
Brian Mackey, Webmaster
Cell: 609-680-8488

GuideStar Status

GuideStar Gold Level, 2018

Welcome to the National Federation of the Blind of Nevada

The National Federation of the Blind of Nevada 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.

Upcoming Events

NFB of Nevada Northern Chapter Booth at Eldorado Blues, Brews and BBQs Fundraiser 2019

June 14 through 15, 2019

This is the big one! Our major fundraiser for the year! With our fun and energetic membership staffing our booth for the 2 wild days of Blues, Brews and BBQs making friends while selling our world famous pretzel necklaces we will also stoke our budget for the year. Come on by and join the party!

BELL (Braille Enrichment for Literacy & Lerning) Academy 2019

Are you a parent of a blind or low vision child living in the southern Nevada area? Sign your child up for our 2019 BELL Academy. This program provides hands-on instruction in braille, daily living skills, cane travel, self-care, and self advocacy to elementary aged children by positive blind role models. Thanks to the collaborative efforts between the national Federation of the blind of Nevada, blindconnect, and the Nevada Blind Children’s Foundation we are providing 8 days of Braillecentric fun June 24 -July 3 at the Angela’s House facility located in the RTC mobility training center.

For more information on the NFB BELL Academy, visit To register your child, go to>

To contact our program coordinator, send an email to .

For a sneak peek of all the fun that was had at our 2018 BELL Academy, visit

2019 NFB National Convention

July 7-12, 2019
Las Vegas, Nevada

Each year the National Federation of the Blind holds its national convention. More than 3,000 delegates participate from across the United States as well as many foreign countries. For more information, please visit

NFB of Nevada Board Member of the Month

Each month we will feature a member of the NFB of Nevada Board of Directors. This month, we are featuring Chun (Alan) Chao, affiliate treasurer. His bio can be found at

Presidential Greetings

Each month National Federation of the Blind of Nevada President Terri Rupp provides a presidential greeting to the members. To read the most current presidential greeting, please visit our Presidential Greetings page.

What is the National Federation of the Blind?

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 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 is a free service offering access to newspapers available to anyone who is blind, vision impaired or print-disabled. It offers over 500 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.

For additional information, please visit to learn how to sign up. You can also contact the NFB-NEWSLINE coordinator for Nevada, Mark Tadder at 775-225-6881 or, or contacting NFB-NEWSLINE at the National Federation of the Blind by dialing 1-866-504-7300 (toll free).

We proudly sponsor: 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 National Federation of the Blind! To learn more about the app and how to download, visit You can also learn more at 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 The blog can also be read at and<.

Eligible Sprint customers can get a KNFB Reader Enterprise license for free!

Starting November 20, 2017, Sprint customers who purchase a new line of service or eligible upgrade through Sprint Accessibility will receive a free license to download the KNFB Reader Enterprise app on up to two mobile devices.

If you are a new or upgrading Sprint customer, you may be able to get the power to convert printed documents into speech or Braille instantly and accurately at no extra cost!

All you need to do is:

  1. Visit
  2. Call 855-885-7568 and ask a Sprint Accessibility Care representative for the KNFB Reader Enterprise app.
  3. Sprint will provide you with the information you need to create a username and password that will activate your new KNFB Reader Enterprise license.
  4. Download the KNFB Reader Enterprise app from the Apple App Store, Google Play Store, or Windows 10 Store.
  5. When you launch the app, enter the username and password from step 3 above, and you’re all set!

Please be sure to download the KNFB Reader Enterprise app, not KNFB Reader for $99.99. The KNFB Reader Enterprise app is listed free in the app stores and can be activated with your free KNFB Reader Enterprise License from Sprint. KNFB Reader Enterprise allows users to enjoy the power of KNFB Reader on multiple devices. Make sure that KNFB Reader Enterprise is the app that you download onto your devices to take advantage of this offer. KNFB Reader Enterprise works on Apple, Android, Windows 10 devices, and Windows 10 laptops and PCs.

You’ll be able to use KNFB Reader Enterprise provided by Sprint. Just download KNFB Reader Enterprise on both devices and use the same username and password. For example, you can download KNFB Reader Enterprise onto your Sprint phone, and also to your Windows 10 laptop. Or onto both your Android phone and Android tablet.

To learn more about the KNFB Reader Enterprise, visit

Happy reading from the National Federation of the Blind and Sprint Accessibility!

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 2017 issue of the Braille Monitor. You can also visit 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 The National Federation of the Blind of Nevada project chair is Terri Rupp who may be reached at 702-524-0835 or

Thanks in advance for your assistance with this important effort.

Lyft’s Service Animal User Guide

As part of the agreement reached between the National Federation of the Blind 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.

National Federation of the Blind Vehicle Donations program

The National Federation of the Blind uses car donations to improve the education of blind children, distribute free white canes, help veterans, and so much more. We have partnered with Vehicles For Charity to process donated vehicles. Just call toll-free (855) 659-9314, and a representative can make arrangements, or you can donate online by visiting

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

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