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Terri Rupp, President
10587 Santerno St
Las Vegas, Nevada 89141
 Cell Phone: 702-524-0835

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Presidential Greetings

February 2018


Terri Rupp here, your National Federation of the Blind of Nevada President.  I hope your 2018 has started out well.  It is hard to believe we are past the middle of February already.  Please read on for updates and announcements about the National Federation of the Blind happenings locally and nationwide. 

 I invite all members to join in on our second monthly membership call where we will be discussing all about Braille, and our 2018 NFBNV BELL Academy.  I recently sat in a meeting with teachers from the Vision Services Department here in Clark County where I learned that only 1/4 of the county's blind/VI students are at grade level.  If we look at nationwide statistics that 70% of blind adults are unemployed, 90% of those adults who are employed read Braille, but only 10% of blind students are taught Braille, we can easily see why Braille is so important. 

Monday, January 19th from 7:00pm to 8:00pm Pacific.
Dial in number: 218-548-7074
Passcode: 775225

Affiliate Happenings

I am pleased to report that we had successful meetings with our Senators and Congressional Representatives at the 2018 Washington Seminar.  Many of our reps have signed onto our bills, however many still need convincing.  If you would like to participate in local appointments in your district, please submit your name to your chapter president to be added to the NFBNV Legislative Squad.  Representatives are more apt to listening to those from their own district. 

While out in Washington DC, I took the train over to Baltimore and spent 24 hours at the National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute with my fellow affiliate presidents.  I bring home with me many great ideas from our colleagues to put into action as we work to raise expectations, build the Federation in Nevada, and most importantly, connect with blind people in our state and share with them the tools and resources in order to live the lives we want. 

NFB of Nevada Bell Academy

Do you know a blind/VI student between the ages of 4-12 who is not receiving enough Braille instruction during the school year?  The National Federation of the Blind of Nevada is partnering up with the Nevada Blind Children Foundation to bring a week of fun Braille instruction that sounds like the ringing of BELLs.  To learn more about the Braille Enrichment for Literacy and Learning Academy to be held in Henderson June 16-23, to register your child, or to volunteer send and email to or visit

This year instead of sending our BELL Academy Coordinators to the NFB Jernigan Institute for a BELL Academy Planning Seminar, we are bringing the seminar here to Nevada.  We invite anyone to may be interested in helping out this summer to join us on Saturday February 24th from 8am to 5pm to learn how they can help.  Please RSVP to the training seminar by emailing and you will be provided with the seminar location. 

National Notes

Are you connected to what's happening in the National Federation of the Blind?  Do you subscribe to our Braille Monitor, Future Reflections, the Voice of the Nations Blind Podcast, or follow us on Facebook or Twitter?  Did you know that there is even an NFB App?  Get connected and don't miss out.  Start by visiting

Kenneth Jernigan Scholarship

Different from our National Scholarship program, the Kenneth Jernigan Fund helps Federationists get to their first NFB National Convention.  For more information on how to apply visit the December Braille Monitor here.

National Scholarship

Apply to be one of 30 candidates to win between $3,000 and $12,000 and a trip to the 2018 National Federation of the Blind National Convention July 3-8.  Applications are due on March 31st.  Please remember that in order to submit a completed application, you must get an interview and letter of endorsement by the affiliate president (me, Terri Rupp).  For and interview and letter call, text, or email me at 702-524-0835 or

Lastly, if you find that you are not able to make it to this month's NFB Chapter meeting. 

Southern Nevada Chapter
Saturday February 17th from 11am to 1pm
5588 S. Fort Apache Suite 100
Las Vegas, NV 89148

 Northern Nevada Chapter
Saturday, February 17th 1pm to 3pm
999 Pyramid Way
Sparks, NV 89431

Here is the link to President Riccobono's February Presidential Release.  I encourage that you take a few minutes to listen, as he has taken his time to not only record it, but has put much thought into what goes into each Presidential Release.

Wholeheartedly Yours,

Terri Rupp
President, National Federation of the Blind of Nevada
Mobil: 702-524-0835

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