The White House has announced that President Obama has nominated Janet LaBreck to be the next Rehabilitation Services Administration Commissioner. Her nomination has been forwarded to the U.S. Senate for confirmation. I have had the great privilege of working with Ms. LaBreck through the National Council of State Agencies for the Blind. Many of us at the NFB and Randolph-Sheppard community support her appointment and look forward to working with her.
Important Articles and Speeches
NABM President Gacos Named to NAMA BoardNicky Gacos Elected to NAMA Board – Congratulations to Nicky Gacos, President of the National Association of Blind Merchants, who was recently elected to serve on the Board of Directors of the National Automatic Merchandising Association (NAMA). NAMA is the trade organization that represents the interests of the nation’s vending industry.
NABM DAY on The Hill
NABM DAY on The Hill Blind Entrepreneurs Educate Members of Congress On May 22, 2018, over 100 blind entrepreneurs got off of buses on Independence Avenue in front of the Rayburn House Office Building and following a Congressional Breakfast spread out over Capitol Hill to educate their members of Congress about the Randolph-Sheppard Program. The message was that blind entrepreneurs can own and operate successful businesses when afforded the opportunity and that the Randolph-Sheppard priority is one worth supporting.
NATIONAL FEDERATION OF THE BLIND PASSES RESOLUTION OPPOSING REST AREA COMMERCIALIZATION
Regarding the Commercialization of Interstate Rest Areas
Braille Readers are Leaders
Braille is Vital to Literacy for the Visually Impaired
Please read the article titled "Braille is Vital to Literacy for the Visually Impaired" by Gwen Sadler, for additional information about braille readers.
National Federation of the Blind and NAMA: Building on their advocacy work together
From Left: Jesse Hartle, Government Programs Specialist, National Federation of the Blind; Nicky Gacos, President of the National Association of Blind Merchants, division of the National Federation of the Blind; Eric Dell, Senior Vice President, NAMA; John G.