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On a navy blue field is a sunflower, the state flower. Also, the state seal and the words "Kansas". In the picture of the state seal are thirty-four stars representing the order of statehood. Above the stars is the motto "To the Stars Through Difficulties". On the seal a sunrise overshadows a farmer plowing a field near his log cabin, a steamboat sailing the Kansas River, a wagontrain heading west and Native Americans hunting bison.


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  We were organized in 1969. Our mission is to change what it means to be blind. We are the Kansas state affiliate of the National Federation of the Blind, which is located in Baltimore, Maryland. Our emphasis is the education of blind people. We highly promote the use of Braille. We offer scholarships, as well as hold an annual Braille reading contest.

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Our national organization needs funding to complete our nation wide mission!!!!
As a national fundraiser, the National Federation of the Blind has partnered with Vehicles for Charity to launch a new 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 donation on your federal income tax return. For more information, including how to donate, please follow this link!

Or Just call toll-free 1-855-659-9314, and a representative can make arrangements to pick up your donation or answer any questions you have.

 New State President: TOM PAGE

Chikako Mochizuk Anounces Our NFB Kansas Twitter handle is @KansasNFB

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The National Federation of the Blind is now accepting applications to our national scholarship program from freshmen beginning college this fall on up through graduate students. The 30 scholarships range in value from $3,000 up to $12,000, and include a trip to Orlando this July for the world's largest convention for the blind. Applications must be received by March 31, 2014. To learn more and to apply, please visit www.nfb.org/scholarships<http://www.nfb.org/scholarships>.

2014 NFB Writing Contest

The annual youth and adult writing contests sponsored by the Writers’Division of the NFB opened up for submissions on January 1st and will close April 1st.

Adult contests, poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and stories for youth are open to all entrants eighteen years and over.
The Youth Writing Contest, poetry and fiction, are to promote Braille literacy and excellence in creative writing. Entries will be judged on creativity and quality of Braille. The age groups for these authors is divided into grade levels: Elementary, Middle and High School.
Prizes for contest winners range up to $100 for adult categories and up to $30 for youth categories.

All contest winners will be announced at the Writer's Division business meeting during the NFB national convention to be held in Orlando, Florida, the first week of July, 2014. In addition, shortly after convention, a list of winners will appear on the Writers’ Division Website, First, second, and third place winners in each category will be considered for publication in the Writers’ Division magazine, “Slate& Style.”For additional contest details and submission guidelines, go to the Writers’ Division Website,www.nfb-writers-division.net


The National Federation of the Blind of Kansas will award up to three $1,000 scholarships. Your completed application and all supporting materials must be received no later than May 31, 2014 at the address listed on the application form.

Announces the 2014 NFB Project Innovation Program Students Charting Their Own Course Into Scientific Exploration July 25-29, 2014

In 2012, the National Center for Blind Youth in Science (NCBYS), a program of the National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute, introduced an exciting science program for students ages 7-11 and 14-18 called NFB Project Innovation. This pioneer program will focus on fostering a sense of innovation and autonomy in young students by allowing them to determine their course of study during the week of the program. Students will ultimately focus on one investigation which they will showcase at the Innovators Expo. However, multiple branches of science will be explored throughout the program through extension activities.
A unique component of NFB Project Innovation is how it will serve two unique age groups simultaneously. The first of these two groups will be comprised of students in grades 3-6 (ages 7-11). This group, called Junior Innovators, will stay at the NFBJI for three days, July 25-29.** Twenty blind students will be accepted into this group. Each student will be required to attend with an adult chaperone. In this age group, students will interact with science professionals, blind mentors, and Senior Innovators. They will have the opportunity to show off their final innovations, which reflect their own personal interests and research, at the Innovators Expo. 
The high school students, called Senior Innovators, will serve as junior advisors. They will not only participate in this science program but will model blindness skills, scientific investigation skills, and techniques to their younger counterparts. Senior Innovators will also have the opportunity to exhibit at the Innovators Expo. Students in grades 9-12 (ages 14-18) are eligible to apply to be a Senior Innovator. The Senior Innovators will stay at the NFBJI for four days, July 24-29, 2012.** Ten blind students will be accepted into this group.
There will be a $250 fee for each Junior Innovator/Chaperone pair and a $250 fee for each Senior Innovator attending. Other expenses, such as the cost of travel, room, board, and program materials, will be covered by the NFB Jernigan Institute for all students and student/chaperone pairs.
Apply now at
www.blindscience.org. Applications are due by April 1, 2014. For more information on this exciting new program, please contact Abby Bispo at 410-659-9314, extension 2312 or by email at abispo@nfb.org
*Exact program dates differ based on grade level
**Date range reflects travel time.

Onkyo Braille Essay Contest Sponsored by Onkyo Corporation and The Braille Mainichi

The Onkyo Corporation is again sponsoring a braille essay contest for people of all ages. Contest winners receive cash prizes valued from $500 to $2,000. The link for full information and application is below, but here are the basics. Please help us spread the word!

The Onkyo Braille essay contest is being administered by the National Federation of the Blind on behalf of the North America-Caribbean Region of the World Blind Union.
Essays must be written by contest participants, in English or their native language, in Braille, and must be completely original in nature. Entries should be no fewer than 800 words and no more than 1,000 words in length. There will be two groups of competitors-one Junior group, aged 25 and under; and one Senior group, aged 26 and up, and prizes range from $500-$2,000.

Essay topics:
1. How do you acquire knowledge and information through Braille or audio devices? (Illustrate with some interesting personal stories/episodes.)
2. How can blind persons become independent by learning Braille or music?
3. Individual concept about world peace from the viewpoint of persons with disabilities.
All essays must be received by April 30, 2014.
Visithttp://www.nfb.org/nfb/Onkyo_Braille_Essay_Contest.asp for more information and an application. The application is also attached here, in PDF and BRF format.
Please contact Trisha Tatam at (410) 659-9314 (ext. 2510) or ttatam@nfb.org if you have any questions.

National Federation of the Blind Announces Dr. Jacob Bolotin AwardsBaltimore, Maryland (January 24, 2014): The National Federation of the Blind today announced that applications are now being accepted for the2012 Dr. Jacob Bolotin Award Program. Each year the National Federation of the Blind presents cash awards to individuals and organizations that have made outstanding contributions toward achieving the full integration of the blind into society on a basis of equality.  
Dr. Jacob Bolotin was a blind physician who lived and practiced in Chicago in the early twentieth century. He was widely known and respected in Chicago and throughout the Midwest during his career, which spanned the period from 1912 until his untimely death at the age of thirty-six in 1924. He was particularly recognized for his expertise on diseases of the heart and lungs. Bolotin used his many public speaking engagements to advocate for the employment of the blind and their full integration into society.
Dr. Marc Maurer, President of the National Federation of the Blind, said:“Dr. Jacob Bolotin was a pioneer who overcame low expectations and discrimination to become a renowned member of the medical profession without the benefit of the support services and civil rights protections available to blind people today. He was also a fierce advocate for greater opportunity for the blind in his time, and doubtless would have been a leader in the organized blind movement had he lived to see it come into being. The Jacob Bolotin Award Program celebrates his pioneering spirit by recognizing and supporting outstanding programs, technologies, and individual efforts that promote independence and opportunity for blind Americans. Our previous winners have been a distinguished lot and we look forward to honoring more trailblazers this year.”
Recipients of the 2014 Dr. Jacob Bolotin Awards will be determined by the Dr. Jacob Bolotin Award Committee of the National Federation of the Blind. Online applications are due by March 31, 2014. Individuals or organizations are encouraged to apply on behalf of themselves or others. The award recipients will be announced at the 2014 National Federation of the Blind Convention in Orlando Florida. 
The Jacob Bolotin Award Program is funded through the generosity of Dr. Bolotin’s nephew and niece, Alfred and Rosalind Pearlman. In addition to establishing the Alfred and Rosalind Pearlman Trust to endow the awards, the late Mrs. Pearlman also wroteThe Blind Doctor: The Jacob Bolotin Story. The book has been published by Blue Point Books and can be ordered directly from the publisher at www.bluepointbooks.com. Proceeds from book sales will also benefit the award program. For more information or to fill out the online application, please visit www.nfb.org.

Registration for 2014 Braille Reading Registration is now open!

It’s time to start reading! The reading period for the annual Braille Readers Are Leaders contest begins November 1. If you haven't had a chance to register for the contest, it’s not too late! You can register at www.nfb.org/BRAL now through the end of the contest, January 4, 2014.

National Federation of the Blind Braille Reading Pals Club Registration is open.

 To learn more about this exciting program, or to register, please call (410) 659-9314, ext. 2295 or visit http://www.nfb.org/nfb/Braille_Reading_Pals_-_Early_Literacy_Program.asp .


Wichita 2012 River Fest Event Scedual is on News Line This Year

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The NFB of Utah is excited to announce a new website

In 2012 the NFB of Utah launched a new website, BlindHow.com. In the first six months This site received over 500 posts with over 160 comments from over 370 members. Thank you to each of you that have contributed to BlindHow.com. We have had an extremely successful six plus months and look forward to the continued success in the upcoming months and years. Whether you have submitted content, made comments, asked questions, or even just used the website to obtain information, we thank you.
On March 1, 2012, BlindHow.com will be implementing an exciting incentive program! The purpose? We want you to visit, sign up, test drive, make comments, rank content, and become a contributor by submitting articles, videos and audio files. There are thousands of resources available on the web, but they are scattered and they take valuable time to find and sift through. We encourage you to submit content from the web that you have found enlightening, positive, and/or helpful. We also welcome original articles, videos, or audio tutorials. We want and welcome both!
How the contest works:

 This contest will be a drawing, so anyone who participates has a chance to win. Every time you post original content to the website,  we enter your name into the drawing 7 times. Every time you post information from another source, we enter your name into the drawing 3 times. Every time you make a comment on someone else’s post, we enter your name into the drawing 1 time.

The contest will go from March 1, 2012 to April 15, 2012. Please email 
admin@blindhow.com to report any content you post or comments you make on BlindHow.com as this will be the only method used to track participation in the contest.
If you haven’t visited us, please check out BlindHow.com and see what it is all about. BlindHow.com allows for community members to view and share video, audio, or written tutorials and information on a myriad of topics regarding blindness and visual impairment.
Topics could include things like, “How do you use an iPhone with voiceover?” “This is how I put on makeup every day: how do you?” “How do you mow your lawn?” “This is how I downhill ski.”
If you can't find the answer you are looking for, then we want you to ask! If you have something to share, then become a contributor today! We know that there are many different ways to do one thing. For example, I may iron my shirt one way and you another. Knowledge is power and sharing is caring! You can make a difference.
Our primary goal is to create a positive environment where community members are willing to ask thoughtful questions and share knowledge related to blindness and visual impairment that will improve lives, encourage independence, and increase self-confidence.
To all, best of wishes. Warmest regards, The BlindHow Team

P.S. Please remember to let us know of any way we can improve your experience on BlindHow.com. We take your feedback seriously and have already made several improvements as a result of the feedback we have received. As always, we look forward to your continued support and website participation.
Check out the website at BlindHow.com today and click on the $100 iTunes incentive link for more information and sign up today! For additional questions, suggestions, or input, please email



Kansas was representatives by from left to right Floyd Ward, Dianne Hemphill, Randy Phifer, Dianne's husband Jack Himphill. There are other members and spectators in the photos. The Blind Driver and his Blind co-pilot drove the Grand-Prix course at normal road speeds, maneuvered thru cones, pasted vehicle, and dodged boxes thrown out of a Van to simulate unexpected road hazards.

For more info go to:  http://www.nfb.org/nfb/NewsBot.asp?MODE=VIEW&ID=760

Left to right Floyd Ward, Dianne Hemphill, Randy Phifer, Dianne's husband Jack Himphill and random member Blind Driver Chalange test vehical

Randy and family members from Florida, and random member Randy and family members from Florida, Floyd, and random member

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