THE CONNECTICUT ASSOCIATION OF BLIND STUDENTS (CTABS)
THE STUDENT DIVISION OF THE NATIONAL FEDERATION OF THE BLIND OF CONNECTICUT (NFBCT) AND PART OF THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BLIND STUDENTS (NABS)
We are a group of kind-hearted and driven visually impaired students who believe that blindness is merely an obstacle that can be overcome with perseverance and a strong motivation to succeed. We believe that blind people can live fully independent and functional lifestyles, despite low societal expectations and stereotypes. As students in the NFB, we advocate for equal access to course materials, both on a local and national legislative level, organize social events to foster community, encourage one another to obtain greater confidence in our abilities, and so on. Above all, we strive to create a supportive community for all visually impaired students. Every member of the Connecticut Association of Blind Students has the opportunity to network with other successful blind individuals, advocate for shared interests and aspirations, and challenge themselves to accomplish tasks that they never thought were possible. Blindness is nothing more than a characteristic, and it does not by any means alter an individual’s dreams. The Connecticut Association of Blind Students hopes to guide and mentor visually impaired high school and college students through the adversity they face on a daily basis. We provide blind students with the necessary resources and skills to succeed both within and outside of an academic environment. We fight for equality, while sharing friendship and laughter with one another along the way. After becoming not only a member of our student division, but a proud member of our family, each individual will realize how far their determination can carry them. Dreams can become a reality. Both traditional and non-traditional aged students are welcome!
Five of our CTABS members traveled to Washington D.C. at the end of January, along with hundreds of other NFB members, in order to speak with Connecticut Congressman and their staff about legislation that would heavily impact the blind community. We advocated for three bills, one of which was H.R1772, The Accessible Instructional Materials in Higher Education Act, which directly pertains to students. This bill proposes a strict set of guidelines for colleges, universities, and all institutions of higher education to follow to ensure equal access to course materials. Joe Courtney was the original co-sponsor of this bill. We also strongly opposed the ADA Education and Reform act, which would dissolve the rights, standards, and protections that the ADA has kept in place for decades. Due to our efforts, none of Connecticut’s Congressman voted in favor of the ADA Education and Reform Act.
TWO MONTHLY CONFRENCE CALLS EVERY OTHER WEDNESDAY
Here is the dial-in information for our conference calls:
Call (712) 451-0853
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