- AFB Names Recipient of its First-Ever Stephen Garff Marriott Award
he American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) has named Richard Chen the first recipient of the Stephen Garff Marriott Award. The award honors a blind or visually impaired individual who has served as an extraordinary mentor or who has attained remarkable professional success.
- Anne Sullivan Macy Bill on Its Way! Historic Special Education Legislation
Historic introduction of the most comprehensive special education legislation for blind/visually impaired and deaf/hard of hearing students—H.R. 4040: The Alice Cogswell and Anne Sullivan Macy Act
- Two athletes with visual impairments nominated to U.S. Paralympic Team
Two visually impaired athletes have been nominated to the 2014 U.S. Paralympic Nordic ski team.
- Chief architect of the Individualized Education Program has died
James J. Gallagher, an internationally recognized expert on special education and chief architect of the Individualized Education Program (IEP), died on January 17, 2014, at age 87.
- FDA Approves Vanda Drug for Non-24 Disorder
Vanda Pharmaceuticals has been granted U.S. approval for the first drug to regulate the circadian rhythm of blind people to help them sleep.
- Window-Eyes Now Available to Users of Microsoft Office at No Cost
GW Micro and Microsoft Corp. have partnered to make Window-Eyes available to users of Microsoft Office at no cost. Window-Eyes is a screen reader that enables people who are blind, visually impaired, or print disabled to have full access to Windows PCs and makes the computer accessible via speech and/or Braille.