Technology Seminars

Starting in March 2017, the New Jersey Association of Blind Technology Users (NJABTU) proudly sponsors quarterly conference calls on a variety of topics with moderators presiding over each call. We hope these calls provide information and thoughtful discussions in your local chapter meetings throughout the year.

To attend the calls, dial 515-604-9570, then use access code 612068 pound. You will hear the code you entered repeated. Press 1 if it is correct. Press 2 to re-enter it. If you press 1, you then announce yourself by stating your name and you will then be entered into the conference call.

In order to obtain the best possible sound for these calls, the host will put all callers into mute mode until the Q and A portion of the call. You will be able to hear everything during the call but background noise from your location will not disturb others listening in on the conversation. During the Q and A portion of the call, you can unmute yourself by pressing star 6. Before giving a comment or asking a question, please announce your name and what state you are from, and then wait for the moderator to recognize you before speaking. We can have too many people trying to seek the floor at one time and chaos can occur. The moderators will do their very best to recognize as many callers as possible however, they will determine the order in which speakers proceed. When finished with your comments or questions, press star 6 again to go back into “mute” mode to facilitate better, uncluttered communication for everyone. Star 6 also works when you have your phone on speaker.

The times for the calls are

  • 8:00pm Eastern
  • 7:00pm Central
  • 6:00pm Mountain
  • 5:00pm Pacific

Please determine for yourself the time to enter the call if you live in a time zone other than those listed above.

Because our conference calls contain information that’s helpful and interesting to blind techies, we archive all of them within hours of their completion. You can listen to our most recent archives by calling 515-604-9651, and entering the access code 612068 pound followed by the call reference code. Currently we only have two archived calls. While listening, 4 will rewind one minute, 6 will forward one minute, and 5 will pause the recording which is a toggle. We hope you enjoy and learn from them.

Calls for 2017

  • Monday, March 20, 2017: NFB-NEWSLINE® and KNFB Reader
    Scott White, Director of Sponsored Technology Programs for the National Federation of the Blind will discuss NFB-NEWSLINE® and the KNFB reader app. To learn more about NFB-NEWSLINE®, please visit www.nfbnj.org/nfb-newsline or http://www.nfb.org/audio-newspaper-service. To learn more about the KNFB Reader app, please visit www.nfb.org/knfbreader or www.knfbreader.com.
  • Thursday, June 29, 2017: An evening with Anil Lewis, Executive Director, National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute
    We will feature the educational programs and projects directed by Anil Lewis at the National Federation of the Blind’s Jernigan Institute, discussion pertaining to the Independence Market, the upcoming STEM (Science Technology, Engineering, and Math) summer event, the International Braille and Technology Center, the Jacobus tenBroek Library and much more.
  • Tuesday, September 26, 2017: AIRA
    Eric Duffy, Director of Assistive Technology at the NFB Jernigan Institute, will discuss AIRA, the visual interpreter for the blind.
  • December 2017:

Archived Calls

  • September 26, 2017: AIRA
    Moderator: Eric Duffy, Director of Assistive Technology at the NFB Jernigan Institute
    Host: Jane Degenshein, President, NJABTU
    Reference Code: 3
  • June 29, 2017: An evening with Anil Lewis
    Moderator: Anil Lewis, Executive Director , NFB Jernigan Institute
    Host: Jane Degenshein, president of NJABTU
    Reference Code: 2 pound
  • March 20, 2017: NEWSLINE® and KNFB Reader
    Moderator: Scott White, NFB Director of Sponsored Technology Programs
    Host: Jane Degenshein, president of NJABTU
    Reference Code: 1 pound

Additional Information

For more information regarding the NJABTU, please visit www.nfbnj.org/chapters-and-divisions/tech-division. You can also contact Jane Degenshein, president of the NJABTU, at 973-736-5785 or jdegen16@comcast.net.

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Contact Information

Joseph Ruffalo, President
254 Spruce Street
Bloomfield, NJ 07003
Phone: 973-743-0075
Email: nfbnj1@verizon.net

Coming Soon

9th Annual After the Holidays Party

January 6, 2018
1:00 – 5:00 PM
Knights of Columbus Hall
94 Bridge Street
Belleville, NJ 07109
Cross Street: Belleville Avenue
Access Link accessible

2018 NFB Washington Seminar

January 29 to February 1, 2018
Holiday Inn Capitol
550 C Street, SW
Washington, DC 20024

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Please make a donation to the National Federation of the Blind general account, our general scholarship account, the Joe/Rose Ruffalo Memorial Scholarship account, or the Braille Enrichment for Literacy and Learning (BELL) Academy. Please indicate which account you wish the donation to go into when making your contribution. You do not need to have a PayPal account to donate, simply use the information from your debit/credit card if you don't have PayPal. All donations are tax deductible. To make a donation to NFBNJ via PayPal, please visit our PayPal Donations page.

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