You are cordially invited to the National Federation of the Blind of Hawaii 2020 Annual State Convention!
WHEN: Friday, Saturday and Sunday
October 2, 3, 4, 2020
WHERE: Hilo Hawaiian Hotel, Hilo Hawaii
The NFB Bell Academy is going home!
While we are living in unprecedented times, we know that the National Federation of the Blind has and will continue to meet the challenge of the times with hope, love, and determination. One of the commitments we made early in this COVID-19 pandemic was to provide resources for blind children and their families and supporting the teaching of critical nonvisual techniques and Braille literacy at home.
Many of us have expressed concern over our NFB BELL® Academies and what we will do to support our blind youth in a safe way. The NFB is condensing our academies into three nationally taught and coordinated virtual sessions with support from NFB affiliates.
The University of Hawaii released a report on April 15, 2020, entitled "Crunch the Curve: Urgent Steps Hawaii Can Take to Contain the COVID 19 Pandemic" that details a plan for Hawaii to minimize, as best we can, the impact of COVID 19.
The National Federation of the Blind National Convention is the largest gathering of blind people in the world. It is where we go for training, support, information, forging new friendships and renewing old ones. It is where "our family" meets for inspiration, hope, and sharing. The convention is also where we meet to democratically elect our leaders and set the priorities of our organization for the upcoming year. Our national organization, after considering the
These Are the Latest News Items Related to Stimulus Payments for Individuals Coming From the CARES Act, Phase 3
April 23, 2020
If you get Social Security retirement, survivor, or disability benefits via direct deposit and didn't file a 2018 or 2019 tax return: Your payment will arrive in late April.
Nearly 99% of people who get these benefits receive them via direct deposit. That means the overwhelming majority of Social Security recipients are scheduled to receive coronavirus relief checks by the end of April.
If you get SSI: If you're an adult who receives SSI benefits, you should have your payment by early May, at the latest. Your payment will be deposited in the same way you usually receive your benefit.
Special Circumstances: If you are a couple who is not required to file a tax return and has not because your income is low and only one of you is receiving Social Security benefits or SSI, you will only receive the $1200 for the spouse who is receiving benefits unless you immediately notify the IRS that you are a couple by entering your information in the non-filers website at:
If you do not notify the IRS and receive only the $1200 for one individual you will be able to claim the remaining $1200 for your spouse on your 2020 tax return filed by April 15, 2021.
Those who receive a paper check are in for a long wait: The IRS will begin mailing checks the week of April 20, starting with those who have incomes below $10,000. Each week, it will send another five million checks to groups with progressively higher incomes.
SSI and Veterans Affairs Benefit Recipients with Dependents: Register Now On the Non-Filers Website If You Do Not File Taxes