Twitter Chats

The National Federation of the Blind regularly offers Twitter chats as a way to engage with our members and the public. Join the conversation.

Meet the Blind Month

Join us each Wednesday in October on Twitter to discuss our lived experiences with various intersectional identities—many of which are also subject to inequalities, public misconceptions, and injustices. Follow along on Twitter using the hashtag #MeetTheBlind.

Wednesday, October 7: Blindness and Additional Disabilities 

Let’s discuss our lived experiences with blindness and other disabilities including deafblind, autism, mental health, learning disabilities, and physical disabilities. During the scheduled Twitter chat on Wednesday, October 7 from 2 to 3 p.m., we will be engaging with participants with the following questions. Learn more about Twitter chats below and mark your calendar to participate. 

  • Q1: Please introduce yourself and include some characteristics you are comfortable sharing as they relate to blindness and any other disabilities. #MeetTheBlind
  • Q2: What are some common misconceptions that we might face if we have multiple disabilities? #MeetTheBlind
  • Q3: Are there any unique challenges people with multiple disabilities face as we navigate our local communities? #MeetTheBlind
  • Q4: Do you find that some accommodations that you use conflict with blindness or another disability, and how do you navigate this? #MeetTheBlind
  • Q5: What can the blind community do to help you feel more included and heard? #MeetTheBlind
  • Q6: What is the number one thing you want the general public to know about you and how you interact with the world? #MeetTheBlind

Wednesday, October 14: Blindness, Race, and Ethnicity 

Let’s discuss our lived experiences with blindness, race, and ethnicity. During the scheduled Twitter chat on Wednesday, October 14 from 2 to 3 p.m., we will be engaging with participants with the following questions. Learn more about Twitter chats below and mark your calendar to participate. 

  • Q1: Please introduce yourself and share how you identify as it relates to blindness, race, and ethnicity. #MeetTheBlind
  • Q2: What are some aspects of your culture that you love? #MeetTheBlind
  • Q3: What are some misconceptions we deal with when it comes to our blindness, race, and ethnicity? #MeetTheBlind
  • Q4: When facing these challenges, such as discrimination, what tips would you share with others to help navigate similar situations? #MeetTheBlind
  • Q5: In what ways do you feel like we excel in inclusion as it relates to blindness? #MeetTheBlind
  • Q6: When it comes to addressing the public, what are some tips that you would share with others about blindness and ethnicity? #MeetTheBlind

Wednesday, October 21: Blindness, Sexual Orientation, and Gender Identity

Let’s discuss our lived experiences with blindness, sexual orientation, and gender identity. During the scheduled Twitter chat on Wednesday, October 21 from 2 to 3 p.m., we will be engaging with participants with the following questions. Learn more about Twitter chats below and mark your calendar to participate. 

  • Q1: Please introduce yourself and list some characteristics you are comfortable sharing as it relates to blindness, sexual orientation, and gender identity. #MeetTheBlind
  • Q2: Can blind people be part of the LGBTQ+ community? And in what ways are we a part of it? #MeetTheBlind
  • Q3: What are some misconceptions around blind people and our sexual orientation and gender identity? #MeetTheBlind
  • Q4: What are some ways that the LGBTQ+ community embraces blind LGBTQ+ people? #MeetTheBlind
  • Q5: How do you feel that your LGBTQ+ identity has been received in the blindness community, particularly at training centers and advocacy events? #MeetTheBlind
  • Q6: What can we do better to be more affirming to our blind LGBTQ+ family? #MeetTheBlind

Wednesday, October 28: Blindness, Seniors, and Losing Vision Later in Life

Let’s discuss our lived experiences with blindness, seniors, and losing vision later in life. During the scheduled Twitter chat on Wednesday, October 28 from 2 to 3 p.m., we will be engaging with participants with the following questions. Learn more about Twitter chats below and mark your calendar to participate. 

  • Q1: Please introduce yourself and share your unique story of losing vision or blindness as it relates to you. #MeetTheBlind
  • Q2: What are a few tips you would give to someone who is at the beginning of losing their vision? #MeetTheBlind
  • Q3: What are some misconceptions about people losing vision later in life? #MeetTheBlind
  • Q4: In what ways have you learned to adapt and learn skills such as #Braille, screen-reader use, or traveling with a long white cane? #MeetTheBlind
  • Q5: How has being part of the blindness community helped you during your journey? #MeetTheBlind
  • Q6: How can we as a community be inclusive to your needs and what resources would be helpful to you? #MeetTheBlind

Twitter Chat Tips

  • A Twitter chat is a scheduled, organized topical conversation on Twitter centralized around a specific hashtag.
  • Find the chat either by searching for the hashtag or going to the @NFB_Voice profile.
  • In every response during the Twitter chat, include the designated hashtag. 
  • Include the question number in your response. For example, question one may be, "Q1: Introduce yourself." Start your reply with A1 to coordinate your answer to the corresponding question.
  • Engage with others in the chat. The chat isn’t only for answering the set questions but also to encourage, support, and assist others who are part of the chat. Tweet, reply, retweet.

General Twitter Tips

The idea behind Twitter is to say what you are thinking or doing very concisely, in 280 characters or less. When you sign up for Twitter, you’ll create a username or handle. This is what people will associate with you along with the name you list. For example, our National Federation of the Blind username is NFB_Voice. In your profile, you’ll be able to add a little more information about yourself such as a brief bio, your picture, and your location. When you create a tweet, which is what posts are called on Twitter, it will be listed under your profile. By placing the @ symbol in front of a username, you can tag, or mention, another user in your tweet. 

  • A follower is someone who follows you on Twitter and sees your updates on their home feed; you can follow people back to see their tweets in your home feed.     
  • Your home feed displays a stream of tweets from accounts you have chosen to follow on Twitter.
  • Retweet (RT) is a way for someone to share a tweet from another user’s account.
  • A hashtag is when you use the # symbol in front of any word or phrase to tag your tweets. When someone clicks that hashtag, they see your tweet along with everyone else’s tweets using that same exact term.
  • Be sure to turn on the feature to compose image descriptions, or alt-text, which can be found in settings. If you create a post with an image, a field will then populate to include the description.
  • If you are using Twitter on your iPhone or Android, the Twitter app is fairly accessible. On iOS, Twitterrific is another popular app that has taken accessibility very seriously. On your desktop computer, you can use Twitter by going to the website twitter.com. You can also choose to download a client called TWBlue. Because of Twitter’s decisions about what to allow outside apps to access, these clients are not always up-to-date with your direct messages, but they do provide an ad-free and easy-to-access way of reading and writing tweets.

Past Twitter Chats

More Information

For more information, or if you have suggestions for future Twitter chats, please email communicationsteam@nfb.org.