The National Federation of the Blind celebrates Meet the Blind Month every October. Throughout the month, we conduct a variety of outreach activities that create opportunities for sighted people to meet blind people in their local area. Many of these activities center on White Cane Awareness Day which is October 15.
How to Celebrate Meet the Blind Month
A great way to celebrate Meet the Blind Month is to help plan an activity or event in your local community. Make sure you work with your chapter or state president to get the word out about your event. You can order a variety of materials through the Independence Market. Please email your activity or event details to Karen Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org or share them with us on social media, so that we can feature them on this webpage.
Courtesy Rules of Blindness
Our sighted friends often ask for advice regarding what they should do or say when meeting a blind person. Blind people are ordinary people, so please don't be nervous around us. We are also highly capable people, so please don’t grab our arms, our canes, or our guide dogs if we haven't asked you to do so. For more tips, we invite you to read our courtesy rules of blindness.
On October 16, NFB member Dolores Reisinger spoke at Cedar Rapids Public Library in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
- The Greenville chapter of Mississippi will distribute NFB literature at the Hot Tamale Festival October 20, 2018 in downtown Greenville, Mississippi.
- On October 4, a member of the Jackson chapter of Mississippi visited two classes at a local public high school. She talked about matters related to blindness and dispersed National Federation of the Blind materials.
- On October 10, the NFB of Mississippi state president and the Jackson chapter president were on a local radio station. They talked about the purpose behind Meet the Blind Month and answered a variety of questions.
- On October 16, two members of the Jackson chapter of Mississippi will disperse NFB literature while at a disability expo at the Jackson Medical Mall.
- On October 19-20, a member of the Jackson chapter will speak at a two-day community event concerning Meet the Blind Month and disperse NFB brochures at a high school football game.
- On October 27, some members of the Jackson chapter will participate in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk. They will proudly adorn their pink t-shirts while utilizing their white canes.
- The Tupelo chapter in Mississippi held a walk on October 6, 2018. They presented on and demonstrated assistive technology, and had a cook out.
- The Garden State chapter of New Jersey celebrated Meet the Blind Month a little early this year. Lisa Charon coordinated an outreach event at West Deptford Family Fun Day September 22 at Riverwinds, 1000 Riverwinds Drive, West Deptford, NJ. Lisa and twelve chapter members talked with and handed out NFB literature to community members, as well as gave out candy and Braille cards to children. This was a fun community event for all who participated.
- The Garden State chapter of New Jersey was represented at the West Deptford Disabilities Fair (100 River Winds Drive, West Deptford, NJ) October 6 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. Lisa Charon and Linda DeBerardinis manned the table. We gave out many pieces of literature, plus got several names to follow up on. I am sure we have some new members on our newest list.
- On Monday, October 22, the capital chapter of the National Federation of the Blind of Pennsylvania hosted a table at the Cooper Student Union on the Harrisburg campus of Harrisburg Area Community College. Chapter president Anna Walker, chapter vice president, Matt Shore, and members Mark Pickens, Gerry Curylo, and Carlton Walker enjoyed sharing with students and staff the tools of blindness success. Items on the table included kernel books, NFB 2019 calendars, NFB Braille alphabet cards, a make-your-own cane station, tactile drawing devices, egg cartons and ping pong balls to illustrate Braille, slates and styluses, Braille-print tactile storybooks, Brailled games, a tactile representation of a solar eclipse, and a Brailled alphabet placemat. Four long white canes were also available for inspection by visitors. We met many students, and a few staff members, who were very interested in learning more about blindness and meeting blind people. In addition to providing sighted students and staff the opportunity to meet the blind and learn about our experiences and the tools we use, this activity helped us to get to know each other better. We give special thanks to the HACC Office of Disability Services and its AWESOME director, Carole Kerper, for sponsoring this activity. We look forward to working with Ms. Kerper and HACC in future activities.
- The Columbia chapter of South Carolina will have its 3rd annual Step it Up Walk for Meet the Blind Month Saturday, October 27. This great event will take place at the Drew Wellness Center outside track located at 2101 Walker Solomon Way, Columbia, SC. Registration is from 8:30 to 9:00 am and the walk will begin at 9:00 am. The low cost to take part in this event is only $20! Be sure to bring a friend, neighbor, or another family member to enjoy this great event! We look forward to a large turnout for Meet the Blind Month! If you have any questions, give President Tiffiny Mitchell a call at 803-603-2098.
- The Weber-Davis chapter of Utah is raising funds to provide training, experiences, and networking opportunities to help blind people in Weber and Davis counties! Our Spirit Night fundraiser will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 pm Monday, October 22, at the Chick-fil-A Layton. Our Spirit Day can include two hours in the morning on the same day, as early as 6:30 am. For more information, visit our website at nfbutah.org.
Looking for ideas for your first or next Meet the Blind Month activity? Check out some of the past activities organized by our members.