The National Federation of the Blind celebrates Meet the Blind Month every October. Throughout the month, our members conduct a variety of outreach activities in their local communities. Many of these activities center on White Cane Awareness Day which is October 15.
2019 Event and Activity Ideas
- Schedule a technology demonstration at a local library or school that centers on accessibility and tools we use for daily activities.
- Give a presentation to a local business such as a bank.
- Set up an event or exhibit table to talk about blindness and the NFB philosophy.
2019 Planning Tips
- Work with your chapter or state president to get the word out about your event.
- Order materials like brochures and Braille alphabet cards through the Independence Market.
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org for information about using the NFB logo and other branding questions.
- Email your activity or event details to email@example.com so that we can feature them on this webpage.
- Connect with us on social media (Facebook and Twitter) using the hashtag #MeetTheBlind.
2019 Twitter Chats
Join us for four Twitter chats in the month of October. A Twitter chat is a scheduled, organized topical conversation on Twitter centralized around a specific hashtag.
Here are some tips to remember:
- Every response during the Twitter chat needs to include the designated hashtag. Our hashtag is #MeetTheBlind. Find the chat either by searching for the hashtag or going to the @NFB_Voice profile.
- Include the question number in your response. For example, question 1 may be, "Q1: Introduce yourself." Start your reply with A1 in order to coordinate answers to the corresponding question.
- Engage with others in the chat. The chat isn’t only for answering the set questions but to also encourage, support, and assist others who are part of the chat. Tweet, reply, retweet.
Our goal for Meet the Blind Month is to engage our members and to provide public awareness. Join us!
- October 4, 2019 – Hands On Games | 12:00 ET to 1:00 p.m. ET | #MeetTheBlind
- October 11, 2019 – Web Accessibility | 12:00 ET to 1:00 p.m. ET | #MeetTheBlind
- October 18, 2019 – Independence and Traveling | 12:00 ET to 1:00 p.m. ET | #MeetTheBlind
- October 25, 2019 – Meet Our Members | 12:00 ET to 1:00 p.m. ET | #MeetTheBlind
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.
- NFB Alabama will host a 2nd Annual Transforming Dreams into Reality Walk-a-thon Saturday, October 12, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Ida Bell Young Park (5400 Vaughn Road, Montgomery); cost for adults (19+) is $25, cost for children (6-18) is $20, kids 5 and under are free; preregistration deadline is September 20; registration after September 20 does not include a t-shirt.
- The San Joaquin County Chapter will host a table at the Multicultural Health and Resource Fair at Lord’s Gym (848 E. Hammer Lane, Stockton) featuring information and writing names in Braille; Saturday, October 5, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- The San Joaquin County Chapter will hand out “Etiquette of Blindness” information, NFB brochures, and flyers for the White Cane Awareness Walk/Whirlow’s Fundraiser at San Joaquin RTD’s Union Station, Downtown Transit Center, Hammer Triangle Station, and Mall Transfer Station; Friday, October 11, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- The San Joaquin County Chapter will hold a White Cane Awareness Walk and Celebration Tuesday, October 15 from 12 noon to 1 p.m.; event kicks off with a ceremony at Caldwell Park (3021 Pacific Ave, Stockton) and ends at Whirlow’s Restaurant (1926 Pacific Ave, Stockton) in support of an all-day 20 percent fundraiser there.
- The San Joaquin County Chapter will put on an "Intro to Braille Workshop" for family and friends of the blind to be held later in October at a local library and dedicated to the memory of our past president, Ken Volonte; participants will learn the basics of how to read and write uncontracted Braille and take home an NFB Braille alphabet card; details TBD.
- The Aurora Colorado Chapter will host a "Reading to Children in Braille" event October 11 at the Tallens Rance Library (23911 E. Arapaho Road) at 10:30 a.m. in the children's library.
- The Aurora Colorado Chapter will host a fundraiser October 12 at the Rendezvous Restaruant (Heather Gardens, 2888 S. Heather Gardens Way) from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- The Aurora Colorado Chapter will host "Demonstrations on Braille" October 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and October 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Aurora Central Library (Chambers and Alameda).
- The Greater Broward Chapter, along with the Broward County Talking Book Library, will host a White Cane Safety Day Walk October 15 in downtown Fort Lauderdale; join us to help educate the public by demonstrating our right to cross the street; meet at the Broward County Library (100 South Andrews Avenue, Fort Lauderdale) October 15 at 10:30 a.m. for a continental breakfast and opening ceremony; contact Jake McEntyre at 954-946-4148.
- The Palm Beach Chapter is planning to have their chapter engagement activity at Verdes Tropicana Bowl (2500 N Florida Mango Road, West Palm Beach) Saturday, October 19 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.; the cost is $10 per person which includes bowling shoes and unlimited bowling for two hours; please bring your money to the next chapter meeting October 12 at IHOP (1503 Belvedere Road, West Palm Beach) from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
- The Palm Beach Chapter will have a table at Palm Beach State College in Palm Beach Gardens October 1 and October 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; we will have the opportunity to sell the World’s Finest Chocolate to continue to raise money for the chapter.
- The Miami Chapter will host "Sparkles in the Dark," a performance by talented blind entertainers, October 18 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Greater Holy Missionary Baptist Church (1555 N.W. 93 Terrance, Miami); donation $10.
- The Greater Jacksonville Chapter will host the 2019 Vision Expo Saturday, October 26, at the Independent Living Resource Center (2709 Art Museum Drive, Jacksonville) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; for more information, contact Marita Winston or Andy Rood at 904-580-6819 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The Melbourne Chapter received a proclamation from the Brevard Board of County Commissioners Tuesday, October 8, at 5:30 p.m.
- The Melbourne Space Coast Chapter is hosting the 5th Annual Car and Bike Show Saturday, October 12, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Fountains (4451 Stack Boulevard, Melbourne).
- The Tampa Bay Chapter will host a White Cane Safety Day March Saturday, October 26, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at North Dale Mabry Hwy. and Spruce Ave., with lunch following.
- The Tampa Bay Chapter will host a Meet the Blind activity Wednesday, November 6, at the Tampa mayor's food truck rally at Gaslight Park (241 E. Madison St.) from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- The Central Florida Chapter will host a membership appreciation dinner October 19 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at Carraba’s Italian Grill (5820 Red Bug Lake Rd., Winter Springs); please RSVP to email@example.com.
- The Treasure Coast Chapter is having a cut-athon at the Hair Cuttery (7546 S. Federal Highway 1, Port St. Lucie) Sunday, October 13, from 6 to 8 p.m.; for more information, please call Mary Hannah-Morris at 215-680-8385 or 772-237-5355.
- The Greater Daytona Beach Chapter is hosting "Abilities Day" October 16 in front of the Lemerand Student Center on the Daytona Beach College campus from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- The National Federation of the Blind of Maryland will host "Wizarding Weekend on Magical Main" October 5 and 6, from 11 a.m. until stores close; put on your best costumes, explore historic Ellicott City, and join us for spectacular activities and events for children and adults, wizards and witches alike; led by Flower Barn; this event is a fundraiser for the National Federation of the Blind Students of Maryland; contact Teresa Graham at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- BLIND, Inc. will host a "Proclamation and White Cane Walk" at the Minnesota State Capitol (specifically the Minnesota State Capitol Rotunda) Tuesday, October 15, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.; for more information, please contact Michell Gip at email@example.com.
- This year, the National Research and Training Center on Blindness and Low Vision will host an information booth with activities October 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the MSU Drill Field; we will have lots of activities, ranging from the chance to Braille your own name, interact with a guide dog, complete an obstacle course with simulator glasses, meet a person with blindness, and of course, goalball; find more information on our Facebook event page.
- The Tupelo Chapter will have a Meet The Blind Month Walk-a-thon October 5 at 9 a.m. at Veterans Park; an introduction to assistive devices and a picnic will follow.
- On Sunday, October 13, a member of the Jackson Chapter went to Diversicare of Eupora Health and Rehabilitation Center to visit residents.
- On October 15, some members of the Jackson Chapter and the Magnolia at Large Chapter participated in a goalball tournament as part of a white cane awareness celebration.
- On Sunday, October 20, at 8:00 a.m., a member of the Jackson Chapter spoke to residents from a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center.
- A member of the Jackson Chapter will speak at the Walton Elementary School "career day" in Jackson on Friday, October 25, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
At the Bloomfield Harvest Fest, which takes place October 12 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. in downtown Bloomfield (between Belleville Avenue and Bloomfield Avenue), members of the Northern Chapter will show people how blind people live the lives they want through reading and writing Braille, using technology, and other every-day skills; we will be handing out lots of NFB literature, and having conversations with all who will listen.
The North Dakota affiliate is hosting a Meet the Blind event October 24 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Plains Art Museum (704 1st Ave N., Fargo); please arrive between 5 and 5:15 p.m.; at 5:30 p.m., meet our board of directors; at 6:45 p.m., take a tour of "The Other Four" exhibit; RSVP to Sherry Shirek at 701-781-3055 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The Capital Chapter teamed up with bookstore Barnes and Noble to host poetry readings from the newly-released book, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood: The Poetry of Mister Rogers; the readings were part of the Storytime at Barnes and Noble program, held every Saturday at 11 a.m.; they had Braille books, Shut the Box games with Braille and tactile die, tactile graph paper, 2020 American Action Fund Braille calendars, and Kernel books on display.
- The Greater Philadelphia Chapter celebrated White Cane Awareness Day October 15 by giving out NFB Braille cards and had a discussion at AJ’s Café.
- The Greater Philadelphia Chapter hosted a dinner at Warmdaddy’s Restaurant with members of the chapter, friends, and family October 15.
- The Greater Philadelphia Chapter hosted a meet and greet at Xfinity Live in Philadelphia October 18.
- The Greater Philadelphia Chapter hosted a bowling event October 17 with members and clients from Associated Services for the Blind and Physically Handicapped at Thunderbird Lanes.
- On October 26, the Greater Philadelphia Chapter hosted their 4th annual Meet the Blind Month fish fry at Champagne Café; the event featured a DJ, door prizes, and an informational table with Braille cards and brochures.
On Friday, October 4, from 1 to 4:30 p.m. at the Radisson Hotel Providence (2081 Post Road, Warwick), NFBRI will host interactive and informative workshops specifically geared towards blind job seekers; check out a hands-on presentation by Dress for Success, hear about interview dos and don’ts, learn about disability disclosure, and find out more about Social Security work incentives available to SSDI and SSI recipients; stick around for games, trivia, and conversation from 7 to 9:00 p.m.; register by Friday, September 27; email email@example.com with your name, phone number, and materials preference (e.g., electronic, large print, Braille, etc.).
The Weber/Davis Chapter is hosting a Chick-Fil-A spirit event Wednesday, October 9, from 6:30 to 8:30 a.m. and again from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Layton store (651 Antelope Dr., Layton).
Looking for ideas for your first or next Meet the Blind Month activity? Check out some of the past activities organized by our members.