2016 Activities

Arizona

  • Created a video series about blindness.

Delaware

  • The Northern Delaware Chapter will be meeting on Saturday October 15, 2016 at a state park from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM. And we will be collecting can goods and candy.
  • The park is going to have hayrides the same day, and we are going to give the candy to the kids, as the park has activities for them. We will be giving the can goods to a local shelter or organization that gives food to families in need.
  • The Southern New Castle County Chapter will be meeting at the Dover public library, and they will be reading Braille books to children, as well as showing different types of technology we as blind people use on a daily basis to live independently. Each child will receive an index card with their name in Braille on it.

Florida

  • Tampa Bay Area Chapter: On Saturday, October 15 from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., the Tampa Bay chapter of the National Federation of the Blind of Florida will host “Meet the blind” at East Tampa Christian Church. Demonstrating an array of tools and techniques such as the reading of a children’s story in Braille, the use of adaptive carpentry tools, Demonstrations of NFB-NEWSLINE® - our Newspapers for the blind, our KNFB Reader that converts print to speech, the use of the long white cane and guide dogs, and Talking computers, blind members of the NFB will share how they accomplish everyday tasks to live the lives they want. In addition, the Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections will be on-hand to register voters and demonstrate an accessible voting booth where participants will vote on whether they want mustard or mayonnaise on their sandwich, Hillsborough Area Regional Transit (HART) will help disabled individuals register for HART Plus – their para transit service, vendors will be on hand with low and high tech solutions to vision loss, and guide dog puppy raisers will share how they prepare their dogs to guide the blind.

Idaho

  • We have a member who is good friends with our Lieutenant Governor. The Lt. Governor was invited to come to our event where he read a proclamation for White Cane Safety day, and was shown by one of our blind members, how to use the long white cane and how it works. He then walked a short distance using the cane under blindfold. We provided braille alphabet cards and a short phrase for people to figure out using the cards. We also answered questions from the Lt Governor on technology for the blind. We also announced the creation of a speakers’ bureau and explained its purpose. In attendance were staff and students of our Idaho Commission for the Blind and members of our Treasure Valley NFB chapter. Video of the event was taken by a friend of mine that is in my Toastmasters club and will be put on you-tube, on our website and any other places we think to put it. Dana Ard, President.

Iowa

  • On October 2nd 2016, Dolores Reisinger will be demonstrating the NFB philosophy  to the audience at the Catherine McAuley center in Cedar Rapids, IA
  • During a shawl ministry knitting session, Dolores Reisinger demonstrates the skills and techniques of blindness. NFB literature is available.
  • During the NFBI state convention, a member of the At Large Chapter reads the text of the white cane proclamation to the audience. Mr. Ron Corbett, Mayor of Cedar Rapids Iowa has proclaimed  October 15 white cane safety day.
  • During Mass, Dolores Reisinger lectors at All Saints Catholic church. Braille reading and the skills and techniques of blindness are demonstrated to the audience.

Louisiana

  • The Ruston chapter of the NFBLa and the Greatter Ouachita Chapter are planning a joint venture for Meet the blind Month.  We will participate in an annual event where parents and children are allowed to touch and explore large tractors, trucks, and cars at a show in Monroe, Louisiana. We will have a table and distribute information, and several blind children and their parents will attend the hands-on experience. 

Maryland

  • September 24 – The At-Large Chapter presents an afternoon at the movies.Enjoy the thought-provoking audio-described movie “Blindsight,” about six blind Tibetan teenagers on an inspiring climbing expedition at the doorstep of Mt. Everest. Doors open at 1:30.Movie and discussion from 2:00 – 5:00 pm. The Jernigan Institute, 200 E. Wells St., Baltimore, MD 21230.

  • September 26 - Help the Central MD Chapter by dining at Tino’s Italian Bistro. Eat in or carry out 11am-10pm. 8775 Centre Park Dr., Columbia, MD 21045.

  • September 29 – The Greater Baltimore Chapter will staff an exhibit at the Community Resource Fair sponsored by the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (ANAC).The conference will be held at the University of Maryland, Baltimore Campus.

  • October 12 – The At-Large Chapter presents a morning at the movies. 10 am – 12:30 pm.Enjoy the thought-provoking audio-described movie “Blindsight,” about six blind Tibetan teenagers on an inspiring climbing expedition at the doorstep of Mt. Everest. Trinity Lutheran Church, 15 Randolph Ave., Hagerstown, MD 21740. Donation $10.

  • October 15 – Central MD Chapter visits Columbia Mall.10:30 am.Join us as we demonstrate that we can live the life we want by using our canes to find locations at the mall and enjoy lunch or a snack at Panera Bread.

  • October 15 – Greater Baltimore Chapter will host an information booth at the Waverly Farmers Market. 7 am – 12 noon.400 E 32nd St, Baltimore, MD 21218.Contact Ellen Ringlein at eringlein@nfb.org.

  • October 15 – Greater Baltimore Chapter will also hold a meet-and-greet event at the Spirits of Mount Vernon, 5 – 7 pm.Join us for wine-tasting and more. eringlein@nfb.org.

  • October 15 – National Harbor Chapter Walk.11:00 am.Join us as we walk the National Harbor to show our NFB Independence. Stop at a local restaurant for lunch and laughter.Contact President Michelle Clark at nhcnfb@gmail.com.

  • October 16 – The Sligo Creek Chapter will participate in the Parade of Cultures and will have an exhibit table at the World of Montgomery Festival. Noon to 4 pm at Montgomery College Rockville.

  • November 5 – Greater Carroll County Chapter presents “Enhancing Community Participation by Playing Games.”Lack of vision doesn’t mean that you have to give up playing your favorite card game or board game. 10 am – 12 noon.Carroll Lutheran Village, 201 St. Marks Way, Westminster, MD 21158.

Utah

  • On October 15, the Red Rocks Chapter held their chapter meeting in the park and handed out literature to the public.

Virginia

  • The Winchester Chapter worked a booth at a local event where they handed out literature on October 15.