NFB President Mark A. Riccobono stands in front of the national headquarters in Baltimore.
Posted by Mark A. Riccobono | 11/16/2018 | General
Today begins the seventy-ninth year for the National Federation of the Blind. During the past six weeks I have worked with blind people from at least a dozen states—having traveled to four of them—and have gained insight from visiting with blind people in two foreign countries. While this six weeks was more travel-intensive than most periods, the fact that I spent time with a diversity of blind people is not unusual. Read more On Our 78th Birthday, Celebrating 78 Years of Stories...
Posted by Mark A. Riccobono | 07/26/2016 | General
Today we are republishing President Riccobono’s post from last year’s anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act, because the issue he discusses is sadly still relevant a year later. Indeed, we have taken a step backward, because the regulations he mentions that were being considered by the White House office of Management and Budget, which were to provide guidance to public entities on how to create accessible websites,  were withdrawn by the Department of Justice (DOJ) in April of this year. Read more Twenty-Six Years and Counting: The ADA and Stalled Progress...
Posted by Mark A. Riccobono | 03/01/2016 | Parenting
As a parent, I often think about creating opportunities for my children to learn and grow. Sometimes it is simply being present to recognize those opportunities that emerge in the course of a normal day. Other times it is creating opportunities for learning through new experiences. No one ever taught me how to do this as a parent. In fact, when our first child was born I remember the doctor very clearly reporting to us how healthy the baby looked and, despite her extensive searching, there was no instruction manual included. Read more A Community of Opportunity...