Meet the Blind Month

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.

Blind people walk in a parade in New Mexico during Meet the Blind Month.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

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.

2019 Activities

Colorado

  • 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). 

Florida

  • 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.

Maryland

  • 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 teresagraham3@gmail.com.

Mississippi

  • This year, the National Research and Training Center on Blindness and Low Vision will host an information booth with activities on 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.

Previous Activities

Looking for ideas for your first or next Meet the Blind Month activity? Check out some of the past activities organized by our members.