Meet the Blind Month Events 2010

 

Meet the Blind Month (MTBM) is a coordinated campaign intended to create opportunities for Americans to meet blind people and learn firsthand about our lives.  NFB affiliates and chapters invite residents to join them as they hold meet and greets, state conventions, walk-a-thons, picnics, fundraising dinners, and other events.

The more than 700 state affiliates and chapters of the National Federation of the Blind look forward to showing friends and neighbors, through these fun and entertaining events, that we the blind are just like everyone else.  The goal of the NFB—as often stated by our President Marc Maurer—is to spread the word that the real problem of blindness is not the lack of eyesight but the misconceptions about blindness and the general public's lack of information about the everyday lives blind people lead.

For more information about Meet the Blind Month events in your area or to become a member please contact the state affiliate office nearest you.  Below please find a state by state listing of events that are currently scheduled.  Be sure to check back frequently as this list will be updated continuously.

 

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Alabama

Sponsor:  NFB of Alabama, Montgomery Chapter
Event:  Literature Distribution
Date:  October 4-8, 2010
Location:  Sam's Club
Details:  Chapter members will distribute blindness literature to the community.

Sponsor:  NFB of Alabama, Montgomery Chapter
Event:  Blind-fold Media Event
Date:  October 14, 2010

Sponsor:  NFB of Alabama, Montgomery Chapter
Event:  White Cane Proclamation
Date:  October 19, 2010

Sponsor:  NFB of Alabama, Montgomery Chapter
Event:  Dining in the Dark
Date:  October 28, 2010

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AlaskaBoy climbing rope bridge

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Arizona

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Arkansas

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California

Sponsor:  NFB of California, East Bay Chapter
Event:  White Cane Proclamation
Date:  October 12, 2010

Sponsor:  NFB of California, San Fernando Valley Chapter
Event:  Employment Seminar
Date:  October 16, 2010

Sponsor:  NFB of California, East Bay Chapter
Event:  Bake Sale
Date:  TBD

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Colorado

Sponsor:  School District 11
Event:  Classroom discussion
Date:  November 15, 2010

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Connecticut

Sponsor:  NFB of Connecticut, Stamford Area Chapter
Event:  Bullshead Diner
Date:  October 15, 2010
Location:  Stamford

Sponsor:  NFB of Connecticut, East of the River Chapter
Event:  Manchester Community College
Date:  TBD
Location:  Manchester Community College

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Sponsor:  NFB of District of Columbia
Event:  Doughnut sales, yard sale, and school presentations
Date:  TBD
Details:  Chapter members will distribute literature, raise funds for their chapter and give presentations on blindness.

Sponsor:  NFB of District of Columbia
Event:  Health Fair
Date:  October 16, 2010
Location:  Mt. Calvary Holiness Church, Rhode Island Avenue

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Delaware

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Florida

Sponsor:  National Association of Guide Dog Users (NAGDU)
Event:  Lighting the Night for the Blind
Date:  October 15-17, 2010
Location:  Sun Trust Financial Center, Tampa
Details:  Sun Trust Financial Center will light its rooftop with the colors of the National Federation of the Blind to commemorate Meet the Blind Month and recognize National White Cane Safety Day.

Sponsor:  Members at large
Event:  Vision Walk
Date:  October 16, 2010
Location:  Fort Myers

Sponsor:  Members at large
Event:  Speaking to schools
Date:  October 19, 2010
Location:  Fort Myers

Sponsor:  NFB of Florida, Gainesville Chapter
Event:  Meet the Blind
Date:  October 23, 2010, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location:  First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Fellowship Hall; 3411 N.W. 83 Street, Gainesville

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Georgia

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Hawaii

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Idaho

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Illinois

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Indiana

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Iowa

Sponsor:  Dolores Reisinger, Des Moines Chapter
Event:  Fall Festival
Date:  October 1, 2010
Location:  Cottage Grove Place, Cedar Rapids 
Details: What is the NFB? (table with NFB literature)

Sponsor:  Dolores Reisinger, Des Moines Chapter
Event:  Straight Forward Answers About Blindness
Date:  October 4, 2010
Location:  Witwer Senior Center, Cedar Rapids 
Details: A discussion with seniors about blindness.

Sponsor:  Dolores Reisinger, Des Moines Chapter
Event:  Who's Whozit
Date:  October 7, 2010
Location:  All Saints Elementary School, Cedar Rapids 
Details: A group of second grade students will participate in a Who's Whozit? presentation.

Sponsor:  Dolores Reisinger, Des Moines Chapter
Event:  Are You a Senior Struggling with Vision Loss?
Date:  October 11, 2010, 12:30 p.m.
Location:  Emaculate Conception Church, Cedar Rapids
Details:  A discussion with seniors about blindness.

Sponsor:  Dolores Reisinger, Des Moines Chapter
Event:  Interview with WMT
Date:  October 12, 2010, 8:15 a.m.
Details:  The courtesy rules of blindness were discussed in an interview with Andy Peterson.

Sponsor:  Dolores Reisinger, Des Moines Chapter
Event:  White Cane Proclamation
Date:  October 12, 2010, 5:30 p.m.
Location:  101 Emnons Street, Hiawatha
Details:  The mayor of Cedar Rapids will present a White Can Proclamation.

Sponsor:  Dolores Reisinger, Des Moines Chapter
Event:  Do You Know a Blind Person?
Date:  October 12, 2010, 10:30 a.m.
Location:  Cottage Grove Place
Details:  The Joy group will learn about blind people, their professions, and capabilities.  After the presentation, NFB literature will be distributed.

Sponsor:  Dolores Reisinger, Des Moines Chapter
Event:  Distribution of NFB literature
Date:  October 19, 2010, 1:30 p.m.
Location:  Cottage Grove Place
Details:  During a quilt show, Braille alphabet cards and NFB brochures will be distributed to the public. 

Sponsor:  Dolores Reisinger, Des Moines Chapter
Event:  Who's Whozit
Date:  October 22, 2010, 2:30 p.m.
Location:  Sageville Elementary School
Details:  Sixty fourth grade students will be working on the Who's Whozit curriculum.

Sponsor:  Dolores Reisinger, Des Moines Chapter
Event:  Braille Readers are Leaders
Date:  October 21, 2010, 11:45 a.m.
Location:  Hiawatha Community Center
Details:  After a presentation, a group of seniors will participate in a discussion of Braille Readers are Leaders.  NFB literature will be distributed.

Sponsor:  Dolores Reisinger, Des Moines Chapter
Event:  Braille Readers are Leaders
Date:  October 27, 2010, 11:45 a.m.
Location:  Marion Senior's dining site
Details:  After a presentation, Braille Readers are Leaders will be discussed with the participants.  Braille alphabet cards and NFB brochures will be distributed.

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Kansas

Sponsor:  NFB of Kansas, Jayhawk Chapter
Event:  River City Reading Festival
Date:  October 9, 2010, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Location:  City Library; 701 New Hampshire Street

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Kentucky

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Louisiana

Sponsor:  NFB of Louisiana, North Central Chapter
Event:  Various presentations
Date:  Throughout October
Location:  Area schools in Ruston and senior assisted living centers

Sponsor:  Greater Ouachita Lion's Club
Event:  Lion activities
Date:  October 19 or 20, 2010

Sponsor:   Greater Ouachita Lion's Club
Event:  Speech to the Greater Ouachita Lions
Date:  October 26, 2010, 12:00 p.m.
Location:  1400 Louisville Avenue

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Maine

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Maryland

Sponsor:  Boys and Girls Club, Green Holly Unit, Torch Club
Event:  Disability Awareness Month
Date:  October 29, 2010, 8:00 p.m.
Location:  Green Holly Elementary

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Massachusetts

Sponsor:  NFB of Massachusetts, Cambridge Chapter
Event:  Fundraising Walk
Date:  October 3, 2010
Location:  Fresh Pond Reservoir, Cambridge
Details:  Participants raised money by walking on a 2.5 mile trail.

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Michiganwoman crossing street

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Minnesota

Sponsor:  NFB of Minnesota, Metro Chapter
Event:  Education Minnesota Conference
Date:  October 21, 2010, all day event
Location:  St. Paul

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Mississippi

Sponsor:  NFB of Mississippi, Jackson Chapter
Event:  Face-to-Face at School
Date:  October 10-31, 2001
Location:  Several local schools

Sponsor:  NFB of Mississippi, Jackson Chapter
Event:  Face-to-Face at School with Willie Cook
Date:  October 9, 2010, 8:30 a.m.
Location:  Calaway High School

Sponsor:  Willie Cook and Lee Cole, Jackson Chapter
Event:  A Day at the Addie McBryde Center
Date:  October 12 and 18, 2010, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Sponsor:  NFB of Mississippi, Jackson Chapter
Event:  Face-to-Face at School with Willie Cook
Date:  October 14, 2010, 10:00 a.m.
Location:  Baker Elementary School

Sponsor:  NFB of Mississippi, Jackson Chapter
Event:  Elementary School Presentation
Date:  October 15, 2010

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Missouri

Sponsor:  NFB of Missouri, South Central Chapter
Event:  Candy sale
Date:  October 23, 2010
Location:  Shopping center, Rolla

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Montana

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Nebraska

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Nevada

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New Hampshire

Sponsor:  NFB of New Hampshire
Event:  School presentations
Date:  End of October
Location:  Northwest Elementary School

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New Jersey

Sponsor:  NFB of New Jersey, Central Jersey Chapter
Event:  Metuchen County Fair
Date:  October 2, 2010, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location:  Metuchen, New Jersey

Sponsor:  New Jersey Association to Promote the Use of Braille
Event:  Blindness Awareness
Date:  October 14, 2010, 7:00 p.m.
Location:  Presbyterian Church, New Milford

Sponsor:  NFB of New Jersey, Garden State Chapter
Event: Health Fair
Date:  October 14, 2010
Location:  Senior Center, Vineland, New Jersey

Sponsor:  NFB of New Jersey, Garden State Chapter
Event:  Marfan Research Foundation Event-Monte Carlo Night
Date:  October 23, 2010, 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Location:  Aloft Hotel, Mt. Laural
Details:  Literature will be distributed during the event.

Sponsor:  NFB of New Jersey, Garden State Chapter
Event:  Meet the Blind Table
Date: October 30, 2010, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Location:  Cumberland Mall Boscovs

Sponsor:  NFB of New Jersey, Garden State Chapter
Event:  Presentation at the New Jersey Nurses Association
Date:  November 9, 2010

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