2023 Activities

Presidential Release #531 with Mark Riccobono

The presidential release is a monthly message from President Mark A. Riccobono that highlights the current activities of the National Federation of the Blind. Access the October Presidential Release in one of the many formats.

Wednesday, October 18, 2023 – Where the Blind Work Webinar

8:00-9:15 p.m., eastern, via Zoom | Unemployment and under-employment persist as among the most stubborn factors affecting blind people’s pursuit of cultural and economic equity in society. Join us to celebrate the work and accomplishments of blind and low-vision people with a panel discussion. Our panelists will be:

  • Jennifer Wenzel, Human Resources Generalist, Wisconsin
  • Kris Colcock, Certified Benefits Specialist/Entrepreneur, Washington
  • Rachel Kuntz, Community Relations Liaison, Arizona 

Register for Where the Blind Work to receive Zoom details. 

Thursday, October 26, 2023 – National Federation of the Blind Virtual Career Fair 

1:00-4:00 p.m., eastern, via Zoom | Join our fall virtual career fair to find your occupational passion (employees) or add talent to your team (employers). This event is free of charge for both employers and jobseekers. Registration opens on September 22, 2023. You must register by October 16, 2023.

For more information about the career fair, please contact Jennifer Wenzel, Employment Committee chair, at [email protected] or Rachel Kuntz, employer liaison at [email protected].

Tuesday, October 31, 2023 – Accessibility Boutique on Job Search Websites

2:00-3:30 p.m., eastern, via Zoom. Searching for jobs online is becoming increasingly popular. Join our Center of Excellence in Nonvisual Accessibility to evaluate job-search websites at each stage of the process. Register for the October Accessibility Boutique. 

White Cane Awareness Day

The National Federation of the Blind celebrates White Cane Awareness Day every year on October 15. For blind people, the white cane is an essential tool that gives us the ability to achieve a full and independent life. It allows us to move freely and safely from place to place—whether it's at work, at school, or around our neighborhoods.

White Cane Awareness Day Proclamation

Anyone can encourage their local government to issue a White Cane Awareness Day Proclamation. This is a great way to involve your local community and educate the public about the blind. Please print out either the White Cane Awareness Day Proclamation (HTML) or the White Cane Awareness Day Proclamation (Word) and share it with your local administration.

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, read our courtesy rules of blindness.

Share Your Federation Memory Minute

It’s Blind Equality Achievement Month. Using the hashtag #BlindMonth, share the positive impact that mentors within the Federation have had on your life and how opportunities to earning equal wages and other aspects of employment are valuable to you.

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2023 Activities Across the Country

September 29: NFB of Idaho

The Snake River Valley Chapter of the National Federation of the Blind of Idaho will be holding our 3rd Annual Blindness Awareness Banquet on September 29, 2023.  

We invite community dignitaries, leaders, family and friends to come and hearing inspiring stories of the achievements of blind/low vision individuals.  

Time: 6:30 pm
Location: Melaleuca Event Center
4609 W 65th St
Idaho Falls, Idaho

Contact: Sandy Streeter, President
Snake River Valley Chapter, NFB of Idaho
[email protected]

October 7, 2023: NFB of California, San Joaquin County Chapter

NFB Info Table at Multicultural Health & Community Fair
Time: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Location: Angel Cruz Park, 110 Segovia Ln, Stockton, CA 95207. Our board member, Elvin will be DJing for the event! Celebrate #BlindMonth and White Cane Awareness Day with the San Joaquin County Chapter NFBCA!

October 7, 2023: NFB of Connecticut, Central Chapter

The Central Chapter of the NFB of CT is holding an Italian dinner and raffle event with the Knights of Columbus in Palos Council 35. We will have members and their family and friends along with the public attending. All of the NFB literature will be available along with our affiliate president, Maryanne Melley. We are looking forward to educating those attending about what we do and answering questions as well.

Time: 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Location: Saint Gregory CCD Center
1043 Stafford Ave, Bristol, CT

October 8, 2023: NFB of Philadelphia, Greater Philadelphia Chapter

Time: 11:30 a.m.

Location: People’s Light and Theater Company, 

39 Conestoga Rd, Malvern, PA 19355

Members can provide input to inform the theater's audio description, accommodations and practices to assist blind individuals who attend live theater events.

October 11, 2023: NFB of Idaho, Palouse Empire Chapter

Book Club Discussion of "The Power of Love: How Kenneth Jernigan Changed the World for the Blind"
7:00 p.m. pacific time
Please contact Joe Thompson, at [email protected] for the zoom link for this virtual event.

This book features entries by many of our Idaho NFB members and was edited by Ramona Walhof. The Idaho contributors have been invited to participate in this book club discussion.

October 13, 2023: NFB of Arkansas, Central Arkansas Chapter

White Cane Awareness Day Event
10:00 to 11:30 A.M.
Location: Campus of World Services for the Blind, 2811 Fair Park Blvd.

Federationists Cindy Scott-Huisman and Brent Philpot will be speaking during this event, on topics such as: history of the white cane, and a perspective from a white cane user.

October 14, 2023: NFB of California, San Joaquin County Chapter

NFB Information Table and Meet the Members of the San Joaquin County Chapter
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location: In Front of Delta College, 5151 Pacific Ave., Stockton, CA 95207 (at SW corner of Pacific Ave. and Yokuts Ave.)

Meet the blind, pick up some literature, have your name written in Braille and take home a free keepsake braille alphabet bookmark!

White Cane Awareness Proclamation Ceremony
12:00 - 12:15 pm

If you missed the ceremony, you can watch it on San Joaquin County's YouTube. 

White Cane Awareness Walk
Time: 12:15 - 1:00 pm
Following the ceremony, join NFB members for a 1.5 mile walk from the table in front of Delta College to Mountain Mike’s Pizza, 1000 W. Robinhood Dr, Stockton, CA 95207 in support of our 35% NFB fundraiser there 9:30 AM-9:30 PM.

October 14, 2023: NFB of South Carolina, Charleston Chapter

White Cane Awareness Day Walk-A-Thon
Time: 11 am - 1 pm
Location: Marion Square, 329 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29403
We are accepting $2 donations per walk around the square or any donation that persons would like to donate.

October 14, 2023: NFB of Texas

2023 Houston Community White Cane Safety Day
Time: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Where: Metropolitan Multi-Service Center, 1475 W Gray St, Houston, TX 77019
Mark your calendars and save the date for this year’s Houston Community White Cane Safety Day celebration.

October 14, 2023: NFB of Utah, Weber/Davis Chapter

Blindness Equality Achievement Month Descriptive Movie Activity
Start time: 
10 am
Movie time: 11 am
Location: Megaplex Theatres at The Junction, 2351 Kiesel Ave, Ogden, UT 84401

We welcome all to come enjoy the movie as well as a presentation by our student division. We'll share our philosophy and show all that blindness does not hold us back.

October 14, 2023: NFB of South Carolina, Cherokee County Chapter

10th Anniversary of the Cherokee Chapter's Reorganization

Time: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Location: Cherokee County Administration Building, 110 Railroad Ave, Gaffney, SC 29340

South Carolina Cherokee County Chapter invites everyone to a special celebration in honor of Blind Equality Achievement Month, White Cane Awareness Day, and the 10th anniversary of the Cherokee chapter’s reorganization. Proclamations from the City of Gaffney and Cherokee County will be presented, along with other recognitions. Food vendors will be available during the event, with some proceeds benefiting the chapter. Donations are also accepted. 

Contacts: James Byers, President at 864-219-1378
IV Dawkins, DEI Coordinator at 864-649-5030
Martha Stockwell, Secretary at 864-489-7926
Jamie Allison, Teacher of the Visually Impaired/Teacher of Nonvisual Skills at 864-838-0338 

October 16, 2023: NFB of Idaho

Statewide Blindness Awareness Day
Multiple locations

Join the NFB of Idaho to meet blind people, learn about our projects and initiatives, and take home your own Braille alphabet cards. We welcome you in the movement. Contact Dana Ard for more information.

October 19, 2023: NFB of Texas

National Federation of the Blind of Texas Meet & Greet
Time: 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Location: 700 N. Front Street, Suite A Angleton, TX 77515
Brazoria County Center for Independent Living

Join members of the National Federation of the Blind of Texas to celebrate the occasion and to learn about blindness resources.

For more information about the event contact:
National Federation of the Blind of Texas
[email protected]

October 20, 2023: NFB of Maryland: National Harbor Chapter

10 Year Annual National Harbor Chapter County Resource Day

This event educates the community about Blind Equality Achievements and shares resources for blind/low-vision persons with changing vision and their families and friends in the following areas: health, independent living, employment, technology, quality of life/recreation, transportation, and more.

Theme: Make A Difference; Make It Count!
Time: 2:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Location: Community Center and Town Hall of Colmar Manor, 3701 Lawrence Street, Colmar Manor 20722
Admission: Free

1. Online: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/6142266
2. Telephone: Chairperson/President Amber Woods at 301-978-6686 or Board Member Joyce Brooks at 301-529-8218

Thank you for helping the NHC-NFBMD “Change What it Means to be Blind in Prince George’s County and Beyond!”

October 21, 2023: NFB of California, San Joaquin County Chapter

Blind Sports Month Experience: Beep Kickball Game for Teens & Adults
9:30 - 11:30 am
Location: Atherton Park, 1978 Quail Lakes Dr, Stockton, CA 95207

October 24, 2023: NFB of California, San Joaquin County Chapter

White Cane Awareness Proclamation Ceremony

Time: 9 a.m.

Location: 44 N. San Joaquin St., 6th Floor, Stockton, CA 95202

The San Joaquin County Chapter, NFB of California will receive a White Cane Awareness Day Proclamation from the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors. Supervisor Paul Canepa joined their White Cane Awareness Walk the past two years and stands in solidarity with the Blind of San Joaquin County. The proclamation will be near the beginning of the meeting and you can watch it stream live or following the event on the San Joaquin County's YouTube.

October 25, 2023: NFB of Ohio, Greater Akron Chapter

Applebee's Fundraiser and Education Event

Time: 11 a.m. - Close

Location: 508 Howe Ave. Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio 44221 

Applebee's will donate a portion of all sales where customers use a promo code when ordering, at checkout, or online. Flyers with the code will be provided at our table for customers. Chapter members will be on hand to demonstrate braille, braille names, provide information about accessible prescription labels, demonstrate usage of a white cane, and to answer questions about assistive technology. National Federation of the Blind brochures will be available.

For more information about this event, email:
Kathy Legg, President or Pat McPherson, Fundraising Chair 

October 28, 2023: NFB of Mississippi, Jackson Chapter

Volunteer Day at the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science
 2148 Riverside Dr, Jackson, MS 39202

The museum is hosting a table, where they will inform guests about Braille and access technology. The chapter members will volunteer in various areas in the museum assist the employees with tabling.

October 28, 2023: NFB of Arkansas, Central Arkansas Chapter

Harvestfest Meet & Greet
11:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M.
Location: Historic Hillcrest neighborhood in Little Rock

Members are looking forward to interacting with attendees, distributing information about the National Federation of the Blind, and getting additional blind and low-vision folks to join us. We will also be offering supporters an opportunity to purchase World’s Finest Chocolate bars, and raffle tickets for a hand-made, queen-size Razorback blanket, which is raising money for our state affiliate.

October 29, 2023: NFB of Virginia, Greater Alexandria Chapter

Celebrating Low Vision & Blind Models Fashion Show 

Time: 4 - 8 p.m.

Location: The Garden Alexandria, 5380 Eisenhower Avenue, Suite C, Alexandria, VA 22304 

Cost: 35 dollars per person

RSVP: Please send your payment to The Greater Alexandria Chapter's Zelle at [email protected] by Friday, October 20, 11:59 p.m. Once you have sent your payment to Zelle Account, please send an email to [email protected]. In this email, include the full names, phone numbers and email addresses for each individual who will be attending this event. 

In celebration of October’s B.E.A.M., Blindness Equality Achievement Month, NFB Greater Alexandria Chapter is partnering up with IMperfeKtlymade Foundation to host a fantastically fresh, first of its kind, totally groundbreaking, fashion show. There will be music, food, drinks, raffles and more.