Remember history. Advance equality. Celebrate accomplishments. Formerly known as Meet the Blind Month, the National Federation of the Blind celebrates the organized blind movement during 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.
Attend the October Presidential Release LIVE from Mississippi
Join the next presidential release of the National Federation of the Blind. Members of the Federation are encouraged to attend, and non-members are warmly welcomed. President Riccobono will be presenting the monthly message from the Jackson Chapter in Mississippi. Get the presidential release access details.
Upcoming October Events on Accessibility & Employment
Attend one of the following free events. Some may require registration. Share your experience and what you know on social media using the hashtag #BlindMonth.
- October 4: Office 365 Suite Accessibility Boutique
- October 6: Career Fair Fearless Job Interview Part 1
- October 13: Career Fair Fearless Job Interview Part 2
- October 21: Where the Blind Work Webinar
- October 25: Education Technology Accessibility Boutique
- October 26: Career Fair—Registration Deadline Approaching!
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.
2022 Activities Across the Country
Saturday, October 15, 2022, National Federation of the Blind of California San Joaquin County Chapter 4th Annual White Cane Awareness Walk and Celebration
The National Federation of the Blind of California San Joaquin County Chapter's 4th Annual White Cane Awareness Walk & Celebration will take place at the Northwest Weberstown Mall parking lot, 4950 Pacific Ave., Stockton, CA 95207. The event is near the SJRTD Mall Transfer Station and will feature:
- 10:00-12:00: NFB info table with SJRTD, get your name written in Braille and free Braille alphabet bookmark!
- 12:00-12:15: White Cane Awareness Day Proclamation Ceremony with Lions Clubs & community.
- 12:15-1:00: Walk from Weberstown Mall parking lot to March Lane, crossing Pacific, then north on Pacific to Mountain Mike’s Pizza, 1000 W. Robinhood Dr. to end the walk in support of our NFB Fundraiser there.
For more information contact San Joaquin County Chapter President Miguel Mendez at [email protected]
Saturday, October 15, 2022, the National Federation of the Blind of Pennsylvania Keystone Chapter Believe Can Talent Show
The National Federation of the Blind of Pennsylvania Keystone Chapter's 3rd annual virtual talent show will feature blind and low vision singers, dancers, musicians, and comedians. Tickets are $10 for individuals and $25 for watch parties. Tickets can be purchased at www.believeyoucan.live/tickets. For more event details, contact believeyo[email protected].
Previous Meet the Blind Month 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.