Blind Equality Achievement Month

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.

Kickoff Blind Equality Achievement Month on Friday, October 1 at noon Eastern with President Mark Riccobono during the presidential release.

Where the Blind Work Webinar

Thursday, October 14 at 8 p.m. Eastern | Join us as we celebrate the work and accomplishments of blind and low-vision people with a panel discussion. Hear about what a typical day looks like, discover elements that prepare for career success, learn about alternative techniques and strategies used to do these jobs, as well as how to advocate for accommodations on the job. Register for the webinar today.

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.

    2021 Activities Across the Country

    October 1-3: NFB of Maryland and Maryland Parents of Blind Children

    The National Federation of the Blind of Maryland and Maryland Parents of Blind Children are hosting Wizarding Weekend on Main Street in Ellicott City, Maryland from October 1 to 3. The event includes tours, trivia, music, and more that share positive philosophy about blindness and the important work of the National Federation of the Blind. 

    October 9: Potomac, Alexandria, and Fairfax Chapters of Virginia

    The Potomac, Alexandria, and Fairfax Chapters of the National Federation of the Blind of Virginia will be holding a joint activity on October 9 at the Alexandria Waterfront in Alexandria, Virginia from approximately 10:00 a.m. through approximately 2:00 p.m. Eastern. We will gather with a banner and flyers, set up at tables in a centrally located seating area, and answer the public’s questions about blindness, hand out Braille alphabet cards and Braille names and short messages, hand out a brief FAQ and some NFB brochures, demonstrate assistive technology, mobility techniques, read children’s stories if the environment (noise) permits, etc. We will be reaching out to the Alexandria mayor for a proclamation and possible appearance; other local officials will be contacted as well.

    October 15: San Joaquin County Chapter of California

    The San Joaquin County Chapter, National Federation of the Blind of California is holding our 3rd Annual White Cane Awareness Walk & Celebration in partnership with the Stockton-San Joaquin Lions Club. We are excited that this event will be in person, kicking off Friday, October 15, 2021 at noon with a White Cane Awareness Day Proclamation Ceremony in the northwest Weberstown Mall parking lot near Yokuts Ave., west of where the San Joaquin Regional Transit District’s Hoppers Park, 4950 Pacific Ave, Stockton. We will host an info table with “Courtesy Rules of Blindness” handouts, NFB Braille alphabet bookmarks and our Mountain Mike’s Pizza fundraiser flyers from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. prior to the ceremony; walk will directly follow our ceremony. Follow along at the San Joaquin County Chapter, National Federation of the Blind Facebook Page.

    October 16: Winchester Chapter of Virginia

    The Winchester Chapter of the National Federation of the Blind of Virginia will host an event on October 16 in conjunction with the Lions Club at the walking mall to coincide with blind Equality Achievement Month and White Cane Awareness Day. This event will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in front of the Presbyterian Church down by the kids fountain. We will have a table along with our banner, brochures and information and plenty of white canes.

    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.