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.
Double Your Dollars: Matching Gift Opportunity Success!
A generous supporter pledged to match the first $50,000 in contributions made during Blind Equality Achievement Month. We made that goal! Thank you to everyone for your support and help with raising expectations.
Where the Blind Work Webinar
On Thursday, October 14, we celebrated the work and accomplishments of blind and low-vision people with a panel discussion. The panel discussed what a typical day looks like, elements that prepare for career success, alternative techniques and strategies used to do these jobs, as well as how to advocate for accommodations on the job. Recording of webinar coming soon!
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.
In the News
Believe You Can: NFB’s Keystone Chapter draws talent from as far away as Nashville and Vancouver
Generocity.org, November 9, 2021
2021 Activities Across the Country
October: NFB of Idaho
Did you know? Idaho has a YouTube channel called Idaho's Blind. During the month of October check the channel for interesting videos about gardening, weddings, yoga, and hopefully a proclamation from the Mayor!
October: NFB of Mississippi
During this month, a donation will be made to a local nursing home in honor of Blind Equality Achievement Month. Shampoo, conditioner, and body wash are the items which will be donated.
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 3: Jefferson City Chapter of Montana
The National Federation of the Blind of Jefferson City, MO is in our 40th year as a chapter. October 3rd will be our annual walk-a-thon on the track around the beautiful lake at McKay Park here in Jefferson City. We started doing this October activity back in 1988.
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 15, 12 PM Eastern: Central Florida Chapter of Florida
Webinar: Blind Americans Equality Day - The Blind Experience Virtual Event. This is a virtual event celebrating the value of all persons with disabilities through shared experience. Register using the registration link. Please join us!
October 15: Jackson Chapter of Mississippi
A member of the Jackson Chapter spoke on a local radio station on Wednesday, October 13, 2021, about White Cane Awareness Day and a White Cane Awareness Walk she is sponsoring at her job on Friday, October 15, 2021.
October 15: NFB of Mississippi
Blind students will compete in goalball against adults on Friday, October 15, 2021. Additionally, blind students will share their appreciation for their white canes to adults and other students, including those new to blindness.
October 15: Houston Chapter of Texas
Join us for Houston's 15th Annual White Cane Safety Day!
Zoom Program: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; Zoom Resources Fair: 1 - 3 p.m.
You are invited to register for this virtual event where one lucky person who registers could win the grand door prize of a Sony Play Station 5 (PS5). Join us for special performances, a showcase of blind and visually impaired individuals living productive lives, and the history of White Cane Safety Day. We will also discuss topics such as: traveling independently, advocating for yourself, and accessible gaming.
Keynote speaker: Dr. Kimberly Aguillard
October 16: National Association of Blind Students
The National Association of Blind Students are holding a fundraiser and trivia event on Saturday, October 16 at 8:00 p.m. Eastern on Zoom. It will be a fun night of trivia as well as clips spotlighting Blind Equality Achievement Month. Registration is a $5 donation to the National Association of Blind Students and gives you a shot at winning a door prize! Plus, the student division of the state with the highest number of participants will receive twenty-five percent of the proceeds raised. Register at https://forms.gle/vEhYdFiJAgQawukA7
October 16: Red Rocks Chapter of Utah
“Make Sense” Artisans Competition - Local artisans were encouraged to enter their artwork for a chance to win $300. Art work will be judged on October 16th at the Christ the King Catholic Church in the “Media Center,” Pavilion Volleyball area. There are two categories for entries:
Category 1: Media chosen must represent and depict aspects of Blindness, Vision Loss and/or DeafBlindness. The art piece must be handmade. Pieces can be a person, place or thing.
Category 2: The art creation must be a tactile experience or artwork that includes other senses (hearing, smell, etc.). No edible artwork. Keeping in mind the theme “Vision Loss, Blindness and/or DeafBlindness”.
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.
October 19: Sligo Creek Chapter of Maryland
Members of the Sligo Creek Chapter of the National Federation of the Blind of Maryland will be at the Montgomery County Council meeting to proclaim White Cane Awareness Day on Tuesday, October 19, at 9 a.m. The event will be on the YouTube link below.
You may watch and share the broadcast from the Council’s YouTube page. Once on YouTube, scroll down to the Council members in Session section. Next, select VIEW FULL PLAYLIST and select the Council session by date.
October 23: Greater Jacksonville Chapter of Florida
The NFB of Florida will be attending the Riverside Art Market as a group on Saturday, October 23 beginning at 10:00 a.m. Eastern to walk around the area, hand out Federation materials, and finish the event with lunch. Even during this pandemic time, it is important for us to join together and be seen in the community. The information for the Riverside Art Market is as follows: https://riversideartsmarket.org/. This is a rain or shine event located under the Fuller-Warren Bridge from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
October 23: NFB of Hawai'i
Aloha and greetings from the National Federation of the Blind of Hawai'i, NFBH.
When: Saturday, October 23, 2021 from 8-10 a.m. Hawai'i-Aleutan Standard Time | Since COVID 19 still exists, the local National Federation of the Blind of Hawai'i Leeward O’ahu Chapter is introducing its second annual virtual statewide "White Cane Walk-A-Thon!" We are inviting everyone and anyone and all of Hawai'i Keiki to Kupuna to join in the fun. This walk will take place on Saturday, October 23 in our own neighborhoods, keeping social distance and wearing our masks, while being broadcasted via zoom, and featured streaming on Facebook Live. Supporters can watch participants walk in real time! For more information please visit: hawaii.nfb.org
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.