Presidential Releases

The presidential release is a monthly audio message from President Mark A. Riccobono that highlights the current activities of the National Federation of the Blind. It is shared with every chapter of the organization.

Mark Riccobono smiles casually while looking off to the side.The presidential release is typically available in English, Spanish, and as a text transcript in both languages. You can subscribe to the English and Spanish versions of the presidential release via your podcast client by searching for "National Federation of the Blind."

Upcoming Live Events

Join President Mark Riccobono each month as he delivers the presidential release of the National Federation of the Blind. Members of the Federation are encouraged to attend and non-members are warmly welcomed. Closed captions will be provided on the Zoom platform, and you may also access the closed captions/transcript through 1CapApp. 

Upcoming Presidential Release Dates

  • Thursday, September 1, 2022
  • Host the October Presidential Release LIVE in your affiliate! By chapter, affiliate, or even region, submit a brief proposal for President Riccobono and Pam Allen to come to your area. Please email [email protected] your pitch on what the release setup would be and any details that would help us determine that your chapter is the right host for this opportunity. Be creative and share stories on how it will help your chapter build the Federation. Ideally the release would take place on September 30, October 1, or October 2, 2022. Deadline to submit your proposal is Sunday, August 28, and we will announce the accepted proposal on the September release.

August 2022

President Mark Riccobono delivers presidential release #518 before a live virtual audience. He provides perspective and updates regarding the 2022 National Convention, our advocacy and policy efforts including the recent anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and planning for Blind Equality Achievement Month. President Riccobono also shares Federation Family news and the customary endings.
•    Presidential Release 518, August 2022 (English Audio) - For Chapter Meetings
•    Presidential Release 518, August 2022 (English Transcript) - Chapter Version
•    Presidential Release 518, August 2022 (YouTube) - Full Live Recording
•    Presidential Release 518, August 2022 (English Transcript)

July 2022

There is no July presidential release. Enjoy the 2022 banquet speech from President Riccobono or more #NFB22 convention highlights.

June 2022

President Mark Riccobono delivers presidential release #517 before a live virtual audience. He provides perspective and updates regarding upcoming strategic planning and constitutional amendments of the National Federation of the Blind, our advocacy and policy efforts, request for NFB Code of Conduct feedback, and National Convention. President Riccobono also shares Federation Family news and the customary endings.

May 2022

President Mark Riccobono delivers presidential release #516 before a live virtual and in-person audience from NOLA. He provides perspective and updates regarding the We're With U concert, upcoming employment training opportunity, social security administration kiosks, at-home COVID-19 tests, and National Convention. President Riccobono also shares Federation Family news and the customary endings.

April 2022

President Mark Riccobono delivers presidential release #515 before a live virtual audience. He provides perspective and updates regarding legislative issues, the Teachers of Tomorrow program, transportation concerns, the Blind Driver Challenge Guinness World Records attempt, World Blind Union’s Ukrainian Unity Fund, and National Convention.

March 2022

President Mark Riccobono delivers presidential release #514 before a live virtual audience. He provides perspective and updates regarding legislative issues from Washington Seminar, National Convention registration and important convention protocols, COVID testing progress, and RAINN training. 

February 2022

President Mark Riccobono delivers presidential release #513 before a live virtual audience. He provides perspective and updates regarding the upcoming Washington Seminar, important details on at-home COVID-19 tests, the Blind Driver Challenge, Lyft denials to service animals, and requesting feedback for the planning of our state-of-the-art civil rights museum. 

January 2022

President Mark Riccobono delivers presidential release #512 before a live virtual audience. Bringing in the new year and celebrating World Braille Day, he provides perspective and updates regarding the upcoming National Convention, exciting changes to our scholarship program, and KNFB-Reader transition. He also shares details regarding Washington Seminar, the Code of Conduct, and Federation Family news. 

December 2021

President Mark Riccobono delivers presidential release #511 before a live virtual and in-person audience. He provides perspective on the eighty-first anniversary of the Federation and our mantra this year, Forward. He discusses NFB-NEWSLINE services, Washington Seminar, advocacy efforts for the Access Technology Affordability Act and the Transformation to Competitive Integrated Employment Act, and updates on the Federation Family.

November 2021

President Mark Riccobono delivers presidential release #510 before a live virtual audience. He provides perspective regarding the 2022 Washington Seminar, eliminating subminimum wage, our work on accessible kiosks, revisions on our code of conduct, and introduction of our new Blind Survivors Group.

October 2021

President Mark Riccobono delivers presidential release #509 before a live virtual audience. He provides perspective regarding Blind Equality Achievement Month, expectations on employment, and what to expect for the month of October.

September 2021

President Mark Riccobono delivers presidential release #508 before a live virtual audience. He provides perspective regarding Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act and announces the rebrand for our important October campaign formally known as Meet the Blind Month. We are excited to celebrate Blind Equality Achievement Month this October.

 August 2021

President Riccobono delivers the presidential release before a live virtual audience. He provides details regarding the national convention, Meet the Blind Month, American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults Braille calendars, advocacy updates, and more.

July 2021

There is no presidential release for July. Please check out the NFB21 convention highlights for the latest updates at the time.

June 2021

President Riccobono delivers the presidential release before a live virtual audience. He provides details regarding the national convention, celebrates our LGBTQIA+ community for Pride, reviews legal and advocacy updates, and more.

May 2021

President Riccobono delivers the presidential release before a live virtual audience. He provides updates regarding COVID-19, Global Accessibility Awareness Day, national convention, and more. This release also includes an update from the Survivor Task Force.

April 2021

President Riccobono delivers the presidential release before a live virtual audience. He provides updates regarding our advocacy efforts, recent letters written to Congress, national convention with a special contest from NFB of Maryland and the door prize team, a Blind Driver Challenge update, and more.

March 2021

President Riccobono delivers the presidential release before a live virtual audience. He provides updates regarding our advocacy efforts, recent letters written to Congress, the Pedestrian Safety Enhancement Act, national convention, Independence Market specials, 2021 NFB BELL Academy In Home Edition, and more.

February 2021

President Riccobono delivers the presidential release before a live virtual audience. He discusses many celebrations to include Black History Month, the Blind Driver Challenge, and the Journal of Blindness Innovation and Research. President Riccobono also provides updates on the NFB Survivor Task Force, RAINN training, Diversity and Inclusion Committee initiatives, Washington Seminar, and more.

January 2021

President Riccobono delivers the presidential release before a live virtual audience.

Previous Presidential Releases

To listen to previous presidential releases, please visit the presidential release archive