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 Release

The National Federation of the Blind Presidential Release #536 will be Thursday, February 29, at 5:00 p.m. eastern.  Closed captions and Spanish interpretations will be available. Join the Zoom meeting via the web or join via one tap mobile: +13017158592,,98153925681#.

February 2024

President Mark Riccobono presents presidential release #535, recorded in the NFB studio. He gives us a recap on the Great Gathering-In and congressional reception, the anniversary of the Jernigan Institute groundbreaking, and a request for members to share their stories. He discusses our publications, the Federation’s award programs, and more. President Riccobono also shares Federation Family news and customary endings.

January 2024

President Mark Riccobono presents presidential release #534. He celebrates World Braille Day and shares a difficult announcement regarding our affiliated training center, BLIND, Inc. He discusses Washington Seminar, our opposition on Cogswell and Macy Act, and membership reminder. President Riccobono also shares Federation Family news and customary endings.

December 2023

President Mark Riccobono presents presidential release #533 in front of a live audience at the Jernigan Institute. He shares a legislative alert for the Access Technology Affordability Act. He discusses Washington Seminar, internships, cooking up advocacy, and end of year giving. President Riccobono also shares Federation Family news and customary endings.

November 2023

President Mark Riccobono presents presidential release #532. He shares the celebration of the Federation anniversary, Karla Gilbride’s confirmation as General Counsel to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, authentic representation in All the Light We Cannot See, and more. He provides updates on advocacy and policy progress and upcoming Braille programs. President Riccobono also shares Federation Family news and customary endings.

Previous Presidential Releases

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