Imagineering Our Future Mark Riccobono, November 2018

November 2018

A MESSAGE FROM OUR PRESIDENT
One of the most powerful aspects of the National Federation of the Blind is that our progress is largely accomplished through the work of our members—all volunteers who give their time and talent… more from President Riccobono

WHAT WE DO IS ALL ABOUT YOU
The National Federation of the Blind Community Service Division is devoted to educating, supporting, and motivating the blind to become active volunteers within our own communities… more about the Community Service Division

SPOTLIGHT ON OUR VOLUNTEERS
Volunteers work diligently every day in our fifty-two affiliates and five hundred chapters. We thought we would highlight and thank two of them, Glenn Compton from Idaho and Bernice Lowder from Maryland… more about our volunteers

HOW YOU CAN HELP
Volunteer to work with one of our state affiliates, support the Federation by donating, and share our message on social media… more about what you can do this month

HAPPENINGS
• Alameda County Will Make Voting More Accessible to the Blind.
• Walmart Sued over Self-Service Checkout Kiosks.

CALENDAR
JAN 4-7, 2019: BELL Academy Train-the-Trainer Seminar
JAN 28, 2019: Great Gathering-In at Washington Seminar, Washington, DC
FEB 8-10, 2019: BELL Academy Advanced Training Seminar
MAR 28-29, 2019: Jacobus tenBroek Disability Law Symposium, Baltimore, MD
MAR 31, 2019: 2019 Scholarship application period ends
APR 15, 2019: Dr. Jacob Bolotin Award application period ends
JUN 16-22, 2019: NFB EQ, Baltimore, MD

The National Federation of the Blind knows that blindness is not the characteristic that defines blind people or their future. Every day we raise the expectations of and for blind people, because low expectations create obstacles between blind people and our dreams. We can live the lives we want; blindness is not what holds us back. Please join us in our work by becoming a member, attending an event, sharing this newsletter, or supporting our programs.

 

August 2018
A MESSAGE FROM OUR PRESIDENT
From building a career in education and program development, raising a family, owning and managing a house, to so many other things, I can trace my success back to the scholarship that started it all…. more from President RiccobonoTHE LARGEST SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM FOR BLIND STUDENTS
The NFB Scholarship Program is our investment in the future of blind people who demonstrate scholastic aptitude, leadership, and service… more about the scholarship program

 

SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS: THEN AND NOW It is fun to see where past recipients come from and where they land after winning an NFB Scholarship. We asked a few of them to tell us… more from Dan and Deepa

ACTION ITEMS FOR AUGUST
Share Rice Krispies Treats Love Notes, learn more about scholarships, and tell veterans about the Space Available bill… more about what you can do this month

HAPPENINGS
• NFB Applauds Signing of Space Available Bill, Helping Disabled Veterans.
• National Federation of the Blind Partners with Rice Krispies Treats to Create Braille “Love Notes” for Blind Children.
• Blind Woman Sues California Hospital for Employment Discrimination.
• Blind Students from across the Nation Came to Baltimore for Hands-On Engineering Program.
CALENDAR
OCT 11-12, 2018:         Tactile Graphics in Education and Careers Symposium, Baltimore, MD

NOV 13-16, 2018:         BLAST Conference, San Antonio, TX

MAR 28-29, 2019:        Jacobus tenBroek Law Symposium, Baltimore, MD
JUL 7-12, 2019:            National Convention, Las Vegas, NV

The National Federation of the Blind knows that blindness is not the characteristic that defines blind people or their future. Every day we raise the expectations of and for blind people, because low expectations create obstacles between blind people and our dreams. We can live the lives we want; blindness is not what holds us back. Please join us in our work by becoming a member, attending an event, sharing this newsletter, or supporting our programs.

 

July 2018
A MESSAGE FROM OUR PRESIDENT
Twenty years ago I was getting ready to enter my final year at the University of Wisconsin. I had found the National Federation of the Blind and learned the pattern of thought and the techniques that blind people use to be successful. I thought I was ready for the real world… more from President Riccobono

STRUCTURED DISCOVERY LEARNING
The National Federation of the Blind’s three affiliated training centers provide individuals with the most effective, life-changing blindness rehabilitation available in the world today. The centers teach skills at a high level, but also instill confidence in their students as blind people… more about the training centers

 

SHALMARIE AND KATY’S TRAINING EXPERIENCE A young woman from Puerto Rico and a young woman from Iowa share how they discovered blindness training centers and what they are now doing with the skills and confidence they developed… more from Shalmarie and Katy

ACTION ITEMS
Thank your senator for supporting the Marrakesh Treaty and share this newsletter to tell someone about the NFB training centers… more about what you can do

HAPPENINGS
• Express Employment Professionals Makes Testing Accessible to Blind Job Seekers.
• United States Senate Greenlights Marrakesh Treaty and Implementing Legislation.
CALENDAR
JUL 29-AUG 4:          NFB EQ, Baltimore, MD

OCT 11-12:                Tactile Graphics in Education and Careers Symposium, Baltimore, MD

NOV 13-16:                BLAST Conference, San Antonio, TX

JUL 7-12, 2019:         NFB National Convention, Las Vegas, NV
The National Federation of the Blind knows that blindness is not the characteristic that defines blind people or their future. Every day we raise the expectations of and for blind people, because low expectations create obstacles between blind people and our dreams. We can live the lives we want; blindness is not what holds us back. Please join us in our work by becoming a member, attending an event, sharing this newsletter, or supporting our programs.

June 2018
A MESSAGE FROM OUR PRESIDENT
The growth of the NFB can be measured in a number of ways. We have increased membership in our local chapters and affiliates. We continue to have significant victories in policy implementation and partnership development. Yet, the core of who we are as an organization is something else that is not easily measured… more from the President

EXPLORE NFB HISTORY
A highlight of the year for Federationists is our annual convention. We can see how much blind people and the NFB have achieved in many ways, but let’s take a walk back fifty years to our 1968 convention. We can compare 730 in attendance at the banquet in Des Moines to our expected 2800+ for 2018… more from the history book

 

REFLECTIONS FROM OUR MEMBERS
We have been asking longtime members of the National Federation of the Blind to reflect on how much things have changed over the years. It is sometimes easy to forget just how far we have come … more from our members

ACTION ITEMS
Share our annual report, attend the 2018 National Convention, and listen to the latest Nation’s Blind Podcast about preparing for the convention… more about what you can do this month

HAPPENINGS
• NFB Publishes Annual Report.
• Apl.de.ap of Black Eyed Peas to Headline Convention Welcome Concert.
• National Federation of the Blind and Boeing Employees’ Credit Union Reach Accessibility Agreement.
• Senate Committee Votes to Advance Marrakesh Treaty.
• National Federation of the Blind Announces 2018 Scholarship Program Finalists.

CALENDAR
JUL 3-8:                National Convention, Orlando, FL

JUL 12-AUG 4:     NFB EQ, Baltimore, MD

OCT 11-12:           Tactile Graphics in Education and Careers Symposium, Baltimore, MD

NOV 13-16:           BLAST Conference, San Antonio, TX

 

The National Federation of the Blind knows that blindness is not the characteristic that defines blind people or their future. Every day we raise the expectations of and for blind people, because low expectations create obstacles between blind people and our dreams. We can live the lives we want; blindness is not what holds us back. Please join us in our work by becoming a member, attending an event, sharing this newsletter, or supporting our programs.

Imagineering Our Future

 

March 2018     

A MESSAGE FROM OUR PRESIDENT

The word blind people hear more than anything else is “no.” The idea that blindness is extremely limiting still exists despite our progress…more from President Riccobono

WHY I AM A FEDERATIONIST 
I was on the brink of falling into a deep dark black hole until I went to my first NFB National Convention in 2016 and signed up to sing at the Talent Showcase…more from Kham Porter

NFB ENGINEERING QUOTIENT (EQ) 
NFB EQ is a weeklong summer engineering program for blind and low-vision teens from around the country. We have a dynamic and life-changing week planned for students…more about NFB EQ

ACTION ITEMS
Invite others to attend the 2018 NFB National Convention or to apply for NFB EQ. Visit our donate page to help build confidence and raise expectations for blind kids and adults…more info

HAPPENINGS

 

CALENDAR
MAR 22-23:            Jacobus tenBroek Disability Law Symposium, Baltimore, MD
MAR 31:                 Scholarship applications deadline
APR 15:                  Dr. Jacob Bolotin Award Competition application deadline
JUL 3-8:                 National Convention, Orlando, FL
JUL 29-AUG 4:       NFB EQ, Baltimore, MD
NOV 13-16:            BLAST Conference, San Antonio, TX
The National Federation of the Blind knows that blindness is not the characteristic that defines blind people or their future. Every day we raise the expectations of and for blind people, because low expectations create obstacles between blind people and our dreams. We can live the lives we want; blindness is not what holds us back. Please join us in our work by becoming a member, attending an event, sharing this newsletter, or supporting our programs.

 

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Imagineering Our Future
January 2018
A MESSAGE FROM OUR PRESIDENT

 

It is a new year and this invites us to think about all the ideas in front of us. Where might we find innovation, imagination, and inspiration in 2018? You can help us answer this question by nominating award recipients…Read more from President Riccobono

THE JACOB BOLOTIN AWARD
It is always tempting to take the well-traveled road, and this is particularly true if you are a blind person who has been told that the number of paths you can take is limited and any of them you choose will be difficult…Read more about how Cary chose the road less traveled

 

A PROFOUNDLY MEANINGFUL AWARD Debbie is uniquely qualified to speak about the Bolotin Award. She was honored individually in 2008 and serves as the coordinator for Freedom Link, a transitions club focused on mentoring that was honored in 2017…Here’s what she says

ACTION ITEMS
Download the new NFB Connect app and watch our Supporter Thank You Video to see how your help truly makes a difference in the lives of blind kids and their families…more information

HAPPENINGS
• The National Federation of the Blind Announces Winners of 2017 Onkyo Braille Essay Contest.
• Blind People Condemn Nepal’s Ban on Blind Everest Climbers.
• Sheltered Workshop and Honda of America Manufacturing Sued for Disability Discrimination.
CALENDAR
JAN 29:                 The Great Gathering In, Washington, DC

JAN 29-FEB 1:     Washington Seminar, Washington, DC

MAR 22-23:          Jacobus tenBroek Disability Law Symposium, Baltimore, MD

MAR 31:               Scholarship Applications Deadline

APR 15:                Dr. Jacob Bolotin Award Competition Application Deadline

JUL 3-8:               National Convention, Orlando, FL

 

The National Federation of the Blind knows that blindness is not the characteristic that defines blind people or their future. Every day we raise the expectations of and for blind people, because low expectations create obstacles between blind people and our dreams. We can live the lives we want; blindness is not what holds us back. Please join us in our work by becoming a member, attending an event, sharing this newsletter, or supporting our programs.

 

 

LIVE THE LIFE YOU WANT.