[Greater-Baltimore] Information about DREAMers Needed

nfbmd nfbmd at earthlink.net
Fri Sep 15 14:35:31 UTC 2017

Hello all! 
Please read the message below from our National President.  Reaching out to
help blind people who may be under the DACA program is an important job.
Thanks for helping to carry it out. 
National Federation of the Blind Is Seeking to Support DREAMers
As the principal vehicle for collective action for the blind in the United
States, the National Federation of the Blind is committed to enabling all
blind people, irrespective of immigration status, to live the lives we want.
To better inform our current and future advocacy and policy strategies, the
National Federation of the Blind is collecting the following information to
better understand the impact of the administration's recent decision to
rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program among the
blind in the United States. The information collected will be used to: 
1.	Identify DREAMers who are blind in order to better understand the
impact on blind people and help inform the National Federation of the Blind
regarding ways the organization can best provide assistance. 
2.	Develop an aggregate summary of the blind people in the United
States who participate in the DACA program, which can be shared with
government officials, advocates, and other interested parties. 
3.	Develop statistical analyses on the unemployment rate among the
blind before and after the establishment of the DACA program. 
4.	Highlight general narratives of blind people living the lives they
want because of the DACA program. 
5.	Coordinate a community of blind DACA recipients in order to maximize
the resources available. 
If you or someone you know is blind and receives DACA benefits, please
complete the National Federation of the Blind DACA form at the below links
(available in Spanish and English), or share this information with them. If
you know of a DREAMer who does not have internet access, we would appreciate
your helping them complete the form.
Spanish NFB DACA form: https://nfb.org/daca-es 
English NFB DACA form: https://nfb.org/daca
Together with love, hope, and determination, the National Federation of the
Blind transforms dreams into reality. Through this effort we seek to support
the hopes and dreams of blind people seeking to be fully contributing
members of our nation.

Mark A. Riccobono, President
200 East Wells Street, Baltimore, MD 21230
(410) 659-9314 | Officeofthepresident at nfb.org
<mailto:Officeofthepresident at nfb.org> 
Twitter: @Riccobono

Sharon Maneki, President
National Federation of the Blind of Maryland
The National Federation of the Blind knows that blindness is not the
characteristic that defines you or your future. Every day we raise the
expectations of blind people, because low expectations create obstacles
between blind people and our dreams. You can live the life you want;
blindness is not what holds you back.

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