[nabs-l] The diversity in a movement.

jonathan franks franks.jonathan13 at gmail.com
Fri Jan 30 00:24:44 UTC 2015

Hello Darian and all,
I completely agree. The members of the National Federation of the
Blind and the blind population are full of numerous dynamics of
personalities and characteristics. No organization can be perfect, but
the reason I chose the NFB was the overall mission and philosophy this
organization believes in. Washington Seminar is a perfect example of
how I feel about what the NFB does best, we all are different people
with different personalities, but the grander mission of equality for
blind individuals holds true as to why I joined this organization.
Also the dynamic types of projects this organization takes on does
such a wonderful job in forming our future leaders and instilling
confidence and the realization of knowing that we can live the life we
want as blind people.


Jonathan Franks
Board Member
National Federation of the Blind of Texas
1st Vice President
National Federation of the Blind of Texas- Austin Chapter
Texas Association of Blind Students
Board Member
National Division of the NFB Diabetes Action Network

On 1/29/15, Darian Smith via nabs-l <nabs-l at nfbnet.org> wrote:
> Hi all,
>   Recent  conversation on the list has started me thinking about whether or
> not there is a particular type of person who fits the ideal of what a
> federationist  is or is not?
>  I have personally come to believe that there isn’t such a thing as an ideal
> Federationist.   I think there are most certainly things that the Federation
>  believes in,  and  practices/models such as the proficient use of
> alternative techniques (Braille, cane travel, daily living skills,
> technology), the expectation of    equal treatment in society  and equal
> responsibility   on the part of the blind person to  achieve that equality,
> but I don’t think only certain people can achieve those things.
>  I tend to believe that while the Federation has it’s flaws (as does any
> organization/group of people) it/we are an  organization full of people who
> come from different backgrounds with a diverse set  of skills, interests,
> beliefs, etc.  I think  many of the members of this  movement/our movement
> are vital because of the types of leaders they are, the types of supporters
> they are and the types of believers (in the type of future  the blind can
> have and abilities the blind possess).
>   I think we are truly equal parts geniuses and Jerks, we can be as sweet or
> cynical as anyone and as humble or arrogant  as any other human being.
>   Basically,  I believe we come in different shapes and sizes, with  varying
> skills and styles.
>   What do others think?
>   Darian
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