[Nfbmo] FW: [State-affiliate-leadership-list] NFB President’s Notebook - week of 12/21/2015

Gary Wunder gwunder at earthlink.net
Tue Dec 22 17:20:13 UTC 2015

I thought all of you would like to see this. 


From: State-affiliate-leadership-list [mailto:state-affiliate-leadership-list-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf Of President, National Federation of the Blind via State-affiliate-leadership-list
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Subject: [State-affiliate-leadership-list] NFB President’s Notebook - week of 12/21/2015


President’s Notebook

National Federation of the Blind

Mark A. Riccobono

officeofthepresident at nfb.org

(410) 659-9314


Dear Fellow Federationists,


Last week I received a letter from some parents with children who have disabilities. The parents express their strong support for our effort to eliminate sub-minimum wages. The letter is a good reminder of how important our organized initiatives are and how far reaching the impact is—even if we are not always directly aware of the impact. 


This week's video is my thank you to everyone for their support in 2015 and season's greetings from the Federation. It can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7hZoUOnT0hU. 


As we approach the Christmas holiday, I want to extend my warmest wishes for you and your family. It is truly a blessing to be able to serve with each of you and to help make the difference we make together. I am grateful for what the Federation has done and continues to do in my life. Here’s hoping that each of you have lots of time with family and friends during this special time of year and that all who are traveling encounter no problems.


I will be out of the office some during the next two weeks but I will be available on my mobile phone if anything urgent should come up. 


Critical actions this week:

Really, really last chance: Washington Seminar Reservations:
The deadline to make a room reservation is TODAY, Monday, December 21, at midnight. You can make your reservation by calling (877) 572-6951 and referencing booking code N9B. You can make your reservation online by going to nfb.org/washington-seminar and selecting the reservations link within the “Room Rates and Reservations” section. Reservation requests received after the deadline will be subject to availability and prevailing rate.


Golden Apple Voting:
KNFB Reader has been nominated for a Golden Apple Award under Best Assistive App for 2015. You can vote at http://www.applevis.com/blog/advocacy-applevis-assistive-technology-ios-apps-mac-apps-news/cast-your-votes-now-applevis. Note that you will need to sign up for an account if you don't already have one. The deadline is December 24 at 11:59 p.m.



Independence Market Holiday Hours:
The Independence Market will be closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day. It will be open from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. every other weekday between now and January 4, when regular hours will resume. 


Dates to keep in mind:

·         January 25-28, 2016: Washington Seminar, https://nfb.org/washington-seminar

·         March 3-5, 2016: NFB STEM2U San Francisco

·         March 31, 2016: NFB Scholarship Program application deadline, https://nfb.org/scholarships

·         April 15, 2016: Dr. Jacob Bolotin Award Program nomination deadline, https://nfb.org/bolotin-award-main

·         May 17-20, 2016: BLAST, Chicago

·         May 19-21, 2016: NFB STEM2U Minneapolis

·         June 19-25, 2016: NFB EQ (first iteration)

·         June 30-July 5: National Federation of the Blind Convention, Rosen Shingle Creek, Orlando, Florida

·         July 31-August 6, 2016 NFB EQ (second iteration) 

·         August 18-25: WBU and ICEVI General Assembly, Rosen Centre, Orlando, Florida


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.



Mark A. Riccobono, President

National Federation of the Blind

200 East Wells Street at Jernigan Place

Baltimore, Maryland 21230

Phone: (410) 659-9314

Fax: (410) 659-5129

Email: officeofthepresident at nfb.org

Twitter: @Riccobono and @NFB_Voice

Web:  <http://www.nfb.org/> www.nfb.org




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