[NFBOK-Talk] President's Notebook

Jeannie Massay jmassay1 at cox.net
Thu Oct 13 19:40:27 UTC 2016

Fellow Federationists, 

As you will see in the message from President Riccobono there are lots of
things happening across the Federation.  That would include right here at
home In Oklahoma. Most currently, Monday, October 17, the National
Federation of the Blind is partnering with Chili's to raise funds for our
organization. Please  eat at and encourage everyone you know to do the same
at the Chili's restaurants listed below. Everyone should mention when dining
that they would like to support the National Federation of the Blind of
Oklahoma with their meal . 

The participating restaurants are:






OKC-Bell Isle, near Penn Square

Tulsa-51st & Harvey


Please stay tuned for information and potential calls to action regarding
the rights of blind children and youth In our state along with those of
blind merchants. Issues are developing that will need your attention and


Have a great rest of your week and weekend! Happy Meet the Blind month!





Jeannie M. Massay, President

National Federation of theBlind 

Of Oklahoma

505 Baker Street

Norman, OK 73072

Phone: 405-600-0695

Jeannie.massay at nfbok.org <mailto:Jeannie.massay at nfbok.org>  




The following message is from Mark Riccobono, President of the National
Federation of the  Blind. 


President's Notebook

National Federation of the Blind

Mark A. Riccobono

officeofthepresident at nfb.org <mailto:officeofthepresident at nfb.org> 

(410) 659-9314


Dear Fellow Federationists,


Happy Meet the Blind Month. I have been on the road for the Federation much
of the past ten days. It is good to be back in Baltimore for a little while.
There is a lot of exciting Federation work underway, including planning for
the future. 


Prior to the 2017 Washington Seminar, we will plan to have a meeting for all
affiliate presidents at the National Federation of the Blind Jernigan
Institute. This means that affiliate presidents should expect to be in
Baltimore prior to their time in Washington. It also means that we will not
have a legislative directors' seminar at our national office in 2017. More
details regarding the meeting of affiliate presidents will be coming soon.
For the sake of your calendar, you should plan to be in Baltimore on the
evenings of January 28 and 29. 


I hope that all of our Federation family members who were in the path of
Hurricane Matthew are safe and have not been adversely impacted. 



Presidential Release:
The October Presidential Release is available at


FBB Blog Post:
As you are all aware, the Foundation Fighting Blindness recently announced
the end of the first phase of their campaign that includes the #HowEyeSeeIt
video campaign. My most recent blog post,
out-blindness-makes-difference, was written in response to their


Videos from Marrakesh:
Last week, leaders of the Federation participated in the first Marrakesh
assembly in Geneva. I was there with Fred Schroeder and Scott LaBarre. Below
are links to videos that Fred and I recorded for the assembly:
Tweet and link to my video:
Tweet and link to Fred Schroeder's video:


Target Agreement:
Also, last week we announced that Target Corp. is the first company to
<https://corporate.target.com/article/2016/09/accessibility-team?>  in the
NFB's new Strategic Nonvisual Accessibility Partnership
r-certification>  (SNAP) initiative. The goal of the SNAP program is to
increase the accessibility of technology by developing productive ongoing
partnerships with organizations in an effort to assist them with infusing
accessibility into their culture.


The Spanish version of the HAVA video is available on our YouTube channel at



Recipes for the Braille Monitor Needed:

Gary Wunder would like you to send him your favorite holiday recipes, not
only things that you do for the holidays but party recipes that you would
use for New Year's. Please send it to gwunder at nfb.org
<mailto:gwunder at nfb.org>  by November 1. 


Dates to Keep in Mind:

*       Fall Conventions <https://nfb.org/state-conventions> 

*       October 20-23: NFB BELL Academy Training Seminar
(Novice/Intermediate) in Baltimore, Maryland

*       January 30, 2017: Great Gathering-In 

*       January 30-February 2, 2017: Washington Seminar

*       March 30-31, 2017: Jacobus tenBroek Law Symposium

*       July 21-29, 2017: Youth Slam, Towson University

*       September 12-17, 2017: BLAST, Nashville, Tennessee


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 <mailto:officeofthepresident at nfb.org> 

Twitter: @Riccobono and @NFB_Voice

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




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