[nfbwatlk] FW: [NFBAffiliatePresidents] NFB Meet the Blind Month Challenge Winner!

Mike Freeman k7uij at panix.com
Wed Dec 7 19:10:17 CST 2011

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Subject: [NFBAffiliatePresidents] NFB Meet the Blind Month Challenge Winner!

>From Melissa Kobelinski:

The votes are in. I am happy to announce that the winner of the 2011 NFB
Meet the Blind Month Challenge is the White Sands Chapter of the NFB of New

The White Sands Chapter of the NFB of New Mexico hosted a Blind Awareness
and Benefit Concert. The event presented local musical talent that included
blind performers as well as performers from the community at large. The
concert included performers from the New Mexico School for the Blind and
Visually Impaired and the New Mexico Commission for the Blind Adult
Orientation Center. The format of the show was similar to shows like "The
Tonight Show." There was a host that interviewed various people who
discussed their blindness, as well as their interests, thus promoting the
fact that blind people live normal lives. Interviews were conducted during
setups for the next performer, thereby allowing for a fast-paced show with
little downtime. The short animated video, "What to Do When You Meet a Blind
Person," was included. The relationship that the City of Alamogordo has with
blind students was highlighted. Many blind New Mexicans have received their
education and training in Alamo
 gordo since before New Mexico was a state. Two Louis Braille coins were
given out in a door prize drawing using print-Braille cards. The audience
was encouraged to use the alphabet cards to read their numbers in Braille.

Don't forget to take the time to
read<http://www.nfb.org/nfb/Meet_the_Blind_Month.asp> what other affiliates
and chapters did this year to celebrate NFB Meet the Blind Month. Affiliates
and chapters across the nation implemented both new and traditional programs
to highlight the work of the NFB and increase public knowledge of blindness.
Those listed on the NFB Meet the Blind Month
homepage<http://www.nfb.org/nfb/Meet_the_Blind_Month.asp> only begin to
recognize the hard work put in by members all over the United States. We
congratulate and thank everyone who was involved in the planning and
execution of these events and look forward to hearing about all of your
events in 2012!

It is never too early to start planning for Meet the Blind Month. Start
brainstorming for next year by creating a community outreach committee.
Examine what worked this year and what needs to be changed for next year.
Contact Melissa Kobelinski via e-mail,
mkobelinski at nfb.org<mailto:mkobelinski at nfb.org>, or by phone, (410)
659-9314, extension 2423, with questions about how your affiliate or chapter
can get started now on planning for next year.

Congratulations and happy planning,

Melissa Kobelinski
 Jernigan Institute
National Federation of the Blind
200 East Wells Street
at Jernigan Place
Baltimore, MD 21230
Phone: (410) 659-9314 ext 2423

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