The American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults and National Federation of the Blind announce the 2019-2020 nationwide Braille Readers are Leaders contest for children and adults. K-12 students and adults learning Braille across the U.S. compete to read the most Braille pages, going up against other participants in similar contest categories for seven weeks. Registration opens November 1, 2019 and the contest will be from December 1, 2019 to January 18, 2020. Reading logs must be submitted by February 1, 2020. It isn’t too early to start getting ready for the contest. One way to prepare is by getting books from ShareBraille.org now.
t is time for Santa letters. Between November 11 and December 16, parents can go online at www.nfb.org/santa-letters and fill out a Santa Braille Letter request form. The form can also be printed and faxed to 410-685-2340 or emailed to email@example.com. Beginning Monday, December 2, the Braille letters from Santa will start going out to boys and girls around the country. The Braille letter will also be accompanied by a print copy (for mom and dad to read) as well as some other fun Christmastime activities. The deadline for letter requests is December 16 to ensure that a return letter in Braille is received before Christmas.
Members of the National Federation of the Blind have been receiving reports of third parties trying to sell attendee lists for our state conventions and other Federation events. The National Federation of the Blind and its affiliates never sell member, attendee, or sponsor/exhibitor data in any way. These messages are not legitimate and should not be responded to or interacted with in any way.
You may also receive email messages from a third party about helping with booking flights, hotels, rental cars, and other items related to state conventions or other Federation events. In most, if not all, cases these email messages are not legitimate either. Any third party reaching out about these solicitations should be confirmed with your state affiliate president or Federation event coordinator before you have any interaction with these third parties.
The issues described above are becoming more of an occurrence with all conventions and trade shows in recent years. Please be vigilant when reviewing any emails like these. If you do receive emails like these claiming to be from the National Federation of the Blind or one of our affiliates or leaders, please forward them to email firstname.lastname@example.org. This mailbox will be used for reporting purposes only, no support. With this we can monitor what types of llegitimate emails are falsely using the Federation's name and targeting our membership.
Mark A. Riccobono, President
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.
I pledge to participate actively in the effort of the National Federation of the Blind to achieve equality, opportunity, and security for the blind; to support the policies and programs of the Federation; and to abide by its constitution.