National Federation Of The Blind Presidential Releases - English



For many years, our national president has disseminated information to our members across the United States by way of a short recording highlighting major events of the recent past and approaching future.


  • Presidential Release #491, February 2020

    Presidential Release #491, February 2020

    07/02/2020 Duration: 15min

    As we dive into February, President Riccobono reviews the important legislative issues we'll address at this year's Washington Seminar. He also discusses upcoming summer programs, the 2020 National Convention, our Braille Monitor survey, and the PAC program.

  • Presidential Release #490, January 2020

    Presidential Release #490, January 2020

    03/01/2020 Duration: 33min

    President Riccobono wishes everyone a Happy New Year and discusses World Braille Day, the 2020 Washington Seminar, the 2020 National Convention in Houston, including important details regarding hotel reservations, and our goals and priorities for 2020. The President also provides updates from our Dream Makers Circle.

  • December 2019

    December 2019

    05/12/2019 Duration: 20min

    President Riccobono discusses our newly renovated space in Baltimore, the 2020 Washington Seminar, and the many accomplishments and milestones we will celebrate during the NFB board meeting this weekend.

  • November 2019

    November 2019

    01/11/2019 Duration: 19min

    President Riccobono talks about our fall convention season, wrapping up Meet the Blind Month, quiet cars, the 2020 National Convention (including an important date change), the scholarship program, the Braille Readers Are Leaders contest, Santa Letters, and the Braille Monitor. 

  • October 2019

    October 2019

    04/10/2019 Duration: 17min

    President Riccobono discusses the ultimate goal of and philosophy behind Meet the Blind Month. He also discusses White Cane Awareness Day, NFB's Meet the Blind Month Twitter chats, and our partnership with Mattel featuring the recent launch of UNO Braille. The President also provides updates from our Dream Makers Circle.

  • September 2019

    September 2019

    06/09/2019 Duration: 18min

    President Riccobono recaps the 2019 NFB BELL Academies and talks about National Guide Dog Month, the Braille Readers are Leaders contest for blind children and adults, Meet the Blind Month, our September open house gathering, and White Cane Awareness Day. The President also provides updates from our Dream Makers Circle.

  • August 2019

    August 2019

    02/08/2019 Duration: 38min

    President Riccobono discusses the 2019 National Convention (#NFB19), including the 2019 resolutions, and talks about plans for 2020. He also discusses the introduction of the GAIN Act in the U.S. House of Representatives, Meet the Blind Month, Braille calendars, and Pedro and the Octopus. The President also provides updates from our PAC programand Dream Makers Circle.

  • June 2019

    June 2019

    04/06/2019 Duration: 29min

    President Riccobono discusses the World Blind Union meeting in Trinidad, NFB summer programs, a special blind parents division seminar in Colorado, new member programs, and the national convention. Executive Director and Convention Chairman John Berggren joins the President to talk about convention logistics. The President also provides updates from our PAC program and Dream Makers Circle.

  • May 2019

    May 2019

    03/05/2019 Duration: 21min

    President Riccobono reminds us that we are two months away from our national convention. He also discusses the blindness experience teaching internship, continued calls for advocacy, an NFB investigation of the IRS, and updates from our PAC program and Dream Makers Circle.

  • April 2019

    April 2019

    04/04/2019 Duration: 25min

    President Riccobono recaps our protest (#LetUsPlayUs) of In the Dark, a new show on The CW, and also discusses the Kenneth Jernigan Convention Scholarship for first timers, the Distinguished Educator of Blind Students Award, the new Blindness Experience Teaching Internship, our membership efforts, and more. 

  • March 2019

    March 2019

    01/03/2019 Duration: 22min

    President Riccobono announces that preregistration for the 2019 National Convention is now open. He also discusses the Dr. Jacob Bolotin Awards, the Marrakesh Treaty, a new series of blind parent podcasts, our latest policy statements, NFB summer programs, the national scholarship program, the Jacobus tenBroek Disability Law Symposium, and the Dream Makers Circle.

  • Presidential Release #479, February, 2019

    Presidential Release #479, February, 2019

    01/02/2019 Duration: 20min

    A monthly message from Mark A. Riccobono, President of the National Federation of the Blind, to be shared with every chapter of the organization. Items covered in the February 2019 release include: * Breaking news from the Washington Seminar #NFBInDC * New and improved Federation website * Promoting NFB summer programs * Launch of pilot testing for HathiTrust access program * A Dream Makers Circle update * Thank you to chapters contributing to our monthly giving program * Federation Family notes * Customary endings