Meet the blind month

The West/Southwest Chapter has a "Meet the Blind Month" event being held at Barnes &  Noble 6134 S. Westnedge Ave Portage MI (269) 324-1433 on Saturday October 14th from Noon - 1PM.  The goal is to give the public an opportunity to see/witness blind/visually impaired read books via braille - braille is the literacy for blind/visually impaired people.  Thank you Haley for getting this set up. We need help from the Affiliate:  We need readers - We need folks to bring equipment (braille embosser, braille typewriter, braille labeler, Slate & Stylist, etc) for showcasing the tools used for writing. Please let Derek Moore and Haley Dare know if you are able to help with this special event. We are also working on securing a date/time/location here in Grand Rapids & Muskegon.

Autumn Adventures

Autumn Adventures Though the summer heat is lingering, the calendar says that it is time for the autumnal equinox. Some SASSy scientists and others know that will mean an equal amount of light and dark in one day. Then there shall be more darkness each day and birds and Birdbrains know that they need to get going to survive winter. There is still plenty of time and opportunity to enjoy a glorious Michigan fall. Following are two upcoming events of interest to blind and visually impaired people along with their families and friends. Saturday, October 14, 2017 Birds and Leaves; Leaving Birds 10a m Environmental Interpretive Center 4901 Evergreen Rd. Dearborn Michigan, University of Michigan-Dearborn campus 12:15p m Lunch provided in EIC 12:30 pm Leave for the Henry Ford for tactile tour 1p m Tactile tour inside museum 3 p m Venture into the Village Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation Tactile Tour, October 14th Join us in Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation on Saturday, October 14th, for a tactile tour of the museum. Tactile tours provide background and context on the museum’s collections, as well as opportunities to touch artifacts, such as the Rosa Parks Bus, Allegheny Locomotive, Build a Model T, and Dymaxion House. Tours are 1.5 hours in length and begin in the Welcome Center of the museum. Tours require the purchase of museum tickets or are free for members. You are welcome to attend any or all of the day’s adventures Please make me aware if you will be eating lunch. Also I need to make a reservation for the Henry Ford so let me know before that day if you will be joining us. The next weekend is the long awaited Pumpkin Patch Party at Camp Tuhsmeheta; 10,500 Lincoln Lake Rd, Greenville, Michigan From Friday S dinner to Sunday morning at 10a m the weekend will be filled with all things pumpkin and many autumnal adventures. Activities will include, night hikes including owl prowls, baking perfect pumpkin pies, carving pumpkins, pumpkin chemistry, baking donuts over the campfire, carbonating apple cider, baking apples, and raptor migration. Please plan to join us. Registration details will follow. Please contact Michigan Department of Education or Birding by Ear and Beyond _______________________________________________


Save the Date!
National Federation of the Blind of Michigan
Annual State Convention

When: Friday November 3 to Sunday November 5, 2017
Four Points by Sheraton Kalamazoo
3600 East Cork Street
Kalamazoo MI 49001
Phone: (269) 385-3922

Room rates are $95 a night plus tax for 2 doubles or a king bed and include full buffet breakfast for up to 2 people per room. Rooms can be reserved online or by calling the number above. Reserving your room does not register you for the convention. Rooms must be reserved by October 3 to get the group rate.

Get it scheduled into your calendar and call for reservations today to reserve your spot!

If you are blind or visually impaired, or know someone who is, you don't want to miss this jam-packed weekend. Learn about accessible technology, participate in events with our parent and student divisions, network with successful blind individuals, learn about our latest advocacy efforts, and so much more! Plan on coming early, as we will be hosting an exhibit hall and other exciting events Friday afternoon and evening.