May 2015

Learning, Living, and Loving Service

Editor’s Note: Too often our service experience involves proving to others that we can serve in the same capacity as our sighted peers. However, self-advocacy is a powerful tool that can ultimately change someone’s perspective about the abilities of blind people. The following story comes from Kathryn Webster, who serves as president of the North Carolina Association of Blind Students and as a member of the board of directors of the National Federation of the Blind of Connecticut. Kathryn discusses both international service and the power of self-advocacy.

The 75 Days of Service

The 75 Days of Service is a joint effort of the National Federation of the Blind Community Service Division, the National Federation of the Blind of California Community Service Division, and the National Federation of the Blind of the District of Columbia Community Service Division. The 75 Days of Service is our way of celebrating 75 years of raising expectations of blind people by encouraging and supporting the blind of the nation to serve the communities in which they live. We are holding bi-weekly conference calls where participants can share resources and ideas.