The Vigilant Blog

How often have you had a question you felt too shy to ask? Sometimes you work up the courage and just ask. At other times, it’s better to read about someone else’s experience at your own speed and in the privacy of your own space.

Our blog is a collection of posts aimed at stimulating discussion about assistive technology, independent living, and blindness philosophy. Please comment freely to keep the discussion moving, and please share content you find thought-provoking with your social networks to help spread the discussion to people we might otherwise not reach.

And, please don’t forget to check out the publications from our parent organization. The Braille Monitor, our general magazine, and Future Reflections, our publication for parents, are just two examples of the excellent resources you’ll find in our NFB library.

Do you want to write a guest post? Send us a note, and tell us about your idea!


NFBV Blog Submission
April 28, 2022
By Renée Valdez


Dan Parker, a Blind Man, Breaks Driving Speed Record

Dan Parker, a Blind Man, Breaks Driving Speed Record Truth or Consequences, New Mexico (April 5, 2022):

Chapter Chatter: Listen, Speak, Repeat Christine Faltz Grassman, Esq.

One of the hardest things in life is having words in your heart that you can't utter."
—James Earl Jones


Chapter meetings spotlight information

Please check out our Spotlight On section this week. Enjoy your week.

Kudos Corner…

Job Announcement! Seeking Project RISE Employment Coordinator

The National Federation of the Blind of Virginia is seeking an Employment Coordinator for its pre-employment transition Service, Project RISE.

Minutes from the October 31, 2022 NFBV Business Meeting

From Mausam Mehta, Recording Secretary, National Federation of the Blind of Virginia

National Federation of the Blind of Virginia (NFBV) Business Meeting Minutes

Oct 31, 2021

Sandy Halverson read resolution 2021.1, regarding accessible educational technology. While votes were tallied, the meeting minutes from the August 7, 2021,
board meeting were read by Jacob Ham and approved. Resolution 2021.1 was approved by the convention.

To Cane, or Not to Cane...

By Renee Valdez

I Said Hello to a Tree!

By Renee F. Valdez

It’s true! I did say “hello” to a tree! I have actually done this more than once! And I have said “good morning” to a telephone pole, and “how you doing” to a light post! REALLY!

2021 Resolutions

Resolution 2021-1

Accessible Education Materials

WHEREAS, access to the full curriculum is vital for participation in in-person and virtual education settings for all students; and

WHEREAS, Accessibility barriers impede full access to the educational environment for blind and low vision students and for others with print disabilities; and

The Universal Warped Sense of Humor that Broke Me Down and Built Me Up Again

By Renee Valdez

“Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.” - Helen Keller