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On Monday, March 6, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker will issue a proclamation to establish March 6 – 11 as BlindNewWorld week – a time for all citizens of the Commonwealth to educate themselves about barriers to inclusion and commit to making our world a kinder, more inclusive place.

Throughout the week, BlindNewWorld, along with our network of partners, will promote and celebrate new ways to think about inclusion in settings including employment, education, innovation and transportation – and highlight different ways the sighted population can be proactive about breaking down those barriers.

The week will culminate in a day of “blind dates” on Saturday, March 11. In the spirit of our mission, visually impaired people are encouraged to invite sighted people out on the town – and vice versa.

We’ve partnered with a number of Massachusetts organizations – including Not Your Average Joe’s restaurants, Showcase Cinemas, Saks Fifth Avenue and many of the state’s major museums – to arrange for “perks” that will help you make the most of your day. For a full list of partners and offers, visit blindnewworld.org/blinddate.

Want to Get Involved?

We’re all about inclusion, kindness and open-mindedness – BlindNewWorld is a campaign for everyone and participation is easy. Here are some ways to get involved:

  • Spread the word on social
    Follow us on TwitterFacebook and Instagram. Throughout the week, there will be ideas, stories and experiences to inspire everyone to do their part to build a BlindNewWorld. And every share, like, favorite and retweet that uses the #BlindNewWorld hashtag helps us keep the message going!
  • Go on a blind date
    Are you visually impaired? Invite a sighted buddy out for lunch and an afternoon at a museum. Are you sighted? Take a visually impaired pal out for a movie and a makeover. You get the idea… And when you’re ready to make a plan, start with blindnewworld.org/blinddate – you’ll find a list of special offers at Massachusetts restaurants, museums, movie theaters and more that will make your date even better.
  • Share your experiences
    What’s your story? Share your experience or send us email to explain why building a BlindNewWorld matters to you.

We very much appreciate your efforts in prioritizing inclusion and kindness – and hope you’re as excited about the Governor’s endorsement as we are. Have an awesome BlindNewWorld week!

How has blindness impacted your world?

Add your voice to #MyBlindStory. Send your entry to blog@blindnewworld.org or use our online form.