Week 1: National Federation of the Blind

I am interning at the National Federation of the Blind in Baltimore, Maryland, and so far everything seems to be running smoothly. I arrived to Baltimore on Saturday, where I had a chance to explore the Inner Harbor and the area around NFB. I moved into the sleeping area at NFB on Sunday and had a chance to meet my supervisor, Anna Kresmer. For now. I am the only intern here; the other four interns, who are blind, will be moving in on Sunday. On my first day, May 22, Anna gave me a tour of the building and I had a chance to meet some of the staff members. Everyone that works here is very friendly and welcoming, and the environment is a positive one. Coming into this opportunity, I did not realize how many blind people there are that work at the NFB. As the weeks go by in my internship I am sure I will be learning so much more about the blind, as in my first week I have already learned a lot. For my first week here, Anna had me working on transferring posters and pictures to different folders that will then be archived. I also listened to several different interviews the NFB conducted with blind members to create interview logs that will then be archived as well. Listening to the stories of some of the members of the NFB was a really great experience and that actually was my favorite part about the work I did that week; I got to listen to stories about how they became blind, what they experienced growing up, and their experiences with the NFB as well. Over the weekend, I went out and explored the rest of the surrounding area and Inner Harbor a bit more. This past week has been an awesome experience, and I am looking forward to the next five weeks here.

Gina in front of the Inner Harbor

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