Future Reflections         Winter 2010

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THE FUTURE IS OURS - AND THEIRS

Seated at the head table at the seminar for parents and professionals (left to right) are NOPBC President Carol Castellano; Dr. Edward Bell, director of the Professional Development and Research Institute on Blindness at Louisiana Tech University; and Melody Lindsey, president of the National Association of Blind Rehabilitation Professionals.From the Editor: The 2009 convention of the National Federation of the Blind opened on July 3, 2009, with "The Future Is Ours - and Theirs," a joint conference for parents of blind children and professionals in the blindness field. The conference was sponsored by the National Organization of Parents of Blind Children (NOPBC), the National Blindness Professional Certification Board (NBPCB), the National Association of Blind Rehabilitation Professionals (NABRP), and the Professional Development and Research Institute on Blindness (PDRIB) at Louisiana Tech University. NOPBC President Carol Castellano and Dr. Edward Bell, director of the Professional Development and Research Institute on Blindness at Louisiana Tech, chaired the day's proceedings.

Marc and Pat Maurer sit in the front row at the seminar with their daughter, Dianna.NFB President Marc Maurer began the morning by talking to a group of blind children about his experiences growing up blind. Later parents and professionals heard from blind teens who spoke about their lives and their goals. Finally the audience heard a series of presentations by leaders in the fields of education and rehabilitation of the blind.  While the adults listened to speeches and took part in animated discussions, kids and teens had the chance to try science experiments, fitness exercises, and art projects.

Following is a selection of presentations that embody the message and spirit of the conference and of the entire convention.

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