Convention goers clapping and giving a standing ovation after a banquet speech.
Posted by Melissa Riccobono | 06/13/2018 | Convention, General, Stories
The National Federation of the Blind National Convention is an experience like none other. From the informative seminars on all types of topics to the excitement of being surrounded by more than 2,000 other blind people. From hearing so many canes tapping and guide dogs working, to the energy of the room on the day of opening session. All of these experiences cannot be captured easily in words, nor can they fully be appreciated unless you are there in person. However, for a variety of reasons, being there is not always possible. Read more Banquet Listening Parties Create Convention Feel at Home...
Posted by Patti Chang | 08/21/2017 | Convention, General, Stories
"Attending the convention has changed me in many ways. For the first time in my life, I did not feel self-conscious or different. For the first time in my life, I feel like I am part of a big family that really cares." - Ayoub Zurikat, 2017 Read more From Timid to Bold: Reflections on Newcomers to National Convention...
Posted by Ellana Crew | 04/24/2017 | Convention, General
I came to the Federation with no cane, having never met another blind person, and having already had three different career ideas shot down by my TBS’s (teachers of blind students) and special educators. Read more Ellana Crew Shares Why She’s a National Federation of the Blind Member...
Posted by Mark Riccobono | 09/17/2016 | Convention, General
In my banquet address at this year’s national convention, I talked about fear and how “if we resolve ourselves to face our fears, respect the power within those fears, and turn that power into action, we can take control of our own destiny, diminish the negative fears of others, and raise our expectations.” I also outlined the ways that the conditioned fear of blindness is used as a tool to generate funding, sell unnecessary products, and limit the rights of blind people. Read more Challenging the Fear of Blindness...
Many parents of blind children first come to know of the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) through its Parents’ Division, the National Organization of Parents of Blind Children (NOPBC). The NOPBC holds its annual conference during the NFB national convention each summer, this year, from June 30 to July 5 in Orlando, Florida. Without a doubt, the NOPBC Conference is impressive, boasting a full day of sessions reaching out to parents of blind children of all ages and abilities. Read more Ten Tips for Parents at the National Federation of the Blind Convention...