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National Federation of the Blind Annual Convention

The NFB Diabetes Action Network (NFB DAN) will hold its annual meeting July 2, 2007, in Atlanta, Georgia. The NFB DAN, which publishes Voice of the Diabetic, is a peer support and action group for diabetics experiencing complications of their illness. The annual meeting will be held in conjunction with the annual convention of the National Federation of the Blind.

The NFB DAN meeting promises to be exciting and informative. This year’s theme is “Lose to Gain.” “We all know that we should lose weight, but most people don’t know that taking off just a few pounds can really improve your diabetes management,” noted NFB DAN president Lois Williams. Glenda Somerville, a Certified Diabetes Educator, will be the featured speaker, providing practical advice about losing weight and managing diabetes.

In addition, the Voice of the Diabetic team will discuss recent changes in the magazine and their plans for even more improvement over the coming year. Voice Director of Publishing Eileen Rivera Ley encourages all readers to attend: “We love hearing from our readers! Help us make the Voice great. There’s lots of fun to be had. It’s wonderful to see other diabetics who are thriving, despite complications, with the support and encouragement of fellow travelers. I hope to meet you there!”

The NFB DAN Meeting will be held in Atlanta, Georgia, on Monday, July 2, 2007, at the Marriott Marquis Hotel, 265 Peachtree Center Avenue. For registration information, contact the NFB DAN at (410) 659-9314 or on the web at For reservations at the Marriott Marquis, call (888) 218-5399.


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Diabetes Action Network Annual Meeting


• “Lose to Gain” theme
• Information about the latest technologies for diabetes management
• An extensive exhibit hall
• Special recognition for anyone whose A1c is less than seven for our “Less Than Seven by 7/07” initiative
• A chance to connect with other diabetics experiencing complications
• The annual election of NFB DAN officers


NFB Convention is Really a Reunion
by Anil Lewis

As I was growing up, the third Sunday in August was always rejuvenating because my extended family from around the country came to my grandmother's little house in Woodville, Georgia, for our family reunion.

Fortunately for me I have another extended family, and from June 30 through July 6, 2007, approximately 3,000 of my sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins will be attending the largest family reunion of blind people in the country. Most refer to this week of fun and fellowship as the annual convention of the National Federation of the Blind!

This year Tour Day falls on Independence Day, Wednesday, July 4, and there is so much to do in Atlanta! The Marriott Marquis is only a few blocks from Centennial Park, which is sure to have an outstanding Independence Day celebration. Also the Georgia Aquarium and the new Coca-Cola Museum are in walking distance of the hotel. Conventioneers will be a short MARTA train ride away from Underground Atlanta or Lenox Square, which, in addition to being a wonderful shopping experience, will provide an entertaining atmosphere on the holiday. The Georgia affiliate is arranging transportation for those who would like to visit the Martin Luther King Jr. historic site or the Carter Center Library.

Even as we make plans to have a grand old time, we must remember the real reason for the reunion. A full agenda of presentations will cover an array of issues that are important to the nation's blind. Our national-office staff will no doubt have a mix of training sessions on advocacy, self-determination, and strategies for collective action that will educate and empower. The convention provides a real opportunity to remind ourselves and others about the true potential of the blind. I can't wait to see y'all in Atlanta.

Join us in Atlanta!
June 30 - July 6

To register, visit or call the NFB at 410-659-9314.

The 2007 convention of the National Federation of the Blind will take place in Atlanta, Georgia, at the Marriott Marquis Hotel at 265 Peachtree Center Avenue, Atlanta, Georgia 30303. For room reservations call (404) 521-0000 or 888-218-5399.

The Marriott has several excellent restaurants and features indoor and outdoor pools, solarium, health club, whirlpool, and sauna. Convention room rates are: singles/doubles, $61; triples/quads, $66 per night, plus a 15 percent sales tax. The hotel is accepting
reservations now. A $60-per-room deposit is required. Fifty percent of the deposit will be refunded if you cancel your reservation before June 1, 2007. The other 50 percent is not refundable.

Rooms will be available on a first-come, first-served basis but the special rates will not be available after June 1, 2007.