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Convention Reports Nfb Conference, Anaheim, California

The 1996 Convention of the National Federation of the Blind, which was held at the Anaheim Hilton Hotel during the first week of July, was the largest gathering of blind people in the world last year.Sixty-four Canadians took an active part in the week's proceedings.There were meetings for parents of blind children, blind lawyers, blind diabetics, guide dog users, beginning computer users, and hard- core "techies". Blind teachers gathered to discuss techniques and strategies for coping with the schools of the 90's. Blind college students also met to discuss educational issues from their point of view. In other words, whether one is interested in raising goats or landing a job at the local bank, the Convention of the National Federation of the Blind is the place to go to gather information and to meet like-minded blind colleagues.

One of the purposes of the NFB:AE is to bring together blind persons for just such networking. We were fortunate to be able to assist a number of blind Canadians to attend the Anaheim Convention. Although the 49th parallel separates two very distinctive countries, it's no barrier to the formation of friendship and the sharing of information.

The following three articles from Convention attendees give just a hint of the infusion of enthusiasm and know-how brought back to the NFB:AE.