Conventions often provide attendees with a great opportunity to network, meet new friends, catch up with old friends, and learn about the latest and greatest happenings in a particular field.
In October, the California Council of the Blind and the National Federation of the Blind of California held their state conventions, which always offer attendees a chance to renew their commitment to improving opportunities for all Californians who are blind or visually impaired.
The semi-annual convention of the California Council of the Blind (CCB) was held in San Diego from October 28 to 31. The gathering included three general sessions and numerous committee and special-interest affiliate meetings, providing continuous opportunities for learning and discussion.
Topics covered at the general sessions included updates on state and national advocacy issues and successes, two presentations on intriguing medical research and – in response to growing interest in more active lifestyle choices – two very well-received segments by local organizations on martial arts and sailing for people who are blind or visually impaired. Other meetings featured workshops on fundraising, the latest updates on the Americans with Disabilities Act and a job-seeking seminar for students.
Prior to the CCB convention, the National Federation of the Blind of California held its 70th annual state convention in Irvine, California, from October 21 to 24. Approximately 140 people from across California attended.
Several notable speakers presented on topics such as state library services (Henry C. Chang), the education of blind children in America (Dr. Stuart Wittenstein) and an update on the happenings of the Junior Blind (Jay Allen).
Two LightHouse staff members were invited to speak at the convention. Their presentations can be heard at the links below. Also, you will find a link to a panel presentation of blind professionals sharing their employment experiences.
A Presentation on Tactile Graphics
By Lisamaria Martinez, LightHouse Donor Relations Coordinator
A demonstration of the current applications of tactile graphics at the LightHouse, as well as a look at the future potential of tactile graphics and how they can help blind people.
Beyond SB105, Where Do We Go From Here? A Panel on the Department of Rehabilitation
Moderated by Bryan Bashin, LightHouse CEO
A panel presentation about SB105 and how it has been applied to blind field services. Is it working? Does it need to be changed? Listen to the following link: http://www.nfbcal.org/nfbc/10_audio/behab.mp3.
Living in the Working World
Moderated by Robert Stigile
A panel presentation of blind professionals discussing how they work and what skills they needed to do their jobs as blind people. Listen and get tips: http://www.nfbcal.org/nfbc/10_audio/working.mp3.