by Vanessa

I attended the 2020 National Federation Of The Blind Convention, which was held virtually July 14th through the 18th. Prior to the actual convention, I attended the “rookie round up” on July 7th. This was a chance to get a feel of what to expect from the actual convention. It included a discussion of the agenda, guest speakers, and sponsors, and they even gave away some door prizes. President Riccobono did a great job explaining how things were going to run in a virtual format and introducing himself while welcoming us to the national convention.  

Throughout the convention itself, I participated in many different sessions including self-advocacy, legal strategies,  and Mujeres (women) of NFB. This was a bilingual session focusing on helping the blind Latina achieve excellence and shining the light on different struggles and strategies they face. It addressed teaching this group how to be as successful as possible.  I also attended diversity inclusion meetings just taking in all kinds of information and learning how I can help change things in my community and make an impact. I learned about different institutions like Louisiana School for the Blind and BLIND inc. All in all, my experience participating in the 2020 NFB convention was great. I learned a ton of new information, met and interacted with some very interesting people, and made some pretty nice friendships along the way. I can’t wait to attend and participate next year! 

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