NFB Convention


I went to the NFB convention in Dallas one day. I was really excited that my Mom got a call from a family friend telling her about it. After work, Mom and I went and explored it. We didn’t pay, we just went to a few of the rooms that we could go to without a pass. It was a great experience because I got to see so many blind and visually impaired people. Some “appeared” to have more sight, a lot like me, but they were using their cane. There were a fair amount of guide dogs there, and I just love that. I had the opportunity to talk to someone at Guide Dogs for the Blind and learn a lot more information about the application and training process. I am not quite legally blind yet, but I think the day I get declared it, I will apply for a Guide Dog. That will surely help me feel a little better.

The only thing that bothered me a little bit at the convention was that I did not bring my cane as I had left it at home. I do not use it at work and since I came directly from work, I did not have it with me. And with all the canes and guide dogs going everywhere, I had to do a few little tricks to prevent myself from falling smack on my face.

This was a new experience for me because while I have preferred to hold onto somebody for awhile now (in large crowds), I didn’t use to get as anxious as I did that day in that large crowd.

At the convention, it was also perfect timing to talk with my Mom about what she thought about me using a cane and when she thought I would be getting a guide dog. This was great conversation and very comforting.

I hope to attend more of these in the future. It was a great experience.

-Jess

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Jessica N and Makiko

Jessica is a proud Texan. She graduated in 2014 with her Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling and is now employed. She is visually impaired and has a retinal disease, Retinitis Pigmentosa. Originally Jessica started blogging about everything from being diagnosed with the disease to where she is now, almost 9 years later. Then, Jessica went to Guide Dogs for the Blind and was blessed with Makiko, her new guide dog. Now, her blog "The Way Eye See The World" is about everything related to visual impairments, including guide dogs.

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