"We the blind are organized, and on the move. We have faith in ourselves and belief in the justice of our cause, and we have the determination and the resources to translate our faith and belief into action and accomplishment. Above all, we have found (in the National Federation of the Blind) the unifying force, the vehicle for success."      - Dr. Kenneth Jernigan

RealAudio Introduction
to the "The Convention"

My parents, Harold and Gail Snider, are longtime members of the National Federation of the Blind (NFB). Every July, they come to the NFB Convention, which is attended by more than 3,000 people from affiliates in every state, and several foreign countries. The NFB Convention is the largest single-event gathering of blind people in the world.

Founded in 1940, the National Federation of the Blind is the nation's largest and most influential membership organization of blind persons. The purpose of the NFB is to help blind persons achieve self-confidence and self-respect, and to act as a vehicle for collective self-expression by the blind.

The fifty thousand members of the NFB strive to educate the public that the blind are normal individuals who can compete on terms of equality. In the NFB they say, "The real problem of blindness is not the loss of eyesight, but the misunderstanding and lack of information which exist."

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