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.