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The National Federation for the Blind (NFB-MA) of Massachusetts held their 61st annual state convention Friday, February 28 through Sunday, March 2, 2014 a in Boston. Founded in 1940, the NFB is the oldest and largest nationwide membership organization of blind people in the United States and as an advocacy group for the civil rights and equality of blind Americans, it develops innovative education, technology, and training programs to meet those goals.

Massachusetts Commission for the Blind (MCB) Commissioner Paul Saner was on hand to provide welcoming remarks on the penultimate day of the conference.  In addition to reviewing agency objectives, Commissioner Saner spoke about the collaborations across the Office of Health and Human Services agencies and non-profit organizations to enhance services that support the full inclusion of the blind community. The Commissioner announced a new partnership between MCB and the Department of Development Services will allow a complete a data match across agencies to help MCB evaluate current services and effectively plan for future needs. Following his remarks, Commissioner Saner participated in a “Leadership Roundtable” discussion with Barbara Salisbury, President, MAB Community Services; Brian MacDonald, President, National Braille Press; Steve Rothstein, President, Perkins School; and Joe Abely, President, Carroll Center.

The Convention also included organizing blind advocacy events, hearing from and speaking to state leaders, socializing with individuals who are blind from across the Commonwealth and the nation, awarding a scholarship to a blind student from MA, and planning for their 2014 advocacy agenda.

Talking Information Center (TIC) live-streamed the convention via the Massachusetts Radio Reading Service. The audio streams can be accessed here: Morning Session; Afternoon Session 1 and Afternoon Session 2.

More information about NFB-MA can be found on their website http://www.nfbmass.org/ or follow NFB-MA on Twitter @NFBMA.

The Massachusetts Commission for the Blind provides the highest quality rehabilitation and social services to blind individuals, leading to independence and full community participation. To learn more about MCB’s services and supports please visit: http://www.mass.gov/mcb.

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Program Coordinator, Massachusetts Commission for the Blind

Communications Director, Executive Office of Health and Human Services

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