NFB Day One

Today was the first day of the National Federation of the Blind’s 2011 National Convention. It’s the main reason why my family is here. There weren’t many sessions that I cared much about. In fact, the only ones I really cared about were the ones on Android accessibility and iPhone accessibility, and both of those sessions were today. I learned a little bit about the currently accessible apps, and hopefully Marie will give some of them a try.

At the convention, one of the things Marie was excited to try was a simulated blind person’s test track. They had the blind people put on gloves that vibrated, and sat on a seat that vibrated. The vibrations would tell the driver where objects were around them as they “drove”. I think Marie’s score was something like 27% of the time she stayed on the road. (and they told her that was good!)

Today, our friend Julie came down. She’s coming to give Marie a hand at her Herbalife table these next two days. Marie can really use the help.

In the afternoon, we finally got a chance to hit the pools here at the resort. The water was so warm! One pool had water flying everywhere, and a huge bucket that fills up with water and dumps out. There was also a nice long tube slide in that pool.

At the other pool was a big pirate ship. And slides come down off of the pirate ship. And there are water canons shooting all of the place there, too.

We stayed at the pool for about 2-3 hours. A very long time. Domino was all over the place. Carolena loved it, too.

This evening, Marie had a first-timer’s meeting. The rest of us went out for Chinese.

I don’t know what we’re going to do tomorrow. Marie has her Herblife table to tend to nearly all day. I haven’t decided what to do with the girls. I do know that I need to get to the grocery store so I can stop eating out for every meal. That sure gets expensive fast!

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