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Fun, Education, and A Great Time Await You at the Illinois Convention!

Would you like to see and buy the latest and greatest products for people who are blind or visually impaired? How about visiting old friends and making new ones? Or do you just want to spend a beautiful fall weekend with some fun-loving people?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then the place you just have to be is at the 2007 Illinois Council of the Blind state convention. The convention takes place from Oct. 5-7 at the Holiday Inn City Centre, 500 Hamilton Avenue, Peoria, Ill. Room rates are $69 plus 12 percent tax per night. You can make your hotel reservations by calling (309) 674-2500 before Sept. 18, 2007.

Get those reservations in early and watch for convention registration forms. If you are not sure you are in our database, contact the Illinois office at 1-866-850-1336 or [email protected] You don't want to miss what promises to be a fun and educational weekend.

How have we come to travel as we do today with white cane, dog guide and other mobility devices? Come learn about the history of mobility for people who are blind or visually impaired in the very city where the white cane with red tip was invented. Take a chance and you just might win a wad of cash with the ICB 50/50 raffle. Is disability viewed differently in other parts of the world and how? ICB's own Christie Gilson, a doctoral candidate at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will tell us.

But wait, there's more! Enjoy great food, entertainment and company as our three-person DJ team spins your favorite music. Learn what's happening with library services for people who are blind.

Make those plans now to attend the 2007 ICB convention. If you have any questions, feel free to contact our office either by phone at 1-866-850- 1336 or via e-mail at [email protected] Watch our web site, www.icbonline.org, for further information as well.

South Dakota Convention in Brookings

The South Dakota Association of the Blind will hold its convention Oct. 12-13, 2007 at the Staurolite Inn in Brookings. Room rates are $58 per night plus tax for up to four people per room. Call the inn at (605) 692- 3111 to reserve a room. The theme is: "Where Are We Going?" Activities include a Friday night banquet and auction; the program will include a look at SDAB's past, present and future. If you have any suggestions or ideas for activities, contact Linda Biffert at (605) 627-5608 or [email protected]


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