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News and Comments SAGE Publications, Inc.1998DOI: 10.1177/026461969801600109 Margaret Bennett National Library for the Blind Far Cromwell Road Bredbury Stockport SK6 2SG The following articles are edited versions of items in the International Council for Education of People with Visual Impairment (ICEVI) European IVewsletter, vol. 3, no. 3, October 1997: ICEVI 10the World Conference, S5o Paulo, 3-9 August 1997 STEPPING FORWARD On the afternoon of Sunday 3rd August more than 600 people, of whom over 300 were Brazilians, assembled in the beautiful auditorium of the State Government Palace in Sdo Paulo, Brazil for the opening of the 1 ooth ICEVI World Conference. Victor Siaulys, chairperson of the Brazilian Host Committee, welcomed the participants and expressed the hope that this conference would contribute to the improvement of opportunities of visually impaired children and adults in his country. Next, Kenneth Jernigan (USA), described in the programme as "the most outstanding blind person in the world today", delivered the keynote address entitled: What are the prerequisites for effective partnership in moving forward the education of blind and visually impaired persons? This keynote address was an inspiring speech. The newly inaugurated ICEVI International Award was presented to Susana Crespo from Argentina for her
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