Future Reflections Volume 20, Number 1
National Federation of the Blind National Conventions are famous for informative high-energy division and committee meetings; a huge, diverse exhibit hall; inspiring banquet speeches; family-friendly and educational entertainment (a music talent show, dances, a game night, a Sensory Safari display, a mock trial, a play); and outstanding general session agenda items.
The convention general sessions run all day Wednesday, July 4; a half-day Thursday, July 5; and all day Friday and Saturday, July 6 and 7. The banquet is Friday night, July 6. Some 30 blind college students will be introduced and presented with scholarship awards at the banquet.The exhibit hall opens on Monday, July 2. It is a mind-boggling display of all the latest in computer technology, low-vision technology, literature, and aids and appliances for the blind.
For more information about activities planned for the 2001 convention, please see the April, 2001, issue of the Braille Monitor. You may request a free copy by contacting the NFB at 1800 Johnson Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21230; (410) 659-9314; <www.nfb.org>.
1201 Market Street
Room rates per night, plus tax:
$55 - singles
$65 - twins, doubles, triples, quads
For reservations call the hotel at (215) 625-2900 or the Mariott toll-free number (800) 228-9290. A $60-per-room deposit is required to make a reservation. Fifty percent of the deposit will be refunded if notice is given to the hotel of reservation cancellation before May 29, 2001.
NFB Camp (child-care)
Children must be preregistered for this service. The preregistration cutoff date is June 15, 2001. Details and a preregistration form are on pages 6 and 7 in this issue. Please note that this is not an NOPBC sponsored activity. This service is offered by the NFB as a convenience to members and guests at the convention.
• NOPBC Activities Fee: $15 per family or $5 per individual. This fee may be paid in advance (see preregistration form on page 5) or when checking-in at the NOPBC Seminar on the morning of Sunday, July 1. The activities fee covers all NOPBC-sponsored events throughout the convention week. It also includes annual membership dues in NOPBC.
• NFB Convention Registration Fee: $10 per person. NFB Convention room rates are contingent upon registering for the convention. Registration opens Monday morning, July 2, and is open at designated times throughout the convention. NFB Convention Agendas are available when you register. There is no pre-registration. Everyone must register in person.
NOPBC Schedule of Events 2001
Sunday, July 1
8:00 – 10:30 a.m. Seminar and Braille Carnival Registration. Refreshments
8:00 – 10:30 a.m. Exhibit
Tables * Multiply Disabled * Low Vision * Music * Kids Table: Blind People
in History Get Acquainted Game * Schools and other programs for blind children
* Mentors Sign-up Table: Mentors for Blind Teens, sponsored by the National
Association of Blind Students (NABS) and Convention Exhibit Hall Mentors for
Parents, sponsored by the Computer Science Division of the NFB
9:00 a.m. Kid Talk and Kid Introductions, Barbara Cheadle, President, NOPBC
9:30 a.m. Welcome by Dr. Maurer, President, National Federation of the Blind
9:45 a.m. Introduction of Carnival Volunteer Buddies, Sheila Koenig
10:00 a.m. Kids and Carnival Buddies team-up and depart. Blind teens depart for discussion groups or the Braille Carnival (their choice)
10:00 a.m. Braille Carnival begins. Melody Lindsey, Coordinator. The Braille Carnival will feature exciting and fun games, competitions, demonstrations, and prizes with Braille themes. Carnival booths are sponsored by NFB divisions, state affiliates, NFB Centers, and residential schools for the blind. Sighted and blind, Braille reader or non-Braille reader, kindergartner or teen-ager—there will be lots of enjoyable activities suitable for all. The Carnival will run from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The Carnival Buddies will supervise the children and youth assigned to them from 10:00 a.m. to 15 minutes after adjournment at noon. The Carnival will stay open till 1:00 p.m. so parents, too, can enjoy the Carnival fun.
10:00 – Noon Discussion Groups for Blind Teens Only
(1) What Your Mother Couldn’t Tell You for teen women, ages 13 – 18, led by two blind women, Debbie Stein, former social worker, and Dr. Adrienne Asch, professor of ethics.
(2) Guy Stuff for teen men, ages 13 – 18, Doug Elliot, NFB leader and social worker
10:30 – Noon Let Freedom Ring (Parent/Teacher Seminar general session)
* What Freedom Means to Me: Blind Youth Panel
* Equal Access: Technology and the World Wide Web
* Equal Education: The Legal Perspective
* Equal Opportunity: The Parent Perspective
* What Freedom Means to Me: The Blind Adult Perspective
NOPBC Schedule of Events 2001
Sunday, July 1
Noon Recess Pick up children/youth at NFB Camp and/or Braille Carnival for lunch.
Blind teen discussion group released for lunch.
2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Words, Wheels, and Ways: Teen Workshops coordinated by Melissa Williamson, a blind educator and mother of three. Using discussion, role-playing (including role-reversals), and friendly competition (with prizes), blind and sighted teens learn about using—or being—readers and drivers. They will also discuss how to give directions; how to offer, accept, or decline assistance; when and how to offer (or use) human guide assistance, etc.; and then discuss how they can implement this knowledge throughout the convention.
2:00 – 5:00 p.m Five Concurrent Workshops for Adults
(1) Make Your Own Tactile Storybook. This is a hands-on workshop to teach parents how to modify storybooks so blind infants and toddlers can get equivalent information and pleasure from storybooks that their sighted peers get from the pictures. Karen Frank, Infant and Toddler Outreach Coordinator from the Maryland School for the Blind will conduct this workshop. This workshop will be repeated twice: 2:00-3:30 p.m. and 3:45-5:15 p.m.
The following four workshops
will be repeated three times:
2:00-2:45 p.m., 3:00-3:45 p.m., and 4:00-4:45 p.m.
(2) Words and Wheels: Through discussion, demonstration, and role-playing, parents and educators learn from blind workshop leaders how blind people obtain and use live readers and drivers to maximize independence in everyday life.
(3) What Do You Do When….? Blind and sighted workshop leaders, through demonstrations and role-playing, help parents and educators feel more confident about when and how is it appropriate to offer assistance to someone who is blind.
(4) From “Helpless” to “Helper” No one wants to be helpless. This presentation by parents to parents is about how to ensure that blind children avoid helplessness, achieve self-sufficiency, and acquire the competency and skills necessary to become a person who helps others.
(5) Living In A Visual World: By popular demand, Mrs. Barbara Pierce will be back to lead a discussion about how parents and teachers can help children acquire crucial social skills in an often highly visual world.
6:00 – 9:00 p.m. Family Hospitality. This year, as in past years, families can relax and enjoy the company of new friends and old at Family Hospitality. NOPBC will also have a few games and books in the Hospitality room to help occupy children ages eight and younger.
NOPBC Schedule of Events 2001
Sunday, July 1
7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Teens’ Scavenger Hunt and Kids’ Scavenger Hunt. Under adult supervision sighted and blind kids (ages 9 -12) and teens (ages 13-18) explore the hotel and win prizes. To add to the fun sighted youth are issued white canes and sleep-shades (blindfolds) to use on the hunt. Coordinators, Jan Bailey and Mildred Rivera.
Monday, July 2
9:00 –10:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Cane Walk (this session is repeated twice).
Parents, teachers, and blind kids (babies to teens) get hands-on experience in using a cane under the guidance of Joe Cutter, pediatric O&M specialist, and volunteers from the Louisiana Tech/Louisiana Center for the Blind O&M program.
2:00 – 6:00 p.m. Teen drop-in room sponsored jointly by NOPBC and Blind Industries and Services of Maryland (BISM). Supervised games, music, and social activities for all teens.
Tuesday, July 3
1:00 – 5:00 p.m. NOPBC Annual Meeting
6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Follow-up discussion group for blind teen women
Wednesday, July 4
7:00 – 9:00 p.m. IDEA ’97 and the IEP Process: A drop-in question, information, and resource session. Come by anytime and pick up literature or talk to parents and professionals knowledgeable in the broad range of IEP topics. Marty Greiser, Coordinator.
Thursday, July 5
2:00 – 6:00 p.m. Have Cane, Will Travel. Drop-in anytime discussion group for parents, blind kids, and teachers. Joe Cutter, instructor and discussion leader.
2:00 – 6:00 p.m. Technology Individual Consultations. Co-sponsored by the NOPBC and the NFB in Computer Science Division, blind persons knowledgeable in technology will meet with parents individually to discuss the technology needs of their child. Make appointments by preregistration or sign-up on Sunday, July 1 at the parents seminar. Drop-ins will be taken if we have available volunteers.
2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Braille Your Own Games and Braille Talk. Drop-in and bring games for Braille labeling. Volunteers will also answer questions about Braille and demonstrate slate-writing. Co-sponsored by the National Association to Promote the Use of Braille (NAPUB).
NOPBC 2001 Activities Preregistration
for the NOPBC seminar and workshops is not required.
Preregistration for the NFB Camp (childcare), IS required.
Name(s) of adults_________________________________________________________________________
Address___________________________________ City____________ State______ Zip________________
Phone (H)____________________ (W)___________________ E-mail ______________________________
$___________ The NOPBC Activities Fee is enclosed. Make checks payable to NOPBC.
$15 per family (parents, grandparents, and all children) OR $5 per individual
The NOPBC activities fee includes all NOPBC-sponsored events for parents, children, and youth. This includes workshops, refreshments at the morning family seminar event on Sunday, July 1; refreshments at NOPBC Family Hospitality; the Braille Carnival; the Scavenger Hunts; etc. It also includes membership-at-large in the NOPBC. It DOES NOT include NFB Camp, NFB convention registration, or other workshops or seminars sponsored by other divisions or committees of the NFB.
[ ] Yes, I am interested in an Exhibit Hall mentor for Monday, July 2
[ ] Yes, I would like an appointment for a half-hour Technology Consultation on Thursday, July 5
____________ Time preferred (between 2:00-6:00 p.m.)
Preregistration Braille Carnival
Children Ages 5 and Up
First and Last
Name(s) of child(ren) Birth Date Vision (sighted, blind, etc.) Other disabilities
NOPBC Convention Activities
1800 Johnson Street
Baltimore, MD 21230