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NFB 2004 Convention

BACKGROUND

The 2004 convention will be the largest meeting of the blind (or of persons with any disabilities) to be held anywhere in the world in the year 2004. The convention is the supreme authority and policy-making body of the National Federation of the Blind and voice of the nation’s blind. Resolutions and policy statements will be considered in plenary sessions throughout the week. Decisions in the Federation are made by the blind themselves. NFB’s elected leaders at all levels (local, state, and national) are blind, as is the vast majority of the membership. NFB is thus the collective voice of the nation’s blind.

PLACE: The Atlanta Marriott Marquis

DATES: June 29 through July 5, 2004

Pre-convention seminars for parents of blind children and other groups—June 29, 2004

Division and national committee meetings—June 30 through July 1, 2004

Plenary sessions—July 2 through July 5, 2004

MEETINGS

Plenary sessions will be held in the Grand Ballroom of the Atlanta Marriott Marquis beginning on Friday, July 2, and continuing through Monday, July 5. During these sessions, all attendees assemble in state delegations much like a political convention. About three thousand five hundred people, most of them blind, are expected to attend. About two hundred parents, blind children, and other family members will be there, too. All fifty states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico will be represented. Many visitors from other nations will also be present.

PROGRAM

NFB conventions give government representatives, agency administrators, and leaders in politics, business, and industry the opportunity to address and respond to a large nationwide audience composed primarily of individuals who are blind or visually impaired. The topics of interest include: relevant civil rights issues; current issues and trends in the education of blind children; rehabilitation of the blind for competitive employment; the operation of vending facilities by blind persons on public property; specialized library services for the blind; Social Security and Supplemental Security Income programs; advancements in technology; the organization and funding of federal programs; and other timely topics.

Legislative proposals, new laws, administrative policy, and program changes are all considered during the convention.

BANQUET

The convention includes a large, well-attended banquet to be held in the Grand

Ballroom at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis beginning at 7:00 p.m., Sunday, July 4. The program for the evening will feature an address by NFB President, Marc Maurer. The banquet program will also include the presentation of over $100,000 in scholarships to thirty outstanding blind students. Banquet tickets may be purchased at convention registration.

CHILD CARE

During convention week children between the ages of six weeks and twelve years are invited to join in the fun and festivities of NFB Camp. NFB Camp offers more than just childcare; it is an opportunity for our blind and sighted children to meet and develop lifelong friendships. Our activity schedule is filled with games, crafts, and special performances designed to entertain, educate, and delight. Preregistration is required. For more information about fees, hours, etc., contact Carla McQuillan, NFB Camp Coordinator, 5005 Main Street, Springfield, Oregon 97478.

Telephone (541) 726-6924.

REGISTRATION

The registration fee is $15, and convention registration will open on Wednesday, June 30, at 9:00 a.m. Please note that the various NFB divisions and committees may charge additional fees for the seminars, workshops, receptions, and other related activities which they sponsor before and after the convention plenary sessions. These workshop or seminar fees should not be confused with the convention registration fee.

HOTEL RATES

Singles and doubles: $59

Triples and quads: $65

Tax: 14 percent

No charge for children fifteen and under

The Atlanta Marriott Marquis will accept reservations after January 1, 2004. Send your reservation request to Marriott Marquis, 265 Peachtree Center Avenue, Atlanta, Georgia 30303, or call (404) 521-0000. The hotel will want a deposit of $60 or a credit card number. If you use a credit card, the deposit will be charged against your card immediately, just as would be the case with a $60 check. If a reservation is cancelled prior to June 1, 2004, $30 of the $60 deposit will be returned. Otherwise, refunds will not be made. You may also go to the NFB Web site at <www.nfb.org> and click on the hotel image for more information about the hotel.

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION

For additional information about meetings, schedules, hotel, etc., contact the National Federation of the Blind office at 1800 Johnson Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21230, telephone (410) 659-9314, fax (410) 685-5653, and email <nfb@nfb.org>. Information is also available on the NFB Web site at <www.nfb.org> and in upcoming issues of the Braille Monitor.

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