Future Reflections                                                                                         Winter/Spring 2005

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2005 NFB National Convention

BACKGROUND: The 2005 convention will be the largest meeting of the blind to be held anywhere in the world in the year 2005. The Convention is the supreme authority and policy-making body of the National Federation of the Blind and voice of the nation's blind.

PLACE: The Galt House Hotel, Louisville, Kentucky

DATES: July 2 through July 8, 2005
     Pre-convention seminars for parents and others-July 2, 2005
     Division and national committee meetings-July 3-4, 2005
     Plenary sessions-July 5 through 8, 2005

MEETINGS: Plenary sessions will be held in the Grand Ballroom located on the second floor of the East Tower of the Galt House Hotel beginning on Tuesday, July 5, and continuing through Friday, July 8.

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 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; specialized library services for the blind; advancements in technology; and other timely topics.

BANQUET: The convention includes a large, well-attended banquet to be held in the Grand Ballroom at the Galt House Hotel beginning at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, July 3rd. 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.

CONVENTION REGISTRATION: The registration fee is $15, and registration will open Sunday, July 3, 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 to be confused with the convention registration fee.

AGENDAS: Convention agendas are available when you register for the convention. Agendas are available in Braille, cassette tape, disk, and large print. Pre-convention agendas for the Saturday, July 2, events will be available on the NFB Web site and in print and Braille at the NFB Information Table in the Galt House hotel lobby.

HOTEL RATES: Special room rates for those who attend and register for the 2005 National Federation of the Blind convention are as follows: Singles and doubles $59, triples and quads $64. All quoted rates are subject to a tax, which at present is 12.36 percent. A deposit of $60 is required when you make your reservation. To make room reservations contact the Galt House Hotel at (502) 589-5200 or  (800) 626-1814 and tell them you are with the NFB convention. The address of the Galt House Hotel is 140 N. Fourth Street, Louisville, Kentucky 40202.

CHILDCARE: 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 blind and sighted children to meet and develop lifelong friendships. The camp schedule is filled with games, crafts, and special performances designed to entertain, educate, and delight. Pre-registration 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.

MORE INFORMATION: For additional information about meetings, schedule, hotel, etc., contact the National Federation of the Blind National Office at 1800 Johnson Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21230, telephone (410) 659-9314. Information is also available on the NFB Web site at <www.nfb.org>.

The Belle of Louisville with photo credit
The Belle of Louisville

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