Future Reflections  Winter/Spring 2007

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2007 Convention Bulletin

Are you planning to come to the 2007 convention? Will you be bringing children with you? Do you plan to attend events sponsored by the National Organization of Parents of Blind Children at the convention? Then you need to read this bulletin. We’ve included a checklist to help you organize your preparations:

Convention Preparations Checklist:
___1. Call and reserve a room at the hotel. See details on this page. Deadline: June 1.
___2. Preregister with the NFB. See page 2. Deadline: May 31.
___3. Register your child or children for childcare (NFB Camp). See pages 3, 4, and 5. Deadline: June 15.
___4. Preregister for the NOPBC events. See details on pages 6 and 7. Deadline: June 15.
___5. Make your travel arrangements.


Atlanta Site of 2007 NFB Convention

The 2007 convention of the National Federation of the Blind will take place in Atlanta, Georgia, June 30 through July 6, at the Marriott Marquis Hotel at 265 Peachtree Center Avenue, Atlanta, Georgia 30303. For room reservations call (888) 218-5399.

The 2007 room rates are singles, doubles, and twins $61 and triples and quads $66 a night, plus a 15 percent sales tax. The hotel is accepting reservations now. 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 a reservation cancellation before June 1, 2007. The other 50 percent is not refundable.

Rooms will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations may be made before June 1, 2007, assuming that rooms are still available. After that time the hotel will not hold our block of rooms for the convention. In other words you should get your reservation in as soon as possible.

Guestroom amenities include cable television, coffee pot, iron and ironing board, hair dryer, and high-speed Internet access. The Marriott has several excellent restaurants. The hotel is currently undergoing renovations that will result in some alteration in the configuration of these. We will report on the changes as the convention draws near. It still features indoor and outdoor pools, solarium, health club, whirlpool, and sauna.

We strongly recommend preregistering for the convention itself online at <http://nfb.org/legacy/convent/preregistration2007.php> or by mail any time starting March 1 and ending May 31. The 2007 convention will follow what many think of as our usual schedule:

Saturday, June 30 Seminar Day
Sunday, July 1 Registration Day
Monday, July 2 Board Meeting and Division Day
Tuesday, July 3 March for Independence and Opening Session
Wednesday, July 4 Tour Day
Thursday, July 5 Banquet Day
Friday, July 6 Business Session

2007 National Convention Preregistration Form

Please use this form or provide all the requested information.
Registrant Name ___________________________________________________
(print legibly)
Address _________________________________________________________
City ____________________________________________________________
State ___________________________________ Zip ____________________
Phone __________________________________________________________

___ I will pick up my registration packet at convention.

___ The following person will pick up my registration packet:
Pickup Name ______________________________________

Please register only one person per registration form.
One check or money order may cover multiple registrations.
Check or money order (sorry, no credit cards) must be enclosed with registration form(s).

Number of preregistrations x $15 = ____________
Prepurchased banquet tickets x $35 = ____________
Total ______________

All preconvention registration and banquet sales are final (no refunds).

Mail to: National Federation of the Blind
Attn: Convention Registration
1800 Johnson Street
Baltimore, MD 21230
Registrations must be postmarked by May 31, 2007.

 

NFB Camp: Childcare at the 2007 Convention

by Carla McQuillan

Programs and Activities: During convention week, children six weeks through ten years of age 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. If you are interested in this year’s program, please complete and return the registration form provided at the end of this article. Preregistration with payment on or before June 15, 2007, is required for staffing purposes. Space is limited, so get your registration in early.

About the Staff: NFB Camp is organized and supervised by Carla McQuillan, the executive director of Main Street Montessori Association. Operating three schools, parent education courses, and a teacher-training program, Carla is the mother of two children, and a longtime leader in the National Federation of the Blind.

Alison McQuillan--camp worker and teacher since 1998--will be our activities director again this year. Over the years we have recruited professional childcare workers from the local community to staff NFB Camp. Recently we have determined that recruiting from our Federation families results in workers with proper philosophy and attitudes about our blind children. Carla and Alison will be supervising camp workers and all related activities.

Activities and Special Events: The children are divided into groups according to age: Infants and toddlers, preschoolers, and school-aged children. Each room is equipped with a variety of age-appropriate toys, games, and books. Daily art projects will be prepared by Corrine Vieville, a member of the Oregon affiliate. In addition, school-aged children will have the opportunity to sign up for half-day trips to local area attractions. Some of the planned events include walks to Olympic Park to play in the fountain, and a trip to the Coca Cola museum. Dates, times, additional fees, and sign-ups for field trips will be included in the registration packet. Space for special events is limited to enrolled NFB Campers only, on a first-come, first-served basis. On the final day of NFB Camp we will conduct a big toy sale--brand new toys at bargain prices!

Banquet Night: NFB Camp will be open during general convention sessions, division and committee meeting day, and the evening of the banquet. Plenty of teens are always available to baby-sit during evening and luncheon meetings. We will have a list of babysitters at the NFB Camp table at convention.

Please use the NFB Camp Registration Form.

NFB CAMP REGISTRATION FORM
Completed form and fees must be received on or before June 15, 2007

Parent’s Name ____________________________________________________
Address _________________________________________________________
City _______________ State___________ Zip______ Phone _______________

Child(ren)’s Name(s)
________________________________Age______ Date of Birth___________
________________________________Age______ Date of Birth___________
________________________________Age______ Date of Birth___________

Include description of any disabilities/allergies we should know about: _________
________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________

Who, other than parents, is allowed to pick up your child(ren)? ______________
________________________________________________________________

Per Week: $90 first child, $60 siblings No. of Children______ $_________
(Does not include banquet)

Per Day: $20 per child per day No. of Days_____x$20 child $_________
(Does not include banquet)

Banquet: $15 per child No. of Children ______ $_________

Total Due $_________

We understand that NFB Camp is being provided as a service by the NFB to make our convention more enjoyable for both parents and children. We will pick up children immediately following sessions. We understand that if our child(ren) does not follow the rules or if for any reason staff is unable to care for our child(ren), further access to childcare will be denied.

Parent’s Signature ___________________________________________ Date ______________

Make checks payable to NFB Camp. Return form to: NFB Camp, 5005 Main Street, Springfield, Oregon 97478. Phone: (541) 726-6924

NFB CAMP SCHEDULE
NFB Camp will be open during general convention sessions, division and committee meeting day, and the evening of the banquet. Times listed are the opening and closing times of NFB Camp. Children are not accepted earlier than the times listed, and a late fee of $10 will be assessed for all late pick-ups. NFB Camp provides morning and afternoon snacks. You are responsible to provide lunch for your children every day.

Date NFB Camp Hours
Saturday, June 30th 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Sunday, July 1st Camp is Closed
Monday, July 2nd 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, July 3rd 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, July 4th 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Thursday, July 5th 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Banquet 6:30 p.m. – 30 minutes after closing
Friday, July 8th 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

You are required to provide lunch for your child(ren) each day.

These times may vary, depending on the timing of the actual convention sessions. NFB Camp will open thirty minutes before the beginning gavel and close thirty minutes after sessions recess.

National Organization of Parents of Blind Children
Seminar and Workshops for Parents and Teachers at the 2007 NFB Convention
Schedule of Events and Preregistration

Saturday, June 30
SEMINAR DAY

Sunday, July 1
CONVENTION REGISTRATION (all day)
EXHIBIT HALL (all day)
RESOLUTIONS COMMITTEE MEETING (afternoon)

Monday, July 2
NFB OPEN BOARD MEETING (morning)
EXHIBIT HALL (all day)
DIVISION MEETING DAY (afternoon, evening)

Tuesday, July 3
MARCH FOR INDEPENDENCE (6:00 – 9:00 a.m.)
GENERAL SESSION (all day)

Wednesday, July 4
GENERAL SESSION (morning only)

Thursday, July 5
GENERAL SESSION (all day)
BANQUET (evening)

Friday, July 6
GENERAL SESSION (all day)

Questions? Contact Barbara Cheadle: bcheadle@nfb.org or (410) 659-9314, extension 2360


NOPBC 2007 SEMINAR REGISTRATION

Make checks or money orders payable to NOPBC. Mail to:
Sandy Taboada, 6960 South Fieldgate Court, Baton Rouge, LA 70808-5455

NOPBC Conference Fees
This fee includes annual dues for membership-at-large in the NOPBC.
$15 one adult
$10 per teen for youth groups accompanied by chaperones
$25 families

Fee enclosed (make checks payable to NOPBC) $________________

Adult Name(s). Please include first and last names of each adult and please check relationship or interest in the NOPBC:
1. ______________________________________________________
[ ] parent [ ] relative [ ] professional [ ] blind parent [ ] chaperone for a teen group [ ] other

2. _______________________________________________________
[ ] parent [ ] relative [ ] professional [ ] blind parent [ ] chaperone for a teen group [ ] other

Address _________________________________________________________
City ____________________________________ State___________ Zip______
Telephone(s) ______________________ E-mail _________________________

Do you already receive Future Reflections? YES NO

Are you a member of your state POBC chapter? YES NO

Is this your first NFB Convention? YES NO

Please list names (first and last), birth dates, and grades of all children attending the convention with you. Please include a brief description of the child’s vision and any additional disabilities.

Name, birth date, grade, vision/other
1. _______________________________________________________________
2. _______________________________________________________________
3. _______________________________________________________________
4. _______________________________________________________________

Additional comments, questions, or requests: ________

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