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When I Grow Up…
2011 NOPBC Conference

by Laura Weber

The Weber family seated in a car with Lindsay at the wheelWhen my daughter, Lindsay, was six years old, she wanted to be the President of the United States.  But only for one term, she told me.  After that, she wanted to be a clown and make balloon animals at Chick-fil-A. 

When she was seven, Lindsay decided that she wanted to be a stay-at-home mom.  She told me that she was going to have two children, both girls, and that their names would be Brittany and Emma.  I asked her whether a husband fit into this picture, and if so, did she already know his name, too?  She didn’t miss a beat.  “His name will be Mr. Lindsay.”  Of course.  How silly of me to not know that. 

Now Lindsay is eight years old.  She wants to be a baker…and a singer…and an author…and a mom.  Her plans may change a hundred more times before she grows up, but I think the important thing is that when she thinks about her future, she’s not putting limitations on herself based on her blindness, or anything else, for that matter. 

What does your child want to do when he or she grows up?  Go to college?  Get a job?  Have a family?  What do you want for your child?  We all want our children to succeed, but there is no single definition of success that applies to all people--blind or sighted.  I believe that our goal should be to help our children reach their full potential, whatever that may be.  Whether our kids have academic goals or developmental goals, it is our job, as parents and teachers, to learn all that we can to help them succeed. The NOPBC conference at the national convention of the NFB is the place to learn how to do just that. 

My family attended our first national convention in 2006, and by the time I left, I knew that the NFB’s philosophy was what I wanted my daughter to learn and live.  I want her to have a positive attitude, self-determination, and high expectations; and I want her to have blind adults in her life to model the skills, competence, and confidence needed for success.  I don’t know what Lindsay’s future holds, but whether she’s destined to be the President of the United States or a clown making balloon animals at Chick-fil-A, I want to make sure she has all the tools she needs to achieve her dreams.  I want that for your child, too, so I hope you’ll join us at the NOPBC conference this year.

The 2011 NOPBC Conference, “When I Grow Up,” will take place at the NFB National Convention in Orlando, Florida, from July 3-8.  All families and teachers of blind and visually impaired children are welcome, and there will be activities for everyone.  The following is a description of the special NOPBC activities for parents, teachers, children, and youth, some insider information, and registration forms. 

WHEN I GROW UP…
2011 NOPBC CONFERENCE
Schedule of Activities for Parents, Teachers, Children, & Youth

SUNDAY, JULY 3
Full-Day Seminar for Parents & Teachers
7:30 - 8:45 a.m.—REGISTRATION
9:00 - 11:00 a.m.—GENERAL SESSION
Welcome—Laura Weber, president, NOPBC
Kid Talk with Dr. Marc Maurer—Kids get a chance to speak to the president of the National Federation of the Blind about anything that’s on their minds
Braille Readers are Leaders Recognition
Looking Toward the Future—Dr. Fred Schroeder, 1st VP, National Federation of the Blind; president, NFB of Virginia
When I Grow Up—Panel of Blind Students 
What Do Blind People Do?—Panel of Blind Adults
Introducing: The New NOPBC Web site!

10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.—NOPBC CHILDREN’S ACTIVITY (ages 5-10, in NFB Child Care)
Clowning Around
Children will work with professional clowns and learn all about costumes, makeup, tricks, jokes, and putting on a show.  This activity continues in the afternoon.

10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.—NFB YOUTH TRACK SESSION (ages 11-18)
Sponsored by NFB Jernigan Institute
            Get in the Game
            Jump into this year’s Youth Track with fun icebreakers; come catch up with old friends and make new ones.

PLEASE NOTE:

11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.—NOPBC CONCURRENT SESSIONS—PARENTS & TEACHERS

The Right to Literacy for Young Blind/VI Children
How to provide experiences to prepare children of all abilities, ages 0-8, for a future of literacy.  Instructors: Ann Burgess, MLS - Children’s Librarian and Early Literacy Specialist; Barbara Bailey, M.Ed. - Parent and Volunteer School Librarian (Pre K-6th)

Technology and the IEP
What technology does your child need?  What does the law say about technology?  How can you get it into the IEP?  Instructor: Dr. Matt Maurer, Butler University

IDEA is Over—but Life for Your Adult Child with Additional Disabilities is Just Beginning
Finding resources and information for life after high school for children with additional disabilities.  Instructor: Carol Akers, Parent

Get a Life—A Social Life, That Is
How parents and teachers can facilitate the development of social skills and friendships.  Instructor: Mary Fernandez, Nat’l Assoc. of Blind Students

12:15 - 2:00 p.m.—LUNCH on your own; pick up children from child care

1:30  - 4:30 p.m.—NFB YOUTH TRACK SESSION (ages 11-18)

The Blind Life
Games designed to entertain and stretch your ideas about blindness.  Test     your skills through Jenga, let your inner actor/actress out through Get a Clue, Take a Risk, and play the Game of Life.

2:00 p.m.—Clowning Around workshop continues in the Child Care rooms
           
2:00 - 3:15 p.m.—NOPBC CONCURRENT SESSIONS—PARENTS & TEACHERS

Age-Appropriate Expectations
Low expectations can doom a blind/VI child to failure.  What do appropriate expectations look like?  Instructor: Dr. Ruby Ryles, LA Tech University

Behavior: Who’s in Control Here Anyway?
Learn about positive behavior supports and how love, control, independence, and self-determination are all connected.  Instructor: Dr. Jerry Petroff, The College of New Jersey (TCNJ)
                   
Preparing for College
Tips for getting through the application process and surviving freshman year.  Instructors: Barbara Mathews, NOPBC Board; College Student Panel

Tools and Techniques for the Classroom
How the blind/VI student can be included in all classroom activities. Instructors: Dr. Lillian Rankel, Science Teacher; Marilyn Winograd, TBVI; Dr. Cary Supalo, Independence Science; Dr. Andrew Greenberg, Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center, Univ. of WI
 

3:30 - 4:45 p.m.—NOPBC CONCURRENT SESSIONS—PARENTS & TEACHERS

Issues in Standardized Testing
Computer-based testing, state consortia, IEP accommodations—what will    it all mean for blind/VI kids?  Instructor: Pat Renfranz, NOPBC Board

Behavior: Who’s in Control Here Anyway?
Learn about positive behavior supports and how love, control, independence, and self-determination are all connected.  This session will put a special emphasis on dads, but all are welcome.  Instructor: Dr. Jerry Petroff, TCNJ

How to Get Rid of Your Child
Equipping your child with the skills needed for an independent life. Instructor: Melody Roane, VA Dept. for the BVI

Out & About: Independent Mobility for Your Child
High expectations, real-life goals, and how to achieve them in the area of independent travel.  Instructor: Denise Mackenstadt, NOMC

5:00 - 7:00 p.m.—MIX & MINGLE RECEPTION—PROFESSIONALS & PARENTS

7:00 - 9:00 p.m.—NOPBC FAMILY HOSPITALITY
Relax and chat, meet new families, and connect with old friends. “Veteran” parents will be on hand to welcome and provide information.  

MONDAY, JULY 4

No NFB Child Care on this day

8:45 - 10:30 a.m.—CANE WALK Session I
11:00 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.—CANE WALK Session II
Learn and experience the Discovery Method of travel at these special workshops.  Parents, teachers, blind children, siblings welcome.  Instructors: Jeff Altman, NOMC, and cane travel instructors

11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., or 3:00 p.m.—NOPBC FAMILY OUTING TO SEAWORLD
Admission to the park and a special tour, all at a very special price.  Must preregister.  Details on registration pages.

4:00 - 5:00 p.m.—NFB YOUTH TRACK SESSION (ages 11-18)

Writing Your Script
Aspiring writer?  Just want to brush up on the basics?  Come join members of the NFB Writers’ Division for this fun and informative workshop.

TUESDAY, JULY 5

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.-NOPBC CHILDREN’S ACTIVITY (ages 5-12, in Child Care)
NOTES: All NOPBC children’s activities will take place in NFB Child Care.  Be sure to register your child with child care!  On Tuesday, July 5, only, 11- and 12-year-olds may be signed up for child care.

Tinkering with Tools
Children will touch, examine, and use tools and equipment related to cars and doing things around the house courtesy of Joe Naulty, Harold Wenning, and the NFB CARS Division.

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.—NFB YOUTH TRACK ACTIVITY (ages 11-18)
                                                           
Blind Apprentice 
Want to be a lawyer? Career plans include teaching or working in the human services field?  Unsure what career to consider? Looking for people with similar interests?  However you answer these questions, come hear NFB members describe their divisions and find the one that is right for you.

1:00 - 4:00 p.m.—NOPBC ANNUAL MEETING: OPTIONS & OPPORTUNITIES
Keynote address by the 2011 Distinguished Educator of Blind Children, special guest speakers, student panel, how do blind people do things, summer programs for our kids, Parent Power, business meeting, elections, and much more!
 
1:30 - 3:30 p.m.—NOPBC CHILDREN’S ACTIVITY (ages 5-12, in Child Care)
NOTE: You may drop off your child early at child care on this day so that you can attend the NOPBC Annual Meeting.  Children stay in child care after the activity.
Hands-On Science Is So Much Fun!
Children will conduct messy, noisy, interesting, funny, creepy, dirty, and baffling experiments with quicksand, space sand, jumping beans, dinosaur sandwiches, and crater-making, while learning the science behind the fun.  Instructors: Dr. Lillian Rankel, Marilyn Winograd, Dr. Cary Supalo, Dr. Andrew Greenberg

5:00 - 7:00 p.m.—BRAILLE BOOK FAIR
A book lover's dream!  Browse tables of new and used Braille and print/Braille books.  Volunteers will box your books and deliver them to the post office for Free Matter shipment.  Books are free and donations are encouraged to help support our Braille programs. Cosponsored by NOPBC & NAPUB. Coordinator: Barbara Cheadle

7:00 - 9:00 p.m.—NFB YOUTH TRACK ACTIVITY (ages 11-18)
The Amazing Race 
A fast-paced evening filled with various challenges. Put on your game face and come enjoy Orlando with your friends.

7:30 - 9:00 p.m.—DADS’ NIGHT OUT
All dads, sighted and blind, are welcome.  Call Jim Beyer at (406) 239-2057 for location. 

WEDNESDAY, JULY 6

7:00 - 10:00 p.m.—NOPBC CHILDREN’S ACTIVITIES (ages 6-14)
                                                           
            Crafts & Games
            For children whose parents are attending the NOPBC workshops.

7:00 - 8:15 p.m.—NOPBC CONCURRENT SESSIONS—PARENTS & TEACHERS
                   
          IEPs for Rookies: The Law, Evaluations, Goals, Strategies
            The basic principles of writing an effective IEP for parents who are relatively new to the process. Instructor: Carlton Walker, Parent, Attorney, TBVI
                                                           
            VR Services? What’s That?
            From the IEP to the IPE—how the rules change, what to expect from a rehab agency, what can rehab pay for, what is SSI, how to be an informed consumer.  Instructor: Dick Davis, Asst. Director, Employment Programs, BLIND, Inc.

            Will & Estate Planning for Families with Special Needs Children
            What you need to know to plan for and protect your child’s future.  Instructor: TBA

8:30 - 9:45 p.m.—NOPBC CONCURRENT SESSIONS—PARENTS & TEACHERS

            IEPs for “Veterans”: Getting a Good Plan in Place
           For parents who have been through the IEP process a few times but still       need assistance in getting a good education plan in place.  Instructor: Carlton Walker, Parent, Attorney, TBVI

            The ABCs of Braille
            A hands-on workshop that will teach the beginning of Braille reading and writing. Instructors: Gail Wagner, TBVI, and Vickie Buchignani, COMS, TBVI

            Finding Summer and Part-Time Jobs

            Tips & techniques from experienced rehab professionals and blind people   who’ve done it.  Instructors: Dick Davis, Asst. Director, Employment Programs, BLIND, Inc., & Panel of Blind Adults

7:00 - 10:00 p.m.—NFB YOUTH TRACK ACTIVITY (ages 14-18)

Minute to Swim It
Come enjoy an evening of swimming, and wacky games based on the popular game show Minute to Win It. You don’t want to miss an evening that is sure to be full of laughs and great memories!

THURSDAY, JULY 7

7:00 - 8:45 a.m.—NOPBC BOARD MEETING


NOPBC Insider Information
National convention is a complicated week of events.  Here are a few tips to help you stay organized and take advantage of the many opportunities that will be available. 

REGISTRATION INFORMATION:

 

CHILDREN’S ACTIVITIES & CHILD CARE INFORMATION:

SEMINAR DAY INFORMATION

TEEN & TWEEN ROOMS

OTHER ACTIVITIES ALL WEEK LONG


NOPBC 2011 CONFERENCE
REGISTRATION, WORKSHOP, & FAMILY OUTING SIGN-UP
Make checks payable to NOPBC and mail with forms to:
Pat Renfranz, NOPBC Treasurer
397 Middle Oak Lane
Salt Lake City, UT 84108

Save money by preregistering! Preregistration must be postmarked by June 10.
After June 10, please register on-site in Orlando. 
                                       


FEES

By June 10

On-site in Orlando

Adult

$25

$30

Child/Youth (5-18 years)

 $10

$15

Adult Name ____________________________________________________
     [ ] parent                [ ] professional            [ ] other____________________
Adult Name ____________________________________________________
     [ ] parent    [ ] professional            [ ] other____________________
Please list additional adults on a separate sheet.

Address ______________________________ City _____________________
State _______             Zip _____________    Phone _______________________
E-mail ____________________________    Alt. phone ____________________

Children’s names (first and last), ages, and brief description of vision and any additional disabilities:__________________________

_________________________________________________________________________________

How many?                             Prereg. by June 10                             On-site reg.
    Adults          _____ @ $25    = $______    or         @ $30   = $______
    Children      _____  @ $10     = $______   or         @ $15   = $______
                                                                                  
                                                Total enclosed: $_________

___ I receive Future Reflections          ___ I am a member of my state NFB/POBC ___ This is my 1st national convention   ___ If not, how many have you attended?
___ I cannot attend the Conference but please put me on the NOPBC mailing list.  (Please fill out information online or above and mail in form.)

PLEASE NOTE: Preregistrations postmarked after June 10 will be returned.
Also, remember that registrations for the NOPBC Conference and NFB child care are separate and must be mailed to different places.


WORKSHOP SIGN-UP

SUNDAY, JULY 3

ADULTS

11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.  (Please mark how many will attend each session)
_____ The Right to Literacy for Young Blind/VI Children
_____ Technology and the IEP
_____ IDEA is Over—Life for Adult Child with Additional Disabilities
_____ Get a Life—A Social Life, That Is

2:00 - 3:15 p.m. (Please mark how many will attend each session)
_____ Age-Appropriate Expectations
_____ Behavior: Who’s in Control Here Anyway?
_____ Preparing for College
_____ Tools and Techniques for the Classroom

3:30 - 4:45 p.m.  (Please mark how many will attend each session)
_____ Issues in Standardized Testing            
_____ Behavior: Who’s in Control Here Anyway? (with emphasis on dads)
_____ How to Get Rid of Your Child
_____ Out & About: Independent Mobility for Your Child

 

CHILDREN (ages 5-10)
Please mark how many will attend each session

                   
            _____ 10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.: Clowning Around Workshop
            _____ 2:00 - 5:00 p.m.: Clowning Around continues 
                   
                         Name _____________________ Age_______
                         _____________________ Age_______

NOTE: Children’s activities will take place in NFB child care.  In order for your child to take part, YOU MUST REGISTER YOUR CHILD FOR CHILD CARE on that day.

YOUTH (ages 11-18)
Please mark how many will attend each session

            _____ 10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.:  Get in the Game
            _____ 2:00 - 5:00 p.m.: The Blind Life

MONDAY, JULY 4       

8:45 - 10:30 a.m.:  Cane Walk Session I 
Please mark how many will attend session
                                                           
_____ adults    _____ children            _____ youth
                                    _________ ages          _________ ages
                                       
11:00 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.:  Cane Walk Session II  
Please mark how many will attend session
 
_____ adults                _____ children            _____ youth
                                    _________ ages          _________ ages

 

11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., or 3:00 p.m.:   NOPBC Family Outing to SeaWorld
Please see separate registration materials following Workshop Sign-up sheets.

YOUTH (ages 11-18)
Please mark how many will attend session

                                                           
            _____ 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.:  Writing Your Script

TUESDAY, JULY 5 

CHILDREN (ages 5-12) 
Please mark how many will attend each session
                                                           
            _____ 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.: Tinkering with Tools
                        Name _____________________ Age_______
                                    _____________________ Age_______
           
            _____ 1:30 - 3:30 .pm.: Hands-On Science Is So Much Fun
                        Name _____________________ Age_______
                                     _____________________ Age_______
_____ I give my permission for my child to be photographed in this session

NOTE: Children’s activities will take place in NFB child care.  Child must be registered for child care that day in order to attend.  On Tuesday, July 5, only, 11- and 12-year-olds may be signed up for child care.

YOUTH (ages 11-18)
Please mark how many will attend session

            _____ 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  Blind Apprentice

                    _____ 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.  The Amazing Race

WEDNESDAY, JULY 6 

ADULTS
           
            7:00 - 8:15 p.m.  (Please mark how many will attend each session)
            _____ IEPs for Rookies
                    _____ VR Services? What’s That?
            _____ Will & Estate Planning

            8:30 - 9:45 p.m.  (Please mark how many will attend each session)
            _____ IEPs for “Veterans”

            _____ The ABCs of Braille

            _____ Finding Summer and Part-Time Jobs

 

CHILDREN (ages 6-10)
Please Note: Sign your child up for this activity only if you will be attending NOPBC workshops that evening.

Please mark how many will attend session

            _____ 7 - 10 p.m.  Crafts & Games
            Name _____________________ Age_______
                       _____________________ Age_______

YOUTH (ages 11-18)
Please mark how many will attend session

            _____ 7 - 10 p.m.  Minute to Swim It

 

NOPBC Family Outing to SeaWorld
Information & Touch Tour Registration

SeaWorld has made it possible for NOPBC families to visit the park on Monday, July 4, for a cost of only $25 per person!  They have also set up a special touch tour for blind children.  To take the tour, you must sign up and send payment in advance (see below).  If you do NOT want to take the tour, but just want to visit the park, you do NOT need to sign up or pay in advance.  Either way, to enter the park at the special price, you must enter through the Education Gate and mention that you are with NOPBC.  The Education Gate is located in Lot G, accessible through SeaWorld's main toll plaza.  Entrance is through the Education Gate, but you will exit through the front gate of the park.  The park is located less than 3 miles from the convention hotel, so it will be a short drive or taxi ride to get there.  There is a fee for parking.  Glass bottles, straws, drink lids, and coolers are not permitted into the park.   

TOUCH TOUR INFORMATION—SeaWorld Ocean Discovery Adventures in Education: Shark & Penguin Encounter   

Blind children will experience a behind-the-scenes tactile encounter with sharks, penguins, snakes, lizards, bones and even polar bear fur!  Each special tour begins at the Education Pavilion where a specially trained educator will guide participants through their tactile exploration.  Guests are then challenged to separate shark fact from fiction before interacting with a small shark.  After that, penguin and puffin enthusiasts can venture behind the scenes of Penguin Encounter.  Guests learn firsthand from animal care experts about nurturing these unique birds.  Then, participants put their knowledge to the test as they interact with curious puffins and waddling penguins.  Please note that this part of the tour involves a set of stairs and may involve walking on ice or wet surfaces. 
                             
Tour space is limited and will be assigned on a first-come, first-serve basis.  If you and your child would like to participate in the tour, please fill in the form below and mail it with your check ASAP.  You may sign up your blind child/children and one adult.  If your blind child is mature enough to participate in the tour under general (rather than one-to-one) supervision, you may sign him/her up to go on the tour independently.  If you cannot accompany your blind child on the tour because of your other children, please contact us and we will try to accommodate you.   

There will be three tours—at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m.  Each tour is limited to 25 people, including adults.  Please mark your 1st, 2nd, and 3rd choices of times.  (Note: if you also want to participate in the Cane Walk on that day, make sure you either sign up for the earlier Cane Walk Session or a later tour session.)   You may arrive early at the park and stay late to enjoy all park shows and attractions that do not conflict with your tour time.  If all tours are filled by the time we get your paperwork, we will contact you and return your check.  If you get closed out of the tours, you will still be able to enter the park for the $25 fee (pay at the door).


TOUCH TOUR REGISTRATION

Tour Times

11 a.m.

1 p.m.

3 p.m.

1st Choice

 

 

 

2nd Choice

 

 

 

3rd Choice

 

 

 

Blind Child’s Name (first and last)
___________________________   Age ______   Date of Birth ____________

Blind Child’s Name (first and last)
___________________________   Age ______   Date of Birth ____________

Accompanying Adult’s Name
____________________________________________________
    
            [ ] parent                     [ ] other____________________

Address ______________________________ City _____________________

State _______             Zip _____________    Phone _______________________

E-mail ____________________________   
                                                                      Cell phone ____________________
                        PRINT CLEARLY

 

 

How many?

 

 

Adult

1  or  0   (circle)

       X    $25    = 

$

Child/Children          (Under 3--no charge)

 

       X    $25    = 

$

                                         Total enclosed: 

$

                                                                       
Please write a separate check for this tour made payable to NOPBC and mark “family outing” in the memo section.  Mail with this form to:
Pat Renfranz, NOPBC Treasurer
397 Middle Oak Lane
Salt Lake City UT 84108


NOPBC 2011 CONFERENCE OVERVIEW

Please Note:  Teen Room & Tween Room schedules will be added when NFB full agenda is available.

Sunday, July 3

9:00 - 11:00 a.m.                     General Session (Adults, Children, Youth)
                                                Children & Youth will be escorted to their activities at 10:45
10:45 a.m. -12:15 p.m.            Children’s Activity (ages 5-10)
10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.           Youth Track (ages 11-18)
11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.           NOPBC Concurrent Workshop Sessions
2:00 - 5:00 p.m.                      Children’s Activity continues (ages 5-10)
2:00 - 5:00 p.m.                      Youth Track (ages 11-18)
2:00 - 3:15 p.m.                      NOPBC Concurrent Workshop Sessions
3:30 - 4:45 p.m.                      NOPBC Concurrent Workshop Sessions
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.                      Reception
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.                      Family Hospitality

Monday, July 4

8:45 - 10:30 a.m.                     Cane Walk Session I (Adults, Children, Youth)
11:00 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.           Cane Walk Session II (Adults, Children, Youth)
11:00 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m.        SeaWorld Family Outing tour times
4:00 - 5:00 p.m.                      Youth Track (ages 11-18)

Tuesday, July 5

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.           Children’s Activity (ages 5-12; ages 11 & 12 this day only)
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.           Youth Track (ages 11-18)
1:00 - 4:00 p.m.                      NOPBC Annual Meeting
1:30 - 3:30 p.m.                      Children’s Activity (ages 5-12; ages 11 & 12 this day only)
                                                You can bring children to child care early on this day; they can stay in child care after the activity ends
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.                      Braille Book Fair
7:00 - 8:00 p.m.                      Youth Track (ages 11-18)
7:30 - 9:00 p.m.                      Dad’s Night Out

Wednesday, July 6

7:00 - 8:15 p.m.                      NOPBC Concurrent Workshops
8:30 - 9:45 p.m.                      NOPBC Concurrent Workshops
7:00 - 10:00 p.m.                    Children’s Activity (ages 6-14)
                                                for children whose parents are in the NOPBC workshops
7:00 - 10:00 p.m.                    Youth Track (ages 11-18)

Thursday, July 7

7:00 - 8:45 a.m.                       NOPBC Board Meeting

 

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