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2003 NFB National Convention

 

BACKGROUND

The 2003 convention will be the largest meeting of the blind to be held anywhere in the world in the year 2003. 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: June 28 through July 4, 2003

Pre-convention seminars for parents and others—June 28, 2003

Division and national committee meetings—June 29-30, 2003

Plenary sessions—July 1 through 4, 2003

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 1, and continuing through Friday, July 4. During these sessions, all attendees assemble in state delegations much like a political convention.

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, June 29, 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

AGENDAS

The exhibit hall is a popular convention attraction.  The Budney family from Michigan - Brian, Cindy and Rebecca-take a break from their perusal of the 2002 exhibits to pose for the NFB photographer.
The exhibit hall is a popular convention attraction. The Budney family from Michigan-Brian, Cindy, and Rebecca-take a break from their perusal of the 2002 exhibits to pose for the NFB photographer.

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, June 28, 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 2003 National Federation of the Blind convention are as follows: singles, twins, and doubles, $57.00 a night; triples and quads, $63.00 a night. 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 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>.

Face painting is one of the more popular booths at the convention's Braille Carnival.    At the 2002 Braille Carnival, Zack Erickson of Georgia tries to hold still while Jennifer Smith paints his name in Braille dots,
Face painting is one of the more popular booths at the convention’s Braille Carnival. At the 2002 Braille Carnival, Zack Erickson of Georgia tries to hold still while Jennifer Smith paints on his name in Braille dots.
Dr. Marc Maurer presides behind a podium bearing the new logo, Whozit.
Dr. Marc Maurer presides at the NFB Convention behind a podium bearing the new NFB logo, Whozit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Crystal McClain of Ohio looks on while daughter, Macy, examines a tactile illustration at the Technology in the Classroom workshop conducted by Bruce McClanahan and Debbie Hartz.
Crystal McClain of Ohio looks on while daughter, Macy, examines a tactile illustration at the Technology in the Classroom workshop conducted by Bruce McClanahan and Debbie Hartz.
Venona Thomas, President of the NFB of Alaska, gives the report for her delegation during the 2002 roll call of states.
Venona Thomas, President of the NFB of Alaska, gives the report for her delegation during the 2002 roll call of states.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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