Friday, July 6, 2018

8:00 - 8:45 AM—DEVOTIONS

  • Wekiwa 10, Level 2

8:45 - 9:15 AM—PREREGISTRATION PACKET PICKUP

  • Sebastian Ballroom Pre-function Area, Level 1

8:45 - 9:15 AM—REGISTRATION ($30), AND BANQUET TICKET SALES ($70)

  • Sebastian Ballroom Pre-function Area, Level 1

OPENING GENERAL SESSION

9:30 AM CALL TO ORDER AND INVOCATION

9:35 AM WELCOMING CEREMONIES

  • 2018 National Convention Host Committee: National Federation of the Blind of Iowa, National Federation of the Blind of Florida, National Federation of the Blind of Virginia

10:05 AM CELEBRATION OF FREEDOM: VETERANS RECOGNIZED

  • Dwight Sayer, President, National Association of Blind Veterans, a Division of the National Federation of the Blind; Winter Garden, Florida

10:25 AM ROLL CALL OF STATES AND APPOINTMENT OF NOMINATING COMMITTEE

11:55 AM REPORTS AND RESOLUTIONS

12:00 PM ADJOURN

Noon - 1:45 PM—EXHIBIT HALL AND INDEPENDENCE MARKET

  • Sebastian Ballrooms K and L, Level 1

12:15 - 1:45 PM—LOUISIANA CENTER FOR THE BLIND ALUMNI RECEPTION

  • Panzacola Ballroom H-2, Level 1
  • All Louisiana Center for the Blind (LCB) alumni and those interested in learning more about our life-changing programs are welcome. Join us as we celebrate the accomplishments of our alumni. Learn how LCB training will help you “live the life you want!” Pam Allen, Executive Director

1:30 - 2:00 PM—PREREGISTRATION PACKET PICKUP

  • Sebastian Ballroom Pre-function Area, Level 1

1:30 - 2:00 PM—REGISTRATION ($30) AND FINAL BANQUET TICKET SALES ($70)

  • Sebastian Ballroom Pre-function Area, Level 1

GENERAL SESSION

2:00 PM CALL TO ORDER

2:05 PM PRESIDENTIAL REPORT

  • Mark Riccobono, President, National Federation of the Blind; Baltimore, Maryland

3:05 PM DREAM MAKERS CIRCLE

3:10 PM THE UNEXPLORED DIMENSIONS OF PHOTOGRAPHY: THE BLIND AND THE FREEDOM OF TACTILE UNDERSTANDING

  • John Olson, Co-founder, 3DPhotoWorks; Chatham, New York

3:25 PM DIRECTING BIG DATA AND TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATION: PERSPECTIVES ON THE IMPORTANCE OF LEADERSHIP BY THE BLIND

  • Chancey Fleet, 2018-2019 Fellow, Data and Society Research Institute; First Vice President, National Federation of the Blind of New York; Brooklyn, New York

3:45 PM BRINGING CONNECTIONS TO SCALE: THE BLIND AND A WORLDWIDE CROWD FOR ACCESS TO INFORMATION

  • Christian Erfurt, CEO and Co-founder, Be My Eyes; Copenhagen, Denmark

4:00 PM NETWORKING THAT EMPOWERS INNOVATION: ACCESSIBILITY FOR THE BLIND THROUGH FACEBOOK

  • Monica Desai, Director, Public Policy, Facebook; Washington, DC

4:15 PM INTRODUCING CHLOE: ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE GUIDED BY THE BLIND

  • Suman Kanuganti, Co-founder and CEO, Aira Tech Corp.; San Diego, California

4:30 PM REPORTS AND RESOLUTIONS

5:00 PM ADJOURN

5:30 - 6:30 PM—NOMINATING COMMITTEE

  • Wekiwa 8, Level 2

5:30 - 7:30 PM—RESEARCH AND ACADEMIC PROFESSIONALS MEETING

  • Suwannee 20, Level 2
  • The National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute's Research Advisory Council invites interested individuals to discuss current research, publication in the Journal of Blindness Innovation and Research (JBIR), and to share ideas for increasing the research and academic presence of the NFB. Edward Bell, Arielle Silverman, and Lou Ann Blake, Coordinators

6:00 - 7:00 PM—PLANNED GIVING SEMINAR

  • Wekiwa 5, Level 2
  • Come and learn about all of the options for planned giving. Your affiliate can seek planned gifts best if you understand options. You can determine how best to help fund the future of NFB through your own planned gifts by attending this informational program. Patti Chang, Coordinator

6:00 - 7:30 PM—COMMITTEE ON AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES AND INNOVATIONS IN TRANSPORTATION

  • Wekiwa 6, Level 2
  • This committee collects information about trends in transportation and emerging models of transportation that might not exist today, and which may present opportunities for the blind to move around independently, ensuring the NFB plays a prominent role in the future of transportation. Sachin Dev Pavithran, Chairperson

6:00 - 8:00 pm—COMMITTEE ON AUTOMOBILE AND PEDESTRIAN SAFETY

  • Wekiwa 7, Level 2
  • Traveling safer and smarter in a post-combustible-engine era—what pedestrians should know about our ever-changing environment. Bring your expertise, imagination, and an open mind to share ideas and feet-on-the-street experiences. Maurice Peret, Chairperson

6:00 - 8:00 PM—SELF-ADVOCACY IN HIGHER EDUCATION

  • Panzacola Ballroom F-2, Level 1
  • A workshop for current or soon-to-be undergraduate or graduate students to know your legal rights and learn effective strategies for self-advocacy in obtaining accommodations and accessing instructional materials and digital content. Gabe Cazares and Valerie Yingling, National Federation of the Blind

6:00 - 8:00 PM—UPWARD MOBILITY SEMINAR

  • Wekiwa 10, Level 2
  • Stuck in a dead-end job? Want to move up but don’t know how? Learn about LinkedIn, networking, creative job-search skills, and other ways to break the glass ceiling. Hear about crafty ideas from employers, committee members, and others.
  • Sponsored by the NFB Employment Committee.
  • ***This event was originally listed as 7:00 - 9:30 PM; the correct time is 6:00 - 8:00 PM; this information may not appear in the hard copy of the agenda.***

6:30 - 9:00 PM—CELEBRATE 30 YEARS WITH THE COLORADO CENTER!

  • Panzacola Ballroom H-3, Level 1
  • Join us in celebrating thirty years of achievements! Hear from Diane McGeorge and others who contribute to our success. Catch up with current and former staff and students. Doors open at 6:30. Program begins at 7:00, with reception to follow. Julie Deden, Director

7:00- 9:00 PM—COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE: OPEN TO ALL LEADERS

  • Wekiwa 4, Level 2
  • Join together with chapter, affiliate, and division leaders to learn best practices in communications. We’ll explore the tools available to us through our national office and exchange ideas. Learn to effectively use communication as our greatest tool to build the Federation. Jessica Beecham, Chairperson

7:00 - 9:00 PM—EXHIBIT HALL

  • Sebastian Ballrooms K and L, Level 1

7:00 - 9:00 PM—GRANT WRITING AND FUNDRAISING BASICS

  • Wekiwa 5, Level 2
  • This seminar covers dos and don’ts of grant writing and fundraising for chapters and affiliates. Patti Chang and Seth Lamkin, Coordinators

7:00 - 10:00 PM—HOST COMMITTEE WELCOME PARTY ($10)

  • Gatlin Ballroom, A, Level 1
  • Join us to celebrate one last year in Orlando with a concert and party with cash bar featuring special guest apl.de.ap from The Black Eyed Peas. Federation musicians including Marion Gwizdala, Precious Perez, and James Brown will be performing followed by a set from apl.de.ap. apl.de.ap will then keep your feet moving as he DJs a Federation dance party. Event is open exclusively to convention attendees. Tickets may be purchased at the lobby Welcome Table; in the Hospitality Suite; from the Florida, Iowa, and Virginia host affiliate tables in the Exhibit Hall; or at the door.
  • Sponsored by Aira and the 2018 Host Committee.

7:00 - 10:00 PM—NOPBC CONCURRENT SESSIONS

  • 7:00-9:45 PM It’s Playtime!: Drop in with your infant, toddler, or preschooler. Network with other families, ask questions, play together!—Suwannee 14, Level 2
  • 7:00-8:15 PM—IEP 101: What does a good IEP look like, and how do I get there?—Suwannee 18, Level 2
  • 7:00-8:15 PM—High-Quality Assessments Set the Stage for Service: How can the NRMA and a high-quality orientation and mobility assessment help your child?—Suwannee 19, Level 2
  • 8:30-9:45 PM—IEP 202: Beyond the basics—Suwannee 18, Level 2
  • 8:30-9:45 PM—The Soft Skills Necessary for IEP Success: How do you stay calm, get what your child needs, and stay on good terms with members of the IEP team?—Suwannee 19, Level 2

7:00 - 10:00 PM—NOPBC YOUTH TRACK ACTIVITY (ages 11-18)

  • Wekiwa 1, Level 2
  • Dating 101: Come join in the various sessions related to dating.

7:00 - 10:00 PM—NOPBC CHILDREN’S CRAFT & GAME NIGHT (ages 5-12)

  • Wekiwa 2, Level 2
  • This activity will be available for children of families attending NOPBC workshops ONLY! NFB Child Care will not be open.

8:00 - 10:00 PM—RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE

  • Wekiwa 9, Level 2
  • Technology is omnipresent in our lives. While it is invaluable in education and employment, the blind are still excluded from many products. Hear about new advances and discuss how to influence developers to include accessibility in their offerings. Brian Buhrow, Chairperson

8:00 - 10:00 PM—CAREERS IN AUTOMOTIVE-RELATED SPECIALTIES GROUP

  • Suwannee 20, Level 2
  • Do you have an interest in automobiles? Do you wonder how they work? Want to get into the automotive repair industry? Come to our meeting. Call 248-595-9134 for details. Marcus Simmons, Chairperson

9:00 PM - Midnight—TRIVIA NIGHT (admission: $5)

  • Panzacola Ballroom H-2, Level 1
  • New year, new categories, possibly new champions? Trivia Night is back with a new twist. Bring your chapter, your friends, or make new ones. Leave with bragging rights. Proceeds benefit future programs and activities of the Community Service Division.