Saturday, July 7, 2018

8:00 - 8:45 AM—DEVOTIONS

  • Wekiwa 10, Level 2

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

  • Sebastian Ballroom Pre-function Area, Level 1

8:15 - 8:45 AM—REGISTRATION ($30)

  • Sebastian Ballroom Pre-function Area, Level 1

GENERAL SESSION

9:00 AM CALL TO ORDER AND INVOCATION

9:05 AM FINANCIAL REPORT, INCLUDING THE HONOR ROLL CALL

10:15 AM ELECTIONS

11:15 AM WHAT DOES “BLIND” HAVE TO DO WITH IT? THE RIGHT TO PARENT FROM A SIGHTED DAUGHTER'S PERSPECTIVE

  • Joanne Gabias, Orientation and Mobility Instructor, SAAVI Services for the Blind; Daughter of Longtime Federationists Mary Ellen and Paul Gabias; Tucson, Arizona

11:30 AM COMMON BONDS OF BLINDNESS AROUND THE WORLD: A NEW BLIND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER FOR THE WORLD ORGANIZATION

  • José Viera, Chief Executive Officer, World Blind Union; Toronto, Ontario

11:45 AM REPORTS AND RESOLUTIONS

12:00 PM ADJOURN

Noon - 1:45 PM—EXHIBIT HALL AND INDEPENDENCE MARKET (final opportunity to visit the Independence Market and Exhibit Hall)

  • Sebastian Ballrooms K and L, Level 1

12:15 - 1:30 PM—CASH AND CARING NETWORK

  • Wekiwa 5, Level 2
  • Chapters and affiliates can find new ideas for fundraising and network with others who have successfully completed exciting projects. Featured speaker is Melissa Riccobono. Bring your questions and share your solutions. Please bring your name and email/address in print or Braille. Ramona Walhof, Chairperson

12:15 - 1:45 PM—NOPBC BRAINSTORMING SESSION

  • Suwannee 20, Level 2
  • Please share your ideas with us. What did you like at this convention? What resources would help you stay connected throughout the year? What workshops might you like to see us offer next year? Be a part of this valuable conversation. Kim Cunningham, President

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

  • Sebastian Ballroom Pre-function Area, Level 1

1:30 - 2:00 PM—REGISTRATION ($30)

  • Sebastian Ballroom Pre-function Area, Level 1

GENERAL SESSION

2:00 PM CALL TO ORDER

2:05 PM LEADING WITH CONVICTION: MAKING EQUALITY FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES THE PRIORITY FOR THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

  • Neil Romano, Chairman, National Council on Disability; Orlando, Florida

2:20 PM RAISING EXPECTATIONS FOR THE NATION FROM FLORIDA'S NINTH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT: PERSPECTIVES FROM THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

  • The Honorable Darren Soto, United States House of Representatives, Ninth Congressional District; Orlando, Florida

2:40 PM A RECORD YEAR OF ADVOCACY FOR THE BLIND OF AMERICA: A REPORT FROM THE ADVOCACY AND POLICY DEPARTMENT

  • John G. Paré Jr., Executive Director for Advocacy and Policy, National Federation of the Blind; Baltimore, Maryland
  • Scott LaBarre, President, National Federation of the Blind of Colorado; President, National Association of Blind Lawyers, a Division of the National Federation of the Blind; Denver, Colorado

3:15 PM REPORTS, RESOLUTIONS, AND OTHER BUSINESS

5:00 PM ADJOURN

5:30 - 9:30 PM—AMAZON SHOWCASE

  • Panzacola Ballroom F-2, Level 1
  • 5:30 PM—Amazon Accessibility Updates: Come join us to hear about exciting new offerings and improvements to Amazon Devices and Kindle reading experiences.
  • 7:30 PM—Night at the Movies: Join Amazon for popcorn, snacks, and an audio-described night at the movies. Come to the Amazon booth in the Exhibit Hall to learn what movie will be shown.

7:00 - 8:00 PM—HOW TO ADVOCATE FOR ACCESSIBILITY WITH THE VOTE-BY-MAIL TOOLKIT

  • Wekiwa 4, Level 2
  • If your state is considering becoming a vote-by-mail state, learn how the accessible vote-by-mail toolkit will provide you the tools to advocate for accessibility. Lou Ann Blake and Gabe Cazares, Coordinators

7:00 - 8:30 PM—SOCIAL SECURITY AND SSI: WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Wekiwa 5, Level 2
  • Social Security and SSI benefits, eligibility criteria, application process, reporting obligations, and information about working while receiving benefits. James Gashel, Secretary, National Federation of the Blind; Susan Rockwood Gashel, Attorney at Law

7:00 - 9:00 PM—BRAILLE PROOFREADING SEMINAR

  • Wekiwa 9, Level 2
  • If you are a parent of a blind child, teacher of blind and visually-impaired children, a rehabilitation teacher, or interested in learning what’s happening in the Braille field, join us to get hands-on experience. Presented by the National Association of Blind Office Professionals Division. Lisa Hall, President

7:00 - 9:00 PM—NFB NATIONAL JOB FAIR

  • Panzacola Ballrooms F-3 and F-4, Level 1
  • The job hunt begins. This job fair is different, because these employers want to hire blind people. Dress for success (we mean it), bring a polished résumé, and prepare to talk about yourself. Attend the Job Seeker and Upward Mobility Seminars first to prepare. Interview prep available. Fortune 500 employers and two to three hundred blind job seekers attend.
  • Sponsored by the NFB Employment Committee, Dick Davis, Chairperson

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

  • Wekiwa 1 and 2, Level 2

7:30 - 10:30 PM—EIGHTEENTH ANNUAL SHOWCASE OF TALENT ($5)

  • Panzacola Ballroom G-1, Level 1
  • Join us for a night of great performances. Whether you take the stage or support your friends from the audience, it is an enjoyable evening of entertainment! Performer cost: $10; admission: $5. We will award cash prizes to two acts.
  • Presented by the Performing Arts Division. Julie McGinnity, President

8:00 - 9:00 PM—FRIENDS OF RECOVERY MEETING

  • Suwannee 19, Level 2
  • All convention delegates involved in or interested in twelve-step recovery programs are invited to attend. Sheri K., Coordinator