Sunday, July 8, 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)—Final opportunity to register

  • Sebastian Ballroom Pre-function Area, Level 1

GENERAL SESSION

9:00 AM CALL TO ORDER AND INVOCATION

9:05 AM THE UNTAPPED POTENTIAL OF BLIND ENTREPRENEURS: PROGRESS THROUGH COLLECTIVE ACTION OF BLIND BUSINESS OWNERS

  • Nicky Gacos, President, National Association of Blind Merchants, a Division of the National Federation of the Blind; Asbury Park, New Jersey

9:20 AM A MOVEMENT OF EXCELLENCE BUILT UPON BLIND EXPERIENCE: A REPORT FROM OUR JERNIGAN INSTITUTE

  • Anil Lewis, Executive Director for the Jernigan Institute, National Federation of the Blind; Baltimore, Maryland

9:45 AM FROM MY BLIND CHILD TO OUR BLIND CHILDREN: WHY THE NATIONAL FEDERATION OF THE BLIND IS THE ANSWER

  • Carlton Anne Cook Walker, Teacher of Blind Students, Attorney, and Parent; Carlisle, Pennsylvania

10:05 AM RAISING EXPECTATIONS FOR EDUCATION AND REHABILITATION: CREATING OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE BLIND THROUGH THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

  • Johnny Collett, Assistant Secretary, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services; Washington, DC

10:25 AM Questions & Answers

10:35 AM PLAYING YOUR HAND: A BLIND SONGWRITER DOING WHAT IT TAKES TO LIVE THE LIFE HE WANTS

  • JP Williams, Performing Songwriter and Accessible Technology Professional; Nashville, Tennessee

10:55 AM AUTHENTICALLY BLIND ON STAGE AND SCREEN: ONE BLIND ACTRESS TRANSFORMS OBSTACLES INTO STEPPING STONES

  • Marilee Talkington, Actor, Writer, Director, and Activist; New York, New York

11:15 AM OVERCOMING OBSTACLES AND RECOGNIZING OPPORTUNITIES: A BLIND ENTREPRENEUR BREAKS THROUGH BARRIERS EVERYWHERE HE BUILDS

  • Isaac Lidsky, Speaker, Author, Entrepreneur; Windermere, Florida
  • ***This event was added recently and may not appear in the hard copy of the agenda.***

11:30 AM REPORTS AND RESOLUTIONS

12:00 PM ADJOURN

Noon - 1:45 PM—AMATEUR RADIO DIVISION BUSINESS MEETING

  • Suwannee 11, Level 2
  • Rachel Olivero (AD9O), President

Noon - 1:45 PM—RAFFLES AND DRAWINGS

  • Wekiwa 5, Level 2

GENERAL SESSION

2:00 PM FROM RAISING WAGES TO DEFENDING THE RIGHT TO LIVE IN THE WORLD: A CHAMPION FOR DISABILITY RIGHTS AND FRIEND OF THE BLIND

  • The Honorable Tom Ridge, Chairman of the National Organization on Disability; Washington, DC

2:25 PM AVIATION, TECHNOLOGY, AND LAW

  • Marc Maurer, Director of Legal Policy and Immediate Past President, National Federation of the Blind; Baltimore, Maryland

2:50 PM EQUAL ACCESS IN AIR TRAVEL FOR THE BLIND: RAISING EXPECTATIONS FROM THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

  • Blane Workie, Assistant General Counsel, Office of Aviation Enforcement and Proceedings, United States Department of Transportation; Washington, DC

3:05 PM Questions and Answers

3:10 PM THE ELEVENTH ANNUAL DR. JACOB BOLOTIN AWARDS

  • James Gashel, Chairperson, Dr. Jacob Bolotin Award Committee; Secretary, National Federation of the Blind; Honolulu, Hawaii

3:40 PM SHAPING AUTOMOTIVE INNOVATION FOR THE FUTURE: AN ALLIANCE WITH THE BLIND OF AMERICA

  • Mitch Bainwol, President and CEO, Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers; Washington, DC

3:55 PM NO BORDERS TO THE WORLD’S KNOWLEDGE: A COMMITMENT TO ACCESSIBILITY FOR THE BLIND

  • Francis Gurry, Director General, World Intellectual Property Organization; Geneva, Switzerland

4:10 PM ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND AUTHENTIC EXPERIENCE: REMARKS FROM AN INNOVATION PARTNER OF THE BLIND

  • Ray Kurzweil, Director of Engineering, Google, Inc.; Mountain View, California

4:30 PM REPORTS AND RESOLUTIONS

5:00 PM ADJOURN

7:00 PM—BANQUET

  • Sebastian Ballrooms I and J, Level 1

INVOCATION

MASTER OF CEREMONIES: Marc Maurer

INTRODUCTIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

BANQUET ADDRESS: Mark Riccobono

SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS