Thursday, July 5, 2018

8:30 AM - 5:00 PM—PREREGISTRATION PACKET PICKUP

  • Sebastian Ballroom Pre-function Area, Level 1

8:30 AM - 5:00 PM—REGISTRATION ($30) AND BANQUET TICKET SALES ($70)

  • Sebastian Ballroom Pre-function Area, Level 1

8:30 AM - 5:00 PM—EXHIBIT HALL and INDEPENDENCE MARKET

  • Sebastian Ballrooms K and L, Level 1

9:00 - 11:30 AM—NFB BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING (Open to All)

  • Sebastian Ballrooms I and J, Level 1

12:30 - 2:30 PM—SPORTS & RECREATION DIVISION MEETING

  • Panzacola G-2, Level 1
  • Join us for a high energy meeting where we will discuss the business of the division and provide information, tools, and motivation to help you live the life you want through health and wellness. Stay after and participate in some of our fun workshops! Jessica Beecham, President

12:30 - 4:00 PM—NFB DEAF-BLIND DIVISION BUSINESS MEETING

  • Wekiwa 9, Level 2
  • Get updates on national issues affecting the deaf-blind community, technology, and the division’s business matters. Alice Eaddy, President

12:30 - 4:30 PM—WHAT’S NEW FROM SENIORS? OUR RETREAT!

  • Wekiwa 6, Level 2
  • 12:30 PM—Registration ($5)
  • 1:30 PM—Meeting
  • Join the senior division annual meeting and learn about blindness skills training through our Senior Retreat Program. We teach each other about the truth of living with blindness and aging. Hear seniors tell their stories on how to Live the Life You Want. Silent Auction. Ruth Sager, President

12:30 - 5:00 PM—DIABETES ACTION NETWORK SEMINAR

  • Suwannee 11, Level 2
  • 12:30 PM—Registration
  • Learn about new accessible diabetes equipment coming to market and strategies for living well with diabetes. Division officer and board member elections will be held. Bernadette Jacobs, President

12:30 - 5:00 PM—NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BLIND LAWYERS

  • Panzacola Ballroom H-3, Level 1
  • 12:30 PM—Registration
  • Examine laws affecting blind people and others with disabilities; address ongoing struggles to gain equal access to websites, employment, legal texts, and exams; share practice tips for blind lawyers. Scott LaBarre, President

12:30 - 5:00 PM—NFB IN COMPUTER SCIENCE

  • Wekiwa 4, Level 2
  • 12:30 PM—Registration
  • Enhancing nonvisual access to information technology and improving the ability of blind information and computer technology professionals to compete in today's world. Brian Buhrow, President

12:30 - 5:00 PM—NFB IN COMMUNITIES OF FAITH

  • Suwannee 19, Level 2
  • 12:30 PM—Registration
  • Speakers will tell how their faith has helped them face and overcome challenges. Also, hear representatives from various faith-based libraries and publishing houses describe what their organizations do. Tom Anderson, President

1:00 - 4:00 PM—PERFORMING ARTS DIVISION

  • Wekiwa 3, Level 2
  • Are you a performer seeking connection with other blind performers? Come join us as we plan for the next year and learn from each other. Then gain some practical experience through our improv workshop. Let's tackle the stage together! Julie McGinnity, President

1:00 - 4:30 PM—NATIONAL ORGANIZATION OF BLIND EDUCATORS

  • Suwannee 18, Level 2
  • Blind teachers discuss techniques they use in their classrooms. Participants meet in groups specific to grade level and content area to create a network of mentors. If you teach or are considering a career in teaching, please join us. Cayte Mendez, President

1:00 - 4:30 PM—NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BLIND MERCHANTS

  • Panzacola Ballroom F-2, Level 1
  • Presentations will include emerging leaders, private sector opportunities in convenience services, and our new Women's Entrepreneur Initiative. Nicky Gacos, President

1:00 - 5:00 PM—NOPBC YOUTH TRACK SESSIONS (ages 11-18)

  • Wekiwa 1 and 2, Level 2

1:00 - 5:00 PM—NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BLIND REHABILITATION PROFESSIONALS

  • Wekiwa 5, Level 2
  • 1:00 PM—Registration ($5)
  • 2:00 PM—Call meeting to order
  • Network, share mutual interests, find placement strategies, and examine and discuss concerns and current issues. Melody Roane, President

1:00 - 5:00 PM—HUMAN SERVICES DIVISION

  • Suwannee 20, Level 2
  • 1:00 PM—Registration ($5)
  • 2:00-5:00 PM—Division Meeting
  • We are a diverse group of blind professionals and students who have a passion for working with people. Please join us for our annual meeting that includes a networking session during our last hour. Candice Chapman, President

1:00 - 6:00 PM—KNFB READER OPEN HOUSE: LEARN HOW TO POINT, SHOOT, AND READ!

  • Wekiwa 7, Level 2
  • Witness the power of the fastest and most accurate print reading app in person. Learn how version 3.0 for iOS and its new features can give you fast, reliable, and independent access to printed information. Get your questions answered and request a demonstration from KNFB Reader experts.

1:00 - 6:00 PM—NFB-NEWSLINE® DEMONSTRATION OPEN HOUSE

  • Wekiwa 7, Level 2
  • NFB-NEWSLINE’s five hundred publications, including sixty magazines, can help you become a part of your community’s conversation and live the life you want. Our NFB-NEWSLINE experts are here to answer your questions. Not a subscriber? We can sign you up on the spot!

1:00 - 8:00 PM—INSPIRING ARTISTS, BEGINNERS TO PROS

  • Panzacola Ballroom H-4, Level 1
  • 1:00-5:00 PM—Drop-in Art Room: Free activities for all! Make tactile drawings, color or sculpt your own work, OR join Jenny Callahan to work on a large group project. Art-making fun at its best.
  • 6:00-8:00 PM—Tactile Artists to Our NFB Family Exhibit: It’s a party! Come and have fun talking to the artists about their work. It is a great chance to ask, “How did you do that?” Deborah Kent Stein and Ann Cunningham, Coordinators

2:00 - 4:00 PM—NOPBC MEETING

  • Panzacola Ballroom F-1, Level 1
  • Keynote address by the 2018 Distinguished Educator of Blind Children; talks on accessible science, art, textbooks, games, technology, programs for kids, Parent Power, business meeting, elections, and more. Kim Cunningham, President

2:30 - 10:00 PM—SPORTS & RECREATION DIVISION WORKSHOPS

  • Panzacola Ballroom G-2, Level 1
  • 2:30-3:30 PM—Traditional Japanese Sword Fighting: You saw it at the NF-BE Healthy Fair, now get a more in-depth lesson in nonvisual techniques.
  • 3:30-4:30 PM—Line Dancing: Break out the boots and cowboy hats for a little line dancing. We will learn some fun and popular dances. If you are shy about dancing, this is a GREAT way to begin feeling comfortable and confident dancing at social events.
  • 4:30-6:00 PM and 6:00-7:30 PM—1Touch Self Defense Workshops ($10 per session): Come experience self-defense designed with blind people in mind!
  • 7:30-8:30 PM—Vinyasa Flow: Bring a mat or towel from your room and try flow with us! Try yoga with a descriptive instructor in a nonjudgmental environment.
  • 8:30-9:30 PM—Essential Oils 101: Come learn how essential oils offer natural solutions for weight management, stress, sleep, anxiety, depression, pain, sinuses, or allergy issues.
  • 9:30-10:00 PM—Meditation and Mindfulness: Leave your stress at the door and focus on the now as we guide you through powerful meditation exercises.
  • Sponsored by the Sports & Recreation Division, Jessica Beecham, President

4:30 - 6:30 PM—COMMUNICATIONS WORK SESSION

  • Suwannee 13, Level 2
  • Join the NFB communications team for an informal work session. We’ll update social media icons, exchange ideas to build our brand and enhance everything from emails to social media, and more. Bring questions and ideas! Kirsten Mau, Chris Danielsen, Alyssa Vetro, Karen Anderson, Suzanne Shaffer, Facilitators

5:00 - 6:30 PM—NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BLIND LAWYERS RECEPTION

  • Panzacola Ballroom H-2, Level 1
  • For NABL division members and seminar participants only; to promote networking and fellowship within our membership. Hors d'oeuvres and cash bar are available. Scott LaBarre, President

5:00 - 7:00 PM—BRAILLE BOOK FAIR PRESENTING SPONSOR WELLS FARGO

  • Panzacola Ballrooms F-3 and F-4, Level 1
  • Browse tables of new and used Braille and print/Braille books. There will be fiction, nonfiction, early readers through multi-volume novels, cookbooks, and more. Through a collaboration with our Literacy Partner, the Wells Fargo Foundation, the books are offered at no cost to the reader. Volunteers will box and prepare them to be shipped to the reader’s home via Free Matter for the Blind. Donations are encouraged. Krystal Guillory, Coordinator

6:00 - 8:00 PM—NFB LGBT MEETING

  • Wekiwa 6, Level 2
  • Building the NFB and giving back with pride! Proposed topics include accessibility of PFLAG materials, cataloging accessible LGBTQ+ literature, and how training centers make their programs welcoming to the LGBTQ+ community. Group social TBA. Tai Tomasi, Coordinator, 515-329-4908

6:00 - 9:00 PM—MICROSOFT PRODUCT SHOWCASE II

  • Panzacola Ballroom H-3, Level 1
  • 6:00 PM—Seeing AI: Leveraging Artificial Intelligence to Augment Visual Awareness: Discover behind the scene details, user stories, upcoming research, and best practices that help guide the development of Seeing AI app.
  • 7:00 PM—Accessibility in Windows: Learn about the accessibility features in Windows 10, including features recently introduced in the April 2018 update.
  • 8:00 PM—What’s New with Narrator: Come hear about the features being developed for the next release of Narrator.

6:00 - 10:00 PM—EDUCATIONAL TESTING SERVICE OPEN HOUSE (ETS)

  • Wekiwa 4, Level 2
  • Come and learn about ETS’ new Graduate Records Examination (GRE) computer adaptive test along with the latest developments in accessibility. Come try out the GRE and other demos. This event is open to all to learn about twenty-first-century digital assessments. Cary A. Supalo, Educational Testing Service

6:00 - 10:00 PM—NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF GUIDE DOG USERS

  • Panzacola Ballroom F-2, Level 1
  • 6:00 PM—Registration
  • 7:00 PM—Call to Order
  • Celebrate our successes in education and advocacy on behalf of guide dog users. Learn more about our Uber/Lyft settlement and how you can be a part of change. Hear from Delta Airlines about its service animal policy. Elect our division’s leaders. Marion Gwizdala, President

6:00 - 10:00 PM—EMPOWERING THROUGH COMMUNITY SERVICE

  • Wekiwa 10, Level 2
  • 6:00 PM—Registration ($5)
  • 6:30 PM—Meeting
  • Join the Community Service Division as we explore empowerment and community service, what it means, and how it fits in our movement and our lives. Let’s find out together. Let’s get involved! Darian Smith, President

6:30 - 8:30 PM—NOPBC YOUTH TRACK SESSIONS (ages 14-18)

  • Wekiwa 1 and 2, Level 2

6:30 - 9:00 PM—ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY TRAINERS DIVISION

  • Suwannee 11, Level 2
  • 6:30 PM—Registration
  • Join us for a lively discussion with Douglas Walker about Hadley's instructional videos and other training opportunities. We will also discuss technologies our students will encounter in research and STEM careers. Nancy Coffman, President

6:30 - 10:00 PM—SCIENCE & ENGINEERING DIVISION

  • Wekiwa 9, Level 2
  • 6:30 PM—Registration
  • 7:00 PM—Meeting
  • Learn about the process of designing medical equipment. Learn how to lead a cross-functional team of engineers. Learn how the blind can gain access to graphics and mathematical material. John Miller, President

6:30 - 10:00 PM—BALLROOM DANCING WORKSHOPS

  • Wekiwa 3, Level 2
  • 6:30 PM—Registration ($5)
  • 7:15 PM—Tango Lesson
  • 8:30 PM—Salsa Lesson
  • Learn to conquer the dance floor with spicy salsa and dramatic tango! No partner or prior dance experience needed; all are welcome! Katelyn MacIntyre, Vice President, NFB Performing Arts Division

7:00 - 8:30 PM—“ELOQUENCE OF COURAGE” (an original play by Jerry Whittle; $5 admission fee; one performance only)

  • Panzacola Ballroom G-1, Level 1
  • A play based on the life and times of Louis Braille. Help us honor the important role Braille played in achieving independence and literacy. All proceeds support LCB’s Buddy Program, a summer program for blind children which fosters independence. Please join with us following the performance to reflect upon and celebrate the many contributions of our beloved LCB staff.

7:00 - 9:00 PM—CHAPTER PRESIDENTS’ CHAPTER MEETING

  • Wekiwa 5, Level 2
  • Learn about the new member onboarding process, from recruitment to induction and orientation to the Federation! We will introduce new tools for you and our chapters and affiliates. Building the Federation begins with you. Chapter presidents, please attend this meeting! Jeannie Massay, Coordinator

7:00 - 9:00 PM—EMPOWERING UNDERSERVED POPULATIONS

  • Wekiwa 8, Level 2
  • If you are feeling underserved, come and be heard. Get empowered to live the life you want! Ron Brown, Chairperson

7:00 - 9:00 PM—NFB KRAFTERS DIVISION BUSINESS MEETING

  • Suwannee 18, Level 2
  • NFB Krafters Division is turning ten years old! Come celebrate our milestone. Join us to discover the dreams, talents, creativity, classes, and friendships we have shared over the last ten years. We have only just begun. Come and be a part of our future! Joyce Kane, President

7:00 - 10:00 PM—GET YOUR FIFTEEN MINUTES OF FAME WITH NFB-NEWSLINE® AND KNFB READER

  • Wekiwa 7, Level 2
  • We are in search of stars for some marketing and outreach videos. Stop by and have a brief conversation with us about how NFB-NEWSLINE and KNFB Reader help you live the life you want. Did you get a job using NFB-NEWSLINE? Were you prepared for a storm because of NFB-NEWSLINE’s weather alerts or forecasts? How did KNFB Reader help you with a school assignment? What mystery text have you been able to decipher with KNFB Reader in hand? If you want to help us out, please email Scott White at swhite@nfb.org or come have a quick chat with us on camera anytime between 7:00 and 10:00 p.m.!

7:30 - 9:00 PM—DADS’ NIGHT OUT

  • All dads, sighted and blind, are welcome.
  • Contact Corbb O’Connor at 703-309-4884 for location.
  • Sponsored by NOPBC.

7:30 - 9:30 PM—BLIND FEDERAL EMPLOYMENT COMMITTEE MEETING

  • Suwannee 13, Level 2
  • Come learn about issues facing federal employees and applicants. Share your experiences with and your solutions to federal workplace challenges. Ronza Othman, Chairperson

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. A second Friends of Recovery meeting will be on Saturday at 8:00 p.m. Sheri K., Coordinator

8:00 - 9:30 PM—WEBMASTERS MEETING

  • Suwannee 20, Level 2
  • A meeting for all NFB affiliate and division webmasters to discuss the importance of an informative, accessible, and visually attractive website. Gary Wunder, Chairperson

8:00 - 10:00 PM—NABS OLYMPICS ($5)

  • Panzacola Ballroom F-1, Level 1
  • Join us for games, challenges, trivia, and an evening of fun with our national divisions and NFB training centers. Come play, compete, win prizes, and show off. All are invited! Kathryn Webster, President