Tuesday, July 3, 2018

7:30 - 8:45 AM—AMATEUR RADIO DIVISION—EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS

  • Suwannee 11, Level 2
  • Discuss convention frequencies, hotel architectural features, and distribution of special FM receivers for the hearing-impaired and Spanish-speaking attendees. Rachel Olivero (AD9O), President

7:30 AM - 4:45 PM—TOOLS IN MY TOOLBOX: A CONFERENCE FOR FAMILIES AND TEACHERS OF BLIND/VISUALLY-IMPAIRED CHILDREN

  • Registration: Adults, $40; two or more adults, $70; children (to 18), free.
  • Sponsored by NFB’s National Organization of Parents of Blind Children Division (NOPBC). Kim Cunningham, President
  • Panzacola Ballroom F-1, Level 1
  • 7:30-8:45 AM—Registration
  • 9:00-10:45 AM—General Session
  • 11:00 AM-12:15 PM—NOPBC Concurrent Workshops, Session I
    • Essential 411: How to Optimize Your Convention Experience—Suwannee 13, Level 2
    • Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Accounts: How Might They Benefit My Blind Child?—Suwannee 18, Level 2
    • Tools and Best Practices for Helping Blind Elementary School Students Succeed in Math—Suwannee 19, Level 2
    • From Infant to Young Adult: Braille and Tactile Markings Everyday—Suwannee 20, Level 2
  • 2:00-3:15 PM—NOPBC Concurrent Workshops, Session II
    • Transitions: Preparing Teens for College and Career—Suwannee 13, Level 2
    • Tools and Best Practices for Teaching Higher Level Math—Suwannee 18, Level 2
    • Structured Discovery: How to Encourage Independent Travel and Exploration for All Children—Suwannee 19, Level 2
    • Making It Work: Creating Classrooms Where Blind Children of All Ages Can Learn and Thrive—Suwannee 20, Level 2
  • 3:30-4:45 PM—NOPBC Concurrent Workshops Session III
    • Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Accounts: How Might They Benefit My Blind Child?—Suwannee 13, Level 2
    • Hands-On Math: Explore the Tools Which Will Help Your Child Succeed in Math at All Levels—Suwannee 18, Level 2
    • Print or Braille? I Use Both—Suwannee 19, Level 2
    • I’m Blind and That’s OK!: Helping Your Child Develop Self- Confidence and Self-Esteem—Suwannee 20, Level 2

7:30 AM - 5:00 PM—CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN REHABILITATION AND EDUCATION FOR THE BLIND—SEVENTEENTH ANNUAL REHABILITATION AND ORIENTATION & MOBILITY CONFERENCE

  • Panzacola Ballroom F-2, Level 1
  • 7:30-8:30 AM—Registration
  • 8:30 AM—Conference begins
  • Registration Fees: students, $75; professionals, $85 before June 15 ($100 after that date applies).
  • Sponsors: National Blindness Professional Certification Board (NBPCB) and the Professional Development & Research Institute on Blindness (PDRIB) at the Louisiana Tech University. Dr. Edward Bell, Chairperson

8:30 AM—CHILD-CARE SERVICES (Preregistration by June 15 was required)

  • Suwannee 14, 15, 16, and 17, Level 2
  • Please see “Convention Note 6” for further information.

8:30 - 11:30 AM—WHAT’S NEW WITH JAWS 2018 AND OTHER VFO SOFTWARE INCLUDING SPECIAL LICENSING CHANGES FOR HOME USE

  • Panzacola Ballroom H-3, Level 1
  • Join Eric Damery to discuss special Home Use pricing opportunities for NFB members. See demonstrations of significant feature changes and interesting options in JAWS and ZoomText to improve your day-to-day access to the internet, email, and applications from Office 365 and Google Docs.

8:30 AM - 5:00 PM—JERNIGAN INSTITUTE TECHNOLOGY SEMINARS

  • Wekiwa 6, Level 2
  • 8:30-8:45 AM—Strategic Nonvisual Access Program (SNAP)
  • 8:45-10:20 AM—Accessible Electronic Documents Including PDF and EPUB
  • 10:30 AM-11:50 AM—Intuit: How Accessible Is It? Mr. Ted Drake, Intuit Corp
  • 1:30-3:00 PM—Microsoft Narrator: What You Should Know from a Consumer Perspective
  • 3:40-5:00 PM—Mobile Productivity: Android vs. iOS

9:00 AM - 12:15 PM—NOPBC YOUTH TRACK SESSIONS (ages 11-18)

  • Wekiwa 1 and 2, Level 2

10:00 - 11:00 AM—MASTER THE BASICS OF MANAGING YOUR MONEY

  • Wekiwa 3, Level 2
  • In this session, you’ll discover the benefits of using a financial institution, opening checking and savings accounts, and keeping track of your money. Learn how to choose checking and savings accounts that are right for you; make purchases and pay bills with ATM cards, debit cards, and checks; track and manage your transactions; and avoid or minimize fees. In addition, learn the basics of budgeting and gain access to tools to help you create a personal spending plan.

10:00 AM - 2:00 PM—NF-BE Healthy Fair

  • Sebastian Ballroom J, Level 1
  • Join the NFB Sports & Recreation Division and WE Fit Wellness for a hands-on health and exercise experience. Learn about your health, donate blood, check out accessible activity trackers and other health devices, and try some fun activities like sword fighting, cardio drumming, goalball, and more.

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM—USING CREDIT TO YOUR ADVANTAGE

  • Wekiwa 3, Level 2
  • Learn the basics of credit, including information on credit scores, how to obtain and read a credit report, and how to establish a good credit history. In addition, you’ll learn how to use your credit to your advantage to help you achieve your goals and dreams. Attend this session to learn about the types of loans available; how to shop for, compare and choose a loan product; how to choose a lender; and how to protect yourself from risk.

12:00 - 6:00 PM—NFB KRAFTERS MARKETPLACE

  • Panzacola Ballroom H-4, Level 1
  • Looking for that one of a kind souvenir from convention? Want to support Federation entrepreneurs? Shop the Krafters marketplace for beautiful and unique handmade creations. Help celebrate our tenth birthday! Joyce Kane, President

1:00 - 3:00 PM—EMPLOYMENT COMMITTEE MEETING

  • Wekiwa 4, Level 2
  • Face off with experts from the Employment Committee who will give you advice and answer your questions. Learn about new technology and resources, too. Looking for a job? Bring your résumé! Looking for an employee? Bring your job posting! Networking abounds. Suggestions welcome. Dick Davis, Chairperson

1:00 - 5:00 PM—HIMS USER GROUPS

  • Wekiwa 8, Level 2
  • 1:00 PM—User group: Braille displays; HIMS pushes the Braille display envelope (over the Edge)! Get a sneak peek at something new (really new). Join the HIMS team for a look at the future of Braille displays–and the Braille display of the future.
  • 3:00 PM—User Group: Polaris; The Polaris MINI is here. It's tiny, but it isn't small. It's huge. Find out what this pint-size powerhouse is all about—but don't forget about the 32-cell big brother. Choices: more Braille or greater portability? Join the HIMS team for a look at the biggest little notetaker ever. Where should we set the bar?

1:00 - 5:00 PM—GUIDE DOG USERS ANNUAL SEMINAR

  • Panzacola Ballroom F-2, Level 1
  • 1:00 PM—Registration
  • 2:00 PM—Presentations
  • A board-certified emergency veterinarian will share how to assess if your dog’s health issue is an emergency needing immediate attention. We will also address the issue of counterfeit service animals and discuss ways to solve the problem. Marion Gwizdala, President, National Association of Guide Dog Users Division

1:00 - 5:00 PM—HUMANWARE PRODUCT SHOWCASE AND USER GROUPS

  • Sebastian I-3, Level 1
  • 1:00-2:00 PM—BrailleNote Touch, the world’s first Google-certified Braille tablet: simple, efficient, intuitive, and powerful. Join the HumanWare team to learn about the latest updates and enhancements while having fun. In addition, get a sneak preview of our upcoming KeySoft update.
  • 2:00-3:00 PM—Brailliant BI 14: Our smallest Braille display yet boasts cutting-edge intelligence and innovative features made with the mobile professional in mind. Learn to stay connected and productive on the go.
  • 3:00-4:00 PM—VictorReader Trek: Victor Readers Unite. Join HumanWare with your ideas for an open discussion and demonstration of what is new with both the Victor Reader Stream and Trek.
  • 4:00-5:00 PM—Innovations of the Future: Listening to our customers is what makes innovation desirable and imperative. What are the barriers you face? What frustrates you when it comes to technology? Participate in an open forum to share your technology ideas and feedback to our experts.

2:00 - 5:00 PM—NOPBC YOUTH TRACK SESSIONS (ages 11-18)

  • Wekiwa 1 and 2, Level 2

3:00 - 5:00 PM—BLIND CANCER SURVIVORS SUPPORT GROUP

  • Wekiwa 3, Level 2
  • Join us for a meet and greet, a panel discussion, and personal stories of strength and courage. Our group's purpose is to help all cancer survivors get well and stay well, to offer preventive measures, and to create a platform for cohesive dialogue and information dissemination. Isaiah Nelson, Coordinator

3:00 - 8:30 PM—SPORTS AND RECREATION WORKSHOP

  • Panzacola Ballroom G-2, Level 1
  • 3:00-4:00 PM—Eating Healthy on a Budget: Eating healthy does not have to come with a hefty price tag. Come learn tips and tricks for eating healthy while keeping money in your wallet.
  • 4:30-5:30 PM—Anytime Anywhere Exercise: Learn exercises that you can do anywhere, anytime, and with little to no equipment. You are guaranteed to get a full body workout.
  • 6:00-7:00 PM—Essential Oils 101: Come learn how essential oils offer natural solutions for weight management, stress, sleep, anxiety, depression, pain, sinuses, or allergy issues.
  • 7:00-8:00 PM—Yin Yoga: Come unwind after a long day of convention activities! Yin yoga, a simple but definitely not easy form of yoga, allows the most novice student to learn and provides enough challenge for the most advanced yogi.
  • 8:00-8:30 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.

5:00 - 7:00 PM—HISPANIC SEMINAR

  • Wekiwa 4, Level 2
  • Blindness is blindness, no matter what the language. Meet new and old friends; learn about Federation philosophy and the truth about blindness—in Spanish. Alpidio Rolón, Moderator

5:00 - 7:30 PM—MIX-AND-MINGLE RECEPTION FOR REHABILITATION PROFESSIONALS

  • Panzacola Ballroom H-2, Level 1

5:30 - 7:00 PM—NOPBC FAMILY HOSPITALITY

  • Panzacola Ballroom F-1, Level 1
  • Relax, snack, chat, meet new families and teachers, and connect with old friends. Veteran attendees will be on hand to welcome you and provide information. Free admission with 2018 NOPBC Conference name badge; $15 per adult, $5 per child without badge. Pizza and lemonade will be served.
  • Cosponsored by the National Organization of Professionals in Blindness Education, a Division of the NFB.

6:00 - 8:30 PM—EXHIBITORS SHOWCASE PRESENTED BY THE TECHNOLOGY EVALUATION COMMITTEE

  • Panzacola Ballroom H-3, Level 1
  • Come explore ways to evaluate new products. Hear the technology-related exhibitors briefly explain what they are exhibiting and where they are located in the Exhibit Hall. All are welcome. Mark Jones, Chairperson

6:00 - 10:00 PM—LIVING THE GUIDE DOG USER LIFE YOU WANT!

  • Panzacola Ballroom F-2, Level 1
  • 6:00 PM—Registration
  • 7:00 PM—Presentations
  • Learn about getting, working with, and retiring a guide dog. Sessions include: Is It Time? The Struggle of Letting Go; Harness Up: The Process of Getting a Guide Dog and Beyond; and Guide Dog Show and Tail. Marion Gwizdala, President, National Association of Guide Dog Users Division

6:30 - 10:00 PM—NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BLIND OFFICE PROFESSIONALS

  • Suwannee 19, Level 2
  • 6:30 PM—Registration
  • Learn about assistive technology in the workplace, training opportunities, and any job announcements available. Lisa Hall, President

7:00 - 8:30 PM—LIVING HISTORY GROUP

  • Suwannee 20, Level 2
  • Dedicated to recording, preserving, and appreciating Federation history. Michael Freholm, Chairperson

7:00 - 9:30 PM—SENIORS DIVISION SEMINAR—EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS—ARE YOU PREPARED? ($5)

  • Wekiwa 6, Level 2
  • 7:00 PM—Registration
  • 7:30 PM—Meeting
  • Be informed on how you can survive the unknown of emergencies—whether to stay in place or evacuate. Learn simple ways you can sustain yourself and those with you for several days. Ask questions and share ideas with experts in the field. Ruth Sager, President

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

  • Wekiwa 1 and 2, Level 2

7:00 - 8:00 PM—NOPBC Mocktail Party

  • Wekiwa 7, Level 2
  • Mix and mingle with Federation leaders. Practice those networking skills and get to know the people who are paving the way for us to live the lives we want.
  • ***This event was added recently and may not appear in the hard copy of the agenda.***

7:30 - 9:30 PM—NABS STUDENT NETWORKING

  • Wekiwa 5, Level 2
  • Swing by the National Association of Blind Students networking event to make new friends and reconnect with old ones, chat with NABS members and leaders about our division or anything else that’s on your mind, and join us for fun to kick off the convention week! Kathryn Webster, President

8:00 - 9:00 PM—WHITE CANE AND AFFILIATE FINANCE COMMITTEE

  • Wekiwa 4, Level 2
  • Are there new and ingenious ways to collect money and spread the word about the NFB? I’m sure there are. Come and share your ideas on how to fund our movement. Alpidio Rolón, Chairperson

8:00 - 9:30 PM—ROOKIE ROUNDUP

  • Rookie Roundup logo depicting two "Rs" in a lasso.Panzacola Ballroom G-1, Level 1
  • First-time convention attendees—don’t miss this event! President Riccobono and former rookies will be on hand to welcome you and answer questions about the week’s activities. Pam Allen, Director of the Louisiana Center for the Blind, President of the NFB of Louisiana, Chairperson and Vice President of the Board of Directors of the National Federation of the Blind

8:00 PM - Midnight—KARAOKE NIGHT♫♫ (admission: $6)

  • Panzacola Ballrooms F-3 and F-4, Level 1
  • Here’s your chance to sing like a rock star and help support BLIND, Inc. youth programs. Enjoy music, door prizes, and a cash bar as you learn about innovative programs at BLIND, Inc. Show us your talent!
  • Hosted by BLIND, Incorporated.

9:00 - 10:00 PM—NFB AMBASSADORS COMMITTEE MEETING

  • Wekiwa 10, Level 2
  • Dan Burke, Chairperson