Wednesday, July 4, 2018

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM—PREREGISTRATION PACKET PICKUP

  • Sebastian Ballroom Pre-function Area, Level 1

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM—REGISTRATION ($30) AND BANQUET TICKET SALES ($70)

  • Sebastian Ballroom Pre-function Area, Level 1

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM—INDEPENDENCE MARKET

  • Sebastian Ballrooms K and L, Level 1

9:00 - 11:00 AM—SPONSOR-LEVEL EXHIBITORS PREVIEW

  • Sebastian Ballrooms K and L, Level 1
  • The Exhibit Hall opens its doors and is dedicated solely to sponsor-level exhibitors. Come to say “thank you” to our sponsors and enjoy their interesting offers and demonstrations.
  • Our exhibiting convention sponsors follow:
    • Platinum: Aira Tech Corp; Enhanced Vision/Freedom Scientific/Optelec; Google, Inc.; HumanWare; Microsoft Corporation; Vanda Pharmaceuticals
    • Gold: Oracle; HIMS, Inc.; JPMorgan Chase & Co.; Target
    • Silver: Amazon, Automattic (WordPress.com), AT&T, Pearson, Sprint
    • Bronze: Charter Communications, Educational Testing Service (ETS), Lyft, NReach, VitalSource Technologies
    • White Cane: C&P - Chris Park Design; Chicago Lighthouse for the Blind; Dallas Lighthouse for the Blind; Duxbury Systems, Inc.; En-Vision America; Envision, Inc.; Federal Bureau of Investigation; OrCam Technologies; San Francisco Lighthouse for the Blind; TRE Legal Practice

11:00 AM - 5:00 PM—EXHIBIT HALL

  • Sebastian Ballrooms K and L, Level 1

1:00 PM—RESOLUTIONS COMMITTEE

  • Sebastian Ballroom J, Level 1
  • Sharon Maneki, Chairperson

1:00 - 2:15 PM—HOW THE ABLE ACT BENEFITS YOU

  • Wekiwa 5, Level 2
  • The ABLE Act affords individuals whose onset of blindness was before age twenty-six the ability to establish tax-advantaged savings accounts without interfering with government benefits. Learn more from this ABLE account expert. Eric Ochmanek, Deputy Chief of Staff, Office of the State Treasurer of Ohio

1:00 - 4:00 PM—NOPBC YOUTH STYLE SHOW

  • Wekiwa 8, Level 2
  • 1:00 PM—Rehearsal
  • 2:45 PM—Style Show begins
  • Our young blind models and NFB stars strut their stuff on the runway. We extend a special invitation to our kids with additional disabilities. Come enjoy the fashions and music and support NOPBC. Tickets $5 at the door. Penny Duffy, Secretary, NOPBC, and Kim Cunningham, President, NOPBC

1:00 - 4:00 PM—BLIND MUSICIANS GROUP

  • Suwannee 19, Level 2
  • Share tips and ideas, ask questions and network with other blind musicians. Parents and students are welcome. Linda Mentink, Chairperson

1:00 - 5:00 PM—DEAFBLIND HOPE: HAVE ONLY POSITIVE EXPECTATIONS

  • Wekiwa 9, Level 2
  • Join our workshop designed to give unique solutions and create positive changes for those who live with a combined loss of hearing/sight: SSPs, deafblind culture, ensuring medical accommodations, and more. Shake your booty with a deafblind conga line!
  • Sponsored by the NFB Deaf-Blind Division, Alice Eaddy, President

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

  • Wekiwa 1 and 2, Level 2

1:00 - 5:00 PM—MICROSOFT PRODUCT SHOWCASE I

  • Wekiwa 6, Level 2
  • 1:00 PM—Accessibility in Windows: Learn about the accessibility features in Windows 10, including features recently introduced in the April 2018 update.
  • 2:00 PM—Microsoft Soundscape Training: Learn how to use Soundscape's 3D audio technology to enhance your awareness of what is around you to help you get around and explore your surroundings. This hands-on training will help you effectively use the Soundscape app in various scenarios and settings. An iPhone 5S and above with the app and a pair of stereo headsets is required.
  • 4:00 PM—What’s New with Narrator: Come hear about the features being developed for the next release of Narrator.

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 Activities: Free activities for all! Make tactile drawings, color or sculpt on 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 Artist to Tactile Artist Exhibit: Find and share inspiration with your peers.
  • Price of admission? One piece of tactile/multi-sensory artwork to share with each other. This positive feedback event will give us a chance to talk about our work and ask questions. Public event on July 5. Deborah Kent Stein and Ann Cunningham, Coordinators

1:00 - 8:30 PM—JOB SEEKER SEMINAR

  • Wekiwa 3, Level 2
  • 1:00 PM—Seminar
  • 4:00 PM—Dinner Break
  • 6:00 PM—Breakouts
  • Load up with ammunition for your job hunt! Expert advice and great ideas from NFB training centers, agencies, and employers. Includes breakouts and networking. Set your sights for the NFB National Job Fair.
  • Sponsored by the NFB Employment Committee, Dick Davis, Chairperson

2:00 - 5:00 PM—GOOGLE PRODUCT DEMONSTRATION

  • Sebastian Ballrooms I-3, Level 1
  • 2:00 PM—Google G Suite Accessibility: Join Roger to learn more about the latest accessibility improvements to Google G Suite apps, including Google Docs, Google Drive, Google Calendar, and more.
  • 2:45 PM—Google Home & Google Assistant: Discover the many capabilities of Google Home, the eyes-free Google Assistant device designed to enhance your home environment.
  • 3:30 PM—Android Accessibility: Join us for an overview of Android accessibility and recent updates. Learn about the latest developments in TalkBack and the Android operating system.
  • 4:15 PM—Chromebook Accessibility: Join Laura to learn about the accessibility features built into every Chromebook, including the ChromeVox screen reader, Braille support, magnification, and more.

2:30 - 5:00 PM—PROFESSIONALS IN BLINDNESS EDUCATION

  • Suwannee 13, Level 2
  • 2:30 PM—Registration
  • 3:00 PM—Meeting
  • All professionals working with students from birth through age twenty-one are welcome and encouraged to join our informative and interactive meeting. Come network and collaborate, sharing and learning with colleagues and future educators. Eric Guillory, President

2:30 - 8:30 PM—SPORTS & RECREATION WORKSHOPS

  • Sebastian Ballroom I-2, Level 1
  • 2:30-4:00 PM and 4:00-6:30 PM—1Touch Self Defense Workshops ($10 per session): Come experience self-defense designed with blind people in mind.
  • 6:30-7:30 PM—Accessible Exercise: There’s an app for that! Come learn and share your knowledge of accessible exercise apps. We will even give some of them a try!
  • 7:30-8:30 PM—Relaxation and Meditation: Wind down with essential oils, self-massage, and guided meditation.
  • Sponsored by the Sports & Recreation Division, Jessica Beecham, President

3:00 - 5:30 PM—BECOME A TRAILBLAZER

  • Wekiwa 4, Level 2
  • Are you a high school or college student, recent graduate, or young professional who is ambitious and goal-oriented? Get the ins and outs of advocacy, branding yourself, and paving your path forward. Learn tools for interviewing, public speaking, networking, and becoming the trailblazer you are ready to be! Kathryn Webster, President, National Association of Blind Students

4:15 - 5:45 PM—TWENTY-FIRST ANNUAL MOCK TRIAL (admission: $5)

  • Panzacola Ballroom G-1, Level 1
  • Federation lawyers oppose each other to enact a case addressing the civil rights of blind people, and the audience serves as the jury. The subject matter is serious, but the courtroom portrayers are very entertaining. Scott LaBarre, President, National Association of Blind Lawyers

5:00 - 10:00 PM—NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BLIND VETERANS RECEPTION AND MEETING

  • Panzacola Ballroom H-2, Level 1
  • 5:00 PM—Veterans Welcome Reception with food and cash bar
  • 7:00 PM—National Meeting
  • All veterans and interested parties are invited to attend. We will be collecting annual dues of $5 / $100 life membership and discussing issues that affect blind veterans’ benefits and services at the VA. Dwight Sayer, President

5:30 - 7:00 PM—NFB AFFILIATE PRESIDENTS AND TREASURERS SEMINAR

  • Wekiwa 5, Level 2
  • All state affiliate presidents and treasurers are asked to attend this session. Topics will include state financials, year-end preparations, chapter-affiliate relations, and insurance. Participants can discuss state issues with facilitators Nick Lambright and Bridgid Burke.

6:00 - 10:00 PM—NATIONAL ASSOCIATION TO PROMOTE THE USE OF BRAILLE

  • Wekiwa 9, Level 2
  • 6:00 PM—Registration
  • Learn about Braille-related research, discuss current projects with vendors who produce Braille through hard copy and technology, review UEB progress, and develop strategies for strengthening our division. Steve Booth, President

6:00 - 10:30 PM—NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BLIND STUDENTS (NABS)

  • Panzacola Ballrooms F-1 and F-2, Level 1
  • 6:00 PM—Registration ($5)
  • 7:00 PM—Meeting begins promptly
  • Students, young professionals, parents, and all interested in the pursuit of education are encouraged to attend our annual business meeting. Join our students from across the country to discuss the future of our flourishing division. Kathryn Webster, President

7:00 - 8:30 PM—PUBLIC EMPLOYEES DIVISION

  • Suwannee 19, Level 2
  • This is our annual meeting of persons employed by federal, state, or municipal governments as well as employees of public utilities. We discuss issues affecting blind public servants. Ivan Weich, President

7:00 - 9:00 PM—KNFB READER LIAISON MEETING

  • Wekiwa 7, Level 2
  • All KNFB Reader liaisons are requested to attend this review of version 3.0 and the new features for iOS. We will also be discussing how you can best market KNFB Reader in your state. We are interested in hearing your ideas for upgrades and improvements to the app. Bring your creativity and your questions.

7:00 - 9:00 PM—LEGISLATIVE MEET UP

  • Wekiwa 6, Level 2
  • A recap of Washington Seminar, a run-down of priorities, and an opportunity for legislative directors to share with one another strategies to move our legislative priorities at the local, state, and federal levels. Gabe Cazares, Kimie Eacobacci, and Dylan Hedtler-Gaudette, NFB Government Affairs Team

7:30 - 9:00 PM—LIBRARY SERVICES COMMITTEE

  • Wekiwa 8, Level 2
  • Come and discuss what services there are and what they could be. Learn about new additions to the Library of Congress’s National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) and other accessible book programs. David Hyde, Chairperson

7:30 - 9:30 PM—BLIND PARENTS GROUP

  • Wekiwa 4, Level 2
  • Share techniques for traveling with young children, connecting with other parents in your community, and resources available to blind parents. Please bring your baby carriers, strollers, car seats, and boosters to the meeting to show other parents! Stacy Cervenka, Chairperson

8:00 - 9:00 PM—JUDAISM MEETING

  • Suwannee 18, Level 2
  • David Stayer, Chairperson, NFB in Judaism Group

8:00 - 10:00 PM—MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE MEETING

  • Wekiwa 5, Level 2
  • You're invited! If you are interested in finding ways to discover potential members while keeping current members engaged and interested, this is the meeting for you. Sharing our best practices across the Federation will take our chapters, affiliates, and our national organization to the next level. Jeannie Massay, Chairperson

9:00 - 10:00 PM—SPANISH TRANSLATION COMMITTEE

  • Wekiwa 10, Level 2
  • We provide simultaneous translation into Spanish during the general sessions of the convention and lead other Spanish initiatives for the Federation. Please join us if you would like to help with this effort. Conchita Hernandez, Chairperson