2017 ANNUAL CONVENTION
ORLANDO, FLORIDA
JULY 10 to JULY 15

THE MEMBERS OF THE HOST AFFILIATE COMMITTEE
WELCOME YOU TO THE
77th ANNUAL CONVENTION OF THE
NATIONAL FEDERATION OF THE BLIND

Mark Riccobono, President
National Federation of the Blind
200 East Wells Street at Jernigan Place
Baltimore, Maryland 21230

John Berggren, Chairman
Convention Organization and Activities

Shawn Callaway, President
National Federation of the Blind
of District of Columbia
National Federation of the Blind
Board of Directors

James Brown, President
National Federation of the Blind
of Tennessee

Nani Fife, President
National Federation of the Blind
of Hawaii

Donald Porterfield, President
National Federation of the Blind
of Arizona

Rosen Shingle Creek
9939 Universal Boulevard
Orlando, Florida 32819
(866) 996-9939

WELCOME!

Welcome to the 77th annual convention of the National Federation of the Blind being held in Orlando at the Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel. A detailed description of the layout of the hotel can be found immediately after the “Convention Notes,” which are at the end of the program listings. Check the “Convention Notes” for further information about a variety of convention topics. When you check in to the hotel, you will be asked to confirm your departure date. If you decide to leave earlier than the departure date you confirm when you check in, there may be a change fee.

ROOKIE ROUNDUP

All first-time convention attendees are cordially invited to attend a reception from 8:00 to 9:30 p.m. on Monday in the Panzacola Ballroom G-1, Level 1. President Riccobono and other Federation leaders will be on hand to welcome you to the convention and preview the week’s activities. Veteran conventioneers should urge all first-timers to attend this special event.

PREREGISTRATION AND ON-SITE REGISTRATION

Registration activities take place in the Sebastian Ballroom Pre-function area, Level 1 beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, and at other times as listed throughout the week. All convention attendees (both local and out‑of‑town) are asked to register. Those who preregistered for convention may pick up their registration packets in the area designated “Preregistration.” Those who did not preregister may go to the area designated “Registration.” Please have your check or cash ready to pay the registration fee of $30 per person; we cannot accept credit cards at registration. Convention registration is a requirement for door prize eligibility and a number of other convention activities. We condition rates for hotel rooms on proof of registration, including the showing of an NFB registration badge, if requested.

EXHIBIT HALL AND INDEPENDENCE MARKET

The Exhibit Hall and the NFB Independence Market are located in Sebastian Ballrooms K and L, Level 1. There is a special sponsor-only exhibitor preview for convention attendees on Tuesday morning from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.

Exhibit Hall hours of operation are:
Tuesday 9:00 to 11:00 AM (sponsors only)
Tuesday 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Wednesday 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Thursday Noon to 1:45 PM and 7:00 to 9:00 PM
Friday Noon to 1:45 PM (final opportunity to visit the Exhibit Hall)

Independence Marketours of operation are:
Tuesday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Wednesday 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Thursday Noon to 1:45 PM
Friday Noon to 1:45 PM (final opportunity to visit the Market)

THE CONVENTION QUEST

In Braille, take the word for a female monarch, move two dots and you will have your watchword. If you enjoy puzzles, brain teasers, trivia, popping up in random locations to sing Federation songs, and having a good time with your friends, then this is for you! You will face many challenges, but the rewards are plentiful. To join in this unique and interactive experience, once you arrive at convention, please visit http://quest.nfb.org. For more information on how to play, please send an email to [email protected], or call (203) 364-4263.

READ INNACCESSIBLE PRINT AND PDFS WITH KNFB READER!

KNFB Reader uses the power of digital photography and a specially designed mobile device app to read print on the go using your iOS, Android, or Windows 10 phone or tablet or your Windows 10 computer. Come see this award-winning, life-changing technology in our demonstration room any time on Tuesday or Wednesday from 1:00 to 6:00 p.m. in Wekiwa 7, Level 2. Access that inaccessible print or PDF with KNFB Reader—just point, shoot, and read!

SPECIAL ATTENTION ITEMS

  • The Presidential Suite (13217); Dr. Maurer’s Suite (13216); and the Host Affiliate’s Suite (11230) are all open during much of the convention. All are welcome to come to these suites to visit. Appointments to meet with President Riccobono may be made at the Presidential Suite.
  • Banquet tickets may be purchased for $65 by cash or check at the on-site registration area. No banquet tickets will be available after 2:00 p.m. on Thursday.

    To attend the banquet, tickets must be exchanged by 2:00 p.m. on Thursday at the banquet exchange table. On the evening of the banquet, exchanged tickets will be required to enter the ballroom and will be collected at the tables. Tickets will be exchanged for a specific seat for yourself or for a group of up to ten people, as well as for vegetarian or kosher meal options.

  • General sessions will be held in Sebastian Ballrooms I and J, Level 1.

  • Individuals needing to conduct business with the NFB treasurer may do so by going to the Wekiwa Registration Desk, Level 2 on Thursday between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m., or on Friday between noon and 2:00 p.m.

CONVENTION AGENDA