Monday, July 10, 2017

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

Suwannee 21, 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—#HOWWESEEIT: A CONFERENCE FOR FAMILIES AND TTEACHERS 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 18, Level 2
  • Tips, Tricks, and Tools for Success in Elementary School Math—Suwannee 19, Level 2
  • Stress Management for Parents—and Their Kids Too!—Suwannee 20, Level 2
  • A Parent’s Perspective on Raising a Blind Child with Autism—Suwannee 21, Level 2

11:00 AM-1:00 PM—NOPBC Hands-On Technology Workshop, Technology Basics in Five Steps or Less (Low-Tech Session)—Suwannee 13, Level 2

2:00-3:15 PM—NOPBC Concurrent Workshops, Session II

  • Using Google Drive, Google Docs, and Other Google Products in the Classroom—Suwannee 18, Level 2
  • You Are Your Child’s First Teacher: Encouraging Play and Exploration in Early Childhood—Suwannee 19, Level 2
  • Tips, Tricks, and Tools for Surviving Higher Level Math—Suwannee 20, Level 2
  • It’s Recess Time: Encouraging Kids to Participate in Recess, Sports, and Other Social Activities—Suwannee 21, Level 2

2:00-4:00 PM—NOPBC Hands-On Technology Workshop, Technology Basics in Five Steps or Less (High-Tech Session)—Suwannee 13, Level 2

3:30-4:45 PM—NOPBC Concurrent Workshops Session III

  • Remote Technology Instruction: What Is It, What Are Its Advantages, and How Can My Child Receive It?—Suwannee 18, Level 2
  • Orientation and Mobility for the Young Blind Child—Suwannee 19, Level 2
  • It Might Not Be a Braille Thing: Recognizing Possible Reading or Other Learning Disabilities in Blind Children—Suwannee 20, Level 2
  • Learning to Drive: Take Control of Getting From Place to Place When Driving Yourself Is Not an Option—Suwannee 21, Level 2

7:30 AM - 5:00 PM—CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN REHABILITATION AND EDUCATION FOR THE BLIND—SIXTEENTH 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—CHILDCARE 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—NEWEST JAWS FEATURES AND THE NEW FUSION RELEASE, JOINING ZOOMTEXT AND JAWS

Panzacola Ballroom H-3, Level 1
Join Eric Damery, JAWS Product Manager, as we discuss and demonstrate the recent JAWS 18 release. We will be covering updates on Google Docs and Office 365 work and discuss some of the new features coming in this year’s JAWS release. Also, learn more about what we’ve just released with ZoomText Fusion and how this solution will benefit users who have some vision, but want to take advantage of JAWS at the same time.

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

Wekiwa 6, Level 2

8:30-8:45 AM—OrCam-Wearable OCR and More

8:45-10:00 AM—Cutting the Cord: Accessibly Watching TV without a Cable Subscription

10:30 AM-Noon—Microsoft Office 365-Reinventing “Everyday” Productivity

1:30-3:00 PM—Web Browsing in the 21st Century

3:30-5:00 PM—Refreshable Braille Rumble: An Overview of Braille Display Support across OSs and Screen Readers

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM—ADOBE SESSION I

Sebastian Ballroom I-3, Level 1
Join Adobe representatives at one of three sessions this week. Each session begins with a presentation on both accessibility and product updates at Adobe. Attendees will then have opportunities to provide feedback on our products. We will focus on Acrobat Reader for iOS and Android and Adobe Sign but will be happy to discuss any Adobe products.

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM—STEM HANDS-ON SEMINAR PLUS TUTORIALS

Suwannee 11, Level 2
Learn proficiency in math, data analysis, efficient graphics production, and how to perform chemistry experiments as a blind person. You too can be a successful blind scientist with a career! Individual tutoring sessions offered throughout the week. See John Gardner for details.

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.

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

Wekiwa 1 and 2, Level 2
A Little Bit about Me

12:30 - 4:00 PM—JOB SEEKER SEMINAR

Sebastian Ballroom I-2, Level 1
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.

1:00 - 3:00 PM—HANDS-ON ELBRAILLE SESSION, COME EXPERIENCE THE FIRST BRAILLE NOTETAKER RUNNING WIN 10 AND JAWS

Panzacola Ballroom H-3, Level 1
The most exciting new notetaker is on sale this year at the booth, with HOME USE PROGRAM pricing of 20 percent off. Bring your FOCUS 14 to this session, along with your JAWS serial number, and we’ll help you get your new unit all setup. Or just come by and give it a test drive and talk to the experts to learn all the details on both the 14 and 40 cell models.

1:00 - 4:00 PM—ADOBE SESSION II

Sebastian Ballroom I-3, Level 1

1:00 - 4:00 PM—SENIORS DIVISION SEMINAR—A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A NEWLY BLIND SENIOR ($5)

Wekiwa 4, Level 2
Join Diane McGeorge and the Senior Division to explore this all-important topic. Learn about strategies that work and share your ideas; hands-on demos, discussion-paring tools, and useful techniques. Cost is $5 per person to support the division. Ruth Sager, President

1:00 - 5:00 PM—CANINE WELLNESS AND ACCESS INS & OUTS

Panzacola Ballroom F-2, Level 1

1:00 PM—Registration
2:00 PM—Presentations
A veterinarian will share information about maintaining optimal health throughout your dog’s life, including wellness, preventive care, grooming tips, and first aid. Also learn about the rights and responsibilities of both guide dog users and the businesses they frequent. Marion Gwizdala, President, National Association of Guide Dog Users Division

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

Wekiwa 5, Level 2

1:00-3:00 PM—BrailleNote Touch:

Come join us for a presentation of the world’s first Google-certified Braille tablet. Learn about the updates and enhancements to this innovative device along with what is yet to come this year.

3:00-4:00 PM—Victor Reader Stream:

Come share your experiences with other Stream users and learn about something new and exciting coming to the Victor family.

4:00-5:00 PM—Innovations of the Future:

An open forum for you to provide your technology ideas and offer feedback to our experts.

2:00 - 4:45 PM—NOPBC YOUTH TRACK SESSIONS (Ages 11-18)

Wekiwa 1 and 2, Level 2
Let’s Talk Tech and Social Media

3:00 - 8:30 PM—SPORTS & RECREATION WORKSHOPS

Panzacola Ballroom H-4, Level 1

3:00-4:30 PM and 5:00-6:30 PM—1Touch Self Defense Workshops ($10 per session

Come experience self-defense designed with blind people in mind!

7:00-8:30 PM—Essential Oils 101; Natural Solutions for Healthy Living:

Come learn how essential oils offer natural solutions for weight management, stress, sleep, anxiety, depression, pain, sinuses, or allergy issues.

Sponsored by the Sports & Recreation Division, Jessica Beecham, President.

3:00 - 6:00 PM—GOOGLE PRODUCT DEMONSTRATION

Wekiwa 3, Level 2

3:00 PM—Android Accessibility:

Join Maya Ben Ari for an overview of Android accessibility and recent updates. Learn about the latest developments in TalkBack and the Android operating system.

3:45 PM—Google Home:

Discover the many capabilities of Google Home, the eyes-free Google Assistant device designed to enhance your home environment. Speaker, Kiran Kaja

4:30 PM—G Suite Accessibility:

Join Roger Benz to learn more about the latest accessibility improvements to G Suite apps, including Google Docs, Google Drive, Google Calendar, and more.

5:15 PM—Chromebook Accessibility:

Join Laura Palmaro to learn about the accessibility features built into every Chromebook, and deep dive into the new ChromeVox screen reader.

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 2017 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.

5:30 - 7:00 PM—NFB LIONS GROUP

Wekiwa 5, Level 2
Lions Clubs International has a primary goal to assist blind people and prevent blindness. Lions need and are generally receptive to input from and involvement of blind people. Featured speaker is Past International Director Robert Littlefield from Multiple District 5. Lions and prospective Lions are welcome. Ramona Walhof and Milton Ota, Co-Chairpersons

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 more about guide dogs in three consecutive sessions: Teaching the Guide Dog Team New Tricks, 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

6:00 - 8:30 PM—PROMOTION, EVALUATION, AND ADVANCEMENT OF TECHNOLOGY

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

6:30 - 8:00 PM—NOPBC YOUTH TRACK SESSIONS (Ages 11-18)

Wekiwa 1 and 2, Level 2
To Be or Not To Be Blind: That is the Question

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 - 8:00 PM—AIRA - HOW IS TECHNOLOGY AND AUGMENTED REALITY DISRUPTING ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY FOR THE BLIND?

Wekiwa 3, Level 2
Learn how Aira is ushering in an exciting new stage in assistive technology through the use of wearable smart glass devices and cutting-edge video and data streaming technologies to assist the blind in a wide range of daily activities. Augmented reality and artificial intelligence combine to render a new level of personal assistance.

7:00 - 8:00 PM—IMAGINATION FUND

Sebastian I-3, Level 1
Learn about the new text-to-give campaign along with the Imagination Fund Committee’s fundraising plans for the coming year. Everette Bacon, Chairperson

7:00 - 8:30 PM—LIVING HISTORY GROUP

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

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

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 - 10:00 PM—NOPBC YOUTH TRACK SESSIONS (Ages 11-14)

Wekiwa 1, Level 2
It’s Cool to Be in Middle School

8:00 - 11:00 PM—NABS STUDENT NETWORKING

Wekiwa 7, Level 2
Drop in to the National Association of Blind Students (NABS) networking event to make some new friends or reconnect with old ones. Come chat with NABS members and leaders about our division or anything else that’s on your mind. Join us for some fun to kick off the convention week! Kathryn Webster, President

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

Panzacola Ballroom 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 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