SATURDAY, JULY 15, 2017

7:15 - 8:45 AM—AMERICAN FOUNDATION FOR THE BLIND

7:15 AM—Doors open
7:30 AM—Breakfast served
The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) cordially invites you to a complimentary breakfast, featuring remarks from president and CEO, Kirk Adams. Learn more about AFB’s new strategic initiatives that will work toward an inclusive world with no limits for people who are blind or visually impaired. Attendance is limited; please RSVP to Sarah Malaier, [email protected] or call (202) 469-6831, by June 23 to receive a confirmation email with banquet room location information.

8:00 - 8:45 AM—DEVOTIONS

Wekiwa 10, Level 2

8:15 - 8:45 AM—PREREGISTRATION PACKET PICKUP

Sebastian Ballroom Pre-function Area, Level 1

8:15 - 8:45 AM—REGISTRATION ($30)—Final opportunity to register

Sebastian Ballroom Pre-function Area, Level 1

GENERAL SESSION

  • 9:00 AM INVOCATION
  • 9:05 AM THE FUTURE OF ACCESS TECHNOLOGY FOR THE BLIND: PROGRESS AT VFO
    Tom Tiernan, President and CEO, VFO; St. Petersburg, Florida
  • 9:20 AM THE FUTURE OF EQUAL ACCESS TO TECHNOLOGY: A COMMITMENT TO THE JOURNEY AT MICROSOFT
    Jenny Lay-Flurrie, Chief Accessibility Officer, Microsoft; Redmond, Washington
  • 9:40 AM WORLDWIDE EXCELLENCE IN TRAVEL: ACCESSIBILITY IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE BLIND
    Bhala Dalvi, VP of Technology and Executive Sponsor of Accessibility, Expedia Inc.; Bellevue, Washington
  • 10:00 AM EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP AND PRODUCT INNOVATIONS: THE FUTURE OF THE AMERICAN PRINTING HOUSE FOR THE BLIND
    Craig Meador, President, American Printing House for the Blind; Louisville, Kentucky
  • 10:15 AM EXCELLENCE IN TECHNOLOGY LED BY THE BLIND: A REPORT FROM THE JERNIGAN INSTITUTE
    Anil Lewis, Executive Director for the Jernigan Institute, National Federation of the Blind; Baltimore, Maryland
  • 10:35 AM SUPPORTING EQUALITY FOR BLIND AMERICANS: A NEW SHERIFF IN THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
    The Honorable Val Demings, United States House of Representatives, 10th Congressional District; Florida
  • 10:55 AM THE POWER OF THE MIND: RESEARCH EXPLORING THE CAPACITY OF THE BLIND
    Marina Bedny, Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland
  • 11:10 AM BUILDING NEW PATHS TO ACCESSIBILITY: POWERING THE NEXT GENERATION OF ACCESSIBLE EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS
    Ann Cunningham, Art Instructor, Colorado Center for the Blind; Littleton, Colorado
  • 11:25 AM REPORTS AND RESOLUTIONS
  • 12:00 PM ADJOURN

Noon - 1:45 PM—AMATEUR RADIO DIVISION BUSINESS MEETING

Suwannee 11, Level 2; Rachel Olivero (AD9O), President

Noon - 1:45 PM—RAFFLES AND DRAWINGS

Wekiwa 5, Level 2

12:15 - 1:45 PM—NLS QUESTION-AND-ANSWER SESSION

Wekiwa 10, Level 2
A question-and-answer session with the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Library of Congress.

GENERAL SESSION

  • 2:00 PM CALL TO ORDER
  • 2:05 PM DR. JACOB BOLOTIN AWARDS
    James Gashel, Chairperson, Dr. Jacob Bolotin Award Committee; Secretary, National Federation of the Blind; Avon, Colorado
  • 2:35 PM KNFB READER: DEMONSTRATION AND PRODUCT UPDATE
  • 2:45 PM EXPLORING THE FUTURE: DISABILITY, TECHNOLOGY, AND PARTNERSHIP
    Ray Kurzweil, Director of Engineering, Google, Inc.; Mountain View, California
  • 3:05 PM REVOLUTIONIZING ACCESS TO INFORMATION: A PLATFORM FOR TESTING THE LIMITS
    Suman Kanuganti, Co-founder and CEO, Aira Tech Corp.; San Diego, California
  • 3:25 PM THE BLIND COOK: CHOPPING THROUGH MISCONCEPTIONS TO LIVE THE LIFE SHE WANTS
    Christine Hà, Chef, Cookbook Author, and Master Chef Season 3 Winner; Houston, Texas
  • 3:45 PM TRANSFORMING DREAMS INTO REALITY: THE FULFILLMENT OF ONE BLIND MAN'S MISSION
    Ron Gardner, Past President, National Federation of the Blind of Utah; Bountiful, Utah
  • 4:05 PM LEADERSHIP THROUGH ACTION: A CHAMPION FOR THE BLIND IN THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS
    The Honorable David Young, United States House of Representatives, 3rd Congressional District; Iowa
  • 4:25 PM REPORTS AND RESOLUTIONS
  • 5:00 PM ADJOURN

7:00 PM—BANQUET

Sebastian Ballrooms I and J, Level 1

  • INVOCATION
  • MASTER OF CEREMONIES: Marc Maurer
  • INTRODUCTIONS AND PRESENTATIONS
  • BANQUET ADDRESS: Mark Riccobono
  • SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS