THURSDAY, JULY 13, 2017

8:00 - 8:45 AM—DEVOTIONS

Wekiwa 10, Level 2

8:45 - 9:15 AM—PREREGISTRATION PACKET PICKUP

Sebastian Ballroom Pre-function Area, Level 1

8:45 - 9:15 AM—REGISTRATION ($30), AND BANQUET TICKET SALES ($65)

Sebastian Ballroom Pre-function Area, Level 1

OPENING GENERAL SESSION

  • 9:30 AM INVOCATION
  • 9:35 AM WELCOMING CEREMONIES
    2017 National Convention Host Committee
  • 10:05 AM CELEBRATION OF FREEDOM: VETERANS RECOGNIZED
    Dwight Sayer, President, National Association of Blind Veterans, a Division of the National Federation of the Blind; Winter Garden, Florida
  • 10:25 AM ROLL CALL OF STATES AND APPOINTMENT OF NOMINATING COMMITTEE
  • 11:55 AM REPORTS AND RESOLUTIONS
  • 12:00 PM ADJOURN

Noon - 1:45 PM—EXHIBIT HALL AND INDEPENDENCE MARKET

Sebastian Ballrooms K and L, Level 1

12:15 - 1:15 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 glasses devices, advancing connectivity and cutting-edge video and data streaming technologies to assist the blind in a wide range of daily activities. How will augmented reality and artificial intelligence combine to render a new level of personal assistance?

12:15 - 1:45 PM—LOUISIANA CENTER FOR THE BLIND ALUMNI RECEPTION

Panzacola Ballroom H-2, Level 1
All Louisiana Center for the Blind (LCB) alumni and those interested in learning more about our life-changing programs are welcome! Join us as we celebrate the accomplishments of our alumni! Learn how LCB training will help you “live the life you want!” Pam Allen, Executive Director

1:30 - 2:00 PM—PREREGISTRATION PACKET PICKUP

Sebastian Ballroom Pre-function Area, Level 1

1:30 - 2:00 PM—REGISTRATION ($30) AND FINAL BANQUET TICKET SALES ($65)

Sebastian Ballroom Pre-function Area, Level 1

GENERAL SESSION

  • 2:00 PM CALL TO ORDER
  • 2:05 PM PRESIDENTIAL REPORT
    Mark A. Riccobono, President, National Federation of the Blind; Baltimore, Maryland
  • 3:00 PM LEADERSHIP IN SELF-DRIVING AUTOMOBILES: THE BLIND AND THE SELF-DRIVING COALITION FOR SAFER STREETS
    David Strickland, General Counsel and Spokesperson, Self-Driving Coalition for Safer Streets; Washington, District of Columbia
  • 3:20 PM LEADERSHIP IN LITERACY: HOW DO WE KNOW WHAT WE DO NOT KNOW?
    Marc Maurer, Director of Legal Policy and Immediate Past President, National Federation of the Blind; Baltimore, Maryland
  • 3:40 PM ENGINEERING TOOLS FOR TACTILE FLUENCY: A PARTNERSHIP WITH THE ORGANIZED BLIND MOVEMENT
    Josh Coffee, President, E.A.S.Y. LLC; Burlington, Vermont
  • 3:55 PM EMPOWERING STEM EDUCATION THROUGH TECHNOLOGY: HUMANWARE'S COMMITMENT TO THE FUTURE
    Gilles Pepin, Chief Executive Officer, HumanWare; Drummondville, Québec, Canada
  • 4:10 PM BUILDING NEW PATHS TO ACCESSIBILITY: POWERING THE NEXT GENERATION OF ACCESSIBLE EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS
    Betsy Beaumon, President, Benetech; Palo Alto, California
  • 4:30 PM REPORTS AND RESOLUTIONS
  • 5:00 PM ADJOURN

5:30 - 6:30 PM—NOMINATING COMMITTEE

Wekiwa 6, Level 2

5:30 - 7:30 PM—RESEARCH AND ACADEMIC PROFESSIONALS MEETING

Suwannee 20, Level 2
The National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute's Research Advisory Council invites interested individuals to discuss topics for research and publication in the Journal of Blindness Innovation and Research (JBIR), as well as to share ideas for increasing the research and academic presence of the NFB. Edward Bell, Arielle Silverman, and Lou Ann Blake, Coordinators

5:30 - 8:30 PM—SKI FOR LIGHT AND NFB SPORTS AND REC DIVISION MIX AND MINGLE

Panzacola Ballroom H-3, Level 1
Learn about the 2018 Ski for Light International Event near Lake Tahoe and touch cross-country skis and boots. Extreme athletes and those beginning a fitness journey can learn how the Sports and Rec Division supports your desire to keep fit! Appetizers first-come, first-served courtesy of Ski for Light. Cash bar.

6:00 - 7:00 PM—BREAKTHROUGH WEARABLE ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY

Panzacola H-4, Level 1
Join OrCam for a demo of the next generation OrCam MyEye device.

6:00 - 7:30 PM—COMMITTEE ON AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES AND INNOVATIONS IN TRANSPORTATION

Wekiwa 8, Level 2
This committee collects information about trends in transportation and emerging models of transportation that might not exist today which may present opportunities for the blind to move around independently, ensuring the NFB plays a prominent role in the future of transportation. Sachin Dev Pavithran, Chairperson

6:00 - 8:00 PM—SELF-ADVOCACY IN HIGHER EDUCATION

Panzacola F-2, Level 1
A workshop for current or soon-to-be undergraduate or graduate students to know your legal rights and learn effective strategies for self-advocacy in obtaining accommodations and accessing instructional materials and digital content. Gabe Cazares and Valerie Yingling, National Federation of the Blind; Sharon Krevor-Weisbaum, Managing Partner, Brown, Goldstein & Levy, LLP

6:00 - 8:00 PM—IMPROVING THE TRAVEL EXPERIENCE USING UBER

Wekiwa 5, Level 2
Uber is changing the way people move within their communities, and feedback from the National Federation of the Blind has helped improve the app experience for people who are blind or low vision. Learn how to use the product, get insight into some of the upgrades we've made, and offer feedback on features you'd like to see.

6:00 - 10:00 PM—EDUCATIONAL TESTING SERVICE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY ASSESSMENTS

Wekiwa 7, Level 2
6:00-8:00 PM—Session I
8:00-10:00 PM—Session II
Come learn about next generation assessments and how your access technologies are opening new doors of opportunity for personal advancement in education. Come learn and give feedback on how these new innovative assessments will take shape. Cary A. Supalo, Educational Testing Service

6:30 - 9:00 PM—COLORADO CENTER FOR THE BLIND OPEN HOUSE

Panzacola Ballroom F-1, Level 1
Meet the staff and students at the CCB to discover what great training will do for you! Pick up a Braille puzzle, get some favorite recipes, use a click rule, learn about stone carving, rock climbing and more. Training in Colorado will change your life! Julie Deden, Director

7:00 - 8:00 PM—HOW TO ADVOCATE FOR ACCESSIBILITY IN THE ERA OF VOTE-BY-MAIL

Wekiwa 4, Level 2
If your state is considering becoming a vote-by-mail state, or already is one, learn what the impacts are to blind voters and how to advocate for accessibility. Lou Ann Blake and Charles S. Brown, Coordinators

7:00- 9:00 PM—COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE: OPEN TO ALL LEADERS

Wekiwa 3, Level 2
Join other chapters, affiliates, and divisions in a showcase of social media strategies and action plans, which will help you reach non-members in a “brand” new way. Plus, we’ll demonstrate how your fundraising communications can be fun and energizing! Corbb O’Connor, Chairperson

7:00 - 9:00 PM—EMPLOYMENT COMMITTEE MEETING

Wekiwa 10, 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 for the committee are always welcome. Dick Davis, Chairperson

7:00 - 9:00 PM—EXHIBIT HALL

Sebastian Ballrooms K and L, Level 1

7:00 - 9:00 PM—GRANT WRITING AND FUNDRAISING BASICS

Wekiwa 6, Level 2
This seminar covers dos and don’ts of grant writing and fundraising for chapters and affiliates. Patti Chang and Seth Lamkin, Coordinators

7:00 - 10:00 PM—NOPBC CONCURRENT SESSIONS

7:00-9:45 PM—Braille Basics: A make-and-take session to increase parents’ knowledge of Braille and use of Braille around the home—Wekiwa 9, Level 2

7:00-8:15 PM—IEP 101 – What does a good IEP look like and how do I get there?—Suwannee 18, Level 2

7:00-8:15 PM—Creating an IFSP: How do you create smart goals for your infant or toddler?—Suwannee 19, Level 2

8:30-9:45 PM—IEP 202: Beyond the basics—Suwannee 18, Level 2

8:30-9:45 PM—Basic IEP Advocacy Training: For NFB members and families who wish to help other families learn to advocate effectively at IEP meetings—Suwannee 19, Level 2

7:00 - 10:00 PM—NOPBC YOUTH TRACK ACTIVITY (Ages 11-18)

Wekiwa 1, Level 2

7:00-8:00 PM—(For Sighted Siblings of Blind Children, ages 11-18 only) Sibling Rivalry: What is it Like to Have a Brother or Sister Who Happens to Be Blind?

8:00-10:00 PM—(Ages 11-18) Unconventional Convention Scavenger Hunt

7:00 - 10:00 PM—NOPBC CHILDREN’S CRAFT & GAME NIGHT (Ages 5-12)

Wekiwa 2, Level 2
This activity will be available for children of families attending workshops during this time. NFB Child Care will not be open!

8:00 - 9:30 PM—RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE

Wekiwa 8, Level 2
Technology is omnipresent in our lives. While it provides unprecedented advantages in education and employment, the blind are still excluded from many products. Hear about new advances and discuss ways we can influence developers to include accessibility in their hardware and software. Brian Buhrow, Chairperson

8:00 - 10:00 PM—CAREERS IN AUTOMOTIVE-RELATED SPECIALTIES GROUP

Suwannee 20, Level 2
Are you car crazy? Come and mingle with like-minded individuals. Marcus Simmons will tell his interesting life’s story. A list of the helpful devices presented last year will be available. Call (248) 595-9134 for details. Marcus Simmons, Chairman

8:00 PM - Midnight—HOST COMMITTEE LUAU

Panzacola Ballrooms F-3 and F-4, Level 1
$7 wristbands ahead of time; $10 at the door
Come one, come all, to what promises to be an entertaining event planned by our very own Host Committee. Arizona, Hawaii, Tennessee, the District of Columbia, and the NFB Student Division have put together an evening of fun with delicious food, desirable drinks, fun games, and lots of dancing! You won’t want to miss this night with hundreds of Federationists joining together in good company! Shawn Callaway, Chair, National Convention Host Committee, and Kathryn Webster, NABS President

9:00 PM - Midnight—TRIVIA NIGHT (Admission: $10)

Panzacola Ballroom H-2, Level 1
Who will be the 2017 Trivia Champions? It could be you! Come join the Community Service Division as we bring back trivia night! Flex your musical knowledge of popular songs, artists, and theme music in an evening full of fun, laughs, and some healthy competition! Proceeds benefit future programs and activities of the Community Service Division.