NFB23 Convention Notes

Note 1: Information Desk

A Federation information desk is outside Lanier Grand Ballroom A from Monday morning through Thursday for attendees with questions or in need of assistance.

Note 2: Hotel Room Rates

Room rates at the Hilton Americas are $119 for singles, doubles, triples, and quads; the rates at the Marriott Marquis are 125 dollars for singles, doubles, triples, and quads. In addition, the combined sales and hotel occupancy tax rate is 25.25 percent.

Proof of convention registration is necessary, including the showing of an NFB registration badge, if requested. Otherwise, regular hotel rates must be paid. Hotel sleeping rooms are non-smoking; smoking is permitted only in specified areas.

Note 3: Banquet Tickets

Banquet tickets may be purchased for $75 at convention registration. No tickets will be available after 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday. At the banquet ticket exchange table, located in the pre-function area outside Lanier Grand Ballroom A, you may make arrangements to reserve a specific seat for yourself or for a group of up to ten people. On the evening of the banquet, tickets will be required to enter the ballroom and will be collected at the tables. Tickets may be exchanged for vegetarian, vegan, kosher, or halal meals at the banquet ticket exchange table if done so by 2:00 p.m. on Monday.

Banquet ticket exchange will be available at the following times (also listed in the agenda):

  • Monday    11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday    8:15 to 8:45 a.m. and noon to 1:45 p.m.
  • Wednesday    8:15 to 8:45 a.m. and noon to 1:45 p.m.
  • Thursday    8:15 to 8:45 a.m. and noon to 1:45 p.m.

Note 4: Guide Dog Relief Area

The guide dog relief area is outside the first floor doors to the Hilton’s bus lanes. These doors can be found at the end of the hotel nearest the convention center, just past the hotel’s gift shop. Exiting the hotel, the relief area is in the first lane beyond the curb and to the right. Traffic will be blocked from this area for the entirety of our convention.

Note 5: Announcement Requests

All requests for announcements by President Riccobono during General Sessions must be submitted in Braille.

Note 6: NFB Treasurer Information

Individuals needing to conduct business with the NFB treasurer may do so by going to Suite 434 on Tuesday between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. or on Wednesday between noon and 2:00 p.m.

Note 7: NFB Convention Mobile App and Web Portal

The convention agenda can be accessed via the Attendee Hub platform beginning June 19. Mobile apps are available for both the iOS and Android platforms and a web portal for desktop use. All registrants will receive an email invitation with links for both the mobile apps and web portal. The Attendee Hub platform allows users to customize a personal agenda, chat with other Attendee Hub convention goers, and to join streamed sessions with the click of a button for those participating virtually.

Note 8: Portrait Studio

The portrait studio wants and needs a photo of your gorgeous face! We use images in the Braille Monitor, on websites, and for other types of publications. Having a current photo on file is important even if you are not writing an article or sitting on your chapter board. We will email photos after convention to those who would like to have them. Please visit the portrait studio in the pre-function are outside Lanier Grand Ballroom D during the following hours:

  • Monday    10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday    8:00 to 9:00 a.m.
  • Wednesday    12:00 to 1:00 p.m.
  • Thursday    5:45 to 6:45 p.m.

Note 9: Raffle Tickets

Raffle tickets will not be sold in the registration area, and no raffles or other such drawings will take place during convention sessions or at the banquet. The single exception will be that national divisions may (if they request it in advance) conduct drawings during the sessions or at the banquet. Groups or affiliates wishing to conduct their drawings (or any person wishing to know the winners) may go at noon on Thursday to meeting room 339 B.

Note 10: FM Receivers Pick Up

The Amateur Radio Division coordinates the distribution of special FM receivers for our hard-of-hearing and Spanish-speaking attendees. Any interested attendee may pick up a receiver at a table in the pre-function area outside Lanier Grand Ballroom D. A deposit of $40 in cash is required, and exact change is appreciated. The deposit will be returned if the receiver is brought back to the checkout table in good condition by the end of the banquet or within thirty minutes of adjournment of the last convention session the borrower plans to attend.

Note 11: NFB Camp (Childcare)

NFB Camp for children between the ages of six weeks and twelve years is available during convention sessions, most meetings, and the banquet. Preregistration and payment by June 15 are required for this childcare service. NFB Camp is organized and supervised by Carla McQuillan, the executive director of Main Street Montessori Association. Please note that childcare services provide morning and afternoon snacks, but parents are required to provide lunch for their child(ren) every day. Times listed are the opening and closing times. A late fee of $10 per quarter-hour per child will be assessed for late pickups. NFB Camp hours are:

  • Saturday    8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 to 5:30 p.m.
  • Sunday    Closed
  • Monday    8:30 a.m. to noon and 12:45 to 5:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday    8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 to 5:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday    8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 to 5:30 p.m.
  • Thursday    8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 to 5:30 p.m.
  • Banquet    6:30 p.m. to 30 minutes after the banquet ends

Note 12: Zoom and Ways to Access

For sessions broadcast on Zoom, there are multiple options for access. All convention times are in the central time zone.

Zoom via web at https://zoom.us/91684968543.

Or One tap mobile:
    +13017158592,,91684968543# US (Washington DC)
    +13126266799,,91684968543# US (Chicago)

Or Telephone:
    Dial (for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
    +1 301 715 8592 US (Washington DC)
    +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
    +1 646 876 9923 US (New York)
    +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)
    +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)
    +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)
    +1 408 638 0968 US (San Jose)

Webinar ID: 916 8496 8543
International numbers available: https://nfb-org.zoom.us/u/aAN0h2bQS

Closed captions will be provided on the Zoom platform, and you may also access the closed captions/transcript through 1CapApp at https://ECS.1capapp.com/event/nfb. More details for streaming available at nfb.org/convention.

Note 13: Divisions, Committees, and Groups

The Federation carries on its business through the affiliated divisions, committees, and groups listed in this agenda.

Divisions:

Divisions of the National Federation of the Blind are organized around a specialized interest area usually related to employment or a major stage in life (e.g., parents or students). Divisions serve as a formal vehicle for building the organization at the national level.

Assistive Technology Trainers: Chancey Fleet, President
Black Leaders: Shawn Callaway, President
Computer Science: Brian Buhrow, President
Community Service: Jeanetta Price, President
DeafBlind: Alice Eaddy, President
Diabetes Action Network: Debbie Wunder, President
Human Services: Candice Chapman, President
Educators: Cayte Mendez, President
Government Employees: Ronza Othman, President
Guide Dog Users: Raul Gallegos, President
Lawyers: Ronza Othman, President
Merchants: Nicky Gacos, President
Parents of Blind Children: Carla Keirns, President
Performing Arts: Katelyn MacIntyre, President
Professionals in Blindness Education: Emily Gibbs, President
Rehabilitation Professionals: Amy Porterfield, President
Science and Engineering: John Miller, President
Seniors: Glenn Crosby, President
Sports and Recreation: Richie Flores, President
Students: Trisha Kulkarni, President
Veterans: Vernon Humphrey, President
Writers: Shelley Alongi, President

Committees:

Committees of the National Federation of the Blind are appointed by the President, with the exception of the nominating committee, and serve to advise the organization’s leadership on important matters and to carry out projects to build the organization at all levels.

Advancement and Promotion of Braille: Jennifer Dunnam, Chair
Ambassadors: Dan Burke, Chair
Automobile and Pedestrian Safety: Maurice Peret, Chair
Autonomous Vehicles and Innovations in Transportation
Blind Educator of the Year Award: Robin House, Chair
Communications: Liz Wisecarver, Chair
Distinguished Educator of Blind Students Award: Carla McQuillan, Chair
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Shawn Callaway and Colin Wong, Co-chairs
Employment: Jennifer Wenzel, Chair
Technology Evaluation: Mark Jones, Chair
Jacobus tenBroek Award: Pam Allen, Chair
Jacobus tenBroek Memorial Fund: Kathryn Webster, Chair
Kenneth Jernigan Fund: Tracy Soforenko, Chair
Membership: Denise Avant and Tarik Williams, Co-chairs
PAC Plan: Ryan Strunk, Chair
Research and Development: Brian Buhrow, Chair
Resolutions: Donald Porterfield, Chair
Scholarship: Cayte Mendez, Chair
Shares Unlimited in NFB (SUN): Sandy Halverson, Chair
Spanish Translation: Daniel Martinez, Chair
White Cane and Affiliate Finance: Everette Bacon, Chair

Groups:

Groups of the National Federation of the Blind serve as a resource to members around specific topic areas. Groups are coordinated by a chairperson appointed by the President and are intended to connect members across the country to strengthen the resource network of the organization.

Amateur Radio: Corbb O’Connor, Chair
Blind Christians: Tom Anderson, Chair
Blind Fraternal Greek and Masonic: Shawn Callaway, Chair
Blind Muslims: Tasnim Alshuli, Chair
Blind Parents: Lisamaria Martinez, Chair
Blind Professional Journalists: Elizabeth Campbell, Chair
Blind Survivors: Kathryn Webster and Danielle Montour, Co-chairs
Krafters: Tammy Freitag, Chair
NFB in Judaism: Stewart Prost, Chair
NFB in the Kitchen: Regina Mitchell, Chair
NFB LGBT+: Sanho Steele-Louchart, Chair
NFB Lions: Milton Ota, Chair
NFB Website Coordinators: Corbb O’Connor, Chair