Saturday, July 1, 2023

Seminar Day & Registration Opens

7:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. NOPBC Youth Track

Room 332
Registration outside NOPBC Conference; for youth 11-18; free of charge. See Youth Track agenda for activity details.

7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Reach for the Stars: Setting High Expectations for Our Blind Children

Room 335 A
Registration until June 30—adults $35, families 50 dollars, children (0-18) free. After June 30—online and on-site, each adult is 35 dollars, children (0-18) free. For details, visit Sponsored by the National Organization of Parents of Blind Children Division (NOPBC).
Carla Keirns, President

  • 7:30 - 9:00 a.m. Registration
  • 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. Opening Session
  • 10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. NOPBC Concurrent Workshops, Session I
    Job & Career Options When You’re Not Heading to College (Room 335 A)
    From Diagnosis to Education Plan (Room 327)
    Age-Appropriate Independence (Room 328)
    Monarch—The Future of Braille Textbooks and Tactile Graphics (Room 338)
  • 1:45 - 3:00 p.m.  NOPBC Concurrent Workshops, Session II
    Exploring, Learning, Having Fun with Your Young Child (Room 335 A)
    Independent Movement & Travel: From the Play Room to the Board Room (Room 327)
    Preparing to Launch (Room 328)
    From Screwdrivers to Rocket Launches: Supporting Your Child in STEM (Room 338)
  • 3:15 - 4:30 p.m. NOPBC Concurrent Workshops, Session III
    Living the Low-Vision Life (Room 335 A)
    Getting a Full Education for Your Child with Additional Disabilities (Room 327)
    Sports & Recreation (Room 346 B)
    Tactile Exploration of STEM Materials (Room 338)

7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Contemporary Issues in Rehabilitation and Education for the Blind—22nd Annual Rehabilitation and Orientation and Mobility Conference

Room 335 B
Come participate in the only national conference focused on structured discovery teaching and education for the blind, featuring world-renowned keynote speaker on management and leadership, Glen Shepard. Registration ( is $85 before June 15, 100 dollars afterwards. Registration available at the door.
Sponsored by National Blindness Professional Certification Board (NBPCB) and the Professional Development & Research Institute on Blindness (PDRIB) at the Louisiana Tech University.

8:00 - 9:00 a.m. Ambassadors Committee Meeting

Room 343 B

8:00 - 11:00 a.m. What’s New with JAWS, ZoomText, and Fusion

Lanier Grand Ballroom L
Join Ryan Jones for the annual User Group meeting. All skill levels are welcome. We’ll demonstrate and discuss the recent developments and look at what’s coming in 2024. We will also discuss how you can help shape the future of our products. Bring your questions and join the fun.
Ryan Jones, VP Software and Product Management, Vispero

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Jernigan Institute Technology Seminars

Room 340 B

  • 8:00 - 9:30 a.m. Braille Hardware Showcase
    Find out what’s current in refreshable Braille technology and try out new devices! Meet representatives from Freedom Scientific, HIMS Inc., HumanWare, and Orbit Research.
  • 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. CENA Report
    Learn about CENA’s work at the Jernigan Institute to make your life more accessible.
  • 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. Small Smart Appliances Evaluation
    Join us as we demonstrate a selection of countertop kitchen appliances that can be controlled through your phone.
  • 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. iOS vs Android Low Vision Accessibility Face-Off
    Explore the latest smart phone low-vision features and capabilities as we compare and contrast each operating system.

Seminar Presenters: Kennedy Zimnik and Karl Belanger, CENA Staff, National Federation of the Blind

8:30 a.m. NFB Camp

Preregistration by June 15 was required. Please see convention note 11 for further information.

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Registration ($30), Packet Pickup, and Banquet Ticket Sales (75 dollars)

Lanier Grand Ballroom Pre-function Area

9:00 - 11:00 a.m. Employment Committee Meeting

Room 346 A
Annual meeting of the NFB Employment Committee. Learn about past and current events and committee initiatives. What skills do jobseekers need to be competitive in the job market? Come to ask questions and influence the committee's work.
Jennifer Wenzel, Chair

10:00 - 11:00 a.m. ABLE Accounts 101: What They Can Do for You

Room 330
Join representatives from ABLE today as we walk through the benefits of an ABLE account—a financial savings vehicle available to anyone with a disability.
Eric Ochmanek, National Outreach Lead, ABLE today

10:00 - 11:00 a.m. Target Accessibility: Meet the Team and Q&A

Room 340 A
Learn how Target’s Digital Accessibility team ensures our apps, website, and other digital experiences are accessible to all. We welcome any accessibility questions and feedback. We will share several times throughout the hour, so come when you like and stay as long as you want.
Steve Decker, Senior Accessibility Manager, Target

10:00 - 11:00 a.m. Non-24-Hour Sleep-Wake Disorder Q&A

Room 339 B
A clear comprehensive educational program lead by trained experts. Attendees will be able to learn about circadian rhythms, biology and symptoms of Non-24, its impact on the community, how to become one’s own advocate, and gain valuable information and resources.
Shauna Jatho and Maggie Felton, Nurse Educators, Vanda Pharmaceuticals

1:00 - 2:30 p.m. Living with Multiple Disabilities

Room 340 A
Join our community of individuals living with various disabilities at the intersection of blindness. We provide a safe space to share your experiences. Whether newly diagnosed, seeking diagnosis, or living with your condition for years, come connect with others who can relate.
Bobbi A. L. Pompey, Coordinator

1:00 - 4:00 p.m. A Full Slate—News from HumanWare

Lanier Grand Ballroom L
Join HumanWare for a Q&A-driven session exploring features of products including the BrailleNote Touch Plus and the BI X Braille displays. We will also demonstrate the all-new Victor Reader Stream 3 and will examine exciting new updates to the Stellar Trek GPS device.
Joel Zimba, Blindness Products Specialist, and Peter Tucic, Director of Strategic Partnerships, HumanWare

1:00 - 5:00 p.m. NAGDU Annual Seminar

Lanier Grand Ballroom K
Advocating for Guide Dog Users: Tools and strategies for success. Come join NAGDU for networking, learning, and an in-depth panel presentation by various guide dog training programs.
Paul Sandoval and Stacie Gallegos, NAGDU Annual Seminar Co-chairs

1:00 - 8:00 p.m. Tactile Art and Picture Books

Room 344 A and B
Drop-in art-making and reading activities, free for all ages. Read picture books with tactile pictures. Make raised-line drawings and sculptures inspired by the stories in the books or inspired by the stories within you! To learn about scheduled evening activities, text 303-887-1713.
Ann Cunningham, Coordinator

6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Seminario Hispano

Room 342
Ven a conocer a la federación, nuestras historias y recursos. ¡Conoce, conecta y comparte con nuestra comunidad hispanohablante! ¡Te esperamos! Nota: El seminario es completamente en español.
Shalmarie Arroyo, Coordinadora

1:30 - 4:00 p.m. Senior Housing 101

Room 342
A seminar regarding housing options for blind seniors.
Glenn Crosby, President, National Federation of the Blind Seniors Division

1:30 - 5:00 p.m. NOPBC Youth Track

Room 332
For youth 11 – 18. See Youth Track agenda for activity details.

2:00 - 5:00 p.m. Job Seeker Seminar

Room 339 A and B
Two separate rooms with interactive, guided discussions. This year, explorers focus on career preparation and seekers on getting a job. Choose the one that fits you best. Sponsored by the NFB Employment Committee.
Jennifer Wenzel, Chair

2:30 - 4:00 p.m. Website Coordinators and Contributors Meeting

Room 346 A
Whether you currently have a role or someday want to contribute, we know everyone can get involved in NFB affiliate/division websites from content to code. Join us to learn about the progress of our Drupal transition and help build upcoming training sessions for others.
Corbb O'Connor, Chair

5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Mix-and-Mingle Reception for Rehabilitation Professionals

Room 340 A

*5:00 - 6:00 p.m. Responsible AI is Accessible AI

Room 343 B; Note: This session was originally listed as 6:00 p.m. and the time changed to 5:00 p.m.
Microsoft’s approach to the future of accessible technology and the usage of AI in products. AI is rapidly transforming the digital world. We aim to build inclusively by focusing on three principles: build accessibly, include data sets that represent disability, and innovate.
Laurie Allen, Senior Technology Evangelist, and Matt Philipenko, Customer Solutions Architect, Microsoft

6:00 - 9:00 p.m. NFB Legal Office Hours

Room 327
Meet with a disability rights attorney to discuss blindness discrimination concerns regarding employment, technology, education, voting, travel, COVID tests, housing, parental rights, and more. Schedule your appointment by emailing [email protected]. Please request your appointment by June 23.

6:30 - 9:00 p.m. Technology Evaluation Committee Exhibitor's Showcase

Lanier Grand Ballroom L
All are invited to join the Technology Evaluation Committee’s Exhibitor’s Showcase to learn about low- to high-tech products from vendors. From hardware to software and more. You can hear the latest from everyone at this meeting. You do not have to be on the committee to attend.
Mark Jones, Chair

7:00 - 8:30 p.m. NOPBC Fortieth Anniversary Celebration

Lanier Grand Ballroom J
Join us to celebrate the first forty years of assisting families and teachers and advocating for children! Sponsored by National Organization of Parents of Blind Children (NOPBC).

8:00 - 9:30 p.m. Rookie Roundup

Lanier Grand Ballroom A and D
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, Chair and First Vice President, National Federation of the Blind; President, National Federation of the Blind of Louisiana; Director, Louisiana Center for the Blind

8:30 - 10:30 p.m. NABS Student Networking

Lanier Grand Ballroom K
Blind students: kick off your convention right by joining our national student division to mix and mingle. Whether you are new or returning, we can't wait to welcome you!
Trisha Kulkarni, President