Sunday, July 2, 2023

Resolutions Day

7:00 - 8:00 a.m. Roman Catholic Mass

Room 339 B
Those who wish to assist as Eucharistic ministers, or in other ways, should come thirty minutes early. Contact Louis Maher (713-444-7838 or [email protected]) if you have questions.

8:00 - 10:00 a.m. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Open Forum

Room 335 A
Come hear about the progress that the National Federation of the Blind is making in diversity, equity, and inclusion. What questions do you have? How can we drive DEI efforts across the Federation together? Come connect with the DEI committee with questions and feedback.
Shawn Callaway and Colin Wong, Co-chairs

8:30 - 11:00 a.m. Committee for Advancement and Promotion of Braille

Room 342
The committee will discuss developments in the teaching and delivery of Braille, research priorities, Braille-related policy, strategies for bringing improvements where needed, and resources and activities across our organization. All are welcome! Jennifer Dunnam, Chair

8:45 - 10:30 a.m. NOPBC Cane Walk

Boardroom 331
For families with blind/low-vision children. Sponsored by National Organization of Parents of Blind Children (NOPBC).

8:45 - 10:30 a.m. NOPBC Youth Track

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

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

Registration Desk, Level 4

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Exhibit Hall and Independence Market

Ballroom of the Americas

9:00 - 10:30 a.m. Training Champions with the BLIND, Inc. Team

Room 343 B
Join the staff of BLIND, Inc. for this interactive event sure to help you learn how attending blindness skills training will help you become an all star!
Jennifer Kennedy, Executive Director

9:00 - 11:00 a.m. When is Self-Employment an Option?

Room 328
Is quitting your job to become self-employed the right decision for you? Or are you better off finding traditional employment? Learn common characteristics successful self-employed people possess. Learn to develop resources in the workplace that can lead to entrepreneurship.
Colleen Wunderlich, Vice President, Partnerships, The Chicago Lighthouse

9:00 - 11:00 a.m. Orientation to Career Fair

Room 340 B
Introduction to this year's career fair. Last minute information for registered employers and job seekers. Meet the employers and find out exactly what they are looking for. Brief questions permitted. Sponsored by the NFB Employment Committee.
Jennifer Wenzel, Chair

10:00 - 11:00 a.m. Every Traffic Light Accessible with OKO

Room 327
Interested to know how a mobile application can assist you to cross the street in a safe way? Join us to learn how OKO can make every pedestrian traffic light accessible and get a sneak peek into the functionalities that will be added to OKO.
Willem Van de Mierop, AYES

10:00 - 11:00 a.m. Diagnostic Testing at Home: What's New?

Room 340 A
Come listen as Ellume's CEO, Dr. Parsons, shares how home diagnostic testing has changed through the pandemic and how future accessibility product enhancements will improve all user's experience going from sick to well.
Sean Parsons, Founder and CEO

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Membership Committee Meeting

Room 335 B
Affiliate membership chairs, membership committee members, chapter presidents, and all Federationists are invited to join us in finding creative ways to build our membership. Share best practices to take our chapters, affiliates, and our national organization to the next level. Denise Avant and Tarik Williams, Co-chairs

10:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. LGBT+: Protecting and Celebrating All

Room 339 A
Join us for a discussion around intersectionality, peer support, mentoring, transition, education, coming out, the job search, advocacy, and more. Allies welcome; members centered.
Sanho Steele-Louchart, Chair

10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Mujeres of the Federation

Room 339 B
This bilingual celebration of blind Latina excellence features dynamic speakers. Come for an environment of inspiration, mentorship, and strategies for success to the next generation of blind Latina trailblazers.
Kenia Flores, Coordinator

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. The Holy Braille Highway Construction Update

Room 335 A
The development of Monarch, the multiline tactile display, continues due to efforts by APH, HumanWare, and NFB. Join Greg Stilson, William Freeman, and Joe Hodge of APH for an update on tablet construction, EBRF developments, and other APH refreshable Braille devices.
Greg Stilson, Senior Director Global Innovation, American Printing House for the Blind

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Blind and MENA: A Different Type of Brown

Room 346 A
Members who are American Arab, North African, Middle Eastern, South Asian, Muslim, and Sikh face unique challenges in post-9/11 America. Join us to learn about community identities and stereotypes as well as resources available to members with these intersectionalities.
Ronza Othman, Facilitator

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Non-24-Hour Sleep-Wake Disorder Q&A

Room 338
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

11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Leveraging Technology in Work, Play, and Life

Room 343 A
Data collected from users is integral to product design. Learn about the latest features in accessibility used in different industries and areas of life. This session will include best practices and resources in Windows, Teams, Azure Cloud and AI, and Seeing AI.
Laurie Allen, Senior Technology Evangelist, and Matt Philipenko, Customer Solutions Architect, Microsoft

11:00 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. NOPBC Cane Walk

Boardroom 331
For families with blind/low-vision children. Sponsored by National Organization of Parents of Blind Children (NOPBC).

12:00 - 1:00 p.m. What's New with Google Accessibility

Room 343 B
There have been many accessibility updates across Google products over the past year. This session will feature members of various Google teams to provide recent highlights. The talk will cover updates from Android, Workspace, Chrome, and many other important areas across Google.
Nimer Jaber, Mike Mello, Alexander Hauerslev, Siri Gubba, and Brook Sexton

12:00 - 2:00 p.m. NFB-NEWSLINE® Coordinating Innovation

Room 340 A
Attention: NFB-NEWSLINE coordinators and affiliate presidents, we are in the process of revitalizing the NFB-NEWSLINE coordinators network. Join us for important, innovative marketing and outreach strategies that will help you build enthusiasm for NFB-NEWSLINE in your state.
Scott White, Director of Sponsored Technology Programs, National Federation of the Blind

12:30 - 2:00 p.m. Leader Dogs for the Blind: Meet and Greet

Room 339 B
Come meet the Leader Dogs for the Blind team! They will be available to answer questions and share about our free services including Orientation and Mobility, Guide Dog, and Teen Summer Camp. All programs are offered completely free including room, board, and airfare!
Guide Dog Mobility Instructor

1:00 p.m. Resolutions Committee

Lanier Grand Ballroom A - I
Zoom meeting ID: 916 8496 8543
1CapApp Event: nfb
Donald Porterfield, Chair

1:00 - 4:00 p.m. Career Fair

Lanier Grand Ballroom K and L
Come to meet national and regional employers who are interested in hiring you, including many of our convention sponsors and Texas employers. This is your first step to a great future! Pre-registration required. Sorry, no walk-ins. Sponsored by the NFB Employment Committee.
Jennifer Wenzel, Chair

1:00 - 5:00 p.m. Crafting without Sight but with Vision

Room 342
Come learn adaptive ways to continue in the craft world with the Krafters Group. Want to get started creating? Come join us and meet people who crochet, knit, make greeting cards, sew, and much much more! Once you gain your confidence and skills, you could even start up your own business.
Tammy Freitag, Chair, Krafters Group

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

3:00 - 4:00 p.m. NFB in the Kitchen Group

Room 335 A
What will it take for you to change your cooking routine or to start a new one? Come. Let’s talk strengthening in the kitchen. Come. Let’s talk all things food, tools, tech, and kitchen. Bring your ideas and enthusiasm.
Regina Mitchell, Chair

4:00 - 5:00 p.m. A Dive into Google Products

Room 343 B
In this session, Googlers will demo some of Google's products including Bard, Google's experimental chat bot, new Android features, and more. At the end of the session, you will have an opportunity to ask questions and provide your feedback.
Nimer Jaber and Mike Mello, Googlers

4:00 - 5:30 p.m. NOPBC Youth Track

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

4:15 - 5:45 p.m. Twenty-Third NABL Mock Trial (Admission: $5)

Lanier Grand Ballroom G and J
Federation lawyers oppose each other to enact a case addressing the civil rights of blind people, and the audience serves as the jury. The subject matter is serious, but the courtroom portrayers are very entertaining.
Ronza Othman, President, National Association of Blind Lawyers

4:30 - 6:00 p.m. Interest Drives the Action

Room 329
Youth are our future leaders. Learn how your affiliate's strengths and skills can develop your youth programs. Hear about innovative activities happening across the country and imagine new ways to help blind youth live the lives they want.
Karen Anderson, Education Programs Coordinator, National Federation of the Blind

5:00 - 6:00 p.m. Kellogg’s Accessible NaviLens Packaging

Room 338
Learn about Kellogg’s new accessible NaviLens packaging. Stop by to try the NaviLens or NaviLens GO app to locate some of your favorite cereal brands and hear their name, nutrition, and allergen information. Kellogg is proud to be the first food company to use this technology.

5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Colorado Center for the Blind Open House

Room 343 A
Meet the staff, students, and alumni at the Colorado Center for the Blind. Learn how training can change your life! Discover new apps for your phone, get some favorite recipes, and use a click rule.
Julie Deden, Executive Director

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.

6:00 - 10:00 p.m. National Association of Blind Students (NABS) Annual Business Meeting

Lanier Grand Ballroom K and L
All are welcome to join our lively division as we dive into all things blind students! Registration begins at 6:00, followed by programming at 7:00. Only members who have completed our membership process before June 30 will be eligible to participate in official business.
Trisha Kulkarni, President

6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Greek and Masonic Group

Room 339 A and B
Are you a member of a national Greek organization, the Masons, or the Eastern Star? Help build our relationships with Greek letter organizations to ensure inclusion and participation and to serve as a resource for the blind considering membership.
Shawn Callaway, Chair

7:00 - 8:30 p.m. SSI and SSDI 101: What You Need To Know

Room 340 B
Ever wonder what the difference between Blind Work Expenses and Impairment Related Work Expenses is? Afraid you might go over the SSDI earnings cliff? Hear from an expert on these programs and have all your questions answered.
Michael Dalto, Social Security Expert

7:00 - 8:30 p.m. White Cane Committee and Fundraising Seminar

Room 330
Join us for an interactive seminar. Come and learn how to use your programming to drive your fundraising. Gain practical knowledge of planning, budgeting, and then choosing the best fundraiser. Finally, learn how to make a big ask.
Everette Bacon, Chair

7:30 - 9:00 p.m. Legislative Meet Up

Room 329
A recap of Washington Seminar, a rundown of priorities, and an opportunity for legislative directors and others interested in advocating for the rights of the nation's blind to exchange strategies to advance our legislative priorities at the local, state, and federal levels.  Kyle Walls, Jeff Kaloc, Justin Young, and Jesse Shirek, Government Affairs, National Federation of the Blind