Thursday, July 6, 2023

Banquet Day and Adjournment

8:00 - 8:45 a.m. Devotions

Room 340 A

8:15 - 8:45 a.m. Registration ($30) and Packet Pickup

Registration Desk, Level 4

8:15 - 8:45 a.m. Banquet Exchange

Lanier Grand Ballroom Pre-function Area

General Session V (Thursday)

Lanier Grand Ballroom A – I
Zoom meeting ID: 916 8496 8543
1CapApp Event: nfb

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Call to Order and Invocation

Leveraging Personal AI to Build the Organized Blind Movement

Suman Kanuganti, CEO,; San Diego, California

Artificial Intelligence Directed by the Blind: Progress and Possibilities with Be My Eyes

Mike Buckley, Chairman and CEO, Be My Eyes; San Francisco, California

Together Living Blindfully: Perspectives on the Wisdom of the Shared Blind Community

Jonathan Mosen, CEO, Workbridge, and Producer and Presenter, Living Blindfully; Wellington, New Zealand

Rebuilding What I Should Have Known: Reflections on My Journey to be Accountable to the Blind Community

Shir Ekerling, Co-CEO and Co-Founder, accessiBe; New York, New York

Defining Meaningful Access and Consumer Control: The Blind and the Evolution of Overlays

Curtis Chong, Nonvisual Access Technology Consultant; Aurora, Colorado

Tired of Waiting: Perspectives on Ride Denials from Uber

Liza Winship, Director of Driver Operations for the US and Canada, Uber; San Francisco, California

Full Participation of the Disabled in America: Nothing without Us

Andrés Gallegos, Chairman, National Council on Disability; Washington, District of Columbia

Expanding the Reach of the National Library Service: A Commitment to High Expectations for Blind Patrons

Jason Broughton, Director, National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled; Washington, District of Columbia

Reports and Resolutions


12:00 - 1:45 p.m. Banquet Exchange

Lanier Grand Ballroom Pre-function Area
Final opportunity to exchange banquet tickets prior to banquet.

12:15 - 1:45 p.m. Raffles and Drawings

Room 339 B

12:30 - 1:30 p.m. Amateur Ham Radio Group Meeting

Room 329
Talking with people around the world, responding to emergencies, and tinkering with electronics are just some of the benefits of becoming a licensed ham radio operator. Join us in a discussion about the hobby and plans for a permanent ham radio station at the Jernigan Institute.
Corbb O'Connor, Chair

12:45 - 1:45 p.m. Preventing Veteran Suicide

Room 330
Become informed about suicide prevention, interventions, postvention, and education resources.
Clairmont Barnes, Associate Director, Partnerships and Community Relations, Veterans Health Administration

General Session VI (Thursday)

Lanier Grand Ballroom A – I
Zoom meeting ID: 916 8496 8543
1CapApp Event: nfb

2:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Call to Order

The Sixteenth Annual Dr. Jacob Bolotin Awards

Everette Bacon, Chairperson, Dr. Jacob Bolotin Award Committee, and Board Member, National Federation of the Blind; Salt Lake City, Utah

Transformation of Jobs in the AbilityOne Program: Disability Advocacy, Leadership, and the Power of Concentrated Action

Chai Feldblum, Vice Chairperson, United States AbilityOne Commission; Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, and Fort Lauderdale, Florida

By Us for Us: A Report on the Federation’s Research, Training, and Partnership Programs

Anil Lewis, Executive Director for Blindness Initiatives, National Federation of the Blind; Baltimore, Maryland

We Have Work to Do: Reflections on Changing the Blind Employment Paradigm

Mary Fernandez, Lead Disability Inclusion Consultant, Cisco Systems; Silver Spring, Maryland

Working Together to Elevate the Blind in America: A Leader and Partner of the Organized Blind Movement

The Honorable Sheila Jackson Lee, United States House of Representatives, Eighteenth Congressional District; Houston, Texas

Digital Access for All: Leading the Way in Advancing the Right to Live in the Twenty-First Century

The Honorable Tony Coelho, Former Congressman, United States House of Representatives, and Author, Americans with Disabilities Act; Doylestown, Pennsylvania

Reports and Resolutions


Banquet (Thursday)

Lanier Grand Ballroom A – I
Zoom meeting ID: 916 8496 8543
1CapApp Event: nfb

7:00 p.m.    Invocation
Master of Ceremonies: Pam Allen
Introductions and Presentations
Banquet Address: Mark Riccobono
Scholarships and Awards