Wednesday, July 5, 2023

Business Session

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 III (Wednesday)

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

Financial Report, Including the Honor Roll Call


Building the Movement: Achieving Our Dreams through Strategic Investments

Members of the National Federation of the Blind Strategic Planning Steering Committee

Transforming Corporate America from the Inside: Leadership, Blindness, and a Journey of Opening Doors

Susan Mazrui, Director, Global Public Policy, AT&T Services, Inc.; Seattle, Washington

Shattering Injustice and Raising Expectations: Dedication to Equality by a Blind Attorney

Karla Gilbride, Civil Rights Attorney; Silver Spring, Maryland

Reports and Resolutions


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

Lanier Grand Ballroom Pre-function Area

12:00 - 1:45 p.m. Exhibit Hall and Independence Market

Ballroom of the Americas
Final opportunity to visit the Exhibit Hall and Independence Market.

12:15 - 1:45 p.m. NOPBC Brainstorming Session

Room 339 A
Come and share your ideas for making next year’s NOPBC conference even better. Carla Keirns, President

*12:15 - 1:15 p.m. What's New with Aira

Room 343 B; Note: session was originally listed as 5:15 p.m. and the time changed to 12:15 p.m.
Join Aira CEO, Troy Otillio, for his annual presentation on all things Aira. We’ll demonstrate and discuss the new Aira app and give you a sneak peek at how AI ChatGPT will impact visual interpretation. Join the fun with some exciting prizes for lucky attendees.
Troy Otillio, CEO

1:15 - 1:45 p.m. Registration ($30) and Packet Pickup

Registration Desk, Level 4

General Session IV (Wednesday)

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

2:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Call to Order

Securing Equal Protection under the Law: The Essential Role of the Organized Blind Movement

Eve Hill, General Counsel, National Federation of the Blind, and Partner, Brown, Goldstein, and Levy; Baltimore, Maryland

A One-Hundred-Year Legacy at the American Foundation for the Blind: What Will Be Different in the Decade Ahead?

Eric Bridges, President and CEO, American Foundation for the Blind; Arlington, Virginia

Thousands of Voices Lift a Shared Agenda: A Report from the Federation’s Advocacy and Policy Department

Moderator: John G. Paré Jr., Executive Director for Advocacy and Policy, National Federation of the Blind; Baltimore, Maryland
Jeff Kaloc, NFB Government Affairs Specialist; Baltimore, Maryland
Jesse Shirek, NFB Government Affairs Specialist; Baltimore, Maryland
Justin Young, NFB Government Affairs Specialist; Baltimore, Maryland

Reports, Resolutions, and Other Business


5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Digital Accessibility Professionals Meetup

Room 339 B
We designed this informal networking session for those working full-time in digital accessibility for corporations and nonprofits. We'll share best practices, trends that uniquely affect us as blind people, and suggestions for growing the Federation's brand in the field.
Corbb O'Connor, Facilitator

7:00 - 8:30 p.m. NFB in Judaism Meeting

Room 344 A
Ms. Livia Thompson, president of JBI International, will describe her organization's work and invite feedback from the organized blind regarding the impact that work could have.
Stewart Prost, Chair

7:00 - 9:45 p.m. NOPBC IEP Night

Room 330

  • 7:00 - 8:15 p.m. Why, What, & How to Document in the IEP Process
  • 8:30 - 9:45 p.m. Assessment-Powered Advocacy in the IEP Process

Sponsored by the National Organization of Parents of Blind Children Division (NOPBC).

7:00 - 10:00 p.m. NOPBC Youth Track

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

8:00 - 9:00 p.m. Friends of Recovery Meeting

Room 346 A
All convention attendees interested in getting or remaining clean and sober are welcome to our confidential meeting. For more information, call 828-505-0338.

8:00 - 9:00 p.m. NFB Oral Histories: Getting Started

Room 339 B
An introduction to oral histories and how to conduct them, from start to finish. Open to all those interested.
Nichole Chrissis, Archivist, National Federation of the Blind

8:00 - 11:00 p.m. Twenty-First Annual Showcase of Talent

Lanier Grand Ballroom J and K
Join us for a night of great performances! Whether you take the stage or support your friends from the audience, it’s always an enjoyable evening of entertainment.  Performers $10; admission 5 dollars. Cash prizes awarded. Email [email protected] with questions or to sign up.
Katelyn MacIntyre, President, National Federation of the Blind Performing Arts Division