Friday, July 8

Opening Session Day

Back to NFB22 Convention Agenda Welcome

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

Studio 1

8:45 - 9:15 a.m. Registration

($30) Packet Pickup

($75) Banquet Ticket Sales

Salon A

8:45 - 9:15 a.m. Banquet Exchange

Acadia Ballroom Foyer

9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Opening General Session (Friday) 

Acadia, Bissonet, and Carondelet Ballrooms
Zoom meeting ID: 

Call to Order and Invocation

Welcoming Ceremonies: Back Together on the Bayou

2022 National Convention Host Committee: National Federation of the Blind of Louisiana

Celebration of Freedom: Veterans Recognized

Vernon Humphrey, President, National Association of Blind Veterans, a Division of the National Federation of the Blind; Mauk, Georgia

Roll Call of States and Appointment of Nominating Committee

Reports and Resolutions


Noon - 1:45 p.m. Banquet Exchange

Acadia Ballroom Foyer

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

Napoleon Ballroom, Sheraton

12:15 - 1:45 p.m. What's New with Amazon Accessibility

Studio 2
Join us for demos and discussion of accessible Amazon products including Alexa and Smarthome, Fire TV at home and in your car, Fire tablets for school and work, audio description on Prime Video, books and shopping, and of course, exciting Amazon prizes for lucky attendees.

12:15 - 1:45 p.m. Louisiana Center for the Blind Reception

Galerie 1, 2, and 3
Please join us to learn about our transformative programs! Reconnect with alumni and staff! Find out more about graduate degrees at Louisiana Tech University! Discover how LCB training will help you live the life you want! 
Pam Allen, Executive Director

12:15 - 1:45 p.m. Leader Dog Meet and Greet

Studio 4
Meet Leader Dog team members and learn about the free services provided at Leader Dogs for the Blind! Participants can ask questions and hear about the free orientation and mobility program, virtual learning opportunities, and the new podcast, Taking the Lead! 
David Locklin, Chief Program Officer, and Tina Goedertier, Manager of Training, Leader Dogs for the Blind

12:15 - 1:45 p.m. What's New in Google Accessibility?

Galerie 6
Get the latest on what’s happening with Google and accessibility.

12:30 - 1:30 p.m. New Aira Desktop App Enhances School and Work

Galerie 5
Aira is secure and professional visual interpreting for your smart phone and now desktop computer. Learn about the new desktop release and how we’re supporting the community with free Aira at universities, as a job seeker, as a small business owner, and at Aira Employment Partners.
Troy Otillio, CEO, and Sandra Marcus, Vice President of Marketing, Aira

12:45 - 1:45 p.m. Finding Ms. Blind Diva Empowerment Pageant

Studio 1
Do you identify as a fabulous female? Well, this is the session for you! Join the Finding Ms. Blind Diva Empowerment Pageant Tour this year! Learn how you can take home the title and win $1,000 cash and prizes and more. No pageant or model experience is required.
Krystle Allen, President, Eyes Like Mine, Inc.

1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Islamic Friday Prayer Services

Studio 9
The NFB Muslims Group is offering the Islamic Friday prayer services for all Muslims. Non-Muslims are also welcome to attend.

1:15 - 1:45 p.m. Registration ($30), Packet Pickup, and Final Banquet Ticket Sales ($75)

Salon A

2:00 - 5:00 p.m. General Session II (Friday)

Acadia, Bissonet, and Carondelet Ballrooms
Zoom meeting ID:

Call to Order

Presidential Report

Mark Riccobono, President, National Federation of the Blind; Baltimore, Maryland

Giving Wings to Transformation: The Magic of Partnership with the Blind Movement

Craig Meador, President, American Printing House; Louisville, Kentucky
Bruce Miles, Chief Executive Officer, HumanWare; Drummondville, Québec, Canada

Accelerating Our Blind Driver Challenge: Raising Expectations at 211.43 mph 

Dan Parker, Blind Machinist and Racecar Driver; Columbus, Georgia

Owning Our Future: Continuous Revolution in Training through the Organized Blind Movement

Joanne Wilson, Founder, Louisiana Center for the Blind; Ruston, Louisiana
Pam Allen, Executive Director, Louisiana Center for the Blind; Ruston, Louisiana 
Julie Deden, Executive Director, Colorado Center for the Blind; Littleton, Colorado
Jennifer Kennedy, Executive Director, Blindness: Learning in New Dimensions (BLIND), Inc.; Minneapolis, Minnesota

Federation SAFE: Blind Survivors, Leadership, and Our Shared Commitment

Kathryn Webster, Co-chair, Blind Survivors Group; Boston, Massachusetts
Danielle Montour, Co-chair, Blind Survivors Group; Brooklyn, New York

Reports and Resolutions


5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Research and Academic Professionals Meeting

Salon C
The National Federation of the Blind Blindness Initiatives’ Research Advisory Council invites interested individuals to discuss current research, discuss publication in the Journal of Blindness Innovation and Research (JBIR), and share ideas for increasing the research and academic presence of the NFB.

6:00 - 7:00 p.m. NFB Code Process Discussion with Tonya Baña

Studio 8
NFB Code of Conduct External Investigator Tonya Baña will share information about the process used to investigate reports of sexual misconduct in the NFB.
Ronza Othman, Chair, NFB Code of Conduct Feedback Committee; Kathryn Webster and Danielle Montour, Co-chairs, NFB Survivors Group

6:00 - 7:30 p.m. Pinot and Pups

Studio 7
Parents: we are so excited about our growing K9 Buddy program here at GDB! We believe that a dog can make a remarkable difference in any child's life by fostering a sense of caring, companionship, and a sense of responsibility. Come enjoy a glass of wine with me and learn more.
Jane Flower, Youth Outreach Specialist, Guide Dogs for the Blind

7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Exhibit Hall

Napoleon Ballroom, Sheraton

7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Communications Committee

Studio 2
Join chapter, affiliate, and division leaders to learn best practices in communications. We’ll explore the tools available to us through our national office and exchange ideas. Learn to effectively use communication to build the Federation. Everyone is welcome!
Liz Wisecarver, Chair

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

Studio 3 and 4

  • 7:00 - 8:15 p.m.    
    • Getting the Lay of the Land: Blindness-Specific IEP Tips (Studio 3)
    • Braille Is Fun! Learning Braille through Games (Studio 4)
  • 8:30 - 9:45 p.m.
    • Alternatives to Due Process (Studio 3)
    • Braille Displays and Braille Embossers: What’s Available and What Are They Good For? (Studio 4)

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

8:00 - 11:00 p.m. Welcome Dance and Reception

Galerie 1, 2, and 3
Laissez les bon temps rouler! Let the good times roll! Your Louisiana Krewe invites you to enjoy live music and dancing! Connect with friends and make new ones! Come join us for a fun-filled event!