Tuesday, July 5

Seminar Day & Registration Opens

Back to NFB22 Convention Agenda Welcome

7:15 - 8:00 a.m. Amateur Radio Division—Emergency Preparedness

Galerie 5
Discuss convention frequencies, hotel architectural features, and distribution of special FM receivers for our hard of hearing and Spanish-speaking attendees.

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

Balcony L
Registration required. Email [email protected] for details. 

7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Sharing Our Core Values: Creating Opportunities and Raising Expectations

Studio 2, 3, 4, and 5
Registration: adults, $30; two or more adults, $50; children (ages 0-18), free. 
Sponsored by the National Organization of Parents of Blind Children Division (NOPBC). For more details, visit https://nopbc.org/2022-nopbc-conference.  
Carlton Anne Cook Walker, 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 
    • STEM/Math Accessibility (Studio 2)
    • Independent Movement and Travel: From Foundational Skills to GPS (Studio 3)
    • Advocacy in Difficult Times (Studio 4)
    • CVI (Cortical/Cerebral Vision Impairment) (Studio 5)
  • 1:45 - 3:00 p.m.    NOPBC Concurrent Workshops, Session II
    • Remote Braille Instruction (Studio 2)
    • Building the Foundation for Learning and Developing (Studio 3)
    • What’s Available Out There? Resources, Education, Development, and Recreation (Studio 4)
    • Stepping Back/Letting Go: Raise Your Expectations and Defeat Your Fears (Studio 5)
  • 3:15 - 4:30 p.m.    NOPBC Concurrent Workshops, Session III
    • Blind Kids and Robots (Studio 2)
    • SSI/ABLE: Planning a Financial Future for Your Blind/Low Vision Child (Studio 3)
    • Tactile Exploration (Studio 4)
    • Independent Living Skills (Studio 5)

7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Contemporary Issues in Rehabilitation and Education for the Blind—21st Annual Rehabilitation and Orientation and Mobility Conference

Studio 9
Register online before July 1 at 
https://nbpcb.org/members/login.php?r=/members/er.php?eid=493) Before June 21 — $100 for in-person attendees; $50 for virtual attendees. 
After June 21 — $115 for in-person attendees; $65 for virtual attendees.
Sponsors: 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

Galerie 5

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

Galerie 4

  • 8:00 - 9:30 a.m. A Structured Discovery Approach to Access Technology Training and Curriculum; Enrique Mejia, Iowa Department for the Blind   
  • 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. Advocating for Accessibility; Matt Hackert, National Federation of the Blind
  • 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. Accessibility of Chromebooks; Karl Belanger, National Federation of the Blind
  • 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. Producing Tactile Graphics and 3D Models: Nonvisual and Collaborative Workflows; Chancey Fleet, New York Public Library

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Registration ($30), Packet Pickup, and Banquet Ticket Sales ($75)

Salon E

8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. COVID Testing

Salon D

8:30 a.m. NFB Camp

Preregistration by June 20 was required. Please see convention note 11 for further information.

8:30 - 11:30 a.m. What’s New with Jaws, Fusion, and Zoomtext

Galerie 6
Join Eric Damery for his annual User Group meeting. We’ll demonstrate and discuss the recent developments and look at what's coming in 2023. Join the fun as we kick off the 2022 Convention with the JAWS teams from Training, Sales, and Marketing. Receive a gift for attending. 
Eric Damery, Vice President, Software Product Management, Vispero

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

Studio 1
Annual meeting of the NFB Employment Committee. Learn about past and current events and committee initiatives. What is the future of remote employment? Interesting employment-related presentations. Ask questions and influence the committee’s work. 
Dick Davis, Chair 

10:00 - 11:00 a.m. The State of Digital Accessibility in 2022

Studio 10
Digital accessibility is becoming an increasing priority for companies across the US. In this session, we’ll look at how business perspectives are changing, new standards and regulations, accessibility in new technologies, and what we can expect in the years to come. 
Tom Babinszki, Vice President of Accessibility, eSSENTIAL Accessibility

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  Sports and Recreation Division Breakout Sessions

Studio 7

  • 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. Making Health and Fitness a Lifestyle - Learn all about LEAN as we share how to make health and fitness an integral part of your day-to-day life.
  • 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  Nutrition and Fitness Resources Roundtable - Come share the apps and resources you love for eating well and staying fit. Learn about other offerings from new friends during our roundtable discussion.

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  Target Accessibility Q&A and Feedback

Galerie 5
Drop by for an open forum and meet members of Target’s digital accessibility team. Ask questions about shopping target.com, our mobile apps, and in-store experiences. We welcome feedback on what you like and how we can improve our accessibility efforts. 
Steve Decker, Lead Accessibility Consultant, Target

1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Considerations for Members with Intersecting Disabilities

Studio 8
Are you interested in learning about members who have intersecting disabilities beyond blindness? Come for resources, membership involvement, networking, and understanding. Many members have other disabilities within the NFB, and an environment of inclusion is important. 
Doula Jarboe and Jessica Beecham, Coordinators

1:00 - 4:00 p.m. Glad to Be Back: News from HumanWare

Galerie 6
Join HumanWare as we look at updates to our Braille products including the BrailleNote Touch Plus and the BI X series Braille displays. Time will also be dedicated to what is new in our low vision portfolio, and to the demonstration of a new and exciting GPS product. 
Andrew Flatres, Customer Service, and Peter Tucic, Director of Strategic Partnerships, HumanWare

1:00 - 5:00 p.m. Job Seeker Seminar

Galerie 1, 2, and 3
Pick a room and the interactive discussion leaders come to you. Topics are Job Search as if You Are Getting Paid, Marketing Yourself in Every Aspect of Your Life, and Interactive Interview Skills and Practice. Just beginning? Choose Job Search Fundamentals 101 and stay put. 
Sponsored by the NFB Employment Committee. Dick Davis, Chair

1:00 - 6:00 p.m. Tactile Art and Picture Books

Studio 6
Drop-in art making and reading activities, free for all ages. Bring your friends and meet new people. 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!
Ann Cunningham, Coordinator

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

Balcony L
Registration required. Email [email protected] for details.

2:00 - 5:00 p.m. NAGDU: Awareness Is Everybody's Business

Galerie 5
Come join the National Association of Guide Dog Users for our annual seminar. Participants will learn strategies for becoming their own best advocate, gain a better understanding of legal matters pertaining to guide dog users, get updates from training programs, and much more.
Stacie Gallegos and Paul Sandoval, NAGDU Seminar Committee Co-chairs

4:00 - 5:30 p.m. Website Coordinators and Contributors Meeting

Studio 8
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 - 7:30 p.m. Mix-and-Mingle Reception for Rehabilitation Professionals 

Riverview 1

6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Diversity, Language, and Barriers

Studio 4
Language is important to our identities. How do we develop inclusive and consensual language when communicating? Learn practices for becoming language conscious, engaging in respectful dialogue, and using inclusive language to connect with Federationists of diverse backgrounds. 
Shannon Cantan, Coordinator

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

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. NOPBC Family Game Night

Riverview 2
Relax, chat, meet new families and teachers, and connect with old friends. Veteran attendees will be on hand to welcome you and provide information. We’ll have games available to play and we’ll demonstrate easy ways to adapt games at home for accessibility.

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

Studio 7
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. NFB in Judaism Meeting

Studio 3
Join us as we discuss ways that people who are blind and Jewish can be integral members of the Jewish community. We will also discuss ways that members of the NFB can reach out to bring other blind people who happen to be Jewish into the Federation. 
Stewart Prost, Chair

7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Independence Science SciDot

Studio 1
Independence Science and Tactile Engineering are leaders in science access for the blind. We develop accessible data collection tools. Come see our newest product, the SciDot, which involves real-time access to refreshable Braille graphics technology. See our products in action.

7:30 - 9:30 p.m. NABS Student Networking

Galerie 1, 2, and 3
Blind students, kick off your in-person 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

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

Acadia Ballroom
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 Vice President, National Federation of the Blind; President, National Federation of the Blind of Louisiana; Director, Louisiana Center for the Blind