Wednesday, July 6

Registration and Resolutions Day

Back to NFB22 Convention Agenda Welcome

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 - 10:30 a.m. NOPBC Youth Track

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

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

Studio 10
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 - 10:15 a.m. Mujeres of the Federation

Studio 7
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. 
Rosy Carranza, Coordinator

9:00 - 10:00 a.m. Blind and Mena: A Different Type of Brown

Studio 1
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, Coordinator

9:00 - 10:00 a.m. Cultivating Asian American and Pacific Islander Identities

Studio 3
Connect with blind Asian members to discuss cultural practices and to share strategies for approaching vision loss. Provide your insight on delivering culturally relevant outreach, including producing materials, messaging techniques, and identifying needed resources. 
Michell Gip, Coordinator

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

Galerie 1
Introduction to this year's Career Fair. Last minute information for registered employers and job seekers. Meet the employers and learn exactly what they are looking for. 
Sponsored by the NFB Employment Committee. Dick Davis, Chair

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

Napoleon Ballroom, Sheraton

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

Studio 4
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 - 11:00 a.m. Common Digital Accessibility Barriers

Studio 8
Learn about the most frequently encountered digital accessibility barriers on the web and in mobile apps. We’ll share how we help companies identify, prioritize, and fix them. We’ll also look at the most common issues cited in demand letters and litigation. Tom Babinszki, Vice President of Accessibility, eSSENTIAL Accessibility

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  Colorado Center for the Blind Open House

Galerie 3
Get the inside scoop from our vibrant Colorado Center staff and dedicated students! Learn about new apps for your phone, get some favorite recipes, and use a click rule. Hear about our enrichment classes including tactile art, yoga, challenge recreation, and employment.

10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee Meeting

Studio 2
Come hear about the progress that the National Federation of the Blind’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee is making. What questions do you have? How can we drive DEI efforts across the Federation together? Get answers about state committees, networking, and much more. 
Shawn Callaway and Colin Wong, Co-chairs

11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Code of Conduct Listening Session

Meet individually with members of the NFB Code of Conduct Feedback Committee to share feedback and suggestions regarding the NFB Code of Conduct. The focus is on both improving the participant experience and socializing the Code. Schedule your appointment by emailing [email protected] or calling 410-659-9314, extension 2475. Please request your appointment by June 30.

1:00 p.m. Resolutions Committee

Acadia Ballroom
Sharon Maneki, Chair

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

Galerie 4, 5, and 6
Our first in-person career fair since 2019. Come meet employers who are interested in hiring you, including many of our convention sponsors. This is your first step to a great future. Preregistration required. (Sorry, no walk-ins.) 
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

2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Apple, Amazon, or Alexander Graham Bell

Studio 7
In this session you will learn how to enjoy NFB-NEWSLINE®, a free, easy-to-use audio and Braille accessible library of information, available anytime, anywhere, using a touch-tone telephone, iPhone/iPad/iPod mobile app, or an Amazon smart speaker. Scott White, Director of Sponsored Technology Programs, National Federation of the Blind

4:00 - 5:00 p.m. NFB in the Kitchen Group

Studio 8
Sometimes all you need to change up your regular cooking routine is a little spark of inspiration and a few tools. As a community of cooking enthusiasts strengthening confidence, come, let’s talk all things food, tools, tech, and kitchen. Bring your ideas and enthusiasm. 
Regina Mitchell, Chair

4:00 - 5:30 p.m. NOPBC Youth Track 

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

4:00 - 5:30 p.m. 2nd Annual NFB Muslims Group Seminar

Studio 1
Diverse in culture, united in faith: finding our space in the blindness movement. Join us to learn about our group and our involvement in the NFB. Participate in a discussion on intersection between faith and blindness, access, inclusion, diversity, identity, and advocacy. 
Tasnim Alshuli, Chair

4:00 - 6:00 p.m. Sports and Recreation Division Breakout Sessions

Studio 5

  • 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. Mindfulness and Meditation; Join us as we explore and practice mindfulness and share useful resources you can use to further your practice.
  • 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. Sports and Fitness Recovery Techniques; One of the most important aspects of athletic performance and stress management is proper recovery. Learn to foam roll, check out a massage gun, explore trigger point techniques, and learn stretches to take your recovery to the next level.

4:30 - 6:00 p.m. Learn to Host an NFB Youth Program!

Studio 3
Youth programs can be a great way to introduce new families to the Federation. If you are curious about what it takes to host an NFB BELL® Academy, STEM2U, or other NFB youth program, come hear from experienced program coordinators about what has helped make their events successful, fun, and full of learning. 
Karen Anderson, Education Programs Coordinator, National Federation of the Blind

5:00 - 6:30 p.m. Dream Makers Circle and Planned Giving Q&A

Studio 4
Are you wondering about planned giving and our Dream Makers Circle Legacy Society? Do you want to learn how easy it is to join? Come and ask all your questions.
Patti Chang, Director of Outreach, National Federation of the Blind

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.

6:15 - 10:00 p.m. National Association of Blind Students (NABS) Annual Business Meeting

Galerie 4, 5, and 6
Join our vibrant national student division as we reflect on lessons learned from the pandemic and pave our path forward! 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

Studio 10
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, to engage in fundraising, and to serve as a resource for the blind considering membership.
Shawn Callaway, Chair

6:30 - 8:30 p.m. LGBTQ+ Educational Workshop

Studio 1
Join members of the LGBTQ+ Group to discuss factors that impact our inclusion in society. This is an educational workshop focused on eliminating popular misconceptions and addressing prevalent misinformation, especially those issues that affect blind Federationists. 
Kaden Colton, Coordinator

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

Studio 8
Join us for a seminar. Our state conventions and access to our members have value. Learn how to gain financial support from things we already do. Do you want to maximize donor support based on our visibility and our import or have general fundraising questions to ask? 
Everett Bacon, Chair

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

Galerie 2
Ever wonder what the difference between Blind Work Expenses and Impairment Related Work Expenses is? Afraid you might go over the SSDI earnings cliff? Come hear from an expert on these programs and have all your questions answered.
Michael Dalto, Social Security Expert

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

Galerie 3
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 move our legislative priorities at the local, state, and federal levels. 
Kyle Walls, Jeff Kaloc, and Justin Young, Government Affairs Team, National Federation of the Blind

8:00 - 10:00 p.m. Blind Parents Group

Studio 2
There are many books on how to be the best parent, but not many on how to be the best blind parent. Meet the people writing the pages of the book on how to be a blind parent by simply living and not letting blindness hold them back from raising families. You won't want to miss this meeting!
Lisamaria Martinez, Chair