Future Reflections

Volume 34 Number 4                                  Convention Issue 2015

A magazine for parents and teachers of blind children published by
the American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults in partnership
with the National Organization of Parents of Blind Children.

Deborah Kent Stein, Editor

Mark Riccobono sits on the floor in a circle of blind children. See Kid Talk article.

ISSN-0883-3419

Copyright © 2015 American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults

For more information about blindness and children contact:
National Organization of Parents of Blind Children
200 East Wells Street at Jernigan Place, Baltimore, MD 21230 • (410) 659-9314
www.nfb.org/nopbcnfb@nfb.orgdkent5817@att.net

Contents

LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

Live the Life You Want
by Deborah Kent Stein

FEATURE

Convention 2015: The NOPBC Report
by Carlton Anne Cook Walker

NOPBC CONFERENCE

Kid Talk
by Mark Riccobono

Crossing the Threshold
by Anil Lewis

Crafting Your Diamond
by Carlton Anne Cook Walker

ANNUAL MEETING

By Touch Alone
by Ann Cunningham

Braille Instruction Everywhere: Introducing the Cosmo Brailler
by David Pillischer

Everyone Can Play
by Richard Gibbs

Voices from the Future
by Naudia Graham and Ashleah Chamberlain

PRESENTATIONS AND WORKSHOPS

Learn to Play and Play to Learn: Facilitating Your Child's Learning and Play
by Heather Field

Adopting a Blind Child from Overseas
by Merry-Noel Chamberlain

GENERAL SESSIONS

#NCBYS: Making the Connections and Equipping the Next Generation
by Angel Ayala

Sharing the Spirit of Our Movement around the World: A Federationist in the Peace Corps
by Serena Olsen

The Nature of Blindness
by Dr. Marc Maurer

ADVENTURES

Breaking Barriers
by Jean Bening

AWARDS

The Dan Ryles Memorial Award
presented by Carlton Anne Cook Walker and Barbara Cheadle

The Dr. Jacob Bolotin Awards for 2015
presented by Jim Gashel

Meet the 2015 National Federation of the Blind Scholarship Class
presented by Patti Chang

ANNOUNCEMENTS

ODDS AND ENDS

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Why Join the NOPBC?

Are you the parent of a blind or visually impaired child?  Don’t know where to turn? 

Founded in 1983, the National Organization of Parents of Blind Children (NOPBC) is a membership organization of parents, educators, and friends of blind children reaching out to give each other vital support, encouragement, and information. We have thousands of members in all fifty states plus Washington, DC, and Puerto Rico.

The NOPBC offers hope, encouragement, information, and resources for parents of blind or visually impaired children.  NOPBC provides emotional support and a network of other families dealing with the same challenges you are facing.  We also provide information, training, and resources to empower you to take an active role in guiding your child’s development and education.  We can provide information on your child’s rights and on the laws and legislative issues that will enable you and your child to become strong and effective advocates. 

Have you ever wondered what your blind or visually impaired child will be capable of when he or she grows up?  The answer to that question is that blindness/visual impairment does not have to stop your child from doing anything he or she wants to do.  We can connect you with other families and blind adults who can serve as positive mentors and role models. They can teach you the attitudes and techniques that will enable your child to become independent and to succeed in life.  

What is different about the NOPBC?

Our status as a division of the National Federation of the Blind (NFB), the largest and most influential organization of blind people in the world, provides many benefits. Our members are well informed about the societal, legislative, and technological issues that affect blind people. We also enjoy the resources, support, and expertise of fifty thousand blind people who can serve as mentors and role models for us and our children. Finally, as our children grow up, they have the Federation to belong to.

No other organization for parents of blind/visually impaired children offers more programs, activities, and training to families, children, and youth.  One of our most exciting activities is our annual conference.  Every year since it was established, the NOPBC has conducted an annual conference for parents and teachers of blind children as part of the national convention of the NFB.  The program has grown to include five exciting days of workshops, training sessions, activities for all family members, including sighted siblings, and countless opportunities to meet blind adults and other families and children from around the country.

What is the mission of the NOPBC?

The purpose of the NOPBC is to:

Most states have an NOPBC affiliate chapter.  You can find your state chapter at <http://www.nopbc.org>.  If your state does not have a chapter and you would like to start one, please contact us.  We may be able to offer training and other assistance to start a state NOPBC chapter.

What are the programs, activities, publications, and resources of the NOPBC?

Contact Us:
National Organization of Parents of Blind Children
President@nopbc.org
<www.nopbc.org>

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