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Schedule of Events for Adults, Children, and Youth

Please visit <www.nopbc.org> for activity updates and registration information.

Thursday, June 30

7:30 AM - 4:45 PM                  Full-Day NOPBC Transitions Seminar—General Session and Workshops

7:30 - 8:45 AM                         REGISTRATION

9:00 AM                                  General session begins.

Parents, children, and youth are invited to start the morning together at the “Transitions” NOPBC Seminar. At 10:45 a.m. children preregistered with NFB Child Care will be escorted to the children’s activity in the child care rooms, and youth ages eleven to eighteen will be escorted to the Youth Track activity rooms. Save your NOPBC registration badge for free admission to Family Hospitality in the evening!

9:00 - 9:10 AM                                    Welcome to the 2016 NOPBC National Conference
Kim Cunningham, president, NOPBC            

9:10 - 9:30 AM                        KID TALK! Children are invited to talk with President Mark Riccobono, National Federation of the Blind     

9:30 - 9:40 AM                                    NOPBC Presidential Report, Transitions in Parenting
Kim Cunningham, president, NOPBC

9:40 - 10: 00 AM                     My Educational Journey - Transitioning to Adulthood
Kayleigh Joiner, college graduate, Elementary Education                            Chris Nusbaum, high school graduate

10:00 - 10:25 AM                    Transitioning for all ages! Learn about raising blind and low vision children from birth to 18. Hear from a mother and educator’s point of view. 
Judy Lehman, para-educator, Watertown, WI

10:25 - 10:45 AM                    Transitioning to Employment – “BRIDGE” the gap!
Sheila Koenig, transition coordinator, Minnesota State Services for the Blind

10:45 AM                                CHILDREN & YOUTH ARE ESCORTED TO ACTIVITIES

11:00 AM                                NOPBC YOUTH TRACK ACTIVITY (ages 11 - 18)
Icebreakers and “What on earth does this convention offer anyway?” Eric Guillory, youth track coordinator; youth services director, Louisiana Center for the Blind.

11:00 AM                                NOPBC CHILDREN’S ACTIVITY (ages 5 - 12) in NFB Child Care
Music and Movement: Conchita Hernandez, TBS.
To participate, child must be signed up for child care for this day.

11:00 AM - 12:15 PM              NOPBC CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS for PARENTS & TEACHERS

Essential 411: How to Optimize Your Convention Experience: This workshop is geared toward first-time convention attendees, but will certainly provide valuable information for all.
Kim Cunningham, president, NOPBC.
Pam Allen, first vice president, National Federation of the Blind, president, National Federation of the Blind of Louisiana.
Norma Crosby, board member, National Federation of the Blind, president, National Federation of the Blind of Texas.

Oh, the Places You’ll Go!: Transitioning to and Encouraging Independent Movement in Young Blind Children
Sheena Manuel, MAT, TBS, NOMC, NCUEB, NCLB.

Where Do I Fit In?: Transitions and Tools for Children with Low Vision and Their Parents
Terri Rupp, board member, NOPBC.

Paired with a Para?: Suggestions on Paraprofessional Training, Roles, and Transitioning from Direct One on One Assistance to Child Independence.
Judy Lehman, paraprofessional, Watertown Unified School District.

The New Fangled or Old Fashioned Way?: High Tech Reading Technology, the Human Reader, and Transitioning Between Them
Candice Chapman, LSC, first vice president, National Association of Blind Students, treasurer, NFB Human Services Division.
Chelsey Duranleau, communications instructor, BLIND Inc.

12:15 PM                                 LUNCH on your own.

Please pick up children from NFB Child Care and Youth Track activities.

1:30 PM                                   CHILD CARE REOPENS

2:00 PM                                   NOPBC CHILDREN’S ACTIVITY (ages 5 - 12) in NFB Child Care
To participate, child must be signed up for child care for this day.

2:00 - 4:45 PM                                    NOPBC YOUTH TRACK (ages 11 - 18)
Feeling Good and Looking Good: Self Confidence, Fashion, and Style
Eric Guillory, youth track coordinator; youth services director, Louisiana Center for the Blind.

2:00 - 3:15 PM                        NOPBC CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS for PARENTS & TEACHERS

Pre and Early Literacy: Encouraging the Young Braille Reader through Touch and Play
Melissa Riccobono, board member, NOPBC.

It’s Here!: Transitioning to Fully Implementing Unified English Braille
Krystal Guillory, M. Ed., NCUEB, teacher of blind students.

I Don’t Like That!: Encouraging the Reluctant Blind and Low Vision Child to Use all Senses
Casey Robertson, M.Ed., NCLB, NCUEB, teacher of blind students.

Preparing for Work Starts in Preschool: Community Involvement, Volunteer Opportunities, and Work Experiences from Preschool to High School
Brent Batron, director of youth services, Colorado Center for the Blind.

Education in Action: A Look Inside a Working Inclusive Model Classroom – High School Level
Members of the Professionals in Blindness Education (PIBE) Division

3:30 - 4:45 PM                        NOPBC CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS for PARENTS & TEACHERS

NOPBC and NFB, Ages and Stages: How to Capitalize on the Network and Resources of the National Organization of Parents of Blind Children and the National Federation of the Blind
Carol Castellano, board member, NOPBC

Access Technology: What’s Out There, and When Should My Child Learn to Use It?
Martha Harris, communications instructor, BLIND Inc.

So Many Changes: Helping Your Blind Child Transition during the Stages of Puberty.
Mika Baugh, M.ED.

You Too Can Be a Lazy Parent: Helping Blind Children Learn Skills for Independence Now So They Can Take Care of Themselves (and You) Later
Jessica Beecham, M.S., CTRS, program director, WE Fit Wellness.

Education in Action: A Look Inside a Working Inclusive Model Classroom– Elementary/Middle School Levels
Members of the Professionals in Blindness Education (PIBE) Division

By 5:30 PM                              Please pick up children from child care and youth track! 

5:30 - 7:00 PM                        NOPBC FAMILY HOSPITALITY
Relax, snack, chat, meet new families and teachers, and connect with old friends. Veteran attendees will be on hand to welcome you and provide information.
Admission is free with your 2016 NOPBC Conference name badge; $15/adult and $5/child without badge. Pizza and lemonade will be served. Co-sponsored by Professionals in Blindness Education (PIBE).

8:00 - 11:00 PM                      National Association of Blind Students Social (ages 14 - 18)

Friday, July 1

Child Care is CLOSED on this day.

8:45 - 10:30 AM                      CANE WALK Session I
Wondering if your child should use a cane? Curious about how a cane works? Learn and experience the Structured Discovery Method of travel at these special workshops. Parents, teachers, blind/VI children, and siblings are welcome.

11:00 AM - 12:45 PM              CANE WALK Session II

1:00 - 4:00 PM                                    NOPBC YOUTH STYLE SHOW
(Rehearsal 1:00 – 2:30 PM: Style Show begins at 2:45 PM)
Watch our young blind and low vision models strut their stuff on the runway. Come enjoy the fashions and music and support NOPBC. Tickets $5 at the door. Coordinators: Frances Hammond, board member, NOPBC, and Kim Cunningham, president, NOPBC. For more information, please call Kim Cunningham at 713-501-9659.

4:45 - 6:00 PM                       (Begin Gathering at 4:30 PM) NOPBC Laps for Literacy! Fun family event!
Swim and walk laps for literacy! Everyone is invited to attend and help raise money and expectations at the same time! Tickets are $5 individual, $10 for family, or raise money at home for free entry! See <http://www.nopbc.org> for more information about raising money for this event before convention. Participants will meet at the lap pool outside of the hotel. For more information call Holly Miller at 732-610-5478.

7:30 - 9:30 PM                                    PARENT LEADERSHIP PROGRAM—PLP
Has the NOPBC helped you and your family? Would you like to get more involved?  Come learn about leadership opportunities in your state. Coordinator: Carol Castellano, board member, NOPBC; 201-400-1101.

Saturday, July 2

Child care is open in the morning and afternoon. You can drop younger children off at child care in the morning, or take them with you for a visit to the Exhibit Hall and the Independence Market. You might also consider attending the NFB Board of Directors meeting—it’s open to all. In the afternoon, drop the kids off at their activities early and come to the NOPBC Annual Meeting!

10:00 - 11:45 AM                    NOPBC YOUTH TRACK ACTIVITY (ages 11 - 14)
Scavenger Hunt!
(Youth ages 14-18 are encouraged to attend the NFB Board of Directors meeting.)

12:45 PM                                 CHILD CARE WILL BE OPEN EARLY ON THIS AFTERNOON
Give your child lunch, then drop child off early at child care on this day—so that you can attend the NOPBC Annual Meeting which begins at 1 p.m. NOPBC CHILDREN’S ACTIVITY (ages 5-12) in NFB Child Care takes place during Child Care afternoon session.
To participate, child must be signed up for child care for this day.

1:00 - 4:00 PM                        NOPBC YOUTH TRACK SESSION (ages 11-18)
Hands On Science Exploration!

1:00 - 4:00 PM                        NATIONAL ORGANIZATION OF PARENTS OF BLIND CHILDREN ANNUAL MEETING
Attention parents and teachers! Be sure to attend this important meeting featuring the 2016 Distinguished Educator of Blind Children; NFB Writer’s Division Youth Contest Winners, Parent Power, Kid Power; NOPBC business, elections.  Special bonus: meeting attendees receive priority entrance ticket to Braille Book Fair!

5:00 - 7:00 PM                                    BRAILLE BOOK FAIR
A book lover's dream! Browse tables of Braille and print/Braille books. Volunteers will box your books and deliver them to the post office for Free Matter shipment to your home.  Books are free; donations are encouraged to support our Braille programs.  Contact Krystal Guillory for more information at 318-245-8955.

7:30 - 9:00 PM                        DADS’ NIGHT OUT
All dads, sighted and blind are welcome at this NOPBC-sponsored event. Call Bill Cucco at 201-602-6318 for location. 

Sunday, July 3

7:30 - 9:00 AM                        NOPBC BOARD MEETING

9:30 - 12:00 PM                      NFB CONVENTION OPENING General Session
Be there for the bang of the gavel and the roar of the crowd! See the NFB Convention Agenda for program details. NFB general sessions take place all day Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday. Many additional events and meetings take place before the morning session, at lunchtime, and in the evenings.

1:00 - 5:00 PM                        NFB CONVENTION General Session

7:00 - 10:00 PM                      NOPBC CHILDREN’S CRAFT & GAME NIGHT (ages 5 - 12)
This activity will be available for children of families attending workshops during this time. NFB child care will not be open!

7:00-10:00 PM                                    Deal Me In: A gathering for youth ages 11-18
Learn and practice various card games. Socialize with other young people. This activity was so popular last year that it is back and will be better than ever! You won’t want to miss it!

7:00 - 9:45 PM                        NOPBC CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS

7:00 - 9:45 PM                        Adaptive Games
A make-and-take session for families to learn how to adapt store bought games to include blind and visually impaired children in family fun. Ideal for parents of blind children, and also blind parents of sighted children, blind educators, or anyone else who likes to play games and include everyone.
Judy Lehman, paraprofessional, Watertown Unified School District.

7:00 - 8:15 PM                        IEP’s – What does a good IEP look like and how do I get there?
Learn how to advocate for your child in school. What are smart goals? What types of assessments are available? Learn what the law says about educating blind and low vision students.
Carlton Anne Cook Walker, manager of Braille education programs, NFB Jernigan Institute.

8:30 - 9:45 PM                        Basic IEP Advocacy Training
For NFB members and families who wish to help other families learn to advocate effectively at IEP meetings. How do you ask for things and get results? How do you stay calm?
Sharon Maneki, IEP advocate; president, National Federation of the Blind of Maryland.

Monday, July 4

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM                NFB CONVENTION General Session

12:30 - 1:45 PM                      NOPBC BRAINSTORMING SESSION
Please come to share your knowledge and ideas with us. What did you like at this convention? What resources would help you stay connected throughout the year? What workshops might you like to see us offer next year? Be a part of this valuable conversation.
Kim Cunningham, president, NOPBC.

2:00 - 5:00 PM                        NFB CONVENTION General Session

6:00 - 7:30 PM                        PARENT LEADERSHIP PROGRAM—PLP
Has the NOPBC helped you and your family? Would you like to get more involved?  Come learn about leadership opportunities in your state. Coordinator: Carol Castellano, board member, NOPBC.

Tuesday, July 5

9:00 - 12:00 PM                      NFB CONVENTION General Session
2:00 - 5:00 PM                        NFB CONVENTION General Session
7:00 PM                                   NFB Banquet

INSIDER INFORMATION

The NFB National Convention is a complicated week of events. We hope the information provided above will help you stay organized and make the most of your convention experience. The most confusing part of convention for families is often our registration system, so this information bears repeating. The NOPBC conference, the NFB convention, and NFB Child Care have separate registration forms and fees. Links to these three registration forms are provided above. To receive our special hotel room rates, you must register for the NFB convention.

For the first time this year, the NOPBC is pleased to offer our Convention 411 workshop for families attending convention for the first time, or those families who would like to get information and advice from veteran convention attendees. Please take advantage of this workshop Thursday, June 30, from 11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

SPECIAL EVENTS & ACTIVITIES ALL WEEK LONG

The information above highlights all of the wonderful special activities for families brought to you by the National Organization of Parents of Blind Children.

Other activities that you and your child might want to attend are listed in the NFB Convention agenda (this is a separate document available at <https://nfb.org/convention>).

Many activities will be going on at the same time. You and your child might have to make choices! Read both the NOPBC agenda as well as the NFB agenda so that you don’t miss out! For example:

We hope to see you in Orlando!

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