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       Special Issue: The Individualized Education Plan (IEP)       2017 NFB CONVENTION

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Schedule of Events for Adults, Children, and Youth

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

Sunday, July 9

7:30 - 8:00 p.m.                      NOPBC PREREGISTRATION PACKET PICK-UP
Come pick up your NOPBC registration packet early, meet other parents and families, and avoid packet pickup lines on the 10th. (In order to take advantage of this early packet pickup, make sure you register for NOPBC events by visiting http://www.nopbc.org.)

Monday, July 10

7:30 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.              FULL-DAY NOPBC #HowWeSeeIt CONFERENCE—General Session and Workshops

7:30 - 8:45 a.m.                       REGISTRATION

9:00 a.m.                                 GENERAL SESSION BEGINS

Parents, children, and youth are invited to start the morning together at the #HowWeSeeIt NOPBC opening session. This session will include a chance for all children to talk with Mark Riccobono, President, National Federation of the Blind. Kim Cunningham, NOPBC president, will share her view of #HowWeSeeIt. Dr. Denise M. Robinson, nationally known technology trainer, will share her thoughts about how technology can equal the playing field for all blind and low-vision children, and how to insure all of these children receive the technology instruction they need. We will also hear from Dr. Arielle Silverman, who will share her research on blindness simulations and what they do and do not accomplish. A panel of blind students will also share their perspectives on a variety of issues with the group.

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!
 
11:00 a.m.                               NOPBC YOUTH TRACK ACTIVITY (ages 11 – 18) “A Little Bit about Me” 

11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.            NOPBC HANDS-ON TECHNOLOGY WORKSHOP: Technology Basics in Five Steps or Less (Low-tech Session)
Want to know how to load paper into a Perkins Braillewriter? Ever wondered if a slate and stylus still has uses despite all of the technology available in our world today? Want to learn more about the abacus? Drop in to this new hands-on technology workshop. Presentations of various low-tech products will be offered from 11:00-11:15, 11:20-11:35, 11:40-11:55, 12:00-12:15, 12:20-12:35, and 12:40-12:55. Stay the entire time and rotate through a variety of presentations, or just come for one presentation to get questions answered regarding a specific product. Please note: this workshop covers the basics of the presented items only! It is meant as a starting point—not a full tutorial on any of the items presented.

11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.          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.

12:15 p.m.                               LUNCH ON YOUR OWN.

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

1:30 p.m.                                 CHILD CARE REOPENS

2:00 p.m.                                 NOPBC CHILDREN’S ACTIVITY (ages 5 - 12) IN NFB CHILD CARE
Spreading Sunshine to the Community - To participate, child must be signed up for child care for this day.

2:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.             NOPBC YOUTH TRACK (ages 11 - 18) “Let’s Talk Tech and Social Media”

2:00 - 4:00 p.m.                     HANDS-ON TECHNOLOGY WORKSHOP: Technology Basics in Five Steps or Less, High-tech Session
Ever wondered how to make an iDevice talk? Want to know how to help your child connect a Braille display to a computer or iDevice? Interested in learning a little more about the basics of screen magnification software? Drop in to this new hands-on technology workshop. Presentations of various high-tech products will be offered from 2:00-2:15, 2:20-2:35, 2:40-2:55, 3:00-3:15, 3:20-3:35, and 3:40-3:55. Stay the entire time and rotate through a variety of presentations, or just come for one presentation to get questions answered regarding a specific product. Please note, this workshop covers the basics of the presented items only! It is meant as a starting point—not a full tutorial on any of the items presented.

2:00 - 3:15 p.m.                      NOPBC CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS FOR PARENTS & TEACHERS

3:30 - 4:45 p.m.                     NOPBC CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS FOR PARENTS & TEACHERS

By 5:30 p.m.                            Please pick up children from child care and youth track! 

5:30 - 7:00 p.m.                      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 2017 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).

6:30 - 8:00 p.m.                      NOPBC YOUTH TRACK (ages 11-18) To Be or Not to Be Blind? That Is the Question

8:00 - 10:00 p.m.                    NOPBC YOUTH TRACK (ages 11-14): It’s Cool to Be in Middle School

8:00 - 11:00 p.m.                    NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BLIND STUDENTS SOCIAL (ages 14-18)

Tuesday, July 11

Child Care is CLOSED on this day.

8:45 - 10:30 a.m.                     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

9:00 - 12:00 p.m.                    NOPBC YOUTH TRACK (ages 11-18) Looking Good and Feeling Good

11:00 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.          CANE WALK SESSION II

1:00 - 4:00 p.m.                      NOPBC YOUTH STYLE SHOW
(Rehearsal 1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m.: Style Show begins at 2:45 p.m.)
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: Laura Bostick, First Vice President, NOPBC, and Kim Cunningham, President, NOPBC. For more information, please call Kim Cunningham at 713-501-9659.

4:00 - 5:00 p.m.                      NOPBC YOUTH TRACK (ages 11-18): Mocktail Party

5:30 - 8:00 p.m.                      FAMILY POOLSIDE SOCIAL
Join us for swimming and socialization. All family members are welcome. We will meet at the zero entry family pool!

7:30 - 9:30 p.m.                      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, NOPBC Board Member, (201) 400-1101

Wednesday, July 12

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!

12:45 p.m.                               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 p.m.                      NOPBC YOUTH TRACK (ages 11-18): Come Learn about All Things STEM! Hands On Science Exploration!

1:00 - 4:00 p.m.                      NATIONAL ORGANIZATION OF PARENTS OF BLIND CHILDREN ANNUAL MEETING
Attention parents and teachers! Be sure to attend this important meeting featuring the 2017 Distinguished Educator of Blind Children; Parent Power, Kid Power; NOPBC business, elections. Special bonus: meeting attendees receive priority entrance ticket to Braille Book Fair!

5:00 - 7:00 p.m.                      BRAILLE BOOK FAIR
A book lover's dream! Browse tables of Braille and print/Braille books. Due to generous donations, the NOPBC is proud to announce more print/Braille books at this event this year. Don’t worry; there will, as always, be plenty of books for older children as well! 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

5:30 - 7:00 p.m.                      NOPBC YOUTH TRACK (ages 14 and Up): Dating 101

7:30 - 9:00 p.m.                      DADS’ NIGHT OUT
All dads, sighted and blind, are welcome at this NOPBC-sponsored event. Call Corbb O'Connor at (703) 309-4884 for location.

8:00-10:00 p.m.                      NOPBC YOUTH TRACK (ages 11-18): What Does My Blindness Mean to Me? 

Thursday, July 13

7:30 - 9:00 a.m.                       NOPBC BOARD MEETING

9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.            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 Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Many additional events and meetings take place before the morning session, at lunchtime, and in the evenings.

1:00 - 5:00 p.m.                      NFB CONVENTION GENERAL SESSION

7:00 - 10:00 p.m.                    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 p.m.                    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 - 8:00 p.m.                      NOPBC YOUTH TRACK (for sighted siblings of blind children, ages 11-18 only): Sibling Rivalry: What is it Like to Have a Brother or Sister Who Happens to Be Blind?

7:00 - 9:45 p.m.                      NOPBC CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS

7:00 - 9:45 p.m.                      BRAILLE BASICS: A Make and Take Session to Increase Parents’ Knowledge of Braille and Use of Braille around the Home

7:00 - 8:15 p.m.                      IEP 101 – 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.

7:00 - 8:15 p.m.                      CREATING AN IFSP: How Do You Create Smart Goals for Your infant or toddler? How do you advocate for the services you believe your child needs?

8:00 - 10:00 p.m.                    NOPBC YOUTH TRACK (ages 11-18): Unconventional Convention Scavenger Hunt

8:30 - 9:45 p.m.                      IEP 202: Beyond the Basics
What do you do when you disagree with a team decision? How do you add services to an IEP? How do you handle differences of opinion effectively?

8:30 - 9:45 p.m.                      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?

Friday, July 14

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.           NFB CONVENTION GENERAL SESSION

12:30 - 1:45 p.m.                    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 p.m.                      NFB CONVENTION GENERAL SESSION

7:30 - 9:30 p.m.                      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, NOPBC

Saturday, July 15

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.            NFB CONVENTION GENERAL SESSION

2:00 - 5:00 p.m.                      NFB CONVENTION GENERAL SESSION

7:00 p.m.                                 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. To receive our special hotel room rates, you must register for the NFB convention.

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 Monday, July 10, 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 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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