Vol. 58, No. 6 June 2015
Gary Wunder, Editor
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The 2015 convention of the National Federation of the Blind will take place in Orlando, Florida, July 5-10, at the Rosen Centre Hotel at 9840 International Drive, Orlando, Florida 32819. At this time the Rosen does not have any rooms during convention, but there is an alternative. There is an NFB hotel block at the Doubletree by Hilton Orlando at Seaworld. Located at 10100 International Drive Orlando, Florida, the Doubletree is less than a mile from the Rosen Centre.
Rates at the Doubletree are $89 for the nights of July 7-9, $159 per night for July 3-6, and $179 per night for July 10-11. Amenities at the Doubletree include flat-screen televisions and microwaves in the rooms, a swimming pool, and several on-property restaurants. To make a reservation, call (800) 327-0363 and ask for group code NFB.
The schedule for the 2015 convention is:
Sunday, July 5 Seminar Day
Monday, July 6 Registration Day
Tuesday, July 7 Board Meeting and Division Day
Wednesday, July 8 Opening Session
Thursday, July 9 Business Session
Friday, July 10 Banquet Day and Adjournment
Vol. 58, No. 6 June 2015
The Federation at Twenty-Five:
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by Jacobus tenBroek
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