Braille Monitor                                                           May 2007

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Fast Forward to the Future Schedule of NOPBC Events for Families and Teachers of Blind Children at the 2007 Convention

Anticipating the future is part of the task of parents everywhere. This is especially essential in the modern world, where rapid advancements in technology change the way we live. Impossible as it may seem, preparing children to live in a world that currently does not exist is still as much a function of parenthood in the modern world as it was in the stone age. For parents of blind children this can be a daunting task. But the National Federation of the Blind can help. The NOPBC is collaborating with the twenty-five special interest divisions of the NFB to make the 2007 convention a chance for parents to anticipate a future full of hope and opportunity for their children.

The NFB divisions represent the diversity of possibilities for the blind in careers, hobbies, and all kinds of human pursuits. We have a division for enthusiasts in each of the following fields: recreation and sports, the performing arts, antique and classic cars, agriculture and equestrian, travel and tourism, and Braille. We have divisions for college students, diabetics, guide dog users, people in communities of faith, senior citizens, deaf-blind individuals, and writers and a Masonic Square Club division. Twelve other divisions represent specific careers: science and engineering, public employees, computer science, office workers, lawyers, educators, health care professionals, human services workers, rehabilitation professionals, piano technicians, merchants, and entrepreneurs.

Members from these divisions will be speaking at the seminar, conducting workshops for parents, and coordinating exciting activities for our children. They will share tips and techniques, triumphs and disappointments, and their excitement and hopes for the future. In other words, we plan an experience that is as close as possible to a leap into the future to see what your child could be doing next year or in five, ten, or twenty years.

To help you as you make plans for the convention, here is an overview of the schedule of events and a seminar registration form for the NOPBC activities:

National Organization of Parents of Blind Children
Seminar and Workshops for Parents and Teachers at the 2007 Convention
Schedule of Events and Registration

Brain Schetele works with the Valois family to teach four-year-old Tomas how to use his white cane.Saturday, June 30
· NOPBC seminar for parents and teachers
· NOPBC annual meeting
· Music and movement activities for toddlers and preschoolers
· Pet care, Braille Carnival, music, and other activities for all children (blind and sighted) at three age-specific levels: grades K-2 (ages 5-7); grades 3-5 (ages 8-10), and grades 6-8 (ages 11-13)
· The Teen Scene 2007: special activities for high school students coordinated by the NFB Jernigan Institute Education Department
· Chemistry demonstration for teens (evening)
· Teen talks (evening)
· Family hospitality (evening)

Sunday, July 1
· Cane Walk (morning)
· Orientation to the exhibit hall for first-time parents and families (afternoon)
· Teen hospitality, includes convention orientation for teens (all day)
· Dad�s Night Out (evening)
EXHIBIT HALL (all day)

Monday, July 2
· NOPBC board meeting (time to be announced)
· Parent Power Workshop (3:00 � 4:30 p.m.)
· Braille book flea market (5:00 � 7:00 p.m.)
· Teen orientation to NFB divisions (11:30 a.m.)
· Teen hospitality (afternoon, evening)
EXHIBIT HALL (all day)
DIVISION MEETING DAY (afternoon, evening)

Tuesday, July 3
· IEP and other workshops for parents and teachers (evening)
· A special session for parents of babies and toddlers (evening)
· Drop-in crafts and other activities for children (evening)
· Teen�s Night Out (7:00 � 9:30 p.m.)
· Teen hospitality (noon and evening)
MARCH FOR INDEPENDENCE (6:00 � 9:00 a.m.)

Wednesday, July 4
· Family fun--recreational activities for the family (afternoon)
· Rowing clinic with indoor machines (afternoon)
· Cane talk with Joe Cutter (afternoon)
· �What You Auto Know�: hands-on display of tools, tires, and other automobile stuff (early evening)
· Teen hospitality (early afternoon, evening)
GENERAL SESSION (morning only)

Thursday, July 5
· Drawing for the NOPBC 50/50 raffle fundraiser (banquet)
· Teen hospitality (includes meet and greet with NABS board) (noon)
BANQUET (evening)

Friday, July 6
· Teen hospitality (noon)

Questions? Contact Barbara Cheadle: <[email protected]> or (410) 659-9314, extension 2360.



Make checks or money orders payable to NOPBC. Mail to Sandy Taboada, 6960 South Fieldgate Court, Baton Rouge, LA 70808-5455

NOPBC Conference Fees
This fee includes annual dues for membership-at-large in the NOPBC.
$15 one adult
$10 per teen for youth groups accompanied by chaperones
$25 families

Fee enclosed (make checks payable to NOPBC) $________________

Adult name(s). Please include first and last names of each adult and please check relationship or interest in the NOPBC:
1. ______________________________________________________
[ ] parent [ ] relative [ ] professional [ ] blind parent [ ] chaperone for a teen group [ ] other

2. _______________________________________________________
[ ] parent [ ] relative [ ] professional [ ] blind parent [ ] chaperone for a teen group [ ] other

Address _________________________________________________________
City _______________ State___________ Zip______
Telephone(s) _______________
Email __________________

Do you already receive Future Reflections? YES NO

Are you a member of your state POBC chapter? YES NO

Is this your first NFB convention? YES NO

Please list names (first and last), birth dates, and grades of all children attending the convention with you. Please include a brief description of the child�s vision and any additional disabilities.

Name, birth date, grade, vision/other
1. ____________________________________________________________
2. ____________________________________________________________
3. ____________________________________________________________
4. ____________________________________________________________

Additional comments, questions, or requests: _________

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