Future Reflections Convention 1999, Vol. 18 No. 4


NFB Convention 2000

The Marriott Marquis in Atlanta, Georgia will once again be the host site for the National Federation of the Blind convention in 2000. The dates are Saturday, July 1 through Saturday, July 8. As usual, the National Organization of Parents of Blind Children (NOPBC) will conduct its annual meeting during the convention, as well as sponsor numerous workshops throughout the week.

The activities for parents will begin on Saturday, July 1, with a Family Event followed by workshop sessions for parents and teachers, a Braille Carnival, and baby-sitting course and discussion groups for teens in the afternoon. That evening, families can relax at Family Hospitality, and youth ages 9 to 18 can learn how to get to key points in the hotel through a scavenger hunt complete with prizes and snacks for everyone. As customary, there will be three- to four-hour in-depth workshops on IDEA and IEPs, beginning Braille for parents, and cane travel for kids at some point in the convention. NOPBC will also sponsor a get-acquainted teen hospitality afternoon and a supervised teen "hang-out" room during the week.

Childcare will be available through NFB Camp, directed by Carla McQuillan. However, a very important change has been made: there is an absolute pre-registration cut-off date for NFB Camp of June 15, 2000. This means that "drop-ins" will NOT be accepted. This step has been taken to avoid the problems that occur when the number of children showing up for childcare services exceed staffing capacities. In 1999, for example, about 40 children were pre-registered, and so plans (allowing for a reasonable number of "drop-ins" of course) were made accordingly. However, more than double that number of children showed up.

Pre-registration forms for NFB Camp will be available from:

Carla McQuillan
NFB Camp
5005 Main Street
Springfield, Oregon 97478-6065.

For more information about the convention and NOPBC activities as it becomes available, please send your request (see form below) to:

Parents Convention Information
National Federation of the Blind,
1800 Johnson Street,
Baltimore, Maryland 21230

Also, check the NFB Website <www.nfb.org>, the Braille Monitor, and upcoming issues of Future Reflections for information about the 2000 convention.


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