[Greater-baltimore] 2010 NFB Convention Agenda Now Available

David Andrews dandrews at visi.com
Mon May 31 18:12:32 CDT 2010


Below is the text of the agenda for the 2010 NFB 
national convention.  You can also download a 
fully-formatted Word version from the link below.

Dave



http://www.nfb.org/nfb/National_Convention.asp


THE MEMBERS OF THE
NATIONAL FEDERATION OF THE BLIND OF TEXAS
WELCOME YOU TO THE
70th ANNUAL CONVENTION OF THE
NATIONAL FEDERATION OF THE BLIND

Marc Maurer, President
National Federation of the Blind
200 East Wells Street at Jernigan Place
Baltimore, Maryland 21230

Mary Ellen Jernigan
Executive Director for Operations and
Chairwoman, Convention Organization and Activities

Angela Wolf, President
National Federation of the Blind of Texas
314 East Highland Mall Blvd., Suite 353
Austin, Texas 78752

Hilton Anatole Hotel
2201 Stemmons Freeway
Dallas, Texas 75207
(214) 748-1200












      The 70th annual convention of the National 
Federation of the Blind is being held in Dallas 
at the Hilton Anatole Hotel.  As usual, our hotel 
rates are very good: singles and doubles are $62; 
triples and quads are $67. In addition to the 
room rates, there is a fifteen percent occupancy 
tax.  There is no charge for children under 
sixteen in the room with parents as long as no 
extra bed is required.  Proof of convention 
registration is necessary, including the showing 
of an NFB registration badge if 
requested.  Otherwise, regular hotel rates must 
be paid.  The Hilton Anatole is a non-smoking 
hotel; smoking is permitted only on the Gossip 
patio and fifteen feet from any outside entrance.

HILTON ANATOLE GEOGRAPHY
         The Hilton Anatole consists of two main 
sections—the Atrium and the Tower. The Atrium 
section is further divided into Atrium I and 
Atrium II. At the lobby and mezzanine levels 
Atrium I, Atrium II, and the Tower are connected 
so that you can walk from Atrium I at the far 
east end of the hotel through Atrium II into the 
Tower at the far west end of the hotel as if it 
were one building.  During the time of our 
convention the entire central area of Atrium II 
at the lobby level will be undergoing substantial 
renovation.  This renovation will not impact our 
convention operation in any significant way since 
there will be a well-defined passageway linking 
Atrium I with the Tower.  This passageway will 
run east and west along the south side of Atrium II at the lobby level.
      At levels above the mezzanine, Atrium I and 
Atrium II are contiguous with each other but not 
with the Tower—that is, to reach the sleeping 
rooms, you must use either the Atrium elevators 
or the Tower elevators, depending on which 
section your room is located in. The Tower 
sleeping room elevators do not stop at the 
mezzanine level. The Atrium sleeping room 
elevators stop at the mezzanine level, and you 
can reach the mezzanine level meeting rooms above 
the Atrium I lobby, the Atrium II lobby, and the 
Tower lobby. However, a flight of six or eight 
steps links the Atrium II mezzanine and the Tower 
mezzanine. If these steps are a problem, you can 
take a separate, single elevator that goes from 
the Tower lobby to the Tower mezzanine level. 
This elevator is located just west of the 
business center in the Tower lobby. At the west 
end of the Tower mezzanine is a stairway that 
leads to the Tower lobby. When you come down this 
stairway, you are facing east, and the Chantilly 
Ballroom is slightly ahead and on your right.
      Atrium I is the farthest-east section of 
the hotel and sits slightly south of Atrium II. 
Think of the entire hotel as a high-top tennis 
shoe lying on its side with the sole running 
along the north side, the toe pointing west, and 
the open top to the south. The right angle formed 
where the back of the shoe meets the sole in the 
hotel’s architecture is actually cut on the 
diagonal so that, when entering the hotel on that 
diagonal, you are facing southwest.  Atrium I is 
much shorter in its north-south dimension than 
are Atrium II and the Tower on the east-west 
axis. After you step into the main entrance, a 
left turn takes you towards the check-in desk and Atrium I.
      If you stand with your back to the check-in 
desk, you are facing west. Atrium I is on your 
left, and Atrium II is slightly to your right and 
straight ahead. The Atrium elevators and stairway 
and escalators to the mezzanine-level meeting 
rooms are located just across from the Atrium 
front desk and main entrance in the general area 
where the two Atria join.  Access to the 
temporary passageway between Atrium I and the 
Tower will be located here also.
      The lobby level of Atrium I and the area 
south of the temporary Atrium II passageway 
contains several meeting rooms, a brand new 
restaurant called the Media Grill & Bar, and the 
Grand Ballroom, which is located on the south 
side of Atrium II. The Khmer Pavilion is located 
roughly above the Grand Ballroom.
      The point at which the Atrium II lobby 
joins the Tower lobby is located just beyond the 
west end of the Grand Ballroom foyer.  The exact 
configuration of this juncture is unknown at the 
time of this writing because of the renovations 
in progress.  If any steps still remain by the 
time we arrive, there will be a ramp in place for wheelchair access.

      HOTEL FOOD SERVICE
      Breakfast will be available from 6:00 to 
11:00 am in three locations: Common Ground in 
Atrium 1, serving grab-and-go continental 
breakfasts and ala carte items including hot 
breakfast sandwiches; The Terrace in Atrium 1 
serving full hot breakfasts; and Gossips 
(beginning at 6:30 am) in the Tower serving 
specialty coffees and ala carte items.
      Lunch will be available from 11:00 am to 
2:00 pm in the Common Ground serving soups, 
salads, deli and hot sandwiches, quick 
grab-and-go bag lunches, and other ala carte 
items; in The Terrace from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm 
serving a quick hot “blue plate” special each 
day; in Gossips from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm serving 
deli sandwiches and ala carte items; and in the 
Media Grill & Bar (located on the south side of 
Atrium II between the Atrium escalators and the 
Grand Ballroom) from 11:00 am to 10:00 pm 
offering a full-scale lunch and dinner menu.
      Dinner will be available in the Media Grill 
& Bar until 10:00 pm, with “deep-night” bar and 
selected food service continuing until 2:00 am; 
in the Rathskeller (accessed from the Tower lobby 
across from the potpourri shop), serving a 
typical sports bar menu; and in Nana, the 
five-star restaurant located on the 
twenty-seventh floor of the Tower, from 6:30 to 
10:30 pm.  In addition, sushi will be available 
in Gossips until 2:00 am; a variety of hot and 
cold lite fare will be available in the bar at 
Nana from 4:30 pm to 12:30 am; and room service 
is available on a twenty-four-hour basis.



TEXAS-STYLE BARBEQUE AND LIVE MUSIC IN ANATOLE PARK
         Continue the excitement of convention 
opening day by enjoying a delicious Texas-style 
barbeque with family and friends under the stars in Anatole Park.
Listen to the great acoustical sounds of one of 
Texas’ top performing singers and songwriters, 
Brian Burns, with friends Tommy Alverson and 
Davin James, who bring Texas and American country 
music back to the heart of the matter.  All 
hosted by the NFB of Texas and all happening on 
Tuesday, July 6, starting at 6:00 pm.  Tickets 
(while they last) are $45 per person and can be 
purchased in the registration area.

ROOKIE ROUNDUP
           All first-time convention attendees 
are cordially invited to attend a reception from 
8:00 to 10:00 pm on Saturday, July 3, in the 
Stemmons Auditorium, Atrium lobby.  President 
Maurer and other Federation leaders will be on 
hand to welcome you to the convention and preview 
the week’s activities. Veteran conventioneers 
should urge all first-timers to attend this 
special event.  Also, first-time rookies are 
invited to join an informal, fun gathering on 
Monday, July 5, from 12:00 noon to 2:00 pm in the Affiliate Action Suite 2372.

         REGISTRATION & PREREGISTRATION
         Registration activities take place in 
the upper Chantilly foyer, Tower lobby beginning 
at 9:00 am on Sunday, July 4; at 8:30 am on 
Monday, July 5; and at other times as listed 
throughout the week.  The fee for registration at 
convention is $20 per person (if you 
preregistered before May 31, the fee was $15), 
and all those attending the convention (both 
local and outoftown people) are asked to 
register. Convention registration is a 
requirement for door prize eligibility and a 
number of other convention activities. We 
condition rates for hotel rooms on proof of 
registration, including the showing of an NFB 
registration badge if requested. Therefore, 
please register as soon as possible after arrival.

         EXHIBITS
Exhibits (excluding the NFB Independence Market) 
are on display in the Khmer Pavilion, Atrium 
third level.  Exhibit hall hours are:
         Sunday          9:00 am to 5:00 pm
         Monday          8:30 am to 5:00 pm
         Tuesday                 Noon to 1:45 pm; 
Sponsors only from 7:00-10:00 pm
         Wednesday       Noon to 1:45 pm and 7:00 to 10:00 pm
There is a special event for sponsor-level 
exhibitors only on Tuesday, July 6, from 7:00 to 
10:00 pm (see “Special Attention” section and 
agenda listing for more information).  Sign up 
for NFB-NEWSLINE® at the NEWSLINE table.  Any 
alterations in the general session schedule which 
may occur during the convention will result in 
conforming shifts in the exhibit schedule and 
will be announced in the exhibit areas. A number 
of affiliated NFB divisions and committees have tables.

INDEPENDENCE MARKET & SHOWROOM OF INNOVATION
         The Independence Market and the Showroom 
of Innovation will be located in the Grand 
Ballroom, Atrium lobby.  NFB publications, 
products, devices, canes, Louis Braille 
commemorative coins, jewelry, and other items 
will be available. Also in the Showroom of 
Innovation you can preview the nonvisual 
interface technology that might empower driving 
and other advanced applications. Put your hands 
on the wheel, touch the first generation blind 
driver challenge vehicle, and glimpse into the 
future.  Be part of the revolution as we Race for 
Independence. Hours of operation for the Market and the Showroom are:
         Sunday          9:00 am to 5:00 pm
         Monday          8:30 am to 5:00 pm
         Tuesday                 Noon to 1:45 pm
         Wednesday       Noon to 1:45 pm—Note: Final time slot to visit
                                 Independence 
Market and Showroom of Innovation.

MEETINGS
         General sessions of the convention 
convene at 9:00 am in the Chantilly Ballroom, 
Tower lobby on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. 
The convention adjourns promptly at 5:00 pm on 
Thursday, July 8.  Please note that all requests 
for announcements by Dr. Maurer during general 
sessions must be submitted in Braille.

         BANQUET AND BANQUET TICKET EXCHANGE
         The banquet is being held in the 
Chantilly Ballroom, Tower lobby at 7:00 pm, 
Thursday, July 8.  Banquet tickets purchased at 
convention are $45.00 (the cost was $40 if 
purchased before May 31) and are on sale during 
registration on Sunday, Monday, and 
Tuesday.  Banquet tickets will not be available 
for purchase after Tuesday at 2:00 pm.
         It will be necessary to have your 
banquet ticket with you to attend the banquet; it 
will be collected at the banquet table. 
Arrangements should be made for reserved table 
assignments by taking the ticket(s) you purchase 
to the Banquet Exchange Table in the Chantilly 
lobby area, where you may exchange either an 
individual ticket or a group of tickets for 
reserved seating.  Banquet tables seat ten people.


RELIGIOUS SERVICES AND DEVOTIONS
         On Sunday, July 4, Fr. Gregory Paul, 
C.P., will celebrate a Roman Catholic Mass at 
6:30 am in the Wedgwood Room, Tower lobby.

         Also on Sunday at 11:45 am services for 
the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 
will be held in the Wedgwood Room, Tower lobby.

         Devotional services will be held in the 
Sapphire Room, Tower lobby at 8:00 am on Tuesday, 
Wednesday, and Thursday.  Services are 
nonsectarian and will end at least fifteen 
minutes prior to morning convention 
sessions.  Coordinated by the National 
Association of the Blind in Communities of Faith 
Division; Tom Anderson, President.

K-NFB’S BLIO READER
MAKING BOOKS ACCESSIBLE TO EVERYONE!
      Printed books are becoming digital and 
accessible.  Blio is free e-reader software 
designed for presentation of digital 
media.  Developed and distributed by K-NFB 
Reading Technology, Inc., shop at the online Blio 
bookstore with access to over one million free 
books.  Read wherever you are by syncing your 
digital library to your mobile device. To learn 
more, visit the demonstration sessions listed in 
the agenda on Saturday, Sunday, and Wednesday.

SPECIAL ATTENTION IS CALLED
TO THE FOLLOWING ITEMS
• A Federation Information Desk will be in the 
registration area from Sunday morning, July 4, 
through Thursday, July 8, if you have questions 
or need assistance.  The Texas affiliate will 
also maintain a table near the hotel checkin desk 
in the main lobby to provide assistance and 
hospitality during much of the convention.

• When you register, you will be given a name 
badge. Please wear it at all times during the convention.

• The room number for the Presidential Suite is 
2572.  Someone will be on hand in the 
Presidential Suite throughout most of the 
convention to greet you and make appointments for 
you with the President or anyone else you wish to 
see.  The Presidential Suite will not be open 
during the business sessions of the convention, 
the Monday morning Board of Directors meeting, or 
the Thursday evening banquet. Come to the 
Presidential Suite. You will be most welcome.



• The room number for Mary Ellen Jernigan, 
Chairwoman of Convention Organization and 
Activities, is 2472. Questions concerning hotel 
rooms, meeting rooms, banquet, scheduling, 
registration, and other matters dealing with 
convention arrangements should be referred to the 
Chairwoman of Convention Organization and Activities.

• Individuals needing to conduct business with 
the NFB Treasurer may do so by going to the Opal 
Room, Tower lobby on Tuesday, July 6, between 
5:30 and 7:30 pm, or on Wednesday, July 7, between 12:00 noon and 2:00 pm.

• The Texas Suite (Angela Wolf, President) is 2272.

• The Affiliate Action and Rookie Activities 
Suite (Joanne Wilson and Pam Allen, Coordinators) is 2372.

• Child-care services for children between the 
ages of six weeks and ten years are available 
during convention sessions, most meetings, and 
the banquet.  Preregistration and payment by June 
15 were required for child-care.

         Child-care is organized and supervised 
by Carla McQuillan, the executive director of 
Main Street Montessori Association.  Alison 
McQuillan serves as the activities and staff 
coordinator.  Please note that child-care 
provides morning and afternoon snacks, but 
parents are required to provide lunch for their 
child(ren) every day. Times listed are the 
opening and closing times for child-care. A late 
fee of $10 per quarter-hour per child will be 
assessed for all late pickups.  Child-care hours are:
Saturday, 7/3           8:30 am to 12:30 pm and 1:30 to 5:30 pm
Sunday, 7/4             Closed
Monday, 7/5             8:30 am to 12:30 pm and 1:30 to 5:30 pm
Tuesday, 7/6            9:30 am to 12:30 pm and 1:30 to 5:30 pm
Wednesday, 7/7          8:30 am to 12:30 pm and 1:30 to 5:30 pm
Thursday, 7/8           8:30 am to 12:30 pm and 1:30 to 5:30 pm
Banquet 7/8              6:30 pm to 30 minutes after banquet ends

• A Special Evening for Sponsor-Level 
Exhibitors:  Again this year, the exhibit hall 
will reopen from 7:00 to 10:00 pm on Tuesday, 
July 6, for a very special evening dedicated 
solely to Sponsor-Level Exhibitors. Come and 
bring a guest to say “thank you” to our sponsors 
and to enjoy their interesting offers and demonstrations.

• The always popular Showcase of Talent is back 
again at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, July 7, presented 
by the Performing Arts Division.  Admission price 
is $5.00. If you would like to participate in the 
Showcase, make sure to sign up early by 
contacting a Performing Arts Division board member at the convention.

• Raffle tickets will not be sold in the 
registration area, and no raffles or other such 
drawings will take place during convention 
sessions or at the banquet. The single exception 
to this rule will be that national divisions may 
(if they request it in advance) conduct such 
drawings during the convention or at the 
banquet.  The Sapphire Room, Tower lobby will be 
set aside at 12:00 noon on Thursday, July 8, for 
all other drawings. Any group or affiliate 
wishing to conduct drawings at this time (or any 
person wishing to know the winners) may go at 
noon on Thursday to the Sapphire Room.

AFFILIATED DIVISIONS, COMMITTEES, AND GROUPS
         The Federation carries on its business 
through divisions, committees, and groups. The 
meetings of some of these have been scheduled for 
particular times and are listed in the agenda. 
Others have not been formally scheduled but will 
meet at the call of their chairpersons or 
presidents. If you have matters that you would 
like to discuss with any of the following 
divisions, committees, or groups, you should contact:

Divisions:
• Agriculture and Equestrian: Fred Chambers, President;
• Assistive Technology Trainers:  Michael Barber, President;
• Classics, Antiques, and Rods or Special Interest Vehicles (CARS):
         Joseph B. Naulty, President;
• Deaf-Blind: Burnell Brown, President;
• Diabetes Action Network for the Blind: Michael Freeman, President;
• Human Services: David Stayer, President;
• National Association of the Blind in Communities of Faith: Tom Anderson,
         President;
• National Association of Blind Entrepreneurs: James R. Bonerbo,
         President;
• National Association of Blind Lawyers: Scott LaBarre, President;
• National Association of Blind Merchants: Kevan Worley, President;
• National Association of Blind Office Professionals: Lisa Hall, President;
• National Association of Blind Piano Technicians: Don Mitchell, President;
• National Association of Blind Rehabilitation Professionals: Melody
         Lindsey, President;
• National Association of Blind Students: Arielle Silverman, President;
• National Association of Blind Veterans: Dwight Sayer, President;
• National Association of Guide Dog Users: Marion Gwizdala, President;
• National Association to Promote the Use of 
Braille (NAPUB): Nadine Jacobson, President;
Divisions, Continued:
• National Federation of the Blind in Computer Science: Curtis Chong,
         President;
• National Federation of the Blind Krafters: Joyce Kane, President;
• National Federation of the Blind Seniors: Judy Sanders, President;
• National Organization of Blind Educators: Sheila Koenig, President;
• National Organization of Parents of Blind Children (NOPBC): Carol
         Castellano, President;
• Performing Arts: Dennis H.R. Sumlin, President;
• Public Employees: Ivan Weich, President;
• Science and Engineering: John Miller, President;
• Sports and Recreation: Lisamaria Martinez, President;
• Travel and Tourism: Don Gillmore, President;
• Writers: Robert Leslie Newman, President.

Committees:
• Ambassadors: Angela Wolf, Chairperson;
• Blind Educator of the Year Award: David Ticchi, Chairperson;
• Committee on Assistive Technology (COAT): Curtis Chong, Chairperson;
• Committee on Automobile and Pedestrian Safety (CAPS): Deborah Kent
         Stein, Chairperson;
• Committee to Empower Underserved Populations (CEUP): Ron Brown,
         Chairperson;
• Cultural Exchange and International Program: Diane McGeorge,
         Chairperson;
• Distinguished Educator of Blind Children Award: Cathy Jackson,
         Chairperson;
• Employment: Buna Dahal, Chairperson;
• Genetic Education: Barbara Pierce, Chairperson;
• Imagination Fund: Parnell Diggs, Chairperson;
• Jacobus tenBroek Award: Ramona Walhof, Chairperson;
• Jacobus tenBroek Memorial Fund: Tami Jones, Chairperson;
• Kenneth Jernigan Fund: Allen Harris, Chairperson;
• Library Services: David Hyde, Chairperson;
• Loan Fund: Donald C. Capps, Chairperson;
• Membership: Ron Gardner, Chairperson;
• Newel Perry Award: Allen Harris, Chairperson;
• Newsletter Publications: Norma Crosby, Chairperson;
• NFB-NEWSLINE® Steering: David DeNotaris, Chairperson;
• PAC Plan: Scott LaBarre, Chairperson;
• Planned Giving: John Halverson, Chairperson;
• Promotion, Evaluation, and Advancement of Technology: Gary Wunder,
         Chairperson;
Committees, Continued:
• Public Relations: Christopher Danielsen, Chairperson;
• Research and Development: Curtis Chong, Chairperson;
• Resolutions: Sharon Maneki, Chairperson;
• Scholarship: Anil Lewis, Chairperson;
• Shares Unlimited in NFB (SUN): Sandy Halverson, Chairperson;
• Spanish Translation: Norman Gardner, Chairperson;
• White Cane and Affiliate Finance: Alpidio Rolón, Chairperson.

Groups:
• Blind Musicians: Linda Mentink, Chairperson;
• Blind Parents: Deborah Kent Stein, Chairperson;
• Blind Professional Journalists: Elizabeth Campbell and Bryan Bashin,
         Co-Chairpersons;
• Educators of Blind Children: Gail Wagner, Chairperson;
• Geordi's Engineers: Lorraine Rovig, Chairperson;
• Legislative Initiatives Discussion: Don Burns, Coordinator;
• Living History: Michael Freholm, Chairperson;
• NFB Ham Radio: D. Curtis Willoughby, Chairperson;
• NFB in Judaism: David Stayer, Chairperson;
• NFB Lions: Ramona Walhof and Milton Ota, Co-Chairpersons;
• Orientation and Mobility: Edward C. Bell, Chairperson;
• Professionals in Blindness Education: Heather Field, Chairperson
• Webmasters: Gary Wunder, Chairperson.


         CONVENTION AGENDA
  SATURDAY, JULY 3, 2010

7:30 - 8:45 am—HAM RADIO GROUP EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS
Milan Room, Tower mezzanine
Discuss convention frequencies, hotel 
architectural features, and distributing special 
FM receivers for the hearing-impaired and 
Spanish-speaking attendees. D. Curtis Willoughby (ka0vba), Chairperson

7:30 am - 6:30 pm—EDUCATION: TOP DOWN AND BOTTOM UP
Parent, Teacher, Rehabilitation, and Orientation 
& Mobility Joint Conference for Families and 
Rehabilitation Professionals (7:30 to 8:45 am—Registration;

12:00 noon - 2:00 pm—NBPCB Awards Luncheon in Morocco Room)
Stemmons Auditorium, Atrium lobby
         NOPBC Fees: Adults $30; Youth (13-18) $20; Children (5-12) $10
         NBPCB Fees (includes lunch): Students $75; Professionals $100
         Note: Conference admission included with either registration above.
Sponsors: National Organization of Parents of 
Blind Children (NOPBC); National Blindness 
Professional Certification Board (NBPCB); 
National Association of Blind Rehabilitation 
Professionals (NABRP); and the Professional 
Development & Research Institute on Blindness 
(PDRIB) at the Louisiana Tech University. 
Chairpersons: Carol Castellano and Edward Bell

8:30 am—CHILD-CARE (Preregistration by June 15 was required)
Batik A & B and Cardinal A & B Rooms, Atrium Mezzanine
Please see “Special Attention” section of agenda for further information.

8:30 - 11:30 am—WHAT’S NEW IN JAWS 11 AND A FIRST 
LOOK AT JAWS 12—FREEDOM SCIENTIFIC, INC.
Senators Lecture Hall, Tower lobby
Join Eric Damery, JAWS Product Manager, for an 
exciting and informative session covering the new 
details surrounding JAWS development during the 
past year.  In addition to many demonstrations of 
JAWS 11 with Research It, this will also be the 
first look at JAWS 12 scheduled for public beta in August 2010.

9:00 am - 12:00 noon—GW MICRO: SENSE NOTETAKER 
AND BOOKSENSE TRAINING (Registration: $10; refreshments provided)
Fleur-de-Lis A Room, Atrium mezzanine
The Braille Sense Plus and other Sense notetakers 
are exciting devices in Braille notetaker 
technology.  Learn new features, including the GW 
Sense Navigation GPS.  See the BookSense in 
action; play your books and audio files with 
ease.  Raul Gallegos and Jeremy Curry. To register, call 260-489-3671.
  SATURDAY, JULY 3, Continued

9:00 am - 5:00 pm—NFB JERNIGAN INSTITUTE’S ACCESS TECHNOLOGY SEMINARS
Governors Lecture Hall, Tower lobby

     9:00 - 11:30 am—Apple’s Mac system, iPod series, iPhone, and iPad
     1:00 - 2:00 pm—Ebay’s accessibility improvements
     2:15 - 3:30 pm—Blackboard Learn, the online platform for education
     3:45 - 5:00 pm—Accessing e-Books rapidly expanding market

9:00 am - 5:00 pm—EMPLOYMENT COMMITTEE SEMINAR
Rosetta Room, Atrium mezzanine
     9:00 am–Registration; 9:30 am–Seminar begins
Staying on the cutting edge—what does it 
take?  If you are seeking a job or focused on 
career advancement, don't miss this excellent 
opportunity to explore the building blocks of 
evolutionary employment.  Buna Dahal, Chairperson

9:30 am - 2:30 pm—SENIORS SEMINAR: INTRO TO BLINDNESS SKILLS
Sapphire Room, Tower lobby
Please note—attendance is limited to around 
thirty-five people, so arrive promptly.  Blind 
instructors introduce seniors to basic blindness 
skills: Braille, use of the long white cane, 
games, etc.  Co-chaired by Ruth Sager and Ramona 
Walhof; Judy Sanders, President, NFB Seniors Division

10:30 am - 12:00 noon—“WHERE PAST, PRESENT, AND 
FUTURE COME TOGETHER”—NFB YOUTH TRACK (AGES 11 TO 18)
Wyeth Room, Atrium mezzanine
Kick off this year’s Youth Track activities with 
fun icebreakers and meet new friends.  This is 
also a time for youth to debate the age-old 
issues of blindness while putting a fresh new 
spin on them for today.  All Youth Track 
activities are sponsored by the NFB Jernigan 
Institute; Mary Jo Hartle, Coordinator

12:45 - 1:45 pm—WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?  NFB 
JERNIGAN INSTITUTE DISCUSSIONS—SESSION ONE 
(Session Two: Sunday at 5:30 pm; Session Three: Monday at 7:30 pm)
Wyeth Room, Atrium mezzanine
Session One covers research, history, and our literature.
Moderated by Mark A. Riccobono, Executive Director, NFB Jernigan Institute


  SATURDAY, JULY 3, Continued

1:00 - 3:00 pm—FREEDOM SCIENTIFIC; OPENBOOK 9 AND 
PEARL PORTABLE READING SOLUTION
Senators Lecture Hall, Tower lobby
Have lightning fast OCR with OpenBook in a 
portable solution that folds up.  Connect via a 
USB port and scan documents. Have them read aloud 
using Eloquence voices or any of Real Speak Solo 
Direct human-sounding voices now available on 
OpenBook. Magnify work, write under the camera, and reformat text.

1:00 - 5:00 pm—HUMANWARE PRODUCT SHOWCASE AND USER GROUPS
Obelisk A Room, Atrium mezzanine
Sessions: 1:00 Breeze; 2:00 Portable Devices; 3:00 Stream; 4:00 BrailleNote
Join HumanWare to learn about recent updates and 
share product tips. Give us your suggestions or 
ask questions about your favorite HumanWare 
product. Door Prizes for every session!

1:00 - 6:00 pm—KRAFTERS DIVISION CRAFT SHOW
Topaz Room, Tower lobby
If you are interested in crafts and appreciate 
hand-made items, this is the place to be!  Come 
and meet some very talented Federation crafters 
and purchase their beautiful items for sale. Joyce Kane, President

1:30 - 2:45 pm—EXPERIENCE THE BLIO READER: MAKING 
THE WORLD’S BOOKS ENJOYABLE, USABLE, AND ACCESSIBLE TO EVERYONE!
Peridot Room, Atrium mezzanine
Presented by James Gashel.

2:00 - 3:00 pm—NOPBC CONCURRENT SESSIONS FOR PARENTS
         The Conquest of Independence
         Edelweiss Room, Atrium mezzanine
         Helpful strategies for raising and working with a young blind child.
         Instructor: Carla McQuillan

         The Blind Student in Science Class
         Dardenelles Room, Atrium mezzanine
         Tools and techniques to include blind 
students in all aspects of science.
         Instructors: Cary Supalo, Dr. Lillian 
Rankel, Marilyn Winograd, and Dr.
         Andrew Greenberg

  SATURDAY, JULY 3, Continued

NOPBC CONCURRENT SESSIONS FOR PARENTS, Cont’d.
         Braille Reading Rates
         Inverness Room, Atrium mezzanine
Your child can become a Braille-reading speed demon!
Instructors: Jerry Whittle and Dr. Eric Vasiliauskas

Let Your Child Grow Up!
Fleur-de-Lis B Room, Atrium mezzanine
When is the right time to begin stepping back as a parent?
Instructors: Rosy Carranza and Andrea Beasley

2:00 - 5:00 pm—GOAL BALL; SPORTS & REC DIVISION
Gym, Verandah area
Lisamaria Martinez, President

2:00 - 5:00 pm—GW MICRO: WINDOW-EYES TRAINING 
(Registration: $10; refreshments provided)
Fleur-de-Lis A Room, Atrium mezzanine
Explore the power of Window-Eyes with advanced 
scripting support, Office 2010, Windows 7, and 
much more.  Come to see support for the Internet 
and scripting provided by a screen 
reader.  Presenters: Jeremy Curry and Raul 
Gallegos. To register, call 260-489-3671.

2:00 - 5:00 pm—YOUTH TRACK CONCURRENT WORKSHOP SESSIONS
         Preparing for the Future:
         Wyeth Room, Atrium mezzanine
         2:00 - 3:30 pm—High School Readiness (ages 11-14)
         3:30 - 5:00 pm—College Readiness (ages 14-18)

         Working Out Workouts:
         Travertine Room, Atrium mezzanine
         2:00 - 3:30 pm—For ages 14-18
         3:30 - 5:00 pm—For ages 11-14

         Looking Good without Looking:
         Steuben Room, Atrium mezzanine
         2:00 - 3:30 pm—For ages 14-18
         3:30 - 5:00 pm—For ages 11-14


  SATURDAY, JULY 3, Continued

3:00 - 4:30 pm—TEACHER RECRUITMENT INITIATIVE
Affiliate Action Suite 2372
If you are interested in improving the education 
of blind students, please join us. Learn how to 
contact universities in your area, put on 
recruitment presentations, and spread the word about this rewarding career.
Hosted by the NFB Affiliate Action Team

3:00 - 4:45 pm—EXPERIENCE THE BLIO READER: MAKING 
THE WORLD’S BOOKS ENJOYABLE, USABLE, AND ACCESSIBLE TO EVERYONE!
Peridot Room, Atrium mezzanine
Presented by James Gashel.

3:15 - 4:15 pm—NOPBC CONCURRENT SESSIONS FOR PARENTS

ABC and 1, 2, 3
Edelweiss Room, Atrium mezzanine
Early literacy and number understanding at home and at school.
Instructors:  Heather Field and Stephanie Kieszak-Holloway

I Survived Math Class
Dardenelles Room, Atrium mezzanine
Tips to ensure your child understands, keeps up 
with, and even learns to love math.

         Social Skills
         Inverness Room, Atrium mezzanine
         Strategies for fostering the development 
of age-appropriate social skills.
         Instructors: Denise Mackenstadt and Angela Frederick

         Low Vision: Focus on Success
         Fleur-de-Lis B Room, Atrium mezzanine
         Prepare your low vision child for 
success in school, at home, and in social
         life.  Instructors: Marla Palmer and Mark Riccobono

4:30 - 5:30 pm—NOPBC CONCURRENT SESSIONS FOR PARENTS
Get Your Child Going!
Inverness Room, Atrium mezzanine
Enhance and promote independent movement in the 
young or delayed child.  Instructor: Denise Mackenstadt

  SATURDAY, JULY 3, Continued

NOPBC CONCURRENT SESSIONS FOR PARENTS, Cont’d.

Technology
Dardenelles Room, Atrium mezzanine
Available technology; hear from students on how 
they employ it.  Instructors: Richard Holloway and blind students

         Behavior: From Control to Support in Five Easy Lessons
         Edelweiss Room, Atrium mezzanine
         Steps to turn problem behavior into positive behavior.
         Instructor: Dr. Jerry Petroff

         Is Your Child Job Ready?
         Fleur-de-Lis B Room, Atrium mezzanine
         Learn how your child can gain experience and skills.

5:00 - 7:00 pm—SPANISH SEMINAR
Peridot Room, Atrium mezzanine
Blindness is blindness, no matter what the 
language.  Meet new and old friends; learn about 
Federation philosophy and the truth about 
blindness—in Spanish.  Moderator: Alpidio Rolón

5:00 - 8:00 pm—MIX-AND-MINGLE RECEPTION FOR 
PARENTS AND REHABILITATION PROFESSIONALS
Morocco Room, Tower mezzanine

6:00 - 10:00 pm—NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF GUIDE DOG 
USERS (NAGDU) BUSINESS MEETING
Emerald Room, Tower lobby
   6:00 pm–Registration; 7:00 pm–Meeting begins
Find out about legal cases that NAGDU and NFB are 
involved in; learn about the work and development 
of affiliate divisions; celebrate the launch of 
the NAGDU Education and Advocacy Hotline; elect 
your division leaders. Marion Gwizdala, President





  SATURDAY, JULY 3, Continued

6:30 - 10:00 pm—NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BLIND OFFICE PROFESSIONALS
Dardenelles Room, Atrium mezzanine
    6:30 pm–Registration; 7:00 pm–Meeting begins
Learn about new technology and how blind 
telephone operators, receptionists, customer 
service reps, Braille transcribers and 
proofreaders, and other office workers solve 
problems and challenges in the office setting.  Lisa Hall, President

7:00 - 8:30 pm—LIVING HISTORY GROUP
Edelweiss Room, Atrium mezzanine
Dedicated to recording, preserving, and 
appreciating Federation history.  Michael Freholm, Chairperson

7:00 - 9:00 pm—NOPBC FAMILY HOSPITALITY NIGHT
Miro Room, Tower mezzanine
Relax and chat in an informal atmosphere.  This 
is a great opportunity for new families to meet 
and connect with others.  Veteran parents will be 
on hand to welcome and provide information.

7:00 - 10:00 pm—INDEPENDENCE SCIENCE, LLC FOCUS GROUP ONE
Fleur-de-Lis B Room, Atrium mezzanine
(Preregistration by May 15 was required to 
attend.) Independence Science LLC, in 
collaboration with Purdue University researchers, 
is collecting feedback on a new portable handheld 
data collection device for blind students to use 
in high school science laboratories.  (Focus 
Group Two meets Monday at 7:00 pm)

7:30 - 9:00 pm—knfbReader MOBILE USERS MEETING
Fleur-de-Lis A Room, Atrium mezzanine
Conducted by Michael Hingson

7:30 - 11:00 pm—SALSA DANCE LESSIONS AND LATIN DANCE PARTY
Metropolitan Ballroom, Tower mezzanine
Get into the “rhythm” of the convention—learn the 
salsa!  Group and individual instructions 
provided at any level of proficiency.  Fee of 
$5.00 benefits the NFB Spanish Translation 
Committee.  Add salsa dancing to your repertoire; people will be impressed.




  SATURDAY, JULY 3, Continued

8:00 - 9:00 pm—WHITE CANE AND AFFILIATE FINANCE COMMITTEE
Peridot Room, Atrium mezzanine
Alpidio Rolón, Chairperson

8:00 - 10:00 pm—NFB LIONS GROUP
Inverness Room, Atrium mezzanine
NFB members who would like to join a Lions Club 
or are already Lions are urged to meet to share 
ideas and experiences.  Please wear your shirts 
or vests for a photo. Co-Chairpersons: Ramona Walhof and Milton Ota

8:00 - 10:00 pm—ROOKIE ROUNDUP RECEPTION
Stemmons Auditorium, Atrium lobby
First-time convention attendees—don’t miss this 
event!  President Maurer and former rookies will 
be on hand to welcome you and answer questions 
about the week’s activities. Casual dress. 
Coordinator: Pam Allen, Director of the Louisiana 
Center for the Blind and President of the NFB of Louisiana

8:00 pm - midnight—KARAOKE NIGHT?? (Admission: $5.00)
Peacock Terrace, West Wing
Enjoy music, door prizes, and a cash bar; meet 
BLIND, Incorporated’s students and alumni and 
share their experiences from training.  Here’s 
your chance to sing like a rock star; Braille 
song lists are available.  Hosted by BLIND, Inc.

9:00 - 10:00 pm—NFB AMBASSADORS COMMITTEE MEETING
Lalique Room, Atrium mezzanine
Angela Wolf, Chairperson













  SUNDAY, JULY 4, 2010

6:30 - 7:30 am—ROMAN CATHOLIC MASS
Wedgwood Room, Tower lobby
Father Gregory Paul, C.P., Celebrant

9:00 am - 5:00 pm—REGISTRATION ($20); BANQUET AND 
BARBEQUE TICKET SALES ($45 EACH); Chantilly Foyer Area, Tower lobby

9:00 am - 5:00 pm—INDEPENDENCE MARKET AND 
SHOWROOM OF INNOVATION—Grand Ballroom, Atrium lobby

9:00 am 5:00 pm—EXHIBITS—Khmer Pavilion, Atrium, third level

11:45 am - 1:15 pm—CHURCH SERVICES FOR THE CHURCH 
OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS
Wedgwood Room, Tower lobby

1:00 - 2:00 pm—BLIND MUSICIANS GROUP
Dardenelles Room, Atrium mezzanine
Share ideas and tips and network with other blind musicians.
Linda Mentink, Chairperson

1:00 - 5:00 pm—SELF-DEFENSE CLASS; SPORTS & REC DIVISION
De Soto A & B Rooms, West Wing
Lisamaria Martinez, President

1:00 - 5:00 pm—AUTO SHOW (CLASSICS, ANTIQUES, AND SPECIAL INTEREST VEHICLES)
Clock Tower Parking Lot
Presented by the NFB CARS Division; Joe Naulty, President

1:00 - 5:00 pm—NATIONAL CERTIFICATION IN LITERARY 
BRAILLE (NCLB) OFFICIAL EXAMINATION—SECTIONS ONE AND TWO
Governors Lecture Hall, Tower lobby
Participants must have preregistered.  Exam 
sections three and four are on Monday at 1:00 
pm.  Sponsored by the National Blindness Professional Certification Board



  SUNDAY, JULY 4, Continued

1:00 - 6:30 pm—PROFESSIONALS IN BLINDNESS EDUCATION
Edelweiss Room, Atrium mezzanine
Heather Field, Chairperson

1:30 pm—RESOLUTIONS COMMITTEE
Coronado Ballroom, West Wing
Sharon Maneki, Chairperson

1:30 - 2:45 pm—EXPERIENCE THE BLIO READER: MAKING 
THE WORLD’S BOOKS ENJOYABLE, USABLE, AND ACCESSIBLE TO EVERYONE!
Peridot Room, Atrium mezzanine
Presented by James Gashel

2:00 - 4:30 pm—OPEN BRAILLE INITIATIVE
Obelisk A Room, Atrium mezzanine
To make access to Braille easier, a group of 
prominent Braille device manufacturers have come 
together to develop and maintain an Open Standard 
for communications between screen readers and 
Braille displays.  Do you want to know more? Join 
us for the OpenBraille initiative presentation.

2:30 - 5:30 pm—TRAVEL AND TOURISM DIVISION
Milan Room, Tower mezzanine
Don Gillmore, President

3:00 - 4:45 pm—EXPERIENCE THE BLIO READER: MAKING 
THE WORLD’S BOOKS ENJOYABLE, USABLE, AND ACCESSIBLE TO EVERYONE!
Peridot Room, Atrium mezzanine
Presented by James Gashel

3:00 - 5:00 pm—WHAT’S NEW WITH NFB-NEWSLINE®
Lalique Room, Atrium mezzanine
Learn about the NFB’s free audible newspaper 
service for the blind and visually 
impaired.  Topics cover Podable News, the new 
voices, the new on-demand article request 
feature, and more.  Sign up for NFB-NEWSLINE® at its exhibit hall table.

4:00 - 5:30 pm—SLATE MATES—NFB YOUTH TRACK (Ages 11-18)
Dardenelles Room, Atrium mezzanine
Pair up with members of the NFB Writers Division 
to learn the tricks of the trade to become a good 
writer.  Bring your questions, and put your interests to work.
  SUNDAY, JULY 4, Continued

4:00 - 6:00 pm—FEDERATION REGENERATION
Fleur-de-Lis A Room, Atrium mezzanine
Learn how to develop quality programs for youth 
in your state while regenerating your Federation 
spirit.  Presented by the NFB Jernigan Institute Education Team

4:30 - 6:00 pm—THIRTEENTH ANNUAL MOCK 
TRIAL—National Association of Blind Lawyers; Scott LaBarre, President
Stemmons Auditorium, Atrium lobby
Admission: $5.00.  Federation lawyers are pitted 
against each other reenacting an old Federation 
case with the audience serving as the 
jury.  Although the subject matter is very 
serious, the courtroom portrayers are very entertaining.

5:30 - 6:30 pm—WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?  NFB 
JERNIGAN INSTITUTE DISCUSSIONS—SESSION TWO (Session Three: Monday at 7:30)
Fleur-de-Lis B Room, Atrium mezzanine
Session Two covers access technology and product development.
Moderated by Mark A. Riccobono, Executive Director, NFB Jernigan Institute

5:30 - 8:00 pm—NEWSLETTER PUBLICATIONS COMMITTEE
Inverness Room, Atrium mezzanine
Annual meeting and workshop for affiliate 
newsletter editors.  Norma Crosby, Chairperson

6:00 - 8:00 pm—STORY TIME IDOL—NFB WRITERS DIVISION
Dardenelles Room, Atrium mezzanine
Tell and/or listen to tall and scary 
stories.  Cost is $5.00 at the door and $1.00 to 
tell a story.  Idol winners share in the take!  Robert Leslie Newman, President

6:00 - 10:00 pm—NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BLIND STUDENTS (NABS)
Wedgwood Room, Tower lobby
    6:00 pm–Registration ($5.00); 7:00 pm–Meeting
Students, young professionals, parents, teachers, 
and anyone interested in learning about issues 
affecting blind students are welcome to attend.
Arielle Silverman, President







  SUNDAY, JULY 4, Continued

6:30 - 8:00 pm—NFB AFFILIATE PRESIDENTS AND TREASURERS SEMINAR
Rosetta Room, Atrium mezzanine
All affiliate presidents and treasurers are asked 
to attend this session.  Topics include internal 
controls, state charitable registrations, 
end-of-year preparations, and discussing 
individual state issues with facilitators Charlie 
Brown, Ron Gardner, Bridgid Burke, and Nick Lambright

7:00 - 8:30 pm—MEET THE BLIND MONTH ACTIVITIES 
AND OTHER SPECIAL EVENTS SEMINAR: PLANS AND ACTION EQUAL SUCCESS
Manchester Room, Tower mezzanine
October is “Meet the Blind Month.” Come and 
brainstorm with us as we look for fresh ideas for 
Meet the Blind Month!  Learn new fundraising 
ideas, and get your chapter ready to change 
public perceptions of blindness. Karen Zakhnini, NFB Jernigan Institute

7:00 - 8:30 pm—PUBLIC EMPLOYEES DIVISION
Edelweiss Room, Atrium mezzanine
Ivan Weich, President

7:00 - 10:00 pm—NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BLIND VETERANS
Steuben Room, Atrium mezzanine
Discussing plans to increase our division 
membership in the coming year and holding elections.  Dwight Sayer, President

7:30 - 9:30 pm—MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE: FINDING, 
ATTRACTING, AND KEEPING NEW MEMBERS IN OUR CHAPTERS AND AFFILIATES
Fleur-de-Lis A Room, Atrium mezzanine
Success only comes before work in the 
dictionary.  Let’s discuss creative ideas to 
increase our membership. Ron Gardner, Chairperson

7:30 - 9:30 pm—LIBRARY SERVICES COMMITTEE
Milan Room, Tower mezzanine
David Hyde, Chairperson

7:30 - 9:30 pm—BLIND PARENTS GROUP
Travertine Room, Atrium mezzanine
Deborah Kent Stein, Chairperson



  SUNDAY, JULY 4, Continued

8:00 - 9:00 pm—JUDAISM MEETING
Lalique Room, Atrium mezzanine
David Stayer, Chairperson, NFB in Judaism Group

8:00 - 9:30 pm—WEBMASTERS MEETING
Fleur-de-Lis B Room, Atrium mezzanine
A meeting for all NFB affiliate and division 
Webmasters to discuss the importance of an 
informative, accessible, and visually attractive Website.
Gary Wunder, Chairperson, Webmasters Group

9:00 - 10:00 pm—SPANISH TRANSLATION COMMITTEE
Dardenelles Room, Atrium mezzanine
Norman Gardner, Chairperson



   MONDAY, JULY 5, 2010

8:30 am - 5:00 pm—INDEPENDENCE MARKET AND 
SHOWCASE OF INNOVATION—Grand Ballroom, Atrium lobby

8:30 am 5:00 pm—EXHIBITS—Khmer Pavilion, Atrium, third level

8:30 am - 5:00 pm—REGISTRATION ($20); BANQUET AND 
BARBEQUE TICKET SALES ($45 EACH); Chantilly Foyer Area, Tower lobby

9:00 11:30 am—NFB BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING (Open to all)
Chantilly Ballroom, Tower lobby

12:00 noon - 1:15 pm—THE DIVISION FOR ME—NFB YOUTH TRACK
Lalique Room, Atrium mezzanine
Meet-and-greet with division representatives to 
discover the NFB’s dynamic and diverse 
divisions.  Chat with knowledgeable reps about 
what’s happening now in their divisions and 
what’s in the works for the future.  Our 
divisions are progressive—join up and join in the fun.

12:00 noon - 2:00 pm—FIRST-TIME NFB CONVENTION ATTENDEES
Affiliate Action Suite 2372
Is this your first National Federation of the 
Blind convention? If so, please bring your own 
lunch and participate in a fun gathering; meet 
some friendly people and have your convention 
questions answered by experienced Federationists.

12:30 - 5:00 pm—DIABETES ACTION NETWORK (DAN) SEMINAR
Edelweiss Room, Atrium mezzanine
    12:30 pm–Registration; 1:00 pm–Meeting begins
Learn about research updates on the use of 
insulin pens by Dr. Ann Williams, strategies to 
get medical insurance providers to cover diabetes 
management equipment accessible to the blind, and 
more.  Mike Freeman, President

12:30 - 5:00 pm—NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BLIND LAWYERS (NABL)
L’Entrecote Room, Atrium lobby
    12:30 pm - Registration; 1:00 pm - Meeting begins
Examine laws affecting blind people and others 
with disabilities; address ongoing struggles to 
gain equal access to Web sites, employment, legal 
texts and exams. Scott LaBarre, President


   MONDAY, JULY 5, Continued

12:30 - 5:00 pm—NFB IN COMPUTER SCIENCE
Rosetta Room, Atrium mezzanine
    12:30 pm–Registration; 1:00 pm–Meeting begins
Some of the topics include: the Macintosh as a 
productivity tool for the blind; Solona, a 
CAPTCHA-solving service; Association of 
Information Technology Professionals 
presentation; accessibility to Microsoft’s 
products by its director of accessibility, Rob 
Sinclair; elections; and much more.  Curtis Chong, President

12:30 - 5:00 pm—NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF THE BLIND IN COMMUNITIES OF FAITH
Dardenelles Room, Atrium mezzanine
    12:30 pm–Registration; 1:00 pm–Meeting begins
The theme is “Meeting Challenges: Gaining 
Opportunities.”  Speakers tell how their faith 
has helped them face and overcome challenges; 
also hear representatives from various 
faith-based libraries and publishing houses 
describe what their organizations do. Tom Anderson, President

12:30 - 5:00 pm—SPORTS AND RECREATION DIVISION ANNUAL MEETING
Coronado Ballroom, West Wing
    12:30 pm–Registration; 1:00 pm–Meeting begins
Wear your sweats and come ready for hands-on 
presentations, audible darts, and more!  Lisamaria Martinez, President

1:00 3:00 pm—PUBLIC RELATIONS COMMITTEE MEETING & SEMINAR
Steuben Room, Atrium mezzanine
Don't wait for the media to discover you—come and 
share ideas and strategies on how to harness the 
power of the media! Topics: crafting press 
releases, pitching stories, and giving 
informative interviews. Chris Danielsen, Chairperson

1:00 - 4:00 pm—PERFORMING ARTS DIVISION
Travertine Room, Atrium mezzanine
General meeting with elections, an introduction 
to our new state divisions, and speakers.  Dennis H.R. Sumlin, President

1:00 - 4:15 pm—NOPBC DIVISION ANNUAL MEETING: ISSUES AND ADVANCES IN EDUCATION
Sapphire Room, Tower lobby
Carol Castellano, President


  MONDAY, JULY 5, Continued

1:00 - 4:30 pm—NOPBC ACTIVITIES FOR MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOLERS

1:00 - 2:30 pm—Diggin’ Into Science (ages 11-14)
Miro Room, Tower mezzanine
Hands-on science fun with instant snow, magnets, volcanoes, etc.
Instructors: Dr. Lillian A. Rankel and Marilyn 
Winograd, with assistance from chemists Cary Supalo and Dr. Andrew Greenberg

3:00 - 4:30 pm—Peer-to-Peer Technology (ages 11-18)
Milan Room, Tower mezzanine
Calling all geeks to expound on technology you love and love to hate.
Moderators: Jeremiah Beasley and John Fritz

3:00 - 4:30 pm—The Future Is Here in Science (ages 14-18)
         Miro Room, Tower mezzanine
         Hands-on chemistry activities; understanding chemical phenomena.
         Instructors: Dr. Lillian A. Rankel, 
Marilyn Winograd, Cary Supalo, and Dr.
         Andrew Greenberg

1:00 - 4:30 pm—NATIONAL ORGANIZATION OF BLIND EDUCATORS
Fleur-de-Lis A Room, Atrium mezzanine
    1:00 pm–Registration; 1:30 pm–Meeting begins
Blind teachers discuss techniques they use in 
their classrooms; participants also meet in 
groups specific to grade level and content areas 
of interest to create a network of mentors.  If 
you teach or are considering a career in teaching 
at any level, please join us. Sheila Koenig, President

1:00 5:00 pm—NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BLIND 
MERCHANTS REVOLUTIONIZING RANDOLPH-SHEPPARD: 
CREATING NEW, ROBUST, AND DIVERSE SMALL BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE BLIND
De La Salle Room, West Wing
   1:00 pm–Registration; 1:30 pm–Meeting begins
The title says it all. Let’s continue to protect 
and defend the Randolph-Sheppard Program. The 
need to expand business opportunities and to 
develop new business initiatives for the blind of America is pressing.
At Your Service, Kevan Worley, President




  MONDAY, JULY 5, Continued

1:00 - 5:00 pm—NATIONAL CERTIFICATION IN LITERARY 
BRAILLE (NCLB) OFFICIAL EXAMINATION—SECTIONS THREE AND FOUR
Governors Lecture Hall, Tower lobby
Participants must have preregistered.  Sponsored 
by the National Blindness Professional Certification Board

1:00 - 5:00 pm—NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BLIND REHABILITATION PROFESSIONALS
Madrid Room, Tower mezzanine
    1:00 pm–Registration; 2:00 pm–Meeting begins
Network, share mutual interests, find placement 
strategies, and examine and discuss concerns and 
current issues.  Melody Lindsey, President

1:00 - 5:00 pm—“SENIORS IN CHARGE”—NFB SENIORS 
DIVISION MEETING AND (SOMEWHAT) SILENT AUCTION
Obelisk A Room, Atrium mezzanine
Join us to hear enthusiastic seniors share ideas 
about what they are doing; find out ways to 
spread our message of hope to seniors who have 
recently become blind.  And then, of course, we 
are also having our very popular not-so-silent auction. Judy Sanders, President

1:00 - 6:00 pm—HUMAN SERVICES DIVISION
Inverness Room, Atrium mezzanine
    1:00–Registration; 2:00–Meeting begins; 5:00—Mingle and network
Psychologists; social workers; counselors; and 
music, art, or dance therapists meet to discuss 
topics and network.  David Stayer, President

1:30 3:00 pm—CULTURAL EXCHANGE AND INTERNATIONAL PROGRAM COMMITTEE
Lalique Room, Atrium mezzanine
Diane McGeorge, Chairperson

1:30 - 4:30 pm—WRITERS DIVISION BUSINESS MEETING
Peridot Room, Atrium mezzanine
Update members on division business, announce the 
2010 winners of the youth and adult writing 
contests, visit with a published author and 
member of the NFB, and plan for the future. Robert Leslie Newman, President


   MONDAY, JULY 5, Continued

3:00 - 5:00 pm—NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BLIND PIANO TECHNICIANS
Wedgwood Room, Tower lobby
Piano tuning has long been considered one of the 
stereotypical career choices for the blind.  Is 
this true? What can we do about it? Don Mitchell, President

5:00 - 6:30 pm—NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BLIND LAWYERS (NABL) RECEPTION
L’Entrecote Room, Atrium lobby
For NABL members and seminar participants only to 
promote networking and fellowship within our 
membership. Hors d'oeuvres and cash bar available.
Scott LaBarre, President

5:00 - 7:00 pm—BRAILLE BOOK FLEA MARKET
De Soto A & B Rooms, West Wing
A book lover’s dream! Browse tables of new and 
used Braille and print/Braille books.  UPS 
volunteers will ship the books to your home free 
of charge.  Donations requested to support the 
Braille Readers are Leaders program.  Cosponsored 
by NOPBC and NAPUB.  Coordinator: Peggy Chong

5:30 - 7:00 pm—KURZWEIL 1000 USERS’ CONTINGENT
Steuben Room, Atrium mezzanine
Join the Kurzweil 1000 Users’ Contingent!  Meet 
with Steve Baum, Vice President of Engineering, 
and share some Kurzweil 1000 
experiences.  Kurzweil 1000 is our 
state-of-the-art, text-to-speech and life 
navigation software for blind and visually impaired readers.

6:00 - 9:00 pm—INDOOR ROWING; SPORTS & REC DIVISION
Coronado Ballroom, West Wing
Lisamaria Martinez, President

6:00 - 10:00 pm—BACK TO BASICS: FOUNDATIONS IN 
MEMBERSHIP AND CHAPTER DEVELOPMENT
Sapphire Room, Tower lobby
Topics: running a purposeful chapter meeting, 
building membership, community projects and 
chapter fundraising, working with youth, and 
weaving Federation philosophy into local 
meetings.  Presented by the NFB Affiliate Action Team




   MONDAY, JULY 5, Continued

6:00 - 10:00 pm—NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF GUIDE DOG 
USERS (NAGDU) SILVER ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION AND SEMINAR
Emerald Room, Tower lobby
    6:00 pm–Registration; 7:00 pm–Seminar begins
Join us in celebrating twenty-five years of 
education and advocacy on behalf of guide dog 
users, recognize our founders and past leaders, 
initiate future projects, and “test drive” a 
guide dog!  Marion Gwizdala, President

6:30 - 9:30 pm—SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING DIVISION
Wyeth Room, Atrium mezzanine
   6:30 pm–Registration; 7:00 pm–Meeting begins
John Miller, President

6:30 - 10:00 pm—ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY TRAINERS DIVISION
Manchester Room, Tower mezzanine
   6:30 pm–Registration; 7:00 pm–Meeting begins
Topics: determining the right note taker for your 
student; plunging without fear into Windows 7 
with Cathyanne Murtha of Access Technology 
Institute; Jsay Pro; and teaching the Mac.  Michael Barber, President

7:00 - 8:30 pm—“BROKEN-HEARTED RIVER TO FREEDOM” 
a play by Jerry Whittle (Admission: $5.00; Second 
Performance is at 9:00 pm)
Stemmons Auditorium, Atrium lobby
A man loses his sight during the Civil War, 
returns home, and learns to deal with his 
blindness and family.  The play is performed by 
the Louisiana Center for the Blind Players; 
proceeds go to the Louisiana Center for the 
Blind’s summer training program for blind children.

7:00 - 9:00 pm—CLASSICS, ANTIQUES, AND RODS 
(CARS) DIVISION SEMINAR AND BUSINESS MEETING
Obelisk B Room, Atrium mezzanine
Come and hear speakers from automobile clubs talk 
about their activities and participate in the 
division business meeting. Joseph B. Naulty, President

7:00 - 9:00 pm—COMMITTEE TO EMPOWER UNDERSERVED POPULATIONS
Obelisk A Room, Atrium mezzanine
Ron Brown, Chairperson

   MONDAY, JULY 5, Continued

7:00 - 9:00 pm—NATIONAL ASSOCIATION TO PROMOTE 
THE USE OF BRAILLE (NAPUB) SEMINAR
Fleur-de-Lis A Room, Atrium mezzanine
Hear about the remaining commemorative Louis 
Braille silver dollars and how to get one, NFB 
Share Braille Website, and more.  Nadine Jacobson, President

7:00 - 10:00 pm—INDEPENDENCE SCIENCE FOCUS GROUP TWO
Fleur-de-Lis B Room, Atrium mezzanine
(Preregistration by May 15 was required to 
attend.) Independence Science LLC, in 
collaboration with Purdue University researchers, 
is collecting feedback on a new portable handheld 
data collection device for blind students to use 
in high school science laboratories.

7:30 - 8:30 pm—ME AND THE GOSSIP GIRLS—NFB YOUTH TRACK
Dardenelles Room, Atrium mezzanine–Ages 11-14
Inverness Room, Atrium mezzanine–Ages 14-18
Girls—bring your questions and thoughts about 
makeup, dating, or how to get more involved in 
your school.  Discussions will be led by blind 
mentors.  Parents, please respect this is for teens only!

7:30 - 8:30 pm— ME AND THE GUYS—NFB YOUTH TRACK
Edelweiss Room, Atrium mezzanine–Ages 11-14
Peridot Room, Atrium mezzanine–Ages 14-18
Guys—talk about cars, dating, school, or how to 
nail that perfect job to make a little extra 
money.  Discussions will be led by blind mentors. 
Parents, please respect this is for teens only!

7:30 - 8:45 pm—WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?  NFB 
JERNIGAN INSTITUTE DISCUSSIONS—SESSION THREE
Steuben Room, Atrium mezzanine
Session Three covers education programs.
Moderated by Mark A. Riccobono, Executive Director, NFB Jernigan Institute

7:30 - 10:00 pm—COMMITTEE FOR THE PROMOTION, 
EVALUATION, AND ADVANCEMENT OF TECHNOLOGY
Travertine Room, Atrium mezzanine
Hear exhibitors explain briefly what they are 
exhibiting and where they are located in the 
exhibit hall.  We will also evaluate the 
effectiveness of what our Committee is doing now 
and consider programs for the coming year. Gary Wunder, Chairperson
   MONDAY, JULY 5, Continued

8:00 - 9:00 pm—FRIENDS OF RECOVERY MEETING
Library Room, Tower mezzanine
All convention delegates involved in or 
interested in twelve-step recovery programs are 
invited to attend.  A second Friends of Recovery 
meeting will be on Wednesday at 8:00 pm.  Coordinator: Gary Ray

9:00 - 10:30 pm—“BROKEN-HEARTED RIVER TO FREEDOM” 
a play by Jerry Whittle (Admission: $5.00)
Stemmons Auditorium, Atrium lobby
A man loses his sight during the Civil War, 
returns home, and learns to deal with his 
blindness and family.  The play is performed by 
the Louisiana Center for the Blind Players; 
proceeds go to the Louisiana Center for the 
Blind’s summer training program for blind children.


























   TUESDAY, JULY 6, 2010

8:00 - 8:45 am—DEVOTIONS
Sapphire Room, Tower lobby

8:15 8:45 am—REGISTRATION ($20); BANQUET AND 
BARBEQUE TICKET SALES ($45 EACH)—Chantilly Foyer Area, Tower lobby



         OPENING GENERAL SESSION

9:00 am INVOCATION

9:35 am WELCOMING CEREMONIES

9:55 am CELEBRATION OF FREEDOM: VETERANS RECOGNIZED
Dwight Sayer, President, National Association of 
Blind Veterans, National Federation of the Blind; Winter Gardens, Florida

10:05 am        A DEFENSE DEPARTMENT PRIORITY FOR BLIND WOUNDED WARRIORS
Colonel Donald Gagliano, M.D., Executive 
Director, Department of Defense/Department of 
Veterans Affairs Vision Center of Excellence; Washington, D.C.

10:20 am        ROLL CALL OF STATES AND APPOINTMENT OF NOMINATING COMMITTEE

11:45 am        REPORTS AND RESOLUTIONS

12:00 pm        ADJOURN



12:00 noon 12:30 pm and 1:30 - 2:00 
pm—REGISTRATION ($20); FINAL BANQUET TICKET SALES 
($45)—Chantilly Foyer Area, Tower lobby

12:00 noon - 1:45 pm—INDEPENDENCE MARKET AND 
SHOWROOM OF INNOVATION—Grand Ballroom, Atrium lobby


   TUESDAY, JULY 6, Continued

12:00 noon 1:45 pm—EXHIBITS—Khmer Pavilion, Atrium, third level

12:15 - 1:45 pm—LOUISIANA CENTER FOR THE BLIND 
ALUMNI LUNCHEON; Pam Allen, Director
Peacock Terrace, West Wing



GENERAL SESSION

2:00 pm CALL TO ORDER

2:05 pm PRESIDENTIAL REPORT, Marc Maurer

3:00 pm THE FEDERATION IN THE WORLD FROM THE 
PERSPECTIVE OF THE BLIND CIVIL RIGHTS LEADER AND SENATOR IN THAILAND
      Monthian Buntan, Senator; Bangkok, Thailand

3:20 pm THE BLIND DRIVER OPERATING A VEHICLE AT 
SPEED: CREATING THE TECHNOLOGY THAT PUTS THE CONTROLS UNDER OUR HANDS
Parnell Diggs, Esq., Coordinator, Race for 
Independence; President, National Federation of 
the Blind of South Carolina; Garden City, South Carolina

3:35 pm SWEP AND THE BARS OF OUR PRISON
Scott LaBarre, Esq., LaBarre Law Offices; 
President, National Federation of the Blind of Colorado; Denver, Colorado

3:50 pm THE XAVIER SOCIETY FOR THE BLIND: SERVING THE BLIND SINCE 1900
Father John R. Sheehan, S.J., Chairman, Board of 
Directors, Xavier Society for the Blind; New York, New York

4:05 pm ONE MILLION BOOKS FOR THE PRINT DISABLED AND MORE TO COME
Brewster Kahle, Digital Librarian; San Francisco, California



   TUESDAY, JULY 6, Continued

4:20 pm NOT JUST SURVIVING THE DISASTER OF 
SEPTEMBER 11 BUT PROVIDING LEADERSHIP IN A DEADLY EMERGENCY
Michael Hingson, President, Michael Hingson Group; Novato, California

4:35 pm REPORTS AND RESOLUTIONS

5:00 pm ADJOURN



5:30 - 6:30 pm—NOMINATING COMMITTEE
De La Salle Room, West Wing

5:30 - 6:30 pm—NFB-LINK, OUR ONLINE MENTORING PROGRAM
Affiliate Action Suite 2372
Come help us honor the over 250 mentors that are 
a part of NFB-LINK and learn how you can become a 
mentor, too. NFB-LINK is our online mentoring 
program, and by becoming a mentor, you will see 
how a little time on the computer can make a huge 
difference. Current and future mentors, please attend!

6:00 pm—NFB OF TEXAS BARBEQUE AND LIVE MUSIC
Anatole Park
Enjoy eating a delicious Texas-style barbeque 
with all of the trimmings while listening to the 
music of singer/songwriter/guitarist Brian Burns, 
with friends Tommy Alverson and Davin James.

6:00 - 8:00 pm—AMERICAN FOUNDATION FOR THE BLIND 
INTRODUCES AccessWorld  EVERY MONTH AND NEW ONLINE COMMUNITY RESOURCES
Peacock Terrace, West Wing
You are invited to our informational reception. 
Announcing AFB AccessWorld, every month—more 
authors, more information, more often. 
CareerConnect, FamilyConnect, and SeniorSite 
offer newly-expanded opportunities. Network with 
families, seniors, and successful mentors. We look forward to meeting you.





   TUESDAY, JULY 6, Continued

6:00 - 9:00 pm—DEAFBLIND DIVISION BUSINESS MEETING & ELECTIONS
Obelisk B Room, Atrium mezzanine
    6:00 pm–Registration; 7:00 pm–Meeting begins
Burnell Brown, President

6:30 - 8:00 pm—MUSIC TECH WORKSHOP
Fleur-de-Lis A Room, Atrium mezzanine
Conducted by Cameron Strife; presented by the NFB Performing Arts Division

6:30 - 9:00 pm—COLORADO CENTER FOR THE BLIND OPEN HOUSE
Topaz Room, Tower lobby
Discover how good training can change your life. Julie Deden, Director

7:00 - 8:00 pm—ASTRONOMY AT YOUR FINGERTIPS (Ages 6-14)
Morocco Room, Tower mezzanine
Fun-filled astronomy-related activities in an 
out-of-this-world workshop!  Instructor: Noreen Grice

7:00 - 8:30 pm—BOOKSHARE AT NFB MEMBER PARTY
Lalique Room, Atrium mezzanine
Enjoy snacks and refreshments while meeting the 
Bookshare staff. This is your opportunity to talk 
with us and share your ideas; we’re here to 
listen.  Plan to have fun with contests, 
drawings, and interacting with your fellow 
members.  We look forward to seeing you.

7:00 - 8:30 pm—NOPBC CONCURRENT SESSIONS FOR PARENTS
         IEP Workshop for Beginners
         Madrid Room, Tower mezzanine
         Focusing on evaluations, goals, strategies, and the law.
         Instructor: Carlton Walker

         Getting to Yes
         Manchester Room, Tower mezzanine
         Getting the team to work together so that it benefits your child.
         Instructor: Dan Frye

         Tactile Maps and the Development of Spatial Awareness
         Milan Room, Tower mezzanine
         Exploring ways to promote the development of spatial awareness.
         Instructor: Debbie Kent Stein
   TUESDAY, JULY 6, Continued

7:00 - 9:00 pm—NFB KRAFTERS DIVISION BUSINESS MEETING
Fleur-de-lis B Room, Atrium mezzanine
Unveiling new craft initiatives, including 
discussion on classes available via telephone 
conference and information on our Monday night 
nationwide chats. We are seeking teachers and students for crafting classes.
Joyce Kane, President

7:00 - 9:00 pm—LEGISLATIVE STRATEGIES SEMINAR: 
MOVING LEGISLATION ON THE STATE AND NATIONAL LEVEL
Obelisk A Room, Atrium mezzanine
Each affiliate should send one representative. 
Learn the best methods of increasing support for 
our legislative priorities.  Changing lives 
through laws is our business. Led by Jesse 
Hartle, Lauren McLarney, and Ronza Othman

7:00 - 10:00 pm—A SPECIAL EVENING FOR SPONSOR-LEVEL EXHIBITORS
Khmer Pavilion, Atrium, Third Level
The exhibit hall reopens for an evening dedicated 
solely to sponsor-level exhibitors. Come and 
bring a guest to say “thank you” to our sponsors and to
enjoy their interesting offers and 
demonstrations. Our convention sponsors are: 
Title: Deque Systems, Inc.; Platinum: HumanWare 
and UPS; Gold: Freedom Scientific and Oracle; 
Silver: Adobe; Bronze: National Industries for 
the Blind (NIB); and Exhibit Hall: En-Vision 
America, GW Micro, Inc., Independence Science, 
LLC, Independent Living Aids (ILA), Intel 
Corporation, Olympus, Recording for the Blind & 
Dyslexic (RFB&D), Sendero Group, and Vanda Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

7:00 - 10:00 pm—THE BEST THROWBACK PARTY AND 
DANCE EVER!   NFB YOUTH TRACK (Ages 14-18)
Metropolitan Ballroom, Tower mezzanine
Choose your favorite decade and come dressed in 
your best digs.  Compete in hula hoop contests, 
learn the “YMCA,” or show us your best moon walk 
while dressed as the late Michael Jackson in the 
80’s.  Prizes will be given to the best-dressed 
or most creative throwback participants.

8:00 - 9:00 pm—BEP: U.S. CURRENCY IDENTIFICATION 
FOCUS GROUP Steuben Room, Atrium mezzanine
Representatives of the U.S. Dept. of the 
Treasury’s Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) 
and the Office of Product Development provide an 
update on BEP’s progress to provide blind 
individuals with access to U.S. currency and 
discuss concepts it is currently testing. 
(Session Two: Wednesday at 7:00 pm.)
   TUESDAY, JULY 6, Continued

8:00 - 9:00 pm—PERFORMING ARTS DIVISION SEMINAR
Fleur-de-Lis A Room, Atrium mezzanine
A seminar on division development; discuss the 
future of the Performing Arts Division and ways 
to make it even better.  Conducted by division 
board member, Jordy Stringer.  Dennis H.R. Sumlin, President

8:30 - 9:30 pm—HOW TO HOLD A VOTER REGISTRATION DRIVE IN SIX EASY STEPS
Edelweiss Room, Atrium mezzanine
Learn how to plan and host a voter registration 
drive that will attract new members to your 
chapter and serve your local community. 
Coordinator: Lou Ann Blake, NFB Jernigan Institute

8:30 - 10:00 pm—NOPBC CONCURRENT SESSIONS FOR PARENTS

         IEP Workshop for Veteran Parents
         Madrid Room, Tower mezzanine
         Instructor: Carlton Walker

         Testing and Accommodations
         Manchester Room, Tower mezzanine
         Instructors: Barbara Mathews and a representative of the College Board

         Adapting and Creating Useable Materials for Students
         Milan Room, Tower mezzanine
         Instructor: Pat Renfranz













   WEDNESDAY, JULY 7, 2010

8:00 - 8:45 am—DEVOTIONS
Sapphire Room, Tower lobby

8:15 8:45 am—REGISTRATION ($20)—Chantilly Foyer Area, Tower lobby



         GENERAL SESSION

9:00 am INVOCATION

9:05 am ELECTIONS

9:50 am THE APEX AND OTHER DEVELOPMENTS AT HUMANWARE
Gilles Pepin, Chief Executive Officer, HumanWare; Drummondville, Canada

10:10 am        THE FAILURE OF THE EDUCATIONAL 
SYSTEM IN MEETING THE NEEDS OF THE BLIND

MARK RICCOBONO, Moderator; Executive Director, 
National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute; Baltimore, Maryland

SHEILA AMATO, Ed.D., University Teacher Trainer; Massapequa Park, New York

NOREEN GRICE, Founder and President of You Can Do 
Astronomy, LLC; New Britain, Connecticut

LAURA WEBBER, Secretary, National Organization of 
Parents of Blind Children; Houston, Texas

ERIC VASILIAUSKAS, M.D., parent and advocate; Los Angeles, California

11:10 am        ASSURING INTERNET ACCESSIBILITY
Preety Kumar, Chief Executive Officer, Deque Systems, Inc.; Reston, Virginia


   WEDNESDAY, JULY 7, Continued

11:30 am        REPORTS AND RESOLUTIONS

12:00 pm        ADJOURN



12:00 noon 12:30 pm and 1:30 - 2:00 pm—REGISTRATION ($20)
Chantilly Foyer Area, Tower lobby

12:00 noon - 1:45 pm—INDEPENDENCE MARKET AND 
SHOWROOM OF INNOVATION (Final time period to be 
open)—Grand Ballroom, Atrium lobby

12:00 noon 1:45 pm—EXHIBITS—Khmer Pavilion, Atrium, third level



         GENERAL SESSION

2:00 pm CALL TO ORDER

2:05 pm FINANCIAL REPORT

3:05 pm STRATEGIC INITIATIVES REPORT
John Paré, Executive Director for Strategic 
Initiatives, National Federation of the Blind; Baltimore, Maryland

Jesse Hartle, Governmental Affairs Specialist, 
National Federation of the Blind; Baltimore, Maryland

Lauren McLarney, Governmental Affairs Specialist, 
National Federation of the Blind; Baltimore, Maryland

3:35 pm REPORTS, RESOLUTIONS, AND OTHER BUSINESS

5:00 pm ADJOURN




   WEDNESDAY, JULY 7, Continued

7:00 - 8:00 pm—BEP: U.S. CURRENCY IDENTIFICATION 
FOCUS GROUP Steuben Room, Atrium mezzanine
Representatives of the U.S. Dept. of the 
Treasury’s Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) 
and the Office of Product Development provide an 
update on BEP’s progress to provide blind 
individuals with access to U.S. currency and 
discuss concepts it is currently testing.

7:00 - 8:15 pm—EXPERIENCE THE BLIO READER: MAKING 
THE WORLD’S BOOKS ENJOYABLE, USABLE, AND ACCESSIBLE TO EVERYONE!
Peridot Room, Atrium mezzanine
Presented by James Gashel

7:00 - 8:30 pm—NFB IMAGINATION FUND GRANT-WRITING SEMINAR
Fleur-de-Lis B Room, Atrium mezzanine
Each affiliate should send at least one 
representative to this seminar. Learn to plan, 
write, and submit a strong grant application; 
discover key points and strategies about how to 
identify appropriate funders and submit a winning 
proposal.  Mark A. Riccobono, Executive Director, NFB Jernigan Institute

7:00 - 9:00 pm—WHAT’S NEW WITH NFB-NEWSLINE®
Lalique Room, Atrium mezzanine
Learn about the NFB’s free audible newspaper 
service for the blind and visually 
impaired.  Topics cover Podable News, the new 
voices, the new on-demand article request 
feature, and more.  Sign up for NFB-NEWSLINE® at its exhibit hall table.

7:00 9:00 pm—“SOCIAL SECURITY AND SUPPLEMENTAL 
SECURITY INCOME: WHAT APPLICANTS, ADVOCATES, AND 
RECIPIENTS SHOULD KNOW” SEMINAR
Sapphire Room, Tower lobby
Topics: Social Security and SSI benefits, 
including eligibility criteria, the application 
process, reporting obligations, and appeals 
process.  Also get information on the Medicare 
prescription drug benefit income subsidy program.
Presenter: Ronza Othman





   WEDNESDAY, JULY 7, Continued

7:00 10:00 pm—EXHIBITS—Khmer Pavilion, Atrium third level

7:00 - 11:00 pm—TENTH ANNUAL SHOWCASE OF TALENT—Fee: $5.00
Stemmons Auditorium, Atrium lobby
Register early by contacting Performing Arts 
Division leaders at the convention by Tuesday. 
Proceeds benefit the division’s scholarship 
program and other programs. Sponsored by the 
Performing Arts Division; Dennis H.R. Sumlin, President

7:00 - 11:00 pm—NON 24-HOUR SLEEP WAKE DISORDER SEMINAR
Obelisk A Room, Atrium mezzanine
Circadian rhythm sleep disorders in totally blind 
people. Total loss of light perception prevents 
synchronization of circadian body clock rhythms 
to the 24-hour day, leading to cyclic insomnia 
and daytime napping. The causes of this sleep 
disorder and possible treatment options will be presented and discussed.

7:30 - 9:00 pm—INTRODUCTION TO ORACLE SIEBEL CALL CENTER
Obelisk B Room, Atrium mezzanine
Don Mauck, Accessibility Evangelist at Oracle, 
will demonstrate the accessibility features built 
into the Oracle Siebel Call Center. Oracle CRM 
products are used by more than 4,000 enterprises 
and more than 4.6 million business users; these 
enterprises represent potential employment opportunities for the blind.

8:00 - 9:00 pm—FRIENDS OF RECOVERY MEETING
Library Room, Tower mezzanine
All convention delegates involved in or 
interested in twelve-step recovery programs are 
invited to attend.  Gary Ray, Coordinator

8:00 - 10:00 pm—COMMITTEE ON AUTOMOBILE AND 
PEDESTRIAN SAFETY (CAPS); Deborah Kent Stein, Chairperson
Fleur-de-Lis A Room, Atrium mezzanine

8:00 - 10:00 pm—COMMITTEE ON RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT
Rosetta Room, Atrium mezzanine
For the most part, technological developments 
tend to exclude blind people.  Developers must 
change the ways future technologies are 
designed.  Join us—perhaps you can suggest a 
technology or approach that nobody else has 
considered.  Curtis Chong, Chairperson


   WEDNESDAY, JULY 7, Continued

8:00 - 11:30 pm—MONTE CARLO NIGHT
Metropolitan Ballroom, Tower mezzanine
Try your luck at any of the usual card games found on a casino floor.
Sponsored by the National Association of Blind Students

8:30 - 9:45 pm—EXPERIENCE THE BLIO READER: MAKING 
THE WORLD’S BOOKS ENJOYABLE, USABLE, AND ACCESSIBLE TO EVERYONE!
Peridot Room, Atrium mezzanine
Presented by James Gashel






























   THURSDAY, JULY 8, 2010

8:00 - 8:45 am—DEVOTIONS
Sapphire Room, Tower lobby

8:15 8:45 am—REGISTRATION ($20)—Final opportunity to register.
Chantilly Foyer Area, Tower lobby



GENERAL SESSION
9:00 am INVOCATION

9:05 am BUYING AND SELLING ONLINE: EBAY BUILDS 
ACCESSIBILITY FOR THE BLIND INTO ITS PLATFORM
Dane Glasgow, Vice President, Buyer Experience 
Product Management, Ebay, Inc.; San Jose, California

9:20 am BRAILLE IS LITERACY
Deane Blazie, Inventor; Hobe Sound, Florida

9:35 am EIGHTY-FOUR LANGUAGES AND GROWING
Frank Kurt Cylke, Director, National Library 
Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, 
Library of Congress; Washington, D.C.

David Fernandez-Barrial, Foreign Language 
Librarian, National Library Service for the Blind 
and Physically Handicapped, Library of Congress; Washington, D.C.

9:55 am QUESTIONS AND DISCUSSION

10:00 am        EDUCATING BLIND CHILDREN: CHANGING THE PARADIGM
Fredric K. Schroeder, Ph.D.; Research Professor; 
San Diego State University; Vienna, Virginia

10:20 am        TOWARD FULL EMPLOYMENT FOR BLIND AMERICANS
Lynnae Ruttledge, Commissioner, Rehabilitation 
Services Administration, United States Department 
of Education; Washington, D.C.



   THURSDAY, JULY 8, Continued

10:35 am        ACCESSIBLE EDUCATION FOR ALL, 
INCLUDING THE BLIND: MEETING THE STANDARD
Jessica Finnefrock, Senior Vice President, 
Product Development, Blackboard; Washington, D.C.

10:50 am        ACCESSIBLE DESIGN, A MODEL FOR THE FUTURE
Steve Eastman, President, Target.com; Minneapolis, Minnesota

11:05 am        LOCATION-BASED SERVICES USING BUS 
STOP AND GEOCODED MEDIA CONTENT
Mike May, Chief Executive Officer, Sendero Group; Davis, California

11:20 am        BLIND CAR BUILDER? WE’RE HERE TO TELL YOU!
Marcus Simmons, Chief Executive Officer, Simmons 
BOSS CREATIONS; Southfield, Michigan

11:35 am        REPORTS AND RESOLUTIONS

12:00 pm        ADJOURN



12:00 noon - 1:45 pm—HAM RADIO GROUP BUSINESS MEETING
Milan Room, Tower mezzanine
D. Curtis Willoughby (ka0vba), Chairperson

12:00 noon - 1:45 pm—RAFFLES AND DRAWINGS
Sapphire Room, Tower lobby

12:15 - 1:45 pm—EVERYTHING YOU'VE EVER WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT THE NLS
Obelisk A Room, Atrium mezzanine
A question-and-answer session with Frank Kurt Cylke, Director, and staff of the
National Library Service for the Blind and 
Physically Handicapped, Library of Congress.




   THURSDAY, JULY 8, Continued



         GENERAL SESSION

2:00 pm CALL TO ORDER

2:05 pm COPYRIGHT AND THE RIGHT TO READ
Marybeth Peters, Esq., Register of Copyrights, 
Library of Congress, Copyright Office; Washington, D.C.

2:20 pm THE FUTURE OF BOOKS AND BEYOND
Ray Kurzweil, President and Chief Executive 
Officer, K-NFB Reading Technology, Inc.; Wellesley Hills, Massachusetts

2:40 pm CALLING ALL DRIVERS: ADVANCING 
LEADERSHIP, COLLECTIVE ACTION, AND THE BOUNDARIES OF INDEPENDENCE
Mark Riccobono, Executive Director, National 
Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute; Baltimore, Maryland

3:00 pm THE INTERFACE THAT TOUCHES THE MIND: 
ADVANCING BEYOND AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES
Dennis Hong, Ph.D., Director, Robotics and 
Mechanisms Laboratory, Virginia Polytechnic Institute; Blacksburg, Virginia

3:15 pm A PRACTICING BLIND PHYSICIAN
Timothy Cordes M.D./Ph.D., Resident in 
Psychiatry, University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics; Madison, Wisconsin

3:30 pm DR. JACOB BOLOTIN AWARD
Gary Wunder, Chairperson, Dr. Jacob Bolotin Award 
Committee, and Secretary, National Federation of the Blind; Columbia, Missouri

4:10 pm DISABILITY POLICY FROM THE WHITE HOUSE
Kareem Dale, Special Assistant to the President 
on Disability Policy; Washington, D.C.

4:25 pm REPORTS AND RESOLUTIONS


   THURSDAY, JULY 8, Continued

5:00 pm ADJOURN



7:00 pm—BANQUET
Chantilly Ballroom, Tower lobby
INVOCATION
MASTER OF CEREMONIES:  Fredric K. Schroeder
INTRODUCTIONS AND PRESENTATIONS
BANQUET ADDRESS: Marc Maurer
SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS

11:00 pm—SCIENCE FICTION MEETING
All persons interested in science fiction and 
fantasy are welcome to join in an open 
discussion.  Please contact Ed Meskys for room location.


  Thank You...

         The National Federation of the Blind 
acknowledges with gratitude our Title, Platinum, 
Gold, Silver, Bronze, and Exhibit Hall Convention 
Sponsors below. Their messages follow.

Title Sponsor:
Deque Systems, Inc.

Platinum Sponsors:
HumanWare
UPS

Gold Sponsors:
Freedom Scientific
Oracle

Silver Sponsor:
Adobe

Bronze Sponsor:
National Industries for the Blind (NIB)

Exhibit Hall Sponsors:
En-Vision America
GW Micro, Inc.
Independence Science, LLC
Independent Living Aids (ILA)
Intel Corporation
Olympus
Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic (RFB&D)
Sendero Group
Vanda Pharmaceuticals, Inc.



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