[Nfbmdtlc-chapter] 51st Annual Convention Agenda

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Annual Convention

Sheraton Baltimore North Hotel
903 Dulaney Valley Rd, Towson, MD 21204
Friday, November 10 – Sunday, November 12, 2017
Celebrating service to the blind community and to our nation!

[Transcriber’s note:   The cover of the 2017 Agenda is adorned on the top
with the NFB logo on the left corner; the right corner contains a graphic
with the number 51 printed  three times inside of three stars.  The bottom
of the cover contains a photo of Louis Braille on the left with the caption
“Louis Braille January 4, 1809-January 6, 1852.” The bottom right contains a
photo of Dr. Abraham Nemeth with the caption “Abraham Nemeth October 16,
1918-October 2, 2013.” ]

Convention Greetings

National Representative
Everette Bacon,  Member, National Board of Directors, President, National
Federation of the Blind of Utah
NFB of Maryland
9013 Nelson Way, Columbia, MD 21045
410-715-9596;  <mailto:nfbmd at earthlink.net> nfbmd at earthlink.net;
Sharon Maneki, President, Columbia
Deborah Brown, First Vice President, Rockville
Anil Lewis, Second Vice President, Baltimore
Judy Rasmussen, Secretary, Kensington
Shawn Jacobson, Treasurer, Olney
Board of Directors:
Darlene Barrett, Columbia
Michelle Clark, Springdale
Melissa Lomax, Gwynn Oak
Maurice Peret, Baltimore
Melissa Riccobono, Baltimore
Marguerite Woods, Baltimore
[Transcriber’s note:  The bottom of this page contains a graphic of lego
blocks arranged in a circular structure.  Each block is labeled.  Starting
at the top left and moving counterclockwise, the blocks are labeled:
Leadership, Challenges, Strategy, Vision, Management, Goal, Teamwork, and
Motivation; This block reconnects with the top Leadership block.]


Our Credo

The National Federation of the Blind knows that blindness is not the
characteristic that defines you or your future. Every day we raise the
expectations of blind people, because low expectations create obstacles
between blind people and our dreams. You can live the life you want;
blindness is not what holds you back!

The National Federation of the Blind Pledge:

I pledge to participate actively in the efforts of the National Federation
of the Blind to achieve equality, opportunity, and security for the blind;
to support the policies and programs of the Federation; and to abide by its


Lyrics copied from October 2015 Presidential Release. 
Chorus:  Live the life you want. Nobody can stop you.
Shoot for the sun and break on through.
So you're blind. You'll be fine. We've got good news!
You can live the life you want. Yes, we know the truth.
Grab a cane, get trained, gotta get movin'.
Make a change in the wage, that's what we're doin'.
Come with me, yeah 
You and me, NFB, let's dream together.
NFB, you and me, lives on forever.
You will see yeah
You can live the life you want. You’ll know the truth.

About the National Federation of the Blind of Maryland

The National Federation of the Blind of Maryland (NFBMD), an affiliate of
the National Federation of the Blind (NFB), is an organization of blind
people and their friends. We believe in the full capacity of blind people;
we have the power, influence, diversity and determination to help transform
our dreams into reality. Our members work together for a brighter tomorrow
by raising the expectations for blind people everywhere so that blind
persons can live the life they want.

Who We Are

The National Federation of the Blind of Maryland is a 501c(3) nonprofit made
up of blind people of all ages, their families and friends. Our strong local
chapters and divisions, and well-trained leaders help newly blind people
adjust to vision loss, and promote the full participation and integration of
blind people in our communities. We bring our collective experiences
together to effect change at the state and national level.

What We Do

*	Assist blind persons to acquire the skills of independence
*	Help blind persons to develop confidence in themselves through our
many service activities
*	Teach blind persons the skills of leadership through active
participation in conventions, chapter meetings, and civic activities
*	Encourage blind seniors to continue their active and meaningful
*	Prepare blind students for productive tax-paying careers through
academic and training scholarships
*	Inform people with diabetes about their options for coping with
vision loss
*	Support parents and friends of blind children with information about
the capabilities of the blind
*	Protect and promote the civil rights of blind persons through public
education and legislative action
*	Advocate for policies that eliminate discrimination and guarantee
equal access to educational programs and high quality rehabilitation
*	Educate the public through seminars, community activities and our

Navigating Sheraton Baltimore North


Plaza Level (first floor):

As you enter the main entrance to the hotel, you are facing south and in the
lobby area, which is tiled.  Directly in front of you is a large carpeted
square seating area with two chairs on each of four corners and a large
table in the center.   To the right about twenty feet away is the front
On the far side of the carpeted area, directly opposite this main door, is
another entry/exit to: a smoking area; a flight of stairs with trash cans on
either side; and at the bottom of the stairs, a grassy area appropriate for
dog relief. (Please don’t forget the baggie!!)  
>From the main entrance door, walking about twenty feet diagonally to the
left brings you to a jutted-out area. Wind right into this extension and
find immediately on the left The Coffee Bar, where every day from 6:30AM to
6:00PM you can get Starbucks, pastries, salads, sandwiches, yogurt, and
assorted fresh fruit and snacks.  Just past the Coffee Bar is a bank of
elevators--one on the right and two on the left.  All three elevators may be
used to go to the sleeping rooms, meeting rooms on the second floor, and
pool on the third floor.  This is the end of this small hallway.
Backing out of this area, going toward lobby, you’ll find the central
(carpeted) hallway.  With the lobby directly behind you, continue down this
hallway.   First on your left is the Business Center (for guest use), with
two tables, each with computer, and a printer between them.  Directly on
your right is a staircase which leads to the second floor.
Ten feet further on the left is a 6-top table with two computers and
plug-ins for four additional laptops/devices.  Directly opposite this table,
on right side of hallway, is Warfield’s Ballroom.  Continue past Warfield’s
and come to an intersection in the road/hallway.  Directly in front of you
is the Rain 903 Restaurant and Bar.  This area begins here, and extends
along most of the rest of the hallway, which turns left at this point.  Make
the left and a short distance later you’ll find three 6-top tables (just for
relaxing), running parallel on the left side.  Directly across from the
middle table (on right side of hallway) are the restrooms.  There’s a wall
in front of the restrooms (with 2 flatscreens on the exterior [facing the
6-tops]).  Walk behind the wall and find ladies room on the left and men’s
on the right.  There are 2 water fountains between the restrooms.
Continue past the restrooms just a short distance and find another large
carpeted open area.  This is the West Foyer.  With your back to the central
hallway, there’s another entry/exit door going to/from the parking area, on
your left.  To your right, across the foyer is the very large F. Scott
Fitzgerald Ballroom.  There are many entry/exit doors to this area—where the
general sessions/banquet/exhibits will be.  About 20 feet straight ahead of
you are stairs, leading directly to the second floor.  

Second Floor:

>From the top of these stairs, snaking back to the east end, along second
floor central hallway
Immediately on left is the Duncan Room.  Pass Duncan, about 20 feet, and
come to a “t” point.  Turning to the left—the Amphitheater is directly on
the left.  You can take a hard right to another jutting out hallway, turning
left again when entering this hallway.  About 20 feet down are another set
of restrooms (ladies left, men’s right).  Continue past restrooms to Lindsay
A, B, and C on the left side.  End of this hallway
back to “t.”  
>From the intersection of the “t”, with the west end stairs behind you, turn
right.  There is now a short wall on your right
it is open and allows one to
look down on the Plaza Level.    Along the left side of the rest of this
central hallway: The Burke Room, MacIntosh Room, Cole Room, and Sales Office
and Grason Room.  Just past the Sales Office on left are 4 big leather
chairs.  Just beyond, on right, are two more.  Then you approach end of this
hallway, with another large open space.  Here’s what’s at this multipoint
First to the left is a glass door, leading to the skywalk to the Towson Town
Mall.  This skywalk is closed for maintenance.    As you face this door, to
your right is the east-end staircase, which will take you down to the Plaza
Level, near the lobby.  Continue right, past the stairs, to the east-end
elevator bank.  Again, two elevators on the left, one on the right.   And,
again, elevators go up and down to all levels.

Directions to the Mall

We anticipate skywalk to Towson Town Center Mall to be closed for
maintenance.  Alternate Mall directions:  Go to lobby and exit “south” door,
going on to Fairmount Avenue.  After descending the stairs, turn right and
go to the traffic light at Dulaney Valley Road and Fairmount.  This is a
wide, busy intersection—you’ll cross multiple lanes of traffic heading
toward Dulaney, then an island, then multiple lanes traveling away from
Dulaney.  Once across the street, PF Changs will be immediately on your
left.  Continue along Dulaney another 100 feet or so and you’ll find a very
busy entrance/exit point for the Mall.  Once you enter, the access to
Cheesecake Factory is on your left; Stoney River Steak House is on the
right.  Escalators are straight ahead if you’d like to opt for the food
court, located on the third level of the Mall.
40 West Lion’s Club 410-247-4433, fortywestlions.org, Meets 4th Tuesdays, 7
pm at Dusenberg’s, Lion’s Club is a friend of the National Federation of the
Blind of Maryland.


Registration and packet pickup for the Convention will be held in the West
Foyer on Friday 1:30-6:00 p.m.; on Saturday, registration will be in the
West Foyer from 8:00 a.m.-8:40 a.m. and 12:00 noon to 12:15 p.m.; and on
Sunday 8:30 a.m. to 8:50 a.m.
Registration fee: $25.00
                   Banquet: $45.00 per person
                   Senior Issues Division & Parents Division Luncheons: $25
per person
Banquet Ticket Exchange, Saturday 1:20-2:00 p.m. in the West Foyer.  Turn in
banquet tickets to reserve seating at a specific table.  Banquet Ticket
Exchange is necessitated by the large number of persons attending the
All persons taking advantage of the reduced room rates offered by Sheraton
Baltimore North for this convention are required to register with the
convention and to pay the registration fee of $25.00.

Door Prizes

Darlene Barrett is the chairman of the Door Prize Committee.  Many of you
have been hard at work gathering fabulous door prizes for this convention.
Please turn in your door prizes to Darlene as soon as possible.  You must be
registered for the Convention and present when your name is called in order
to win a door prize.  Door prizes will be awarded during the general
sessions on Saturday and Sunday and during the convention banquet. 

Fun with Friends Convention Child Care Activities

All child care (for children ages 6 weeks to 9 years) will take place in the
Duncan Room.  Hours are: Friday 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Saturday 8:30 a.m.-5:00
p.m. and 6:30-10:00 p.m. (lunch and dinner will be provided). Parents should
contact Melissa Riccobono for details.

Hotel Check Out and Luggage Handling

On Sunday, you must check out of your room before 12:00 noon.  
If you are leaving the Sheraton Baltimore North by NFB of Maryland bus,
please bring your luggage to Fitzgerald A between 7:30 and 9 a.m. Sunday,
where it will be tagged and held for storage until 12:00 noon when bus will
be loaded.  Please be sure that your luggage is clearly labeled with your
name, address and telephone number.

Chapters and Divisions of the National Federation of the Blind of Maryland

At Large Chapter
Marguerite Woods, President, (443) 271-1668, mwoods719 at gmail.com
Monthly meetings third Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. via phone (641) 715-3272 and
access code is 720125
Baltimore County Chapter
Ruth Sager, President, (410) 602-9030,  <mailto:rsager78 at gmail.com>
rsager78 at gmail.com
Monthly meetings fourth Wednesday in Pikesville, MD

Central Maryland Chapter
Darlene Barrett, President, (410) 997-9664,  <mailto:chicagirl3 at verizon.net>
chicagirl3 at verizon.net
Monthly meetings first Tuesday in Columbia, MD

Eastern Shore Chapter
Patricia Behr, President, (410) 603-3857 
Monthly meetings second Saturday in Salisbury, MD
Greater Baltimore Chapter
Ellen Ringlein, President, 443-516-7855,
<mailto:greaterbaltimore at nfbmd.org> greaterbaltimore at nfbmd.org
Monthly meetings third Saturday in Baltimore, MD
Greater Carroll County Chapter
Brian Keseling, President, (410) 855-5605,  <mailto:bkmaverick at gmail.com>
bkmaverick at gmail.com
Meetings are the second Tuesday in Westminster, MD 

Greater Cumberland Chapter
Jean Faulkner, President, (301) 729-8942
Monthly meetings third Wednesday of the month in Cumberland, MD

Maryland Association of Blind Students
Chris Nusbaum, President, (443) 547-2409, mdabs at nfbmd.org 
Holds periodic meetings throughout the year. 
Maryland Association of Blind Merchants
Melba Taylor, President, (240) 381-1637, m.taylor at encoreassoc.com
Holds periodic meetings throughout the year. 
Maryland Parents of Blind Children
Melissa Riccobono, President, (443) 708-3663,  <mailto:mdpobc at nfbmd.org>
mdpobc at nfbmd.org
Holds a holiday party, family picnic and conducts at least one seminar
during the year.
National Harbor Chapter
Michelle Clark, President, (301) 583-8585,  <mailto:mcikeyc at aol.com>
mcikeyc at aol.com
Monthly meetings fourth Saturday in Suitland, MD

Senior Issues Division
Ruth Sager, President, (410) 602-9030,  <mailto:rsager78 at gmail.com>
rsager78 at gmail.com.
Holds periodic meetings throughout the year.
Sligo Creek Chapter
Debbie Brown, President, (301) 881-1892,  <mailto:Deborahb14 at verizon.net>
Deborahb14 at verizon.net
Monthly meetings second Saturday primarily in Silver Spring, MD

TLC Chapter
Scott White, (410) 452-7571, swhite at nfb.org
Meetings third Thursday in Towson, MD
The National Federation of the Blind has teamed up with GreenDrop to collect
donations of clothing and household items.  If you live in or near Laurel or
College Park, Maryland, you can bring donations directly to Second Avenue
stores for drop off.  If you, or family or friends, live in Connecticut, the
District of Columbia, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York,
Pennsylvania, or Virginia, you can donate your unwanted items through
drop-off locations or call for a pickup from your home or business.  Your
donation will help the blind live the life we want.  For more information
about the National Federation of the Blind GreenDrop program or to schedule
a pickup of your unwanted items, visit www.nfbpickup.org, call
1-888-610-4NFB (4632), or email GreenDrop at nfb.org.  You can also contact us
if you would like to organize a household discards drive in your
neighborhood, at your school, or where you work. When donating, please
direct your donations specifically to the National Federation of the Blind.



Stay Connected and Informed:

Please follow the National Federation of the Blind of Maryland on Twitter!
Visit www.twitter.com/NFBMD to receive affiliate news and updates.
Friend the National Federation of the Blind of Maryland on Facebook!
Stay connected with your fellow Maryland Federationists by joining our state
email listserv. This list allows you to receive affiliate and national
announcements, and also to start and participate in discussions regarding
blindness and blindness issues. To sign up visit www.nfbnet.org, click on
“join or drop NFB mailing lists,” and activate “NFBMD” link, and follow the
instructions. Many of our local chapters now also have listserv. Talk to
your chapter president to learn how to sign up so you don’t miss important
information about chapter news and events.
Visit our website at www.nfbmd.org.  Check out our blog for the President’s
Messages.  We welcome blogposts from all of our members.  Be sure to check
out the Blindness Resources link, and the Know Your Rights link, to keep up
to date on important information.  Be sure to download and print About
NFBMD, in the About Us tab on www.nfbmd.org, for use at chapter outreach


The Braille Spectator is published for members of the National Federation of
the Blind of Maryland and others who share an interest in the work of this
organization.  The Braille Spectator can be read on the web at
www.nfbmd.org/newsletter or can be listened to on the local channel of


Committees of the National Federation of the Blind of Maryland

Ambassadors Committee
Judy Rasmussen, Chairman
Anna Freysz Cable Award Committee
Debbie Brown, Chairman
Convention Child Care Committee
Melissa Riccobono, Chairman
Convention Registration Committee
Marie Marucci, Chairman
Deaf-Blind and Hearing Loss Issues Committee
Janice Toothman, Chairman
Distinguished Educator of Blind Children Award Committee
Sandy Bishop, Chairman
Door Prize Committee
Darlene Barrett, Chairman
Federal Legislation Committee
Jesse Hartle, Chairman
Gold Cup Crab Race Committee
Amy Mason, Chairman
Jennifer Baker Award Committee
Susan Baker, Chairman
Kenneth Jernigan Award Committee
Dr. Marc Maurer, Chairman
Membership Committee
Ronza Othman, Chairman
Nomination Committee
Ellen Ringlein, Chairman
PAC Plan Committee
John G. Paré Jr., Chairman
Resolutions Committee
Jesse Hartle, Chairman
Scholarship Committee
Jesse Hartle, Chairman
National Funding Support Auction Committee
Michael Bullis, Chairman
Youth Activity Committee
Melissa Lomax, Chairman
Web Committee
Steve Brand, Chairman



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Latest News:

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Braille is Beautiful 

Na na na-na na na, na na na-na nah.
Na na na na nah, na na na-na nah.
Go on and live your life,
Don't need a bit of sight.
In the end you'll find
Braille is beautiful.
Put your fingers on the page.
Tell your friends it's all the rage.
It's all gonna be OK, yeah
Braille is beautiful!
Na na na na na na, Na na na-na nah Braille is beautiful!
Na na na-na nah, Na na na-na nah.
Louis Braille was his name. Slate 'n' stylus was his game.
They tried to stop him, but we adopted the code that paved the way.
Na na na na na na, Na na na-na nah Braille is beautiful!
Na na na-na nah, Na na na-na nah.
Na na na-na nah, Na na na-na nah.

We Extend Profuse Thanks to the Following Convention Sponsors:

Blind Industries and Services of Maryland, Title Sponsor
Brown, Goldstein and Levy LLP, Independence Sponsor
Maryland State Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Opportunity
Maryland Technology Assistance Program, Opportunity Sponsor
We Fit Wellness, Opportunity Sponsor
40 West Lions Club, Friend Sponsor

Many Thanks to the Following Exhibitors Who Have Their Goods and Services on
Display in Fitzgerald A, North Foyer and West Foyer on Friday 11 a.m. –5

AIRA Tech Corp
Allied Instructional Services
Blind Alive, LLC
Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Christian Ministry Teachers
Division of Rehabilitation Services
Elections Systems and Software
En Vision America
Envision Technologies, Inc.
I3S Foundation
Integration Technologies Group, Inc.
J & G Hooves and Paws, LLC
Maryland ABLE
Maryland Insurance Administration
Maryland Relay
Maryland State Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
Maryland Technology Assistance Program 
National Aquarium
National Security Agency
Senior Issues Division
VFO-Freedom Scientific
Young Living Essential Oils

WE fit Wellness, The Right Fit For Everyone,    Accessible  Affordable
For more information, visit our website www.wefitwellness.com
<http://www.wefitwellness.com>  Give us a call 866-543-6808 or email
jessica at wefitwellness.com <mailto:jessica at wefitwellness.com> 

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With the KNFB Reader, you can read such printed items as credit card
receipts, packaging labels, mail, product information, computer screens, and
of course books and documents. Take a photo and the app reads the text aloud
or publishes it in Braille if you have a refreshable Braille display.
Learn more and purchase KNFB Reader for iPhone, Android, and Windows 10
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Lyrics by Barbara Elliott

Sometimes people tell me blind people should be quiet and sit down
But I say "No!" I say "No!" I say "No."
They contend that I should be content to let others lead me around,
But I say "No!" I say "No!" I say "No."
Everybody needs somebody to help sometimes, but I'm in charge of me,
CHORUS: I've gotta strive, strive, strive a little farther,
Reach, reach, reach a little longer,
Work, work, work a little harder,
Hope, hope, hope a little stronger.
Watch me, watch me, watch me.
Nothin's gonna stop me, stop me, stop me.
I'm spreading my wings, soaring on a dream,
I can do anything!
I gotta be brave even when I'm afraid to do hard things.
I'll tell myself "Go!" I'll just go, I will go.
I'm not a fool; I need training and tools to live out my dreams.
So I'll say "Go!" I'll just go, I will go.
I'm not a passenger in my life. I'm gonna take control and drive.

[Transcriber’s note:  the middle four pages of this agenda contains photos. 
The first page is titled “Reid Temple: Home of our Glenn Dale NFB BELL Once
Photo 1 shows NFB Bell students walking into the building.  The caption
reads, “It’s the start of an adventure for these two little girls.”
Photo 2 shows a girl typing on a brailler.  The caption reads, “New skills
will mean new opportunities for this youngster.”
Photo 3 shows a boy playing coming out of a tunnel on the playground.  The
caption reads, “Blind kids don’t’ need specialized equipment to have fun.”
Photo 4 shows frolicking on pool noodles in the swimming pool.  The caption
reads, “Who says blind kids are afraid of the water!”
The second page of photos is titled “Working with the Maryland General
The caption for photo 1 reads, “At the Maryland Braille Literacy Conference,
held October 19-20, Senator Joan Carter Conway and Del. Sheila Hixson are
honored for their long-time service in supporting many of the bills proposed
by NFB of Maryland.  Pictured left to right are:  NFB President Riccobono,
Del. Hixson, NFBMD President Maneki and Senator Conway.”
Photos 2 and 3 have a single caption which reads, “In 2017 we strongly
supported legislation to remove MSLBPH from the Department of Education, and
include it in the new Maryland State Library Agency. Companion bill sponsors
were Senator Nancy King and Sheila Hixson.”
First photo: Sharon Maneki is pictured with Senator Nancy King.
Second photo (from left to right): Al Maneki, Antonio Williams, Del. Sheila
Hixson and Sharon Maneki.
The third page of photos is titled “Fun Times at Baltimore NFB BELL 2017.”
Photo 1 shows two girls in the background with their canes and one girl in
the foreground with a cup in one hand and her cane in the other as she
maneuvers her way around tables and chairs.  The caption reads, “Blind kids
learn to interact with their peers especially during down time.”
Photo 2 shows a very happy boy working at a brailler. The caption reads,
“Learning to write Braille is fun! Look at that smile!”
Photo 3 shows a child reading Braille under learning shades.  The caption
reads, “Learning to read Braille opens up a world of possibilities.”
Photo 4 shows a NFB BELL student working in the kitchen.  The caption reads,
“BELL is more than just learning Braille.  We also teach life skills here.”


The top of the fourth page is titled “Salisbury, MD:  Our Newest NFB BELL
Photo 1 shows a boy working in the kitchen with a volunteer.   Photo 2 shows
a girl under learning shades negotiating a stairway with her cane.   The
caption for both of these photos reads, “At all NFB BELL academies, while
locations may vary, content and motivation are the same:  teach skills and
have a good time.”
The bottom part of this page is titled “Fun at Orioles Park at Camden Yards”
The single photo under this title shows people at the edge of the grass on
the baseball field.  The caption reads “2016 convention activities included
a special Friday afternoon tour of the home field of the Baltimore




8:00 a.m.  – 5:00 p.m.  Annual Conference for Parents and Teachers of Blind
Children.  This conference will provide information about the new Maryland
ABLE (Achieving a Better Life Experience) Program.   You will also have the
opportunity to learn about independent cane travel using the Structured
Discovery Method.  The conference will end with a screening and discussion
of the award winning film Do You Dream in Color?  This documentary is the
coming-of-age story of four courageous blind high school students as they
strive to prove that their disability will not hold them back from achieving
their dreams.  
Conference begins in the Owens Amphitheater
Conference registration begins promptly at 8:00 a.m.  
See Parent Agenda for more information.
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Resolutions Committee. Jesse Hartle, Chairman,
Baltimore, MD. 
Fitzgerald C
9:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.  Living the Life You Want – Low Vision Should Not Stop
You.  Anyone who is new to vision loss is welcome to attend this practical
seminar that will answer such questions as: how to read mail and
prescription bottles, send emails, sort laundry, etc.  Look at technology
and meet other people with low vision who are living a meaningful life. 
Lindsay B,C
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 Noon.  Board of Directors Meeting.  Everyone is invited
to attend.
Fitzgerald B
11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  Explore Exhibits and Shop.  Check out access
technology, blindness products and services.  Meet blind entrepreneurs and
examine their wares.  Be sure to visit all three exhibit areas.  
Fitzgerald A, North Foyer, and West Foyer
1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.  Deaf-Blind and Hearing Loss Issues Committee Meeting.
Share strategies and ideas to maintain independence.  Anyone interested is
invited to attend.
Janice Toothman, Chairman, Bowie, MD
Cole Room
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Cardio Drumming.  Get fit and make music while having
Jessica Beecham, Program Director, WE Fit Wellness, Colorado Springs, CO
1:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.  Registration and packet pickup.
West Foyer
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.  Accessible Wellness at your Fingertips – Apps and
Beyond.   Learn about exercise and nutrition apps and other products to help
you stay healthy and fit.  Facilitators:  Jessica Beecham, Eileen
Rivera-Ley, Latonya Phipps and Mika Wills.  
Fitzgerald B
2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.  Let’s Play BINGO and Win Prizes!  Sponsored by Blind
Industries and Services of Maryland.  Everyone is invited to attend!
Lindsay B, C
2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.  21st Century Access to Computers, Books and
Newspapers.  Drop in and learn about access to Windows 10, NVDA and more.
Get instant access to the printed word by trying out KNFB Reader and NFB
Lindsay A
2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.  Tactile Art is for Everyone.  Drop in and examine
different types of tactile art.  
Lou Ann Blake, Facilitator, Baltimore, MD
Fitzgerald C
3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.  Do you Dream in Color? This documentary is the
coming-of-age story of four courageous blind high school students as they
strive to prove that their disability will not hold them back from achieving
their dreams.  Sponsored by Maryland Parents of Blind Children Division.
Everyone is invited to attend.
Owens Amphitheater
3:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.  Maryland Association of Blind Students Annual
Meeting.     3:00 p.m. registration.  Meeting begins at 3:30 p.m.
Christopher Nusbaum, President, Taneytown, MD.                          
Grason Room
3:30 p.m.  – 4:30 p.m.  Cardio Drumming. Get fit and make music while having
Jessica Beecham, Program Director, WE Fit Wellness, Colorado Springs, CO
3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.  Protecting the Rights of Guide Dog Users.  
Burke Room
3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.  Access Technology around the House.  What do Google
and Amazon have to offer?  
Access Technology Team, National Federation of the Blind
Fitzgerald B
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.  Making Paratransit Systems More Responsive to
Customer Needs.  Join us to discuss transportation issues and your rights.
Learn about the Consumers for Accessible Ride Services (CARS) organization.

Michael Gerlach, Founder of CARS, Baltimore, MD
Owens Amphitheater
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.  Maryland Association of Blind Merchants Meeting.
Learn to develop a business strategy that will lead to success.  How can I
continue to work and still receive SSDI?  Anyone interested in
entrepreneurship is invited to attend.
Melba Taylor, President, Bowie, MD
McIntosh Room
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Family Hospitality.  Enjoy pizza, meet new families
and teachers, and connect with old friends.  
Melissa Riccobono, President, Maryland Parents of Blind Children Division,
Baltimore, MD. 
Lindsey B,C
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.  Pizza and a Play.  The Braille is Beautiful players
will perform Thanksgiving Turkey, from the Our Miss Brooks series.
Debbi Brown, Director, Rockville, MD
7:00 p.m.  NFB BELL Academy Reunion.  For parents and students who
participated in the 2017 NFB BELL Academies. 
Lindsey A
8:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.  NFBMD Carnival. Our carnival game night will have
something for everyone from corn hole to darts; board games, computer games
and more.  Snacks and a cash bar will also be available.
Fitzgerald B,C
Help Drive Change!
The National Federation of the Blind is now accepting vehicle donations! To
donate a vehicle of any kind, please call 1-855-659-9314, or visit
<http://www.carshelpingtheblind.org> www.carshelpingtheblind.org. 
Arrangements will be made to tow your vehicle at no cost to you.  You will
receive a receipt for your tax-deductible donation.  Each vehicle donated is
worth approximately $500.  Don’t have a vehicle to donate yourself? No
problem.  Please pass the word to family and friends about the new
initiative and help drive change with the National Federation of the Blind. 


7:30 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.  At-Large Chapter Meeting.  
Marguerite Woods, President, Baltimore, MD
President’s Parlor
8:00 a.m. – 8:40 a.m.  Registration and Packet Pickup. 
West Foyer
8:15 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.  Fun with Friends.  Activities for children.
Duncan Room
All general sessions will be held in the Fitzgerald B and C Ballrooms.


8:45 a.m.  Opening Ceremonies.  Call to Order and Invocation.
8:50 a.m.  Raising Expectations by Supporting our National Funds: White
Cane, Sun, Jernigan, and Jacobus tenBroek.  
Dr. Marc Maurer, Immediate Past President, National Federation of the Blind,
Catonsville, MD.  
Greetings from the National President, Mark Riccobono, National Federation
of the Blind, Baltimore, MD.  
Gold Cup Crab Race.  Amy Mason, Access Technology Specialist, National
Federation of the Blind, Baltimore, MD.
9:00 a.m.  Baltimore County Welcome.  
9:15 a.m.  Salute to Veterans.
9:30 a.m.  A Champion Braille Reader.  
Sujan Dhakal, third place winner of the National Braille Challenge,
sophomore level, fifth and sixth graders.  Glen Burnie, MD. 
9:40 a.m.  Raising Expectations across America: A Report from the National
Everette Bacon, Member, National Board of Directors; President NFB of Utah;
Salt Lake City, Utah.
10:10 a.m.   Celebrating Service in the National Federation of the Blind.
Sharon Maneki, President, National Federation of the Blind of Maryland,
Columbia, MD.
10:40 a.m.  Get on the PAC Plan Today!  
John Paré, Executive Director of Advocacy and Policy, National Federation of
the Blind, Maryland PAC Plan Chairman, Baltimore, MD.
10:55 a.m.  Making Online Learning Accessible to All K-12 Students,
Including the Blind.
Val Emrich, Director, Instructional Technology and School Library Media,
Maryland State Department of Education, Baltimore, MD.
11:10 a.m. Questions and Discussion.
11:20 a.m.  Promoting Excellence in the Service Delivery System.  Challenges
and Opportunities.  
Anil Lewis, Executive Director, NFB Jernigan Institute; Vice Chairman, State
Rehabilitation Council, Baltimore, MD.
Toni March, Director, Office of Blindness and Vision Services, Baltimore,
Suzanne Page, Assistant Superintendent, Maryland State Department of
Education:  Division of Rehabilitation Services, Baltimore, MD.
11:50 a.m.  Reports and Resolutions.  
12:00 Noon.  Adjourn.
12:00 Noon -12:15 p.m.  Convention Registration and Packet Pick-up.  
West Foyer.
12:00 Noon -1:45 p.m.  Luncheon- The Education of Blind or Visually Impaired
Students.  For parents and vision teachers.  
Melissa Riccobono, President, Parents of Blind Children Division, National
Federation of the Blind of Maryland, Baltimore, MD. 
Lindsey B,C
12:00 Noon -1:45 p.m.  Luncheon- Reclaiming Independence after Vision Loss-
for Seniors and Others Facing Vision Loss.  
Ruth Sager, President, Senior Issues Division, National Federation of the
Blind of Maryland; Baltimore, MD. 
1:20 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.  Banquet Exchange.
West Foyer


2:00 p.m.  Call to Order.
2:05 p.m.  Serving the Public and Serving the Blind: The BISM Report.
Fred Puente, President, Blind Industries and Services of Maryland,
Salisbury, MD
2:20 p.m.  The Place of Braille Literacy in the Education of Blind Children.

Dr. Marc Maurer, Immediate Past President, National Federation of the Blind;
Director of Legal Policy, National Federation of the Blind, Catonsville, MD.
Dr. Michael J. Bina, President, Maryland School for the Blind, Baltimore,
2:40 p.m. Questions and Discussion.
2:50 p.m.  Competing on Terms of Equality in Employment in the 21st Century
Demands Skill and Ingenuity.
Jessica Beecham, Program Director, WE Fit Wellness, Colorado Springs, CO.
Timothy Elder, Esq., Civil Rights Litigator, TRE Legal Practice, Fremont,
Dr. Arielle Silverman, Independent Consultant, Disability Wisdom Consulting,
Silver Spring, MD.
Cecilia Warren, Director of Emergency Preparedness Policy, Maryland
Department of Disabilities, Baltimore, MD.
3:30 p.m.  Questions and Discussion.
3:40 p.m.  How Will the Maryland ABLE Program (Achieving a Better Life
Experience) Help Blind People Live the Lives We Want?
Lori Markland, Community Relations Administrator, Maryland ABLE Program,
Baltimore, MD.
3:55 p.m. Questions and Discussion.
4:05 p.m.  The Power of Technology and Partnerships: Creating a Brighter
Future for the Blind.  
Mark Riccobono, President, National Federation of the Blind, Baltimore, MD.

Austin Marron, Chief Product Officer, AIRA Tech Corp., San Diego, CA.
Carol Beatty, Secretary, Maryland Department of Disabilities, Baltimore, MD.

4:35 p.m. Questions and Discussion.
4:45 p.m. Reports and Resolutions.
5:00 p.m.  Adjourn.
6:00 p.m.  Reception and Cash Bar. 
North Foyer.
7:00 p.m.  51st Annual Convention Banquet.  
Master of Ceremonies: Mark Riccobono, President, National Federation of the
Blind, Baltimore, MD.  
Keynote Banquet Address: Everette Bacon, Member, National Board of
Directors; President NFB of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah.
Scholarships and Awards. 
Fitzgerald B,C
Immediately after the banquet. Maryland Gold Cup Crab Race.
Amy Mason, Race Caller, Baltimore, MD.
Good Luck Racers!
[Transcriber’s note: At the end of the Saturday schedule, there is a graphic
of a smiling hermit crab a checkered racing flag in its left claw.]


7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.  Luggage Collection (for bus passengers only). 
Fitzgerald A
8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.  Nonsectarian Devotions.  
Lloyd and Judy Rasmussen, Sligo Creek Chapter, National Federation of the
Blind of Maryland, Kensington, MD. 
Fitzgerald B, C
8:30 a.m. – 8:50 a.m.  NFB BELL Academy Participants Final Rehearsal. 
Duncan Room.
8:30 a.m. - 8:50 a.m.  Convention Registration and Packet Pick Up. 
West Foyer.


9:00 a.m.  Call to Order and Invocation.
9:05 a.m.  Designing a Brighter Future through the NFB Braille Enrichment
Literacy and Learning (BELL) Academy.  
Melissa Riccobono, NFB BELL Academy Coordinator for Maryland, Baltimore, MD.

Student presentations and introduction of volunteers. 
9:20 a.m.  Living the Lives They Want - the Generations Tell Their Stories.

Can the Blind Play Soccer?  Oriana Riccobono, Baltimore, MD.
Can the Blind Perform Ballet?  Meredith Day, Finksburg, MD.
Exploring the Waters of Independence at BISM.  Jessica Wilson, Upper
Marlboro, MD.
Exploring the STEM Fields at Youth Slam.  Sebastian Rodionov, Odenton, MD.
Exploring Germany through Summer Study Abroad.  Emma Mitchell, Washington,
Writing for Enjoyment.  Shawn Jacobson, Olney, MD.
Engines are my Passion.  Brian Keseling, Westminster, MD.
10:00 a.m. Promoting Braille Reading:  The National Federation of the Blind
of Maryland Braille Reading Contest.
Ellen Ringlein, President, Greater Baltimore Chapter and Independence Market
Manager, National Federation of the Blind, Baltimore, MD.
10:10 a.m.  Will Loosening the Bonds of Bureaucracy Lead to Better Service
for Library Patrons?    
Leslie Bowman, Director, Maryland State Library for the Blind and Physically
Handicapped, Baltimore, MD. 
10:25 a.m.  Questions and Discussion.  
10:35 a.m.  Affiliate Elections.  
10:50 a.m.  Resolutions and Business Meeting.
12:00 Noon Adjourn.

A Closing Message

On behalf of the officers and Board of Directors, I take this opportunity to
thank all Federationists and friends for your generous donations of funds,
goods and services. We had a most successful year and a super convention
because of your help!
Sharon Maneki, President
“Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working
together is success.” 
--Henry Ford


The State of Maryland 
Maryland Disability Employment Awareness Month

(Rescinds Executive Order 01.01.2009.10)
WHEREAS,           Workplaces that welcome the talents of all people,
including people with disabilities, are a critical part of efforts to build
an inclusive community and strong economy;
WHEREAS,           The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 was enacted
to promote inclusion, full participation, economic self-sufficiency, and
equality of opportunity for all people with disabilities;
WHEREAS,           Despite the progress made since passage of the Americans
with Disabilities Act of 1990, people with disabilities still experience
unemployment rates far above the national average;
WHEREAS,           People with disabilities continue to disproportionately
experience poverty and economic instability in comparison to people without
WHEREAS,           Employment is often the most direct and cost-effective
means to empower people with disabilities to achieve independence, economic
self-sufficiency, and full community participation;
WHEREAS,           People with disabilities bring valuable skills to the
workforce, and represent an untapped segment of the labor pool for the
public, private, and nonprofit sectors;
WHEREAS,           Increased public awareness is necessary to reduce the
barriers faced by Marylanders with disabilities in entering the workforce
and securing employment;
WHEREAS,          Self-employment is understood to be a growing and viable
option for many with disabilities, and increased opportunities to expand
self-employment awareness and skills will benefit both the State's economy
and the disability community; and
WHEREA,             Designating a Disability Employment Awareness Month in
Maryland will increase public awareness and respect for Marylanders with
disabilities who are seeking employment;
(1)          Each State department, board, agency, authority, board, or
instrumentality controlled by the Governor (an "Executive unit") shall
annually observe October as Disability Employment Awareness Month to
celebrate the many and varied contributions of people with disabilities.
(2)          The Department of Disabilities, throughout the year, but with
special emphasis during Disability Employment Awareness Month, shall:
a.            reinforce the value and talents people with disabilities add
to Maryland's workplaces and communities;
b.            affirm Maryland's commitment to an inclusive community; and
c.             enhance Maryland's stature as a national leader in disability
employment policy and practice.
(3)          The Department of Disabilities' efforts shall include: 
a. Increasing public awareness of:
1.            how the many skills and talents of Marylanders with
disabilities benefit Maryland businesses;
2.            the barriers Marylanders with disabilities face in obtaining
                               3.            the untapped potential of job
seekers with disabilities; and
4.            the potential for those with disabilities to obtain economic
independence by becoming self-employed and to contribute to the State's
economy as business owners and employers;
b.            research and development of best practices, and ongoing
collaboration with other State units, to achieve inclusive, competitive,
integrated employment for Marylanders with disabilities by connecting them
with employers and expanding knowledge and opportunities for
c.             coordinating the development and maintenance of a digital
resource guide for State units and local jurisdictions that details best
practices to increase employment, retention, self-employment, and business
ownership of those with disabilities;
d.            support for events, including those sponsored by other State
units, local governments, or private or nongovernmental organizations, that
highlight how businesses benefit from the skills and talents of individuals
with disabilities; and
e.            provision of related information and assistance to other
Executive units, the Maryland State Department of Education, the University
System of Maryland, Morgan State University, Saint Mary's College of
Maryland, public community colleges, and local governments.
(4)          To promote individuals with disabilities' access to technology,
the Department of Disabilities shall:
a.            hold special events, including those advancing assistive
technology that expands employment in community integrated settings; and
b.            recommend the designation of a State agency, entity, or staff
person to:
1.            provide accessibility technical assistance during State
procurement processes; and
2.            address any accessibility concerns of State employees.
(5)          Executive units shall otherwise encourage the citizens they
serve to, throughout the year, participate in and promote events celebrating
the rights, skills, and talents of those with disabilities.
Given Under My Hand and the Great Seal of the State of Maryland in the City
of Annapolis, this 10th Day of October, 2017. 
 [Transcriber’s note:  This executive order ends with signatures of the
Governor and the Secretary of State.  The state seal is placed to the left
of these signatures. 
“The only disability in life is a bad attitude.” 
--Scott Hamilton, American gold medalist, 1984 Winter Olympic Games,
Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Yugoslavia 


Maryland Technology Assistance Program
The Maryland Technology Assistance Program (MDTAP) is a program of the
Maryland Department of Disabilities. Our mission is to enhance the lives of
all Marylanders with disabilities, older Marylanders, and their families by
helping support access to assistive technology (AT) devices and services.
For information about obtaining loans and other MDTAP services, go to
www.mdtap.org <http://www.mdtap.org> . 
The Maryland State Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped is
committed to Making Maryland Accessible by providing reading materials in
Braille, Large Print, and digital formats. As a Network Library of the
National Library Service and a division of the Maryland State Library, LBPH
strives to be a cornerstone of the blind community through partnerships,
outreach, and advocacy. For information on accessible reading material,
please call 410-230-2424.  For more information on outreach and programming
opportunities, please call 410-230-2430.  Visit our Facebook Page:
<http://www.facebook.com/mdlbph> www.facebook.com/mdlbph or follow us on
Twitter @md_lpbh. 
Brown, Goldstein and Levy.  Our lawyers have been selected as among:
The Best Lawyers in America, Maryland’s Top 50 “Super Lawyers, The Daily
Record‘s Leaders in Law, Maryland’s Top 100 Women, as Fellows of the
American College of Trial Lawyers, and Maryland Trial Lawyer of the Year.
Brown, Goldstein and Levy wishes the Maryland affiliate of the National
Federation of the Blind many more years of progress
www.browngold.com <http://www.browngold.com> 
BISM Rehabilitation Blind industries and Services of Maryland.
Blind industries and Services of Maryland offers free life skills
rehabilitation programs for blind and low vision people of all ages.  Our
mission at BISM is to provide each student with the ability to achieve
self-sufficiency, personal growth and independence.  Youth- Glide-
Employment Focused Programs; Independence 101 (middle school); and Work to
Independence (high school)
Adult- CORE Non-Visual Residential Program and college prep
Senior – S.A.I.L.- Center Based Independent Living; Support Group;
Many organizations, medical providers, businesses and schools are not aware
of the many programs and services offered on a regular basis by BISM.  Our
outreach division is available to speak about BISM programs, products and
services, as well as anything blindness related.  We will make a
presentation at your business, school, support group, Senior Center or home.
To schedule a visit by the BISM outreach division, contact Andy McIver at
410-737-2648 or amciver at bism.org <mailto:amciver at bism.org>   335 Washington
Blvd., Baltimore, MD 21227 888-322-4567 bism.org 
Sharon Maneki, President
National Federation of the Blind of Maryland
The National Federation of the Blind knows that blindness is not the
characteristic that defines you or your future. Every day we raise the
expectations of blind people, because low expectations create 
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