[nfbmi-talk] agenda convention
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Tue Nov 3 03:54:30 UTC 2015
NATIONAL FEDERATION OF THE BLIND
November 6-8, 2015
Causeway Bay Hotel
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.
Welcome to the 46th annual convention of the National Federation of the
Blind of Michigan. In many ways, 2015 is, historically, the best year
to be alive as a blind person. Technology such as the KNFB Reader
along with smart phone ubiquity have made access to information,
navigating the environment and keeping in touch with the world amazing.
With the tap on the screen of an Apple or Android phone a blind person
can read a restaurant menu, a meeting agenda and incoming mail. By
simply saying “hey Siri, get directions to the Causeway Bay Hotel,”
your smart phone will almost instantly provide turn-by turn instructions.
It is still true that 70% of blind persons are unemployed. Though we
can get turn-by-turn directions, finding good reliable transportation
is a big challenge. Without a job, buying and paying for the latest
and greatest smart phone is out of reach for many blind persons.
Without quality training and rehabilitation services, using
state-of-the-art technology remains difficult at best for many blind persons.
The National Federation of the Blind is here to serve as a catalyst to
bridge these gaps. First through personal empowerment and a positive
attitude about blindness we unapologetically proclaim that “You can
live the life you want” and “Blindness is not what holds you back.” We
identify and surmount the barriers to success and work relentlessly to
change what it means to be blind. We invite you to join with us to
create the future of your choice.
This year’s convention brings people and ideas for making advancements
in health, print access, STEM education for blind youth and a lot more.
Listen closely, join in, learn and then take the energy and knowledge
home to make the upcoming year another year of progress for blind
people in your community and in our state.
The KNFB Reader
Now you can have the convenience of an OCR scanner in the palm of your
hand. The KNFB Reader app is a revolutionary tool that you can use,
with the touch of a single button, to read virtually any type of
printed text, including mail, receipts, class handouts, memos, and many
other documents. Accuracy is facilitated by a field-of-view report,
automatic page detection, and tilt control.
Proprietary document analysis technology determines the words and reads
them aloud to the user with high quality text-to-speech. Read the words
you want to read; live the life you want.
Visit the Apple App Store or the Android Play Store to purchase the
KNFB Reader app and start enjoying it today!
For the latest news and information about the KNFB Reader, follow us on
Twitter @KNFBReader or like us on Facebook.
For a personal demonstration, see Fred Wurtzel.
“Vanda Pharmaceuticals is committed to partnering with organizations
that seek to help blind and low-vision persons develop skills and
provide resources that promote independent living. Vanda has a program
where people can attend a live event to learn about Non-24-Hour
Sleep-Wake Disorder and have questions answered by a medical expert.
The presentation aims to educate everyone present about Non-24, its
symptoms, impact and high prevalence in the blindness community.
Following the event, there is an opportunity to sign up to receive
additional information, support and treatment options from Vanda
For more information contact:
Vanda Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Mike.Maynard at vandapharma.com
Childcare: University 3
As always, you can find a wide variety of NFB Literature on tables
across the hall from the imperial room. Big thanks to Kimberly Mohnke
and her crew for organizing this information. See Kimberly if you have
questions about NFB literature.
1:30 - 3:00 An Introduction to the iPhone - University 1 Jordyn Castor
3:00 -- Registration: outside Imperial Room
3:30 Resolutions - University 2 - Dave Robinson, Chair
6:00 Students’ dinner out. Meet in the lobby. We will leave promptly at
6 PM. Jordyn Castor, MABS President
7:00 Human Services Division - University 2, Mary Ann Robinson
8:00 Members at Large - University 2, Hannah Furney
8:00 Student ice breakers and activities - University 1, Jordyn Castor
9 to 11 Hospitality sponsored by A T Guys. Cash bar available.
General Session – Imperial Room
8:45 – National Anthem, Announcements, Welcome
9:00 – National Report - Kevan Worley
9:50 – Michigan Bureau of Services for Blind persons (BSBP) TBA
10:20 – TAPPY Menu - John Petrous
10:35 – Michigan Flyer Update - Ody Norkin
11:05 – Hearing Loss as a Blind Person - Mike Ellis and Marcus Simmons
12 Noon Lunch
12:15 - 1:45 – Guide Dog Division - Hummingbirds Restaurant, Larry
12:15 - 1:45 – Michigan Association of Blind Students Seminar and Board
Meeting, Imperial Room - Jordyn Castor, President
1:45 – Door Prizes and Announcements
2:00 – Sensational Adventures in Summer Science (SASS) - Donna Posont,
Lydia Schuck, Fred Wurtzel and Scientists
3:00 – California Dreamin’ - Jordyn Castor
3:30 – Wiifit Wellness - Kevan Worley
4:00 – Building an Integrated Transportation System in Michigan - Jim Casha
4:30 - KNFB Reader
4:45 – Non-24 Disorder - Mike Maynard, Vanda Labs
6:00 – Social Hour with Cash Bar Outside Imperial Room
7:00 – Banquet Imperial Room. You must have your Banquet Ticket
Master of Ceremony – Mike Powell
Banquet Address – Kevan Worley
Annual Auction immediately following Banquet Adjournment – Bring lots of money!
TAPPY MENU John Petrous
Petrous Media Inc
Tappy Menu iPhone Demonstration:
Download Tappy Menu today!
Petrous Media is devoted to integrate and develop solutions to improve
the restaurant experience for people who are blind or visually
impaired. Whether you experience mild vision-loss or complete blindness
it may limit your ability to read restaurant menus. Thanks to
technological advancements such as Apple’s iOS Accessibility feature
(https://www.apple.com/accessibility/ios/) and Google TalkBack
people who experience vision-loss could benefit from smartphones for
many basic life applications.
Many visually impaired people rely on braille menus to gain the full
restaurant experience. Unfortunately, not all restaurants offer braille
menus. Most often, visually impaired people rely on the wait-staff to
read the menus to them. TAPPY MENU is a smart phone app to enable
anyone to access restaurant menus. Check it out.
8:30 – Devotions
9:00 Call to order Introductions
Updates from Kevan
More information about the NFBMI-Talk