[NFBOH-Cleveland] 2020 National Convention Agenda

Suzanne Turner smturner.234 at gmail.com
Tue Jun 30 20:28:01 UTC 2020



2020 National Convention Agenda 

JULY 14 to JULY 18


Mark A. Riccobono, President
National Federation of the Blind
200 East Wells Street at Jernigan Place
Baltimore, Maryland 21230

John Berggren, Chairman
Convention Organization and Activities

*Zoom links coming soon.


Welcome to the 80th annual convention of the National Federation of the
Blind, being held virtually all across the country (and around the globe).
The COVID-19 pandemic has upended the ways we ordinarily connect to advance
our movement, but it has not changed the spirit of the Federation.
Extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures, and love, hope, and
determination will always transcend distance. Though the format of this
year’s convention is new for all of us, there are still many of the same
opportunities to learn new things, be inspired by our colleagues, renew
Federation family friendships, and participate in the conversations that
raise the expectations for blind people. Though apart, we will still build
the Federation together.


A First for Us All: Attend Rookie Round Up

All convention attendees are cordially invited to attend a welcoming Zoom
meeting on Tuesday, July 7, from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. EDT. President Riccobono
and Pam Allen will be on hand to kick off the convention and preview the
week’s activities. More helpful tips to help you prepare will be included in
emails sent to all registered attendees and posted on nfb.org/convention
<https://nfb.org/convention> .


We are committed to providing a harassment-free environment for everyone.
Thank you for cultivating an atmosphere in which participants from diverse
backgrounds can learn, network, and share with each other in an environment
of mutual respect. We are committed to diversity, equity, and the free
expression of ideas. These principles have been outlined in our code of
conduct found at https://nfb.org/code-conduct.

We recognize a shared responsibility to create and uphold that atmosphere
for the benefit of all. Prohibited behaviors include harassment, unwelcome
sexual attention, and inappropriate use of the NFB virtual convention
platform. Prohibited behavior or misuse of the platform will not be
tolerated and may result in removal from the convention and/or other
consequences. For assistance or to report an incident at the convention,
please call 410-659-9314, extension 2475, or email coc at nfb.org
<mailto:coc at nfb.org>  for immediate attention. Formal reports can be
submitted at
eport-form. All formal reports will be fully investigated according to the
steps in our code of conduct. Thank you for doing your part to contribute to
our community and the high expectations we strive to maintain.


Convention registration was conducted online and is now closed. Those who
registered will receive exclusive email announcements and be eligible to win
door prizes during convention. Registered members who are current on their
dues will also be entitled to enroll in the system to cast votes in national
elections and the consideration of resolutions. However, if you did not
register, you are still welcome and strongly encouraged to participate in
all convention events as listed in the agenda that follows.


In a virtual environment, the Exhibit Hall experience will obviously be
different than it is in person. However, all attendees are encouraged to
visit XXXXX where you will find many familiar and some new exhibitors in our
virtual exhibit hall.

Exhibit Hall hours of operation are:

*	Tuesday; 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
*	Wednesday; 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
*	Thursday; 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
*	Friday; 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
*	Saturday; 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.


As with the Exhibit Hall, you cannot visit the NFB Independence Market in
person. However, the Market will continue to accept phone orders during
convention and has extended hours to reflect our multiple-time-zone
convention schedule this year.

Independence Market hours of operation are:

*	Tuesday; 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
*	Wednesday; 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
*	Thursday; 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
*	Friday; 9:00 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.
*	Saturday; Closed


This year the Presidential Suite will be in a Zoom room, accessed by
XXXXXXX. You will be able to leave a message with the host for Mark
Riccobono, the elected President of the National Federation of the Blind. We
will also have some limited opportunities for individuals or groups to
schedule appointments to speak with him. Let the host know you would like to
schedule a meeting and leave your contact information so we can reach you
with the appointment time.

Also, come mingle with other members in the Presidential Suite. A host will
be available to greet visitors, virtual meeting rooms will be available for
Federation members to talk to one other, and Federation leaders will be
available to answer questions and to make connections within the resource
network of the movement. The host will place you in a room when you arrive
in the suite. (Sorry, no popcorn or M&Ms provided.)

Presidential Suite hours are:

*	Tuesday; 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
*	Wednesday; 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.; 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
*	Thursday; 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.; 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.
*	Friday; 9:00 to 10:45 a.m.
*	Saturday; 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.


*	The National Convention agenda has been assembled using Eastern
Daylight Time (EDT). Please be mindful to convert published times to your
appropriate time zone.
*	Banquet tickets will neither be sold nor exchanged this year. You
are encouraged to arrange for your favorite entrée and imagine yourself at a
table of ten at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday night.
*	The NFB’s 2020 National Organization of Parents of Blind Children
Division (NOPBC) Conference, held each year in conjunction with the National
Federation of the Blind’s National Convention, will also be convened
virtually. Information for this year’s NOPBC Conference, titled “Virtual
Reality: Accessible Learning, Activities, and Networking Opportunities for
Blind Children and Their Families,” can be found at
http://nopbc.org/2020-nopbc-conference-nfb-convention. Visit the site to
register for the conference and to find a full agenda for adult and family
events as well as Youth Track and Kid Track schedule information.

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