[Nmabs] 2011 National Federation of The Blind Convention Ajenda!

Darian Smith dsmithnfb at gmail.com
Sun May 22 20:11:14 CDT 2011


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	        2011 ANNUAL CONVENTION

                   ORLANDO, FLORIDA

                      JULY 3 to JULY 8








 	NFB Pledge

	I pledge to participate actively in the effort 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 constitution.









THE MEMBERS OF THE
NATIONAL FEDERATION OF THE BLIND OF FLORIDA
WELCOME YOU TO THE
71st 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, Chairwoman
Convention Organization and Activities

Dan Hicks, President
National Federation of the Blind of Florida
504 South Armenia Avenue, #1319-B
Tampa, Florida 33609

Rosen Shingle Creek
9939 Universal Boulevard
Orlando, Florida 32819
(866) 996-9939










Welcome to the 71st annual convention of the National Federation of
the Blind being held in Orlando at the Rosen Shingle Creek hotel. An
article giving a detailed description of the layout of the hotel
appeared in the May Monitor. That article is reprinted immediately
after the “Convention Notes,” which are at the conclusion of the
program listings. Check the “Notes” for further information about a
variety of convention topics. When you check in to the hotel, you will
be asked to confirm your departure date. If you decide to leave
earlier than the departure date you confirm when you check in, there
will be a $50 change fee.

ROOKIE ROUNDUP
          All first-time convention attendees are cordially invited to
attend a reception from 8:00 to 10:00 pm on Sunday in the Panzacola
F-1 Ballroom, Level 1.  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 Tuesday from 12:00 noon to 2:00 pm
in the Affiliate Action Suite 14230.

	REGISTRATION & PREREGISTRATION
	Registration activities take place in the Sebastian Ballroom
Pre-function area, Level 1 beginning at 9:00 am on Monday; at 8:30 am
on Tuesday; and at other times as listed throughout the week.  The fee
for registration at convention is $20 per person. All those attending
the convention (both local and out of town 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.

	EXHIBITS AND NFB INDEPENDENCE MARKET
	Exhibits and the NFB Independence Market are on display in Sebastian
K and L Ballrooms, Level 1. There is a special Sponsor-level
exhibitors preview for convention attendees on Monday morning from
9:00 to 11:00.
Exhibit hall hours of operation are:
	Monday (Sponsors only) 9:00 to 11:00 am
	Monday		11:00 am to 5:00 pm
	Tuesday		8:30 am to 5:00 pm
	Wednesday	Noon to 1:45 pm and from 7:00 to 10:00 pm
	Thursday		Noon to 1:45 pm and 7:00 to 9:00 pm
	

Independence Market hours of operation are:
	Monday		9:00 am to 5:00 pm
	Tuesday		8:30 am to 5:00 pm
	Wednesday 	Noon to 1:45 pm
	Thursday		Noon to 1:45 pm (final time slot to visit the Market)



NFB BLIND DRIVER TEST TRACK
	Participate in the research behind the building	of nonvisual
interfaces empowering a blind person to drive. Test the current NFB
Blind Driver Challenge™ interfaces on a simulator operated by graduate
students at Virginia Tech and complete a short survey. Visit Sebastian
L-1 Ballroom, Level 1 (near the exhibit hall) during the following
hours:
	Sunday		10:00 am to noon and 1:00 to 5:00 pm
	Monday		  9:00 am to noon and 1:00 to 5:00 pm
	Tuesday		  8:00 to 11:00 am
	Wednesday	 Noon to 1:45 pm and 6:30 to 8:30 pm
	Thursday		 Noon to 1:45 pm 		

K-NFB’S BLIO READER
MAKING BOOKS ACCESSIBLE TO EVERYONE!
Blio fulfills our dream: “Same book, same time, same price”; equal
access for everyone including the blind.  Blio is free e-reader
software designed for presentation of digital media, developed and
distributed by K-NFB Reading Technology, Inc. Shop the Blio bookstore
and know that any book you buy you can read with no transcription or
conversion for accessibility required.  Enjoy access to more than
three million free books using Blio, the new touchstone in e-book
reading technology.  To learn more, come to one of our demonstration
sessions listed in the agenda on Sunday, Monday, and Thursday or visit
Blio.com on a computer near you.

SPECIAL ATTENTION ITEMS

• The Presidential Suite (13217), the Convention Organization and
Activities Suite (13216), the Affiliate Action & Rookie Activities
Suite (14230), and the Florida Affiliate Suite (14231) are all open
during much of the convention. All are welcome to come to these suites
to visit. Appointments to meet with Dr. Maurer may be made at the
Presidential Suite.



• Banquet tickets ($60.00) may be purchased at registration. No
tickets will be available after 2:00 pm on Wednesday. At the Banquet
Exchange Table you may make arrangements to reserve a specific seat
for yourself or for a group of up to ten people. On the evening of the
banquet, tickets will be collected at the tables.

• General Sessions will be held in Sebastian I and J Ballrooms, Level 1.

• NLS Oral History Program—MaryBeth Wise of the National Library
Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped is interviewing
clients of the NLS for an oral history of the service at convention
this year.  If you are interested in being interviewed, please call
Ms. Wise at (301) 651-6861.

• Individuals needing to conduct business with the NFB Treasurer may
do so by going to Wekiwa 9, Level 2 on Wednesday between 5:30 and 7:30
pm, or on Thursday between noon and 2:00 pm.



	CONVENTION AGENDA
  SUNDAY, JULY 3, 2011

7:30 - 8:45 am—AMATEUR RADIO DIVISION EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS
Suwannee 11, Level 2
Discuss convention frequencies, hotel architectural features, and
distributing special FM receivers for the hearing-impaired and
Spanish-speaking attendees. D. Curtis Willoughby (ka0vba), President

7:30 am - 4:45 pm—WHEN I GROW UP… A Conference for Families and
Teachers of Blind/Visually Impaired Children
Panzacola F-1, Level 1
      7:30 to 8:45 am—Registration: adults $30; children (5 to 18) $15
      9:00 to 11:00 am—Conference
    11:00 am to 4:45 pm—Concurrent Workshops (see agenda listings)
Sponsored by the NFB’s National Organization of Parents of Blind
Children Division (NOPBC); Laura Weber, President

7:30 am - 5:00 pm—STRUCTURED DISCOVERY: THE HISTORY, THE LEGACY, AND
THE FUTURE—TENTH ANNUAL REHABILITATION AND ORIENTATION AND MOBILITY
CONFERENCE
Panzacola F-2 Ballroom, Level 1
     7:30 to 8:30 am—Registration; 8:30 am—Conference begins
     NBPCB Fees (includes lunch): Students $75; Professionals $100
     12:00 noon to 2:00 pm—NBPCB Awards Luncheon in Panzacola F-4.
Sponsors: 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. Chairperson: Dr. Edward Bell
	
8:30 am—CHILD-CARE (Preregistration by June 15 was required)
Suwannee 14, 15, 16, and 17, Level 2
Please see “Convention Notes” for further information.

8:30 - 11:30 am—A FIRST LOOK AT JAWS 13—FREEDOM SCIENTIFIC
Panzacola H-3 Ballroom, Level 1
Join Eric Damery, JAWS Product Manager, for a session covering the new
details surrounding JAWS development. In addition to many
demonstrations of JAWS 12 with Settings Center and support for IE 9,
this will also be the first look at JAWS 13 scheduled for public beta
in September 2011.

  SUNDAY, JULY 3, Continued

8:30 am - 5:00 pm—NFB JERNIGAN INSTITUTE’S (NFBJI) ACCESS TECHNOLOGY SEMINARS
Wekiwa 6, Level 2
    8:30 - 10:00 am—Accessibility for Androids: finding the accessibility and
	barriers in Android-driven devices;
    10:00 am - 12:00 noon—eBook Accessibility: covering Blio, Kindle for PC,
	Adobe Digital Editions, and other platforms;
    1:30 - 3:00 pm—There’s an Accessible App for That, You Know: making the
	most of the apps on your phone for productivity, home automation, etc.;
    3:30 - 5:00 pm—How to Build an Accessible Web Site: outlining simple ways
	to make your Web site accessible and easy to navigate.

9:00 am - 3:00 pm—EMPLOYMENT COMMITTEE SEMINAR
Wekiwa 9, Level 2
Recession?  Jobless recovery?  Seventy percent unemployment rate among
the blind?  None of it matters if you know how to find a job in
today’s environment.  The rules are changing, and if you’re smart, you
can make your own.  Come to the seminar and find out how.  Dick Davis,
Chairperson

9:00 am - 5:00 pm—ARTWORKS AND ART ACTIVITIES FOR ALL AGES
Panzacola H-4 Ballroom, Level 1
Author/editor Debbie Kent Stein and author/artist Ann Cunningham host
a drop-in art room featuring a variety of artworks available for
exploration by touch.  Also art materials are on hand, so visitors may
work on their own creations—at no charge—and keep their finished
design.  So stop by, create, and enjoy!

10:00 am - 12:00 noon—GW MICRO PRODUCT TRAINING:  WINDOW-EYES, ORABIS,
AND VOCATEX PLUS (To register call 260-489-3671; Fee is $10.00)
Panzacola H-2 Ballroom, Level 1
Check out the innovative new features in Window-Eyes 7.5 including a
brand new user interface, hundreds of free apps, built-in remote
assistance and more.  Also learn about the Orabis and Vocatex Plus,
the world’s first talking CCTV solutions.  Refreshments provided.
Presenter: Marc Solomon.

10:00 am - 12:00 noon—NFB BLIND DRIVER TEST TRACK
Sebastian L-1 Ballroom, Level 1



  SUNDAY, JULY 3, Continued

10:45 am - 12:15 pm—GET IN THE GAME—NFB YOUTH TRACK (Ages 11-18)
Wekiwa 1 and 2, Level 2
Jump into Youth Track by doing fun icebreakers with friends. Sign up
for “The Amazing Race” taking place off-site on Tuesday (fee is $7).
The Youth Track is sponsored by the NFBJI Education Team and is
designed to foster positive attitudes about blindness among the youth.
Coordinator: Natalie Shaheen.

11:00 am - 12:15 pm—NOPBC CONCURRENT SESSIONS FOR PARENTS AND TEACHERS
	The Right to Literacy for Young Blind/Visually Impaired Children
	Suwannee 18, Level 2
	Instructors: Ann Burgess and Barbara Bailey

	Technology and the IEP
	Suwannee 19, Level 2
	Instructor: Dr. Matt Maurer

	IDEA is Over—but Life for Your Adult Child with Additional Disabilities is
	   Just Beginning
	Suwannee 20, Level 2
Instructor: Carol Akers

Get a Life—A Social Life, That Is
Suwannee 21, Level 2
Instructor: Mary Fernandez

1:00 - 3:00 pm—FREEDOM SCIENTIFIC: HANDS-ON DEMONSTRATIONS OF OPENBOOK
9, PEARL, AND SARA CE
Panzacola H-3 Ballroom, Level 1
Featuring the OpenBook/PEARL combination and the new SARA CE reading
appliance, followed by some time to try it out for yourself. Bring the
materials you typically scan. If you have a laptop, bring it with you.
We will install OpenBook, and you can try it out with your machine and
the provided PEARL cameras.

1:00 - 5:00 pm—NFB BLIND DRIVER TEST TRACK
Sebastian L-1 Ballroom, Level 1



  SUNDAY, JULY 3, Continued

1:00 - 5:00 pm—ACCESSIBLE eBAY
Wekiwa 7, Level 2
If you’re interested in buying and selling on eBay but find the eBay
site challenging, this presentation is for you.  Learn how to research
items, place bids, list items for sale, and discover how enhanced
accessibility features make the world’s largest on-line marketplace
more available to blind shoppers and sellers than ever before.

1:00 - 5:00 pm—HUMANWARE PRODUCT SHOWCASE AND USER GROUPS
Wekiwa 5, Level 2
   1:00 pm: GPS travel with the Breeze; 2:00 pm: BrailleNote; 3:00 pm:
Victor Stream; and 4:00 pm: Achieving Braille literacy with portable
audio devices. Join HumanWare to learn about new updates and share
product tips. Give us your suggestions and ask questions about your
favorite HumanWare product.

1:00 - 6:00 pm—KRAFTERS DIVISION CRAFT SHOW
Sebastian I-4 Ballroom, Level 1
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!
Wekiwa 3, Level 2
Presented by James Gashel

1:30 - 4:30 pm—THE BLIND LIFE: YOUTH TRACK SESSIONS (AGES 11-18).
Wekiwa 1, Level 2—youth ages 11-14
Wekiwa 2, Level 2—youth ages 14-18
Games designed to entertain and stretch your ideas about
blindness—Test your skills through JENGA; let your inner actor/actress
out through Get A CLUE; take a RISK; and play the game of LIFE.

1:30 - 4:30 pm—SENIORS SEMINAR: FINDING SOLUTIONS
Wekiwa 4, Level 2
   1:30 pm—Registration; 2:00 pm—Seminar begins
This seminar will focus on problem solving, ways to spread our
message, and new ways of accomplishing old tasks. If you are a senior
who has recently lost some vision or wants ideas to take home to
others, you will want to join us.  Please come and share your
solutions.  Judy Sanders, President
  SUNDAY, JULY 3, Continued

2:00 - 3:15 pm—NOPBC CONCURRENT SESSIONS FOR PARENTS AND TEACHERS
	Age-Appropriate Expectations
	Suwannee 18, Level 2
	Instructor: Dr. Ruby Ryles

	Behavior: Who’s in Control Here Anyway?
	Suwannee 19, Level 2
	Instructor: Dr. Jerry Petroff

	Preparing for College
	Suwannee 20, Level 2
Instructor: Barbara Mathews and College Student Panel

Tools and Techniques for the Classroom
Suwannee 21, Level 2
Instructors: Dr. Lillian Rankel, Marilyn Winograd, Dr. Cary Supalo,
and Dr. Andrew Greenberg

3:00 - 4:45 pm—EXPERIENCE THE BLIO READER: MAKING THE WORLD’S BOOKS
ENJOYABLE, USABLE, AND ACCESSIBLE TO EVERYONE!
Wekiwa 3, Level 2
Presented by James Gashel

3:30 - 4:30 pm—ROMAN CATHOLIC MASS
Sebastian I-1 Ballroom, Level 1
Father Gregory Paul, C.P., Celebrant

3:30 - 4:45 pm—NOPBC CONCURRENT SESSIONS FOR PARENTS AND TEACHERS
	Issues in Standardized Testing
	Suwannee 18, Level 2
	Instructor: Pat Renfranz

	Behavior: Who’s in Control Here Anyway?
	Suwannee 19, Level 2
	Instructor: Dr. Jerry Petroff


  SUNDAY, JULY 3, Continued

NOPBC CONCURRENT SESSIONS, Cont’d
	An Independent Life: Equipping Your Child with Skills
	Suwannee 20, Level 2
Instructor: Melody Roane

Out and About: Independent Mobility for Your Child
Suwannee 21, Level 2
Instructor: Denise Mackenstadt

3:30 - 6:00 pm—COMMUNITY SERVICES ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING
Wekiwa 9, Level 2
Come join fellow service-minded Federationists as we begin the first
step to opening doors for the organized blind in the field of
community service. All are welcome. Let’s get involved!  Darian Smith,
Coordinator

5:00 - 7:00 pm—SPANISH SEMINAR
Wekiwa 4, Level 2
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 REHABILITATION PROFESSIONALS
Panzacola F-4 Ballroom, Level 1

6:00 - 10:00 pm—NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF GUIDE DOG USERS (NAGDU) ANNUAL
BUSINESS MEETING
Panzacola H-3 Ballroom, Level 1
  6:00 pm–Registration; 7:00 pm–Meeting begins
Updates on Division initiatives, including the Education and Advocacy
Hotline, legal cases, affiliate division reports, elections, and guide
dog training program reports. Marion Gwizdala, President

6:30 - 10:00 pm—NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BLIND OFFICE PROFESSIONALS
Suwannee 19, Level 2
   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
  SUNDAY, JULY 3, Continued

7:00 - 8:30 pm—LIVING HISTORY GROUP
Suwannee 20, Level 2
Dedicated to recording, preserving, and appreciating Federation
history. Michael Freholm, Chairperson

7:00 - 9:00 pm—NOPBC FAMILY HOSPITALITY NIGHT
Wekiwa 1 and 2, Level 2  	
Relax and chat in an informal atmosphere. This is a great opportunity
to meet new families and connect with old friends. Veteran parents
will be on hand to welcome you and share information.

7:00 - 10:00 pm—NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BLIND VETERANS
Suwannee 18, Level 2
How can we better serve our veterans and show them our appreciation at
the same time?  Join us to find out about the Wounded Warrior
Initiative program we have begun and how you can become involved. We
are also holding our annual elections.  Let’s grow the NABV like never
before!  Dwight Sayer, President

8:00 - 9:00 pm—WHITE CANE AND AFFILIATE FINANCE COMMITTEE
Wekiwa 4, Level 2; Alpidio Rolón, Chairperson

8:00 - 10:00 pm—NFB LIONS GROUP
Suwannee 21, Level 2
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
Panzacola F-1 Ballroom, Level 1
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)
Panzacola F-3 Ballroom, Level 1
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, Incorporated.
  SUNDAY, JULY 3, Continued

9:00 - 10:00 pm—NFB AMBASSADORS COMMITTEE MEETING
Wekiwa 10, Level 2
Angela Wolf, Chairperson

9:00 pm - midnight—STUDENTS OPEN HOUSE
Affiliate Action Suite 14230
Students of all ages are invited to this informal open house gathering
sponsored by the National Association of Blind Students Division. Come
to meet and mingle with other blind students and young professionals!






























  MONDAY, JULY 4, 2011

9:00 am - 5:00 pm—REGISTRATION ($20); BANQUET TICKET SALES ($60);
Sebastian Ballroom Pre-function Area, Level 1

9:00 - 11:00 am—SPONSOR-LEVEL EXHIBITORS PREVIEW
Sebastian K Ballroom, Level 1
The exhibit hall opens its doors and is dedicated solely to
sponsor-level exhibitors.  Come to say “thank you” to our sponsors and
enjoy their interesting offers and demonstrations. Our Convention
Sponsors are:
Title: eBay Inc.
Platinum: HumanWare; UPS
Gold: Oracle; Market Development Group, Inc.; Ingram Content Group and
      VitalSource Technologies
Silver: Freedom Scientific
Bronze: IBM; National Industries for the Blind; Research in Motion
White Cane: GW Micro, Inc.; Toyota; HIMS; Sendero Group; Learning Ally
      (formerly Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic); LevelStar; Independence
      Science; C AND P (Chris Park Design); En-Vision America.

9:00 - 11:00 am—INDEPENDENCE MARKET
Sebastian L Ballroom, Level 1

9:00 am - 12:00 noon—NFB BLIND DRIVER TEST TRACK
Sebastian L-1 Ballroom, Level 1

11:00 am   5:00 pm—EXHIBITS AND INDEPENDENCE MARKET
Sebastian K and L Ballrooms, Level 1

12:00 noon - 4:30 pm—AUTO SHOW (CLASSICS, ANTIQUES, AND SPECIAL
INTEREST VEHICLES)
Event Parking Lot Area
Presented by the NFB CARS Division; Joe Naulty, President

1:00 - 3:00 pm—eBAY SELLING STRATEGIES: BEYOND ACCESSIBILITY
Suwannee 20, Level 2
Discover the benefits of joining the 92-million-member eBay community.
What’s selling and at what price? What does it take to create a
listing that attracts top bids? Whether you want to clear out
Grandma’s attic or develop a thriving business, join us to learn
strategies for eBay selling success.

  MONDAY, JULY 4, Continued

1:00 - 3:00 pm—NFB-NEWSLINE®: MORE TO CHOOSE THAN NEWS!
Suwannee 18, Level 2
Learn about the NFB’s free audible newspaper service for the blind,
with specific information on the enhanced job-listings feature, our
newest access method the NFB- NEWSLINE® NLS Digital Talking-Book
Downloader, and the variety of content available to subscribers.

1:00 - 4:00 pm—BLIND MUSICIANS GROUP
Suwannee 19, Level 2
Share ideas and tips and network with other blind musicians.
Linda Mentink, Chairperson

1:00 - 5:00 pm—ARTWORKS AND ART ACTIVITIES FOR ALL AGES
Panzacola H-4 Ballroom, Level 1
Author/editor Debbie Kent Stein and author/artist Ann Cunningham host
a drop-in art room featuring a variety of artworks available for
exploration by touch.  Also art materials are on hand, so visitors may
work on their own creations--at no charge--and keep their finished
design.  So stop by, create, and enjoy!

1:00 - 5:00 pm—NOTE TAKER & DAISY PLAYER TECHNOLOGY FROM HIMS
Wekiwa 9, Level 2
Learn about the latest note taker technology including social
networking with Twitter and Google Talk, PDF and EPUB support, iDevice
connectivity and new integrated dictionary and thesaurus. Also
discover exciting and unique features of HIMS BookSense DAISY players!
To register go to www.hims-inc.com.

1:00 - 5:00 pm—NATIONAL CERTIFICATION IN LITERARY BRAILLE (NCLB)
OFFICIAL EXAMINATION—SECTIONS ONE AND TWO
Wekiwa 3, Level 2
Participants must have preregistered.  Exam sections three and four
are on Tuesday at 1:00 pm.  Sponsored by the National Blindness
Professional Certification Board







  MONDAY, JULY 4, Continued

1:00 - 5:00 pm—NFB BLIND DRIVER TEST TRACK
Sebastian L-1 Ballroom, Level 1

1:00 - 5:00 pm—THE SEEING EYE “CELEBRATION OF INDEPENDENCE”
ICE CREAM PARTY
Panzacola F-4 Ballroom, Level 1
Celebrate independence with The Seeing Eye!  Seeing Eye® grads and
others interested in guide dog travel are invited to share your tales
and tails at this ice cream party. The Seeing Eye is the most
experienced guide dog school in the world. Independence with
dignity—and ice cream.

1:00 - 5:00 pm—NFB-NEWSLINE® DEMONSTRATION OPEN HOUSE
Wekiwa 7, Level 2
Stop by and learn about NFB’s free audio information service and get
hands-on experience with access methods (including the NLS Digital
Talking Book Downloader) and our enhanced job-listings feature.

1:00 - 9:00 pm—SELF-DEFENSE CLASS; SPORTS & REC DIVISION
Panzacola F-3 Ballroom, Level 1
Back by popular demand!  We are hosting several self-defense workshops
instructed by internationally renowned Sensei Stephen Nikols.  Space
is limited, so contact Lisamaria Martinez to sign up—call (510)
289-2577 or e-mail lmartinez217 at gmail.com. Lisamaria Martinez,
President

1:30 pm—RESOLUTIONS COMMITTEE
Sebastian J Ballroom, Level 1
Sharon Maneki, Chairperson

1:30 - 2:45 pm—EXPERIENCE THE BLIO READER: MAKING THE WORLD’S BOOKS
ENJOYABLE, USABLE, AND ACCESSIBLE TO EVERYONE!
Suwannee 21, Level 2
Presented by James Gashel

3:00 - 4:45 pm—EXPERIENCE THE BLIO READER: MAKING THE WORLD’S BOOKS
ENJOYABLE, USABLE, AND ACCESSIBLE TO EVERYONE!
Suwannee 21, Level 2
Presented by James Gashel



  MONDAY, JULY 4, Continued

4:00 - 5:00 pm—WRITING YOUR SCRIPT: NFB YOUTH TRACK (ages 11-18)
Wekiwa 8, Level 2
Whether you are an aspiring writer or just want to brush up on the
basics, join members of the Writers Division for a fun and informative
workshop.

4:00 - 6:00 pm—FEDERATION REGENERATION
Suwannee 18, Level 2
Learn how to develop quality programs in your state while regenerating
your Federation spirit. Sponsored by the NFB Jernigan Institute;
Natalie Shaheen, Coordinator

4:15 - 5:45 pm—FOURTEENTH ANNUAL MOCK TRIAL—National Association of
Blind Lawyers; Scott LaBarre, President
Panzacola G-1 Ballroom, Level 1
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.

5:00 - 6:30 pm—NFB RESEARCH ROUNDUP
Affiliate Action Suite 14230
The NFB Jernigan Institute and the editors of the Journal of Blindness
Innovation and Research invite you to a networking gathering for
current and future researchers interested in topics related to the
blind. Spark new collaborations and ways to share information about
research projects to be undertaken. Contact: Mark Riccobono, Executive
Director for the Jernigan Institute

6:00 - 7:30 pm—NFB AFFILIATE PRESIDENTS AND TREASURERS SEMINAR
Wekiwa 5, Level 2
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

6:00 - 8:00 pm—STORY TIME IDOL—NFB WRITERS DIVISION
Suwannee 18, Level 2
Tell and/or listen to tall and scary stories (suitable for all ages).
Cost is $5.00 at the door and $1.00 to tell a story.  Idol winners
share in the take! Robert Leslie Newman, President


  MONDAY, JULY 4, Continued

6:15 - 10:00 pm—NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BLIND STUDENTS (NABS)
Panzacola G-1 Ballroom, Level 1
   6:15pm–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

7:00 - 8:30 pm—PUBLIC EMPLOYEES DIVISION
Suwannee 19, Level 2
Ivan Weich, President

7:30 - 9:00 pm—LIBRARY SERVICES COMMITTEE
Suwannee 20, Level 2
David Hyde, Chairperson

7:30 - 9:30 pm—BLIND PARENTS GROUP
Wekiwa 10, Level 2
Blind parents share their experiences around child-raising issues,
such as learning infant care, coping with printed homework
assignments, finding print/Braille books, dealing with the public’s
misconceptions, and more.
Deborah Kent Stein, Chairperson

7:30 - 10:00 pm—COMMITTEE FOR THE PROMOTION, EVALUATION, AND
ADVANCEMENT OF TECHNOLOGY
Suwannee 11, Level 2
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

8:00 - 9:00 pm—JUDAISM MEETING
Suwannee 21, Level 2
David Stayer, Chairperson, NFB in Judaism Group






  MONDAY, JULY 4, Continued

8:00 - 9:30 pm—MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE: FINDING, ATTRACTING, AND KEEPING
NEW MEMBERS IN OUR CHAPTERS AND AFFILIATES
Wekiwa 5, Level 2
The NFB is a dynamic and thriving organization—achieved entirely by
the sheer determination and creativity of its members, present and
past.  Please join us to discuss new ideas to increase our membership
further, such as “at large” chapters and how they work. Ron Gardner,
Chairperson; J.W. Smith,
Co-Chairperson

9:00 - 10:00 pm—SPANISH TRANSLATION COMMITTEE
Suwannee 18, Level 2
We provide simultaneous translation into Spanish during the general
sessions of the convention.  Please join us if you would like to help
with this effort.  Norman Gardner, Chairperson

























   TUESDAY, JULY 5, 2011

8:00 - 11:00 am—NFB BLIND DRIVER TEST TRACK
Sebastian L-1 Ballroom, Level 1

8:30 am - 5:00 pm—EXHIBITS AND INDEPENDENCE MARKET
Sebastian K and L Ballrooms, Level 1

8:30 am - 5:00 pm—REGISTRATION ($20); BANQUET TICKET SALES ($60);
Sebastian Ballroom Pre-function Area, Level 1

9:00   11:30 am—NFB BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING (Open to all)
Sebastian I and J Ballrooms, Level 1

11:30 am - 12:30 pm—BLIND APPRENTICE: YOUTH TRACK (ages 11-18)
Suwannee 11, Level 2
Want to be a lawyer? Do you plan to teach or work in the human
services field? Are you unsure what career to consider? No matter how
you answered these questions, gather with us to hear from members of
the NFB’s various divisions as they describe their division to find
the one that is right for you.

12:00 noon - 2:00 pm—FIRST-TIME NFB CONVENTION ATTENDEES
Affiliate Action Suite 14230
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
Suwannee 20, Level 2
   12:30 pm–Registration; 1:00 pm–Meeting begins
Learn about new, accessible diabetes equipment coming to market.  Mike
Freeman, President

12:30 - 5:00 pm—NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BLIND LAWYERS (NABL)
Panzacola F-2 Ballroom, Level 1
   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


   TUESDAY, JULY 5, Continued

12:30 - 5:00 pm—NFB IN COMPUTER SCIENCE
Wekiwa 6, Level 2
   12:30 pm–Registration; 1:00 pm–Meeting begins
Some of the topics include nonvisual access to software used by
Information Technology professionals, Accessible Network
Administration Tools, and much more.  Curtis Chong, President

12:30 - 5:00 pm—NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF THE BLIND IN COMMUNITIES OF FAITH
Suwannee 19, Level 2
   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; elections. Tom
Anderson, President

12:30 - 9:00 pm—SPORTS AND RECREATION DIVISION MEETING
Panzacola F-3 Ballroom, Level 1
   12:30 pm–Registration; 1:00 pm–Meeting begins
Our division meeting is quite an experience.  Wear your sweats and be
comfortable so you can move!  Get ready to row your way into fitness
and fun with indoor row machines. Lisamaria Martinez, President

1:00   3:00 pm—PUBLIC RELATIONS COMMITTEE MEETING & SEMINAR
Suwannee 13, Level 2
Don’t wait for the media to discover you—come and share ideas and
strategies on how to harness the power of the media!  Members of the
committee and the newly created NFB Press Corps, as well as others
interested in getting our message out, are encouraged to attend. Chris
Danielsen, Chairperson

1:00 - 3:30 pm—PROFESSIONALS IN BLINDNESS EDUCATION
Wekiwa 2, Level 2
All professionals working with students (from birth to age 21) are
welcome and encouraged to join us for this informative and interactive
meeting. Come network and collaborate! Annee Hartzell, Chairperson

1:00 - 4:00 pm—PERFORMING ARTS DIVISION
Suwannee 21, Level 2
General meeting with elections, an introduction to our new state
divisions, and speakers.  Dennis H.R. Sumlin, President
  TUESDAY, JULY 5, Continued

1:00 - 4:00 pm—NOPBC ANNUAL DIVISION MEETING: OPTIONS AND OPPORTUNITIES
Panzacola H-3 Ballroom, Level 1
Presenting the Distinguished Educator of Blind Children winner,
special guest speakers, blind students panel, and more!  Laura Weber,
President

1:00 - 4:30 pm—NATIONAL ORGANIZATION OF BLIND EDUCATORS
Wekiwa 1, Level 2
   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
Panzacola H-2 Ballroom, Level 1
  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.
Nicky Gacos, President

1:00 - 5:00 pm—NATIONAL CERTIFICATION IN LITERARY BRAILLE (NCLB)
OFFICIAL EXAMINATION—SECTIONS THREE AND FOUR
Wekiwa 3, Level 2
Participants must have preregistered.  Sponsored by the National
Blindness Professional Certification Board

1:00 - 5:00 pm—NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BLIND REHABILITATION PROFESSIONALS
Wekiwa 5, Level 2
   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



  TUESDAY, JULY 5, Continued

1:00 - 5:00 pm—“SENIORS IN CHARGE”—NFB SENIORS DIVISION MEETING AND
(SOMEWHAT) SILENT AUCTION
Wekiwa 4, Level 2
Join us to hear enthusiastic seniors share ideas about what they are
doing; find out ways (gathered at our seminar) 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 - 5:00 pm—NFB-NEWSLINE® DEMONSTRATION OPEN HOUSE
Wekiwa 7, Level 2
Stop by and learn about NFB’s free audio information service and get
hands-on experience with access methods (including the NLS Digital
Talking Book Downloader) and our enhanced job-listings feature.

1:00 - 6:00 pm—HUMAN SERVICES DIVISION
Suwannee 11, Level 2
   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
Wekiwa 10, Level 2
Diane McGeorge, Chairperson

1:30 - 4:30 pm—WRITERS DIVISION BUSINESS MEETING
Wekiwa 9, Level 2
Updating members on division business, announcing the 2011 winners of
the youth and adult writing contests, listening to an expert on BLOGS,
holding elections, and planning for the future. Robert Leslie Newman,
President

2:00 - 3:00 pm—NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BLIND ENTREPRENEURS
Room location—contact James Bonerbo, Division president, at the hotel.
 All interested persons are welcome to join in an open discussion.

2:30 - 5:30 pm—TRAVEL AND TOURISM DIVISION
Suwannee 18, Level 2
Topic of discussion: travel with blind consumers and blind travel
professionals.  Don Gillmore, President

  TUESDAY, JULY 5, Continued

3:15 - 5:15 pm—NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BLIND PIANO TECHNICIANS
Suwannee 13, Level 2
What does a piano technician do? Is piano technology uniquely suited
to the blind? How do new technologies like electronic keyboards affect
piano technology? Get answers to these questions to help you find a
possible career.  Hear how a piano is tuned; get hands-on experience.
Don Mitchell, President

5:00 - 6:30 pm—NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BLIND LAWYERS (NABL) RECEPTION
Panzacola F-2 Ballroom, Level 1
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 FAIR
Panzacola H-4 Ballroom, Level 1
A book lover’s dream! Browse tables of new and used Braille and
print/Braille books.  Volunteers will box your books and deliver them
to the post office for Free Matter shipment.  Books are free, and
donations are encouraged to help support our Braille programs.
Cosponsored by NOPBC and NAPUB.  Coordinator: Barbara Cheadle

5:30 - 7:00 pm—KURZWEIL 1000™ USERS’ CONTINGENT
Wekiwa 10, Level 2
Join us for the Kurzweil 1000 Users’ Contingent! Meet with Stephen
Baum, Vice President of Engineering, and share with your fellow users.
Kurzweil 1000 is our state-of-the-art, text-to-speech and life
navigation software for blind and visually impaired readers.

6:00 - 8:00 pm—NEWSLETTER PUBLICATIONS COMMITTEE
Suwannee 18, Level 2
Newsletters rule!  But---what about e-mail lists, Web sites, social
media, and the future of communication? Robert Leslie Newman, Chairman

6:00 - 9:00 pm—BACK TO BASICS: FOUNDATIONS IN MEMBERSHIP AND CHAPTER DEVELOPMENT
Panzacola H-2 Ballroom, Level 1
Topics: replacing agenda-driven meetings with project-oriented
meetings, mechanics of running a chapter, building membership,
fundraising, Federation
  TUESDAY, JULY 5, Continued

philosophy, and using at-large chapters effectively. Special
recognition will be given to chapter presidents. Presented by the NFB
Affiliate Action Team

6:00 - 10:00 pm—NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF GUIDE DOG USERS (NAGDU)
SEMINAR; 6:00 pm–Registration; 7:00 pm–Seminar begins
Panzacola H-3 Ballroom, Level 1
The blind traveler: Your Guide Dog and In-flight Emergency Procedures,
presenter is Peg Slater, a flight attendant trainer; and Screening
Blind Passengers, presenter is Rhonda Basha, Director, Office of
Disability Policy and Outreach, TSA.  Also, test-drive a guide dog!
Marion Gwizdala, President

6:30 - 9:30 pm—SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING DIVISION
Suwannee 21, Level 2
   6:30 pm–Registration; 7:00 pm–Meeting begins
John Miller, President

6:30 - 10:00 pm—ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY TRAINERS DIVISION
Suwannee 19, Level 2
   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—“NEVER TOO LATE,” a play by Jerry Whittle (Admission:
$5.00; Second performance is at 9:00 pm)
Panzacola G-1 Ballroom, Level 1
A romantic comedy which follows Cassie Jamison, a young woman who is
enrolled in Center training to enhance her skills of blindness. In the
end, Cassie is not the only one learning new and challenging life
lessons.  Performed by the Louisiana Center for the Blind (LCB)
Players; proceeds go to the LCB’s summer training program for blind
children.

7:00 - 8:30 pm—NFB GRANT WRITING WORKSHOP
Suwannee 13, Level 2
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. A brief overview of the Imagination
Fund grant program will also be included.  Coordinator: Seth Lamkin,
NFB Jernigan Institute

   TUESDAY, JULY 5, Continued

7:00 - 9:00 pm—CLASSICS, ANTIQUES, AND RODS (CARS) DIVISION SEMINAR
AND BUSINESS MEETING
Wekiwa 9, Level 2
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
Wekiwa 2, Level 2
If you are feeling underserved, come and let your voice be heard! Ron
Brown, Chairperson

7:00 - 9:00 pm—NATIONAL ASSOCIATION TO PROMOTE THE USE OF BRAILLE
(NAPUB) SEMINAR
Wekiwa 1, Level 2
Learn about Braille-related research, discuss current projects with
vendors who produce Braille through hard copy and technology,
experience the enthusiasm of some of our Braille Readers Are Leaders
winners, and develop strategies for strengthening our division.  Sandy
Halverson, President

7:00 pm - midnight—SALSA DANCE LESSIONS AND PARTY (Fee: $5.00)
Panzacola F-4 Ballroom, Level 1
Get into the “rhythm” of the convention—learn the salsa!  Group and
individual instructions provided at any level of proficiency; two new
lessons have been added this year. Fee of $5.00 benefits the NFB
Spanish Translation Committee (Norman Gardner, Chairperson). Cash bar.
Coordinator: Conchita Hernandez.

8:00 - 9:30 pm—WEBMASTERS MEETING
Suwannee 20, Level 2
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

8:15 - 9:15 pm—FRIENDS OF RECOVERY MEETING
Suwannee 11, Level 2
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 Thursday at 8:00 pm.  Coordinator: Gary Ray


   TUESDAY, JULY 5, Continued

8:30 - 10:30 pm—eBAY SELLING STRATEGIES: BEYOND ACCESSIBILITY
Suwannee 18, Level 2
Discover the benefits of joining the 92-million-member eBay community.
What’s selling and at what price? What does it take to create a
listing that attracts top bids? Whether you want to clear out
Grandma’s attic or develop a thriving business, join us to learn
strategies for eBay selling success.

9:00 - 10:30 pm—“NEVER TOO LATE,” a play by Jerry Whittle (Fee: $5.00)
Panzacola G-1 Ballroom, Level 1
A romantic comedy which follows Cassie Jamison, a young woman who is
enrolled in Center training to enhance her skills of blindness. In the
end, Cassie is not the only one learning new and challenging life
lessons.  Performed by the Louisiana Center for the Blind (LCB)
Players; proceeds go to the LCB’s summer training program for blind
children.















   WEDNESDAY, JULY 6, 2011

8:00 - 8:45 am—DEVOTIONS
Wekiwa 1, Level 2

8:15   8:45 am—REGISTRATION ($20); BANQUET TICKET SALES ($60)
Sebastian Ballroom Pre-function Area, Level 1



OPENING GENERAL SESSION

9:30 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 	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 ($60)—Sebastian Ballroom Pre-function Area, Level
1

12:00 noon - 1:45 pm—EXHIBITS AND INDEPENDENCE MARKET
Sebastian K and L Ballrooms, Level 1

12:00 noon - 1:45 pm—BLIND DRIVER TEST TRACK
Sebastian L-1 Ballroom, Level 1




   WEDNESDAY, JULY 6, Continued

12:15 - 1:45 pm—LOUISIANA CENTER FOR THE BLIND ALUMNI LUNCHEON
Panzacola F-4 Ballroom, Level 1
All LCB alumni and those interested in learning more about how
training at the Louisiana Center for the Blind will change your life
are welcome. Pam Allen, Director


	
GENERAL SESSION

2:00 pm	CALL TO ORDER

2:05 pm 	PRESIDENTIAL REPORT, MARC MAURER

3:00 pm	GETTING AN EDUCATION FOR BLIND CHILDREN AND
 		ADULTS: HOW TO SURVIVE WITH PROPER
		EXPECTATIONS AND ACCESSIBILITY
Moderator: Anil Lewis, Director of Strategic Communications, National
Federation of the Blind; Baltimore, Maryland

		The Honorable Alexa Posny, Assistant Secretary, Office of
		Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, United States
		Department of Education; Washington, D.C.

		Gaeir Dietrich, Director of the High Tech Center Training Unit,
		California Community Colleges; Chair, Advisory Commission
		On Accessible Instructional Materials in Postsecondary
		Education for Students with Disabilities, Convened by the
		Secretary of Education, United States Department of Education;
		Cupertino, California.

		Peter Osborne, Head of International Partnerships and Development,
Royal National Institute of Blind People; Peterborough, United
Kingdom

3:55 pm 	THE AMERICAN SPIRIT IN ACTION: CREATING OPPORTUNITY,
RESPONSIBILITY, AND FAITH
		Harris Rosen, President and Chief Operating Officer of Rosen Hotels
and Resorts; Orlando, Florida

   WEDNESDAY, JULY 6, Continued

4:15 pm 	THE FIRST BLIND DRIVER ON THE DAYTONA SPEEDWAY: A PROGRAM
INITIATED BY THE NATIONAL FEDERATION OF THE BLIND
Mark Riccobono, Executive Director, National Federation of the Blind
Jernigan Institute; Baltimore, Maryland

Dr. Dennis Hong, Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering;
Director, Robotics and Mechanisms Laboratory (RoMeLa), Virginia Tech
University; Blacksburg, Virginia

4:55 pm 	REPORTS AND RESOLUTIONS

5:00 pm 	ADJOURN



5:30 - 6:30 pm—NOMINATING COMMITTEE
Suwannee 11, Level 2

5:30 - 6:30 pm—NFB-LINK, OUR ONLINE MENTORING PROGRAM
Affiliate Action Suite 14230
Attention current and future NFB-Link mentors! Join the Affiliate
Action team for training and mentoring tips unique to the
Internet-based mentoring experience. 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.

6:00 - 9:00 pm—DEAF BLIND DIVISION BUSINESS MEETING
Wekiwa 3, Level 2
   6:00 pm–Registration; 7:00 pm–Meeting begins
Burnell Brown, President

6:30 - 8:30 pm—eBAY SELLING STRATEGIES: BEYOND ACCESSIBILITY
Suwannee 19, Level 2
Discover the benefits of joining the 92-million-member eBay community.
What’s selling and at what price? What does it take to create a
listing that attracts top bids? Whether you want to clear out
Grandma’s attic or develop a thriving business, join us to learn
strategies for eBay selling success.


   WEDNESDAY, JULY 6, Continued

6:30 - 8:30 pm—NFB BLIND DRIVER TEST TRACK
Sebastian L-1 Ballroom, Level 1

6:30 - 9:00 pm—COLORADO CENTER FOR THE BLIND OPEN HOUSE
Panzacola H-4 Ballroom, Level 1
Join us to discover what the Colorado Center is all about.  Meet our
staff and students during this interactive open house.  Pick up a
Braille recipe, learn about rock climbing, and hear about the latest
technology being used at the Center.  We look forward to seeing you!
Julie Deden, Director

7:00 - 8:15 pm—NOPBC CONCURRENT SESSIONS FOR PARENTS AND TEACHERS
	IEPs for Rookies: The Law, Evaluations, Goals, Strategies
	Wekiwa 1, Level 2
	Instructor: Carlton Walker

	VR Services?  What’s That?
	Wekiwa 2, Level 2
	Instructor: Dick Davis

	Will and Estate Planning for Families with Special Needs Children
	Wekiwa 4, Level 2
	Instructor: to be announced

7:00 - 8:30 pm—BOOKSHARE MEMBER PARTY AT NFB
Wekiwa 5, Level 2
Enjoy snacks and refreshment. Plan to have fun with contests,
drawings, and interacting with your fellow members. Meet the Bookshare
staff. This is your opportunity to talk with us and share your ideas.
We’re here to listen, and we look forward to meeting you.

7:00 - 9:00 pm—NFB KRAFTERS DIVISION BUSINESS MEETING
Suwannee 18, Level 2
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


   WEDNESDAY, JULY 6, Continued

7:00 - 9:00 pm—LEGISLATIVE STRATEGIES SEMINAR: MOVING LEGISLATION ON
THE STATE AND NATIONAL LEVEL
Suwannee 13, Level 2
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 and Lauren McLarney

7:00 - 9:00 pm—NFB-NEWSLINE® DEMONSTRATION OPEN HOUSE
Wekiwa 7, Level 2
Stop by and learn about NFB’s free audio information service and get
hands-on experience with access methods (including the NLS Digital
Talking Book Downloader) and our enhanced job-listings feature.

7:00 - 10:00 pm—EXHIBITS ONLY
Sebastian K Ballroom, Level 1

7:00 - 10:00 pm—MINUTE TO SWIM IT: YOUTH TRACK (ages 11-18)
Pool Area
Come enjoy an evening of swimming and wacky games based on the popular
game show “Minute to Win It.”  You don’t want to miss an evening that
is sure to be full of laughs and great memories!

8:00 - 10:00 pm—COMMITTEE ON RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT
Suwannee 11, Level 2
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.  Hai Nguyen Ly, Chairperson

8:00 pm - midnight—FLORIDA (INDOOR) BEACH PARTY!
Panzacola G-1 and G-2 Ballrooms, Level 1
Come and take part in a real welcome to the Sunshine State hospitality
evening hosted by the Florida affiliate.  Catch up with your old
friends and make new ones in an evening as fun as you choose to make
it: dancing to tunes played by a DJ, cash bar, and other surprises!





   WEDNESDAY, JULY 6, Continued

8:30 - 9:45 pm—NOPBC CONCURRENT SESSIONS FOR PARENTS AND TEACHERS
	IEPs for “Veterans”: Getting a Good Plan in Place
	Wekiwa 1, Level 2
	Instructor: Carlton Walker

	The ABCs of Braille
	Wekiwa 2, Level 2
	Instructors: Gail Wagner and Vickie Buchignani

	Finding Summer and Part-time Jobs
	Wekiwa 4, Level 2
	Instructors: Dick Davis and Panel of Blind Adults


























   THURSDAY, JULY 7, 2011

8:00 - 8:45 am—DEVOTIONS
Wekiwa 1, Level 2

8:15   8:45 am—REGISTRATION ($20)—Sebastian Ballroom Pre-function Area, Level 1

		

	GENERAL SESSION

9:00 am	INVOCATION

9:05 am	FINANCIAL REPORT

9:55 am	ELECTIONS

10:25 am	DEVELOPING ENTREPRENEURIAL OPPORTUNITIES ONLINE THROUGH EBAY
	Mary Ellen Gabias, Director of Online Entrepreneurship, National
Federation of the Blind; Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada

	Rick Willison, eBay Entrepreneur; Vancouver, Washington

10:50 am	AN ACCESSIBLE ANDROID PDA
	Marc Mulcahy, President, LevelStar; Louisville, Colorado

11:05 am	QUIET CARS, PEDESTRIAN SAFETY, AND PROTECTION FOR
		THE ENVIRONMENT: A PANEL DISCUSSION
		Moderator, John G. Paré, Jr., Executive Director for Strategic
		Initiatives, National Federation of the Blind; Baltimore, Maryland

		The Honorable David Strickland, Administrator, National Highway
		Traffic Safety Administration, United States Department of
		Transportation; Washington, D.C.

REPORT FROM GENERAL MOTORS
Douglas B. Moore, Vehicle Performance Owner, General Motors; Milford, Michigan


   THURSDAY, JULY 7, Continued

		REPORT FROM TOYOTA MOTOR CORPORATION
		Kevin Ro, National Manager, Technical & Regulatory Affairs,
		Toyota Motor North America, Inc.; Washington, D.C.

11:50 am	REPORTS AND RESOLUTIONS

12:00 pm	ADJOURN

		

12:00 noon   12:30 pm and 1:30 - 2:00 pm—REGISTRATION ($20)
Sebastian Ballroom Pre-function Area, Level 1

12:00 noon - 1:45 pm—EXHIBITS AND INDEPENDENCE MARKET (Final time for
Independence Market)
Sebastian K and L Ballrooms, Level 1

12:00 noon - 1:45 pm—BLIND DRIVER TEST TRACK (Final time)
Sebastian L-1 Ballroom, Level 1

		
	
	GENERAL SESSION

2:00 pm	CALL TO ORDER

2:05 pm	STRATEGIC INITIATIVES REPORT

2:40 pm	EQUAL ACCESS TO TECHNOLOGY AND PROGRAMS IN
		THE UNITED STATES
		David M. Capozzi, Esq., Executive Director, United States
		Architectual and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board;
		Washington, D.C.

2:55 pm	THE BRAILLE MONITOR

3:00 pm	REPORTS, RESOLUTIONS, AND OTHER BUSINESS

5:00 pm	ADJOURN

   THURSDAY, JULY 7, Continued

6:00 - 8:00 pm—AMERICAN FOUNDATION FOR THE BLIND AND AccessWorld
PRESENT AN ACCESSIBLE CELL PHONE ROUNDUP
Panzacola F-4 Ballroom, Level 1
You are invited to an informational reception featuring presentations
by AccessWorld staff and hands-on opportunities with our top choices
of phones for nonvisual and low vision use. We also look forward to
greeting AFB’s old friends and making new ones.

7:00 - 8:15 pm—EXPERIENCE THE BLIO READER: MAKING THE WORLD’S BOOKS
ENJOYABLE, USABLE, AND ACCESSIBLE TO EVERYONE!
Suwannee 21, Level 2
Presented by James Gashel

7:00   9:00 pm—EXHIBITS ONLY
Sebastian K Ballroom, Level 1

7:00   9:00 pm—“SOCIAL SECURITY AND SSI: WHAT APPLICANTS, ADVOCATES,
AND RECIPIENTS SHOULD KNOW” SEMINAR
Suwannee 11, Level 2
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: Daniel B. Frye, J.D., Social Security Advocate/Consultant

7:00 - 9:00 pm—IEP TRAINING FOR NFB VOLUNTEER ADVOCATES
Suwannee 18, Level 2
Attorneys Sharon Krevor-Weisbaum and Carlton Anne Cook Walker instruct
this workshop to provide an overview of the IEP legal framework,
discuss how to deal with typical issues, and offer advice and tips for
being an effective NFB volunteer advocate at IEP meetings for families
with blind children.

7:00 - 9:00 pm—ACCESSIBLE MATH FOR STUDENTS WITH PRINT DISABILITIES
Wekiwa 10, Level 2
Come preview Pearson products that make college math more accessible!
You’ll work with JAWS on both an online homework system and readable
eBook to provide us with feedback and your suggestions for future
enhancements.  Facilitators: Rick Clinton, Marlene Thom, and Heijung
Kim


   THURSDAY, JULY 7, Continued

7:00 - 11:00 pm—ELEVENTH ANNUAL SHOWCASE OF TALENT—Fee: $5.00
Panzacola G-1 Ballroom, Level 1
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

7:30 - 9:00 pm—THE IMPACT OF ORACLE PRODUCTS IN EDUCATION AND THE WORKPLACE
Wekiwa 2, Level 2
Oracle technologies, platforms, and applications are installed at over
370,000 organizations worldwide, creating significant opportunities
for people with disabilities. Learn about the latest developments in
our key products, and hear from Oracle’s own employees who rely on
these technologies for their jobs.

8:00 - 9:00 pm—FRIENDS OF RECOVERY MEETING
Suwannee 19, Level 2
All convention delegates involved in or interested in twelve-step
recovery programs are invited to attend.  Gary Ray, Coordinator

8:00 - 11:30 pm—MONTE CARLO NIGHT
Wekiwa 8, Level 2
Try your luck at any of the usual card games found on a casino floor.
Sponsored by the National Association of Blind Students Division

8:30 - 9:45 pm—EXPERIENCE THE BLIO READER: MAKING THE WORLD’S BOOKS
ENJOYABLE, USABLE, AND ACCESSIBLE TO EVERYONE!
Suwannee 21, Level 2
Presented by James Gashel










   FRIDAY, JULY 8, 2011

8:00 - 8:45 am—DEVOTIONS
Wekiwa 1, Level 2

8:15   8:45 am—REGISTRATION ($20)—Final opportunity to register.
Sebastian Ballroom Pre-function Area, Level 1



GENERAL SESSION

9:00 am	INVOCATION

9:05 am	NO MORE SUBMINIMUM WAGES: THE TIME IS NOW!
	Fredric K. Schroeder, Ph.D.; Research Professor; San Diego State
University; Vienna, Virginia
	
9:25 am	CONDITIONS FOR THE BLIND IN THE WORKSHOP DURING THREE DECADES
	Stancil Tootle, Board Member, National Federation of the Blind of
Georgia; Employee, Georgia Industries for the Blind; Bainbridge,
Georgia

9:40 am	REPORT ON DISABILITY EMPLOYMENT POLICY FROM THE
		UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
		The Honorable Kathleen Martinez, Assistant Secretary, Office of
		Disability Employment Policy, United States Department of Labor;
		Washington, D.C.

9:55 am	VALUABLE WORK AND VALUABLE WORKERS: A REPORT FROM THE CHICAGO
LIGHTHOUSE FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE BLIND OR VISUALLY IMPAIRED
	Dr. Janet Szlyk, President and Executive Director, The Chicago
Lighthouse for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired; Chicago,
Illinois

10:10 am	CHANGES IN POLICY IN EMPLOYMENT PROGRAMS FOR
		THE BLIND
		Jim Kesteloot, Member, Committee for Purchase From People
		Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled; Chicago, Illinois

   FRIDAY, JULY 8, Continued

10:25 am	ADDRESSING INEQUITIES IN THE WORKPLACE: THE
		PROMISE OF EQUAL OPPORTUNITY
		The Honorable Jacqueline Berrien, Chair, United States Equal
		Employment Opportunity Commission; Washington, D.C.

10:45 am	A BLIND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF ONE OF THE LARGEST
		STATES IN AMERICA
		The Honorable Governor David A. Paterson; New York, New York

11:00 am	BUILDING ACCESSIBLE TOOLS FOR KNOWLEDGE: A
		COMMITMENT BY A COMPUTER GIANT
		Dr. Alan Eustace, Senior Vice President, Knowledge; Google;
		Mountain View, California

11:20 am	LIBRARY SERVICES TO THE BLIND OF THE NATION AND ACCESS TO
DIGITAL MATERIAL FROM THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS
	Dr. Deanna B. Marcum, Associate Librarian for Library Services, The
Library of Congress; Washington, D.C.
	
11:40 am	QUESTIONS AND DISCUSSION

11:45 am	REPORTS AND RESOLUTIONS

12:00 pm	ADJOURN



12:00 noon - 1:45 pm—AMATEUR RADIO DIVISION BUSINESS MEETING
Suwannee 11, Level 2
D. Curtis Willoughby (ka0vba), President

12:00 noon - 1:45 pm—RAFFLES AND DRAWINGS
Wekiwa 5, Level 2






   FRIDAY, JULY 8, Continued



	GENERAL SESSION

2:00 pm	CALL TO ORDER

2:05 pm	EQUAL ACCESS TO INFORMATION: THE URGENCY AND
THE LAW
	Daniel Goldstein, Esq., Partner, Brown, Goldstein & Levy, LLP;
Baltimore, Maryland
	
2:20 pm	THE ACCESSIBLE CAMPUS IN CALIFORNIA: AN EXAMPLE FOR THE NATION
	Peter M. Siegel, Chief Information Officer and Vice Provost,
Information and Educational Technology; University of California
Davis; Davis, California

2:40 pm	CIVIL RIGHTS FOR DISABLED AMERICANS
		Samuel Bagenstos, Esq., Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney
		General, Civil Rights Division, United States Department of
		Justice; Washington, D.C.

2:55 pm	TRANSCENDENT IDEAS, THE MAN TO MAKE THEM CURRENT, AND A
PARTNERSHIP EXPANDING ACCESS FOR ALL
	Ray Kurzweil, President and Chief Executive Officer, K-NFB Reading
Technology, Inc.; Wellesley Hills, Massachusetts
	
3:15 pm	BLIO: PROVIDING ACCESS TO THREE MILLION BOOKS AND GROWING
	James Gashel, Vice President of Business Development, K-NFB Reading
Technology, Inc.; Denver, Colorado
	
3:30 pm	A PARTNERSHIP FOR ACCESS: COMMENTS FROM THE MAJOR DISTRIBUTOR
OF BOOKS IN THE UNITED STATES
	Robert Nelson, President, Digital Group, Baker & Taylor; Charlotte,
North Carolina




   FRIDAY, JULY 8, Continued
	
3:45 pm	BASEBALL, HALL OF FAME, BLINDNESS
	Ron Brown, Second Vice President, National Federation of the Blind;
Indianapolis, Indiana
	
4:00 pm	DR. JACOB BOLOTIN AWARD
	James Gashel, Chairperson, Dr. Jacob Bolotin Award Committee;
Secretary, National Federation of the Blind; Denver, Colorado
	
4:35 pm	REPORTS AND RESOLUTIONS
	
5:00 pm	ADJOURN



7:00 pm—BANQUET
Sebastian I and J Ballrooms, Level 1
INVOCATION
MASTER OF CEREMONIES:  Fredric K. Schroeder
INTRODUCTIONS AND PRESENTATIONS
BANQUET ADDRESS: Marc Maurer
RECOGNIZING A CHAMPION IN THE STRUGGLE BY THE BLIND FOR FULL
    PARTICIPATION: THE HONORABLE CLIFFORD STEARNS, UNITED
    STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, 6TH CONGRESSIONAL
    DISTRICT; FLORIDA
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.



CONVENTION NOTES:

Note 1.  A Federation Information Desk is in the registration area
from Monday morning through Friday if you have questions or need
assistance. The Florida affiliate also maintains a table near the
hotel check in desk in the main lobby to provide assistance and
hospitality during much of the convention.

Note 2.  Rosen Shingle Creek room rates are: singles and doubles, $63;
triples and quads, $67. In addition to the room rates, there is a 12.5
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.  This is a non-smoking hotel; smoking is permitted only at
specified areas outside.

Note 3.  Dog Relief Areas: There are two guide dog relief areas at the
Shingle Creek hotel. The one closest to the sleeping room section is
located outside lower lobby level at the rear side of the hotel toward
the outdoor function space and pool area. The one closest to the
meeting room section is located in the Panzacola-Sebastian wing on
level one. Go past the Sebastian K and L Ballrooms (exhibits and
Independence Market), exit through the doors across the end of the
wing that lead to the event parking lot, and turn left.

Note 4.  All requests for announcements by President Maurer during
General Sessions must be submitted in Braille.

Note 5.  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 will be that national
divisions may (if they request it in advance) conduct drawings during
the sessions or at the banquet. Groups or affiliates wishing to
conduct their drawings (or any person wishing to know the winners) may
go at 12:00 noon on Friday to the Wekiwa 5 Room, Level 2.

Note 6.  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 late
pickups. Child-care hours are:
	Sunday, 7/3		8:30 am to 12:30 pm and 1:30 to 5:30 pm
	Monday, 7/4		Closed
	Tuesday, 7/5		8:30 am to 12:30 pm and 1:30 to 5:30 pm
	Wednesday, 7/6		8:30 am to 12:30 pm and 1:30 to 5:30 pm
	Thursday, 7/7		8:30 am to 12:30 pm and 1:30 to 5:30 pm
	Friday, 7/8			8:30 am to 12:30 pm and 1:30 to 5:30 pm and
	Banquet 7/8	         6:30 pm to 30 minutes after banquet ends

Note 7.  Divisions, Committees, and Groups: The Federation carries on
its business through affiliated divisions, committees, and groups,
which are listed below along with their presidents or chairpersons.

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, Pres.
National Association of Blind Lawyers: Scott LaBarre, President;
National Association of Blind Merchants: Nicky Gacos, 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: Sandy Halverson, President;
National Federation of the Blind Amateur Radio: D. Curtis Willoughby, Pres.
National Federation of the Blind in Computer Science: Curtis Chong, Pres.
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: Laura Weber, 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: Dick Davis, Chairperson;
Genetic Education: Barbara Pierce, Chairperson;
Imagination Fund: Parnell Diggs, Chairperson;
Jacobus tenBroek Award: Ramona Walhof, Chairperson;
Jacobus tenBroek Memorial Fund: Gary Mackenstadt, Chairperson; Joy Harris,
	Co-Chairperson;
Kenneth Jernigan Fund: Allen Harris, Chairperson;
Library Services: David Hyde, Chairperson;
Loan Fund: Donald C. Capps, Chairperson;
Membership: Ron Gardner, Chairperson; J.W. Smith, Co-Chairperson;
Newel Perry Award: Allen Harris, Chairperson;
Newsletter Publications: Robert Leslie Newman, Chairperson;
PAC Plan: Scott LaBarre, Chairperson; Carlos Serván and Doug Trimble, Co-
	Chairpersons
Planned Giving: John Halverson, Chairperson;
Promotion, Evaluation, and Advancement of Technology: Gary Wunder,
	Chairperson;
Public Relations: Christopher Danielsen, Chairperson;
Research and Development: Hai Nguyen Ly, Chairperson;
Resolutions: Sharon Maneki, Chairperson;
Scholarship: Patti Chang, 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;
Legislative Initiatives Discussion: Don Burns, Coordinator;
Living History: Michael Freholm, 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: Annee Hartzell, Chairperson
Webmasters: Gary Wunder, Chairperson.

NAVIGATING THE HOTEL
(An article by Mary Ellen Jernigan reprinted from the May Monitor)

	In recent years I have written a description of the layout of the
convention hotel.  Although I have tried, I haven’t been able to come
up with an image as memorable as “a high top tennis shoe lying on its
side” to picture the footprint of the Hotel.  Nor can I speak easily
in terms of north, south, east, and west, because if you were to walk
in the front door with compass in hand (which I did), you would find
that you were heading not south, not east, or even southeast, but a
little east of southeast—120 degrees to be exact.

The first thing to understand about the Hotel is that the meeting
rooms are located in an area that is totally separate from the part of
the Hotel that contains the sleeping rooms. The sleeping room
elevators do not go to the meeting room levels. This means that the
starting place to find any meeting room is always the main lobby.

When you have come in the front door, the Hotel registration desk is
located to your left along the same wall as the front door. Directly
across from the front door toward the far side of the lobby you will
find the Birdcage. The Birdcage is a tall, free-standing structure
about three feet across filled with colorful, chirping, tropical
birds, and is used by Hotel staff and guests alike as a major landmark
and meeting place.  Just beyond the Birdcage is a balcony railing
overlooking the level below.  Since the odd compass orientation of the
Hotel makes speaking of facing, turning, or walking north, south,
east, or west not particularly meaningful, I will use the following
terms in describing the lobby: front door side of the lobby, balcony
side of the lobby, facing the balcony, facing the front door, and
standing at the Birdcage.

There are two sets of elevators in the main lobby.  One set serves the
lobby level, the lower lobby level, and floors 1 through 10. These
elevators are located inside of a short, free-standing elevator
corridor which is perpendicular to and directly across from the Hotel
check-in desk.  The corridor has an opening at both ends—one end
opening toward the Hotel check-in desk, and the other end opening
toward the balcony side of the lobby.  If you turn right as you exit
the elevator corridor at the balcony end of the corridor, you will be
heading directly toward the Birdcage.

The second set of elevators serves the lobby level, the lower lobby
level, and floors 10 through 14. To find this set of elevators from
the front door, cross the lobby to the Birdcage (at this point you
will be facing the balcony rail overlooking the lower level) and turn
right, walking until you dead end at a display case outside of the
entrance to the Cala Bella restaurant. The elevators are now
immediately on your right.

	The numbering system for the sleeping rooms is based on the floor and
the wing in which the room is located, with the floor number given
first followed by the wing designation and then the room number.  On
each sleeping room floor as you leave the elevator area there is a
tactile placard on the wall giving a diagram of the wing layout.  The
letters and numbers can be read tactilely.

If you are standing at the Birdcage facing the balcony rail, the
staircase leading down to the lower level will be to your right along
the balcony rail.  Farther to your right is the fine dining Italian
bistro Cala Bella.  If you are facing the balcony rail and turn left
at the Birdcage you will be walking along the balcony side of the
lobby.  You would pass the opening into the 1 to 10 elevator corridor
on your left, and then continuing on you would find the Concierge on
your right.  Immediately beyond the Concierge’s desk is a small single
elevator which serves only the lobby level, the lower lobby level, and
sleeping rooms located on the third floor.  Just beyond this elevator
is the entrance into the spa.  In this corner of the lobby you will
also find men’s and women’s rest rooms and a staircase leading to the
third floor sleeping rooms.

Located on the lower level of the lobby is the large Café Osceola,
which is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner offering both buffets
and ala carte menu options. Also on this level is the 18 Monroe Street
Market.  This market is open 24 hours a day and is a combination of
convenience store and quick-service restaurant.  The restaurant part
of the operation opens at 6:30 a.m. and continues well into the
evening, offering hot and cold deli-style sandwiches, salads, pizza,
hot entrées and desserts either for dine-in or take-out to your room
or the outside eating area near the pools. This is a large area
containing tables and chairs. The Hotel fitness room is also located
on the lower lobby level.

The Hotel swimming pools and hot tubs, outdoor function space, and
recreation areas, and the Cat-tails Pool Bar and Grille are all
accessed from the lower lobby level.  All of this outdoor space is
located on the rear side.

Outside on the front entrance side at the lobby level is a stand-alone
facility housing a restaurant called A Land Remembered, and the
Shingle Creek Clubhouse Grille. As you leave the Hotel, a long covered
walkway to the right of the front entrance leads to these restaurants.
 The Clubhouse Grille is open for lunch from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
A Land Remembered is open for dinner only.
MEETING SPACE
	The meeting space is connected to the main lobby and sleeping room
section by a wide passageway accessed only from the lobby level.
Standing at the Birdcage facing the front door side of the Hotel,
walking forward across the lobby, and making a left turn just before
going out the front door places you at the entrance to the passageway
connecting the lobby and meeting space.  Or if you are coming into the
Hotel through the front door, making a right turn immediately after
passing the bell stand will place you at the entrance to this
passageway.

Along both sides of the passageway are restaurants and shops.  Walking
toward the meeting space, the first thing on your left will be Smooth
Java, a full-service coffee bar featuring Starbucks coffees; followed
by The Headwaters Lounge which serves appetizers, salads, and
sandwiches, as well as beverages; and finally the Banrai Sushi
Restaurant.  The right side of the passageway as you walk toward the
meeting space has a Guest Services counter where you can obtain
tickets and transportation to various local attractions or arrange for
an Enterprise rental car, followed by a number of retail shops, and
the Tobias Flats and Watering Hole serving soups, salads, grilled
flatbread sandwiches, and desserts.

After passing by the retail shops and eateries, you come to a large
Rotunda which serves as the entryway to the Hotel’s meeting space
sometimes referred to as the “Convention Center.”  Continuing straight
ahead, crossing the Rotunda to the far side, you will find a wide,
short flight of steps leading up to Level 2 of the meeting space.  At
the base of the steps to the right and the left are escalators and
staircases leading down to Level 1 of the meeting space. The escalator
and staircase on your right take you to the Panzacola-Sebastian wing
of the meeting space on Level 1.  All of our meetings and activities
on Level 1 are in the Panzacola-Sebastian wing.  The escalator and
staircase on your left lead to the Gatlin wing of the Level 1 meeting
space. A small escalator located to the right of the steps also leads
up to Level 2 of the meeting space.

None of our meetings or activities takes place in the Gatlin wing.
Should you go down that escalator or staircase on your left, you
cannot get to our meeting space in the Panzacola-Sebastian wing except
by coming back up to the Rotunda and taking the other escalator or
staircase leading to the Panzacola-Sebastian wing.

With respect to the escalator and staircase, the staircase is located
between the up escalator and the down escalator. A small elevator also
serves the meeting space in the Panzacola-Sebastian wing on Level 1,
the Rotunda, and the meeting space on Level 2. Please note that there
is also a small elevator that goes from Level 2 to the Rotunda and to
the Gatlin wing on Level 1.  This means that should you happen to take
the Gatlin wing elevator from Level 2, you would need to get off at
the Rotunda.  Remember, if you end up in the Gatlin wing (either by
taking the wrong elevator, the wrong staircase, or the wrong
escalator), you need to return to the Rotunda to get to the
Panzacola-Sebastian wing. Level 2 of the meeting space is also served
by two short escalators going only between the Rotunda and Level 2—the
down escalator being found near the small elevator serving the
Panzacola-Sebastian wing, and the up escalator being found near the
small elevator serving the Gatlin wing.

If you continue straight ahead after you reach the top of the short
flight of steps leading to Level 2, you enter a corridor containing
the ten Wekiwa meeting rooms. These rooms are along both sides of the
corridor with 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 on the right, and 10, 9, 8, 7, and 6
on the left.
	
If at the top of the steps you were to turn left and continue walking
until you cannot go farther and then turn right, you enter a corridor
containing the eleven Suwannee meeting rooms.  These rooms are along
both sides of the corridor with 11, 12, 13, 14, and 15 on the right
side, and 21, 20, 19, 18, 17, and 16 on the left.  There are restrooms
just ahead of you before you make the right turn into the Suwannee
meeting room corridor.

	Also located on Level 2 are the St. John’s meeting rooms, but we do
not use the St. John’s rooms for any of our meetings.

	The General Sessions, the Board meeting, the Banquet, the Exhibit
Hall (which this year includes the Independence Market), Registration
and Preregistration, Resolutions Committee meeting, and a number of
our other activities and meetings are located on Level 1 in the
Panzacola-Sebastian wing. The Panzacola-Sebastian wing contains the
Panzacola ballroom and the Sebastian ballroom—both of which divide up
into many smaller meeting room

sections. The names of the sections of the Panzacola ballroom begin
with F, G, or H. The sections of the Sebastian ballroom begin with I,
J, K, or L.

As you enter the Panzacola-Sebastian wing from the escalator,
staircase, or small elevator you are entering an L-shaped passageway.
As you continue walking straight ahead, you are walking along the
short arm of the ‘L.’ The Panzacola meeting rooms F-4, F-3, F-2, and
F-1 (in that order) will be on your left. There will be no rooms on
your right.  This short arm of the ‘L’ is about 200 feet long and ends
at the Panzacola registration counter.  (We are not using the
Panzacola registration counter, but it is a good landmark to use to
find the intersection of the long and short arms of the ‘L.’)  Turning
left at the Panzacola registration counter, you enter the very long
(about 500 feet) arm of the ‘L.’  Along the left side of the long arm
of the ‘L’ passageway (also known as the Panzacola-Sebastian
Pre-function area) will be entryways (in this order) to the Panzacola
G and H rooms, and the Sebastian I, J, K, and L rooms.  Along the
right side of the passageway are glass doors and windows to the
outside of the Hotel, restrooms, and the Sebastian registration
counter.  Preregistration on Monday, July 4, will be at the Sebastian
registration counter.  Registration on Monday, July 4, for those who
have not preregistered will be farther down the ‘L’ beyond the
Sebastian registration counter. Later in the week, all registration
will be at the Sebastian registration counter.  During much of the
convention, the Hotel plans to offer buffet-type fast food service
(quick breakfasts, beverages, soups, sandwiches, salads, chips, and
perhaps some hot entrées) in the Panzacola-Sebastian Pre-function
area.

General Sessions will be held in Sebastian I and J.  The Exhibit Hall
will be in Sebastian K and L, which is the last section of the
Sebastian ballroom at the very far end of the 500-foot passageway.
Doors across the far end of the passageway lead outside to the Event
Parking Lot, where the CARS Division Auto Show and the Blind Driver
Challenge demonstrations will take place. Exiting these doors and
turning left will lead to another dog relief area.

As I bring this article to a close, I offer one final navigation tip.
If after studying this material you remember only one thing—it should
be this: To go to any meeting of any kind from inside the Hotel you
must get yourself to the Rotunda.

See you at the Rotunda!

  Thank You...

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

Title Sponsor:
eBay, Inc.

Platinum Sponsors:
HumanWare
UPS

Gold Sponsors:
Oracle
Market Development Group, Inc.
Ingram Content Group and VitalSource Technologies

Silver Sponsor:
Freedom Scientific

Bronze Sponsors:
IBM
National Industries for the Blind
Research in Motion

White Cane Sponsors:
GW Micro, Inc.
Toyota
HIMS
Sendero Group
Learning Ally (formerly Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic)
LevelStar
Independence Science
C AND P (Chris Park Design)
En-Vision America
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