Future Reflections       Special Issue, Extracurricular Activities      NFB NATIONAL CONVENTION 2015

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Schedule of Events for Adults, Children, and Youth

Please visit www.nopbc.org for activities updates and registration information.

SUNDAY, JULY 5 

9:00 AM – 4:45 PM                          Full-Day Seminar—General Session and Workshops

7:30 - 8:45 AM   REGISTRATION
Parents, children, and youth are invited to start the morning together at the “Crafting Your Diamond” Seminar. At 10:45 a.m. children preregistered with NFB Child Care will be escorted to the children’s activity in the child care rooms, and youth ages eleven to eighteen will be escorted to the Youth Track activity rooms. Save your NOPBC registration badge for free admission to Family Hospitality after the Seminar!

9:00 - 10:45 AM                 GENERAL SESSION
Welcome with NOPBC President Carlton Walker, Kid Talk with NFB President Mark Riccobono, Keynote Address, Student Panel, and more!          

10:45 AM             CHILDREN & YOUTH ARE ESCORTED TO ACTIVITIES

11:00 AM             NOPBC CHILDREN’S ACTIVITY (ages 5 – 12) in NFB Child Care
                                Music and Movement—Conchita Hernandez, Teacher of Blind Students
                                To participate, child must be signed up for child care for this day.
11:00 AM             NOPBC YOUTH TRACK ACTIVITY (ages 11 – 18)
                                Ice Breakers—Garrick Scott,President, NFB of GA
                                A Dog in My Life—Nat’l Assoc. of Guide Dog Users (NAGDU)
                                                                                            
11:00 AM - 12:15 PM NOPBC CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS for PARENTS & TEACHERS
Session 1
Additional workshops sponsored by Professionals in Blindness Education (PIBE) and the National Blindness Professional Certification Board (NBPCB) will be available during each time slot for parents and teachers to attend. 

Learn to Play & Play to Learn
Facilitating your child’s learning and play. This session will be of special interest to families with children with additional disabilities. Instructor: Heather Field, Special Educator

The ABCs of Braille
A hands-on workshop that will teach the beginning of Braille reading and writing. Instructor: Jamie Allison, Lead Instructor, NFB BELL of SC

The National Reading Media Assessment (NRMA) & the National O&M Assessment (NOMA)
What’s in these new, cutting edge assessments? Will they benefit your child?  Instructors: Sheena Manuel, TBS, NOMC, Outreach Specialist, Professional Development and Research Institute on Blindness; Casey Robertson, TBS, Faculty, PDRIB

Using Readers
Learning the critical skill of using a human reader for academic and personal tasks. Instructor: Carol Castellano, Director of Programs, NOPBC

12:15 PM             LUNCH on your own. Pick up children from Child Care.

1:30 PM                CHILD CARE REOPENS
                               
2:00 PM                NOPBC CHILDREN’S ACTIVITY (ages 5 - 12) in NFB Child Care
                                To participate, child must be signed up for child care for this day.
            Monsters and Me—Ann Cunningham, Tactile Artist; Debbie Kent Stein, NFB of IL

2:00 - 4:45 PM  NOPBC YOUTH TRACK (ages 11- 18)
            Fun & Games—Richard Gibbs, Owner, 64 Oz. Games
            The Magic of Science—Dr. Cary Supalo, Independence Science; Robert  Jaquiss, American Thermoform
                               
2:00 - 3:15 PM NOPBC CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS for PARENTS & TEACHERS
Session 2

Ages & Stages
Facilitating the child’s progress toward the next logical step in development. This session will be of special interest to families with children with additional disabilities. Instructor: Natalie Shaheen, Director of Education, NFB Jernigan Institute

Standardized Testing and Testing Accommodations: What You Need to Know
What are the issues with Smarter Balance and PARCC? What testing accommodations will work for your child’s success? Instructors: Mehgan Sidhu, General Counsel, NFB; Valerie Yingling, Paralegal, NFB; Carlton Walker, TBS, President, NOPBC

Independence Skills for Real Life
What skills does your child need for an independent future and how can you cultivate them? Instructor: Instructors: Sean Whalen, Karen Anderson, National Association of Blind Students (NABS)

Technology: Home & School
What kind of technology do BVI kids need? Instructor: Eric Guillory, Director of Youth Services, Louisiana Center for the Blind

3:30 - 4:45 PM NOPBC CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS for PARENTS & TEACHERS
Session 3
Additional workshops sponsored by Professionals in Blindness Education (PIBE) and the National Blindness Professional Certification Board (NBPCB) will be available for parents and teachers to attend. 

Fostering Independent Movement & Travel in Your Child
Working toward maximum independence and self-determination for your child.  This session will focus on young children and children with additional disabilities. Instructor: Denise Mackenstadt, NOMC

Make-&-Take Graphics
Learn the basics of making tactile graphics for children and create one to take home. Instructor: Carlton Walker, TBS, President, NOPBC

Independent Living Skills and Independent Movement & Travel for the School-Age Child
High expectations, real-life goals, and how to achieve them. Instructor: Mary Jo Hartle, NOMC, TBS

Using College Disability Support Services (DSS)
How DSS offices provide accommodations and how to access and use them effectively without losing your independence. Instructor: Candice Chapman, Cody Bair, Derek Manners, NABS

By 5:30 PM  Pick up children from child care promptly! 

5:30 - 7:00 PM  NOPBC FAMILY HOSPITALITY
Relax, snack, chat, meet new families and teachers, and connect with old friends. Veteran attendees will be on hand to welcome you and provide information. Free admission with 2015 NOPBC Conference name badge; $15/adult and $5/child without badge. Pizza and lemonade will be served. Co-sponsored by Professionals in Blindness Education (PIBE).

7:00 - 8:00 PM    NOPBC FAMILY NETWORKING
At this meeting we especially welcome our families whose children have disabilities in addition to blindness/visual impairment. Come meet, chat, and network. Facilitators: Laura Bostic & Casey Robertson, Professional Development and Research Institute on Blindness (PDRIB)

8:00 - 9:30 PM    NOPBC BOARD MEETING

8:00 - 11:00 PM  NABS Student Social (ages 14 – 18)

MONDAY, JULY 6

Child Care is CLOSED on this day.

8:45 - 10:30 AM   CANE WALK Session I

11:00 AM - 12:45 PM  CANE WALK Session II
Wondering if your child should use a cane? Curious about how a cane works? Learn and experience the Discovery Method of travel at these special workshops. Parents, teachers, blind/VI children, and siblings are welcome. Coordinator: Jeff Altman, NOMCT, CVRCB

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM             TWEEN ROOM OPEN (ages 11-14)
Text or call Penny Duffy at 603-892-6355 for location. Feel free to bring your lunch.

2:45 - 4:00 PM    NOPBC YOUTH STYLE SHOW
(Rehearsal begins at 1:00 PM)
Our young blind models & NFB stars strut their stuff on the runway. Come enjoy the fashions and music and support NOPBC. $5 at the door. Coordinator: Kim Cunningham, 2nd VP, NOPBC

5:45 - 6:15 PM    NOPBC BREAKING BARRIERS FUNATHLON
Swim through shark-infested waters, race through an alligator-infested swamp, shoot down barriers to independence (on hotel grounds—no danger involved). Join us for this fun-filled family fundraiser. $5 to participate. Raise money for NOPBC by collecting pledges—please bring pledge sheets (at end of this article) and donations to event. Coordinator: Jean Bening, NOPBC Board 

7:30 - 9:30 PM    PARENT LEADERSHIP PROGRAM—PLP
Has the NOPBC helped you and your family? Would you like to get more involved?  Come learn about leadership opportunities in your state. Coordinator: Carol Castellano, Director of Programs, NOPBC

TUESDAY, JULY 7

In the morning, visit the Exhibit Hall and the Independence Market; attend the NFB Board of Directors meeting—it’s open to all. In the afternoon, drop the kids off at their activities early and come to the NOPBC Annual Meeting!

10:00 - 10:45 AM  NOPBC YOUTH TRACK (ages 11 – 14)
11:00 - 11:45 AM  NOPBC YOUTH TRACK (ages 14 – 18)
                Unleashing Your Inner Monster, Ann Cunningham, Tactile Artist

12:45 PM  CHILD CARE WILL BE OPEN EARLY ON THIS AFTERNOON
Give your child lunch, then drop child off early at child care on this dayso that you can attend the NOPBC Annual Meeting which begins at 1 p.m. 

NOPBC CHILDREN’S ACTIVITY (ages 5-12) in NFB Child Care 
Takes place during Child Care afternoon session.
To participate, child must be signed up for child care for this day.
                Fun & Games—Richard Gibbs, Owner, 64 Oz. Games

1:00 - 4:00 PM  NOPBC YOUTH TRACK SESSION (ages 11-18)
                Student to Student—National Association of Blind Students (NABS)
 
1:00 - 4:00 PM  NATIONAL ORGANIZATION OF PARENTS OF BLIND CHILDREN ANNUAL MEETING: OPTIONS & OPPORTUNITIES
Attention parents and teachers! Be sure to attend this important meeting featuring the 2015 Distinguished Educator of Blind Children; update from the NFB Jernigan Institute; the latest info on accessible science, textbooks, art, games, technology; writing contest winners, Parent Power, Kid Power; NOPBC business, elections.  Special bonus: meeting attendees receive priority entrance ticket to Braille Book Fair!

5:00 - 7:00 PM  BRAILLE BOOK FAIR
To celebrate the NFB’s seventy-fifth anniversary, the American Action Fund has generously donated 750 print-Braille books to this year's Braille Book Fair!  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 to your home.  Books are free; donations are encouraged to support our Braille programs. Co-sponsored by NOPBC & NAPUB. Coordinator: Krystal Guillory, Teacher of Blind Students, NFB of Louisiana BELL Coordinator.

7:30 - 9:00 PM  DADS’ NIGHT OUT
All dads, sighted and blind, are welcome at this NOPBC-sponsored event. Call Bill Cucco at 201-602-6318 for location. 

WEDNESDAY, JULY 8

7:00 - 9:00 AM    NOPBC BOARD MEETING

9:30 - 12:00 PM   NFB CONVENTION OPENING SESSION!
Be there for the bang of the gavel and the roar of the crowd! See the NFB Convention Agenda for program details. NFB general sessions take place all day Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Many additional events and meetings take place before the morning session, at lunchtime, and in the evenings.

12:15 - 1:45 PM    TWEEN ROOM OPEN (ages 11-14)
Text or call Penny Duffy at 603-892-6355 for location. Feel free to bring your lunch. 

7:00 - 9:45 PM    NOPBC CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS
                               
7:00 - 8:15 PM Adopting a Blind/Visually Impaired Child
A look at the adoption process from initial considerations to real life at home from experienced adoptive parents. Instructors: Sandy Bishop, Adoptive Parent, POBC of MD; Merry-Noel Chamberlain, TBS, NOMC, and Marty Chamberlain, Adoptive Parents, POBC of NE
               
7:00 - 8:15 PM    IEP Workshop for Parents of Blind/VI Students 
The basics of IEP development and how to be an active and effective participant. Instructor: Dan Frye, Attorney; Executive Director, NJ Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired

8:30 - 9:45 PM    Staying Calm
How to get through an IEP meeting without raising your blood pressure and losing your cool and your mind! Instructor: Sharon Maneki, Advocate; President, NFB of MD

7:00 - 10:00 PM    NOPBC CHILDREN’S CRAFT & GAME NIGHT (ages 5 - 12)
This activity is for children whose parents are attending NOPBC evening workshops.

7:00 - 10:00 PM    NOPBC YOUTH TRACK ACTIVITIES (ages 11 - 18)
Deal Me In: Learning Poker & Other Card Games—Instructors: Jason Polansky & Ben Schuler, Summer Staff, Louisiana Center for the Blind

THURSDAY, JULY 9

8:30 AM               CHILD CARE OPENS

NOPBC CHILDREN’S ACTIVITY (ages 5-12) in NFB Child Care 
Takes place during Child Care morning session.
To participate, child must be signed up for child care for this day.
Science Adventures—Dr. Cary Supalo, Independent Science; Robert Jaquiss, American Thermoform

12:15- 1:45 PM   TWEEN ROOM OPEN (ages 11-14)
Text or call Penny Duffy at 603-892-6355 for location. Feel free to bring your lunch.

7:30 - 9:30 PM    PARENT LEADERSHIP PROGRAM—PLP
Has the NOPBC helped you and your family? Would you like to get more involved?  Come learn about leadership opportunities in your state. Coordinator: Carol Castellano, Director of Programs, NOPBC

FRIDAY, JULY 10

12:15 - 1:45 PM  TWEEN ROOM OPEN (ages 11-14)
Text or call Penny Duffy at 603-892-6355 for location. Feel free to bring your lunch. 

12:30 - 1:45 PM  NOPBC BRAINSTORMING SESSION
Come share your ideas and help to plan next year’s conference.

INSIDER INFORMATION

The NFB National Convention is a complicated week of events. This important information can help you stay organized and take advantage of the many opportunities that will be available. The NOPBC Conference takes place within the NFB convention. The NOPBC conference, the NFB convention, and NFB Child Care have separate registration and fees. In addition to registering for the NOPBC conference, it’s important to register for the NFB convention so that you receive our special hotel room rates.

INFORMAL TRIP DAY—SATURDAY, JULY 4

A group of parents will be meeting informally in the hotel lobby to take a trip to Wonder Works, an interactive indoor amusement park, a short distance from the hotel. All are invited.  

SEMINAR DAY INFORMATION—SUNDAY, JULY 5

ACTIVITIES FOR CHILDREN & YOUTH, CHILD CARE INFORMATION

SPECIAL EVENTS & ACTIVITIES ALL WEEK LONG

REGISTRATION

NOPBC 2015 CONFERENCE—CRAFTING YOUR DIAMOND

Register online at www.nopbc.org or make check payable to NOPBC and mail with form to:
Pat Renfranz, NOPBC Treasurer
397 Middle Oak Lane, Salt Lake City, UT 84108
Save money by preregistering! Preregistration must be postmarked by June 15.
After June 15, please register on-site in Orlando.

FEES

By June 15

On-site in Orlando

1 Adult
2 or more Adults

$30
$50

$40
$70

Child/Youth  (up to 18 years)

FREE
Children are free, but please list names & ages below

FREE

Adult Name ____________________________________________________________________
                [ ] parent of blind child                  [ ] professional                  [ ] other___________________

Adult Name ___________________________________________________________________
                [ ] parent of blind child                  [ ] professional                  [ ] other___________________

Please list additional adults on a separate sheet.

Address ___________________________________________ City ________________________
State ________________ Zip _________________ Phone _______________________________
Email ___________________________________ Alt. phone ____________________________

Child/Youth 1—Name (first and last), age, brief description of vision and any additional disabilities:
______________________________________________________________________________
______________________________________________________________________________
Child/Youth 2: _________________________________________________________________
______________________________________________________________________________
Please list additional children/youth on a separate sheet.

How many people?

Prereg. by June 15

On-site reg.

Totals

1 Adult                        _____

@ $30

or @ $40

= $______

2 or more Adults  _____

@ $50

or @ $70

= $______

Child/Youth              _____

FREE

FREE

= $__00__

Total Registering  _____

 

 

Total Enclosed: $______

For parents/teachers of blind children:

_____  I would like to receive the NOPBC free national magazine Future Reflections
                _____  in print         _____  as an e-file
_____  This is my first national convention           If not, how many have you attended?  _____
_____  I am a member of my state NFB/POBC
_____  I would like to receive more information about my state NFB/POBC

PLEASE NOTE: Preregistrations postmarked after June 15 will be returned. Also, remember that registrations for the NOPBC Conference and NFB child care are separate and must be mailed to different places.


NATIONAL ORGANIZATION OF PARENTS OF BLIND CHILDREN NOPBC

Second Annual
BREAKING BARRIERS FUNATHLON
at the National Federation of the Blind Convention
July 6, 2014, Orlando, FL

SPONSOR PLEDGE SHEET

Please make checks payable to NOPBC & bring to the event. Donations are tax-deductible.
 
FUNATHLETE NAME: _____________________________________________________   Goal: $_______

ADDRESS: __________________________________________________________________

PARENT’S EMAIL: ____________________________________________________________


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Address: ____________________________________________________________________

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NOPBC 2015 CONFERENCE OVERVIEW

Saturday, July 4        

1:00 PM                        Informal group trip to Wonderworks (time tentative)

Sunday, July 5

7:30 - 8:45 AM              Seminar Registration
9:00 - 10:45 AM            Crafting Your Diamond Seminar General Session (Adults, Children, Youth)
11:00 AM - 12:15 PM   NOPBC Children’s Activity in Child Care
11:00 AM - 12:15 PM   Youth Track
11:00 AM - 12:15 PM   NOPBC Concurrent Workshops
2:00 PM                          NOPBC Children’s Activity in Child Care
2:00 - 4:45 PM              Youth Track
2:00 - 3:15 PM              NOPBC Concurrent Workshops
3:30 - 4:45 PM              NOPBC Concurrent Workshops
5:30 - 7:00 PM              Family Hospitality
7:00 - 8:00 PM              Family Networking
8:00 - 9:30 PM              NOPBC Board Meeting
8:00 - 11:00 PM            Student Social (ages 14 -18); time tentative

Monday, July 6

8:45 - 10:30 AM              Cane Walk Session I (Adults, Children, Youth) 
11:00 AM - 12:45 PM     Cane Walk Session II (Adults, Children, Youth)
11 AM - 12:30 PM          Tween Room
2:45 - 4:00 PM                 Youth Style Show (all ages)
5:45 - 6:15 PM                 Breaking Barriers Funathlon (all ages)
7:30 - 9:30 PM                 Parent Leadership Program

Tuesday, July 7       

10:00 - 10:45 AM        Youth Track (ages 11 - 14)
11:00 - 11:45 AM        Youth Track (ages 14 - 18)
1:00 - 4:00 PM            NOPBC Annual Meeting—you may drop your child off early                                   
                                       in child care this p.m. in order to get to the meeting on time
1:00 - 4:00 PM            Youth Track
2:00 PM                       NOPBC Children’s Activity in Child Care
5:00 - 7:00 PM            Braille Book Fair
7:30 - 9:00 PM            Dad’s Night Out

Wednesday, July 8                

7:00 - 9:00 AM             NOPBC Board Meeting
12:15 - 1:45 PM          Tween Room
7:00 - 9:45 PM             NOPBC Concurrent Workshops
7:00 - 10:00 PM          Children’s Activity (for children whose parents are in the NOPBC workshops)
7:00 - 10:00 PM          Youth Track

Thursday, July 9

12:15 - 1:45 PM          Tween Room
7:30 - 9:30 PM            Parent Leadership Program

Friday, July 10

12:15 - 1:45 PM          Tween Room
12:30 - 1:45 PM          NOPBC Brainstorming

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