Future Reflections

Volume 38 Number 4                          Convention 2019

A magazine for parents and teachers of blind children published by
the American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults in partnership
with the National Organization of Parents of Blind Children.

Deborah Kent Stein, Editor

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ISSN-0883-3419

Copyright © 2019 American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults

For more information about blindness and children contact:
National Organization of Parents of Blind Children
200 East Wells Street at Jernigan Place, Baltimore, MD 21230 • 410-659-9314
https://nfb.org/nopbcnfb@nfb.orgdkent5817@att.net

 

Contents

LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

The Power of Unity
by Deborah Kent Stein

NOPBC CONFERENCE

Kid Talk
by Mark Riccobono

Playing the Long Game and Beating the Odds
by Carlton Anne Cook Walker

To Become a Blindness Skills Ninja
by Lisamaria Martinez

Tools for Success
by Alyssa Mendez, Anna Walker, and Vejas Vasiliauskas

CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS

Science Is Everywhere: Encouraging Curiosity, Experimentation, and
Tactile Exploration in Young Blind Children

by Melissa Riccobono

Maybe It's Not Because They're Blind: How Sensory Integration Exercises May Help Our Children
by Carol Castellano

NOPBC BOARD MEETING

Delora's Boy
by Anil Lewis

A House with Many Rooms
by Adrienne Shoemaker

The Greatest Danger of All
by Fred Schroeder

Support from Parent Leaders
by Sarah Erb, Emily Wagner Gindlesberger, and Carla Keirns

2019-2020 NOPBC Board Elections

GENERAL SESSIONS

Led by the Blind: Bringing Authenticity to Services for the Blind and Making
Them Relevant to the Lives We Want to Live

by Bryan Bashin

Not without Question: The Difference of the Federation Philosophy in Our Lives
by Jean Brown

AWARDS

2019 Dr. Jacob Bolotin Awards
presented by James Gashel

Meet the 2019 National Federation of the Blind Scholarship Class
presented by Cayte Mendez

CONVENTION HIGHLIGHTS

Welcome to Youth Track
by Amy Porterfield

Braille Carnival: A Swimming Success
by Julie Deden

Our Convention Adventures
by Nancy Horst

ANNOUNCEMENTS

The American Action Fund Needs Your Help

General Announcements

     Complete Future Reflections

Why Join the NOPBC?

Are you the parent of a blind/low-vision child? Don’t know where to turn? 
Have you ever wondered what your child will be capable of when he or she grows up? Are you concerned that your child’s future will be limited by blindness or low vision? Do you have questions about how to parent a blind child? We are here for you.

What is the NOPBC?

Founded in 1983, the National Organization of Parents of Blind Children (NOPBC), a proud division of the National Federation of the Blind (NFB), is a membership organization of families, friends, and educators of blind children. We have thousands of members in all fifty states plus Washington, DC, and Puerto Rico.

Who is the NOPBC for?

We have a very inclusive definition of blindness which includes children who have some usable vision. Instead of focusing on what the child can or cannot see, we focus on the child and what she or he wants to be.
NOPBC is for families, educators, and friends of blind children, including those who have some usable vision. We welcome all families of blind children, and many of our children have both blindness and other disabilities.
We help families and blind children themselves maximize the child’s abilities and opportunities; we hold high expectations for all of our children, regardless of any additional disabilities they may have.

Why is the NOPBC a part of the National Federation of the Blind?

As a division of the National Federation of the Blind (NFB), the largest and most influential organization of blind people in the world, the NOPBC is well informed about the societal, legislative, and technological issues that affect blind people. We enjoy the resources, support, and expertise of fifty thousand blind people who can serve as mentors and role models for us and our children. When we as parents join the NOPBC, our children belong to the Federation family.

What is our mission?

The NOPBC:

Most states have an NOPBC affiliate chapter. You can find your state chapter at http://www.nopbc.org. If your state does not have a chapter and you would like to start one, please contact us. We may be able to offer training and other assistance to start a state NOPBC chapter.

Why Join the NOPBC?

We have been where you are, and we want to support you and your blind child. We know that blindness does not define your child's future. We can connect you with other families and blind adults who can serve as positive mentors and role models. They can teach you the attitudes and techniques that will enable your child to become independent and to succeed in life.  
The NOPBC offers hope, encouragement, information, and resources for parents, families, and educators of blind children. NOPBC provides:

We offer a wide variety of programs, activities, and training to families, children, and youth. One of our most exciting activities is our annual conference. Every year since it was established, the NOPBC has conducted an annual conference for parents and teachers of blind children as part of the national convention of the NFB. This conference has grown to include five exciting days of workshops, training sessions, activities for all family members, including sighted siblings, and countless opportunities to meet blind adults and other families and children from around the country.

Programs, activities, publications, and resources of the NFB and NOPBC

Contact Us:
National Organization of Parents of Blind Children
NOPBCPres@gmail.com
www.nopbc.org

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