Future Reflections Winter/Spring 1998, Vol. 17 No. 1


1998 NFB Convention in Dallas, Texas
July 4, 1998-July 10, 1998

In 1998, the National Federation of the Blind Convention is returning to many parents' favorite convention site: the Dallas-Fort Worth Hyatt Regency. Those who attended the 1990 and 1993 Conventions at this site will remember the nostalgic 1950's atmosphere of Sullivan O'Shaughnessy's Restaurant, the delicious barbecue at Bear Creek, and the wonderful Texas hospitality of our hosts.

Located on the property of the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, the facility is especially nice for parents of families bringing children. The airport people-mover train makes a stop at the hotel. The ride is free, and the trains run frequently. Many children may want to take the train just for fun several times during the week. The facility's 1,300 rooms are divided between two towers connected by a quarter-mile-long corridor. It was great exercise for many of us (especially after long hours sitting in meetings), but hotel vans were also available for those for whom that walk is too long or strenuous.

As usual, the NFB Convention hotel rates are the envy of all who know about them. For the 1998 convention they are: singles, $41; doubles and twins, $43; triples, $45; and quads, $47. In addition to the room rates there will be a tax, which at present is 12 percent. There will be no charge for children in the room as long as no extra bed is requested.

There is no pre-registration for the convention, however you must make your room reservations in advance. To make those reservations write or call directly to:

Hyatt Regency DFW

Post Office Box 619014

International Parkway

Dallas-Fort Worth Airport

Texas 75261

Telephone: (972) 453-1234=20

Do NOT use the Hyatt national toll-free number to make your reservation. Reservations made through this national number will not be valid. They must be made directly with the hotel. The hotel will require a deposit of $50 or a credit card number. If a credit card is used, the deposit will be charged against your card immediately, just as would be the case with a $50 check. If a reservation is canceled prior to June 15, 1998, $25 of the $50 deposit will be returned. Otherwise refunds will not be made.

There are four excellent and very different restaurants within the hotel: Il Nonno's, an Italian trattoria, which specializes in northern Italian cuisine and has servers who sing to diners;

Sullivan O'Shaughnessy's, Papayas, and Mr. G's. In addition, the S.O.S. Bar in the West Tower serves sandwiches and a limited menu.

There are also malls with food courts, major department stores, and specialty shops all around the airport. The Irving Mall is nearby, and recently Grapevine, the town just outside the airport property, opened a large, new mall. Of course, there are also restaurants and other attractions in the area. The Ball Park, home of the Texas Rangers, is located in Arlington. So is Six Flags Over Texas. Texas Stadium is in Irving—that's where the Cowboys play, you know. The small towns in the airport area are filled with people who will treat visitors like family. But you can also do some two-steppin' in Fort Worth, enjoy a day at the Galleria, and a night at the West End District in Dallas.

If you do not have access to a car, you have the option of using cabs or the following transportation services. The services offer group rates, and most of those listed here will come to the hotel and provide you with door-to-door service to almost anywhere in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. Just call ahead and let them know what you want to do. Since each of the services operate a little differently, be sure to check with more than one to insure that you get the best rates possible. Here is the list:

A.S.T.A.R. 1-800-531-1204

AAA Atlas Limo and Bus 1-800-854-6678

Aircar 1-214-351-6306

Discount Shuttle 1-800-748-0789 or 1-817-267-5150 Super Shuttle 1-800-BLUEVAN (258-3826) or 1-817-329-2000.


And for first-time convention goers, here is a list of major convention activities:

Saturday, July 4: Parents Seminar, activities for children and

teens, Job Opportunities for the Blind workshop, and other workshops.

Sunday, July 5: Exhibit hall opens. Convention registration begins.

The registration fee is $10 per person. Convention registration is required in order to get the convention room rates. Banquet tickets (usually about $25 each) may also be purchased at the time you register.

Monday, July 6: An open meeting of the NFB Board of Directors, the

Annual Meeting of the National Organization of Parents of Blind Children, other division meetings, and a field trip for kids to a nearby dude ranch.

Tuesday, July 7: General Convention session begins. In the evening,

the NOPBC sponsors an IEP Workshop.

Wednesday, July 8: General Convention session in the morning. In

the afternoon parents have the choice of free time, going on group tours, or attending more parent workshops.

Thursday, July 9: General Convention session. Banquet.

Friday, July 10: General Convention session and last day of


The parent workshops; the displays of new technology; the meetings of special interest groups, committees, and divisions; the fascinating tours; the chance to meet hundreds of capable and successful blind adults; the hospitality and new and renewed friendships; the information-packed program items; and the general excitement of being with people who know the most about blindness and blindness issues—all of these make this gathering the most important event of the year for the blind of this nation. Come and be part of it!     

1998 NFB Camp Pre-Registration

Child(ren) Name(s)/Age(s)




City State Zip

Home Phone ( )

Work Phone ( )

Total Enclosed

Make checks payable to: NOPBC.

(Cut here. Keep the information below.)


First Child (full week) $60

Additional Siblings (full week) $30 each

Daily rate per child $15 each per day

Banquet $10 per child=20

Send this form with payment to:

Carla McQuillan

NFB of Oregon

5005 Main Street

Springfield, Oregon 97478

Questions? Need more information? Call Mrs. McQuillan at: (541)


Registration for 1998 Kids' Trip

Wagon Wheel Ranch

Child(ren) Name(s)/Age(s)



Phone ( )


City State Zip

Amount Enclosed $

(Make check payable to NOPBC.)

The following registered child is blind or visually impaired:____________________ If you have registered a child with special needs, please list name of child and needs.



Mail with payment to:

Carla McQuillan, NFB of Oregon

5005 Main Street

Springfield, OR 97478

Questions? Call Mrs. McQuillan at: (541) 726-6924


1998 Teen Baby-sitting Course

Discipline and Disability Issues

Age: 12 to 18

Date: Saturday, July 4

Time: 10:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m

Fee: $10 (includes lunch)


Name Age


City State Zip


Name of parent(s)

Amount enclosed

(Make check payable to NOPC)

Teen is:

[ ] blind/visually impaired

[ ] a sighted sibling

[ ] a sighted child of a blind parent

[ ] other

Teen reads/writes [ ]Braille [ ]Regular print [ ]Large print Briefly describe any previous baby-sitting training or experience.

If none, write "none."


Send payment and registration to:

Carla McQuillan, NFB of Oregon

5005 Main Street

Springfield, OR 97478    

                image of Jonalynn Faris)                  image of a scene of a horse and campers at the 1993 NFB camp day trip.       

                     Jonalynn Faris of Canada                                 1993 Texas Convention
                       enjoys NFB Camp.                                         NFB Camp day trip.

Image of downtown Fort Worth

Sundance Square, downtown Fort
Worth (above).  Hay ride, 1993
Texas Convention (below).
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