2019 NOPBC Conference Agenda
Full NOPBC Agenda (.pdf) (file inclues all extra notes and key information)
NATIONAL ORGANIZATION of PARENTS of BLIND CHILDREN presents ---Blindness Skills:The Only Sure Bet in Vegas 2019 National Seminar and Conference for Parents & Teachers
SUNDAY, JULY 7
7:30 – 8:45 am REGISTRATION
9:00 am WELCOME TO THE NOPBC SEMINAR—BLINDNESS SKILLS:THE ONLY SURE BET IN VEGAS
Carlton Anne Cook Walker, President, NOPBC
9:05 am KID TALK
Mark Riccobono, President, National Federation of the Blind Children will join President Riccobono at the front of the room.
9:25 am NOPBC PRESIDENTIAL REPORT: PLAYING THE LONG GAME & BEATING THE ODDS Carlton Anne Cook Walker, President, NOPBC
9:40 am NOPBC KEYNOTE: THE SOUND OF CONFIDENCE Lisamaria Martinez, CPC, Confidence Coach & Consultant, Be Confident Be You, CA
10:00 am STUDENT PANEL:STACKING THE DECK WITH BLINDNESS SKILLS Vejas Vasiliauskas, 22, CA, Alyssa Mendez, 17, FL, Anna Walker, 18, PA
10:25 am ANNOUNCEMENTS
10:30 am END of OPENING SESSION—Children preregistered with NFB Child Care will be escorted to the children’s activity in the child care rooms.
Parents attend workshops listed
10:45 - 11:45 am NOPBC Concurrent Workshops Session I
Convention 411: How to Optimize Your Convention Experience
This workshop is geared toward first time convention attendees, but willcertainly provide valuable information for all. Carlton Anne Cook Walker, President, NOPBC
Science Is Everywhere! Encouraging Curiosity, Experimentation, & Tactile
Exploration for Children 0-8
All children are “little scientists.” Your blind child should be a “little scientist,” too! Come learn practical ways to teach all types of scientific concepts to your infant, toddler, preschooler, or early elementary school
aged child. Melissa Riccobono, Board Member, NOPBC
Saving for the Future with Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Accounts: What Are ABLE Accounts& How MightThey Benefit My Blind Child?
Learn about these empowering new accounts which allow your child to savemoney toward his or her future, without compromising other benefits to
which your child is entitled. Erik Jimenez, Sr. Policy Director, Office of the Nevada State Treasurer
Cane or Guide Dog? I Use Both
Wondering if a guide dog might be something for your child to try in thefuture? Have questions about the differences between cane and guide dog use? Wondering what skills your child will need to have in order to be a competent guide dog user? This workshop is for you! Domonique Lawless,TBS, NOMC
12:15 – 1:30 pm LUNCH WITH THE NOPBC BOARD
South Pacific A
New this year! Get to know your NOPBC Board in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. Grab some food from the Food Court or restaurant takeout, and join
members of the NOPBC Board as we get to know one another and share our experiences and ideas. Children and teens welcome!
1:45 - 2:45 pm NOPBC CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS SESSION II
Sensory Integration Exercises:Could They Help Your Child’s Development?
Sensory integration exercises help the brain organize information coming in through the senses. This helps the body’s sense of touch, balance, and wherethe body and its parts are in space. If your child (any age) has trouble with these, come to this workshop! Carol Castellano, Secretary, NOPBC
Curiosity, Fun, & Science
Cultivate an interest in the natural world in your late elementary or early middle school learner. Encourage experimentation & tactile exploration, help classroom teachers fully include your child in science activities, develop ameaningful science fair project at home. Pat Renfranz, PhD, and David Blair, PhD, Prof. of Biology, U of UT; Scientists, Parents
Science in Middle, High School, & Beyond
Learn techniques blind students can use to fully participate in advanced science classes. Discover adapted equipment, techniques for accurate measurement in experiments, & more! Jamie Principato, Sr. Tech Consultant, eTouch; former Astrophysics Project Manager, CO Space Grant Consortium
Tactile Skills or Visual Skills?: Efficiency’s the Key
Encouraging your child with low vision to embrace blindness techniques, evenif he can use his vision for some things. Learn from a successful blind adult who happens to have some remaining vision about her journey from “someone who just didn’t see very well” to “someone who is blind, but still uses vision for some things—when it is efficient to do so, or when it means I can do
something just for fun.” Ronza Othman, JD, Pres., NFB of MD
3:00 - 4:00 pm NOPBC CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS SESSION III
Transition to College or Work: What Is It Like? What I Wish I Had Known
Learn from young blind adults who will discuss their experiences with college and career. Trisha Kulkarni, former scholarship winner, college student, VP,CABS; and Janae Burgmeier, graduate student, Board Member, NABS, Treasurer, IA Assoc. of Blind Students. of IA
Fun with Science: A Solar System Make-and-Take
Create models to provide nonvisual access to space science and share ideas for bringing other scientific concepts off the page and into the hands. Mid-elementary through 9th grade. Pat Renfranz, PhD, and David Blair, PhD, Prof.of Biology, U of UT; Scientists, Parents
Saving for the Future with Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE)
Accounts: What Are ABLE Accounts& How MightThey Benefit My Blind Child?
Learn about these empowering new accounts which allow your child to save money toward his or her future, without compromising other benefits to
which your child is entitled. Erik Jimenez, Sr. Policy Director, Office of theNevada State Treasurer
Tactile Map Making
How can you make quick and easy maps at home or at school? Kristen Sims, TBS, NOMC and Sheena Manuel, TBS, NOMC
5:30 - 7:00 pm NOPBC FAMILY GAME NIGHT
South Pacific A
Relax, chat, meet new families and teachers, and connect with old friends. Veteranattendees will be on hand to welcome you and provide information. We’ll havegames available to play and we’ll demonstrate easy ways to adapt games at home for accessibility. We won’t be serving food, but feel free to bring your takeoutdinner in.
Special Announcemnt: Megan Bening Memorial Fund Technology GiveawayIn loving memory of Megan Bening, the Megan Bening Memorial Fund Technology Giveaway will take place during Family Game Night. To be eligible for the drawing, the blind child must be 1) 21 or younger, 2) registered for the NOPBC conference, 3) have a parent/guardian who is registered for the
NOPBC conference. Each eligible child will receive 3 tickets for a chance to win. Over $10,000 worth of technology will be given away! View the Giveaway list at nopbc.org/2019-megan-bening-fund-giveaway or
get a paper copy at conference registration on Sunday morning
Put your tickets in the containers at registration, at lunch, or by 5:45 pm on Game Night.
Drawing takes place at 6 pm. No more than one prize per person. Must be present to win.
MONDAY, JULY 8, 2019
8:45 – 10:30 am CANE WALK SESSION I
Wondering if your child should use a cane? Curious about how a cane works? Learn and experience the Structured Discovery Method of travel at these special workshops (not listed in NFB agenda). Parents, teachers, blind/VI children, and siblings are welcome. Jeff Altman, NOMCT, CVRCB
9:00 - 10:15 am CONVENTION 411: HOW TO OPTIMIZE YOUR
This workshop is geared toward first time convention attendees, but will certainly provide valuable information for all. Carlton Anne Cook Walker, President, NOPBC
11:00 am - 12:15 pm CONVENTION 411: HOW TO OPTIMIZE YOUR
See description above.
11:00 am – 12:45 pm CANE WALK SESSION II
See description above.
1:00 – 4:00 pm NOPBC YOUTH STYLE SHOW
Tradewinds D (Rehearsal at 1:00 pm; Style Show begins at 2:30 pm)
Watch our young blind and low vision models strut their stuff on the runway. Come enjoy the fashions and music and support NOPBC. Tickets $5 at the door. Jean Fultz, NOPBC Youth Style Show Coordinator; Board Member, NOPBC. For more information, call Jean at 315-222-8288.
7:00 – 9:00 pm PARENT LEADERSHIP PROGRAM—PLP Part I
Shell Seekers A
Has the NOPBC helped you and your family? Would you like to get more involved? Come learn about leadership opportunities in your state. Carol Castellano, PLPCoordinator; Secretary, NOPBC
TUESDAY, JULY 9, 2019
1:00 – 3:45 pm INDEPENDENCE & SUCCESS: THE BEST SHOW IN VEGAS (AND EVERYWHERE ELSE)—The Annual Meeting of the National Organization of Parents of Blind Children—NOPBC
South Pacific A
1:00 – 2:00 pm NOPBC Vendor Fair
Exhibitors will be on hand with materials, equipment & information. Come and get the latest info of importance to parents and children.
2:00 – 3:45 pm NOPBC Annual Meeting Attention parents and teachers! Be sure to attend the NOPBC Annual
Meeting featuring a presentation by the 2019 Distinguished Educator of Blind Children; updates from the NFB Jernigan Institute & on programs and educational opportunities for kids; presentations from blind students; Parent Power; NOPBC business, elections, and more! Don’t miss it! Special bonus: meeting attendees receive priority entrance ticket to the Braille Book Fair! Families with blind children enter at 4:15; others with ticket go to the head of the line at 5:00 pm.
4:15 - 6:30 pm BRAILLE BOOK FAIR
South Pacific C & D
4:15 -5:00 Blind Child 18 & Younger Book Choosing
5:00 Book Fair open to all; NOPBC annual meeting ticket holders go in first A book lover's dream! Browse tables of new and used Braille and print/Braille books. Due to high demand, print/Braille books will be limited to 5 per blind child present and 3 per teacher. Please be mindful and don’t be a book hog! If print/Braille books are still available after 6 o’clock, restrictions will be lifted.
Volunteers will box your books and deliver them to the post office for Free Matter shipment to your home.
Through a collaboration with our Literacy Sponsor, the Wells Fargo Foundation, books are free. Donations are encouraged to help support our Braille programs. Coordinators: Krystal Guillory, TBS; State Coordinator, NFB BELL Academy of Louisiana; Sandra Oliver, Treasurer, NOPBC.
7:00 - 9:00 pm CENTURY CELEBRATION BRAILLE CARNIVAL
South Pacific Ballroom AB
Come one, come all to the Braille carnival to celebrate one hundred years of literacy projects offered by the American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults (AAF). Enjoy exploring the history of the Action Fund, interacting with Braille-related activities, sharing your story about the AAF's free Braille books
and calendars, and even winning some prizes worthy of this memorable milestone. Sponsored by the American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults.
7:30 - 9:00 pm DADS’ NIGHT OUT
Call Corbb O’Connor 703-309-4884 for more information and location. All dads, sighted and blind, are welcome at this NOPBC-sponsored event.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 10, 2019
7:30 am NOPBC BOARD MEETING
Open to all. Please note: this is a MORNING meeting.
7:00 - 10:00 pm NOPBC PARENT WORKSHOPS & ACTIVITIES FOR
CHILDREN & YOUTH
7:00 – 10:00 pm NOPBC CRAFTS & GAMES NIGHT (ages 5 - 12)
Mariner AThis activity is available for children whose parents are attending NOPBC
evening workshops ONLY.
7:00 - 9:45 pm NOPBC CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS
7:00 – 9:45 pm Tactile Story Time & Drawing Time Drop-In Session
Bring your children, ages infant - 8, to enjoy listening to stories, exploring tactile graphics, and trying out drawing tactile pictures using a variety of tools. Learn ways to help your child connect with stories and gain tactile literacy through real object and tactile images. Older children and parents of older children might enjoy this session as well. Ann Cunningham, Tactile Artist; Jenny Callahan, Art Teacher, Colorado Center for the Blind
7:00-9:45 pm Hands-On Mini BELL Drop-In Session
Come try out basic Braille reading and writing skills, as well as other daily living skills without using your vision. Drop in to this workshop and check out all of the activities. Ask questions about how to help your child learn and practice different Braille or daily living skills. You may attend this workshop by yourself, or bring your child along to learn together and double the fun! Krystal Guillory, TBS; State Coordinator, NFB BELL Academy of Louisiana
7:00-8:15 pm The Basics of a High Quality IEP
Learn how to advocate for your child in school. What are smart goals? What types of assessments are available? What does a good IEP look like? Carlton Walker, President, NOPBC, TBS, Attorney
8:30-9:45 pm The IEP Paper Trail:Strategies for Record-Keeping & Effective Communication
How can you stay organized and keep good IEP records? How do you ask for different services for your child, clarify things that are happening at school, or make a record of a phone conversation? Learn the answers to these questions and practice writing a letter with your new skills. Please bring something to write with. Melissa Riccobono, Board Member, NOPBC; PatRenfranz, PhD, former Board Member, NOPBC
THURSDAY, JULY 11, 2019
12:30 – 1:45 pm NOPBC BRAINSTORMING SESSION
Come share your knowledge and ideas with us. What did you like at this convention? What workshops might you like to see us offer next year? What resources would help you stay connected throughout the year? Be a part of this valuable conversation. Carlton Walker, President, NOPBC
7:00 – 9:00 pm PARENT LEADERSHIP PROGRAM—PLP PART II
Shell Seekers A
Has the NOPBC helped you and your family? Would you like to get more involved? Come learn about leadership opportunities in your state. Carol Castellano, PLP Coordinator; Board Member, NOPBC
FRIDAY, JULY 12, 2019