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NOPBC Conference & NFB Convention Overview

National Organization of Parents of Blind Children Confernece & National Federation of the Blind Convention Overview

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Our day begins early on Tuesday, July 3. Registration begins at 8 AM. You will not want to miss our opening sessions which begin at 9 AM for parents, children (10 and under) and youth (11-18.)

Hear from Mark Riccobono, president, National Federation of the Blind, Kim Cunningham, president, National Organization of Parents of Blind Children, and many other exciting speakers.

Workshops will be held at the following times:11:00 am-12:15 pm, 2:00-3:15 pm, and 3:30-4:45 pm.

You will have a choice of four different workshops to attend during each session. We are thrilled to welcome Susan Osterhaus from the Texas School for the Blind as a workshop presenter this year. Susan is an expert on making math accessible for blind children at all educational levels; she will be presenting three different workshops to cover topics related to teaching math to children in elementary, middle, and high school. Other workshop topics will include Convention 411, for families who are new to the National Federation of the Blind convention, ways to make braille fun for young children, practical uses for braille, saving money for your child’s future in an ABLE Account, and more!

While parents are learning in workshops, children and youth will be having fun and learning with blind and sighted peers. NFB Camp is child care provided for children 6 weeks to 12 years. This year, there will be lessons taught from the National Federation of the Blind Braille Enrichment for Literacy and Learning (NFB BELL) Academy in NFB Camp! These lessons will help children learn braille, travel, daily living, and other skills in a fun way. Blind and sighted sibblings will have the opportunity to learn together. There will also be other activity choices for those children who would prefer doing something else. Please make sure you register for NFB Camp by visiting https://nfb.org/nfb-camp-registration-form

Youth Track is a host of activities for youth ages 11-18. This year, Youth Track activities will focus on exploring various careers, job readiness, art, travel skills, and so much more! Please check back in the near future for our Youth Track agenda!

On Tuesday evening at 5:30 pm, please join us for Family Hospitality. Each blind child registered for the NOPBC seminar will receive a chance to win a piece of technology of his or her choice. Drawings for the various technologies, which include Victor Reader Streams, braille displays, magnifiers, and tablets will occur during Family Hospitality. This is also a wonderful opportunity to network with other families with blind children. After family hospitality middle school students will have a chance to gather and socialize with oneanother, and high school students will have the chance to mingle with college students at the National Association of Blind Students social.

On Wednesday, July 4, NFB Camp is closed. However, the youth track will be offering activities for anyone 11-18 years of age, and there will be many other activities for families with younger children to enjoy. All families are encouraged to attend a session of the cane walk. This is a time for parents and their children to travel together with a cane travel instructor, work on cane skills, and get travel questions answered. After the cane walk, explore the exhibit hall to learn about new blindness technology.

In the afternoon, sign your child up for the annual Style Show—blind and sighted children gain confidence as they strut their stuff on the runway in outfits of their choice.

On Thursday, July 5, NFB Camp and Youth Track are both active. Attend the National Federation of the Blind Board of Directors meeting (open to all) in the morning, or explore the exhibit hall. In theafternoon, join the National Organization of Parents of Blind Children for our annual meeting. Hear from the winner of the Distinguished Educator of Blind Children award, enjoy listening to blind children talk about how they are living the lives they want, and more!

After the Annual Meeting, revel in a book lovers dream—the 2018 Braille Bookfair. Children can browse through hundreds of braille books, and choose books they enjoy to take home with them, all free of charge! Children can decide to take books with them, or UPS volunteers will be on hand to help box and ship books directly to your home. This is truly a one of a kind experience, and is definitely a convention highlight for many families.

On Friday, July 6, NFB Camp is open. Youth are encouraged to attend the general sessions of the National Federation of the Blind convention. And, you will not want to miss the general session either! Be there as the gavel falls. Enjoy the awesome opening ceremonies, inspiring Presidential Report, and educational speakers.

That evening, join us for more workshop sessions on the IEP process, orientation and mobility assessments, and playtime for toddlers and their families.

Saturday and Sunday, July 7 and 8, are filled with more informative general sessions. The banquet, which is the highlight of the convention, occurs on the evening of the 8th. Enjoy an address from our national president, scholarship and other award presentations, and more! We look forward to seeing you and your family in Orlando this year!

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