2017 Conference Agenda

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NOPBC

National Organization of Parents of Blind Children

A division of the National Federation of the Blind

Presents

 three figures like the NFB logo. a large one with a cane. one with out a cane and smaller one with a cane

#HowWeSeeIt

 

The 2017 National Conference for Parents and Teachers

 National Federation of the Blind

National Convention

July 10 – 15, 2017

Rosen Shingle Creek Resort

Orlando, FL


 

 

WELCOME TO THE 2017 NOPBC CONFERENCE!

* Insider Information *

The NFB National Convention is a complicated week of events. We hope the information provided here will help you stay organized and make the most of your convention experience.

 

REGISTRATION INFORMATION

  • The NOPBC conference, the NFB convention, & NFB Child Care each have separate registration & fees. For our special hotel rates, be sure to register for the NFB convention in addition to the NOPBC conference. 
  • NOPBC conference registration: In advance—www.nopbc.org.  Onsite—Sun. evening, July 9, 7-9 pm & Mon. morning, July 10, 7:30–8:45 am outside Panzacola F-1, Level 1.  NFB onsite—Tues. & Wed., Sebastian Ballroom Pre-function area, Level 1.

SEMINAR DAY INFORMATION—MONDAY, JULY 10

  • On Seminar Day, Monday, July 10, adults, children, and youth are invited to start the morning together at the   #HowWeSeeIt Seminar, where children will have the opportunity to chat with NFB President Mark Riccobono. At the end of the general session (10:45 AM) children preregistered with NFB child care will be escorted to child care activities and youth 11-18 will be escorted to the Youth Track activity, while adults attend workshops. At the lunch break, pick up your child from child care & meet up with your teen for lunch on your own.  After lunch will be more workshops for adults, a children’s activity in child care, & Youth Track activities.
  • Is this your first time at convention? Check out Convention 411, from 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM on Seminar Day, for families who would like information and advice from veteran convention attendees.
  • This year we’ll be holding two back-to-back technology workshops in addition to our other workshops. Please note the times in this agenda.
  • Save your registration badge for free admission to NOPBC Family Hospitality following the Seminar.

ACTIVITIES FOR CHILDREN & YOUTH, CHILD CARE INFORMATION

  • NOPBC daytime children’s activities, along with other activities, take place in NFB Child Care (also called NFB Camp)—Suwannee 14-17, Level 2. To take part in an activity, your child must be registered for child care for that day. Register in advance at nfb.org/nfb-camp-registration-form. To register onsite, go to child care rooms & see if there are any spaces left. Child care schedule appears toward the end of this agenda.
  • Child care is provided by the NFB for children 6 weeks to 12 years old each day except Tuesday, July 11. Child care is also available on Banquet night, Saturday, July 15. Children must be registered to attend. 
  • Youth Track staff will stay 15 minutes after each session. Pick your teen up at the Youth Track rooms or plan to meet elsewhere.
  • Other activities for children and youth include the National Association of Blind Students (NABS) Social, “It’s Cool to Be in Middle School,” the Cane Walk, the Youth Style Show, the NABS annual meeting, the NOPBC Pool Social, and Youth Track activities. Schedules appear toward the end of this agenda.

SPECIAL EVENTS & ACTIVITIES ALL WEEK LONG

  • Certain special NOPBC activities for parents, children, and youth are listed only in this agenda—for ex., our Cane Walks and NOPBC daytime children’s activities, so keep this agenda throughout the week. 
  • Other activities that you & your child might want to attend are listed in the NFB Convention agenda (this is a separate document). Pick it up at Convention or get it in advance at www.nfb.org.  Read both agendas to be aware of all events. 
  • A sampling of the week’s activities: 
  • NFB Convention sessions Thursday, Friday, & Saturday, July 13-15; Banquet Saturday evening, July 15—be sure to do your ticket exchange—see details in the NFB Convention agenda
  • Tactile art, Mock Trial, talent show, karaoke, a play written and performed by blind people, training center open houses, tech demos & hands-on STEM, legislation update, self-defense, autonomous vehicles info, dancing, job fair, a luau!
  • NFB Division activities—Blind Students, Sports & Recreation, Crafts, Performing Arts, Writers, Lawyers, Educators, Computer Scientists, Guide Dog Users, Deaf-Blind, & many more—open to all
  • Our incomparable Exhibit Hall—the latest technology and other items of interest
  • The Banquet and scholarship presentations

 

NATIONAL ORGANIZATION of PARENTS of BLIND CHILDREN

presents

#HowWeSeeIt

2017 National Seminar and Conference for Parents & Teachers

MONDAY, JULY 10

Registration 7:30 – 8:45 am; Seminar 9:00 am – 4:45 pm

Morning Program—Panzacola F-1, Level 1. Workshops—Suwannee 13, 18-21, Level 2

7:30 – 8:45 am REGISTRATION

Parents, children, and youth are invited to start the morning together at the #HowWeSeeIt Seminar.  At 10:45 a.m. children preregistered with NFB Child Care will be escorted to Child Care and youth 11-18 will be escorted to the Youth Track rooms.  Save your NOPBC registration badge for free admission to Family Hospitality after the Seminar!

9:00 am   WELCOME

                  Kim Cunningham, President, NOPBC

             

9:10 am   KID TALK

                  Mark Riccobono, President, National Federation of the Blind

Children will join President Riccobono at the front of the room

9:30 am   NOPBC PRESIDENTIAL REPORT: #HowWeSeeIt

                  Kim Cunningham, President, NOPBC

9:40 am   ENABLE YOUR CHILD TO SUCCEED ACADEMICALLY

Dr. Denise M. Robinson, TVI, CEO, TechVision, LLC

 

10:05 am THE IMPACT OF DISABILITY SIMULATIONS

Dr. Arielle Silverman, Disabilities Research & Training Consultant, Disability Wisdom Consulting

 

10:20 am STUDENT PERSPECTIVES: #HowWeSeeIt

Lindsay Adair, LA (15), Hank Miller, NJ (16), Julia Gebert, AK (16)

 

10:40 am DAN RYLES MEMORIAL AWARD

Carol Castellano, NOPBC Board Member, Presenter

 

10:45 am  CHILDREN & YOUTH ARE ESCORTED TO ACTIVITIES

11:00 am - 12:15 pm   NOPBC YOUTH TRACK ACTIVITY (ages 11 – 18)

                  Wekiwa 1, Level 2  (11 – 14) & Wekiwa 2, Level 2 (14 – 18)

 

A Little Bit About Me—Shannon Kemlo, Youth Track Coordinator; Children and Youth Services Manager, SAAVI Services for the Blind

Make arrangements to meet up with your teen after the session. 

 

11:00 am - 1:00 pm NOPBC HANDS-ON TECHNOLOGY WORKSHOP SESSION I: Technology Basics in Five Steps or Less (Low Tech Session)

Suwannee 13, Level 2

Explore low tech devices such as the Braillewriter, slate and stylus, Pen Friend, audio book players, and more. Stay for the entire time, or only come for one product presentation. Presentations for each product will be held at 11:00, 11:20, 11:40, 12:00, 12:20, and 12:40.  Raul A. Gallegos, Assistive Technology Trainer, RGA Tech Solutions

11:00 am - 12:15 pm NOPBC CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS SESSION I 

Parents & teachers are invited to attend.

 

Essential 411: How to Optimize Your Convention Experience

Suwannee 18, Level 2

This workshop is geared toward first time convention attendees, but will certainly provide valuable information for all. Kim Cunningham, President, NOPBC; Norma Crosby, President, NFB of Texas, NFB Board Member; Pam Allen, President, NFB of Louisiana; 1st VP, NFB

 

Elementary School Math: Tips, Tricks, and Tools for Success

Suwannee 19, Level 2

How to use manipulatives, make graphics, and help your child with math at home. Krystal Guillory, TBVI, M.Ed., NCUEB; Kristen Sims, TBVI, M.Ed., NCUEB, NOMC

                       

Stress Management for Parents…and Their Kids, Too!

Suwannee 20, Level 2

Learn techniques for managing stress caused by IEP meetings, medical issues, or the challenges of everyday parenting. Also get tips for helping your kids manage their own life stressors. Jeannie Massay, MA, LPC, CCS; Pres., NFB of Oklahoma

 

Raising a Blind Child with Autism: A Parent Perspective

Suwannee 21, Level 2

Meeting the challenges, enjoying the triumphs, and appreciating the unexpected joys of parenting a child with autism. Christine Duffley, Parent; Director, Know Greater Love; Owner, Mission Possible

12:15 – 2:00 pm   Lunch on your own.  Pick up children & meet up with teens.

 

 1:30 pm   CHILD CARE REOPENS

                  Suwannee 14-17, Level 2

2:00 pm     NOPBC CHILDREN’S ACTIVITY (ages 5 – 12) in NFB Child Care

                  Suwannee 14-17, Level 2

                  To participate, child must be signed up for child care for this day.

Spreading Sunshine: a Community Service Project—NFB Community Service Division

                            

2:00 – 4:45 pm  NOPBC YOUTH TRACK (ages 11 – 18)

                  Wekiwa 1, Level 2  (11 – 14) & Wekiwa 2, Level 2 (14 – 18)

Let’s Talk Tech and Social Media—Shannon Kemlo, Youth Track Coordinator, Children and Youth Services Manager, SAAVI Services for the Blind

2:00 - 4:00 pm   NOPBC HANDS-ON TECHNOLOGY WORKSHOP   SESSION II: Technology Basics in Five Steps or Less (High Tech Session)

Suwannee 13, Level 2

Ever wondered how to help your child pair a braille display with an iDevice, download a book onto a notetaker, or use a Kindle Fire? This hands-on technology session is for you. Rotate between different presentations, or stay for only one in order to learn about a specific product. Presentations for all products will be repeated at 2:00, 2:20, 2:40, 3:00, 3:20, and 3:40. Raul A. Gallegos, Assistive Technology Trainer, RGA Tech Solutions

2:00 - 3:15 pm  NOPBC CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS SESSION II

Parents & teachers are invited to attend.

Using Google Drive, Google Docs, and Other Google Products in the Classroom

Suwannee 18, Level 2

Google products are becoming more popular in schools across the country, and blind children do not need to be left behind! Dr. Denise M. Robinson TVI, Ph.D., CEO, TechVision, LLC

You Are Your Child’s First Teacher

Suwannee 19, Level 2

Encouraging learning through play for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. Melissa Riccobono, Board Member, NOPBC

 

Tips, Tricks, & Tools for Surviving Middle School & Higher Level Math

Suwannee 20, Level 2

Techniques for measuring, creating geometric diagrams, graphing in algebra & beyond and how to help at home. Krystal Guillory, TBlVI, M.Ed., NCUEB; Bre Brown, College Student; Lindsay Adair, High School Student

 

It’s Recess Time!

Suwannee 21, Level 2

Encouraging children to participate in recess, sports, and other social activities. Deja Powell, MA, NOMC

 

3:30 - 4:45 pm   NOPBC CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS SESSION III

Parents & teachers are invited to attend.

 

Remote Technology Instruction

Suwannee 18, Level 2

What is remote technology instruction, why might it benefit my child, and how can my child receive it?  Dr. Denise M. Robinson TVI, CEO, TechVision, LLC

 

Orientation and Mobility for Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers

Suwannee 19, Level 2

It’s never too early to introduce your child to a cane. Find out why and how.

Merry-Noel Chamberlain, TVI, NOMC, Doctoral Candidate; Allison Hilliker, Parent

 

It Might Not Be a Braille Thing

Suwannee 20, Level 2

Recognizing possible reading and other learning disabilities in blind children. Carlton Anne Cook Walker, TVI

 

Learning to Drive

Suwannee 21, Level 2

How to take control of getting from place to place when driving is not an option. Corbb O’Connor, Board Member, NOPBC; Briley O’Connor, Senior Program Instructor, BLIND Inc.

 

By 5:30 pm  Pick up children from child care promptly!  Meet up with teens.

  

5:30 - 7:00 pm    NOPBC FAMILY HOSPITALITY

Panzacola F-1, Level 1

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.  Admission is free with your 2017 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). 

6:30 – 8:00 pm NOBPC YOUTH TRACK SESSION (Ages 11-18)

Wekiwa 1, Level 2  (11 – 14) & Wekiwa 2, Level 2 (14 – 18)

To Be or Not to Be Blind…That Is the Question

Shannon Kemlo, Youth Track Coordinator, Children and Youth Services Manager, SAAVI Services for the Blind

8:00 – 10:00 pm   NOPBC YOUTH TRACK ACTIVITY (Ages 11-14)

Wekiwa 1, Level 2 

It’s Cool to Be in Middle School!

Shannon Kemlo, Youth Track Coordinator, Children and Youth Services Manager, SAAVI Services for the Blind

 

8:00 - 11:00 pm   NABS STUDENT NETWORKING (ages 14 – 18)

Wekiwa 7, Level 2

National Association of Blind Students.  All students welcome.

 

TUESDAY, JULY 11

Child Care is CLOSED on this day.

Register for the NFB Convention, purchase your Banquet tickets, visit the Independence Market & Exhibit Hall. Participate in a cane walk. Come out for NOPBC Youth Style Show & NOPBC Pool Social. Check the NFB agenda for other interesting meetings and activities such as tactile art, tech sessions, Mock Trial, blind musicians, Sports & Rec, Professionals in Blindness Ed, Resolutions Committee, legislation, student division meeting. 

 

8:45 – 10:30 am   CANE WALK SESSION I

Wekiwa 8, Level 2

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 am – 12:00 pm NOPBC YOUTH TRACK ACTIVITY (Ages 11-18)

Wekiwa 1, Level 2  (11 – 14) & Wekiwa 2, Level 2 (14 – 18)

      Looking Good and Feeling Good!

Shannon Kemlo, Youth Track Coordinator, Children and Youth Services Manager, SAAVI Services for the Blind

11:00 am – 12:45 pm   CANE WALK SESSION II

Wekiwa 8, Level 2

See description above.

1:00 – 4:00 pm    NOPBC YOUTH STYLE SHOW

Wekiwa 8, Level 2  (Rehearsal at 1:00 pm; Style Show begins at 2:45 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. Coordinators: Laura Bostick, 1st Vice President, NOPBC, and Kim Cunningham, President, NOPBC. For more information, call Kim at 713-501-9659.

4:00 – 5:00 pm NOBPC YOUTH TRACK (Ages 11-18)

Wekiwa 1, Level 2  (11 – 14) & Wekiwa 2, Level 2 (14 – 18)

“Mocktail” Party

Shannon Kemlo, Youth Track Coordinator, Children and Youth Services Manager, SAAVI Services for the Blind

 

 

Tuesday, July 11, 2017 continued

 

5:30 – 8:00 pm    NOPBC FAMILY POOLSIDE SOCIAL

Zero Entry Family Pool

Join us for swimming and socialization! All family members are welcome. 

(In case of rain, socialize in Wekiwa 2, Level 2)      

7:30 – 9:30 pm    PARENT LEADERSHIP PROGRAM—PLP

Suwannee 20, Level 2

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, Board Member, NOPBC, 201-400-1101

 

WEDNESDAY, JULY 12

 

Child care is open in the morning and afternoon. You can drop younger children off at child care in the morning, or take them with you for a visit to the Exhibit Hall and the Independence Market. You might also consider attending 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!

 

12:45 pm  CHILD CARE WILL BE OPEN EARLY ON THIS AFTERNOON

Suwannee 14-17, Level 2

Give your child lunch, then drop child off early at child care on this day—

so that you can attend the NOPBC Annual Meeting which begins at 1 pm.

 

1:00 – 4:00 pm    NOPBC YOUTH TRACK SESSION (ages 11-18)

Wekiwa 1, Level 2  (11 – 14) & Wekiwa 2, Level 2 (14 – 18)

      Hands-On Science Exploration

Shannon Kemlo, Youth Track Coordinator, Children and Youth Services Manager, SAAVI Services for the Blind

  

1:00 – 4:00 pm  NATIONAL ORGANIZATION OF PARENTS OF BLIND CHILDREN ANNUAL MEETING: OPTIONS & OPPORTUNITIES

Panzacola F-1, Level 1

Attention parents and teachers! Be sure to attend this important meeting featuring a presentation by the 2017 Distinguished Educator of Blind Children; an update from the NFB Jernigan Institute; information on the NFB Braille Enrichment for Literacy and Learning (NFB BELL) Academy, NFB training centers, ABLE accounts, transition services, mentoring; resources for math, science, tactile graphics, Twin-Vision books; Parent Power; NOPBC awards, business, elections, and more! Don’t miss it! Special bonus: meeting attendees receive priority entrance ticket to the Braille Book Fair!

 

5:00 - 7:00 pm   BRAILLE BOOK FAIR

Panzacola F3 & F4, Level 1

A  book lover's dream!  Browse tables of 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     help support our Braille programs.  Coordinator: Krystal Guillory, TBS; State Coordinator, NFB BELL Academy of Louisiana.

5:30 -7:00 pm NOPBC YOUTH TRACK ACTIVITY (Ages 14-18)

Wekiwa 1, Level 2 

Dating 101

Shannon Kemlo, Youth Track Coordinator, Children and Youth Services Manager, SAAVI Services for the Blind

 

7:30 - 9:00 pm     DADS’ NIGHT OUT

Call Corbb O’Connor 703-309-4884 for location. 

All dads, sighted and blind, are welcome at this NOPBC-sponsored event. 

     

8:00 – 10:00 pm    NABS OLYMPICS (ages 11-18)

Wekiwa 4, Level 2

Sponsored by National Association of Blind Students. 


 

THURSDAY, JULY 13

7:30 am   NOPBC BOARD MEETING

Suwannee 20, Level 2

9:30 am – 12:00 pm    NFB CONVENTION OPENING SESSION!

Sebastian Ballrooms I and J, Level 1

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 Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Many additional events and meetings take place before the morning session, at lunchtime, and in the evenings.

2:00 - 5:00 pm    NFB CONVENTION GENERAL SESSION

Sebastian Ballrooms I and J, Level 1

See NFB Convention Agenda for program details

7:00 – 10:00 pm   NOPBC CRAFTS & GAMES NIGHT (ages 5 - 12)

Wekiwa 2, Level 2

This activity is available for children whose parents are attending NOPBC evening workshops—see next page.

7:00 – 8:00 pm    NOPBC YOUTH TRACK ACTIVITY (for sighted siblings only, ages 11-18)

Wekiwa 1, Level 2 

Sibling Rivalry: What Is it Like to Have a Blind Brother or Sister?

Shannon Kemlo, Youth Track Coordinator, Children and Youth Services Manager, SAAVI Services for the blind

 

8:00 – 10:00    NOPBC YOUTH TRACK (ages 11-18)

Wekiwa 1, Level 2

Unconventional Convention Scavenger Hunt

Shannon Kemlo, Youth Track Coordinator, Children and Youth Manager, SAAVI Services for the Blind

See Parent Workshops next page

 

7:00 - 9:45 pm    NOPBC CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS

 

7:00 - 8:15 pm  IEP 101: What Does a Good IEP Look Like and How Do I Get There? 

Suwannee 18, Level 2

Learn how to advocate for your child in school. What are smart goals? What types of assessments are available? Natalie Shaheen, M.Ed., Teacher of Blind Students

        

7:00 – 8:15 pm   Creating a High-Quality IFSP

Suwanee 19, Level 2

How do you craft smart goals for your infant or toddler? Krystal Guillory, Teacher of Blind/VI Students, M.Ed., NCUEB

 

7:00 - 9:45 pm   Braille Is Beautiful!
Wekiwa 9, Level 2

A drop-in make-and-take session full of ideas of how to use braille around the home in order to encourage literacy—even at a young age.

Members of NOPBC

         8:30 – 9:45 pm    IEP 202: Beyond the Basics

Suwannee 18, Level 2

What do you do when you don’t agree with an IEP team decision? When should you get an advocate involved? When should you consider filing a formal complaint? Sharon Krevor-Weisbaum, Attorney, Brown, Goldstein, Levy

8:30 – 9:45 pm    IEP Advocacy Training

Suwanee 19, Level 2

For NFB members and families who wish to help other families.  Learn to advocate effectively at IEP meetings. How do you ask for things and get results? How do you stay calm? Sharon Maneki, IEP Advocate, President, National Federation of the Blind of Maryland; Gabe Cazares, Governmental Affairs Specialist, National Federation of the Blind

 

 

 

FRIDAY, JULY 14

9:00 am – 12:00 pm   NFB CONVENTION GENERAL SESSION

Sebastian Ballrooms I and J, Level 1

See NFB Convention Agenda for program details

12:30 – 1:45 pm   NOPBC BRAINSTORMING SESSION

Suwannee 20, Level 2

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.

Kim Cunningham, President, NOPBC

2:00 - 5:00 pm    NFB CONVENTION GENERAL SESSION

Sebastian Ballrooms I and J, Level 1

See NFB Convention Agenda for program details

 

7:30 – 9:30 pm    PARENT LEADERSHIP PROGRAM—PLP

Suwannee 20, Level 2

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, Board Member, NOPBC, 201-400-1101

SATURDAY, JULY 15

 

9:00 am – 12:00 pm   NFB CONVENTION GENERAL SESSION

Sebastian Ballrooms I and J, Level 1

See NFB Convention Agenda for program details

2:00 - 5:00 pm    NFB CONVENTION GENERAL SESSION

Sebastian Ballrooms I and J, Level 1

See NFB Convention Agenda for program details

7:00 pm    BANQUET

Sebastian Ballrooms I and J, Level 1

 

NFB CHILD CARE SCHEDULE

For children 6 weeks to 12 years.  Child must be registered with Child Care. 

Please pick up your child promptly!

DAY & DATE

MORNING

AFTERNOON

Mon., July 10

8:30 am - 12:30 pm

1:30 - 5:30 pm

Tue., July 11

Closed

Closed

Wed., July 12

8:30 am - 12:30 pm

12:45 - 5:30 pm

Because of our 1:00 NOPBC Annual Meeting time on this day, staff will be present in the child care rooms before 1:00 pm.  After you give your child lunch, you may take him/her back to child care early so that you can get to our meeting on time. 

Thu., July 13      

9:00 am - 12:30 pm

1:30 - 5:30 pm

Fri., July 4

8:30 am - 12:30 pm

1:30 - 5:30 pm

Sat., July 15      

        Banquet              

8:30 am – 12:30 pm

1:30 – 5:30 pm

6:30 pm – 30 min. after end of Banquet

YOUTH ACTIVITIES SCHEDULE (ages 11 – 18)

MON., JULY 10 

   11:00 am – 12:15 pm     Youth Track

   2:00 – 4:45 pm             Youth Track

   6:30 – 8:00 pm             Youth Track

8:00 – 10 pm                Middle School Youth Track (ages 11-14 only)

8:00 - 11 pm                 NABS Social (ages 14 – 18 only)

TUE., JULY 11        

   9:00 am – 12:00 pm      Youth Track

1:00 pm                        Youth Style Show Rehearsal—for those in the show

   2:45 – 4:00 pm             Youth Style Show

   4:00 – 5:00 pm             Youth Track

WED., JULY 12       

1:00 – 4:00 pm             Youth Track

5:30 – 7:00 pm             Youth Track (ages 14-18 only)

8:00 – 10:00 pm           NABS Olympics

THU., JULY 13        

   7:00 – 8:00 pm             Youth Track (sighted siblings only)

8:00 – 10:00 pm           Youth Track

 

 

NOPBC 2017 CONFERENCE OVERVIEW

 

MONDAY, JULY 10

7:30 - 8:45 am         Seminar Registration—be sure to pick up your agenda!

9:00 - 10:45 am        NOPBC #HowWeSeeIt Seminar General Session

   (Adults, Children, Youth)

10:45 am                   Children & Youth are escorted to their activities
11:00 am - 12:15 pm  Youth Track (ages 11 – 18)
11:00 am - 12:15 pm  NOPBC Concurrent Workshops
12:15 – 2:00              Lunch on your own.  Feed your kids.

PM Session               NOPBC Children’s Activity in Child Care (ages 5 – 12)
2:00 – 4:45 pm         Youth Track (ages 11 – 18)

2:00 - 3:15 pm          NOPBC Concurrent Workshops
3:30 - 4:45 pm          NOPBC Concurrent Workshops

5:30 - 7:00 pm          NOPBC Family Hospitality

6:30 – 8:00 pm         Youth Track (ages 11-18)

8:00 – 10:00 pm        Middle School Youth Track Session (ages 11-14)

8:00 – 11:00 pm        NABS Student Networking (ages 14 – 18)

 

 

TUESDAY, JULY 11

Child care closed.

8:45 - 10:30 am        Cane Walk Session I (Adults, Children, Youth) 
9:00 am – 12:00 pm Youth Track (ages 11-18)

11:00 am- 12:45 pm   Cane Walk Session II (Adults, Children, Youth)
1:00 pm                     Youth Style Show Rehearsal—for those in the show

2:45 – 4:00 pm         Youth Style Show

4:00 – 5:00 pm         Youth Track (ages 11-18)

5:30 – 8:00 pm         NOPBC Pool Social (all family members invited)

7:30 – 9:30 pm         Parent Leadership Program (PLP)

 

 

WEDNESDAY, JULY 12

       

1:00 – 4:00 pm          Youth Track (ages 11 – 18)
1:00 - 4:00 pm          NOPBC Annual Meeting—you may drop your child off early    (12:45) in Child Care this pm in order to get to the meeting on time

5:00 - 7:00 pm         Braille Book Fair
5:30 – 7:00 pm         Youth Track (ages 14-18 only)

7:30 - 9:00 pm         Dad’s Night Out

8:00 – 10:00 pm        NABS Olympics (ages 11-18)

 

 

THURSDAY, JULY 13

                                   

7:30 am                    NOPBC Board Meeting

9:30 am – 12:00 pm   NFB Opening Session

2:00 – 5:00 pm         NFB General Session

7:00 - 9:45 pm          NOPBC Evening Workshops
7:00 - 10:00 pm        NOPBC Children’s Activity (ages 5 – 12)
                                 for children whose parents are in the NOPBC workshops
7:00 – 8:00 pm         Youth Track (sighted siblings 11-18 only)

8:00 – 10:00 pm        Youth Track (ages 11-18)

 

 

FRIDAY, JULY 14

 

9:00 am – 12:00 pm   NFB General Session

12:30 – 1:45 pm        NOPBC Brainstorming

2:00 – 5:00 pm         NFB General Session

7:30 - 9:30 pm         Parent Leadership Program (PLP)

SATURDAY, JULY 15

9:00 am – 12:00 pm   NFB General Session

2:00 – 5:00 pm         NFB General Session

7:00 pm                    Banquet

 

 

 

EXPRESSING OUR APPRECIATION...

The NOPBC would like to offer a special thank you to Shannon Kemlo, Allyssa Bracamonte, and Amy Porterfield of SAAVI Services for the Blind. SAAVI staff have worked tirelessly over the past year to provide fun and creative activities for our youth at this year’s convention.

We would also like to offer a special thank you to Raul Gallegos, Stacie Hardy, and Nate Kile for creating the first-ever NOPBC Hands-on Technology workshop. These individuals have worked throughout the year to provide our families with an opportunity to explore and learn the tools and technology their children will need for independence and success.

We appreciate building partnerships with those who believe that you can live the life you want; blindness is not what holds you back.

Of course, none of the NOPBC conference would be possible without our awesome conference director, Melissa Riccobono, and the collective power of the NOPBC board! These volunteers have spent hundreds of hours planning this convention, all while still caring for their families and going to their jobs. They truly live their commitment to helping other families and changing what it means to be blind!