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2020 NOPBC Agenda

The full NOPBC Agenda is available to full download with more bonus informaiton (word) ​ (.pdf)

 

NATIONAL ORGANIZATION of PARENTS of BLIND CHILDREN

Presents

VIRTUAL REALITY: Accessible Learning, Activities, and Networking Opportunities for Blind Children and their Families

 

2020 National Seminar and Conference for Parents & Teachers

JULY 14 – 18, 2020  Preconference Activity July 13  All times Eastern

 

MONDAY, JULY 13
 

8:00 – 9:30 PM   CANE WALK EVENING GENERAL SESSION

https://zoom.us/j/91449245971?pwd=WUQ0M3EzKzBnUlhxKy9TQ0VBNWNlZz09

Meeting ID: 914 4924 5971

Password: 412114

Our Cane Walk sessions are not listed in NFB agenda, but are open to all families. View our Cane Walk Introduction video at www.nopbc.org

 

Are you and your child signed up to participate in the NOPBC virtual Cane Walk? If so, here’s an opportunity to come and talk about your experiences. Not participating in the Cane Walk, but have questions about independent travel? Here’s your chance to find out if your child would benefit from a cane, learn how a cane works, and learn about the Structured Discovery Method of teaching.  Instructor: Jeff Altman, NOMC; CVRCB; Board member, NBPCB

 

TUESDAY, JULY 14
 

12:00 - 5:00 PM   NOPBC YOUTH TRACK SESSIONS

Visit http://nopbc.org/2020-virtual-youth-track for more information & details.

12:00-2:00 PM Your Convention Experience

2:00-3:00 PM        Tech Is Not Just for Homework

3:00-4:00 PM        Working Out Isn’t Just at the Gym!

4:00-5:00 PM        Training with NASA

 

1:00 – 1:45 PM       NOPBC SEMINAR OPENING SESSION

Zoom meeting ID: 471 527 4444 

 

WELCOME Carlton Anne Cook Walker, President, National Organization of Parents of Blind Children

 

          KID TALK  Mark Riccobono, President, National Federation of the Blind Children can join President Riccobono for an informal chat

 

          AWARDS Carlton Anne Cook Walker, Presenter

 

          KEYNOTE ADDRESS: NAVIGATING OUR BRAVE NEW WORLD Gabe Cazares, Director, Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities, Houston, Texas


This year we have tracks running in our 4 concurrent workshop sessions. Each workshop highlights a different aspect of the topic:

A—It’s All about That Braille

B—I Like to Move It

C—Tech Talk

D—Let’s Socialize

E—Assorted

 

2:00 - 2:45 PM   NOPBC CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS SESSION I 

Parents & teachers are invited to attend.

 

A—It’s All about That Braille: Cracking the Code

            Zoom meeting ID: 471 527 4444

Learn about and create a Braille cell. Discover the basic pattern of the letters of the Braille alphabet. Learn how to indicate Braille numbers and punctuation.   Instructor: Jackie Anderson, TBS; Board Member, NOPBC  
 

B—I Like to Move It: Encouraging All Types of Movement for Young Blind Children

            Zoom ID: 987 2720 9823      Instructor: Mary Jo Hartle, TBS, NOMC

 

C—Tech Talk: Typing, an Essential Skill

Zoom meeting ID: 924 7381 9421

Discuss different apps and other methods for teaching and strengthening typing skills for blind children as young as preschool   Instructor: Treva Olivero, TBS; President, North Central Chapter, NFB of LA

 

D—Let’s Socialize: Audio-Described Content for Your Blind Child

Zoom meeting ID: 968 2291 6307

Find out what audio description is, how it can help in the enjoyment of movies and TV shows, and how to help your child gain independent access to this content. Instructor: Raul Gallegos, Assistive Technology Consultant and Trainer, RGA Tech Solutions 
 

E—Fourteen: It’s a Magical Age

Zoom meeting ID: 957 1595 0849  Learn about all of the transition services your child gains access to when he or she reaches the age of 14. Instructor: Maurice Peret, NOMC; Coordinator for Career Mentoring Programs, NFB

 

3:00 – 3:45 PM  NOPBC GENERAL SESSION RECONVENES

Zoom meeting ID: 471 527 4444

 

NOPBC PRESIDENTIAL REPORT: The Best Reality Show Ever—Real Families of the NOPBC    Carlton Anne Cook Walker, President, NOPBC

 

THE STUDENTS SPEAK: Building & Using Your Blindness Network

Trisha Kulkarni, Computer Science, Stanford University; Board Member, NABS; Precious Perez, Music Education and Vocal Performance, Berklee College of Music; NFB of MA Board member; President, MA Association of Blind Students; Qualik Ford, Class of 2020, Parkville High School, MD School for the Blind; President, MD Association of Blind Students

 

CONVENTION 411: How to Optimize Your Virtual Convention Experience  Melissa A Riccobono, Chair, NOPBC Conference; Board Member, NOPBC

 

4:00 - 4:45 PM   NOPBC CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS SESSION II

 

A—It’s All About that Braille: The Power of the Perkins Brailler

            Zoom meeting ID: 471 527 4444

Learn the basics of using a Perkins Brailler. Load paper, learn the function of each of the keys, and discuss the many uses of a Perkins in school and at home every day. Instructor: Sarah Erb, Board Member, NOPBC

 

B—I Like to Move It: Practical and Fun Ways to Include Cane Travel Skills in Everyday Life—Even if You’re Stuck at Home

Zoom meeting ID: 985 6574 6504    Instructor: Kristen Simms, TBS; NOMC

 

C—Tech Talk: All About Screen Readers

Zoom meeting ID: 999 6406 8849

Learn about the major screen readers available—JAWS, NVDA, Narrator, Voiceover, and more. Instructor: Chancey Fleet, Chair, NFB Assistive Technology Trainers Division
 

D—Let’s Socialize: The Importance of and Techniques for Teaching Your Child Common Physical Movements such as Gestures and Dances

Zoom meeting ID: 944 1095 0002         Instructor: Melissa Riccobono, Board Member, NOPBC

E—Counting Sheep: Ways to Help Your Child Get a Good Night’s Sleep

Zoom meeting ID: 994 1471 5837

Some parents of blind children have reported that their children seem to have a great deal of difficulty sleeping. Hear from a doctor who is beginning to conduct the research needed to try to get to the bottom of why this might be. Find out on how to combat sleep difficulties in blind children. Instructor: Dr. David Ingram, Sleep Physician, Children’s Mercy, Kansas City

 

5:00 - 7:00 PM    NOPBC FAMILY GAME TIME!

Zoom meeting ID: 928 7672 5008

Drop in to discuss, play, and learn how to make accessible games.

 

7:00 - 10:00 PM    FAMILY OPEN HOUSE

Zoom meeting ID: 471 527 4444

Meet the NOPBC Board, ask questions, drop in for some fellowship and conversation. Breakout rooms may be available for specific topics. If you can’t make the meeting, meet the board online at https://nopbc.org/2019-2020-nopbc-board

 

WEDNESDAY, JULY 15 (all times Eastern)
 

11:00 AM     CANE WALK GENERAL MORNING SESSION

https://zoom.us/j/92042391665?pwd=c1A0ZWZzVG5EeGdqN0N1SHppSTk2UT09

Meeting ID: 920 4239 1665  Password: 283583

Our Cane Walk sessions are not listed in NFB agenda, but are open to all families.

View our Cane Walk Introduction video at www.nopbc.org

Are you and your child signed up to participate in the NOPBC virtual Cane Walk? If so, here’s an opportunity to come and talk about your experiences. Not participating in the Cane Walk, but have questions about independent travel? Here’s your chance to find out if your child would benefit from a cane, learn how a cane works, and learn about the Structured Discovery Method of teaching.  Instructor: Jeff Altman, NOMC; CVRCB; Board member, NBPCB

 

12:00 - 2:00 PM—NOPBC YOUTH TRACK SESSIONS  Visit http://nopbc.org/2020-virtual-youth-track for more information. Impromptu Fashion Show

 

12:00 - 12:45 PM   NOPBC CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS SESSION III 
 

A—It’s All About that Braille: Embracing the Slate and Stylus

Zoom meeting ID: 471 527 4444

An extremely versatile and low-tech tool, the slate and stylus is often overlooked when teaching blind children Braille. Learn all about this valuable writing implement, how you use it, and ways to encourage your child to take advantage of its power.  Instructor: Jennifer Wenzel, Admissions Coordinator, BLIND, Inc.

 

B—I Like to Move It: the True Advantages of the Long White Cane

Zoom meeting ID: 932 2882 3552

Does the material the cane is made of really make that big a difference? How about the length of the cane? Isn’t a folding cane just easier than a straight cane? Find answers to all of these questions and more!

Instructor: Ben Schuler, NOMC
 

C—Tech Talk: Harnessing the Power of the Google Suite of Products

 Zoom meeting ID:  944 6455 5114

Can a blind student truly use Google Classroom, Google Docs, Google Forms, and other Google products independently? Get the real info here. Instructor: Nate Kile, Program Director, Alaska Center for the Blind

D—Let’s Socialize: Helping Your Child Learn the “Soft Skills” of Socialization

Zoom meeting ID: 969 6970 9974

Get some tips on teaching your child skills that will help him/her in all kinds of situations—from the lunch room to the board room. Instructor: Carol Castellano, Secretary, NOPBC

E—Oh Yes, I Made Mistakes—And Lived to Tell the Tale

Zoom meeting ID: 920 4037 6023

No one has everything together all of the time. Here stories from a successful blind adult who, like so many of us, had to recover and learn from her failures before she could succeed. Instructor: Karen Anderson, Coordinator, Education Programs, NFB

 

1:00 - 1:45 PM   NOPBC CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS SESSION IV 

A—It’s All About that Braille: Ways to Make Braille Fun for Early Learners and Reluctant Readers

Zoom meeting ID: 471 527 4444  

There will be no workshop B in this session.

C—Tech Talk: Choosing a Braille Embosser

Zoom meeting ID: 974 1485 5737

Particularly during these uncertain times, when a great deal of schooling might be done at home, a braille embosser is an incredibly valuable tool. Learn about different types of embossers which are well suited for home use and how having an embosser at home can benefit your child. Instructor: Matt Hackert, Access Technology Specialist, NFB

D—Let’s Socialize: Accessible, Virtual Ways to Retain Friendships from a Distance

Zoom meeting ID: 924 7563 4629

Learn tips for organizing virtual playdates which will engage your blind child and his or her playmate. Also discuss different online game platforms and apps your blind children can play with sighted friends and family. Instructors: Michelle Murrey, Board Member, NOPBC; Georgie Sydnor, Teacher Candidate in Teacher of Blind Students with Orientation and Mobility add-on, Louisiana Tech; NCUEB

E—Singing for My Supper: Blind Adults Share Stories about Their First Jobs

Zoom meeting ID: 927 6820 7345

Join successful blind adults as they talk about their first adventures into employment. Ask questions to better understand how you can encourage and help your blind teen land a job of her own. Moderator: Melissa Riccobono, Board Member, NOPBC

 

2:00 - 4:30 PM        NFB BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING (Open to All)

Zoom meeting ID: 975 0744 8015

Come to this informative meeting to find out what is new in the National Federation of the Blind.

 

5:00 PM      RESOLUTIONS COMMITTEE

Zoom meeting ID: 975 0744 8015

Sharon Maneki, Chair

At this meeting you will hear the proposals put forth that could become the work of the Federation in the year to come. Resolutions are voted upon by the committee and those that pass go on to a vote by the whole Federation.

 

5:00 - 6:30 PM         NOPBC YOUTH TRACK SESSIONS

Visit http://nopbc.org/2020-virtual-youth-track for more information.

Harry Potter Escape Room

 

6:00 - 6:45 PM         THE ULTIMATE ONLINE BRAILLE BOOK FAIR

Zoom meeting ID: 942 7242 9211

Learn about ShareBraille, how you can get and contribute free Braille books, and how you can advance Braille literacy everywhere by reusing those hard-copy Braille books. Sponsored by the American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults.

Melissa Riccobono, Braille Outreach Specialist, American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults, Presenter

 

7:00 - 8:00 PM         NOPBC YOUTH TRACK SESSIONS

Visit http://nopbc.org/2020-virtual-youth-track for more information.

Resolutions Explained

 

8:00 - 10:00 PM   NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BLIND STUDENTS (NABS) ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING

Zoom meeting ID: 944 6907 5910

We invite students and avid learners to join us for our annual national student division business meeting! Let’s celebrate our many organizational accomplishments, express gratitude for our leadership that has made them possible, and shape the future of blind students.

Kathryn Webster, President

 

 

THURSDAY, JULY 16 (all times Eastern)

 

12:00 - 1:00 PM—NOPBC YOUTH TRACK SESSIONS

Visit http://nopbc.org/2020-virtual-youth-track for more information.

Career Mentoring Fair

 

1:00 - 5:00 PM         NOPBC ANNUAL MEETING: Information and Inspiration

Zoom meeting ID: 471 527 4444

  1:00 – 1:50 PM    EXHIBITOR OPEN HOUSE

Representatives will speak briefly in the following order:

Envision—Youth Programs—Mika Pyyhkala

Humanware—Products—Peter Tucic

APH—Products & Federal Quota—Olaya Landa-Vialard

Learning Ally—College Success Program—Mary Alexander

Pearson—Higher Education—Doug Hacker; Mentoring Program—Alisa Key;

Assessments—Jan McSorley

Aira—Kevin Phelan 

Vispero (Freedom Scientific)—Mike Wood  

Bookshare/Benetech— Bookshare Information—Allison Hilliker

Technology Study—Natalie L. Shaheen, Ed.D.—nlshahe@ilstu.edu

NABS—Representative TBA—https://nabslink.org/

 

  2:00 – 2:50 PM    NOPBC ANNUAL MEETING continues

 

WELCOME

Carlton Anne Cook Walker, President, NOPBC

 

OPTIONS & OPPORTUNITIES      

Anil Lewis, Executive Director, Blindness Initiatives, NFB

 

NOPBC: PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE—WHO WE WERE, WHO WE ARE, AND WHO WE WILL BECOME

Carol Castellano, Past President, NOPBC; Secretary, NOPBC; Founder, Parents of Blind Children-NJ

 

THE NFB & PEARSON PARTNERSHIP

Pearson Representatives

 

3:00 – 3:50 PM       NOPBC ANNUAL MEETING continues

 

KID POWER: Living the Life They Want!

Salome Cummins, 4th Grade Student, Missouri; Ian Oliver, 7th Grade Student, AL; Clara Scelsi, 5th Grade Student, AL

 

PARENT POWER: Making It Happen

Jeanette Jones, President, CA Parents of Blind Children

Linda Coccovizzo, President, MO Parents of Blind Children

 

KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Virtual Reality vs. Reality

Graciela Olivo, 2020 NFB Distinguished Educator of Blind Students Proprietor, St. Lucia Eyesessible Services, Brownsville, TX

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS

ELECTIONS

NOPBC BRAINSTORMING

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? 

 

5:00 - 6:00 PM  NOPBC YOUTH TRACK SESSIONS

Visit http://nopbc.org/2020-virtual-youth-track for more information.

Calling All Gamers!

 

5:00 - 6:00 PM   YES, I CAN WITH ACT!

Zoom meeting ID: 934 4283 1743

ACT is launching an online ACT test in Fall 2020. This session will cover how to register and request accommodations for the ACT test, and accessibility features and accommodations that will make it easier than ever for blind students to access the ACT. Presenters: Katie Featherston, Chair, Accessibility and Accommodations Oversight Board; Mira Monroe, Senior Manager, Accommodations Eligibility; Susan Hirsch, Senior Program Manager, Accessibility

 

 

7:00 PM   NFB OPENING GENERAL SESSION

Zoom meeting ID: 933 6983 0741

Be there for the exciting beginning of the first NFB general session! See the NFB Convention Agenda for program details https://www.nfb.org/get-involved/national-convention/2020-national-convention-agenda

 

 

FRIDAY, JULY 17 (all times Eastern)

 

9:30 - 10:30 AM   NOPBC IEP WORKSHOP SESSION I     IEP 101

            Zoom meeting ID: 471 527 4444

Basics of the IEP with an emphasis on specific issues you should pay close attention to when creating an IEP for a blind child. Instructors: Casey West Robertson, TBS; VP, NBPCB; Board Member, NOPBC; Carlton Anne Cook Walker, TBS; Attorney; President, NOPBC

 

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM         AFFILIATE CAUCUSES

Join your state affiliate caucus to meet or renew ties with your Federation friends and family, to review this year’s resolutions, and to learn more about the work of the Federation. Visit your affiliate’s website or contact your delegate, typically your state president, for exact times and connection details.

 

1:30 PM      NFB GENERAL SESSION

Zoom meeting ID: Zoom meeting ID: 987 1727 4382

 

6:30 PM      NFB GENERAL SESSION

Zoom meeting ID: Zoom meeting ID: 987 1727 4382

 

SATURDAY, JULY 18 (all times Eastern)

 

10:30 - 11:30 AM   NOPBC IEP WORKSHOPS SESSION II 

More About the IEP

            Zoom meeting ID: 471 527 4444

Best practices for accommodations, assessments, and service time and  negotiation strategies. Instructors: Penny Duffy, 1st VP, NOPBC; Melissa Riccobono, Board Member, NOPBC

 

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM   BLIND STUDENTS RESOURCE FAIR

Zoom meeting ID: 992 1542 2243

Join the National Association of Blind Students as we explore endless resources beneficial to us! We will hear from innovative companies and organizations who demonstrate a strong commitment to accessibility and have a ton of information to share! Kathryn Webster, President

 

12:00 - 1:00 PM   NOPBC YOUTH TRACK SESSIONS

Visit http://nopbc.org/2020-virtual-youth-track for more information.

Let's Get Social Distancing and Beyond

 

1:00 PM   NFB GENERAL SESSION

Zoom meeting ID: 951 2149 6711

4:30 PM   NFB GENERAL SESSION

Zoom meeting ID: 951 2149 6711

6:30 – 7:00 PM   NOPBC PRE-BANQUET FAMILY GATHERING 

Zoom meeting ID: 471 527 4444

Join us for fellowship and conversation in this informal gathering for families.

 

7:30 PM   BANQUET 

Zoom meeting ID: 951 2149 6711

 
 
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