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2005 NFBA Convention Agenda

The 59th Annual State Convention of
the National Federation of the Blind of Arizona
September 9th, 10th, and 11th 2005

Crown Plaza Phoenix
2532 West Peoria Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85029
602 331 9328

I pledge to participate actively in the effort of the National Federation of the Blind to achieve equality, opportunity, and security for the blind; to support the policies and programs of the Federation; and to abide by its constitution.

The National Federation of the Blind of Arizona is a statewide organization primarily composed of blind Arizonans. The National Federation of the Blind of Arizona is the chartered state affiliate of the National Federation of the Blind, Inc., a nation-wide membership organization that holds nonprofit, tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code. The National Federation of the Blind of Arizona also holds a tax-exempt status. The National Federation of the Blind of Arizona is not an organization speaking for or on behalf of the blind, it is the blind speaking for themselves.

The membership of the National Federation of the Blind of Arizona is fully aware of the frequent discriminations and limitations faced by the blind in society at-large. Our membership is also aware of why. It is not blindness in-and-of-itself that confers the discriminations and limitations upon blind people, but society's archaic attitudes and misconceptions that are so limiting and the source even today of the many and wide-spread discriminations visited upon blind people. We, the membership of the National Federation of the Blind of Arizona and the National Federation of the Blind as a whole, have carried out a revolution and won our independence from the archaic attitudes of the past. We have written our philosophy, we have found our own direction, and we have learned to speak with our own voice – the National Federation of the Blind. We have taken our future into our own hands, we are changing what it means to be blind, and we are the voice of the Nation's blind.

National Federation of the Blind of Arizona:
President, Ruth Swenson
1st Vice President, Mark Feliz
2nd Vice President, Vicki Hodges
Secretary, Allison Hiliker
Treasurer, Donna Silba

Contact us at:
311 West McNair St.,
Chandler, AZ 85225-7135
NFBA 480-898-1188
hm 480-892-4344,
wk 480-649-3044

Host Chapter: NFBA of Phoenix, Vicki Hodges, President

Door Prizes: Vicki Hodges, Chair, if you are able to bring door prizes, please contact Vicki at 602-945-0230 or

Convention Contests: 1) Reading Walking Alone and Marching Together, 2) Reading Kernel Book stories, 3) Writing a Kernel Book story

Hotel Arrangements: Room rates are $70.00 for guestrooms, plus tax. Limited suites are available at $84.00, plus tax. There are also a limited number of modified, accessible rooms on a first come, first served basis. The room rates are available only to registered Convention attendees. Pre-registration is $10.00. Registration at the door is $20.00.

All meetings held in the Convention Area including most of the break out Seminars.

Registration: Registration opens Friday, September 9, at 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Registration on Saturday, September 10, will open at 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Thereafter, Registration will be closed unless a prior arrangement has been made with the State President.

Displays and Information Tables: View Finders low vision aids and other adaptive items will be set up in the Pre Convene Area on Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sun Sounds information will be available on Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Print, tape, and braille materials: Kernel books in print and on tape will be for sale all weekend. Contact Norma Robertson with tape inquires.
Imagination Fund Materials will be available all weekend. Contact Allison Hilliker with inquires.
Newsline materials will be available all weekend. Contact Mike Smith with inquiries.

Thursday, September 8
8:00 p.m. Hospitality, Ruth Swenson's suite

Hospitality: Please join us for Hospitality hosted by the Phoenix Chapter of the National Federation of the Blind of Arizona, Friday evening, 8:00 p.m. in Salons A & B. Great snacks and no-host bar.

Convention of the NFBA


Friday, September 9

8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Registration

9:00 a.m. Seminar: "Learning How To Make A Difference" Vicki Hodges, Chair, Salon Room B
9:00 Opening Remarks
9:10 "How The NFBA Has Made A Difference In My Life"
9:30 "Opening A Business" Mary Hartle Smith, Vision Loss Solutions
10:00 "What Wells Fargo Bank Can Offer You, Making Banking Accessible to the Blind" Julie Schreul, Well Fargo Personal Banking Officer
10:50 "Due Process and Mediation" Larry Streeter, Dispute Resolution Coordinator for the Idaho State Department of Education.

9:00 a.m. Seminar: Diabetes Action Network of the National Federation of the Blind of Arizona, Sandy Addy, President, Salon Room A
Opening Remarks, "What is the Diabetes Action Network of the NFBA?" Art Dinges, Chair.
9:15 "How a Diabetic Can Prevent Going to the Hospital and What to do once Admitted to the Hospital" Ellen Kane, BS, RN, CDE, Banner Good Samaritan,
10:15 "Exercise and Diabetes, their effect on a Diabetic" Karen Goodfellow RN, BSN, CDE, Diabetes Clinician, Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital, Diabetes Care Centers of Arizona
11:15 "Who is the National Federation of the Blind of Arizona?" Ruth Swenson, President, NFBA; Mark Feliz, First Vice President, NFBA
11:30 "What's New for the Blind Diabetic" Ruth Swenson, Mark Feliz

10:45 Seminar: "How to write a Kernel Book story" Bob Eshback, Plaza Room 1

12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., Lunch, Ballroom, Convention Area
Lunch Speaker, Dr. Fred Schroeder, past Rehabilitation Services Administration Commissioner, Washington DC, President, National Federation of the Blind of Virginia, "The Future of Rehabilitation Services and its Impact on Adjustment to Blindness Training"

1:10 p.m. to 3:50 p.m., Seminar: Arizona Association of Blind Students Seminar, Arielle Silverman, President, Salon Room A
1:10 Welcome
1:15 Why I Am a Federationist: Corwyn Vega, Graduate, Colorado Center for the Blind
1:25 Continuing Adventures At the Colorado Center for the Blind: Kristen Johnson, Student, Colorado Center for the Blind
1:35 Questions and Answers
1:40 The Significance of the Blind Mobility Instructor: Fred Schroeder
2:00 Questions and Answers
2:10 NFB of Arizona Affiliate Update: Ruth Swenson, President, and Mark Feliz, First Vice-President, National Federation of the Blind of Arizona
2:25 National Blind Student Activism: How to Get Involved in NABS: Allison Hilliker, Second Vice-President, National Association of Blind Students
2:40 Legal Rights and Advocacy Strategies for Blind College Students: Larry Streeter, Dispute Resolutions Coordinator, Idaho Department of Education
2:55 Collective Action on University Campuses: Making the Future Better for All: Julie Deden, Director, Colorado Center for the Blind
3:10 Seeking Financial Aid: An Overview of Options and Strategies: Gema Ledesma, Program Coordinator, Student Financial Assistance, Arizona State University
3:25 Summer Adventures in South America: Susie Qashu, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Arizona

1:10 to 3:50 Seminar: NFBA Association of Blind Seniors, Salon Room B
1:10 Opening Remarks, Fredrick Rockwell, Chair
1:20 "Alternative to Nursing Homes/Assisted Living" Sonya Vance, Elderly Care Options
1:50 "Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia" Rosie Bosch, Clinical Social Worker, Alzheimer's Association
2:40 "Hearing Aides, Types and When You Should Have Your Hearing Tested" Gabrielle Sadowsky, M.S., CCC-A, Audiologist at Desert Sounds Audiology and Hearing Aid Services
3:00 "The New Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage, Medicare D" AnnMarie Grande, Program Manager of the Benefits Assistance Program
3:40 "How The NFBA and the Senior Association of the Blind Can Change Your Life" Fredrick Rockwell, President, NFBA Association of the Senior Blind

4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., NFBA Board Meeting, Open to the Public, Plaza Rooms 1 & 2

7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Resolutions Committee, Co-Chairs Mary Hartle Smith & Frederick Rockwell, Plaza Rooms 1 & 2

8:00 p.m. to Midnight: Hospitality, Salon Rooms A & B, Snacks and no-host bar, Hosted by the NFBA, Phoenix Chapter

Saturday, September 10

8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m., Registration, Pre Convene Area
9:00 Welcome & Opening Remarks, Ruth Swenson, President NFBA, Vicki Hodges, President of the NFBA of Phoenix, Host Chapter
Welcome to the City
Pledge of Allegiance
NFB Pledge
Memorial Observance
9:20 National Report, Dr. Frederick Schroeder, President of the NFB of Virginia, past Commissioner of the Rehabilitation Services Administration, Washington, DC
10:15 State Report, Ruth Swenson, President of the NFB of Arizona
10:35 "Bringing Print Materials to Blind Arizonans" Panel, Bill Pasco, Director, Sun Sounds of Arizona Radio Reading Service for the Print Disabled, Mike Smith, NFBA Newsline, State Coordinator, Linda Montgomery, Director, State of Arizona Braille and Talking Book Library
11:15 "Programs For Preparing Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments", Jane N. Erin, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Special Education, Rehabilitation, and School Psychology, University of Arizona
11:30 "National Center For Leadership In Visual Impairment" Beth Harris, Holly Lawson, Eric Sticken

Lunch Noon to 2:00 p.m., pick up box lunches in Pre Convene Area and attend the meeting of your choice (box lunches are reserved for pre-registrants)

NFBA Association of Blind Seniors, business meeting, Frederick Rockwell, President, Plaza Room 1

NFBA Diabetes Action Network, business meeting, Sandy Addy, President, Plaza Room 2

NFBA Association of Blind Students, business meeting, Arielle Silverman, President, Plaza Room 3

NFBA Merchants Division, business meeting, Vicki Hodges, President, Salon Room A

2:00 to 5:00 Afternoon General Session

2:00 "Colorado Center For The Blind" Julie Deden, Director, Corwyn Vega, Graduate of the Colorado Center; Kristen Johnson, current student
2:30 Kernel Books, "If I Could Choose" by Robert M. Eschbach, NFBA Board of Directors, "It's No Big Deal!" by Mark Feliz, NFBA First Vice President
2:50 "The NFB Way Works" Arielle Silverman, President, NFBA Association of Blind Students, Board of Directors, NFB Association of Blind Students
3:00 "The Proposed Arizona Bioptic Driving Statute" Dr. Lynn Noone, O.D., F.A.A.O., View Finder Low Vision Resources
3:30 "The Future of Arizona Rehabilitation Services Administration and ARSA Goals" Craig Warren, Director, Arizona Rehabilitation Services Administration
4:00 "Advocating For The Blind Student" A Panel Discussion
"Transitioning Out Of High School" Mark Feliz, High School Teacher of the Visually Impaired
"IEP Process" Ruth Swenson, M.S. Education and Special Education Curriculum Development, K-12
"Mediation and Due Process" Larry Streeter, Dispute Resolution Coordinator for the Idaho State Department of Education
4:30 "Teaching Your Blind Pre-Schooler To Travel" Sandra Stirnweis, Pre School Orientation and Mobility Instructor, Foundation For Blind Children, Dr. Frederick Schroeder, past Commissioner of the Rehabilitation Services Administration, Washington, DC
5:00 Adjourn
6:00 p.m. Reception, Pre Convene Area

7:00 p.m. 2005 Banquet
Master of Ceremonies, Mark Feliz
Scholarship Committee, Vicki Hodges
Banquet Address, Frederick Schroeder
Awards Committee, Arielle Silverman
Salon Rooms A & B

Sunday, September 11

7:00 a.m. Affiliate Breakfast, Chapter and Division Reports, Salon Rooms A & B

9:00 a.m. to Noon, Sunday General Session, Salon Rooms A & B
Opening Remarks, Ruth Swenson
Funding the Movement
Imagination Fund, Allison Hilliker
PAC, Pat Eshbach
Sun Shares, Ruth Swenson
9:40 Treasurer's Report, Donna Silba
Resolutions, Fred Rockwell and Mary Hartle Smith

Noon Adjourn, late check out by 1:00 p.m.

I want to thank all of you who have worked diligently in changing what it means to be blind in Arizona and making the 59th Convention a success.

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