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National Federation of the Blind of Arizona

70th Annual State Convention

September 8- 11, 2016
Tucson, Arizona

Knowledge is Power
2016 Family and Youth Track
National Federation of the Blind of Arizona State Convention

Welcome parents and families to the 2016 Parent and Youth Agenda for the National Federation of the Blind of Arizona State Convention. We have been working all year to bring you the best of the best for this year’s convention and are honored to welcome as our national representatives:

Roland and Pamela Allen, Louisana Center for the Blind

Whether you are an old hand at attending conventions, or this will be your first NFBAZ convention – we want to welcome you and your family to a weekend full the following:

Knowledge. We will hold many sessions where you can learn:
- How to advocate for and with your child in an IEP meeting
- Why is it important for my family and my blind child to learn Braille?
- Where do I start to learn about resources for my child?

Involvement. Sometimes it is difficult for kids to be involved in their schools, their churches, and their community. How can you and your child get involved without your child losing their independence? Come to sessions and learn
- Transition summer programs for high school children/youths.
- Weekend programs available for children and youth in Arizona.
- What can the NOPBC do for me and my child?

Education and Your Child’s Rights. Your child may be struggling within the school system and it can be challenging to learn what is available for your child. We will hold sessions to discuss:
- What is an accommodation and is my child entitled to these?
- Does the school have to provide equipment for my child or do I have to purchase equipment myself?
- What equipment is available for my child? Where and how can I keep up with the latest technology for blind individuals?

Relationships. Friendships for both you as a parent/family member of a blind child and for your child are critical. Come and learn about:
- How to help your child gain the confidence to make new friends.
- Where you can go to meet other parents of blind children and youth.
- What you can do at home to help relationships between siblings of blind children/youth grow stronger.

Please find enclosed an agenda for the programs available during this year’s convention. This will give you an idea of what is available for you and your child.

2016 NFBA Youth Track Agenda

September 8th, 2016

8:00 p.m. Living the Life We Want
Location: Redington Room
Join Roland and Pamela Allen, NFB of Louisiana and Amy Porterfield, Tucson NFB President and Chair of Membership, Recruitment and Engagement Committee in this opening session to learn how NFB members apply positive philosophy across generations.
Location: Redington Room

September 9th, 2016

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Exhibit Hall Opens
Location Rooms 201 and next door room 264
Stop and talk with this year’s selection of Convention Exhibitors and find out what is new in technology, products and services.

Please pick up a punch card to be punched by each exhibitor that you speak with. Those with their punch card filled will be eligible for a prize drawing at our Saturday Banquet.

9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Blindness Professionals Seminar
Location:Redington Room
Amy Porterfield, SAAVI; Brent Batron, Colorado Center for the Blind; Pam and Roland Allen, Louisiana Center for the Blind

9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Technology Seminar
Location:Catalina Ballroom 2 and 3
Sharonda Greenlaw

9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. We Teach Each Other
Location: Room 301
A series of demonstrations by NFBA members.

12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Plated Lunch for those who pre-purchased
Location: Catalina Ballroom

Lunch Guest Speakers:

Pamela Allen, National Representative

Pam Allen became blind when she was approximately two years old as a result of retinal blastoma, a type of cancer. Although her parents were shocked by her loss of sight, they fortunately realized that she was still the same child except that she could no longer see. Through love and high expectations, they instilled in Pam a sense of pride and confidence in her ability to succeed. They constantly taught her that her blindness was not a limitation to achieving her goals and dreams.
Pam was a 1991 National Federation of the Blind scholarship winner when she was a senior at Denison University, where she majored in psychology and minored in women's studies. She served as vice president of the Ohio Association of Blind Children/youths and as secretary of the National Association of Blind Children/youths, and throughout college she worked summers for the Louisiana Center for the Blind with the Children's Program.
After graduation from college Pam decided to become a children/youth at the Louisiana Center for the Blind. She recognized that she still needed to gain some confidence in her skills and in her ability to be a successful blind person.
Since 2001 Pam Allen has served as the director of the Louisiana Center for the Blind. Prior to becoming the director, she served as the director of youth services, working with blind infants and toddlers and their parents, supervising the training of classroom aides to teach Braille throughout Louisiana, coordinating summer camps, and developing innovative programs for blind children and teenagers.
In July of 2002 she was elected to the National Federation of the Blind board of directors. Four years later, in 2006, she was elected to serve as treasurer of the National Federation of the Blind. In 2015, Pam was elected as first vice president of the National Federation of the Blind.

Friday Afternoon Seminars

1:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Parents, Families and Blindness Professionals working with Youth Seminar
Location: Room 364
Pamela Allen, Vice President, National Federation of the Blind
Melanie Yubeta, President NOPBC of Arizona
Shannon Kemlo, Second Vice President NOPBC of Arizona, Children and Youth Services Manager, SAAVI

Parents, family members and blindness professionals working with children and youth are invited to attend this seminar to discuss topics such as:

• Braille: Is it important for blind children and youth to learn Braille? Why is it important for parents to also learn Braille? How to gain Braille materials. How to advocate for more Braille in the classroom.
• Accommodations and Adaptations: How to ensure that blind children and youth are taking part in their classes fully. Are children being left out of classes such as PE or Science – if so, why and how can teachers make their lessons accessible for all children/youths.
• IEP – Individualized Education Plans: Does your child have an IEP? Do you understand the process of the IEP meetings? Come and learn about how to break down an IEP and get what is best for your child. Also learn how children/youths can advocate for themselves in IEP meetings.

3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Legislation and Advocacy
Donald Porterfield, NFBA Legislative Director
Location: Catalina Ballroom

How the Legislative process works and when is the best time for the NFBA to get involved.

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Family and Youth Track Open House
Location: TBD

What’s this convention all about anyway? Why is it so important that you and your child attend?

We would like to welcome all parents, families and children/youth to attend this open house to meet other families of blind children in your area and throughout the state and to learn about the NOPBCA and how you can get involved.

8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Hospitality Evening for Parents/Families
Hosted by NFBA Tucson Chapter
All parents and young adults (Middle and High School age recommended) welcome to an evening of mystery and karaoke! Come and join the Tucson Chapter for a Mystery Theater experience like no other. There will also be Karaoke – so come out and enjoy the evening with some new and maybe old friends.

8:00 – 10:30 p.m.
While the parents are away…..the kids will play!
Location: TBD
For ages Kinder through 8th Graders
For younger children, there will be an audio described movie and snacks. For those still full of energy, we will be going to explore the hotel through a scavenger hunt. We will be having our own Mystery Night with an adventure through the hotel with special treats, twists and turns!

Parents please pick up your children by 10:30 p.m.

September 10th, 2016

8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
Registration – for those parents and families not registered, please make sure to stop by the registration table this morning.

8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Exhibit Hall
Location: Rooms 201 and 264 next door

8:15 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.
Registration with Youth Track (For ages Kinder through 8th Grade)
Location: Room 401
Please stop by Room 401 to meet with the coordinators of the Youth Track to sign up your child for a day full of fun and learning!

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
General Session
Location: Catalina Ballroom
Children/youth will be at the beginning of General Session with the Youth Track team.

9:00 a.m. Call to Order and Welcome
Bob Kresmer, President NFB of Arizona

9:15 a.m. Invocation

9:20 a.m. Greeting, Pledge to the American Flag, and NFB Pledge
Amy Porterfield, President, Tucson Chapter NFBA
Roy Stimson, National Association of Blind Veterans
NFB BELL Academy BELL Ringers

National Anthem: Jordan Murillo

NFB Pledge:

I pledge to participate actively in the efforts 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.

9:30 a.m. Live the Life You Want: Myth Busting at its Finest
Sharonda Greenlaw

At this point, the Youth Track participants will leave General Session. For more details on the agenda for General Session, please see the main convention Agenda

Youth Track:

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Location: Room 401

10:00 – 10:30 a.m.
What does this convention have to do with me?
Children/youths will talk about why they are important members of the NFB. We will talk about why the motto “Live the life you want.” is just as relevant to them as it is to blind adults.

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Braille Isn’t Just for Cool Kids – It’s for Everyone
Children/youth will make art pieces involving Braille. We will incorporate discussions about the importance of learning Braille, what Braille can be used for in everyday life and how they can begin learning Braille if they are new to it.

11:30 – 12:00 p.m.
Moving and Shaking
After all that art – it’s time to get those bodies moving! We will be getting the children/youth up and moving with some adapted games and sports. We will talk about how important health and wellness is to everyone and how to make sure they are taking part in PE class through school – as many blind children/youth are left out of PE classes. We will talk about how to adapt general games/sports played in school – so children can advocate for themselves in class and take full part.

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Children/youth will enjoy their boxed lunches and have free time to play.

12:00 – 1:45 p.m.
Parents please join the AZ NOPBC for a Breakout Session.
Location: Room 364
Melanie Yubeta, President AZ NOPBC
Rob Washburn, Vice President AZ NOPBC
Shannon Kemlo, Second Vice President AZ NOPBC, Children and Youth Services Manager, SAAVI
Alyssa Bracamonte, Children and Youth Services Assistant Coordinator

Join us to discuss what the NOPBC is all about and how you can get involved. (Please see attached flyer for more information about the NOPBC)

12:00 – 1:45 p.m.
Youth Track (Kinder through 8th Grade)
Location: Room 401

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Technology Time
Children/youths will learn about using applications like Voiceover or Tap, Tap See on an IPhone. Children/youth will learn about taking photos, we will talk about blind photographers, and how it is not what you can see, it is what you can do.

1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Talking the Talk and Walking the Walk
Children/youth will be given the opportunity to put into practice what they have learned. We will be exploring the various sessions (very quietly) and the hotel where children/youth will be taking pictures of the sessions taking place, the hotel, and the start of the second portion of General Session. We will then post these on Facebook together and they will learn about why it is important to put in picture descriptions when on Facebook.

2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
My Cane is my Best Friend
Children/youth will have the opportunity to decorate their canes if they wish. We will talk about their canes and what they mean to them. We will discuss if they use their canes in school, in the grocery store when they go out, or if they have been asked to not use their canes at times and why. We will talk about White Cane Safety Day on October 15th and what it means. We will end by walking together to the main ballrooms to show off our canes together as a group of new friends!

3:20 – 3:40 p.m.
General Session
Why I am a Federationist, Donald Porterfield

Fit Break, Mike Armstrong

3:40 – 4:30 p.m.
Snacks and Free Time Play
Location: Room 401

4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Children/youth will return to General Session to hear or take part if they were part of the BELL program, in the BELL Ringers Report.

5:00 p.m. Adjourn

Parents who brought their children to Youth Track will pick up their children in room 401 to get ready for the Banquet (please note there will be children’s tables at the front of the banquet). Those youth who came to convention without their families will stay with staff until the banquet takes place.

6:30 p.m.
“What is this banquet thing???”
Please bring your children to room 401 as we will have separate tables for children and youth during the banquet. We will talk with children about what the banquet is about, who will be speaking at the banquet and general banquet etiquette. Having a separate children/youth table allows parents to listen to the speakers and spend time relaxing during the banquet. There will be staff at each table.

7:00 – 9:30 p.m.
NFBA Banquet, Catalina Ballroom
Master of Ceremonies, Donald Porterfield, First Vice President NFBA
Keynote Speaker: Pamela Allen, NFB National First Vice President

NFB Scholarship Award: Marcus Schmidt, Chair of Scholarship Committee

Raffles, Drawings and Auction.

September 11th, 2016

The check out time for the hotel on Sunday is 1:00 p.m. Those who can check out prior to the morning sessions will help us avoid congestion at the front desk upon adjournment.

8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
Breakfast for Families
Location: Room 401
Come and join everyone for breakfast – for those of you staying in the hotel, breakfast is included in your hotel room rate, please bring your tickets issued to you at the hotel front desk when you checked in.

9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Reid Park
Children/youth will get to practice their cane skills at the park, use their art skills by taking photos at the park and take part in outdoor adapted sports such as soccer, playing basketball with a ball with a bell inside and do what they do best – just being a kid!

11:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Let’s do this again!
Location: Room 401
Children/youth will talk about what the weekend meant to them, what they learned, what new friends they made, and we will revisit the motto we started with “Live the life you want” and see how the weekend at the NFBA State Convention made them believe that they can go and live the life they want!

11:30 – 11:45 a.m.
General Session
Children/youth will be at the end of General Session for the Adjournment

The National Organization of Parents of Blind Children – Arizona

What is the National Organization of Parents of Blind Children?
Founded in 1983, the National Organization of Parents of Blind Children is a national membership organization of parents and friends of blind children reaching out to each other to give vital support, encouragement, and information. We have over 3,000 members in all 50 states and divisions or parent contacts in about 30 states plus Puerto Rico.
What is different about the NOPBC?
Our status as a division of the National Federation of the Blind, the largest and most influential organization of blind people in the world, provides many benefits. Our members are well informed about the technological, legislative, and societal issues that affect blind people. We also enjoy the resources, support, and expertise of 50,000 blind people who can serve as mentors and role models for our children. And finally, as our children grow up, they, too, have the Federation to belong to.
What is the mission of the NOPBC?
The purpose of the NOPBC is to:
• create a climate of opportunity for blind children in home and society.
• provide information and support to parents of blind children.
• facilitate the sharing of experience and concerns among parents of blind children.
• develop and expand resources available to parents and their children.
• help parents of blind children gain understanding and perspective through partnership and contact with blind adults.
• function as an integral part of the National Federation of the Blind in its ongoing effort to achieve equality and opportunity for all blind persons.

The NOPBC of Arizona is always welcoming new families to join in our monthly meetings. If you would like to learn more about this amazing organization, please contact:
President: Melanie Yubeta,
Vice President: Rob Washburn,
Or Second Vice President: Shannon Kemlo,
NFBA State President: Bob Krezmer,

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