Welcome to the 2018

National Federation of the Blind of California Convention

October 25 – October 28, 2018

LAX Marriott 5855 W. Century Blvd., Los Angeles

“Creating Connections and Building Bridges Together”

Convention Coordinator, Robert Stigile

Convention Committee:  Tim Elder, Cheryl Thurston,

Michael Richardson, Joy Stigile

Convention Hosts:

Ever Lee Hairston, President

8484 Crescent Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90046

(323) 252-9188

ever.hairston@gmail.com

The National Federation of the Blind is a community of members and friends who believe in the hopes and dreams of the Nation’s Blind.  Every day we work together to help Blind people live the lives we want.

National Federation of the Blind of California Board of Directors

President, Ever Lee Hairston

First Vice-President, Bryan Bashin

Second Vice-President, Robert Stigile

Secretary, Shannon Dillon

Treasurer, Rochelle Houston

Board Members: Karen Steele, Jim Barbour, Charlotte Carroll,

Jana Littrell, Tim Elder, Cheryl Thurston, Carla Scroggins

Convention Information

Thursday night starts out with a meet and greet; Friday begins with two Division breakfast meetings followed by the Vendor Showcase and Exhibit Hall; Friday night Federation Feud Game, Karaoke/Dance; Saturday starts with two Division breakfast meetings, followed by our informative and impactful general session.  An evening you will not want to miss, Saturday’s banquet,  featuring our national representative from Hawaii, James Gashel, National Federation of the Blind Board of Directors Secretary.  If you prefer to attend only the Showcase and the Exhibit Hall, the fee is $35.

Vendors’ Showcase

The Vendors’ Showcase takes place in Salon 5/6  from 9:30 am to 10:30 am on Friday, October 26th.  At the Showcase you will hear vendors describe the current products and services which they will have on display in the Exhibit Hall.

Convention Exhibits

The Exhibit Hall will be open on Friday, October 26th from 10:30 am to 4:00 pm. Exhibit tables are located in Salon 4.

Guide Dog Relief Area

The guide dog relief area is outside of the Century  Pavillion on the Ballroom Level.

Chapters & Divisions

Shasta Cascade - Debbie Worstman

San Joaquin – Joga Singh

San Francisco - Christina Daniels

River City - Tiffany Manosh

At Large – Cathy Gaten

San Fernando Valley - Robert Stigile

Pathfinder Chapter of Los Angeles - Rochelle Houston

Inland Empire - Cheryl Thurston

Escondido - Yvette Lee

Riverside/San Bernardino - Carmen Weatherly

San Diego – Allison Depner

California Association of Guide Dog Users (CAGDU) - Tina Thomas

California Association of Blind Students (CABS) – Matthew Gip

Senior Division - Charlotte Carroll

Diabetes Action Network(DAN) - Joy Stigile

To Be Charted

Central Valley – Rachel Grider

Bakersfield - Veronica Martinez

San Jose – Kevin Andrews

The National Federation of the Blind knows that blindness is not the characteristic that defines you or your future.  Every day we raise the expectations of blind people, because low expectations create obstacles between blind people and our dreams.  YOU CAN LIVE THE LIFE YOU WANT.  BLINDNESS IS NOT WHAT HOLDS YOU BACK.

2018 NFBCA Convention Agenda

Thursday, October 25

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm                

Meet and Greet Reception

Hospitality Suite 1138

                                

Friday, October 26

7:00 am – 9:00 am                

Senior Division Breakfast Meeting and Speaker

Ruth Sager, National Senior Division President

Salon 3

7:00 am – 9:00 am         

Breakfast Meeting & Speaker

California Association of Guide Dog Users (CAGDU)

Cathy Wassenberg Puppy Raiser for Guide Dogs for the Blind (GDB)

Tina Thomas, CAGDU President

Salon 5/6

7:00 am – 9:30 am                

Registration Packet Pickup

Corridor 1

                                 

9:30 am - 10:30 am        

Vendor Showcase

Cheryl Thurston, Coordinator, Inland Empire Chapter

Listen to a brief description of products and services

Salon 5/6

10:30 am - 4:00 pm        

Exhibit Hall

Salon 4

                                

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm        

Registration Packet Pickup

Corridor 1

4:00 pm – 5:15 pm                

Board of Directors Meeting

Salon 5/6

                                                                

Meetings of the Board of Directors are open to the public.  Please join us as we greet our scholarship finalists, and our National Representative, James Gashel, National Federation of the Blind Board of Directors Secretary.                

5:15 pm – 6:30 pm                

Resolutions Committee

Bryan Bashin, Chairperson, San Francisco Chapter

Salon 5/6

                                                                                

The Resolutions Committee comes together once a year to decide on the policies and direction of the affiliate for the upcoming year.

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm                

Registration Packet Pickup

Corridor 1        

7:45 pm Cash Bar Opens

Outside Salon 3        

                                                                                                        

8:00 pm – 9:00 pm                

Federation Feud

Emcees, Michael Richardson, Pathfinder Chapter of Los Angeles

Tim Elder, San Francisco Chapter

Salon 3

9:00 pm – 11:00 pm        

Karaoke/Dance

Emcees, Michael Richardson, Pathfinder Chapter of Los Angeles

Tim Elder, San Francisco Chapter

Jim Barbour, San Francisco Chapter

Salon 3

                                                                                                        

Saturday, October 27

7:00 am – 9:00 am         

Breakfast Meeting and Speaker

Nancy Ingram, Registered Dietician

Diabetes Action Network (DAN)

Joy Stigile, Diabetes Action Network President

Salon 5/6

7:00 am – 9:00 am                

California Association of Blind Students (CABS)

Matthew Gip California Association of Blind Students President

Salon 3

                                                                                                                

The National Federation of the Blind: Inspirational, innovative, powerful, and inviting.

9:00 am                         

General Session Call to Order

Ever Lee Hairston, NFBCA President

Salon 5/6

Invocation

Wednesday Randolph, Pathfinder Chapter of Los Angeles

                                

“God Bless America”

Rachel Elizabeth Grider, Central Valley Chapter

        

Pledge of Allegiance

Matthew Gip, California Association of Blind Students President

NFB Pledge

Tim Elder, San Francisco Chapter

                                                                        

9:15 am – 9:20 am                

Welcoming Remarks

Lavada Theus

Senior Council Member, City of Los Angeles

                                                                        

9:20 am – 9:30 am                

Philosophy Skit

Jana Littrell, NFBCA Board Member                                                                                

9:30 am - 10:00 am        

National Report

James Gashel, National Representative,

National Federation of the Blind Board of Directors Secretary, Hawaii

10:00 am – 10:20 am         

Braille Enrichment in Literacy and Learning (BELL) Academy

Debbie Worstman, Northern California Coordinator        

                                                

10:20 am – 10:35 am

NFB Centers

Louisiana Center for the Blind

Marco Carranza

Cane Travel Instrutor

BLIND, Inc., Minneapolis, Minnesota

Cody Beardslee

Cane Travel Instructor

                

10:35 am – 11:10 am        

Training Centers Panel

Orientation Center for the Blind, Albany

Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired, San Francisco

Wayfinder Family Services, Los Angeles                

                                

11:10 am - 11:20 am         

Social Security Administration

11:20 am – 11:25 am        

What My Chapter Does for Me

Brittney Mejico, Inland Empire Chapter 

11:25 am – 11:35 am         

National Association of Blind Students (NABS)

Kathryn Webster, President

11:35 am - 11:45 am

How the NFB Has Impacted My Life        

Juanita Herrera

Jannette Stewart

 

11:45 am - 11:55 am        

Sprint

        

11:55 am  – 12:00 pm         

Skit – California Association of Guide Dog Users (CAGDU)

Tina Thomas, CAGDU President

Noon                                

Adjourn

12:30 pm – 2:00 pm        

Parents and Advocates Seminar: a Path To Educational Excellence for Blind Children

Attorney Elizabeth Eubanks, experienced special education counsel, Carmen Varela, expert on transition-age youth under recent WIOA legislation, and Jaye Shupin, certified orientation and mobility instructor and President-Elect of the Northern California Association of Orientation & Mobility Specialists (NCAOMS), will explain what parents and advocates should expect from their school districts and recent changes and hot topics of concern.  Time is allocated for questions and answers.

Tim Elder, Coordinator

New Orleans Room                                

                                                                        

2:00 pm                         

General Session Resumes

Salon 5/6

                                

2:00 pm - 2:15 pm                

President’s Report

Ever Lee Hairston, NFBCA President                                

                

2: 15 pm – 2:35 pm        

Washington Seminar

Tiffany Manosh, River City Chapter

2:35 pm - 3:15 pm                 

Round Table Discussions

Leadership – James Gashel, National Representative

Philosophy – Jana Littrell, NFBCA Board Member

Salon 5/6

3:15 pm – 3:55 pm         

Round Table Discussions

Technology – Juanita Herrera, San Fernando Valley Chapter

New Orleans Room

3:55 pm – 4:15 pm                

General Session Resumes

Round Table Feedback

Salon 5/6

4:15 pm – 4:20 pm                

Aira Tech Corp

4:20 pm – 4:30 pm                

“Creating Connections and Building Bridges Together”

Rochelle Houston, Pathfinder Chapter of Los Angeles        

                

4:30 pm                         

Adjourn

6:00 pm - 6:45 pm

Reception - Cash bar

Outside Salon 1/2

7:00 pm                        

Banquet

Invocation, Arietta Woods

Emcees, Ever Lee Hairston & Rochelle Houston

Banquet Address, James Gashel

Scholarship Presentation, Jana Littrell & Arietta Woods

Charter Presentation, Tim Elder

Auctioneers, Michael Richardson & Michael Hingson

Salon 1/2

                                        

Sunday, October 28

8:30 am – 9:30am                

Continental Breakfast

Salon 1/2

9:30 am                         

General Session Call to Order

Ever Lee Hairston, NFBCA President

Salon 5/6

                                

9:35 am – 9:40 am                

Invocation

Jeffrey Simms, Pathfinder Chapter of Los Angeles

                                

9:40 am – 10:05 am        

Elections: Report from Nominating Committee

Charlotte Carroll, Chairperson

10:05 am – 10:15 am        

Resolutions

Bryan Bashin, Chairperson

10:15 am - 11:15 am        

Reports: Chapters and Divisions

11:15 am - 11:20 am         

Announcements

11:20 am                         

Adjourn        

Thank you to all of our vendors!

Adaptations, LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired of San Francisco

Adaptive Technology Services

Aira Tech Corp

California Telephone Access Program

Delphine Scott

En-Vision of America

Guide Dogs for the Blind

Guide Dogs of America

Guiding Eyes for the Blind

HIMS Inc

HumanWare

Independent Science

Jehovah Witness

Marquez Products for Independent Living

Mitry Pharmacy

OrCam

Sprint

Sterling Adaptives

Sweetman Systems

Vanda Pharmaceuticals

and the generous donation from:

Rosen Bien Galvan and Grunfeld, LLP

Thank you to all the chairpersons and members of the committees that have helped to make this convention a success.  

Convention Coordinators – Chairperson Robert Stigile, Michael Richardson, Tim Elder, Cheryl Thurston, Joy Stigile

Resolutions Committee - Chairperson Bryan Bashin

Door Prize Committee - Chairperson Tiffany Manosh

Exhibit Hall Committee – Chairperson Cheryl Thurston

Scholarship Committee – Chairperson Jana Littrell

Chapter Baskets & Auction -  Chairperson Karen Steele

PAC Committee – Chairperson Michael Hingson