Convention Online Registration

You can now register for the 2019 NFB of Pennsylvania Convention. If you register before midnight on September 30, the price of registration is only $15. On October 1, the registration price rises to $25, so do not delay. The meal prices will remain the same. For detailed information about the convention, please visit the Convention page. Register Now!

2019 NFB Washington Seminar

Monday, January 28, through Thursday, January 31, 2019

It is time again for us to take our concerns directly to our legislators in Washington, DC. For those that are not familiar with Washington Seminar, this is where 500 members of the NFB come together to present three to four issues important to the blind and disabled community to our federal Congressional representatives. In addition to meeting with members of Congress and Senators, Washington Seminar is the site of student seminars and meetings of many NFB groups and divisions.

To learn more about Washington Seminar, including the issues being presented and details for hotel room reservations, please visit www.nfb.org/washington-seminar.

2018 NFB of PA State Convention

The NFB of Pennsylvania 2018 State Convention will be held Friday, November 2 through Sunday, November 4 at:
The Atherton Hotel
125 S. Atherton St.
State College, PA 16801

Make your reservations now by calling the hotel directly at 814-231-2100 or 800-832-0132. To receive the special room rate, you need to mention the NFB of Pennsylvania when making your hotel reservation. The room block expires on October 1st, so don’t delay.

For additional information regarding to the state convention and to register, please visit our Convention page.

NABS December Newsletter

In This Bulletin:
1. Washington Seminar 2011!
2. NFB 2011 Scholarship Program Now Open!
3. Sign Up for 2011 NFB Youth Slam!
4. State Division Announcements

[From the Desk of the NABS President…]

National Association of Blind Students (NABS)
December 18, 2010

Download Minutes of the last NABS Board Meeting

In This Bulletin:
1. Washington Seminar 2011!
2. NFB 2011 Scholarship Program Now Open!
3. Sign Up for 2011 NFB Youth Slam!
4. State Division Announcements

1. Washington Seminar 2011!

The National Federation of the Blind will be gathering once again this winter in Washington, D.C. to meet with our national legislators and discuss our legislative priorities with them. As usual, just prior to our legislative visits, the National Association of Blind Students will be holding its annual winter meeting. This year, our NABS student meeting will be held on Monday, January 31, 2011 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Before our meeting, we will be having a breakfast meet-and-greet for students attending their first Washington Seminar.

The Great Gathering-In meeting, where the entire NFB delegation assembles to discuss the upcoming legislative work, will happen on Monday just after the conclusion of the NABS meeting, and legislative appointments will be held Tuesday, February 1, through Thursday, February 3.

We encourage all of you to join us for the NABS meeting, the legislative appointments, or both. To find out who else is going from your state or to inquire about funding to cover the cost of your trip, please contact your NFB state affiliate president.

More details about the NABS student seminar will be available soon. If you have suggestions for specific topics you’d like to have discussed during the seminar, please send your suggestions to me at Nabs.president@gmail.com .

2. NFB 2011 Scholarship Program Now Open!

Each year the National Federation of the Blind awards thirty scholarships to legally blind college and graduate students across the country. The scholarship includes a cash award ranging from $3000 to $12000, plus a free trip to the NFB national convention and often a piece of assistive technology such as a KNFB Reader Mobile. The scholarship application for 2011 is now on the Web at www.nfb.org/scholarships Applications are due by March 31, 2011.

Already won a national NFB scholarship? You can apply again and potentially win a second scholarship, also known as a TenBroek fellowship.

In addition, many NFB affiliates offer scholarships to blind students.

You needn’t be an active member of the NFB to win. Contact your NFB state president for details. You can find a list of state affiliates and their contact information at

http://www.nfb.org/nfb/State_and_Local_Organizations.asp?SnID=54394983

Best of luck!

3. Sign Up for NFB 2011 Youth Slam!

From Mary Jo Hartle, director of education, National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute:

We are pleased to announce the third biennial NFB Youth Slam. Whether or not science or technology is “your thing,” there’s sure to be something for everyone. Learn the science behind building apps for your iPod, use cutting-edge equipment and technology to determine chemical reactions in chemistry labs, build robots, or learn how to use nonvisual techniques to perform a real dissection. We guarantee this summer program will be like no other you’ve ever been to before!

One hundred and fifty blind and low vision students from all across the country will be selected to attend this five-day adventure, to be held in Baltimore, Maryland, that will engage, inspire, and encourage the next generation of blind youth to consider careers falsely believed to be impossible for the blind.

While staying on a college campus, students will be mentored by blind role models during fun and challenging activities designed to build confidence and increase science literacy. Participants will also have the opportunity to attend workshops on topics such as leadership, career preparation, and blindness. In addition, students and mentors will take part in a variety of social events throughout the week.

Come to the NFB Youth Slam and meet other blind and low vision students from all over the United States!

Interested students who will be age fourteen at the time of the program, and are starting high school (ninth grade) in the fall of 2011 or are currently in high school (including those graduating in the spring of 2011) should complete an application online. Students need not have a strong interest in science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) in order to participate, enjoy, and benefit from this extraordinary experience.

If you are interested in attending the NFB Youth Slam, either as a student participant, or as an adult volunteer, visit www.blindscience.org to complete an online application. Applications are due by March 1, 2011.

If you have any questions about the NFB Youth Slam, please visit the Web site or contact Mary Jo Hartle, Director of Education, NFB Jernigan Institute,

(410) 659-9314, extension 2407, or e-mail YouthSlam@nfb.org.

Join us as we continue to make history at what promises to be the best NFB Youth slam yet!

Mary Jo T. Hartle

4. State Division Announcements:

From New York:
I just thought I would shoot you a blurb concerning the tremendous strides NYABS has been making. Since the division was reinstated a little over a year ago the student division has grown in leaps and bounds.
Membership has increased greatly, and several local chapters are in the process of being established. We are also planning on having our first Student Seminar in the upcoming year.
Best, and thanks,
Kate Carroll

From Virginia:
Hi,
My name is Brittany savage and I was just elected presidant of Vabs at our state convention in November. I just wanted to give you a little blerb about what we did and our new board members for the newsletter.
During the Virginia 2010 convention elections were held for the positions of the board for the student division.
Chelsie Cooke was elected board member.
Brittany Crone was elected Secritary.
Kierra Davis was elected treasurer.
Christopher O’Mealy was elected vice presidant, and Brittany Savage was elected presidant.
While at the state convention we held a student track in which 22 middle, high, and college students partisipated.
On Friday night we had a student hospitality meeting where we played ice-breaker games, socialized, and had pizza.
On Saturday morning we held two sessions for the students, one was a mobility training seminar and the other was a “This is what I wish I could tell my parents”.
This was where we had the students tell us what they wished that they could tell their parents about being independant , and we took what they said and during the parents luncheon someone told them what their children said without saying which child said what.
On Saturday afternoon we took the entire group to the D.C. metro where Bridget Dority gave them an O&M lesson on the metro system.
We had a metro bus come and let the students have an hour exploring the bus and seeing what they don’t get to see on a usual day.
I am very proud of the student track this year and want to thank everyone again who put it together.

2011 NFB Youth Slam and National Convention Ideas

[From Mary Jo Thorpe-Hartle on December 2, 2010]
Hi all,
…As most of you may know, the third NFB Youth slam will be taking place this next summer. We are in the early days of planning for it, and would really like your ideas. WE want to know what you, the youth want to do at our next program. So, please take a moment to jot down a few suggestions and send them back to me…

[From Mary Jo Thorpe-Hartle on December 2, 2010]

Hi all,

I know that right now most of you are in the midst of convincing your parents to get you that “perfect” present, or counting down the days till Winter break at school, so the thought of summer is far from your minds, but bear with me for a moment and fast forward your thoughts about six or seven months for me if you will.

As most of you may know, the third NFB Youth slam will be taking place this next summer (learn more and apply online at www.blindscience.org). We are in the early days of planning for it, and would really like your ideas. WE want to know what you, the youth want to do at our next program. So, please take a moment to jot down a few suggestions and send them back to me. We are looking for ideas in the following areas:

1. What kind of Science, technology, engineering, or math related things would be of interest to you to learn about?

2. What kinds of evening social activities would you enjoy best? (I.e., dances, karaoke, recreation activities, etc.)

Also, the annual NFB National Convention will take place this summer in Orlando, Fl (learn more at www.nfb.org). We again will be facilitating a Youth Track for all youth at convention ages 11-18. Besides a visit to see the Mouse, or a ride on Splash Mountain, what other things would be of interest to you as youth during the convention? what kinds of seminars or workshops would you like to attend? What social activities would interest you most? Please let me know your thoughts. You can e-mail me at mhartle@nfb.org or call me at (410) 659-9314 ext. 2407.

Our team here at the NFB Jernigan Institute really wants to make sure our programs reflect what you, our blind youth want while still maintaining the philosophy and standards of the NFB. So, we welcome any feedback for these upcoming events you can give us.

Thanks so much and happy holidays!

Sincerely,
Mary Jo T. Hartle

Mary Jo Thorpe-Hartle, MEd, NOMC
Director of Education
Jernigan Institute
NATIONAL FEDERATION OF THE BLIND
200 East Wells Street
Baltimore, MD 21230
Phone: (410)659-9314 ext. 2407
Email: mhartle@nfb.org
Fax: (410) 659-5129
Visit www.nfb.org

NABS Presents First Conference Call for Parents of Blind Children!

[From Arielle Silverman on Monday, October 11, 2010]
Attention All Parents!
Not sure about how your blind child is going to tackle classes such as Biology or Physics? Ever been curious about what majors and specialization blind individuals have had in the past? Do you believe that careers and learning about fields such as Science, Technology, Engineering and Math- (STEM), are “too difficult” or “dangerous” for your blind child? Do alternative techniques a blind person may use in such fields just baffle you?
If any of the above apply to you-
Please attend the Membership phone call, presented by the Membership Committee of the National Association of Blind Students.

[From Arielle Silverman on Monday, October 11, 2010]
Attention All Parents!

Not sure about how your blind child is going to tackle classes such as Biology or Physics? Ever been curious about what majors and specialization blind individuals have had in the past? Do you believe that careers and learning about fields such as Science, Technology, Engineering and Math- (STEM), are “too difficult” or “dangerous” for your blind child? Do alternative techniques a blind person may use in such fields just baffle you?

If any of the above apply to you-

Please attend the Membership phone call, presented by the Membership Committee of the National Association of Blind Students. We are going to cover concerns, techniques, and general information about how blind students can participate on equal terms with their sighted peers, especially in STEM fields.

Date: Sunday, October 17, 2010

When: 6:00 pm EST

Where: NABS conference line- (712)775-7100 Code: 257963#.

Why: TO learn and network with other parents of blind children and blind students who have experiences navigating through the STEM fields for the blind.

Our special guest speaker, Arielle Silverman, earned her Bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University in Biology. She will offer a very distinct perspective on how to navigate through what can be perceived as the very turbulent waters of STEM. Different opportunity, techniques, strategies and concepts will be discussed during the call.

We look forward to talking with you!

Kindest Regards,
Membership Committee
National Association of Blind Students

Arielle Silverman
President, National Association of Blind Students
Phone: 602-502-2255
Email: nabs.president@gmail.com
Website: www.nabslink.org

PABS Conference call info

[From Helen Stevens on Friday, October 8, 2010]
Hi all,

Just a reminder that the Pennsylvania Association of Blind Students will be holding a student conference call this Sunday, October 10 at 7PM.

Conference Dial-in Number: (712) 451-6100
Participant Access Code: 996562#

We look forward to talking with you then,
Helen Stevens

Upcoming PABS Student Conference Call

[From Helen Stevens on October 4, 2010]
Hi All,
I hope your semester is going well.
This Sunday we will be holding the first of what we hope become regular APBS student conference
calls.

[From Helen Stevens on October 4, 2010]
Hi All,

I hope your semester is going well.

This Sunday we will be holding the first of what we hope become regular APBS student conference
calls.

The purpose of these calls is to give students the chance to get to know one another better, ask
questions, discuss challenges they are having, share experiences and discuss ways in which PABS can
more effectively serve students.

On Sunday we will discuss the upcoming state convention and ideas for future conference call
discussion topics. We will also take time to allow participants to share information about themselves so
that we can get to know one another better. Please bring any questions or challenges you are dealing
with now, concerns about how you might do something in the future, or something exciting you’ve done
lately that you think other might like to here about.

The call will be held Sunday Oct 10 at 7PM, at a phone number to be distributed later in the week.

I look forward to talking to you then.
Helen Stevens

From the Desk of the NABS President, October 2010

National Association of Blind Students
From the Desk of the President
October 5, 2010
1. NABS Reps are Here for You!
2. This Month’s Conference Call: Science and More!
3. NABS Kicks off Pennies for Pages Fund-Raiser!
4. Announcement from Virginia!
5. Minutes from Last NABS Board Meeting!
NABS Reps are Here for You!
Are you hoping to organize a new student division at your state convention this year? Is your division looking for new ideas or planning a change of leadership? Are you looking for advice from someone who is experienced in organizing and leading student divisions? The NABS board are here to help!

National Association of Blind Students
From the Desk of the President
October 5, 2010

1. NABS Reps are Here for You!
2. This Month’s Conference Call: Science and More!
3. NABS Kicks off Pennies for Pages Fund-Raiser!
4. Announcement from Virginia!
5. Minutes from Last NABS Board Meeting!

NABS Reps are Here for You!
Are you hoping to organize a new student division at your state convention this year? Is your division looking for new ideas or planning a change of leadership? Are you looking for advice from someone who is experienced in organizing and leading student divisions? The NABS board are here to help!
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