National Federation of the Blind of Pennsylvania 2020 Annual STATE CONVENTION
Thursday, November 12 through Sunday, November 15, 2020
The 2020 State Convention of the National Federation of the Blind of Pennsylvania will be held at
Sheraton Station Square
300 West Station Square
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Mark your calendars and make every effort to attend the 2020 convention of the NFB of Pennsylvania. Get Involved. Make a Difference!
The Sheraton Station Square is now accepting room reservations for the state convention. To make your reservation 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, please dial 412-261-2000 and state you are attending the National Federation of the Blind of Pennsylvania convention or visit www.marriott.com/event-reservations/reservation-link.mi?id=1582037683643&key=GRP&app=resvlink. The best time to call is during regular business hours, 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. The 2020 room rate is $115 a night. Hotel room rates are subject to applicable state and local taxes, which at present is 14% and will be in effect at the time of check-out.
For early arrivals, there are a number of rooms reserved for Wednesday, November 11th. There will be another function in the hotel and rooms will vanish quickly. Don’t hesitate, please make your room reservations as soon as possible. Our block of rooms are available until October 21st, then they are released to the general public. In years past, the block sells out prior to the deadline, so please don’t hesitate!
When making hotel room reservations,you need to secure via credit card. There will be no charge to your card until you arrive at the hotel. There are a limited number of wheelchair accessible rooms and if needed, don’t hesitate, make it known when you are making your room reservation.
With this said, if you are thinking about attending, if you are somewhat positive that you will attend, not quite sure you will attend and to those that know that they will attend, PLEASE make your hotel reservations as soon as possible.
Note: if you can not attend and you have made hotel reservations, don’t call the hotel to cancel. Please call Lynn Heitz at 215-988-0888. Lynn usually has a waiting list to review as many learn about the state convention after the date of October 21st. if the block is not sold out, the remainder of rooms will be released to the public. In years past, the block sells out prior to the deadline and therefore, Please, don’t hesitate!
As an attendee at our convention, you not only represent yourself but also represent our greater organization. We want you to enjoy our time together and to make new friends and renew old acquaintances. Although we encourage members to socialize and have fun, the convention also provides a valuable opportunity to come together to continue the work of our organization, to learn about the important initiatives that we are involved with on local and national levels, and to plan our work for the future.
The National Federation of the Blind seeks to provide a convention environment in which diverse participants, including members, speakers, exhibitors, staff, and volunteers, may learn, network, and enjoy the company of friends and colleagues in an environment of mutual respect and professionalism. We recognize a shared responsibility to create and uphold that atmosphere for the benefit of all. Some behaviors are therefore specifically prohibited:
- harassment or intimidation based on race, religion, ethnicity, language, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, physical appearance, or other group identity
- sexual harassment or intimidation, including unwelcome sexual attention, stalking (physical or virtual), or unsolicited physical contact
- public drunkenness and associated behaviors (e.g., belligerence, yelling, hostility, destruction of property)
Participants are expected to abide by these rules and behaviors in all convention venues, including online arenas, social media, and social events. Participants who are asked to stop a behavior that the recipient considers hostile or harassing are expected to comply immediately. We are committed to diversity, equity, and the free expression of ideas. Please visit https://nfb.org/code-conduct for more information.
Audio from Past Conventions
Please visit our Past Conventions page to access audio highlights from previous state conventions.
Additional information will be posted as soon as it becomes available. Check back often.
If you have any questions, please contact one of the following people:
Joseph Drenth, Convention Chair
Lynn Heitz, NFB of Pennsylvania President