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 currently will be held at
Sheraton Station Square
300 West Station Square
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Please note that this might change due to the COVID-19 outbreak. We will inform all if there is a change of venue.
Mark your calendars and make every effort to attend the 2020 state convention of the NFB of Pennsylvania. Get Involved. Make a Difference! Please share with others, everyone is welcome!
Online Registration is now open for the 2020 NFB of Pennsylvania convention. Registration with the convention is required in order to be eligible for our discounted room rates at the hotel. Sponsor our event, sign up to be an exhibitor, register for professional technology training, purchase your convention meals, and register people for door prizes all through the online convention registration form.
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. (Note: we have received this lower rate, and this does not include the breakfast buffet).
For those considering arriving early, there is a limited number of available guest rooms as another group will be occupying most of the hotel on Wednesday, November 11. Don’t hesitate, please make your room reservations as soon as possible. Our block of rooms are available until Wednesday, October 21, and any remaining rooms will become available to the general public. You will need a credit card to secure your reservation, There will be no charge to your card until you arrive at the hotel. Refrigerators will be available in all sleeping rooms this year. In addition, there are a limited number of wheelchair accessible rooms and if needed, make it known when you are making your room reservation.
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 Wednesday, October 21.
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