National Federation of the Blind of Pennsylvania 41st Annual STATE CONVENTION
Friday, November 2, through Sunday, November 4, 2018
The 41st Annual State Convention of the National Federation of the Blind of Pennsylvania will be held at:
The Atherton Hotel
125 S. Atherton Street
State College, PA, 16801
Mark your calendars and make every effort to attend the 41st annual convention of the NFB of Pennsylvania. Get Involved. Make a Difference!
Technology Seminars & Demonstrations
This year, technology seminars and demonstrations will begin at 9AM on Friday, November 2, and run until 1PM. The exhibit hall will also be open from 9:30AM to 4PM on Friday, November 2. We recommend that you plan to arrive at the Atherton Hotel Thursday afternoon or evening so you don’t miss anything.
The Atherton Hotel is now accepting room reservations for the state convention. To reserve your hotel room, please dial 814-231-2100 and say you are attending the National Federation of the Blind of Pennsylvania convention. Rooms are $87 a night plus tax.
Our block of rooms is available until October 5, after which the remaining rooms will be released back to the hotel for general use. Individuals are responsible for making their own room reservation arrangements.
Online registration is now open for the 2018 NFB of Pennsylvania convention. Register before October 1 to get the discounted registration rate of only $15. On October 1, the registration price will increase to $25.
Free Aira Site Access at National Federation of the Blind State Conventions
The National Federation of the Blind has partnered with Aira to provide free Aira Site Access to NFB members during our 2018 state convention. Aira subscribers who are National Federation of the Blind members can use the service at our convention for free without having minutes deducted from their plans. In addition, those interested in Aira have the unique opportunity to try out the service for free while at our convention. This convention-wide, free site access is available only at NFB state conventions, giving NFB members an exclusive opportunity to test-drive Aira in a convention setting.
Aira allows blind individuals to connect via live video to a trained agent through a mobile app or wearable glasses to get real-time visual information or assistance. Learn more about Aira and special pricing available for NFB members at go.aira.io/NFB.
How it Works:
Before you head to convention or as soon as you get there, download the free Aira app from the App Store, and create a guest account if you are not already an Aira subscriber. Also, make sure your phone’s GPS feature is enabled. When you enter the convention Site Access location, your phone will receive a notification letting you know that the space you are in is part of the Aira Network. When you connect with an agent, he or she will also confirm that you are now covered by the network, and no minutes will be deducted from your account.
When you leave or enter convention areas that are covered by the Site Access network, you will be informed by the Aira agent.
To learn more about Aira and the special plan available exclusively to NFB members, visit go.aira.io/NFB
New Assistive Listening System
We will be using a new assistive listening system this year for people who have trouble hearing speakers. Our system is very similar to what is used at NFB National Conventions for people who are hard-of-hearing. The technology seminars, board meeting, resolutions meeting, auction, general sessions, banquet, and Sunday chapter breakfast meeting will all be transmitted on a special frequency, and if you borrow one of our new personal receivers, you can listen using your own ear buds or by borrowing headphones or an ear speaker. Since we want to make sure we have enough receivers at the convention for everyone who needs one, if you are interested in borrowing one, please send an email containing your name and whether you need to borrow headphones or an ear speaker to the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org A small, refundable deposit of $40 will be required when borrowing a receiver, but the money is refunded when the receiver is returned before the end of the convention.
The National Federation of the Blind of Pennsylvania Code of Conduct will apply to our gatherings during the convention.
At this year’s NFB of Pennsylvania convention, Kaitlyn McIntyre of the NFB’s Performing Arts Division will be teaching dance moves on Friday night, November 2, after the Students’ Division meeting, that we can use during the dance after the banquet on Saturday night. Dust off some of your old dance moves and prepare to learn a few new ones. So make sure to bring your dancing shoes with you to convention!
Mega Bus Transportation Arrangements
The mega bus leaves on Thursday, November 1 and Friday, November 2 at 7:45 AM and 4:55 PM from Philadelphia at 30th St. The price may vary depending on when a person is able to purchase their tickets.
For Sunday, November 4 coming back from State College, The best time is 11:55 AM. Again, the price will vary depending on when a ticket is purchased.
Please remember that if you are not able to use the Mega Bus website or app because of it’s inaccessibility, the five dollar additional phone charge is supposed to be waived. To make reservations, please visit the Mega Bus website at www.megabus.com or by dialing 877-462-6342.
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
1500 Walnut Street, Suite 200
Philadelphia, PA 19102