Agenda

NATIONAL Federation OF THE BLIND OF PENNSYLVANIA 2021 ANNUAL CONVENTION

November 11-14, 2021
Crowne Plaza Harrisburg-Hershey
23 S 2nd Street
Harrisburg, PA 17101
(717) 234-5021

Lynn Heitz, President
Joseph Drenth, Convention Chair
National Federation of the Blind of Pennsylvania, Inc.
Phone: 215-988-0888
president@nfbp.org
http://www.nfbp.org

NATIONAL FEDERATION OF THE BLIND OF PENNSYLVANIA 2021 BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Officers:

President: Lynn Heitz: 215-208-7582
First Vice-President: Joseph Drenth: 215-827-7787
Second Vice-President: Emily Gindlesperger: 724-863-3706
Secretary: Harriet Go: 610-259-1706
Treasurer: Brian Mackey: 609 680 8488

Directors:

Simon Bonenfant: 610 212 0016
Denice Brown: 215-808-5875
Kirk Hunger: 484-239-0741
Michelle McManus: 814-769-3191
Jason Polansky: 301 606 4480
Connie Scheu: 814-868-1122

Registration will be held Thursday, Nov. 11th from 1:00P.M. to 4:00P.M. and on Friday, Nov. 12th from 10:00 A.M. to 3:30P.M. outside of Ballroom A and B,. 2nd Floor.

A table featuring materials of the National Federation of the Blind will be available in the registration area, Ballroom A and B, 2nd floor.

There is a dog relief area available outside of the hotel. For further information, contact Joseph or Marsha Drenth.

There will be an Exhibit Hall on Thursday, Nov. 11th from 1:00P.M. to 5:00P.M. and on Friday, Nov. 12 from 9:00A.M. to 4:30P.M. located in Ballroom C, 2nd floor.

We Welcome Our Sponsors:

Democracy Live
Library for Accessible Media in Pennsylvania
Sky’s The Limit Communications, LLC

Vanda Pharmaceuticals

We Welcome Our Exhibitors:

Accessible Pharmacy Services for the Blind
Aggies Herbal Selections and Lady Gems
Bureau of Blindness and Visual Services Harrisburg

Dancing Dots
Enhanced Vision Systems, Inc.
Humanware
OrCam

Sachets by Angie
Scentsy

ViewPlus Technologies

Thursday, November 11, 2021

1:00P.M. – 5:00P.M. Technology Seminar; Joseph Drenth, Moderator, Ballroom A and B, 2nd floor.

1:00P.M. – 2:10P.M. Essential Apps for Independence, Education, and Recreation; Denice Brown, President, Greater Philadelphia chapter and Chris Westbrook, vice President, Jigsaw Chapter, NFB of PA.
2:25P.M. – 3:35P.M. New Braille Displays and Tactile Graphics Embossers; Dan Gardner, CEO, ViewPlus Technologies, Simon Bonenfant, Secretary, Keystone chapter, and Jason Polanski, President, Capital chapter, NFB of PA.
3:50P.M. – 5:00P.M. Accessible Medical Devices, Technologies, and Apps; Marsha Drenth, President, DeafBlind Division, Michelle McManus, President, Happy Valley chapter, NFB of PA, and Andy Burstein,President and CEO, Accessible Pharmacy Services for the Blind.
7:00P.M. – 10:00P.M. Celebration of Our Veterans; Emily Gindlesperger 2nd vice President, NFB of PA, Facilitator, Ballroom A and B, 2nd Floor. Hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar will be available.

Friday, November 12, 2021

9:00A.M. – 10:15A.M. Pennsylvania Association of Guide Dog Users; Marsha Drenth, President, Ballroom A and B, 2nd Floor.
9:00A.M. – 11:45A.M. Pennsylvania Organization of Parents of Blind Children; Emily Gindlesperger, President, Senate Board room, 2nd Floor.

9:00A.M. – 9:30A.M. Pennsylvania Organization of Parents of Blind Children Division Meeting: Emily Gindlesperger, President
9:30A.M. – 10:00A.M. When Help Becomes Hinderance:
Panel Discussion on the Unintended Consequences of Well-Meaning Adults and Solutions to Guide Everyone to Independence; Angelina Angelcyk, Secretary, Pennsylvania Association of Blind Students, Jennifer Harding, substitute Teacher, Daniel Boone School district, Liliya Asadullina, Member, Keystone chapter, NFB of PA.
10:00A.M. – 12:00P.M. Updates and Round Table Discussion:
Come join us and Hear updates and participate in a round table on concerns and solutions in the education of our blind children.
Lynn Heitz, President National Federation of the Blind of Pennsylvania
Shawn Calloway, National Representative, Director, National Federation of the Blind
Carlton Walker, Esq., President, National Organization of Parents of Blind children
Rod Alcidonis, Esq., Director, Bureau of Blindness and Visual Services, Office of vocational Rehabilitation, Department of Labor and Industry, commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Shannon Austin, Executive Director, Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, Department of Labor and Industry, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Carole Clancy, Director, Bureau of Special Education, Department of Education, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
9:30A.M. – 10:45A.M. Blind Parents Group; Stacie Leap, Board Member Keystone chapter, NFB of PA, Chairman, Ballroom D, 2nd floor.
10:30A.M. – 11:45A.M. What’s happening with the DeafBlind Division? Marsha Drenth, President, Ballroom A and B, 2nd Floor.
11:00A.M. – 12:15P.M. It’s not so bad being a Senior; Connie Scheu, board of Directors, NFB of PA and Deneice Hopper, Member Keystone chapter, NFB of PA, Ballroom D, 2nd Floor.
12:00P.M. – 3:00P.M. Pennsylvania Association of Blind students Division; Simon Bonenfant, President; Senate Board room, 2nd Floor.

12:45 – 1:00 P.M.

12:00 P.M. – 12:05P.M. Introduction; Simon Bonenfant, President, Pennsylvania Association of blind Students
12:05P.M. – 12:15P.M. Who is with us today? Introduction of those in attendance.
12:15P.M. – 12:30P.M. Overview of initiatives at the state level and how students can get involved: Lynn Heitz, President, National Federation of the Blind of Pennsylvania.
12:30P.M. – 12:45P.M. Overview of current initiatives at the national office: Shawn Callaway, National representative, Board of Directors National Federation of the Blind.
What are scholarships and why should I apply? Jim Antonacci; President Emeritus; National Federation of the Blind of Pennsylvania
1:00P.M. – 1:15P.M. Empowering your Future as a Blind person: David DeNotaris; Owner, Sky’s the Limit Communications.
1:15 P.M. – 1:30P.M. Tips for Success in the Job Market: Jason Polansky, Treasurer, Pennsylvania Association of Blind Students
1:30P.M. – 1:45P.M. What is the client assistance program and what it can do for you: Andrew Pennington, Director of Communication and Outreach, Pennsylvania Client Assistance program
1:45P.M. – 2:00P.M. Thriving through vision loss and beyond: Pardy Gill, Executive Council member, NFB of United Kingdom.
2:00P.M. – 2:15P.M. Update on Legislative initiatives in Pennsylvania: Emily Gindlesperger, Second Vice President, National Federation of the Blind of PA
2:15P.M. – 2:30P.M. What is Blind and Visual Services and what do they provide: Rod Alcidonis , Esq., Director, Bureau of Blindness and Visual Services, Office of vocational rehabilitation, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
2:30P.M. – 3:00P.M. Business meeting
3:00P.M. Adjournment
12:00P.M. – 1:00P.M. Democracy Live: Discover how a Blind Person can vote privately and independently: Brian Finney, CEO, Charlie Kinnune, Director of Education and Outreach, Melissa Carney, Outreach and education Consultant, Ballroom A and B, 2nd Floor.
12:30P.M. – 1:45P.M. Pennsylvania Association of blind Merchants Division Meeting; Pamela Baquero, President, Ballroom D, 2nd floor.
1:15P.M. – 2:45P.M. What is the Accessible Pharmacy? And How do I get involved?; Andy Burstein, President, CEO, Alex Cohen, CMO and Co-Founders, Ballroom A and B, 2nd Floor.
2:45P.M. – 3:45P.M. Saving Money and Cyber Security; George Dillman, Consumer Outreach specialist, PA Department of Banking and Securities. Ballroom D, 2nd floor.
4:00P.M. – 5:00P.M. Meeting of the board of directors of the NFB of Pennsylvania; Ballroom A and B, 2nd floor.
5:00P.M. Nominating Committee; Senate Board Room, 2nd Floor.
5:30P.M. – 6:00P.M. Resolutions Committee; Michelle McManus, Chairman, Ballroom A and B, 2nd floor.
7:00P.M. – 10:00P.M. NFB of PA Showcase of Talent: come and be entertained by our talented Affiliate and visit our Silent Auction; Ballroom A and B, 2nd floor. Hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar available.

Saturday November 13, 2021

NFB PLEDGE

I pledge to participate actively in the effort of the National Federation of the Blind to achieve equality, opportunity and security for the blind; to support the policies and programs of the Federation; and to abide by its constitution.

General Session, Ballroom, 2nd Floor.

8:30A.M. Invocation; Joseph Drenth, 1st Vice President NFB of Pennsylvania
8:35A.M. Tribute to our Nation and the National Federation of the Blind.
8:40A.M. Welcoming; Jason Polansky, President, Capital
Chapter, NFB of PA.
Housekeeping – Joseph Drenth, Convention Chairperson
8:45A.M. Presidential Report; Lynn Heitz, President, National Federation of the Blind of Pennsylvania.
9:15A.M. Report From Our National Representative; Shawn Calloway, Board Member, National Federation of the Blind and President, NFB of the district of Columbia.
10:00A.M. What is BEAR Advocacy?; Carlton Ann Cooke Walker, Esq, President, National Organization of Parents of blind Children and Treasurer, Capital chapter, NFB of PA.
10:15A.M. What Accommodations Are Made for Blind Parents in the Public School System?; Stacie Leap, Chairperson, Pennsylvania Blind Parents Group and board Member, Keystone Chapter, NFB of PA, Esther Gilyard, Member Keystone chapter, NFB of PA.
10:35A.M. My Public School Experience; Angelina Angelcyk, Secretary, Pennsylvania Association of blind Students.
10:50A.M. Being An Aid for A Blind High School Student; Jennifer Harding, Substitute Teacher, Daniel Boone School district, Berks county Pennsylvania.
11:05A.M. The Education of Our blind Children: What Can the NFB of PA Do to Help; Carol Clancy, Director, Bureau of Special Education, Department of education, commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
11:35A.M. Questions and Answers.
11:45A.M. Updates from the Library of Accessible Media in Pennsylvania; Keri Wilkins, Director LAMP, Free Library of Philadelphia.
12:00P.M. – 1:30P.M. LUNCH – Pennsylvania Ballroom D and E, 2nd floor.
1:30P.M. Update on Blindness Services in Pennsylvania; rod Alcidonis, Esq., Director, bureau of blindness and Visual Services, Office of vocational Rehabilitation, Department of Labor and Industry, commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
2:00P.M. Questions and Answers?
2:15P.M. What is CAP: Andrew Pennington, Director of communication and Outreach, Pennsylvania client Assistance Program. .
2:30P.M. Report of the Nominating Committee and Elections; Joseph Drenth, Chairman, 1st vice President, NFB of PA.
3:00P.M. White Canes Connect: Who is it? What is It? And Where is it; Lisa Bryant, Member Keystone chapter and David Goldstein, Treasurer Keystone Chapter, NFB of PA.
3:15P.M. Update from the National Association of Blind Veterans; Vernon Humphrey, President.
3:30P.M. My Journey; Alex Cohen, PhD, Professor West Chester University and CMO Accessible Pharmacy Services for the Blind.
3:50P.M. Legislative Liaisons: What are they?; Emily Gindlesperger, 2nd vice President and Stacie leap, board Member, Keystone chapter, NFB of PA
4:10P.M. Why Make That Phone Call; James Antonacci, President Emeritus, National Federation of the Blind of Pennsylvania
4:35P.M. Why Is It Important To Reach Out?; David J. Denotaris, CEO Sky’s The Limit Communication, LLC.
5:00P.M. Adjournment of General Session
6:00P.M. CASH BAR – Ballroom A and B, 2nd Floor.
7:00P.M. BANQUET – Joseph Drenth, 1st Vice President, NFB of PA, Ballroom A and B, 2nd Floor

SUNDAY, November 14, 2021

8:00A.M. Breakfast; Ballroom A and B, 2nd Floor.
8:30AM: Chapter Breakfast; Harriet Go, Secretary, NFB of PA and President, Keystone Chapter, NFB of PA.

Business Meeting; Ballroom A and B, 2nd Floor

9:00A.M. State Financial Report; Brian Mackey, Treasurer, NFB of PA.
9:30A.M. Funding at the National level; Shawn Calloway, National Representative.
9:50A.M. Funding at the State level; Lynn Heitz, President, NFB of PA.
10:10A.M. Legislative Report; Emily Gindlesperger, Legislative Chairperson.
10:30A.M. Reports and Resolutions.
11:30A.M. Adjournment.

The National Federation of the Blind is not an organization speaking for the blind, it is the Blind speaking for themselves.