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
NATIONAL FEDERATION OF THE BLIND OF PENNSYLVANIA 2021 BOARD OF DIRECTORS
|First Vice-President:||Joseph Drenth:||215-827-7787|
|Second Vice-President:||Emily Gindlesperger:||724-863-3706|
|Treasurer:||Brian Mackey:||609 680 8488|
|Simon Bonenfant:||610 212 0016|
|Jason Polansky:||301 606 4480|
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:
Library for Accessible Media in Pennsylvania
Sky’s The Limit Communications, LLC
We Welcome Our Exhibitors:
Accessible Pharmacy Services for the Blind
Aggies Herbal Selections and Lady Gems
Bureau of Blindness and Visual Services Harrisburg
Enhanced Vision Systems, Inc.
Sachets by Angie
Thursday, November 11, 2021
|1:00P.M. – 5:00P.M.||Technology Seminar; Joseph Drenth, Moderator, Ballroom A and B, 2nd floor.
|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.
|9:30A.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.
|12:00P.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
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.|
The National Federation of the Blind is not an organization speaking for the blind, it is the Blind speaking for themselves.