Convention

National Federation of the Blind of Pennsylvania 2022 STATE CONVENTION

Thursday, November 10 through Sunday, November 13, 2022

Picture of everyone who attended in person during the 2020 National Federation of the Blind of Pennsylvania State Convention in Pittsburgh

The National Federation of the Blind of Pennsylvania State Convention is the largest gathering of blind people in the state. It is the premier event for training, support, and information for the blind community. It also serves as a governing body, democratically electing our leadership and establishing each year’s organizational priorities.

Register and make a difference in the lives of blind Pennsylvanians!

The 2022 State Convention of the National Federation of the Blind of Pennsylvania will be held at:
Sheraton Station Square
300 W. Station Square Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

We will be live streaming portions of the convention that will be recorded for archival purposes on the website.

Note: The agenda will be finalized, distributed, and posted on the state website in mid to late October. Yes, the agenda will be available on NEWSLINE® too!

Here is your chance to participate and learn more about the NFB’s programs and goals on the state and national level. Hear from the NFB national representative. Also, hear from speakers on topics of national and state importance, membership, seniors, technology, Braille, students, guide dog users, merchants, deafblind, and parents’ concerns, meet the scholarship class of 2022 and much more!

We are proud to announce that Karl Smith, the chair of the board of directors for the Louisiana Center for the Blind, will be serving as our national rep this year.

Mark your calendars and make every effort to attend the 2022 State Convention of the NFB of Pennsylvania. Get involved. Make a difference! Please share with others, everyone is welcome!

Room Reservations

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 visit https://www.marriott.com/events/start.mi?id=1659647053517&key=GRP or dial 412-261-2000 and state that you are attending the NFB of Pennsylvania State Convention. The best time to call is during regular business hours, 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. The 2022 room rate is $119 a night. Hotel room rates are subject to applicable state and local taxes, which at present is 7% and will be in effect at the time of check-out.

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 9. The Hotel will be releasing our block of rooms on October 10, 2022 so make your reservation quickly. Hotel rates and room availability will not be guaranteed after October 10th due to the Pittsburgh Steelers game taking place in Pittsburgh on Sunday, October 16. You will need a credit card to secure your reservation, There will be no charge to your card until you arrive at the hotel. In addition, there are a limited number of wheelchair accessible rooms and if needed, make it known when you are making your room reservation.

If you cannot 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 Monday, October 10.

Convention Preview

Thursday Events:
  • Exhibit Hall
  • Senior Possibilities Fair
  • Technology Seminars
  • Veterans Celebration
Friday Events:
  • Exhibit Hall
  • Meetings of Blind Students, Parents of Blind Children, Blind Parents, DeafBlind/Hearing-Impaired, and Guide Dog Users.
  • Resolutions Committee Meeting
  • State Board Meeting
  • Talent Show and Live Auction
Saturday Events:
  • Report from the National Representative (Karl Smith)
  • Interesting speakers, presentations, and panels
  • Banquet Saturday Evening
Sunday Events:
  • Chapter Sharing Breakfast
  • State Business Meeting
  • Adjourn at Noon

Online Registration

Online Registration is now open for the 2022 NFB of Pennsylvania State 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.

Please note that the reduced convention registration rate of $15 per person will only be available till September 30. Starting on October 1, the cost to register for the convention will increase to $25 per person. The registration cost for professionals attending only the Technology Seminar on Thursday, November 10, to obtain their continuing education credits will be at $35 per person both before and after September 30.

If you have already submitted a registration form, but need to purchase additional meals, please contact Joe Drenth at 215-827-7787 prior to submitting another form.

In order to provide an accurate meal count to the hotel, the registration form will close on Wednesday, October 19. If you need to purchase any meals at the walk up registration table, a limited number of meal tickets will be available on a first come first served basis and we cannot guarantee that the meal option you want will be available at the time of purchase.

VETERANS CELEBRATION REGISTRATION:

On the evening of Thursday, November 10, we will be holding a Veterans Celebration. During this event, we will be recognizing our vets and military service members, or their family members. If you are a veteran or a military service member, or a family member of a veteran or military service member, and wish to have the opportunity to be recognized during this event, please complete the registration form at www.nfbp.org/convention/veterans-celebration-registration. The deadline for submissions is October 1. Please note that first preference of those being recognized for this event will go to veterans and military service members, or their family members, residing in Pennsylvania. If you wish to provide a donation for this event and listed as a “Red, White, and Blue Patron,” please visit the Veterans Celebration donation page at www.nfbp.org/convention/veterans-celebration-donations to help defray the cost of holding this event.

Sponsors & Exhibitors:

For those wishing to be a sponsor of this year’s convention, payments for the following must be received no later than October 1 either via check or via the online registration form:

Accessibility For All $2000
  • Exhibit Hall Table (Thursday and Friday)
  • Six (6) Convention registrations for representatives to attend
  • Six (6) Banquet tickets (Saturday evening)
Braille Literacy $1500
  • Exhibit Hall Table (Thursday and Friday)
  • Four (4) Convention registrations
  • Four (4) Banquet tickets (Saturday evening)
Cane Travel $1000
  • Exhibit Hall Table (Thursday and Friday)
  • Two (2) Convention registrations
  • Two (2) Banquet tickets (Saturday evening)
Daily Living Skills $500
  • Exhibit Hall Table (Thursday and Friday)
  • One (1) Convention Registration
  • One (1) Banquet ticket (Saturday evening)

The exhibit hall will be open during the following days and times:

  • Thursday, November 10: 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Friday, November 11: 9:00am – 3:00pm

For those registering as an exhibitor for this year’s convention, payment for the following prices must be received no later than October 1 either via check or via the online registration form:

  • Both days (Thursday, November 10, and Friday, November 11): $150
  • Single Day (Thursday, November 10, or Friday, November 11): $100

Code of Conduct

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

Additional information will be posted as soon as it becomes available. Please check back often.

If you have any questions, please contact one of the following people:

Joseph Drenth, Convention Chair
Phone: 215-827-7787
Email: convention@nfbp.org

Lynn Heitz, NFB of Pennsylvania President
Phone: 215-988-0888
Email: president@nfbp.org