rdThe 33 Annual State Convention
National Federation of the Blind of New Jersey
T E C H
* Training * Education * Commitment * History *
Crowne Plaza Hotel
36 Valley Rd., Clark, NJ 07066
November 6, 7, 8, 2009
Joseph Ruffalo, President
We will be broadcasting live on Sat., Nov. 7 from 9 am – noon,
2 pm – 5 pm and 7 pm – 11 pm.
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The National Federation of the Blind is
changing what it means to be blind.
The National Federation of the Blind is an organization where the blind and interested sighted persons can come together to plan and carry out programs to improve the quality of life of the blind; to provide a means of collective action for parents of blind children; to promote the vocational, cultural, and social advancement of the blind; to achieve the integration of the blind into society on a basis of equality with the sighted; and to take action which will improve the overall condition and standard of living of the blind. The Federation works toward the removal of legal, economic, and social barriers to full participation by blind people in all aspects of community life.
The National Federation of the Blind is an organization of the blind speaking for themselves.
The National Federation of the Blind Pledge
I pledge to participate actively in the efforts
of the National Federation of the Blind
to achieve equality, opportunity, and security for the blind;
to support the programs and policies of the Federation;
and to abide by its constitution.
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Funding Our Movement
Donations to the National Federation of the Blind of NJ are tax deductible. Mark a special date in honor of or in memory of a loved one or friend with a gift to the NFB of NJ.
The National Federation of the Blind of NJ thanks
ADVANCED DIABETIC SOLUTIONS, Lawrenceville, GA
for their generous sponsorship of this year’s Convention
Contact information for speakers can be found on the last page of the agenda.
FRIDAY, NOV. 6, 2009
10:00 am—6:00 pm Registration Open
TECH Seminar/Convention registration: $15
Box lunch can be purchased in Grand Ballroom: $13
10:00 am–6:00 pm Exhibit Hall open—Washington Room
11:30 am–1:00 pm Merchants Division lunch meeting—location TBA
T E C H SEMINAR
1:00 pm Welcome to the TECH Seminar!
Joseph Ruffalo, President, NFB of NJ; National Board Member, NFB;
Program Manager, First Occupational Center of NJ
1:05 pm Making a Difference
Gary Wunder, Secretary, National Federation of the Blind;
Pres., NFB of MO
1:20 pm Advanced Diabetic Solutions
Jordan Benis, Chief Operating Officer; Convention Sponsor
1:30 pm Announcements
WORKSHOPS There are two workshop sessions.
Session I is from 1:45 to 2:30. Session II is from 2:45 to 3:30.
Session I 1:45–2:30 pm Please choose from the following 3 workshops.
The New Digital Talking Book Player—Adams Room
Adam Szczepaniak, Director; Mary Crain, Media Technician
NJ Talking Book and Braille Center
Bridging the Gap: Blindness and Diabetes—Jefferson Room
Michele and Vincent Chaney, NJ Diabetes Action Network; Jordan Benis,
President, and Tina Rockwell, Director of Patient Services, Advanced
Accessible Science for Students—Madison Room
Moderators: Carol Castellano, Pres. POBC-NJ and Evelyn Valdez, Pres.,
NJABS; Presenters: Marilyn Winograd, TVI, MDW Educational Services;
Dr. Lillian Rankel, Science Teacher, Central HS, Pennington
Session II 2:45–3:30 pm Please choose from the following 3 workshops.
Technology: KNFB Mobile & Newsline for the Blind—Adams Room
Rick Fox, Dewitt & Assoc.; Bill Dougherty, NJ Talking Book & Braille
Put Your Best Foot Forward: Mobility Choices for Everyone—
Vincent Chaney, NJAGDU; Gary Wunder, Pres., NFB of MO
Braille: The ABCs—Madison Room
Mary Jo Partyka, Sue Tillett, NJ Assoc. to Promote the Use of Braille
PLEASE RETURN TO THE GRAND BALLROOM AFTER SESSION II.
3:40 pm Wrap-Up and Door Prizes
Joe Ruffalo, Pres., NFB of NJ
4:00–5:00 pm Division Meetings
NJ Assoc. to Promote the Use of Braille—Madison Room
Technology Division—Adams Room
Diabetes Division—Jefferson Room
NJ Assoc. of Blind Students—Grand Ballroom front
4:00–6:00 pm Visit the Vendors in the Exhibit Area—Washington Room
7:00 pm Resolutions Committee Meeting—Jefferson
Mary Jo Partyka, Chair
All are welcome
8:00–11:00 pm Talent Showcase—Grand Ballroom
Hosted by the Central Chapter, NFB of NJ
NOTE: Breakfast will be served from 6:45 – 8:45 am on Saturday morning in the Jefferson Room for those registered in the hotel. Bring your breakfast coupon.
Vendors will be available in the Exhibit Hall—Washington Room
at the following times:
Friday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday 7:45 am