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2021 State Convention Agenda Friday, October 22

8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.           Information Table & Hospitality Suite

Coordinator, Allison Depner

Our virtual information table volunteers can answer questions about the agenda and convention activities. Also, in this room you will find our board members and parent leaders in breakout rooms during limited hours. Individuals wishing to discuss matters with President Tim Elder, our board leaders, or to meet other groups can find connections and appointment availability through the Information Desk.

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8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.          Exclusive Vendor Showcase

Coordinator, Cheryl Thurston

Listen to a brief description of products and services from each exhibitor. This is a wonderful way to survey everything in the hall at one time and then follow up with each exhibitor at their virtual tables immediately after the presentations.

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9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.          Virtual Exhibit Hall Hours (Zoom exhibits staffed by representatives)

Check out the latest technology, services and information from organizations offering useful resources to blind people. 

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12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.        Diabetes Action Network

President, Joy Stigile

This is the annual business meeting with a presentation from Dr. Branden Choke, MD, ECNU, Chief of Service, San Bernardino County Department of Endocrinology, Kaiser Permanente. Dr. Choke will speak for approximately 25 minutes and then answer questions.

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2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.          General Session I

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2:00 p.m. Ready Go! Call to Order

Opening ceremony with national anthem—Sammie Shipman; Pledge of Allegiance—Connor Clark; NFB Pledge—Michelle Garcia; Invocation—Arietta Woods.

2:30 p.m. Artificially Intelligent—Fixing Accessibility of Technology with Technology

Jessie Lorenz, Accessibility Specialist for Alexa Shopping, Amazon, Zack Poelwijk, Director of Client Success – Online ADA, and Dr. Cynthia Bennett, Human-Computer Interaction and Accessibility Researcher, discuss the application of artificial intelligence to solve accessibility barriers.

3:20 p.m. Driver Seats—Election of Our Affiliate Leaders

President Tim Elder provides insight into the process by which we will elect our affiliate leaders, and Nominating Committee Chairperson Ever Lee Hairston announces the names of the nominated candidates for the Board of Directors.

4:00 p.m. Reenforced First Class Training Programs

Jennifer Kennedy, Executive Director, Blind Inc., Julie Deden, Executive Director, Colorado Center for the Blind, and Pam Allen, Executive Director, Louisiana Center for the Blind, join First Vice President Rachel Grider for a discussion about the latest enhancements and successes of the most effective training programs for blind people in the world.

4:30 p.m. Blind People Working in Vocational Rehabilitation—A Discussion of the Blind Serving the Blind

Joe Xavier, Director of the California Department of Rehabilitation, Sue Pelbath, Administrator, Orientation Center for the Blind, and Laura Rasmussen, Acting Regional Director of Blind Field Services, engage in a roundtable discussion with President Elder about the significance of blind people working in vocational rehabilitation. Director Xavier also gives us a lightning flash news update on current issues affecting consumers.

5:00 p.m. Adjourn

The convention will adjourn until General Session II on Saturday afternoon.

5:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.          Orientation Center for the Blind Alumni Group

OCB alumni reconnect with old friends.

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5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.          Resolutions Committee

Chairperson, Bryan Bashin

All are encouraged to observe the Resolutions Committee, which comes together once a year to decide on the policies and direction of the affiliate for the upcoming year. The 2021 committee includes Bryan Bashin, Tim Elder, Shannon Dillon, Miguel Mendez, Rachel Grider, Cricket Bidleman and Ever Hairston. Any member may sponsor a resolution. Typically, resolutions must be in the hands of the President or the chairperson of the Resolutions Committee no later than one week prior to the convention – though our chairperson might set alternative deadlines. Resolutions which have not been provided to the President or the chairperson may come before the Resolutions Committee only if they have been signed by two members of the Resolutions Committee and have been placed in the hands of the chairperson or President before noon of the day before the Resolutions Committee is to meet. Resolutions which receive favorable consideration by the committee will come to the convention for consideration and action. Resolutions which don’t receive favorable consideration by the committee will not come to the convention floor unless five of the chartered chapter and division president delegates indicate that they will sponsor the resolution. No resolution should be considered by the committee unless there is a proponent of the resolution present at the committee meeting to explain the need for the resolution.

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7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Talent Show and Concert by Artist Kevin Reeves

Join the talent show to see your friends in action and then experience a great performer and recording artist with over 7,000 monthly Spotify listeners (Kevin’s set starts at approximately 8:30 p.m.). Tickets are $5 per household. Purchase them at the form below, and you will receive the Zoom link.

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