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Friday November 4, 2022

8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.    Hospitality Suite

Coordinator, Allison Depner

Volunteers from the San Diego chapter and other California affiliate chapters will be on hand at the Hospitality Suite to meet and greet everyone who drops by, offering a selection of snacks and beverages for their enjoyment. Check the convention program, registration desk or the hotel check in desk for the assigned suite number.

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. The Zoom link will stay open until 10:30 a.m. for virtual attendees to ask questions and experience a virtual walk-through of the Exhibit Hall.

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9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.    Exhibit Hall Hours

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

Breakout Presidio and Cabrillo Theaters

12:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.  Diabetes Action Network

President, Joy Stigile

This is the annual business meeting with a presentation from Caroline Meehan, RDN, CSOWM, LDN, CDCES, Pennsylvania Medicine. We will discuss how to stop Pre-Diabetes from developing into Type 1 or Type 2, getting some fresh ideas on controlling Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes, and questions from the audience. Please bring your lunch to the meeting. We will open the Zoom Room at 12:25 p.m. and the meeting will begin at 12:30 p.m.

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

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2:00 p.m. We’re Back! Call to Order

Opening ceremony with national anthem – Rachel Grider; Pledge of Allegiance and NFB Pledge –  Ali Ben Lanes; Invocation – Arietta Woods.

2:20 p.m. Clusiv—Sharing Accessible e-Learning for Ever-Changing Technology

Lukas Simianer, Clusiv Founder & CEO, and Bruce Sexton, Clusiv Director of Community Engagement, discuss the accessibility of e-learning and the need for technical training that enables blind employees to keep pace with future workplace technology.

2:40 p.m. Joining Forces—Links to Vocational Rehabilitation and Training

Joe Xavier, Director of the California Department of Rehabilitation, updates us on the Specialized Services Division and the future of vocational rehabilitation services in California.

3:00 p.m. Statistics Don’t Lie—the Story of Who’s Leading Agencies for the Blind

Bryan Bashin, Presidential Appointee to the U.S. AbilityOne Commission, shares a recent statistical report on the demographics of managers at agencies for the blind from across the nation. How many of these agencies are run by blind managers and executives? What other stories can be told from these demographics?

3:15 p.m. Leadership Vision—Meet the New CEO of the San Francisco LightHouse

Dr. Sharon Sacks, Board Chair of the San Francisco LightHouse, introduces Sharon Giovinazzo, the next CEO stepping into a legacy of dynamic blind executive leadership.

3:30 p.m. Community College Access—Fight for Your Right to Study

Roy Payan shares his experiences as a successful plaintiff in a jury trial against the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) and the importance of equal access to community college services.

3:50 p.m. Free Braille Displays & Tech.—NLS Assistive Technology Lending Program

Nikki Warren, Access Technology Specialist, Melissa Rodriguez, SD Library Services Coordinator, and Leslie Miller, Student/Volunteer, all of Braille Institute, demonstrate the new assistive technology that blind patrons can borrow at no cost from local library services for the blind.

4:00 p.m. Electronic Returns Modernizing our Fundamental Right to Vote

Jocelyn Bucaro, Director of Mobile Voting at Tusk Philanthropies, Lee Durham, CEO of Global Mobile, and Bryan Finney, CEO of Democracy Live, discuss the future of electronic ballot returns and how California can catch up with accessible electronic voting solutions and legislative progress used in other states. Note the follow up meeting on Friday evening for further action to make this change in California.

4:35 p.m. Report of the Nominating Committee

Ever Lee Hairston, Nominations Committee Chair, announces the slate of proposed candidate’s and comments on the election process that will follow on Sunday morning.

4:45 p.m. Adjourn

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

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 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 2022 committee includes Chair Bryan Bashin, Cricket Bidleman, Shannon Dillon, Tim Elder, Rachel Grider, Ever Hairston and Jamie Principato Crane. 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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6:30 p.m. — 7:30 p.m.   Breakout—Legislating e-Returns in California Elections

Chairperson Shannon Dillon, NFB of California Legislative Liaison

A discussion with our general session panelists and other friends about the growing consensus for a law that enables blind Californians to electronically return accessible ballots without resorting to printing paper. We will discuss legislative strategy and how to engage over the coming year.

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7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.    Orientation Center for the Blind Alumni Group

President David Chan

OCB alumni reconnect with old friends, learn what is going on at the center, and discuss division business.

Breakout Cabrillo Theater

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7:00 p.m. — 10:00 p.m. Hospitality Suite Fiesta And Game Night

Come join us for nachos, a margarita or soft drink, and an accessible game or two. 

7:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.  California Association of Blind Students (“CABS”)

President, Shelbi Felter

Welcome back in person CABS! We will have our annual business meeting, followed by a networking and special dessert.

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