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Saturday November 5, 2022

8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. California Association of Guide Dog Users Division

President, Shannon Dillon

Learn from guide dog schools about their programs and discuss current issues with other guide dog users.

Breakout Presidio Theater

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

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 website, registration desk or hotel check in desk for the assigned suite number.

9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.  Seniors Division

President, Arietta Woods

You’re never too old to learn some new tricks and live the life you want to live. Join like-minded seniors who aren’t letting blindness hold them back.

Breakout Cabrillo Theater

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9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.    Parents and Educators of Blind Children Seminar

President, Jeanette Jones

Hear from leading advocates, experienced parents and recent blind college-admitted students on IEPs, access to education and working with educators for best practices in the education of blind children.

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10:00 a.m. — 12:00 p.m.          Sports and Recreation Division

President, Joga Singh

If you are a fan of blind and visually impaired sports, or lover of recreation activities, and want to increase or share your knowledge in these areas, please join in-person or via Zoom, to the general meeting of our newly created Sports and Recreation Division of NFB California during our NFBCA Convention. Along with the Division’s routine business, we will hear presentations on blind and visually impaired sports, such as archery, beep baseball, etc.

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11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.           Deaf/Blind

President Angela Fowler

Are you experiencing the unique dual challenge of blindness and hearing loss? Come join the NFB of California Deaf Blind division for tips, tricks, and thought-provoking discussion.

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12:00 p.m. — 1:45 p.m. Poder Y Movimiento Latina

President, Dr. Carmen Varela

Poder y Movimiento Latina/o will be having its first meeting as an official NFB CA Chapter to discuss the needs of blind Latinas/os in California and review its goals and priorities, for the coming year. If you are a monolingual Spanish speaker or are bilingual and are interested in contributing to the conversation or joining the Chapter, we strongly encourage you to attend! For more information you can contact the President of Poder y Movimiento, Dr. Carmen Varela at

Poder y Movimiento Latino/o tendrá su primera reunión como un capítulo oficial de NFB CA para discutir las necesidades de los latinos ciegos en California y revisar sus metas y prioridades para el próximo año. Si eres una Latina/o hablante monolingüe o bilingüe y estás interesado en contribuir a la conversación o unirte al Capítulo, ¡te recomendamos que asistas! Para mas información puede comunicarse con la Presidenta de Poder y Movimiento Latina/o, Dra. Carmen Varela a

Breakout Presidio Theater

12:00 p.m. — 1:45 p.m. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee

Chairperson, Ed Davis

This committee ensures that the National Federation of the Blind of California is diverse and inclusive to all members. We work to ensure that all members regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation or ethnicity are included and have equal equity within the affiliate and its policies.

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2:00 p.m. – 5:20 p.m.    General Session II, Grand Ballroom

President, Tim Elder

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2:00 p.m. Reconnecting for Call to Order

Welcome back into the convention with announcements.

2:10 p.m. National Report—Bringing the Movement

Mark Riccobono, President, National Federation of the Blind, reports on what the organization is accomplishing around the nation and the globe to advance the rights of blind people.

3:00 p.m. Speaking with One Voice—Advanced Voice User Interfaces for Complex Transactions

Jessie Lorenz, Sr. Accessibility Specialist, Alexa Shopping at, and Justin Lundy, Founder,, demonstrate how advances in voice user interface technology will change how we think about the future of complex online transactions.

3:40 p.m. Common Bonds of Blindness—Coordinating Efforts

Gabe Griffith, President, California Council of the Blind, and Tim Elder, President, National Federation of the Blind of California, banter over their growing friendship and the need for all blind people to work together on important issues around voting, subminimum wages and web access.

4:00 p.m. Remote the Vote—Building Our Own Virtual Polling system for Federation Elections

Brian Buhrow, Board Member for the National Federation of the Blind of California, demonstrates a prototype system that he has designed to enable virtual and in-person convention attendees to simultaneously vote during a convention.

4:40 p.m. Training Together—NFB Residential Centers

Julie Deden, Executive Director of the Colorado Center for the Blind, Marco Carranza, Cane Travel Instructor, Louisiana Center for the Blind, and Michell Gip, Youth Services Coordinator for Blind Inc., discuss the benefits and considerations involved with NFB residential training programs.

5:00 p.m. Adjourn

Members should quickly exit the ballroom to make way for the banquet setup. Please take your conversations to the hotel lobby to enable the support staff to quickly change over the ballroom.


7:00 p.m. Formal Banquet (doors open at 6:45 p.m.)

Mistress of Ceremonies – Rachel Grider, Vice president

Hear an inspiring address from our national representative, meet our scholarship winners, conduct fun auctions with games, and generally be delighted as we celebrate our success as an organization.

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