NATIONAL FEDERATION OF THE BLIND

invites you to the

2017 STATE CONVENTION

MARCH 24 - 26, 2017

  Wyndham Garden

1419 East 70th Street, Shreveport, Louisiana

318-797-9900

 

You are cordially invited to attend the 2017 Annual State Convention of the National Federation of the Blind of Louisiana (NFBL).  The NFBL is an organization of blind and visually impaired Louisianians who believe that with the appropriate training, attitude and opportunities, blind people can live the lives they want.  We believe that it is never too late to learn new techniques and new ways of thought.

We are excited to announce that this year our national representative is Mr. Everette Bacon, NFB Board Member and President of the NFB of Utah.                   

LIVE STREAMING

We will be streaming general sessions and banquet of our convention, and we invite you to listen on the web. Or, listen with your player of choice.

 

TOPICS PRESENTED

The convention will cover a wide range of topics, including:

  • How to become comfortable with my blindness
  • How to deal with day-to-day activities such as reading mail, transportation, preparing meals, managing a household, and networking (in person or online)
  • What types of employment opportunities are possible
  • Meetings for blind students, parents and teachers of blind children,  seniors, entrepreneurs, and deaf-blind individuals
  • How to obtain assistance from the Social Security Administration and other human services agencies
  • How to know when I need to use a white cane, or when to learn Braille
  • How to get help for my blind child
  • How the newest technology could benefit me
  • How a blind person can fully participate in hobbies such as cooking, traveling, community service, gardening, hiking, acting in a play, and shopping (to name a few)!


EVENTS OUTLINE

Convention Registration:

Registration begins at 3:00 p.m. Friday, March 24, 2017.  Registration will be $30 if pre-registered, and $35 for onsite registration. Pre-registration forms must be in by March 10th.  Pre-registration is non-refundable.

Room Rates:

$79 per night (singles, doubles, triples, etc.), plus tax which is currently at 15.6%.  Please make your reservations directly with Wyndham Garden by calling318-797-9900.  Be sure to mention that you plan to attend the state convention of the NFBL to receive the convention rates. Rates and availability cannot be guaranteed after February 23rd.

Meals:

Complimentary dinner on Friday night, lunch on Saturday, and continental breakfasts Saturday and Sunday mornings for persons registered for convention.  Banquet meal on Saturday night (tickets can be purchased for $30 at the registration desk or through pre-registration).

Child Care:

Child Care will be provided during scheduled meetings and the banquet on Saturday evening.  Children must be registered.  Please make every effort to request child care in advance on pre-registration form so proper accommodations can be arranged.

Entertainment: 

In convention tradition, Friday night will offer dinner and an auction.  In addition, the convention will host bingo, a dance, an original play performed by Louisiana Center for the Blind actors, adaptive technology exhibits, and of course, DOOR PRIZES GALORE!!!

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:

Contact Pam Allen, President, NFBL at 800-234-4166 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. weekdays.  To learn about transportation options from central locations throughout the state, contact Susan Clark at 800-234-4166 by March 1st (There is a $25 nonrefundable fee required to ride the bus.  Space is limited). 

                                          MAKE YOUR PLANS NOW TO ATTEND THE NFBL STATE CONVENTION IN SHREVEPORT

MARCH 24-26, 2017!

Learn how the National Federation of the Blind will help you live the life you want.

VENDORS:

If you are interested in being a vendor at our convention, please complete the form below.

Vendors must register for NFBL convention in order to exhibit.  Cost is $30.00 for pre-registration and which can be complated by following the link above.   A $100 exhibitor fee must be submitted by March 10th.  Please return Vendor Application with check made payable to NFBL at the following address:  101 South Trenton St, Ruston, LA 71270.  The NFBL is not responsible for any lost, stolen, or damaged items as a result of participation at the NFBL Convention.  Vendors are responsible for transportation and warehouse of all of their items.

Days for Exhibit (check days planning to have exhibit) *
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