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50th anniversary

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Help us continue our work to change what it means to be blind and to provide a better future for our blind children and all blind people.

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SEPTEMBER 16 - 18, 2011


 We would like to thank our gold sponsors, Lighthouse International and Advanced Diabetic Solutions, our silver sponsors, The Jewish Guild for the Blind and C-TECH and our bronze sponsors, Vanda Pharmaceuticals and NEW UTRECHT PHARMACY.

 Our annual human horse race will be held Saturday evening at the banquet.  Don’t miss the opportunity to support your favorite horse in this event.  Tickets in $5 increments can be purchased at the registration table.  The betting window closes at 5 pm Saturday.

 We will be auctioning a portable CCTV this year, donated by C-TECH.  Make sure you take advantage of this great bargain and support the affiliate by doing so.

 In addition we are raffling off the latest edition of the Book Sense, operated by voice commands, donated by HIMS (Human Information Management Systems).  Tickets are one for $5, five for $20 and fifteen for $50.

Many convention items will be broadcast live in audio and video.

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Click here for video streamClick here for audio stream10:00 A.M. – 12 NOON   Town Meeting with the Commission for the Blind of New York.  Voice your opinion to officials about services in our state. Email question and comments to convention@nfbny.org

10:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.  INFO EXPO:  Updated technology and available services, Chancey Fleet, Coordinator (there will be an audio tour of the expo broadcast between live sessions)

1:00  – 2:30 P.M.  Accessible cell phones, iphones, etc. workshop, Mindy Jacobsen and Charlie Richardson

Click here for video streamClick here for audio stream2:30 - 4:15 P.M. New York Diabetic Action Network, Guest Speaker, Pamela Bane, Mindy Jacobsen President, Diabetic Action Network.

2:30 – 4:30  Learning to sell through eBAY workshop, Jonas Klink, Senior Product Manager – Search Front End and Accessibility, eBay, Inc. and Charlie Richardson, top rated eBay seller. (Pre-registration required unless space available)

Click here for video streamClick here for audio stream4:30 – 5:30 P.M.   Board of Directors meeting (all welcome)


7:30 – 11:00 P.M. Reception and pool party


7:00 – 8:45 A.M.  NYAGDU breakfast meeting in the restaurant        

General Session

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9:00 A.M.  Call to order, invocation, announcements and convention arrangements

9:15 A.M.   Presentation of the Scholarship Class of 2011,

                        Ray Wayne, Chairman, Scholarship Committee

9:45 A.M. State of the State Report, Carl Jacobsen, President

10:15 A.M.  Report from the National office, Anil Lewis, Director of Strategic Communications, National Federation of the Blind, Baltimore, Maryland

10:45 A.M.  Report from the Executive Board of the Commission for the Blind, Luis Mendez, Chair

11:00 – 11:45 A.M.  Access to Educational, Spiritual and Leisure reading through books and information, Chancey Fleet, Adaptive Technology Specialist, Fr. John Sheehan, SJ, Chairman of the Board of Xavier Society for the Blind, Mindy Jacobsen, Cantor and Sharon Phillips, Head Librarian, New York State Talking Book and Braille Library

12:00 Noon – 2:00 pm Lunch Break.  Pick up your PRE PAID box lunch. The Merchants and Students Divisions will meet over lunch.


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2:00 P.M.  The honorable David A. Paterson, former Governor of New York State and latest radio personality

2:15 P.M.  A Career in the Travel Industry, Cheryl Echevvaria, travel agent

2:30 P.M.  Letting the World Bring Money To You, the eBAY Project, Jonas Klink and Charlie Richardson

3:00 P.M.  A New Day in the Vending Program, Steve Moore, Business Enterprise Program Director, CBVH

3:15 P.M.  No Longer Sub Minimum Wage Employment, Chris Burke, Executive Director, Northeast Association of the Blind of Albany (NABA)

3:30 P.M.  A Career in Film and Theater:  It’s More Than An Act, Chris Roberts, actor

3:45 P.M.   Making it All A Reality, Brian Daniels, Associate Commissioner, CBVH


 Click here for video streamClick here for audio stream7:00 P.M.  Banquet with horse race, raffles, auctions and door prizes galore, Mindy Jacobsen, Mistress of Ceremonies


                             Keynote Address, Anil Lewis

                             Presentation of Scholarship Awards


7:30 A.M.  Roman Catholic Mass, Fr. John Sheehan, celebrant

Click here for video streamClick here for audio stream9:30 A.M.  General Session


                        Report from the Nominating Committee


                        Report from the Resolutions Committee


                        Charting our path into the Future:  New business – Planning the Coming Year

11:30 A.M.  Adjourn































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