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OF New York State


NOVEMBER 9 - 11, 2012



We would like to thank all our 2012 sponsors: 

PLATINUM - Vanda Pharmaceuticals, GOLD – Advanced Diabetics Solutions, C-TECH and Lighthouse International, SILVER – GW Micro, Jewish Guild for the Blind, and Tek-Serve and BRONZE – Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind, HIMS International, New Utrecht Pharmacy and Strictly Car Service

Please stop by the Registration Table across from the New Rochelle Rooms to pick up your name tag, prepaid lunch and banquet tickets, agendas and other materials and also visit Vanda Pharmaceuticals for information

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 3 portable CCTV’s, the newest iPad and the latest version of Window Eyes at the banquet.  Please take advantage of these great bargains and support the affiliate

                                   NFB PLEDGE

I pledge to participate actively in the efforts of the National Federation of the Blind to achieve equality, opportunity and security for the blind, to support the policies and programs of the Federation and to abide by its constitution

Please remember to visit the Exhibit Hall in New Rochelle D.  Our vendors this year have quite a wide variety of goods and services to enhance your freedom and add fun to your life.  They have come from far and all you have to do is walk down the hall.  See the list below:


Advanced Diabetics Solutions

Guide Dog Foundation For The blind

Guiding Eyes For The Blind

HIMS International

Jewish Guild For The Blind

Lighthouse International

NFB New York City Chapter

SW Unlimited LLC

Vis-Ability Inc.



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9 am –12 Noon, 2 -5 pm, and 7–11 pm  Child Care in Briarcliff 

9 am – 5 pm   Exhibit Hall open in New Rochelle D

9 am – 5 pm  Parents of Blind Children Workshop in New Rochelle C, Maria Garcia, President, Parents of Blind Children

10 am – 12 Noon   Town Meeting with the Commission for the Blind and Visually Handicapped of New York in New Rochelle A.  Voice your opinion to officials about services in our state

11 am – 1 pm   Vanda Pharmaceuticals Focus Group in Mamaroneck Room

12 Noon – 2 pm   Lunch break.  Pick up your PREPAID box lunches across from the New Rochelle rooms.  Seating available in New Rochelle B

1 – 2:45 pm  Cell Phone Workshop in New Rochelle A.  Accessible cell phones, iphones, androids etc.  Mindy Jacobsen, NFBNY 1st Vice President, Moderator.

3 – 4 pm   NFB of NYS Board of Directors meeting in New Rochelle A (all welcome).

4:15 pm   Broadway bus departs.  Gather outside main lobby entrance if you have purchased tickets for Phantom of the Opera.

7 – 11pm  Hospitality Reception and pool party (poolside), Maria Garcia and Chancey Fleet, hosts.



 7  – 8:45 am   New York Association of Guide Dog Users breakfast meeting in private dining room of the restaurant.

 7 – 9 am   Exhibit Hall open in New Rochelle D

 9 am – 12 Noon, 2 –5 pm and 7-10 pm  Child Care in Pleasantville        

 General Session in New Rochelle A and B

 9 am   Call to order, Carl Jacobsen, President National Federation of the Blind of New York State

     Invocation, Rabbi Brian Daniels and Cantor Mindy Jacobsen

     Pledge of Allegiance, Ed White, Westchester Chapter President

     National Anthem, Mindy Jacobsen, NFBNY 1st Vice President

 9:15 –9:30 am    Convention announcements and arrangements

 9:30 – 10 am   Presentation of the Scholarship Class of 2012,

    Ray Wayne, Chairman, Scholarship Committee

10 - 10:30 am   State of the State Address, Carl Jacobsen, President

10:30 – 11 am   Report from the National office, Ron Brown, President of the National Federation of the Blind of Indiana and 2nd Vice President of the National Federation of the Blind

11 –11:15am  Keeping New York Streets Accessible and Safe – the PASS Coalition, Karen Gourgey, Chair, PASS Coalition and past President, American Council of the Blind, New York City Chapter and Ray Wayne, President, National Federation of the Blind New York City Chapter

11:15 – 11:45 am - The Long and Winding (and Sometimes Bumpy) Road, A Career in Entertainment, Michele Denise Michaels and Mindy Jacobsen

12 Noon – 2 pm  Lunch Break.  Pick up your PRE PAID box lunch across from the New Rochelle Rooms. Students and Merchants Divisions meet in Yorktown, Diabetics Division meet in the Mamaroneck Room, general lunch seating in New Rochelle C

12 Noon – 2 pm  Exhibit Hall open in New Rochelle D.  LAST CHANCE TO VIEW THE EXHIBITS.

2 pm  Still in the Public Eye and Ear, The Honorable David A. Paterson, former Governor of New York State

2:15 pm  The Many Roads to Rehab, Shawn Mayo, Executive Director of Blindness Learning In New Dimensions, Inc., Minneapolis, Minnesota, Annalyn Courtney Barbier, Visions Services for the Blind, New York, New York and Emily Gossiaux, student.

3 – 3:15 pm  My Life As A Blind Mortician, Cassandra McNabb, President, National Federation of the Blind of New Hampshire.

3:15 – 4 pm  Getting Where You Need To Be, Annalyn Courtney Barbier, orientation and mobility instructor, Visions Services for the Blind, Ron Brown, orientation and mobility instructor, Cane and Able and Becky Barnes, Guiding Eyes For The Blind

4 –4:45 pm  So, How Do We Get It All Done?, Brian Daniels, Associate Commissioner, Commission for the Blind and Visually Handicapped, Rensselaer, New York


7 – 10 pm  Banquet with special guest Fannie Crosby (March 24,1820 –February 12, 1915), Mindy Jacobsen, Mistress of Ceremonies, New Rochelle A and B.

Invocation, Father John Sheehan, SJ

Keynote Address, Ron Brown, President National Federation of the Blind of Indiana and 2nd Vice President of National Federation of the Blind

Presentation of Scholarships to the class of 2012

SUNDAY 11/11

9:30 – 11:30  am   Child Care in New Rochelle B

9 am   General Session, New Rochelle A

Invocation, Rev. Ann Nelson, United Methodist Church, retired

Report from the Resolutions Committee


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

11:30 am  Adjourn










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