VIFGA will have a booth on Friday, October 7th, 2016 at the SENIOR POSSIBILITIES Fair .
We will have the latest video magnifiers but will be featuring the OrCam head-born Optical reading device! VIFGA will also present at the general session on Saturday, October 8th2016.
VIFGA will also present at the general session on Saturday, October 8th2016. We hope to see you there!
NATIONAL FEDERATION OF THE BLIND OF GEORGIA’S FORTY-THIRD ANNUAL STATE CONVENTION
will be held October 7 – 9, 2016 in Savannah GA
The National Federation of the Blind of Georgia Annual State Convention is an ever-growing gathering of blind people, with a program agenda that serves to educate and empower. Each year blind persons, their family members, blindness professionals, service providers, and other interested individuals have the opportunity to network and exchange information and ideas. Attendees meet and talk with many blind people who are successfully functioning in many occupations and professions. State and Federal administrators, elected officials, and the makers and distributors of new technology attend the NFBGA convention. Above all, a broad cross section of the most active segment of the blind population are present to discuss common problems and plan for concerted action. The cost to attend is:
Convention Registration: $30.00
Saturday Convention Banquet: $35.00
Here is the Agenda
Friday, October 7, 2016 2:00PM – 10:00PM
2:00pm – 5:00pm – Senior Possibilities Fair
2:00pm – 2:45pm – Registration ($5 admission) & Place Silent Auction Bids
2:45pm – 2:55pm – Call to Order, NFB Pledge, Invocation
2:55pm – 3:00pm – Memorial for Lena Bowen
3:00pm – 3:10pm – Welcome
3:10pm – 3:30pm – Introduction by National Representative Mark Maurer and Garrick Scott
3:30pm – 3:50pm – iCanConnect/GA Program The Georgia National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program that provides communications technology free of charge to low-income people of all ages.
3:50pm – 4:10pm – Older Blind Program (Project Independence) Changes in GVA pertaining to the older blind
4:10pm – 4:40pm – End-Vision America ScripTalk, a talking pharmaceutical reader for prescription medications. Do you have trouble reading your prescriptions? Hear your prescription information!
4:40pm – 5:00pm – Attention to Silent Auction Items
5:00pm – 5:10pm – Closing Remarks (Auction & Ending Remarks)
5:30pm –6:30pm – Registration
6:30pm –7:30pm –G. V. R. A.
7:30pm – 8:30pm – Training Centers
Saturday, October 8, 2016 7:30AM – 12:00 Midnight
All Saturday convention activities will take place in the General Session Room unless otherwise specified.
7:30am – 9:00am – Registration and Hospitality 4 GENERAL SESSION
9:00am – 9:15am – Session starts Call to Order Moment of Silence Invocation Pledge of Allegiance National Anthem NFB Pledge Welcome – McAuthor Jarrett, President of Chatham County Chapter
9:15am – 9:45am – National Report
9:45am — 10:15am – Affiliate Report
10:15am – 10:30am – Training Center Summer Program
10:30am — 10:45am – Newsline Presentation
10:45am — 11:00am – G.A.R.R.S
11:00am — 11:15am – Legislation Report
11:15am — 11:30am – G.L.A.S.S.
11:30am – 12:00 pm – Project Independence
12:00pm – 2:00pm – Division Meetings Senior Division Diabetes Division Merchant Division Student Division Parents Division
2:00pm – 2:50pm – Breakout Sessions (Each session will be 25 minutes in length.)
Truly Living Well
We Fit Wellness
5 Tools for Life
3:00pm – 3:30pm – NFB Philosophy Discussion
3:30pm – 3:45pm – NFB Beginners
3:45pm – 4:00pm – L.I.F.E
4:00pm – 4:20pm – Alabama Orientation and Mobility
4:20pm – 4:50pm – Orb Site
7:00pm – 12:00 Midnight – Banquet & Program
Sunday, October 9, 2016 8:00AM – 1:00PM
8:00am – 9:00am – Communities of Faith
9:00am – 1:00pm – Business Session Close Out 2016 Session:
Dr. Mark Maurer, National Representative Born in 1951, Marc Maurer was the second in a family of six children. His blindness was caused by overexposure to oxygen after his premature birth, but he and his parents were determined that this should not prevent him from living a full and normal life. He began his education at the Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School, where he became an avid Braille reader. In the summer of 1969, after graduating from high school, Maurer enrolled as a student at the Orientation and Adjustment Center of the Iowa Commission for the Blind and attended his first convention of the NFB. He was delighted to discover in both places that blind people and what they thought mattered. This was a new phenomenon in his experience, and it changed his life. Then he enrolled at the University of Indiana School of Law, where he received his Doctor of Jurisprudence in 1977.