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2018 NFB of SC State Convention

The 62nd Annual State Convention of the National Federation of the Blind of South Carolina is drawing near. The 2018 NFB of SC state Convention will be held the weekend of August 10, 11, and 12 at the Marriott Hotel in Columbia SC. We have not held a state convention in Columbia since 2015 and I hope you will be making plans to attend! This will be our best Convention to date.


General Convention registration and pre-registration pick-up will begin at 1:00 pm Friday, August 10, in the hotel lobby. The total registration package is $100 (if you do not pre-register by August 3). This includes the Luncheon and the Banquet as part of the total registration package. If you pre-register, the cost will be $80 for the entire Convention. The NFB of SC board of directors again voted to offer a discount for families with children regarding the pre-registration fee. Parents will pay the $80 pre-registration fee and each child eighteen years of age and younger will pay $20. The board also voted to offer a discount to college students in the amount of $50 during the preregistration period.


Information about the pre-registration process is enclosed in this letter. There is also a pre-registration form provided for your convenience. Simply complete the form and mail it to the State Office with your check or money order for $80 per person, and pick up your packet at the Convention. Look on the Upcoming Events page for the preregistration form.


It will be necessary to register for the convention to be eligible for the special room rate of $109 per night. In addition to the room rates there will be a tax, which at present is 14 percent.


Exhibit tables will be set up by 10:00 am on Friday. Should you want exhibit space, there will be a $125 charge ($50 for NFB of SC chapters and divisions) and an application to complete. David Houck is in charge of all exhibits. Any questions pertaining to exhibits should be directed to him at (803) 254-3777.   The Reception and party will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, August 10.


Division and Committee meetings will be held on Friday as well as the third quarter meetings of the Rocky Bottom Board of Directors and the NFB of SC Board of Directors. We will have a free continental breakfast on Saturday and Sunday mornings which this year will be in the convention session meeting room.


The Convention will be called to order at 9:00 a.m., Saturday, August 11. As usual, there will be a Saturday noontime Luncheon.   The Banquet will be held Saturday evening at 7:00 pm.   We will begin precisely at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, August 12, and adjourn around 12:00 noon.


Please make your reservations by calling the Marriott Hotel reservations at (800) 593-6465 or (803) 771-7000 and inform the reservationist you are reserving a room for the National Federation of the Blind of South Carolina state convention. The Marriott hotel has also made available a reservation link to book your room online. The link is: Book your group rate for National Federation of the Blind of SC 2018 . Book your group rate for National Federation of the Blind of SC 2018


Be sure to make your reservations as soon as possible, but no later than July 15. While this is the cut-off date for the NFB of SC room block, rooms will not last that long. For those who are arriving Thursday, August 9, the same room rates will apply.   It is strongly recommended that you immediately make your reservations to be assured of room accommodations.


The Hotel is obligated to retain the block of rooms reserved by the NFB of SC until July 15. After that time, reservations will be honored if there are still available accommodations.


Please be sure to be clear on the type of reservation you want–one, two, three or four person rooms, etc.–and be sure to specify that this is for the NFB of SC Convention to get these special rates.


If you pay in advance, your reservation will be guaranteed; however, you will not have to pay as long as you arrive by 6:00 p.m. Any amount you pay, of course, will be applied toward your bill.


We will have door prize drawings as usual. Lenora Robertson of Rock Hill is the Chairperson of the Door Prize Committee. All door prizes should be given to Lenora at the State Convention.   See you in Columbia on August 10!


Senior Retreat 2018


Learn to Live the Life You Want



Learn from experienced blind instructors techniques and skills of blindness to enhance your quality of life. Become empowered­ remain independent and actively engage in hobbies, work and social activities with confidence.

The Senior Division of the National Federation of the Blind is sponsoring our first Senior Retreat for legally blind seniors with a strong desire to learn nonvisual techniques to enhance and enrich their quality of life.


Where: Rocky Bottom, South Carolina This is a beautiful rural setting with great hiking and fishing opportunities.


When: October 14-20, 2018


Cost: $300.00 per attendee. Please note this is the cost of the training. The nearest airport is Greenville, South Carolina. Transportation from the airport to Rocky Bottom and again, back to the airport will be provided. Participants must make all other transportation arrangements and pay these expenses.


Classes Offered:

Cane Travel,

Cooking and Daily Living Skills,

Basic Computer Literacy and Technology Training, Adjustment to Blindness Seminars, Braille and Tactile Labeling Techniques, Problem-Solving Strategies.


To Apply: Send an email to

rsager78@gmail.com or call Ruth Sager at 410 602-9030 or write:

7634 Carla Road,

Pikesville, MD 21208 for a paper application.

Submit any questions or comments to the above addresses or phone number. All applications must be received by August 15, 2018. Money is due by September 1, 2018 to:


NFB Senior Division

CstO Duncan Larsen

Colorado Center for the Blind,

2233 Shepperd Ave.

Littleton, CO 80120

Please note that all applicants will be interviewed by Board members of the Senior Division upon receiving a completed application.

You will then be notified if you are a successful candidate.

Space is limited so do not delay in applying and filling out your application.





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NFB Career Fair


New Registration System for 2018 NFB Career Fair

Dear 2018 NFB Career Fair Attendees:

This year, we have developed an online registration system for the 2018 NFB Career Fair. It is available by either clicking on the following link, or by copying and pasting the link into your browser, whichever works best for you:


You can register in three ways:

  1. Fill out the online form and submit it, along with your resume if you have one.
  2. Send an email to NFBEmployment@gmail.com containing the information in the online form, and we’ll enter it for you. You can attach your resume too.
  3. Send an email to NFBEmployment@gmail.com with your phone number and we’ll contact you and take your information over the phone. You can attach your resume. Tell us the best time to call you.

You will be able to register online through July 7, the day of the fair. The system is still new, so if you run into questions or problems, please contact Scott Cavna or his assistant at NFBEmployment@gmail.com.

We’ll have people available at the convention to register you for the career fair, but it saves time for you and us if you take a little time to register before then. You do have to register for the Career Fair to be admitted. There is no charge to do so.

We encounter many employers who are interested in statistics on the number, types, and qualifications of people who attend the Career Fair. That is why we are asking for so much information on the registration form. We are collecting resumes to be able to share them with employers, but we will ask you for permission to do so first.

Questions or problems? Email NFBEmployment@gmail.com.

Dick Davis

Employment Committee Chair


Resolutions for Convention:

Here is a message from Sharon Maneki, who chairs the NFB Resolutions Committee:

Do you think we should change a government policy, take a stand concerning an agency for the blind, or create new regulations? If you do, consider writing a resolution. At the 2018 National Convention the resolutions committee meeting will be held on Wednesday, July 4. The committee will debate and discuss resolutions on a wide variety of subjects. If passed by the convention, these resolutions will become the policy statements of the organization.

To ensure that your resolution will be considered by the committee, please send it to President Riccobono or to me by June 19, two weeks before the committee meeting. If you send a resolution to me by email and do not receive a response acknowledging your email in two or three days, please call or send it again. If you miss the deadline, you must get three members of the committee to sponsor your resolution and then get it to the chairman before the meeting begins. I will be pleased to accept resolutions by email, nfbmd@earthlink.net; or snail mail, 9013 Nelson Way, Columbia, MD 21045.

Tactile Art

For many years, one of the ways the National Federation of the Blind has promoted tactile access for the blind to art has been the Art Room and exhibits at our National Convention every year. As always, the art room will welcome aspiring and accomplished artists alike in Orlando. Drop-in activities are from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, June 4 and Thursday, June 5. Drop by to draw or sculpt on your own and with your friends. This year you can also get involved with a community art project led by Jenny Callahan. No skills required for the community project – just a willingness to take part..


But wait – there’s more!!


Artist-to-Artist Art Exhibit

6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday, July 4


All artists are invited. The price of admission is a piece of art to show other artists. This will be a golden opportunity to share your ideas, techniques, inspiration, and generally encouraging one another to discover new means of creating tactile art.


Artist-to-Public Art Exhibit

6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday, June 5 –


All artists are invited to return to share and discuss their art pieces with the public.


Check the Convention Agenda for location, and see you in Orlando!


Ann Cunningham

Tactile Art

303 887-1713




National Federation of the Blind’s monitoring of Uber and Lyft Conference Call

Please join the National Association of Guide Dog Users (NAGDU) on Tuesday, June 5, from 8:00 – 8:30 p.m. Eastern to discuss the National Federation of the Blind’s monitoring of Uber and Lyft. Tim Elder, attorney at TRE Legal, and Valerie Yingling, legal program coordinator at the NFB, will provide an update on the status of the NFB’s settlement agreements with both companies, information learned from year one of our rideshare testing program, and tips on how to improve your input to Uber and Lyft. We’ll also have some time for questions. You won’t want to miss this important call! Please dial 641-715-3300 and use participant code 560908, to join the conversation. The call will be limited to the first one hundred participants.


This conference will be recorded. Participation in the conference implies an agreement to and authorization for such recording in compliance with state and federal laws.

Marion Gwizdala, President

National Association of Guide Dog Users Inc. (NAGDU)

National Federation of the Blind

(813) 626-2789


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National Federation of the Blind Announces 2018 Scholarship Winners

National Federation of the Blind Announces 2018 Scholarship Program Finalists

Baltimore, Maryland (May 29, 2018): The National Federation of the Blind (NFB), the nation’s oldest and largest organization of blind people, today announced the finalists for its 2018 Scholarship Program, which awards thirty scholarships each year to recognize achievement by blind scholars. The students are listed below in alphabetical order with their home states and vocational goals.

  • Naim Muawia Abu-El Hawa, VA: Diplomat
  • Alexandra Alfonso, DC: Music, Education, and Pre-law
  • Tasnim Alshuli, AZ: Professor
  • Millad Bokhouri, PA: Medical program designer
  • Tyron Bratcher, MD: Rehabilitation counselor
  • Chrys Buckley, OR: Physician
  • Ozgul Calicioglu, PA: Environmental sustainability specialist
  • Olivia Charland, MA: Conservation biologist
  • Purvi Contractor, TX: Aerospace
  • Kenia Flores, NC: Civil rights attorney
  • John Harrison, WI: Advocate
  • Eric Harvey, CA: Near East cultural specialist
  • Justin Heard, GA: Teacher
  • J.D. Humphrey, MI: Ethnomedicine
  • Trisha Kulkarni, OH: Software engineer
  • Amanda Lannan, FL: Teacher education
  • Shane Lowe, KY: Cyber security and business administration
  • Seth Lowman, ID: Sound design and music production
  • Sara Mornis, VT: Writing and psychology
  • Connor Mullin, NJ: Cane travel instructor
  • Sara Patnaude, VA: Victim’s advocate
  • Menuka Rai, ND: Physical therapist
  • Elizabeth Rouse, IA: Attorney
  • Yasmine Marie Sarraf, AZ: Forensic scientist
  • Caitlin Sarubbi, NY: Physician
  • Rilee Sloan, OK: Attorney
  • Harry Staley, Jr., TX: Autonomous vehicle development
  • Matt Turner, ID: Economics and technology
  • Cathy Tuton, OK: Dietician
  • Paige Young, ME: Business administration

“The scholarship program is one of our most important initiatives,” said Mark A. Riccobono, President of the National Federation of the Blind. “We are proud to honor these blind scholars, who are studying everything from sound design to international diplomacy, and to welcome each of them to our upcoming national convention and to the family of the National Federation of the Blind. The accomplishments of these outstanding students are proof of our conviction that we, the blind of this nation, can live the lives we want; blindness does not hold us back.”

Each finalist will attend the NFB’s seventy-eighth annual national convention, beginning July 3, in Orlando, Florida, where the Scholarship Committee will spend several days getting to know each student and then decide which scholarship (ranging in value from $3,000 to $12,000) to award each of them. The scholarship winners will then be announced at the banquet of the NFB National Convention on Sunday, July 8.

For more information on the National Federation of the Blind Scholarship Program, visit www.nfb.org/scholarships.


About the National Federation of the Blind
The National Federation of the Blind (NFB), headquartered in Baltimore, is the oldest and largest nationwide organization of blind Americans. Founded in 1940, the NFB consists of affiliates, chapters, and divisions in the fifty states, Washington DC, and Puerto Rico. The NFB defends the rights of blind people of all ages and provides information and support to families with blind children, older Americans who are losing vision, and more. We believe in the hopes and dreams of blind people and work together to transform them into reality. Learn more about our many programs and initiatives at www.nfb.org.

Chris Danielsen
Director of Public Relations
National Federation of the Blind
(410) 659-9314, extension 2330
(410) 262-1281 (Cell)

2nd annual Etiquette Dinner

You are cordially invited to attend the 2nd annual Etiquette Dinner presented by the Employment Committee of the National Federation of the Blind! At this dinner, you will be educated on the ins and outs of appropriate etiquette in both professional and social dining settings. Both blindness specific and general information will be shared. From knowing which fork to use and ways to access the menu, to how much to tip, and even appropriate dinner conversation. These are just a few of the things that will be discussed. There will also be a question and answer portion at the end. For this portion of the evening, you will have the opportunity to anonymously ask those burning questions that you may be too afraid or embarrassed to ask out loud. Simply write down your question in either braille or large print, bring it with you to dinner, and get the answers you seek!




The dinner will be held on Tuesday July 3rd at 6:30PM at Café Osceola located within the Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel. Doors will open at 6:00PM. Attendees are responsible for the cost of their meal and are required to register in advance to reserve their seat. The dress code is business casual, and we request that you arrive early so we can begin promptly at 6:30PM.




Lastly, 3 lucky attendees will be chosen at random and the cost of their entire meal (except any alcoholic beverages)will be covered at no expense to them!




The following menu options will be available during the event:


  • Soup of the Day- $5.25


o   Ask your Server for selection(s)


  • COBB SALAD- $14.50


o   Hearts of Romaine, Grilled Chicken, Radish, Carrots, Baby Heirloom Tomatoes, Cucumber, Chopped Egg, Blue Cheese, Avocado, Applewood Bacon, and Wasabi Ranch Dressing.




o   A 10 oz. Ribeye, 5 Peppercorn Rub, Yukon Mashed Potato, Grilled Asparagus, Mushroom and Onion Ragu, Rosemary Au Jus




o   Pan-Seared Salmon, Ancho and Honey Rub, Tomatillo Relish, Jasmine Rice, and Broccolini




o   Roasted Marinated Half Chicken, Yukon Mashed Potatoes, Grilled Asparagus, Pearl Onions, Lemon Thyme Jus


  • Drinks and Desserts Available Upon Request




Keep in mind that these prices do not include gratuity and a 6.5% sales tax will be assessed.




Space is limited, and seats will be reserved on a first come first serve basis. To secure your spot, register today! To sign up, complete the form on the next page, separate it, and e-mail it to me at bobbipompey@gmail.com <mailto:bobbipompey@gmail.com>.   You’ll be notified that your registration has been received within 24 hours. Seats will be reserved in the order in which your registration was received.




If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me via e-mail at bobbipompey@gmail.com <mailto:bobbipompey@gmail.com> or phone at 336-988-6375.




This is going to be a wonderful event, and well worth your time. The techniques you learn at this dinner are sure to add a finishing touch of class to your business and social persona and make you that much more desirable within the job arena. Remember you don’t get a second chance at a first impression. So let’s learn and grow together over great food!




Yours truly,


Bobbi A. L. Pompey


Employment Committee


National Federation of the Blind






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Colorado Center for the Blind Celebration

Did you attend the Colorado Center for the Blind, as an adult or in a summer youth program, or were a staff member at one time?  We invite former students and staff, as well as prospective students to join us in celebration of 30 years of providing the training and tools that blind people need to live the lives we want!


On Friday, July 6 at the 2018 convention of the National Federation of the Blind in Orlando, we’ll celebrate our 30thAnniversary!  We’ll hear from staff and students, past and present.  Diane McGeorge will describe what it was like in 1988 when she opened the center, Tom Anderson will reminisce about his adventures, and you will hear from many others about how the center has changed their lives.  Following the program, we will hold a reception so we can all catch up with one another.


Want to tell us how training changed your life, of all your accomplishments since graduating from CCB? We’ll give you the chance to tell it on video. Come to our celebration and ask about it. We’ll have a video booth Where you can give us your one-minute message on what CCB has done for your life!


We’ll be on hand at 6:30 and start the program promptly at 7:00 p.m.  Check the Convention Agenda when it comes out for the location.


For other questions contact Robert Dyson at 303-778-1130 r rdyson@cocenter.org.


Can’t wait to see everyone in Orlando!


Julie Deden, Executive Director





Daniel J. Burke, M.S.

Public Relations Specialist


Colorado Center for the Blind

Phone: 303.778.1130  Ext:  213

Fax:  303.778.1598

2233 W. Shepperd Ave.

Littleton, CO 80120


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Marrakesh Treaty


Senate Committee Votes to Advance Marrakesh Treaty

National Federation of the Blind Commends Committee Vote

Washington, DC (May 22, 2018): The Foreign Relations Committee of the United States Senate voted unanimously today in favor of advancing the Marrakesh Treaty to the full Senate for its advice and consent. The National Federation of the Blind commends the vote.

“The National Federation of the Blind was a principal leader in the development and negotiation of the Marrakesh Treaty,” said Mark A. Riccobono, President of the National Federation of the Blind. “By allowing the worldwide production and exchange of accessible books, the treaty will dramatically increase the availability of knowledge to blind people everywhere. We commend the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for its favorable action today, and urge the full Senate to support the treaty so that the door to expanded literacy will be unlocked for millions of blind Americans.”


About the National Federation of the Blind

The National Federation of the Blind (NFB), headquartered in Baltimore, is the oldest and largest nationwide organization of blind Americans. Founded in 1940, the NFB consists of affiliates, chapters, and divisions in the fifty states, Washington DC, and Puerto Rico. The NFB defends the rights of blind people of all ages and provides information and support to families with blind children, older Americans who are losing vision, and more. We believe in the hopes and dreams of blind people and work together to transform them into reality. Learn more about our many programs and initiatives at www.nfb.org.

Chris Danielsen
Director of Public Relations
National Federation of the Blind
410-659-9314, extension 2330
410-262-1281 (Cell)

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