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Step it Up Walk

The Columbia chapter of the National Federation of the Blind of SC will have our 2nd annual Step it up Walk for the meet the blind month on Saturday, October 14, 2017. This great event will take place at the Drew Wellness Center outside track located at 2101 Walker Solomon Way, Columbia, SC. Registration is from 8:30 to 9:00 and the walk will begin at 9:00. The low cost to take part in this event is only$20!  Be sure to bring a friend, neighbor or another family member to enjoy this great event! We look forward to a large turnout for meet the blind month! If you have any questions, give President Tiffiny Mitchell a call at (803) 603-2098.

 

Steve Cook

1st Vice President of the Columbia Chapter of the NFB of SC

Belvedere Awareness Walk

The Belvedere Chapter will hold a white cane awareness walk on October 14, 2017. From 10am to 12pm. We will meet at the North Augusta Activities Center, 100 Riverview Drive and walk the Greenway.

President: Constance Miller

Cell: (803) 634-0954

 

InSights into Blindness:

The State Library’s Talking Book Services is hosting an informational workshop on Tuesday October 3, from 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. for library staff, educators, and others who work with individuals who are blind or low vision. Participants will learn ways to accommodate patrons or students as well as agencies to contact when they encounter someone in need of services. This workshop is approved for teacher recertification credit! Click here to register.

Events:

  • Keynote speaker Erica Powell
  • ADA and Accommodation–How small adjustments can make a difference in access
  • Blindness Sensitivity and Service Animal Etiquette
  • JAWS software demo and computer accessibility
  • Exhibits and informational materials from state and local agencies who serve the needs of the visually impaired

Keynote: Erica Powell graduated from Clemson University in 2015 where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. During her time at Clemson, Erica was a scholarship student athlete on the Clemson Cheerleading team. Erica is a cancer survivor and has had progressive vision loss since childhood as a result of her cancer treatment. As a student athlete with a visual disability, Erica recognized the opportunity to advocate for disability pride and self-advocacy during her time at Clemson. Since making that realization, Erica has become an entrepreneur, is the EQUIP Coordinator for the EQUIP Leadership Group with ABLE SC, and travels the country as a Professional Inspirational Speaker. Through speaking, Erica gets to use her personal story of overcoming barriers in life to teach audiences how to create an unstoppable mindset and reach their greatest potential! Erica is a marathon runner, fitness enthusiast, business owner, and lover of her crazy lab puppy named Grant!

For:
Librarians, library staff, teachers, media specialists, and anyone who works with individuals who are blind or low vision. The general public is also invited to register.

Trainers:
South Carolina State Library staff

Location:
South Carolina State Museum, 301 Gervais Street, Columbia, SC 29201

Cost: It is free to attend but registration is required. Register here.

Questions about the session?  Contact:

Kaitlyn Hodges
South Carolina State Library
(803) 734-4625
khodges@statelibrary.sc.gov

October Sumter Chapter Meeting

The Sumter Chapter of the National Federation of the Blind of South Carolina will meet on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at Shiloh-Randolph Manor, 125 W. Bartlette Street, Sumter, S. C. 29150.

 

The guest speaker will be Wendy O’Steen, nurse educator with Vanda Pharmaceutical, Washington, DC which specializes in the circadian rhythm disorder that is Non-24.

 

The spotlight is shining on Tyrone (Laura) Walker and the associate members are Kerry “Butch” & Vanessa Thompson.

 

Please visit the chapter’s booth at the Sumter County Fair. OCTOBER is blind awareness month.

 

If you know a blind person, please contact Debra Canty chapter president at (803) 775-5792 or (debra.canty@frontier.com).

 

Donations are welcome and please mailed to:

NFB Sumter Chapter

  1. O. Box 641

Sumter, SC 29151

 

Google Debra Canty’s story on YouTube…

https://youtu.be/WggZwy5-mrE

 

 

NFB of SC 2017 State Convention

Below is the link to listen to the NFB of SC state convention this weekend along with the agenda.

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/nfb-of-sc-2014-convention

 

SIXTY-FIRST ANNUAL CONVENTION

NATIONAL FEDERATION OF THE BLIND

OF SOUTH CAROLINA

Hyatt Regency Hotel

220 N. Main Street

Greenville, SC

August 18, 19 & 20, 2017

Live the Life You Want!

CONVENTION GOLD LEVEL SPONSOR

3-D Photo Works
Bringing the World’s Greatest Art to Blind People.
3D Tactile Fine Art Printing for Museums, Science Centers and Cultural Institutions

FRIDAY, AUGUST 18, 2017

Registration 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. – Meeting Planner Office
Catherine Williams, Chairperson

Exhibits, 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. – Prefunction Area

2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Rocky Bottom Retreat and Conference Center of the Blind Board of Directors Meeting – Frank Coppel, Chairman (open meeting to all) – Regency Ballroom F

3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
National Federation of the Blind of South Carolina Board of Directors meeting – Frank Coppel, President (open meeting to all) – Regency Ballroom F

4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
Blind Seniors Division annual meeting – Shelley Coppel, President – Regency Ballroom G

5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Resolutions – Valerie Warrington, Chairperson – Regency Ballroom H

6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
National Federation of the Blind of South Carolina Student Division – Alexus Blanding,
President – Regency Ballroom H

7:30 – 10:00 p.m.
RECEPTION AND HOSPITALITY – Food, Entertainment, and Dancing! – Studio 220 at Norma A

9:30 p.m.
White Cane Safety Day Walk-A-Thon Committee – JW Smith, Chairman – to meet in JW Smith’s Room

SATURDAY, AUGUST 19, 2017

Exhibits, 7:00 a.m. – 8:15 a.m. – Prefunction Area

Registration, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon and 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Meeting Planner Office

8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast – served in back of meeting room – Regency Ballroom C

SATURDAY MORNING SESSION – Regency Ballroom C

9:00 a.m. Invocation,
Debra Canty, Second Vice-President, National Federation of the Blind of South Carolina

9:05 a.m. Welcome & Opening Ceremonies

9:20 a.m. Greeting by Host Chapter,
J.W. Smith, President, Greenville Chapter, National Federation of the Blind of South Carolina

9:25 a.m. Response,
Loretta Green, President, Upper Dorchester County Chapter National Federation of the Blind of South Carolina

9:30 a.m. Convention Arrangements & Announcements

9:35 a.m. National Report
Ever Lee Hairston, National Federation of the Blind National Board member, State President, of the NFB of California

10:00 a.m. One-Minute Message

10:20 a.m. South Carolina Commission for the Blind,
James Kirby, Commissioner

10:40 a.m. South Carolina School for the Deaf and Blind,
Dr. Page McCraw, President

11:00 a.m. Live the life you want
Hon. Parnell Diggs, Administrative Law Judge, Social Security Administration, Cincinnati, Ohio

11:20 a.m. Meet the Scholarship Class of 2017
Shannon Cook, Scholarship Committee, Chairperson

11:30 a.m. Presidential Report,
Frank Coppel

12:00 p.m. Adjournment

12:30 – 1:30 p.m. LUNCHEON – Regency Ballroom AB

Invocation
Shelley Coppel, President, Senior Division of the National Federation of the Blind of South Carolina

Introductions

Luncheon Keynote Speaker, Former State Senator, Theo Mitchell, Greenville, SC

SATURDAY AFTERNOON SESSION – Regency Ballroom C

2:00 p.m. Talking Book Services,
Sandy Knowles, Director

2:20 p.m. Rocky Bottom Retreat and Conference Center of the Blind Report,
Ed Bible, Vice-Chairman, Board of Directors

2:40 p.m. Federation Center of the Blind Report,
Debra Canty, Chairperson, Ed Bible, Vice Chairman, Board of Trustees

3:00 p.m. National Federation of the Blind of South Carolina Successful Transitions,
Jennifer Bazer, Coordinator

3:20 p.m. Why am I a Federationist

4:00 p.m. Chapter and Division Reports

5:00 p.m. Adjournment

BANQUET – Regency Ballroom AB
SATURDAY EVENING
7:00 P.M.

Invocation
Dorothy Barksdale, Secretary, National Federation of the blind of South Carolina

Introductions

Banquet Address,
Ever Lee Hairston, Board member National Federation of the Blind

Awards & Presentations

NFB of SC 2017 Scholarship Class

The Nominating Committee will meet immediately following the Banquet in the Crepe Myrtle Room

SUNDAY, AUGUST 20, 2017

Exhibits, 7:00 a.m. – 8:15 a.m. – Prefunction Area

8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast – served in back of meeting room – Regency Ballroom C

SUNDAY MORNING SESSION – Regency Ballroom C

9:00 a.m. Memorial Service,
Dorothy C. Barksdale, Secretary, NFB of SC

9:15 a.m. Annual National Federation of the Blind of South Carolina and Rocky Bottom Retreat and Conference Center of the Blind Financial Reports,
Valerie Warrington, Treasurer

9:30 a.m. Chapter and Division Reports

10:00 a.m. Stewardship – Doing Our Fair Share,

10:30 a.m. Resolutions, Elections and Other Convention Business

12:00 p.m. Adjournment

National Federation of the Blind Pledge

I pledge to participate actively in the effort 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

One-Minute Message

The National Federation of the Blind knows that blindness is not the characteristic that defines you or your future. Every day we raise the expectations of blind people, because low expectations create obstacles between blind people and our dreams. You can live the life you want; blindness is not what holds you back.

Jacobus tenBroek Legacy Society

Help build a future full of opportunity for the blind by becoming a member of the Jacobus tenBroek Legacy Society. Your legacy gift to the National Federation of the Blind can be made in the form of a will or living trust, an income-generating gift, or by naming the NFB as a beneficiary of a retirement plan or life insurance policy. You can also become a member of the Jacobus tenBroek Legacy Society by making a legacy gift to your state affiliate. By committing to support an NFB affiliate, your gift will benefit both local and national programs as all bequests made to affiliates are split evenly with the NFB national treasury. In addition to having the satisfaction of contributing to the future success of the NFB’s mission, tenBroek legacy society members will also receive a specially designed thank you gift and other benefits. For additional information about the Jacobus tenBroek Legacy Society, please contact Lou Ann Blake at the NFB Jernigan Institute by e-mail at lblake@nfb.org, or by telephone at 410-659-9314, extension 2221.

NATIONAL FEDERATION OF THE BLIND OF SOUTH CAROLINA
119 S. Kilbourne Rd.
Columbia, SC 29205
(803) 254-3777
E-mail: nfbsc@sc.rr.com
Web Page: nfbofsc.org