Upcoming Events





March 22

First Senior Division Conference Call, Spring 2018: When: Thursday, March 22, 2018. Time: 4:00 Eastern, 3:00 Central, 2:00 Mountain, 1:00 Pacific. Phone number 1-515 603-3166 Code: 759633Pound. Facilitators are Arthur Schriber and Diane McGeorge— Downsizing—Transitioning to a new home: When to move? Where to move? What to take?


March 23

The Federation Center Board of the National Federation of the Blind of SC and Advisory Board will meet on March 23 at 12:00 at 119 S Kilbourne Road, Columbia, SC 29205.  All members and the public are invited.




April 6 – 8

Charter Bus Trip to the Jernigan Institute

We have an announcement from Loretta Green and Isaiah Nelson. “the NFB of SC is planning a charter bus trip to the Jernigan Institute (our national headquarters) in Baltimore, Maryland the weekend of April 6-8. The cost to ride the charter bus will be $100 per person. The initial $25 is due by January 6, at the statewide seminar and the remainder of the money is due no later than Friday, February 23 2018. If you have any questions, regarding this trip you can contact Loretta Green at (843) 276-9649 or Isaiah Nelson at (803) 413-2434.”


April 14

The Upstate Seminar will be held on April 14, 2018 at 10am-2pm at the American Legion, 1301 E. Greenville St., Anderson, SC 29621. Cost to attend is $10 per person. We hope that all Upstate chapters will get involved and attend. Please bring any items you would like to auction off at the seminar. Lunch will be provided at 12 noon. We hope to see you there.


April 22, 2018

Third quarter meetings of the Rocky Bottom Board of Directors and the National Federation of the Blind of South Carolina

Location: Federation Center of the Blind

Time: RBRCCB board of Directors meeting, (10:00 a.m. until noon)

NFB of SC Board of Directors meeting (1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.)

Open to all members


April 25

Who wants access, independence and equality?







Join the Movement!







Advocacy Day for
Access & Independence

April 25, 2018 at 10:00 AM at the South Carolina State House

We invite you to join us as we gather at the SC State House for a rally to unlock the barriers for individuals with disabilities! The rally will include speakers from the disability community, legislators, and disability advocates.

Let us know you are coming by registering today!

Free T-shirts will be available on a first come, first serve basis.






Come have breakfast with your representatives to address the barriers impacting South Carolinians with Disabilities, as well!

Breakfast will be served in 112 Blatt on the State House grounds from
8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.



Use our hashtag on social media platforms to share your stories about unlocking barriers for people with disabilities! Read about others’ stories and share your experiences!













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April 26

Columbia chapter of the National Federation of the Blind of SC will have their annual BBQ fund raiser at the Federation Center of the Blind at 119 S Kilbourne Road, Columbia SC 29205.

Their will be more information posted as the event is finalized.




May 20-24, 2018

Spring Senior Camp

Location: Rocky Bottom Retreat and Conference Center of the Blind

Requirements: must be legally blind and 55 years of age or older

Activities: walks, group discussions on topics regarding blindness issues, blindness skill training if requested, field trip, bingo, and fellowship with other blind seniors from across the state

For further information contact Frank or Shelley Coppel at (803) 796-8662 or email frankandshelley51@gmail.com





State picnic more information to become available as plans are finalized.


June 10-16 2018

Children’s Camp of the Blind will be held June 10-16 2018 at Rocky Bottom Retreat and Conference Center of the Blind. The camp is for legally blind children ages 6-16. Please contact Jennifer Bazer, Children’s Camp Director at 803-960-9977 or jhipp25@sc.rr.com if you are interested in learning more about the camp, wish to participate or become a junior counselor. The online application will be available the first of 2018 for free registration. The application deadline is June 1, 2018.


June 17 – 21

Katie Rice,

Director, Public Relations

SC School for the Deaf and the Blind

(864) 577-7506



Horseback Riding, Field Trips, and More!

Apply now for Camp Imagination, June 17-21


SPARTANBURG, SC – Children and teens who are deaf or blind will have a great time this summer at an imagination camp designed just for them.


Scheduled for June 17-21, 2018, Camp Imagination will offer horseback riding, games, music and dance, field trips, technology, art, team building, career exploration, and more! The camp will be held on the campus of the SC School for the Deaf and the Blind and will include activities in the surrounding Spartanburg community.

The camp is open to eligible students ages 8-14 with free bus transportation to and from the residential camp. A day camp option is available with parent-provided transportation. (No camp-provided transportation for the day camp option.) Registration and camp participation are free, but campers should bring $40 for field trips and other expenses

For more information or an application, contact Le’Tesha Gray toll-free at 1-888-447-2732 or go to www.scsdb.org. Space is limited, so be sure to mail your application early.

The SC School for the Deaf and the Blind is the state’s specialized school for students who are deaf or blind. It offers pre K-12 educational programs on its main campus in Spartanburg and specialized vision and hearing services in school districts and homes throughout the state.


The camp is sponsored in part by the school’s fundraising arm, the SC School for the Deaf and the Blind Foundation. Founded in 1979, the foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to securing resources that enable the SC School for the Deaf and the Blind to achieve its mission and goals. For more information, please visit www.scsdbfoundation.org or call 864-577-7583.




July 3-8 2018

National Federation of the Blind National Convention

Location: Orlando Florida


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It is time to begin planning for the 2018 convention of the National Federation of the Blind. We will again meet in Orlando and will once more be staying at the beautiful Rosen Shingle Creek Resort. This will be our last opportunity for a while to enjoy the Rosen hospitality we have come to love and the myriad activities that the Orlando area has to offer. The dates for the 2018 convention are July 3 through July 8.

Our hotel rates are enviably competitive for a resort hotel such as Shingle Creek. For the 2018 convention they are singles and doubles, $88; and for triples and quads, $93. In addition to the room rates there will be a tax, which at present is 12.5 percent. No charge will be made for children under seventeen in the room with parents as long as no extra bed is requested. Please note that the hotel is a no-smoking facility.

For 2018 convention room reservations you can call the hotel at (866) 996-6338 after January 1. You may also write directly to the Rosen Shingle Creek, 9939 Universal Boulevard, Orlando, Florida 32819-9357. The hotel will want a deposit of $100 for each room and will want a credit card number or a personal check. If you use a credit card, the deposit will be charged against your card immediately, just as would be the case with a $100 check. If a reservation is cancelled before Friday, June 1, 2018, half of the deposit will be returned. Otherwise refunds will not be made.


July 23 through August 3

We will hold 1 BELL Academy program(s) this year at the following location(s):

Location One

119 S. Kilbourne Road
Columbia, SC 29205

Dates: Mon, 07/23/2018 – Fri, 08/03/2018
Times: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Registration Fees:

Registration is $50 per participant which covers materials and activities for both weeks. Sibling discounts may be available. Please contact Jennifer Bazer for details. Also, the National Federation of the Blind of South Carolina wants all children to participate in the NFB BELL Academy, regardless of ability to pay. If the registration fee will create a financial hardship, please contact Jennifer Bazer to discuss other options.


Lunch and snacks will be provided to all participants; however, participants are welcome to bring lunch and snacks if they prefer specific items. Please let us know if there any dietary restrictions.


Transportation is not provided to participants; however, please contact Jennifer Bazer if you have specific questions regarding transportation.


Additional Information:

The NFB of SC hopes that all children will be able to participate in the Bell program and looks forward to getting to know your children, learning, having fun and forging friendships. A final ceremony will be held August 3 and welcomes all friends and family of Bell participants to attend.

Please contact Jennifer Bazer with any questions about this year’s Bell program.

Program Coordinator Contact Information

Name: Jennifer Bazer
Phone: 803-960-9977
Email: jhipp25@sc.rr.com




State Affiliate Contact Information

Name: Jennifer Bazer
Phone: 803-960-9977
Email: jhipp25@sc.rr.com



August 10 – 12

National Federation of the Blind of SC Convention

Marriott, Columbia SC

More information to be announced at a later date


Fun Day Festival


August 31-September 3,2018

Fun Day Festival

Location: Rocky Bottom Retreat and Conference Center of the Blind

Fund raiser for rocky Bottom

Activities: selling of camp merchant dice, crafts and baked items, yard sale, auction, outdoor activities for children, delicious food, and a $500 drawing




September 16-20 2018

Fall Senior Camp

Location: Rocky Bottom Retreat and Conference Center of the blind




November 30, to December 2, 2018

Christmas Board Retreat

Christmas Board Retreat

Location: Rocky Bottom Retreat and Conference Center of the blind