Upcoming Events





February 12, 2018

Phone Conference on How Students Can Do Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)


The Science and Engineering Division of the National Federation of the Blind and the National Association of Blind Students present a joint phone conference on how blind professionals, and blind college and graduate students are succeeding in courses to do with science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The call-in number is the NABS conference line 712-770-5197, Participant Access Code: 265669. The call will occur at 9PM EST through 10PM EST on Monday, February 12, 2018.

Topics will be of interest for blind students in middle school, high school, college and graduate school. Parents of blind school-aged children and educators are also welcome. Topics will include succeeding as a blind person in biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, and engineering. Some portion of the presentation will address how to succeed in a laboratory setting.



Louis Maher

Phone: 713-444-7838

E-mail ljmaher03@outlook.com


February 17, 2018

Sweetheart Dance

Third annual Sweetheart Dance

Location: Federation Center of the Blind

Time (6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.)

Cost: $25 per person, $40 per couple

Fund raiser for the NFB of SC

Join us for fun, food, fellowship, dancing, and door prizes!




March 6, 2018

Mark your calendar!


You are invited to join us at the 25th Annual

SC Assistive Technology Expo 2018

Tuesday, March 6, 2018 8:30 am – 9:30 am Registration and Exhibit Hall Open

9:30 am – 4 pm Classes Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center

1101 Lincoln Street

Columbia, SC 29201  (803) 796-7525

Cost: Free and Open to the Public


Come see what’s new in assistive technology and attend presentations about assistive technology and its use. It’s the only event of its kind in South Carolina.


We are looking forward to seeing you there!


March 17, 2018

Leadership Seminar

State wide Leadership Seminar

Location: Federation Center of the Blind

Time. 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Lunch provided

Learn about the history of the NFB and NFB of SC, your rights and responsibilities as a consumer of the South Carolina Commission of the Blind, Social Security benefits, and any general chapter issues you would like to discuss

Seminar is open to all members of the NFB of SC




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 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




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




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


January 10, 2018


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


From the Positive Note 1637on December 27, 2017


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.




August 2018

National Federation of the Blind of SC Convention

Date and location to be announced


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