2020 State Convention


August 21, 22, 23, 2020


THEME “working together to help blind people live the lives they want”


Integrity and Respect

To allow all attendees the chance to benefit from all aspects of the convention, we are committed to providing a harassment-free environment for everyone. We appreciate your assistance in cultivating an atmosphere in which participants from diverse backgrounds may learn, network, and share with each other in an environment of mutual respect. Thank you for doing your part to contribute to our community and the high expectations we strive to maintain.


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.


Thank you to Sponsors


VANDA Pharmaceuticals, Inc.


Saturday morning, August 22, General Session



Welcome & Opening Ceremonies


National Report Everette Bacon, National Board Member, President of the NFB of Utah



Doing our fair share, Parnell Diggs, Administrative Law Judge, Social Security Administration


Darlin Graham Commissioner, Commission for the blind


Scott Falcone, Director of Outreach Services, SCSDB


Wayne Marshall My VOICE in the NFB


Presidential report Frank Coppel NFB of SC State President

Marty McKenzie, Principal of Statewide Blind and Visually Impaired Education and Vision Consultant

Kristin White, Director, Talking Book Services

Shannon Cook, Scholarship Committee Chairperson, Meet the 2020 Class

Steve Cook, NFB of SC State Newsline Coordinator

Frank Coppel, Chairman, Board of Directors, Rocky Bottom Retreat and Conference Center of the Blind Report

Ed Bible, Chairman Board of Trustees, David Houck, Executive DirectorFederation Center of the Blind

Jennifer Bazer, Director, Successful Transitions Program

Valerie Warrington, Financial Reports,

Valerie Warrington, Resolutions