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2012 Convention at a Glance

Thanks to our 2012 Sponsors

Vanda Pharmaceuticals
Advanced Diabetics Solutions • C-TECH • Lighthouse International
GW Micro • Jewish Guild for the Blind • Tek-Serve
Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind • HIMS International • New Utrecht Pharmacy • Strictly Car Service



9 am – 5 pm: Parents of Blind Children Workshop
- Maria Garcia, President, Parents of Blind Children

10 am – 12 Noon: Town Meeting with the Commission for the Blind and Visually Handicapped of New York

11 am – 1 pm: Vanda Pharmaceuticals Focus Group

1 – 2:45 pm: Cell Phone Workshop on Accessible cell phones, iphones, androids etc.
- Mindy Jacobsen, NFBNY 1st Vice President, Moderator

3 – 4 pm: NFB of NYS Board of Directors meeting

9 am: Call to order, Carl Jacobsen, President National Federation of the Blind of New York State
- Invocation, Rabbi Brian Daniels and Cantor Mindy Jacobsen
- Pledge of Allegiance, Ed White, Westchester Chapter President
- National Anthem, Mindy Jacobsen, NFBNY 1st Vice President
- Convention announcements and arrangements

9:30 am: Presentation of the Scholarship Class of 2012
- Ray Wayne, Chairman, Scholarship Committee

10 am: State of the State Address
- Carl Jacobsen, President

10:30 am: Report from the National office
- Ron Brown, President of the NFBlind of Indiana and 2nd Vice President of the NFB

11 am: Keeping New York Streets Accessible and Safe – the PASS Coalition
- Karen Gourgey, Chair, PASS Coalition
- Ray Wayne, President, New York City Chapter of the NFB

11:15 am: The Long and Winding (and Sometimes Bumpy) Road, A Career in Entertainment
- Michele Denise Michaels
- Mindy Jacobsen

2 pm: Still in the Public Eye and Ear
- The Honorable David A. Paterson, former Governor of New York State

2:15 pm: The Many Roads to Rehab
- Shawn Mayo, Executive Director of BLIND, Inc., Minneapolis, Minnesota
- Annalyn Courtney Barbier, Visions Services for the Blind, New York, New York
- Emily Gossiaux, Student

3 pm: My Life As A Blind Mortician
- Cassandra McNabb, President, NFB of New Hampshire.

3:15 pm: Getting Where You Need To Be
- Annalyn Courtney Barbier, Orientation and Mobility instructor, Visions Services for the Blind
- Ron Brown, Orientation and Mobility instructor, Cane and Able
- Becky Barnes, Guiding Eyes For The Blind

4 pm: So, How Do We Get It All Done?
- Brian Daniels, Associate Commissioner, Commission for the Blind and Visually Handicapped, Rensselaer, New York

7 pm: Banquet
- Mindy Jacobsen, Mistress of Ceremonies
- Invocation, Father John Sheehan, SJ
- Keynote Address, Ron Brown, President NFB of Indiana and 2nd Vice President of NFB
- Presentation of Scholarships to the class of 2012

9 am: General Session
- Invocation, Rev. Ann Nelson, United Methodist Church, retired
- Report from the Resolutions Committee
- Charting our path into the Future: New business – Planning the Coming Year