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Annual State Convention

Download: 2016 NYS Convention Agenda, 2016 Convention Letter, and 2016 Convention Registration




The National Federation of the Blind of New York State is excited to welcome Mr. Dutch tenBroek, the son of our founder Jacobus tenBroek, as the special guest at our sixtieth anniversary celebration. Come and listen as Dutch provides a real-life view of the man behind the movement. You will thoroughly enjoy meeting him and the lady by his side, his delightful wife Cathy.

We are pleased to welcome Pam Allen as our National Representative this year. Pam is the Executive Director of the Louisiana Center for the Blind, President of the National Federation of the Blind of Louisiana, and First Vice President of the National Federation of the Blind. A native New Yorker, Pam brings a wealth of experience, a broad understanding, and a practical approach to blindness to every convention she attends. We look forward to welcoming her to our sixtieth anniversary celebration in Albany.

If you are a blind person, raising a blind child, related to a blind person, a professional in the field of work with the blind, or simply interested in the future of blind people in New York and the world, this is for you. The National Federation of the Blind of New York State will hold its sixtieth annual convention and celebration over the weekend of October 28 through 30, 2016, at the Best Western Airport Albany Inn, 200 Wolf Road, Albany, New York 12205.

As has been our practice, we will begin the convention on Friday morning with a town meeting facilitated by the New York State Commission for the Blind. Commission officials will be available to hear your opinions and ideas about their services to the blind in our state. From 9 am to 5 pm on Friday, our exhibit hall will be open, featuring technology and products for blind and visually impaired people of all ages. The exhibitors will have come from far to offer their products, but you won’t have to go far to take advantage of a vast array of merchandise. You will see everything from practical articles for everyday living to the latest computer applications, so please pay a visit to the exhibit hall.

On Friday afternoon there will be workshops: for blind parents, for blind senior citizens, and for parents and educators of blind children. A meeting of the Board of Directors of the affiliate, to which all are invited, will follow at 4 pm. On Friday evening, please join us for a social event where you can relax and mingle in an informal atmosphere. Refreshments will be served.

On Saturday morning, meet the scholarship class of 2016, and then listen as our National Representative and Affiliate President fill us in on the continuing momentum of our organization. You won’t want to miss the other exciting speakers and activities throughout the day, in celebration of sixty years of trailblazing, advocacy, and building our NFB family. And don’t forget, there will be enough door prizes for one and all. At lunchtime on Saturday, the various Divisions will have time to meet.

The prize giveaways will continue during our Saturday evening banquet, which will feature the fun of our annual “horse race” fundraiser and an address by our keynote speaker, Pam Allen, who always regales us with stories and insights that keep us enthralled and engaged. The special moment when the scholarship winners receive their prizes brings our banquet to a dramatic close.

On Sunday morning Father John Sheehan, SJ, will say Mass for convention attendees. Later that morning we will hold our annual business meeting to chart our course for the coming year. There we will pass the resolutions that state our organization’s policies and plan the activities that will send us on our way to live the lives we want.

Room rates this year are $99 per night, banquet tickets are $30, and in order to save time in a full convention schedule a box lunch will be available on Friday and Saturday for $20 each day. The registration fee for the convention is $15. To use your credit card please register on line at, by clicking on Conventions on the home page and following the prompts. All charges including the hotel room must be made through the NFB of New York. A five percent discount will be given to anyone who registers before October 7, 2016.

Childcare will be provided during the following days and times:

  • Friday: 8:30 am – 5:30 pm
  • Saturday: 8:45 am – 12:15 pm; 1:45 pm – 5:15 pm; and 6:45 pm – End of Banquet
  • Sunday: 8:45 – 12:15 pm.

Please call the office at 718-567-7821 with any questions regarding this year’s convention.