National Federation of the Blind of Alabama

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                         2017 Annual Convention 

The National Federation of the Blind of Alabama

Will be held in the ROCKET CITY!!

Huntsville, Alabama 

Convention Agenda is now available!! 

Please follow this link to download and read the agenda: NFB of Alabama Convention Agenda.docx

President, Joy Harris Hopes To See All of You THERE! 

When:           March 10, 11 & 12, 2017

Where:       Marriott Huntsville

                    5 Tranquility Base

                    Huntsville, AL 35801

                    Phone: 256-830-2222

Please make your own hotel reservations by February 22, 2017. State you are with the NfB of Alabama for the room rates of $109 per night plus taxes. After this date, rooms will be available on a first come first serve basis. Rates may be higher! 

Who:       Everyone is welcome to join us. You may pre-register by downloading a form from this link. of Alabama 2017 Convention Registration Form.docx or a PDF version of the form by going to this link: of Alabama 2017 Convention Registration Form PDF.pdf

Mail your form and payment by March 3, 2017.


Pre-convention  Registration $20

Pre-convention  Banquet $30

At convention Registration $25

At convention Banquet $35.


Italian Pasta Buffett lunch Saturday. Noon, March 11, $15.

Tour of the Huntsville Space and Rocket Center on Friday, March 10, 11:30 AM ? 1:00 PM.  $18

Mail Convention Registration to:

Joy Harris

5209 Sterling Glen Drive

Pinson, Alabama 35126 

2017 State Convention Chairperson:

Larry Povinelli (703) 969-6476


Jeffrey Wilson (256) 589-2096

Door prizes:

Brandy Wood (205) 563-6169 

The 2017 NFBA Convention will kick off on Friday afternoon,

March 10, 2017. The afternoon will feature two informative seminars.  

The first is a Diabetic Nutrition Seminar beginning at 1:30 pm until 3:00 pm. This seminar will be filled with a wealth of knowledge on diabetes. The presenter will be Lois Williams from Huntsville.

The second is a Technology Seminar from 3:00 ? 4:30 pm. Come join us to learn the latest in accessible technology.  Presenters will be Jeff Wilson, Dezman Jackson and Brandy Wood. 

The Alabama Association of Blind Merchants will hold their annual business meeting Friday, March 10, 4:30 pm. 

The Alabama Association of Blind Students will hold their annual  business meeting Friday, March 10, at 4:30pm. 

Friday evening, March 10, 2017 there will be an exciting BINGO

Fundraiser, with an opportunity to win terrific prizes from 8:00 until

10:00 p.m.  The Cost: $10 (1 Bingo Card) -- $15 (2 Bingo Cards.)

Snacks and a Cash Bar will be available.  Please come enjoy the fun and fellowship!

On Saturday, March 11, 2017 we will hear from many outstanding speakers throughout the day, including our National Representative, Scott LaBarre. Their topics will include issues that affect the Blind in Alabama and across the nation.  

Saturday evening, March 11, the highlight of the convention is our Banquet. You don?t want to miss this fantastic evening with your Federation family.  There will be a great meal and an inspiring banquet address given by Scott LaBarre, President, NFB of Colorado. Make your plans to join us!  

On Sunday morning, March 12, 2017, our National Federation of the Blind of Alabama State Convention will conclude with our annual business meeting. 

More details, go to this link: of Alabama 2017 Convention Flyer.docx or PDF version at this link: of Alabama 2017 Convention Flyer PDF.pdf

Come join us in Huntsville for the 2017 NFBA Convention!

The National Federation of the Blind knows that blindness is NOT the characteristic that defines your or your future.  Every day we raise expectations of blind people, because low expectations create obstacles between blind people and our dreams. You can have the life you want, blindness is NOT what holds you back. 

People who are blind can experience all of the joys and empowerment of every day life, and the lack of eyesight can be the least problem of blindness. Great significance is a person?s misunderstanding and lack of information. For example, with proper training and opportunity, blindness is often regarded more as a nuisance than a disability.


The National Federation of the Blind of Alabama is a self-help group of blind people who provide peer support for one another. The NFB of Alabama can help you understand that blindness need not be a tragedy. We work together to promote the goal of integrating blind people into society as equals and productive members. We work towards this goal by helping people outgrow their many misconceptions about blindness and by changing laws that affect the blind.


The National Federation of the Blind of Alabama is one of 52 affiliates of the National Federation of the Blind.  You can learn more about the National Federation of the Blind at our national homepage at  We are Alabama's and the nation's largest organization of the blind.  Please come and participate in our organization through a local chapter in your area.  For further information you can contact, Joy Harris, President, NFB of Alabama.  She can be reached via email at [email protected] or at (205) 515-5220.  Come and join us as we change what it means to be blind! 


July 10-July 15, 2017

NFB National Covnetion 

The date has been tentatively set for the seventy-seventh convention of the National Federation of the Blind! Join us July 10-July 15 at the beautiful Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando, Florida, as we celebrate seventy-seven years of raising expectations of blind people. Preregistration is available after January 1, 2017; More information about the convention will be found 


 Highlights of our 2017 Washington Seminar-Three Alabamians visited the US Congress along with 550 federationists from around the country.  Follow this link for details:



The NFB of Alabama and the Alabama Association of Blind Students are pleased to present the first ever Frank Lee Memorial Scholarship. The aim of this Scholarship is to help blind college students in Alabama unleash their full potential and become leaders in their communities. We are looking for dedicated students who are determined to succeed and facilitate the success of other blind students. We urge all blind college students in the state of Alabama to apply for this scholarship. The scholarship will be in the amount of $1,000. The deadline to submit an application is January 15th, and the winner will be notified no later than February 15th.

Once the winner has been selected, he/she will have the opportunity to attend the NFB of Alabama’s 2017 annual convention in March. While there, the winner will meet other successful blind college students and professionals. The Alabama Association of Blind Students will host various activities which will give the scholarship recipient the chance to learn about AABS and become involved in the organization.  Click here for details!


Would you like a newspaper with your morning cup of coffee? NFB-NEWSLINE® just added its 370th publication AND it's still growing. Five Spanish language newspapers are now available to all subscribers. The service handles thousands of phone calls each day for individuals across the country who now access daily newspapers and magazines as never before. The toll-free centralized call-in center provides service on demand to any subscriber. This also enables those who cannot read conventional print to have access to all content offered on NFB-NEWSLINE® when traveling throughout the United States twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.

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Thank you for your interest and support. By donating to the NFB of Alabama, you can help make a significant difference in the lives of blind people across the great state of Alabama.

Please make all donations payable to the NFB of Alabama and mail them to: Attention NFBAL donations

Lawrence Povinelli, Treasurer 

121 Cork Alley

Madison, AL 35758

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