National Federation of the Blind of Alabama

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National Federation of the Blind - Alabama Affiliate 2021 Annual Virtual Convention

Affiliate President - Barbara Manuel

National Representative - Denise R. Avant, NFB National Directors Board Member, Chicago, Illinois

March 3 – 7, 2021

Welcome to the 2021 Alabama State Convention

“Maximizing Your Potential

Below are quick agenda links for easy reference throughout the convention. If you are using JAWS and cannot access links by pressing enter, then route Jaws to PC and press the left mouse button. To just view the full agenda, start on page 2.

Pledge

Officers and Board Directors

How to work with Zoom

National Representative Biography

Wednesday Agenda

Thursday Agenda

Friday Agenda

Saturday Agenda

Banquet Program

Sunday Agenda

Sponsors and Exhibitors

One Minute Message

Pledge

I pledge to participate actively in the effort of the National Federation of the Blind to achieve equality, opportunity, and security for the blind; to support the policies and programs of the Federation; and to abide by its constitution.

NFB of Alabama Officers and Board of Directors 2020-2021

President – Barbara Manuel, Alabama Affiliate

1st Vice President – Tamika Williams, Mobile Chapter

2nd Vice President – Allen Harris, Birmingham Chapter

Secretary – Grace Anderson, Birmingham Chapter

Treasurer – Larry Povinelli, Huntsville Chapter

Board Seat 1 – Latresia Berry, Montgomery Chapter

Board Seat 2 – Jeffery Wilson, Birmingham Chapter

Board Seat 3 – Ellen Jones, Birmingham Chapter

Board Seat 4 – Brenda Houston, Tuscaloosa Chapter

Board Seat 5 – Constance Hughes, Huntsville Chapter

Board Seat 6 – Pazater Turner, Talladega Chapter

NFBA 2021 Virtual Convention Planning Committee

Larry Povinelli, Chair Person

Tamika Williams

Luke Seibert

Latresia Berry

Jennifer Reeves


How to work with Zoom

The following information will help you get the most from your ZOOM Conference experience. If you have issues connecting during the convention you may reach out to any of the following contacts:

Ashley Malson - (251) 581-6436 or [email protected]

Tomecia Caver - (256) 649-0912 or [email protected]

Amy Katherine Wolff - (717) 381-5114 or [email protected]

Using Telephone:

To mute or unmute your audio, press *6.

Note: during General Session, all persons will be muted by default. You must raise your hand to request the ability to speak.

If your name is mentioned as a winner of a door prize, you must raise your hand to claim your prize.

To raise your hand to ask a question, or claim your door prize, press *9.

Always allow the host to lower your hand.

Using Mac Computer:

Mute your microphone by pressing Command+Shift+A or press spacebar on the mute audio button.  To unmute, press Command+Shift+A again or press the spacebar on the unmute button.

To raise your hand, press Option+Y.

Always allow the host to lower your hand.

Using Windows Desktop or Laptop Computer:

Mute your microphone by pressing Alt+A or press spacebar on the mute audio button.  To unmute, press Alt+A again or press the spacebar on the unmute button.

To raise your hand, press Alt+Y.

Always allow the host to lower your hand.

Using iPhone or iPad:

Tap on the settings button and look through the options to improve your experience.

*There are two buttons, meetings and general. Meetings has settings you should review.

Auto connect to audio allows you to select connect using internet audio.

This gets rid of the prompt before you connect to a meeting and ensures you get the best sound quality.

Always mute my microphone when joining a meeting ensures you are never accidentally heard until you want to speak.

Then just double tap the unmute audio button when you have something to contribute.

Always turn off my video ensures you never unintentionally show yourself or your environment when you did not mean to.

Important: To prevent the annoyance of VoiceOver always speaking the names of participants as they join and leave, turn off Show name when participants join.

When connecting, you will get a prompt saying, “to hear others, please join audio.”  Select the “call using internet audio” option or go into settings and select internet audio to always be automatically connected.

Important: Find and double tap the mute my audio button until you want to be heard. Or go into settings and choose to always mute audio upon entry.

To raise your hand, tap on the more button on the far lower right, then double tap the button to raise your hand. This will exit you to the main screen. Allow the host to lower your hand.

To know who is currently speaking, swipe to the far left. It will say, displaying person’s name avatar.

You may want to use earbuds.

Again, always make sure your microphone is muted when you are not speaking to prevent background noise or people hearing you.

All meeting times are Central Standard Time. 

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

6:00-6:30 pm

Virtual Information Table

Sandre Tyler, Membership Coordinator

Jill Rossiter, President, At Large Chapter

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6:30-7:15 pm

Welcome and Overview

Barbara Manuel, President

NFBA Affiliate

Sponsors and Exhibitor Showcase

Jennifer Reeves

NFB Talladega Chapter

Tamika Williams, First Vice President

NFB Alabama Affiliate

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7:15 -7:45 pm

Maximizing Healthy Lifestyles

Diabetes

Debbie Wunder, President

NFB Diabetes Action Network

Columbia, Missouri

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Enhancing Tips and Techniques of professionalism

Sabrina Townsend, Food Service Director

Montgomery Academy

Montgomery, AL

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7:30 – 8:30 pm

NFB of Alabama Virtual Exhibit Hall

Jennifer Reeves

Talladega, AL

Tamika Williams

Mobile, AL

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7:45 – 8:15 pm

Maximizing Your Potential Through Networking and connecting

WELCOME TO THE FAMILY!

Rookie Roundup

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Enhancing Your Advocacy and Power Through Law

Graham Sisson, Executive Director

Governor Office on Disability

Alabama ADA Coordinator

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8:15 – 8:45 pm

Overcoming Adversities Utilizing Advocacy

Employment Equality

Lonnie Williams Staff Attorney

ADAP Community Access Team

Juris Doctorate, Birmingham School of Law

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Self-Advocacy

Larry Canada, Senior Trial Counsel

Assistant Bar Examiner for the Louisiana Supreme Court

Juris Doctorate, Birmingham School of Law

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Thursday, March 4, 2021

6:00-7:00 pm

Magnifying Your Technical Skills

Exploring iPhone and Accessible Apps

Denice Brown, President

NFB Greater Philadelphia Chapter, NFBPA Board Member

2021 NFB Scholarship Committee

Cell: 215-808-5875, Email: [email protected]

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Affordable Tech

Dezman Jackson, Accessibility Support Engineer

Vispero’s Paciello Group, Second Vice-President

NFB of Maryland

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Current Trends

Doug Nixon, AT Field Services Coordinator, Gentry Facility

Talladega AL

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7:00-7:30 pm

Increase Opportunity, Strengthening Equality, and Augmenting Security Through Legislation

Legislative Update

Denise Avant, Board Member, National Federation of the Blind, Illinois

Michael Evers, Legislative Chairperson NFB of Alabama

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7:30 – 8:00 pm

Maximizing Your Potential Utilizing Accessible Resources

Angela Fisher Hall, MLS, Regional Librarian

Alabama Regional Library for the Blind, Montgomery AL

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7:30 – 8:30

NFB of Alabama Virtual Exhibit Hall

Jennifer Reeves

Talladega, AL

Tamika Williams

Mobile, AL

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8:00 pm

Maximizing Your Interests and Making Connections

Senior Division Meeting

Carol Braithwaite, Chairperson

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“Maximizing Randolph Sheppard Potential”

Merchants Division Meeting

Tracey Watts, Chairperson

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“Stronger Together”

Student Division Meeting

Jessica Williams, Chairperson

Mausam Mehta, Secretary, National Association of Blind Students Representative

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Friday March 5, 2021

6:00 - 7:00 pm

Alabama Affiliate Board Meeting

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7:00 - 7:30 pm

Magnifying Equality for the Blind in Alabama

Resolution Committee

Michael Evers, Legislative Chairperson, NFB Alabama Affiliate

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7:00 – 7:45 pm

NFB of Alabama Virtual Exhibit Hall

Jennifer Reeves

Talladega, AL

Tamika Williams

Mobile, AL

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7:30 – 8:00 pm

Spotlight on Family Affairs

Celebrating Everyone’s Potential

Diversity and Inclusion

Denise Avant, Board Member, National Federation of the Blind

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8:00-9:30 pm

Virtual Family Gala Night

A variety of games, talent showcase, and much more.

Come join the fun!!!

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8:00 pm

Student Division Social Hour

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Saturday, March 6

9:00 am

General Session

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Maximizing Your Potential Agenda

9:00-9:20 am

Opening

Call to Order: Barbara Manuel, President NFB Of Alabama

Opening Ceremonies

Welcome: Jill Rossiter, President At Large Chapter

Invocation: Minister Percy Garrett, Green Valley Church, Dothan, AL

Pledge: Minister Percy Garrett, Master Sergeant E8, U.S. Marine Corps

National Anthem: Cassidie Gorig-Worrell, Alabama School for the Blind

Greeting: Representative Rolanda Hollis, Alabama House of Representatives, 58 District, Birmingham, AL

9:20-10:05 am

National Report

Denise R. Avant, Board Member, National Federation of the Blind,

Chicago, Illinois

10:05 -10:35 am

Enabling Individuals to Maximize their Potential

Vocational Rehabilitation

Curtis Glisson, Assistant Director Commissioner of Blind and Deaf Services

Montgomery, AL

Dana Barbara, State Coordinator for the Blind, Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services

10:35 -11:10 am

Maximizing Potentials through The Randolph Sheppard Act

Melba J. Taylor, Encore Associates, LLC

Maryland Association of Blind Merchants, Baltimore Maryland

Robert Kelly, Blind Vender

U.S. Maxwell Air Force Base, Contractor, Montgomery, AL

Susan Sarro, Instructor, Business Enterprise Program for the Blind

E.H. Gentry, Talladega, AL

11:10 – 11:40 am

Finding Your Empowerment Within the Braille Monitor

Gary Wunder, Editor, Braille Monitor magazine, the flagship publication of the National Federation of the blind

Columbia, Missouri

11:40 – 12:00 pm

Celebrating Our Triumphs and Trials Together

NFB Alabama 2020-2021 Report

Barbara Manuel, President, Alabama Affiliate

Mobile, AL

12:00-1:00 pm

Lunch

NFB of Alabama Virtual Exhibit Hall

Jennifer Reeves

Talladega, AL

Tamika Williams

Mobile, AL

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1:00 – 1:15 pm

Vanda Pharmaceuticals, Inc

Vicki Preddy, MSN, RN, Nurse Educator

Vanda Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

1:15 – 1:30 pm

Maximizing the Limitless Potential of Alabama's Blind and Deaf-Blind Communities 

AIDB Overview

John Mascia, Au.D., AIDB President 

Talladega, AL

1:30 pm

Maximizing the Limitless Potential of the Adult Student 

Jessica Edmiston, E.H. Gentry Executive Director

Alabama Freedom Center for the Blind Director 

1:45 pm

Transitioning Empowerment

Trevor Kribbs, Principal, Alabama School for the Blind

Talladega, AL

2:00 – 2:05 pm Fit Break

2:05 – 2:35 pm

Maximizing Potentials While Advocating for Equal Education

Jalan Cunningham, Accessible Technology Coordinator

University of Alabama, Birmingham

Michael Evers. Sensory Impaired Technology Coordinator, Office of Student Disability Services

University of South Alabama

2:35 – 2:55 pm

Maximizing Potentials Through Advocating

Kaleigh Brendle

Freehold, New Jersey

2:55 – 3:20 pm

Maximizing Employment Potentials and Making Connections

National Federation of the Blind Direct Source

Latresia Berry, Human Resource Manager, Family Guidance Center of Alabama

Montgomery, AL

Donnavon Bitel, Diversity and Outreach Coordinator, Alabama Industries for the Blind

Talladega, AL

3:20 – 3:40 pm

Maximizing Potentials: One Person at a time

Gina Huylenbroeck, Lived Experiences Around Disabilities (LEAD)

British Victoria, Canada

Adjourn

7:00 pm

National Federation of the Blind of Alabama Banquet

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Banquet Program

Opening

Banquet Entertainment Presented by Tony Nixon

Presider: Tamika Williams, First Vice President NFBA

Invocation: Luke Seibert, Student Division Treasurer

Special Presentation: Barbara Manuel, President NFBA Affiliate

Poem: Andrea Wagner

Introduction of National Representative: Tamika Williams, First Vice President NFBA Alabama Affiliate

Banquet Address: Denise R. Avant, NFB National Directors Board Member, Chicago Illinois

Scholarship Presentation: Grace Anderson, Scholarship Committee Chairperson

Special Presentation: Barbara Manuel, President, NFBA Affiliate

Pre-Authorization Contribution (PAC)

Adjourn

National Representative Biography

I am Denise Renee Avant. I was raised in and I am still a resident of Chicago. I was admitted to practice law in Illinois in 1984. I attended the University of Missouri-Columbia, where I received a B.A. in political science in 1980, and a J.D. in 1983. I received my M.A. in journalism from Roosevelt University in 2003.

I retired from the Office of the Cook County Public Defender on August 31, 2017 after thirty years of service. I worked in our appellate and post-conviction units. Prior to working at the Public Defender, I worked for two years at the Will County Legal Assistance Program, Inc.

I am the 1st Vice President of the National Federation of the Blind of Illinois, and currently serve on the Board of Directors of the National Federation of the Blind, as well as on the board of the National Association of Blind Lawyers, a division of the NFB. I have been recently selected to serve on the Board of Directors of Access Living – Chicago.

I am the chair of the ABA Commission on Disability Rights. I have been a member of the American Bar Association since 2012, during which time I served as a commissioner to the Commission on Disability Rights, Center for Racial and Ethnic Diversity and Commission on Youth at Risk. I serve as a Member at Large/Disability to the ABA’s nominating committee for the House of Delegates, and I have served on other ABA committees as well.

I participated in the Implicit Bias video series sponsored by the ABA. In August 2018 at the ABA’s annual meeting, the Government and Public Sectors Lawyers Division presented me with the Nelson award.

My hobbies are reading, exercising and cross-country skiing, I am a longtime member and a deaconess and Secretary of the Board of Directors at Christian Tabernacle church, located on the south side of Chicago.

Sunday, March 7, 2021

12:00 – 1:45 pm

Alabama Virtual Blind Market

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Attention! Attention! Attention! NFB of Alabama family and friends. NFB of AL brings to you a new opportunity. A new opportunity to make a difference within the blind community.

Officially for the first time, we are giving blind business owners, independent contractors, and independent sales reps the chance to display their amazing product and services to you!

Looking for fragrances, custom art, jewelry, life coaching, custom office/ school supplies, sweet treats, event catering on wheels, or essential oils? Our merchants have all of these and so much more!!

NFB of Alabama is committed to supporting and enhancing our blind community! Come make connections and maximize the blind entrepreneurs!

2:00 pm

NFBA Annual Business Meeting

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Business Meeting Agenda

Call to Order: Barbara Manuel, NFBA President

Invocation: Larry Povinelli, Treasurer, NFBA Board Member

Reading of Minutes: Grace Anderson, NFBA Secretary

Treasurer Report: Larry Povinelli, NFBA Treasurer

Nominating Committee

Report: Robert Kelly

Positions: Constitutional Offices, Board Seats, 1-3-5

Appointment of 2021 Delegate and Alternate

Chapter Updates

Old Business

New Business

Adjournment


A special Thank You to our 2021 “Maximizing Your Potential” Sponsors

Platinum:

Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind

P. O. Box 698

Talladega, Alabama 35161

(256) 761-3200

[email protected]

www.aidb.org

Gold:

Vanda Pharmaceutical

2200 Pennsylvania Ave.

Washington, D.C.

(202) 578-9060

[email protected]

www.vandapharma.com


Silver:

Alabama Freedom Center

Jessica Edmiston
1105 Fort Lashley Avenue
Talladega, AL 35160
(256) 493-3360
[email protected]
www.aidb.org


E.H. Gentry

Jessica Edmiston
1105 Fort Lashley Avenue
Talladega, AL 35160
(256) 493-3360
[email protected]
www.aidb.org

Exhibitor Showcase:

Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services

Marge Lebrick

236 Goodwin Crest Dr. 

Birmingham, AL 35209

(205) 290-4308

[email protected]

 

Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind

E.H. Gentry - Technical Facility

Doug Nixon

1105 Fort Lashley Avenue

Talladega, AL 35160

(256) 589-6597

[email protected]

www.aidb.org

Courageous U Coaching Services

Constance Hughes

(251) 802-6543

[email protected]

Florida Vision Technologies

Jose Cintron

2880 W Oakland Park Blvd

Fort Lauderdale FL 33311

(800) 981-5119

[email protected]

www.floridareading.com

NFB of Alabama Newsline

Jeff Wilson

1809 3rd Street NW

Center Point, AL 35215

(256) 589-2096

[email protected]

www.nfbal.org

Steet Sweets and More

Amber Steet

7603338446

[email protected]

Total Life change (TLC)

Constance Hughes

(251) 802-6543

[email protected]

https://bit.ly/38qEaio

Vanda Pharmaceutical

Vicki Preddy

2200 Pennsylvania Ave.

Washington, D.C.

(202) 578-9060

[email protected]

www.vandapharma.com

Company Emerald Coast Vision Aids

Mike Hage

163 East Burgess Road
Pensacola, FL
(850) 206-5375
Representative [email protected]
www.emeraldcoastvisionaids.com

Alabama Freedom Center

Jessica Edmiston

1105 Fort Lashley Avenue
Talladega, AL 35160
(256) 493-3360
[email protected]
www.aidb.org

E.H. Gentry

Jessica Edmiston

1105 Fort Lashley Avenue
Talladega, AL 35160
(256) 493-3360
[email protected]
www.aidb.org


We’d like to thank Pixelthin, LLC for assisting with the online registration and document preparation.

Lastly, your presence greatly enhanced our convention, and we are honored to have you as a friend.

“WITH LOVE, HOPE AND DETERMINATION, WE ARE TRANSFORMING DREAMS INTO REALITIES”

For More Information Contact:

The National Federation of the Blind

Alabama Affiliate

896 Parliament Court

Mobile, Alabama 36695

(251) 656-5165

[email protected]

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.


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