Convention Agenda

See you next year - 2023!

 

National Federation of the Blind - Alabama Affiliate

2022 Annual Virtual Convention

Affiliate President - Barbara Manuel

National Representative - Anil Lewis  

March 3 – 6, 2022

Welcome to the 2022 Alabama State Convention

Connections, Independence, Empowerment:

A Formula for Success

Below are quick links to navigate the agenda:

NFB Pledge

Officers and Board Directors

Code of Conduct

Zoom Accessibility Features

Thursday Agenda

Friday Agenda

Saturday Agenda

Sunday Agenda

Banquet Program

AABS Virtual Concert

Seniors Division Prize Drawing

Sponsors and Exhibitors

At Large Chapter Fundraiser

One Minute Message

 

 

 

NFB 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 2021-2022

President – Barbara Manuel, Alabama Affiliate

1st Vice President – Tamika Williams, Mobile Chapter 

Secretary – Grace Anderson, Birmingham Chapter

Treasurer – Larry Povinelli, Huntsville Chapter

Board Seat 1 – Sandre Tyler, Birmingham Chapter

Board Seat 2 – Jeffery Wilson, Birmingham Chapter

Board Seat 3 – Jill Rossiter, At Large Chapter

Board Seat 4 – Brenda Houston, Tuscaloosa Chapter

Board Seat 5 – Luke Seibert, Huntsville Chapter

Board Seat 6 – Pazater Turner, Talladega Chapter

NFBAL 2022 Virtual Convention Planning Committee

Larry Povinelli, Chair Person

Tamika Williams

Luke Seibert

Jennifer Reeves

Zippora Jones

 

Code of Conduct

          The following link will take you to the NFB website:

          Code of Conduct

 

Zoom Accessibility Features

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]

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 plus 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 plus Y.

Always allow the host to lower your hand.

Using Windows Desktop or Laptop Computer:

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

To raise your hand, press Alt plus 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 Voice Over 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. 

Thursday March 3, 2022

Pre-Convention Meetings

6:00 – 6:30 pm

National Federation of the Blind; A Formula for Success

2022 Rookie Roundup - Connecting and Empowering, One by One

Alabama Virtual Zoom Hall

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6:30 – 8:00 pm

Division Connections

Alabama Senior Division

Carol Braithwaite, President

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Alabama Association of Blind Merchants

Tracie Watts, President

Opportunity Hall

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 Alabama Association of Blind Students

Luke Seibert, President

Equality Hall

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6:30 – 8:00 pm

Exhibit Hall

Zippora Jones, Florence, AL

Jennifer Reeves, Talladega, AL

Tamika Williams Mobile, AL

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Friday, March 4, 2022

4:30 – 5:00 pm

Virtual Information Table

Sandre Tyler, Membership Coordinator

Tomecia Cavers, Co-Membership Coordinator

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5:00 – 5:30 pm

Welcome and Overview

Barbara Manuel, President

NFBA Affiliate

Sponsors and Exhibitors Showcase

Zippora Jones

NFBAL At Large Chapter Secretary

5:30 – 6:30 pm

Break Out 1

Empowering a Healthy Lifestyle

Dr. Tarmen Siaway, PhD LPC, Clinical Director, The Family Guidance Center of Alabama

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Break Out 2

Empowerment from Career to Personal – Aligning Your Image with Your Goals

Madeleine White, Washington D.C., Professional Personal Stylist

Bethany Siggins, Certified Image Consultant, Dallas TX, Bethany Siggins Image Consulting LLC

Fashionistas Panelist:

Evelyn Valdez, President Greater Alexandria Chapter, Logistics Management Specialist, Department of Veterans affairs, Alexandria, Virginia

Alex Castillo, Rehabilitation Instructor for Virginia’s Dept. of the Blind and Visually Impaired, Northern Virginia

Ever Lee Hairston, Board of Directors, National Federation of the Blind, Los Angeles, California

Anil Lewis, Executive Director for Blindness Initiatives, National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute, Atlanta, Georgia.

Opportunity Hall

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6:30 – 7:00 pm

Break Out 1

Code of Conduct

Sandre Tyler, Membership Coordinator

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Break Out 2

Independence & Innovation - the Direction of BEP

Susan Sarro, Instructor, Business Enterprise Program for the Blind, E.H. Gentry, Talladega, Alabama

Jerry Todd, Jaguar Food Services, BEP Blind Vendor Mobile, Alabama

Alphonso Marsh, Snacks On Deck, BEP Blind Vendor, Huntsville, Alabama

Deborah Myrick, Director, Alabama Business Enterprise Program for the Blind, Montgomery, Alabama

Opportunity Hall

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 6:45 – 7:45 pm

Exhibit Hall

Zippora Jones, Florence, AL

Jennifer Reeves, Talladega, AL

Tamika Williams Mobile, AL

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7:30 – 8:30 pm

Break Out 1

Connections, Independence, Empowerment – A Formula for Success: How Alabama Regional Library Resources Can Get You There

Angela Fisher Hall, Regional Librarian, Alabama Regional Library for the Blind, Montgomery, Alabama

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Break Out 2

Shielding Your Independence

Personal Self-Defense for the Blind, by the Blind

Vencer Cotton, Jackson, Mississippi

Opportunity Hall

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 8:30 – 9:00 pm

Affiliate Resolutions

Michael Evers, Legislative Chairperson, Mobile, Alabama

Alabama Virtual Hall

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9:00 – 11:00 pm

Feuding with the Family - Chapter Faceoff

 

Alabama Virtual Hall

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Saturday, March 6, 2022

(All morning sessions are held in the Alabama Virtual Hall)

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General Session

Connections, Independence, Empowerment: A Formula for Success

9:00 – 9:30 am

          Agenda

Alabama School for the Blind Band

Call to Order: Barbara Manuel, President NFB Of Alabama

Opening Ceremonies

Welcome: Jill Rossiter, President NFBAL At Large Chapter

Invocation: Luke Seibert, Elder in Training Elkmont Baptist Church, Elkmont, Alabama

NFB Pledge: Grace Anderson, NFBAL Secretary

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

Pledge of Allegiance- Azarriah Tilley-Williams, Mobile AL

Greeting: Representative Adline Clark, Alabama House of Representatives, 97 District, Mobile, AL

9:30 – 10:00 am

National Report

Anil Lewis, Executive Director for Blindness Initiatives, National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute,

10:00 – 10:20 am

Promoting Independence & Empowerment on the Screen

Mike McKenzie, Director of Programming and Public Information, Alabama Public Television, Birmingham, Alabama

10:20 – 10:40 am

Empowerment at the Polls

Kathy Jones, Alabama League of Women Voters President, Madison, Alabama

10:40 – 11:00 am

A Formula to Succeed - Parents of Blind Children

Terri Rupp- NFB Board of Directors Member, Nevada Affiliate President, Las Vegas, Nevada

11:00 – 11:35 am

Independence, Yesterday, Today & Future

Peggy Chong, Blind History Lady, Aurora, Colorado

11:35 – 12:00 pm

2022 Affiliate Address

Barbara Manuel, NFBAL President

Chapter Roll Call

Nominating Committee

12:00 – 1:30 pm

Lunch

NFB of Alabama Virtual Exhibit Hall

Zippora Jones, Florence, AL

Jennifer Reeves, Talladega, AL

Tamika Williams Mobile, AL

1:30 – 2:00 pm

Connection – A Formula for Success

Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind

Jessica L. Edmiston, M.Ed., Executive Director, E. H. Gentry, Alabama Freedom Center Director, Talladega, Alabama

Alan Nunn, Principal, Alabama School for the Blind, Talladega, Alabama

Kyle Gregg- Executive Director, Alabama Industries for the Blind, Talladega, Alabama

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2:00 – 2:30 pm

Break Out 1

Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services

W. Ashley Townsend, MA CRC, Assistance Commissioner, Blind and Deaf Services

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Break Out 2

Legislative Relationships

Anil Lewis, Executive Director for Blindness Initiatives, National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute, Atlanta, Georgia

Opportunity Hall

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 2:30 – 3:30 pm

Independence – A Formula for Success

Break Out 1

Accessible Pharmacy Services for the Blind

Lavell Keeling, Director of Business Development, Georgia and Alabama

Andy Berstine, Accessible Pharmacy Co-Founder, Alabama

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Break Out 2

IOS and Alexa Updates

Alecia Bean, M. Ed., COMS, CATIS, CLVT, Computer Access Training, (CAT)Supervisor, Gulf Coast Veteran Health Care System, Biloxi, Mississippi

Opportunity Hall

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 Break Out 3

Android, Braille Note and Screen Readers

Jordy Stringer, Executive Director, Center for Independent Living, Southeastern Ohio

Jason Meadow, Chief Executive Officer of a T guys, Michigan

Equality Hall

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3:30 – 4:30

Empowerment – A Formula for Success

Breakout 1

Employment Marketing Tools for Success

Angela Waldsmith, Employee Recruiter, Southern Food Service, Birmingham, Alabama

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Breakout 2

Blind Achievers

Luke Seibert, Author, Huntsville Chapter President, Alabama Association of Blind Student President, Ardmore, Alabama

Zippora Jones, BEP Blind Vendor, At Large Chapter Secretary, Talking Blind Podcast, Florence, Alabama

Braydon Arata, South Alabama BELL student, Member of Robotic Club and Scholar’s Bowl team, Mobile, Alabama

Clara Scelsi, North Alabama BELL student, Actor, Song Writer, and Performer

Opportunity Hall

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 7:00 pm

National Federation of the Blind - Alabama Affiliate 2022 Banquet

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Program

Opening

Banquet Entertainment Presented by Tony Nixon, T. Nixon Entertainment

Presider: Tamika Williams, First Vice President, NFBA

Invocation: Rev. Richard Smith, NFBAL Montgomery Chapter President

Poem: Janetta Price, Beaumont, Texas, President of the Community Service Division

Entertainment: Tony Nixon, T. Nixon Entertainment

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

Banquet Address: Anil Lewis, Executive Director for Blindness Initiatives, National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute, Atlanta, Georgia

Scholarship Presentation: Grace Anderson, Scholarship Committee Chairperson

Pre-Authorization Contribution (PAC): Tamika Williams

Closing

Entertainment by Tony Nixon, T. Nixon Entertainment

AABS Virtual Concert

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Join the Alabama Association of Blind Students for this exciting
event. Throughout the concert, performers will perform a variety of music—including some original songs—as well as offer some more information about the division. This is also a fundraiser, and any donations will be appreciated. More information on ways to donate coming soon.

 

Sunday, March 6, 2022

8:00 – 9:00 am

Devotion

Minister Percy Garrett, At Large Chapter Chaplin

 

Luke Seibert, Elder in Training

Equality Hall

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 9:00 – 10:00 am

National Federation of the Blind of Alabama Affiliate Board Meeting

Alabama Virtual Hall

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10:15 am

Alabama Affiliate Annual Business Meeting

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Agenda

Call to Order: Barbara Manuel, NFBA President

Invocation: Michael Evers, Mobile Chapter, NFBA Legislative Chair

Reading of Minutes: Grace Anderson, NFBA Secretary

Treasurer Report: Larry Povinelli, NFBA Treasurer

Nominating Committee Report

Richard Smith

Positions: Constitutional Offices, Board Seats, 2 – 4 – 6

To place your vote, please text or dial (251) 325-5220

Appointment of 2022 Delegate and Alternate

Chapter Highlights

Old Business

New Business

Adjournment

 

A special thanks to our 2022 “Connections, Independence, Empowerment – A Formula for Success” Sponsors

 

Independence:

Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind

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P. O. Box 698

Talladega, Alabama 35161

(256) 761-3200

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Empowerment:

Vanda Pharmaceutical

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2200 Pennsylvania Ave.

Washington, D.C.

(202) 578-9060

[email protected]

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Exhibitor Showcase:

 

Accessible Pharmacy Services for the Blind

Lavell Keeling

403 South Oxford Valley Road

Fairless Hills, PA  19143

215-799-9900

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Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services

Paige Dewberry

236 Goodwin Crest Dr. 

Birmingham, AL 35209

(205) 290-4308

[email protected]

 

Alabama Freedom Center

Jessica Edmiston

1105 Fort Lashley Avenue
Talladega, AL 35160
(256) 493-3360

[email protected]
www.aidb.org

 

Blind Justice Defense

Ron Brown, Owner

[email protected]

765-860-5522

(800) 981-5119

 

E.H. Gentry

Jessica Edmiston

1105 Fort Lashley Avenue
Talladega, AL 35160
(256) 493-3360

[email protected]
www.aidb.org

 

E.H. Gentry - Technical Facility

Doug Nixon

1105 Fort Lashley Avenue

Talladega, AL35160

(256) 589-6597

[email protected]

www.aidb.org

 

Emerald Coast Vision Aids

Mike Hage

163 East Burgess Road
Pensacola, FL
(850) 206-5375

[email protected]
www.emeraldcoastvisionaids.com

 

NFB of Alabama- At Large Chapter

Jill Rossiter

Rada Cutlery fundraiser

(256)702-0559

[email protected]

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*Make sure that you select “yes I want my purchase to support the National Federation of the Blind of Alabama.

 

NFB of Alabama Newsline

Jeff Wilson

1809 3rd Street NW

Center Point, AL 35215

(256) 589-2096

[email protected]

www.nfbal.org

 

Talking Blind

Zippora Jones

“My blind does not define who I am, I am so much more.”

https://www.clubhouse.com/@talkingblind

 

Vanda Pharmaceutical

Vicki Preddy

2200 Pennsylvania Ave.

Washington, D.C.

(202) 578-9060

[email protected]

www.vandapharma.com

 

The NFB of Alabama Seniors Division is excited to announce a drawing for a Victor Reader Stream Second Generation! To be given away on June 13, 2022. Donation, $5.00 each.

For more information, please contact Carol Braithwaite, Senior Division President @ [email protected]oud.com.

Expressing sincere appreciation to Emerald Coast Vision Aids for donating this Victor Stream.

 

We’d like to thank Pixelthin, LLC for document preparation.

We’d like to thank Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind for ASL and Captioning services.

We’d also like to thank the following stations for their In-kind advertisement:

Awesome AI internet Radio, AI Eford, NFBAL Montgomery Chapter

God’s Gospel Train Internet Radio, Julius Love, NFBAL At Large Chapter

Randy Soul Internet Radio, Randy Robertson, NFBLA Montgomery Chapter

The entire membership of NFB of Alabama takes this time to express sincere thanks to you for joining us. The connections we’ve made over the years and, future partnerships, The independence we daily advocate for and the empowerments we achieve has made us who we are. We appreciate each of you!

“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.