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The National Federation of the Blind of Oregon
Celebrates 50 Years of Education and Advocacy for Blind Oregonians
Join Us for the 2021 Annual Convention
November 12-14 at the Hilton Garden Beaverton/Portland
15520 NW Gateway Court, Beaverton, OR 97006
OR via the Zoom Platform


Thursday Evening, November 11

5:00-9:00 PM Exhibitors
Exhibitors will be scheduled in 30 minute session via Zoom to demonstrate their products. Some of the exhibitors will include:
View Plus, Independence Science, The California Lighthouse for the Blind, Miles Access Skills Training, and Vanda Pharmaceuticals.

Friday, November 12
In Person and via Zoom

Noon-6 PM Exhibitors

1:30-3 PM - Social Security Seminar: Carla McQuillan
An overview of the Social Security benefit programs and the rules that apply to blind people. Bring your questions for an open discussion.

3:30- 5 PM - Chapter Members Round Table Discussion: Stephanie McGary, Southern Oregon Chapter President
It has been a long time since we have shared ideas, projects, and fund raising. Join us for an open sharing of past and future chapter plans.

6 PM - Auction
Join us for a live/Zoom auction. Those attending in person are invited to join us for drinks.

Saturday, November 13

General Sessions 9:00 am to noon

9:00 - Welcome: Carla McQuillan, President, NFB of Oregon

9:10 - National Report: Daniel Frye: National Representative, Administrator, New Hampshire Services for the Blind.

9:40 - Q & A

9:50 - Oregon Commission for the Blind: Dacia Johnson, Administrator
Learn about new programs and ongoing services Of the Oregon Commission for the Blind.

10:10 -Talking Book and Braille Library, Elke Bruner, Librarian
What is new at the Library for the Blind?

10:30 -Education During the Pandemic, Lea Cook, Statewide Deaf-Blind Teacher

10:50 - Emergency Preparedness, Andrea Barnhurst, Linn-Benton Chapter
Are you prepared for an emergency that takes you from your home? Andrea has some tips to keep you safe.

11:10 - "My Journey to Medical School: A Tale of Advocacy, Education, and Frustration".
Chrys Buckley, Portland Central Chapter and 3rd year Medical Student.

11:30 - "50 Years of Education and Advocacy in Oregon: Where we were then, and where we are now".
Carla McQuillan, President, NFB of Oregon

11:50 Announcements

12:00 Adjourn

Saturday Noon to 5:00 p.m.

12:00 Luncheon
Growing Up as a Blind Child with a Sighted Twin: Bennette Prows, NFB of Washington

Break Out Sessions 1:30 to 5 PM

1:30-2:30 Session 1

A) Google: A Suite Productivity Solution: Justin Harford, 2nd VP NFB of Oregon. Explore the many uses of Google Suite.

B) Stand Up and Show Us How Strong You Are: Alice Campbell, Portland Central Chapter, and Kristen Jocums, 1st VP NFB of Oregon.
Learn to advocate for yourself when it seems difficult to do so.

C) Financial Planning: The Key to a Secure Future: Sara Frazer Financial Consultant. Learn about the Rule of 72: How interest doubles. Having mid term and long term investments, and paying taxes now, later, or not at all.

2:45-3:45 Session 2

A) Integrating Diversity and Inclusion into NFB Oregon. Natalie Charbonneau, Linn-Benton Chapter. This presentation will focus on outlining diversity and inclusion principles, and application of these principles to NFB at the chapter and state levels. We will work to draft a proposal to the state board on implementation of DEI matters because everyone deserves the right to feel welcome in the NFB0.

B) Experiencing NFB Training Centers: Mary Ann Mendez, NFBO Board; Jack Mendez, Rose City Chapter and LCB; and Justin Harford. This session explores personal experiences of receiving blindness skills training at NFB Training Centers. Learn the advantages of immersion training, and whether an NFB Training Center is a good choice for you.

C) What is the National Federation of the Blind? NFB Leaders. Are you interested in becoming a member of the NFB, and would like to know more about who we are and what we do? Are you a new member with questions
about the organization? Join leaders of the organization to learn more.

4:00-5:00 Session 3
A) Cooking with Carina: Carina Comer, Secretary, NFB of Oregon. Learn tips and tricks to finding more delicious success and creativity in the kitchen from a blind bakery owner. Learn how to use scales, adaptive measuring
equipment and hands on tactics to make homemade pasta and cookies.

B) Tell it Like it is: Alice Campbell and Kristen Jocums. Learn how to communicate your thoughts and needs, clearly, concisely, and with confidence.

C) The Ten Minute Talk: Lucas McQuillan, Speech Communication Instructor. Lane Community College. You’ve been asked to give a 10 minute presentation at work, meeting, or conference. Don’t Panic! Learn some simple techniques to make your presentation memorable (in a good way). Bring your memories of presentations past: what was goof, and wasn’t, and why you remember it.

Saturday Evening From 6:00 p.m.

6:00 No Host Bar
Wine and Beer for In Person Attendees

7:00 Banquet
Keynote Address: John Fritz, President, NFB of Wisconsin and Member of the National Board of Directors
Awards and Honors

Sunday November 14

9:00-11:00 Business Meeting
Minutes from 2020 Business Meeting at Convention
State Financial Report
Member’s Seminar 2022

Note: Once again, we will be using the Swift Voting platform for voting by text message or by telephone. To be enrolled to vote, your membership dues MUST be current for 2021, and the telephone number you will use to vote must be on file. The registration form online for this convention has a dedicated space for that number.

Registration, hotel, and meals can be paid on our website:

Hotel Rates: $99/night+ tax King or Double Queen

Registration: $10 for all attendees

Meal Package: $60 (includes Friday Auction, Saturday lunch and banquet. The meal package is for in person attendees only.

"Grab and Go" breakfast on Saturday and Sunday morning
The breakfast items we are looking for are:
Whole Fruits
Individual Juice bottles
Breakfast Breads (muffins, bagels, pastries, etc)
Hard Boiled Eggs

Hotel Reservations must be made through the State Office, by Phone: 541-653-9153 or email: NO LATER THAN OCTOBER 28, 2021.

Registration must be done and paid at our website: NO LATER THAN OCTOBER 28.

Closed Captioning: If you are in need of closed captioning, you must let us know when you register, no later than Oct. 28.

Note: All in person attendees must show proof of vaccination status, or provide a negative test that was taken no earlier than 3 days prior to arrival at Convention. Masks must be worn during sessions. Masks will be available if anyone needs one.

Questions? Call Carla McQuillan: 541-653-9153 or email

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