Senior Blind

Classic Cars at Hershey Park

Jane Degenshein, National Association of the Senior Blind (NASB) board member, is the driver with family while having a great time at Hershey Park.


From February through June of each year, the Senior Division of the NFB (NASB) proudly sponsors conference calls on a variety of topics with moderators presiding over each call. We hope these calls provide information and thoughtful discussions in your local chapter and other senior meetings throughout the year.

To attend the calls, dial 712-432-1500, then use access code 759633 pound. You will hear the code you entered repeated. Press 1 if it is correct. Press 2 to re-enter it. If you press 1, you then announce yourself by stating your name and you will then be entered into the conference call.

In order to obtain the best possible sound for these calls, it is recommended that each caller, after dialing in, press star 6 which puts you in a “mute” mode. You will be able to hear everything during the call but background noise from your location will not disturb others listening in on the conversation. When you wish to speak and enter the discussion, press star 6 and you will be released from the “mute” mode and able to participate. It is also highly recommended that each person wishing to speak state his or her name and wait for the moderator to recognize you before speaking. We can have too many people trying to seek the floor at one time and chaos can occur. The moderators will do their very best to recognize as many callers as possible however, they will determine the order in which speakers proceed. When finished with your comments, press star 6 again to go back into “mute” mode to facilitate better, uncluttered communication for everyone. Star 6 also works when you have your phone on speaker.

The times for the calls are

  • 4:00pm Eastern
  • 3:00pm Central
  • 2:00pm Mountain
  • 1:00pm Pacific

Please determine for yourself the time to enter the call if you live in a time zone other than those listed above.

Because our conference calls contain information that’s helpful and interesting to blind seniors, we archive all of them within hours of their completion. You can listen to our most recent archives by calling 712-432-1202, and entering the access code 759633 pound followed by the call reference code. There are 15 of our most recent calls for you to choose from. You can also listen to them through your computer or mobile device by visiting We hope you enjoy and learn from them.

Archived Calls

  • June 15, 2017 – What Options Do I Have To Learn Needed Skills From Sources Other Than My State Agency?
    Moderator: Shelley Copel with fellow South Carolinians who have taken correspondence courses from Hadley to obtain nonvisual skills
    Reference code: 22 pound
  • May 18, 2017 – Seniors In Charge: Cane Travel, Blindness Training Essential Elements To Attain Newfound Independence
    Moderator: Wayne Marshall with his colleagues from the Senior Support Group at the Colorado Center for the Blind
    Reference code: 21 pound
  • April 13, 2017 – Live The Life You Want: Be A Senior In Charge of Your Destiny
    Moderator: Diane McGeorge with Duncan Larsen
    Reference code: 20 pound
  • March 23, 2017 – how The Blind Consumer Interacts with Hospital and Emergency Room Professionals While Receiving Medical Care with confidence
    Moderator: Art Schriber
    Reference code: 18 pound

Additional archived calls can be viewed at

Sponsored By The National Federation Of The Blind Senior Division


October 8-14, 2017


Rocky Bottom Retreat and Conference Center. This is a rural setting, a camp owned and operated by the South Carolina affiliate of the NFB. It is a beautiful location in the mountains.


$325 per attendee. This does not include transportation to and from Greensville, South Carolina, the nearest airport to the camp. Transportation will be provided from Greensville to Rocky Bottom. Cost includes room, board, training, and any activities during the retreat. Applicants are encouraged to look for sponsors from service organizations, state agency, or to fundraise if necessary.

Who Is Eligible?

Legally blind seniors age 55 and older with a strong desire to learn alternative, nonvisual techniques taught by blind instructors. Must be responsible for taking all medications independently and have stamina to be actively engaged for five full days of activities.

Classes Taught:

cane travel, daily living and cooking skills, computer and other technology such as using digital recorders, pen friend; discussions on adjusting to blindness with family, community and social interaction, self-advocacy, confidence-building, and leisure activities.

How Do I Apply?

Send a letter requesting a retreat application to the attention of Mr. David Houck.
119 South Killbourne Road
Columbia, SC 29205

Send the completed application back to the above address. All applicants will then have a telephone interview with officers from the Senior Division so we can learn more about your needs, desires and you will be able to ask your questions and learn more about what the retreat entails. Deadline to apply is August 1. Space is limited so if truly interested, don’t wait until the deadline. Applicants will be notified by August 15 if accepted. Monies are due at the very latest by September 1, 2017 and payment can be made to the NFB Senior Division, Care of Duncan Larsen, Colorado Center for the Blind,
2233 West Shepperd Avenue
Littleton, CO 80120

For further information contact Ruth Sager, President, Senior Division of the NFB

Additional Information

For more information regarding the NFB Senior Division, please visit You can also contact the president of the NFB Seniors Division, Ruth Sager, with any questions at 410-602-9030 or