State Convention

National Federation of the Blind of Delaware 50th ANNUAL STATE CONVENTION

November 2nd through 3rd, 2018
Theme: The Past, The Present, The Future. 50 Year’s of the NFB of Delaware, Live the Life You Want!

The 50th Annual State Convention of the National Federation of the Blind of Delaware will be held at the:
Best Western Smyrna Inn
190 Stadium St.
Smyrna, DE 19977

We are proud to have Amy Ruell, president of the Massachusetts affiliate and member of the national Board of Directors as our national rep. Her bio is featured below.

Mark your calendars and make every effort to attend the 50th annual state convention of the NFBDE. Get Involved. Make a Difference!

Room Reservations

The Best Western Smyrna Inn is now accepting room reservations for the state convention. To make your reservation, please dial 302-659-3635 and say you are attending the NFBDE convention. The 2018 room rates for singles are $80 a night and doubles are $85 a night. Hotel room rates are subject to applicable state and local taxes, which at present is 8% and will be in effect at the time of check-out. Individuals are responsible for making their own room reservation arrangements.


Pre-registration will be open from July 1st through October 1st, 2018. When purchased by October 1st, the pre-registration fee for convention is $15 ($25 on-site) and the cost of a banquet ticket is $25 (pre and on-site). To register prior to the October 1st deadline, please complete the registration form and mail it with your check to the address listed on the form.


National Rep Bio

Amy Ruell – Social Worker

Amy Ruell explains that while growing up in Longmeadow, Massachusetts, she had little contact with blind people, the exception being through a camp for the blind she attended as a child. She was educated in public school but received minimal instruction in cane travel and no professional Braille instruction. She mastered Braille with the help of her mother and a volunteer, both staying a lesson ahead of her as the instruction proceeded.

Amy obtained Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science degrees from Smith College and Simmons College School of Social Work, respectively, and has been successfully employed as a therapist, supervisor, and, most recently, as a clinical care manager authorizing psychiatric emergency admission.

Amy discovered the Federation when her job as the literacy program manager for an initiative at National Braille Press required that she attend the conventions of several national organizations of the blind. At the NFB’s gathering, she found people doing things for themselves and at the same time helping others get around the hotel, read menus, and do so many other things in a wonderful spirit of mentorship and cooperation.

When she first joined, her intent was to be a good member but not to become overly involved. But, when she saw things that needed changing, she realized her choice was “to lead or to shut up.” She concluded that leading was a task more suited to her character and temperament. She was elected as the vice president of the Massachusetts affiliate shortly after joining the NFB, and also has served as the vice president of the Cambridge chapter and the convention coordinator for the affiliate. She was elected president of the Massachusetts affiliate in 2014, and to the Board of Directors of the National Federation of the Blind in 2017.

Additional Information

If you have questions and need additional information, please contact:
Kathryn Bottner, President
24 Monterry Drive
Newark, Delaware 19713
Phone: 302-368-2963