National Federation of the Blind of Delaware
49th State Convention

Holiday Inn, Downtown
561 North DuPont Highway
Dover, DE 19902
(302) 747-5050

Friday, November 10 – Saturday, November 11, 2017

National Representative:

Shawn Callaway
President, National Federation of the Blind of Washington D.C.

NFB 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!

Greetings from the Officers and Board of Directors:

Board of Directors

Kathryn A. Bottner, President, Newark, Delaware
Keenan Gabbert, First Vice President, Georgetown, Delaware
Gary Warren, Second Vice President, Millsboro, Delaware
Ellen Sullivan, Secretary/Treasurer, Wilmington, Delaware

Board Members

Arthur Cohen, Wilmington, Delaware
James Steele, New Castle, Delaware
Sharon Thomas, Dover, Delaware
Verita Turner, Dover, Delaware

The National Federation of the Blind Pledge

I pledge to participate actively in the efforts 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.

About the National Federation of the Blind of Delaware

The National Federation of the Blind of Delaware (NFBDE), an affiliate of the National Federation of the Blind (NFB), is an organization of blind people and their friends. We believe in the full capacity of blind people; we have the power, influence, diversity and determination to help transform our dreams into reality. Our members work together for a brighter tomorrow by raising the expectations for blind people everywhere so that blind persons can live the life they want.

Who We Are:

The National Federation of the Blind of Delaware is a 501c (3) nonprofit made up of blind people of all ages, their families and friends. Our strong local chapters and divisions, and well-trained leaders help newly blind people adjust to vision loss, and promote the full participation and integration of blind people in our communities. We bring our collective experiences together to effect change at the state and national level.

What We Do:

  • Assist blind persons to acquire the skills of independence
  • Help blind persons to develop confidence in themselves through our many service activities
  • Teach blind persons the skills of leadership through active participation in conventions, chapter meetings, and civic activities
  • Encourage blind seniors to continue their active and meaningful lifestyles
  • Prepare blind students for productive tax-paying careers through academic and training scholarships
  • Inform diabetics about their options for coping with vision loss
  • Support parents and friends of blind children with information about the capabilities of the blind
  • Protect and promote the civil rights of blind persons through public education and legislative action
  • Advocate for policies that eliminate discrimination and guarantee equal access to educational programs and high-quality rehabilitation
  • Educate the public through seminars, community activities and our publications

Meeting Theme

Strengthening our Networks and Collaborating with Others for the Mutual Benefit of our Federation and other State and Advocacy Organizations

Our thanks and gratitude go to the following people for their help and dedication in enabling us to have this Convention:
Convention Planning Committee: Kathryn Bottner, Keenan Gabbert, Joanne Semple, James Steele, Ellen Sullivan and Verita Turner
National Library Services of Delaware (Help with translating the agenda to Braille): John Phillos
Presenters: Shawn Callaway, National Representative and President of the Washington, D.C. Affiliate; Kathryn Bottner, President of the NFB of Delaware Affiliate; Wayne Marsh, Chairman of the DE Independent Living Advisory Council; Honorable Senator Bryan Townsend, DE State Assembly; Elisha Jenkins, Director, DE Division of the Visually Impaired (DVI); James Steele, DE Affiliate Board Member; Darryl Garner, Vice President of the Northern DE Chapter of the NFB; Keenan Gabbert, DE Affiliate Vice President; Barbara Bradley, DE Diabetes Coalition; Dianne McArthur, Nutritionist, Bayhealth, DE; Tom Super, PA Affiliate Board Member

Friday, November 10, 2017

Time Activity
7:45 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Plated Breakfast
Kathryn Bottner to announce raffle ticket sales (6 for $5.00)
8:15 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Registration
9:00 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. Welcoming and Introduction from Kathryn Bottner
9:15 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. Update from our National Representative Shawn Callaway
9:45 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Update from the Chairman of the Independent Living Advisory Council (ILAC) Wayne Marsh
10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. What does the future hold for the blind and hearing-impaired people in the State of Delaware? Senator Bryan Townsend, Delaware State Assembly
10:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Questions and Answers for previous speakers; All Participants
10:45 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. New initiatives in the Delaware Division of the Visually Impaired; Elisha Jenkins
11:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Diabetes: Types of diabetes, signs and symptoms and how it affects your vision; Diabetes Coalition Speaker: Barbara Bradley
11:15 a.m. to 11:20 a.m. Questions and Answers for the previous speaker; All Participants
11:20 a.m. to 11:35 a.m. How what you eat matters; diabetes and nutrition; Diane McArthur, Bayhealth
11:35 a.m. to 11:40 a.m. Questions and Answers for the previous speaker; All Participants
12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Lunch Break (Everybody is on their own)
Kathryn Bottner to Announce Raffle Ticket Sales (go peak at the prizes and place your ticket!)
2:00 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. The National Federation of the Blind Schools for the blind; James Steele and Tom Super
2:45 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Questions and Answers for the previous speaker; All Participants
3:00 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. Update on Newsline and the NFBDE Website; Kathryn Bottner
3:15 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. What’s new with the KNFB Reader? Darryl Garner
3:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. A reading of proposed amendments to the NFB of Delaware Constitution; Keenan Gabbert
3:45 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Questions and Answers about the Amendments and the Constitution; All Participants
4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Group Sharing: Why did you come to the NFB of Delaware State Convention?
Lead by Shawn Callaway and Kathryn Bottner with all Participants
5:00P.M. to 6:00P.M. BREAK
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Banquet and National Representative Speaker; Shawn Callaway
8:00 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. Raffle drawing; All participants

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Time Activity
8:00 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. Plated Breakfast
8:50 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Overview of Saturday’s Activities
9:00 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. Present slate and vote for Board Members (2); Keenan Gabbert
9:15 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. A re-reading of the Amendments to the Affiliate Constitution (Keenan Gabbert) and vote (dues paying members)
9:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Affiliate and Chapters Secretary and Treasurer Reports; Kathryn Bottner, Sharon Thomas and Ellen Sullivan
10:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. Break
10:15 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Voting for the 2018 National Convention Delegate and Alternate Delegate; dues paying members
10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Affiliate Business Meeting; Kathryn Bottner to provide agenda and all participate
12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Light Lunch