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2018 National Federation of the Blind of Delaware State Convention Agenda

Date: Friday, November 2, 2018 – Saturday, November 3, 2018
Location: Best Western, 190 Stadium St., Smyrna, Delaware, 19977
Phone: (302) 659-3635
Theme: Live the Life You Want…Past, Present, Future – 50 Years of the NFB of Delaware

Board of Directors

President: Kathryn Bottner, Newark, DE
First Vice-President: Gary Warren, Millsboro, DE
Second Vice-President: Darryl Garner, New Castle DE
Secretary: Sylvia Reid, Wilmington, DE
Treasurer: Malvern Slawter, Newark, DE
Board Members: Jim Steele, New Castle, DE
Sharon Thomas, Dover, DE
Lisa Tuccio, Wilmington, DE
Verita Turner, Dover, DE

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 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.


Free Aira Site Access at National Federation of the Blind State Convention

The National Federation of the Blind has partnered with Aira to provide free Aira Site Access to NFB members during our 2018 state convention. Aira subscribers who are National Federation of the Blind members can use the service at our convention for free without having minutes deducted from their plans. In addition, those interested in Aira have the unique opportunity to try out the service for free while at our convention. This convention-wide, free site access is available only at NFB state conventions, giving NFB members an exclusive opportunity to test-drive Aira in a convention setting.

Aira allows blind people to connect using live video to a trained agent through a mobile app or wearable glasses to get real-time visual information or assistance. Learn more about Aira and special pricing available for NFB members at

How it Works

Before you head to convention or as soon as you get there, download the free Aira app from the App Store, and create a guest account if you are not already an Aira subscriber. Also make sure your phone’s GPS feature is enabled. When you enter the convention Site Access location, your phone will receive a notification letting you know that the space you are in is part of the Aira Network. When you connect with an agent, he or she will also confirm that you are now covered by the network, and no minutes will be deducted from your account.

When you leave or enter convention areas that are covered by the Site Access network, you will be informed by the Aira agent.

To learn more about Aira and the special plan available exclusively to NFB members, visit


Continental Breakfast
6:30 AM – 9:30 AM Friday and Saturday

Friday, November 2, 2018

9:00 AM – 9:15 AM Opening Remarks/ Introduction
Kathryn Bottner, Affiliate President
9:15 AM – 9:45 AM Report from the national office
Amy Ruell, NFB of Massachusetts Affiliate President, National Representative, National Board Member
10:00 AM – 10:30 AM Affiliate/ Chapter Reports
Kathryn Bottner, NFB of Delaware Affiliate President, Northern Delaware Chapter President
Sharon Thomas, Southern New Castle County Chapter, President
10:45 AM – 11:00 AM What’s New with KNFB Reader
Darryl Garner, NFB of Delaware, 2nd Vice President. Northern Delaware Chapter, 1st Vice President
11:00 AM – 11:15 AM What’s new with NFB Newsline
Kathryn Bottner, NFB of Delaware Affiliate, President
11:30 AM – 12:00 PM Why I am a Federationist
Panel of veteran members and new members
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM Lunch on your own
2:00 PM – 2:30 PM What’s new with Delaware Library Access Services/ National Library Service
John Phillos, Delaware Library Access Service, Administrative Librarian
2:30 PM – 3:00 PM [To be determined]
3:00 PM – 3:30 PM Have you ever wanted to know about programs to gain independence for the blind?
Nicky Jackson, Blind Industries Services of Maryland (BISM)
3:30 PM – 4:00 PM

How what you eat matters; diabetes and nutrition; Diane McArthur, Bayhealth Have you ever wanted to own your own business? Come learn about how it can be done!
Independent Resources INC.
Panel of business owners and Federation members
4:00 PM – 4:30 PM Let’s move around a bit and have some fun!
Carol King Reise and her dance team
4:30 PM – 5:00 PM Have you heard about Aira and wonder how it works? Come learn more and have your questions answered.
Gary Warren, NFB of Delaware, 1st Vice President
Kathryn Bottner, NFB of Delaware Affiliate, President
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM Break
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM Banquet/ basket raffle
8:15 PM – 9:15 PM Do You Dream in Color?

Saturday, November 3, 2018

9:00 AM – 9:20 AM Affiliate Secretary’s Report
Sylvia Reid, NFB of Delaware and Northern Delaware Chapter, Secretary
9:20 AM – 9:40 AM Affiliate treasurer’s Report
Malvern Slawter, NFB of Delaware, Treasurer
9:40 AM – 10:00 AM Break
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM Affiliate Elections
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM Lunch on your own

Thank You

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