National Federation of the Blind
of Texas
Annual Convention
October 22 through 24, 2010

Today’s Vision, Tomorrow’s Reality

Hilton Garden Inn Abilene
4449 Ridgemont Drive
Abilene, TX 79606

NFBT Office
314 E. Highland Mall Blvd.
Suite 253
Austin, TX 78752

Convention Arrangements


In order to receive the convention rates, you must register with the convention. Registration is located in the hotel lobby, and will be open at the following times:

  • Friday, October 22 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
  • Saturday, October 23 from 7:45 AM to 8:45 AM and from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

Those of you who have pre-registered can pick up your convention materials at the registration desk. We will strictly adhere to the above schedule in order for registration volunteers to be on time to all meetings.

Child Care

Child Care will be held on the lobby level. If you wish to take advantage of this service, you must sign up in the registration area during registration hours.


On Friday, October 22, beginning at 5:00 PM, there will be hospitality in the Longhorn Ballroom C. Refreshments will be served, and a cash bar will be available. Other than beverages purchased at the cash bar, there is no charge for this event.

Door Prizes

Yolanda Garcia will be serving as Door Prize chairperson. Those of you who have door prizes to turn into Yolanda should do so at your earliest opportunity. All prizes must be turned in no later than Saturday morning and should be labeled in print and Braille.

In order to win a door prize, you must be registered with the convention and be present in the room when your name is called.

Banquet and Social

The Banquet will begin at 7:00 PM on Saturday evening. Tickets for this event are $40 and may be purchased at the convention registration area during registration hours. No tickets will be sold after 1:00 PM on Saturday.

There will be a social immediately following the banquet. Admission to this event is free.

Convention Agenda

Friday, October 22

  • 1:00 PM-5:00 PM Registration
    Hotel Lobby
  • 5:00 PM-7:00 PM Hospitality
    Longhorn Ballroom C
  • 7:00 PM-8:00 PM Dog Guide User’s Committee
    Aggie Boardroom
    Chairperson, Elizabeth Campbell
  • 7:00 PM-9:00 PM Texas Parents of Blind Children
    Longhorn Ballroom A
    President, Laura Webber
  • 7:00 PM-9:00 PM Texas Association of Blind Students
    Longhorn Ballroom B
    President, Juan Del Rosario
  • 8:00 PM-9:00 PM Diabetic Action Network
    Aggie Boardroom
  • 9:00 PM-10:00 PM Resolutions Committee Meeting
    Longhorn Ballroom A
    Chairperson, Angela Fredrick

Saturday, October 23

General Session
Longhorn Ballroom

  • 9:00 AM Welcome and Call to Order
    Angela Wolf, President, National Federation of the Blind of Texas
  • 9:05 AM Welcome from Abilene
    Mary Kendrick, President, Abilene Chapter
  • 9:20 AM 2010 Scholarship Class
    Kimberly Flores, Chairperson, NFBT Scholarship Committee
  • 9:30 AM Current Initiatives and Future Projects of the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired
    Bill Daugherty, Superintendent, TSBVI
  • 10:00 AM The Division for Blind Services: Building on the Past and Present to Create a Brighter Future
    Barbara Madrigal, Assistant Commissioner, DARS-DBS
  • 10:30 AM The BELL Program: Making Braille Literacy for All Blind Children a Reality
    • Emily Gibbs, Teacher of Blind Students and Vice President of the Texas Parents of Blind Children
    • Louis Mahr, President, Houston Chapter, NFBT
    • Kim Cunningham, Former President, Texas Parents of Blind Children
  • 11:00 AM Receiving Training Today to Increase Opportunities for Tomorrow
    • Louisiana Center for the Blind
    • Chris Cole Rehabilitation Center
  • 11:25 AM Cultivating Youth Leadership in Texas
    Richie Flores, Coordinator, CHANGE Mentoring Program of Texas
  • 11:45 AM Announcements
  • 12:00 Noon Adjourn
  • 12:00 Noon-1:45 PM Parent Luncheon and Business Meeting
    Off-Site Location to Be Announced
  • 2:00 PM National Report
    Pam Allen, Treasurer, National Federation of the Blind
  • 3:00 PM Today’s Headlines: Breaking News about NFB Newsline
    Steve Tompkins, Coordinator, NFB Newsline of Texas
  • 3:30 PM Roll Call of Chapters and Chapter/Division Reports
  • 4:15 PM NFBT Constitution
  • 4:45 PM Announcements
  • 5:00 PM Adjourn
  • 7:00 PM Banquet
  • 9 PM-Midnight After Banquet Social

Sunday, October 24

  • 9:00 AM Call to Order
  • 9:05 AM Elections
  • 9:30 AM Secretary’s Report
    Elizabeth Campbell, Secretary, National Federation of the Blind of Texas
  • 10:00 AM Treasurer’s Report
    Sally Thomas, Treasurer, National Federation of the Blind of Texas
  • 10:30 AM Resolutions
    Angela Fredrick, Chairperson, Resolutions Committee
  • 11:00 AM Closing Remarks and Announcements
  • 11:30 AM Adjourn