[Nfbnet-members-list] Participate virtually in #nfb17

Danielsen, Chris CDanielsen at nfb.org
Tue Jul 11 02:21:45 UTC 2017

Dear Fellow Federationists:

It would be wonderful if every single member of 
the National Federation of the Blind from across 
the nation could make it to every single 
convention. But work obligations or other life 
events sometimes prevent us from making the trip. 
The good news is that if you can't make it to 
convention this year, there are several ways for 
you to participate virtually. Read on to learn how!

Stream the Convention

Portions of the 2017 convention will be streamed 
live over the internet. These will include the 
access technology seminars scheduled for Monday, 
July 10; the Board of Directors meeting beginning 
at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, July 12; all of the 
general sessions; and the banquet. You can access 
the streaming schedule and the links to stream in 
your preferred format at 

Please note that you will not hear anything 
unless a streamed event is happening. If you're 
tuning in at the right time but not hearing 
anything, there may be technical difficulties. Be 
sure to stand by and also to let us know about your experience.

Join Us through Social Media

For more convention news when the stream isn't 
live, or to interact with your fellow 
conventioneers while listening, be sure to follow 
the #NFB17 hashtag if you're on Twitter and like 
the National Federation of the Blind on Facebook. 
You can also reach out to us on the Facebook page 
or on Twitter @NFB_voice. Use the #NFB17 hashtag 
to comment on what's happening at the convention 
and share your experience with your Federation family.

We’ll also be using Facebook Live to stream 
certain events at the convention. Tune in to 
Facebook Thursday morning, July 13, to experience 
the convention opening ceremonies. The discussion 
portion of the Do You Dream in Color? film 
screening will also be streamed on Friday evening, July 14.

Make our Click-to-Give Campaign a Success

This year the convention will feature a 
click-to-give campaign that will help raise funds 
for all of our important work. During the week of 
convention, individuals identified by members 
will receive emails inviting them to easily 
donate to the National Federation of the Blind.

When the campaign starts we will send an email 
inviting all of these individuals to share in the 
great things we do every day to help blind people 
live the lives they want. Their gift will assist 
a newly blinded person with independent travel 
through our Free White Cane Program, help a child 
to learn to read through our Braille Reading Pals 
Program, assist blind veterans to regain their 
independence, and so much more. Just provide the 
names and email addresses of family, friends, 
colleagues, and service providers who you believe 
will appreciate the opportunity to support our 
work. They'll be able to opt out of the emails 
they receive; we won't spam them. To learn more, 
visit <https://nfb.org/give2017>nfb.org/give2017.

As you can see, there are plenty of opportunities 
to participate in convention events even if you 
can't attend in person. Consider having a 
"banquet party" with friends and listen to the 
convention banquet while enjoying your own formal 
dinner, or just ordering pizza. Gather your 
fellow Federationists to watch the film Do You 
Dream in Color?, and then stream the panel 
discussion happening at the convention. Or just 
tune in as you're going about your other 
activities, and be sure to give us a shout via social media.

Happy #nfb17!


The National federation of the Blind Communications Team
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