[Nfbnet-members-list] FW: New Member Orientation Agenda

Andrews, David B (DEED) david.b.andrews at state.mn.us
Fri May 11 16:32:09 UTC 2018

Good Afternoon,

Attached and copied below is the agenda for the Member Orientation that will take place on May 14, 2018 at 5:00 eastern Daylight time.

I am looking forward to your participation.

Suzanne Hartfield-Turner, President
Suzanne Turner [mailto:smturner.234 at gmail.com]

NFB OF Ohio-Cleveland Chapter

New Member Orientation Teleconference Call

May 14, 2018
5:00 - 6:30 PM (EDT)

CALL: (712) 775-7031
Code: 240281423

Note! This call will be recorded for future listeners.

The Federation's positive belief system about Blindness.

Members of the Federation realized the simple truth, many years ago that blind people are just people who cannot see-we are not broken sighted people. Blind people are as different as sighted people are; that is, we are a cross-section of the broader society and, therefore, are not all alike as some assume. Blindness is a physical characteristic, but it is not the characteristic that defines us or our future. It is low expectations and misconceptions, not blindness itself, that stand between blind people and our dreams.
Given proper training and opportunity, blind people can and do live the lives we want. It is respectable to be blind, and, with the right tools and techniques, blindness may be reduced to the level of a nuisance or inconvenience. To combat the low expectations, misconceptions, and stereotypes that are the true barriers to achieving our dreams, the blind have organized for the same reasons other minorities have-to make positive social change through collective action. The Federation philosophy provides an overall framework for thinking about blindness, what it means, and what it doesn't mean. However, it is not intended to be rigid or dogmatic. As we just said, blind people are individuals, and we may disagree on any number of things, including how to handle a given situation as blind people. What our philosophy does do is give us a positive way of thinking about our blindness, rather than the negative ways in which we have often been conditioned to think about it by society. Rather than saying that we as blind people can't do something, we try to find ways that we can, and to challenge each other, in a loving way, to always push the envelope and expand the limits of our independence. As you read further, you'll discover that, to the extent we need to formulate specific positions about blindness and the policies related to it, we use a democratic process to arrive at these positions.
The National Federation of the Blind also provides encouragement and support to families with blind children and to people who are losing vision or have become blind later in life, by bringing them into a network of tens of thousands of blind people who are living full lives and who can serve as mentors and role models. Together, with love, hope, and determination, the members of the National Federation of the Blind transform dreams into reality.


5:00 PM: Welcome
Suzanne HartfieldTurner, President of NFBOH-Cleveland Chapter

5:05 PM: History of the National Federation of the Blind
Barbara Pierce, President Emerita of NFB Ohio

5:15 PM: Program and Services
Lou Ann Blake, Deputy Director of The NFB Jernigan Institute,

5:25 PM: Legislative Initiatives and Advocacy
John Pare, NFB Executive director for Advocacy and Policy,

5:35 PM: Diversity and Inclusion
Ron Brown, 2nd Vice President of the NFB National Board of Directors

5:45 PM: Q and A

6:00 PM: Membership and Service
Dr. Carolyn Peters, Chairperson of the NFB Ohio Membership Committee

6:10 PM: Experiential Reflections
Richard Payne, President of the NFB Ohio Affiliate

6:20 PM: Q&A

Comments and Remarks
Suzanne HartfieldTurner

To learn more about the NFB visit:

The 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.

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

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