[nfbwatlk] not too late to come to CFB convention!

elizabeth lalonde elalonde at shaw.ca
Mon Apr 27 22:49:15 UTC 2009

Dear NFBW,
Hello everyone,

Just a quick note to say it isn't too late to come to the convention
this weekend in Victoria!

Please pass the word and let people you know we would love to have them
If you would like to attend, but need assistance re transportation or
accommodation, please contact me off list at president at cfb.ca
It's going to be a lot of fun.  You don't want to miss it!

Try out a Trekker Breeze at the white cane walk!


Get a chance at winning a Louis Braille Bicentennial coin!




Please find a list of convention activities and conference topics for
the Canadian Federation of the Blind Convention May 1-3 in Victoria.




We hope you can come!

Please spread the word.


Convention activities include

Thursday evening, April 30, 2009


*     Casual dinner, followed by movie presentation "Touch the Top of
the World" about Erik Weihenmayer, the first blind person to climb Mt
Everest in 2001.


Friday, May 1, 2009

* 8:30am - 9:30am 

Onsite registration


*     9:30am - 11:30am

Braille carnival, everyone welcome: blind and sighted.  Join us for
Braille games, an intro to the Braille alphabet; learn how to draw a
tactile picture, and much more!  Bring your own slate and stylus.


*     11:30am - 2:00pm

Lunch and white cane walk.  We will walk to the White Spot Restaurant
located a few blocks from the hotel.  HumanWare will be bringing the
Trekker Breeze, the talking GPS, for people to try on the walk.  


*     2:00pm - 5:00pm:   

Adaptive Technology and Blindness Resource Exhibit, featuring HumanWare,
Personal Communication Systems, Novax Industries, Revenue Canada,
Assistive Services Greater Victoria Public Library, Triumph Vocational

Try some of the latest adaptive speech and Braille technology and learn
about programs and resources in the community.


Check out Federation literature, try out a NFB long white cane and buy a
CFB t-shirt.  


*     6:30pm - 8:00pm:


Welcome Reception and Louis Braille's 200th Birthday Bash.  


Enjoy appetizers and cake. 


Come celebrate this important occasion with us.  Of course Louis Braille
won't be there in person, but his spirit will be, particularly when we
light the candles on his birthday cake!  


*     8:00pm:


A "Rowdy and Raucous" CFB Auction (This Auction definitely won't be


Join us for our second-annual auction to raise funds for the CFB.  Bid
on fun, funny, delicious and interesting items, and have a rollicking
good time!


SATURDAY,  MAY 2, 2009


*     9:00am - 4:30pm.  Full Day Conference

Read below for a list of topics at the conference.


6:30pm - 9:30pm.

Banquet with Keynote Address by Elizabeth Lalonde, President, Canadian
Federation of the Blind.


Topics at Saturday's conference include:

(Note, these are in no particular order).


- Braille Bits:

Braille in the lives of blind individuals.  Here from a blind university
student, a blind high school student, a blind physiotherapist, two blind
professors and a blind mother of four about the importance of Braille in
their lives. 


- The CFB's tenth Anniversary, Celebration and Accomplishment -
Elizabeth Lalonde.


The Life of Louis Braille - Doris Belusic.


- Joys, Challenges and Literacy Development:  One Blind Vision Teacher's
Perspective - Marylyn Rushton, Vision teacher with the Vancouver School


-  Blind People in the Workplace: Examining the Barriers to Meaningful
Employment of Blind Canadians - Oriano Belusic.


- Braille Technology: Empowerment in the Workforce - Patrick McCarthy,
Customer Service Representative, HumanWare.


- Programs at Canada Revenue Agency for people with disabilities -
Steven sleigh, Canada Revenue Agency. 


- Blindness and Goodwill: More is Required for the Integration and
Prosperity of the Blind in British Columbia and Canada - Dr. Paul


- A Proposal for a New Approach to the Education of Blind Children -
Frederick Driver.


- "Piano:" Keys to Independence - Don Mitchell - The School of Piano
Technology for the Blind, Vancouver, Washington.


- Ironing Things Out:" a thought-provoking discourse on the problems we
attribute to blindness that aren't because of blindness. - Mary Ellen


- My trip to Africa and Egypt- Nancy Gill


- Camp Hornby , a Camp for blind Youth - John Mason.


- Panel on Training and Rehabilitation from a Federation Perspective -
Mary Ellen Gabias, a student who has graduated from an NFB training
centre and others.


- Banquet address, The True Courage of Blindness is the Courage to
Educate - Elizabeth Lalonde, President, Canadian Federation of the




Elizabeth Lalonde, President 
Canadian Federation of the Blind (CFB) 

president at cfb.ca 
PO Box 8007 
V8W 3R7 
Victoria BC, Canada 

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