Don’t Miss National Federation of the Blind Convention 2012

National Federation of the Blind

When:
Saturday, June 30—Thursday, July 5, 2012

Where:
Hilton Anatole Hotel
2201 North Stemmons Freeway
Dallas, Texas 75207
Reservations: Beginning January 1, 2012, write directly to the above address or call (214) 761-7500.

Pre-registration:
Pre-registration is now open. To pre-register online visit www.nfb.org/registration. To pre-register through the mail, please use the pre-registration mail-in form (PDF).

When purchased online or through the mail by May 31st, the pre-registration fee for convention is $25 ($30 on-site), the cost of a banquet ticket is $50 ($60 on-site), and the cost of the BBQ is $40 ($45 on-site).

Hotel Rates and Information:
This year we are returning to Dallas and the beautiful Hilton Anatole Hotel, site of the 2010 convention. Once again our hotel rates are the envy of all. For the 2012 convention they are singles and doubles, $63; for triples and quads, $68. In addition to the room rates there will be a tax, which at present is 15 percent. No charge will be made for children under sixteen in the room with parents as long as no extra bed is requested. Please note that the hotel is a no-smoking facility.

For 2012 convention room reservations you should write directly to the Hilton Anatole Hotel, 2201 Stemmons Freeway, Dallas, Texas 75207, or call (214) 761-7500. The hotel will want a deposit of $60 or a credit card number. If you use a credit card, the deposit will be charged against your card immediately, just as would be the case with a $60 check. If a reservation is cancelled before June 1, 2012, $30 of the $60 deposit will be returned. Otherwise refunds will not be made.

Guest-room amenities include cable television; coffeepot; iron and ironing board; hair dryer; and, for a fee, high-speed Internet access. Guests can also enjoy one outdoor and two indoor pools as well as a fully equipped health club and tennis courts. The Hilton Anatole has several restaurants and bars, and even a disco. See later issues of the Monitor for specific details and information about other attractions in the Greater Dallas/Ft. Worth area.

The 2012 convention of the National Federation of the Blind will be a truly exciting and memorable event, with an unparalleled program and rededication to the goals and work of our movement. Make plans now to be a part of it. Preconvention seminars for parents of blind children and other groups and set-up of the exhibit hall will take place on Saturday, June 30, and adjournment will be Thursday, July 5, following the banquet. Convention registration and registration packet pick-up for those who registered online will begin on Sunday, July 1, and both Sunday and Monday will be filled with meetings of divisions and committees, including the Monday morning annual meeting, open to all, of the board of directors of the National Federation of the Blind.

General convention sessions will begin on Tuesday, July 3, and continue through the banquet on Thursday, July 5. Note that Wednesday, July 4, will include both morning and afternoon convention sessions. Friday, July 6, will be available for tours for those who enjoy getting to know something about our convention city. To assure yourself a room in the headquarters hotel at convention rates, you must make reservations early. The hotel will be ready to take your call or deal with your written request by January 1.

Schedule:
The schedule for the 2012 convention will follow that of last year:

Saturday, June 30 Seminar Day
Sunday, July 1 Registration Day
Monday, July 2 Board Meeting and Division Day
Tuesday, July 3 Opening Session
Wednesday, July 4 Business Session
Thursday, July 5 Banquet Day and Adjournment

Sponsor and Exhibitor Information:
Thank you to our Web Accessibility Champion Sponsor, Deque Systems and the rest of our 2012 sponsors!

View our 2012 National Convention sponsors

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Exhibitor Information:
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For Affiliates and Divisions

Requests for Accommodations Based on Disability:
The convention of the National Federation of the Blind is designed and implemented to be accessible especially to blind people in that materials are offered in accessible formats and other nonvisual aids are provided. If you are an individual who requires specific accommodations based on your disability, other than the blindness related accommodations routinely provided by the Federation, so that you may participate fully and equally in the Convention, we urge you to let us know as soon as possible. Due to the size and complexity of this convention, as well as the need to appropriately plan for additional human and other resources, requests for specific accommodations must be submitted no later than May 31, 2012. In order to make a request please: 1) Pre-register for the convention by visiting www.nfb.org/registration; and 2) Send your specific request for accommodations in writing to the attention of Mark Riccobono via e-mail at mriccobono@nfb.org. Please include your name, the dates you plan to be at the convention, information on the best way to follow up with you, and your specific request.

First Timer’s Guide to the NFB National Convention:
View our beginner’s guide to the NFB National Convention, intended to give the first-time convention attendee some important information about national conventions of the National Federation of the Blind (NFB).

•First Timer’s Guide to the National Convention
•First-Timer’s Guide to the National Convention (Audio)

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