National Federation of the Blind Oklahoma 44th Annual State Convention
April 12 – 15, 2018
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.
Doubletree @ Warren Place
6110 S. Yale Ave.
Tulsa, OK 74136
Room reservations must be made by each participant. The room rate for a single King is $89.00 + tax, two Double beds are $99.00 + tax. In order to receive the NFB of Oklahoma rate you MUST make your reservation by March 30th, 2018. You may book by calling the doubletree directly at the number listed above for reservations or by booking online at the following link:
Sessions will focus on Education, successful Employment, and blind people successfully following their dreams into science, technology, engineering and math fields and other interesting professions, developing the skills of blindness, healthy living and many more. Truly, there is something for everyone! Business meetings and activities are planned for the Oklahoma Association of Blind Merchants, the Oklahoma Association of Rehabilitation Professionals and the Oklahoma Association of Blind Students.
Convention Rates and Packages:
Preregistration – $110.00 thru 5:00, Monday, April 9, 2018 , At the Door – $125.00 beginning 7:00 PM Thursday, April 12, 2018
Includes Registration, Friday Luncheon, Boxed lunch for Saturday and 1 Banquet meal for Saturday evening. Please help us make convention go as smoothly as possible by pre-registering.
Ala Carte Pricing (Listed below are pre-registration rates. At the door
Add $5 to each.)
Registration – $25.00
Friday Boxed Lunch – $25
Saturday Boxed Lunch – $25
Saturday Banquet Meal – $45.00
*If you require specialized meal ACCOMODATIONS, please indicate so on your registration. If you do not indicate such we cannot guarantee special meal accommodations. Please indicate Vegan, Vegetarian, and Diabetic.
You may register and pay online using a Pay Pal account or credit card. You may also preregister and pay at the door. The following link will take you directly to the registration page on our website:
Should you have questions about convention registration please contact Glenda Farnum by phone at 405-255-6482 or by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registration for this year’s student seminar will begin at 2-0 when break-out sessions begin on Friday afternoon and will cost $5 per student. For your convenience, we are offering preregistration via email. To pre-register please email email@example.com stating you would like to preregister. Cammie will email you asking for basic registration information. If you preregister all you will have to do at the time of event is pay the registration fee. Registration for student seminar enters you once into the student seminar raffle, which will be drawn at the student meet and greet Friday night. You must be present to win. All Student Seminar sessions will be held in the Denver Room.
A description of the Doubletree @ Warren Place is located at the very end of the agenda. The agenda is online and will be made available in both large print and Braille at the convention. Please indicate your preferred reading medium on your registration.
Registration will be open on Thursday, April 12th from 6:00 to 7:30 PM, Friday, April 13th, from 8:00 to 9:30 AM and Saturday, April 14, from 8:00 to 10:00 AM. If you need to pick up registration at any other time please contact Glenda Farnum or Mike Floyd.
Exhibit Hall – located in the Aspen room
The Exhibit Hall will be open for our members on Friday, April 13 from 1:00 to 7:00 PM and on Saturday, April 14 from 8:30 to 12:30.
Hospitality Suite – Room 834
The Hospitality Suite will be open for members and visitors on Friday, April 13th, from 1:30 to 8:00 PM and Saturday, April 14th from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM.
The T-Town Chapter along with the Oklahoma Association of Blind Merchants is providing snacks and beverages for members who need a minute or so to take a break, have a snack and hang out with Federation family! Thanks to the T-Town Chapter & OABM!
Door prizes& Action Auction items
Please bring door prizes and Action Auction items to the Registration desk or to the Hospitality suite.
Action Auction items will be on display during the hours that the Exhibit Hall is open. Similar to a Silent Auction, bid sheets will be placed for each item with the last bid being taken when the Exhibit Hall doors close. The Action Auction will occur throughout General Session on Saturday afternoon. The live Action Auction bidding begins where the silent bids ended. All proceeds go to the Live the Life You Want fund established in 2016. The Live the Life YOU Want fund is the Member Development fund of the National Federation of the Blind of Oklahoma. The fund provides assistance to members in the form of scholarships to attend state and national conventions, Washington Seminar and to further educational opportunities.
The NFB of Oklahoma is proud to welcome Carla McQuillin as our national representative this year. Carla is the president of the National Federation of the Blind of Oregon and serves on the Board of Directors of the National Federation of the Blind.
Carla was born and raised in Southern California in the early 60’s, the youngest of 4 children. In the summer before fifth grade, Carla lost a great deal of vision but did not notice it until she started school in the fall and was unable to read the chalkboard from the front row.
Because of her remaining peripheral vision, Carla did not “look blind”, so she was not taught Braille or any other alternative techniques of blindness. She had very little experience with blind people. The only blind person she knew was her brother, and he was forever using his blindness as an excuse for standing on the sidelines. Carla knew that this was not the life she wanted and was determined to do everything in her power to convince the world that she was not blind.
After high school Carla went to Humboldt State University in Northern California. There she met her husband Lucas. They were married in the summer of 1981 and moved to San Diego for Lucas’s master’s degree program. Though Carla had not completed her bachelor’s degree, she was more than happy to put her college career on hold and work to support the couple. Her one year of college had not been very successful. Without the ability to read Braille and eyesight too poor to read print, Carla, who had been an A student in high school, saw her grades drop.
She got a job as a Montessori Preschool teacher in San Diego while Lucas completed his master’s degree. Their daughter Alison was born in 1983. In 1985 the family moved to Illinois. Lucas enrolled in a doctoral program at the University of Illinois, and Carla decided to complete her bachelor’s degree. With Lucas’ encouragement, Carla asked for accessible textbooks and decided to learn Braille. The staff at the university’s disabled student’s services office told her how difficult Braille would be to learn and how inefficient it would be. Discouraged and defeated, Carla wondered if there was any hope for her future. Fortunately she learned of a scholarship program through the National Federation of the Blind. She won a scholarship from the organization’s Illinois affiliate in 1988. The state convention changed her life. Her negative attitudes about blindness and about her own potential to be a successful professional were replaced by confidence and self-assurance that remain a hallmark of her character today.
After both graduating with High Distinction from the University of Illinois in 1988, the McQuillans completed their family with the birth of their son Duncan. They moved to Oregon to be near Carla’s family. Carla started her own Montessori preschool, which later expanded to include 3 schools and a Montessori Teacher Certification Program. Carla served as President of the National Federation of the Blind of Oregon from 1992 until 2006, when her business responsibilities became too demanding. She also served on the NFB’s national board of directors from 1998 until resigning from that position as well in 2006. She was re-elected president of the Oregon affiliate in 2012 and still serves in that capacity. She is the director of NFB Camp, the program that offers child care during the annual convention of the National Federation of the Blind. Carla was again elected to the national board of directors in 2016.
“I had such horrible misconceptions about blindness for most of my childhood and early adult life,” Carla says. “I thought I knew what blindness meant, and I didn’t want any part of it. The National Federation of the Blind taught me that blindness was only as limiting as I allowed it to be. My friends and colleagues in the movement have been more than ideal role models; they have saved me from a life of regret and underachievement.”
Please give a heartfelt Oklahoma welcome to Carla and Lucas McQuillan as they join us for our annual convention.
We are also proud to welcome Dr. Cary, Supalo to our convention this year. Dr. Supalo holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Pennsylvania State University. He began the company Independence Science which provides kits and other resources for teachers to appropriately teach science to blind children and youth. Dr. Supalo also works for Educational Testing Services in making high stakes tests such as the Graduate Record Exam(GRE) accessible to the blind so that their knowledge is tested not their ability to take an inaccessible exam. Dr. Supalo also happens to be blind.
Thursday, April 12
6:00 to 7:30 PM Registration- in the hotel lobby directly across from the front desk.
7:30 9:00 Rookie Round-Up –Parkview East (Lower level)
If this is your first time to the NFB of Oklahoma convention this session is for you! Learn about what your convention experience can be and meet many leaders and long term Federationists who will show you the ropes and lead you in having a great convention experience.
Light hors d’oeuvres will be served.
Friday, April 13
8:00-9:00 Registration- outside Parkview West (Lower level)
9:00 General Session- Parkview East (Lower level)
9:00 – 9:05 Welcome to the 44th Annual National Federation of the Blind Oklahoma convention, Jeannie Massay, President
9:05 – 9:10 Invocation
9:10 –10:10 National Federation of the Blind Oklahoma Board of Directors Meeting
This is an open Board meeting. Please join us as we welcome each other, our special guests and visitors to our convention.
10:10 – 11:00 National Report, Carla McQuillan, President, National Federation of the Blind Oregon, Board member, National Federation of the Blind.
11:30 – 12:00 My Journey into Science, Dr. Cary Supalo
12:15– 1:45 Luncheon – Parkview East (Lower level
Screening of Bottom Dollars, a documentary by Rooted in Rights followed by a panel led discussion. Moderated by Mike Floyd, President, T-Town Chapter, Board Member, NFB of Oklahoma
Afternoon Break-out Sessions
2:00 – 3:45 Raising Expectations of ourselves as counselors and teachers working with the blind – Tulsa Learning Theatre (Lower level (
Panel discussion and presentations regarding acquiring the skills of blindness in preparing for life, developing the client/ professional relationship, encouraging independence and informed choice. All future and current rehabilitation professionals are invited to attend!
Presented by the Oklahoma Association of Rehabilitation Professionals
2:00 –2:45 Student Seminar; Registration, Welcome & Opening remarks – Denver Room (Lobby level)
2:00 – 3:45 Living Healthy: Using technology and low tech strategies to eat, exercise, and play – Parkview East (Lower level
Demonstration of accessibly using the popular Instant Pot Smart Pressure Cooker and discussion about healthy eating followed by a demonstration of low tech ways to work-out effectively at home and tips about how to advocate for yourself and successfully use your local gym. We will be doing some easy exercises you can do anywhere so dress comfortably and be ready to move!
Audrey Farnum, 1st Vice President, NFBOK
2:45-3:15 Student Seminar: Blindness skills training – Denver Room (Lobby level)
Come to our presentation on blindness skills training if you want to know where and how you can learn independence, confidence, and blindness training, what it is, how to receive it, and how it can help you prepare for the rest of your life!
Speaker: Brent Vattron, Director, Youth Services, Colorado Center for the Blind
3:15-3:45 Student Seminar: building relationships throughout your education – Denver Room (Lobby level)
A student led discussion on how to build effective and long-lasting relationships with counselors, classmates, school staff, and teachers.
Rex Schuttler, Kioshi Aman, & Rilee Sloan
4:00 – 5:30 What is the National Federation of the Blind? – Parkview East (Lower level)
Discussion of what the National Federation of the Blind is, who we are and what we do! Find out what the Federation has to offer you.
Led by Members of the Board, National Federation of the Blind of Oklahoma and family members from across the Federation!
4:00 – 5:30 NFB Newsline- Presentation and Demonstration – Tulsa Learning Theatre (Lower level)
If you have not yet signed up for this fantastic, FREE service you are invited to attend. Check out how you can access hundreds of newspapers, magazines, sales circulars and even get up to date local information including job postings in your area.
Mike Floyd, Board member, NFBOK and Rex Schuttler, 2nd Vice President, NFBOK
4:00-4:30 Student Seminar- Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM): How do you get involved in these fields? – Denver Room (Lobby level)
Would you like to know how to pursue a career or just get more involved in the STEM fields? Come hear from a professional who has successfully done this. Presenting is Cary Supalo, Ph.D., President and founder of Independence Science, Research Developer at Educational Testing Service (ETS). Dr. Supalo is a college professor, renowned chemist, and he happens to be blind. He will be speaking about STEM and how you can participate in these fields, high stakes testing, and your responsibilities as a blind student.
4:30-5:30 Student Seminar- Science Your Way! – Denver Room (Lobby level)
This session will be an educational, interactive science activity, and discussion; demonstrating accessible science and accommodation techniques for working with others in a lab classroom setting.
Cammie Loehr, Board member, NFBOK, President, Oklahoma Association of Blind Students
5:30 – 7:30 Dinner Break
Dinner on your own or with friends, whatever you choose. The hotel has a full restaurant on property and there are lots of local and national chain restaurants nearby as well. See the restaurant guide in your registration packet.
7:45 – 9:15 Resolutions Committee Meeting –Parkview East (Lower level)
Steve Shelton, Chair
Any member may submit, at least 1 week in advance of the convention, a resolution which may be considered by the Committee. All members are encouraged to attend as this is where you will learn about the resolutions for this year. Resolutions which pass the committee will then be voted on by the membership at our annual business meeting on Sunday, April 15th. Resolutions are the birth place of what becomes the policy and action of our affiliate.
Resolutions for consideration may be sent to Steve Shelton at firstname.lastname@example.org
9:00- 10:00 OK-ABS Dessert Reception for students, Hospitality Suite
Saturday, April 14th, 2018
8:00 – 9:00 Registration – Parkview West, Pre-event area (Lower level)
8:30am-9:15 Student Seminar – Beginning Career Exploration – Denver Room (Lobby level)
A panel discussing exploring entering Work-study, part-time work, internships, and volunteering opportunities to figure out what you want to do with your life.
Cammie Loehr, Rex Schuttler, Callie Chappell, & Rilee Sloan
8:30 – 9:45 Overcoming obstacles in finding a job: A Panel discussion – Tulsa Learning Theater (Lower level)
Are you looking for a job? Want to excel at the one you have? This session is for you! It shouldn’t be a question of what a blind person can do. It should be about what you want to do and how to get the necessary skills to be able to do that and everything else that you want to do!
8:30 – 9:45 Legislation & Advocacy – Parkview East (Lower level)
Presentation and discussion of current Oklahoma and National legislation affecting the blind, why it’s important and how you can get involved.
Led by Mike Floyd, Board member, NFBOK, Legislative Director, NFBOK
9:15-9:45 Student Seminar-The law and why it is important to you – Denver Room (Lobby level)
A student led discussion on basic disability law and why it is important.
10:00- 10:45 Student Seminar-Advocating for your education – Denver Room (Lobby level)
A Student led discussion on how to advocate for your education throughout your academic career
Moderator, Cathy Tuton, Board member, NFBOK
10:00 – 11:15 Stressed out? Learn how to stress less and take care of your physical and mental health – Parkview East (Lower level)
Relaxation, meditation and grounding exercises along with finding positive ways to live your best life
Jeannie Massay, President, NFBOK and Glenda Farnum, Treasurer, NFBOK
10:00 – 11:15 The Working Blind – A panel discussion with employed individuals who happen to be blind. Tulsa Learning Theater (Lower level)
Federationists from a variety of interests and jobs will speak about their jobs and the skills that they use daily to bring home their pay!
10:45-11:15 Student Seminar-Technology in your education – Denver Room (Lobby level)
Student led discussion and demonstrations of various technologies that could be useful to you in and out of the classroom.
AIRA- Cathy Tuton
Eclipse Soundscapes- Cammie Loehr
KNFB Reader for Windows- Rex Schuttler
11:30 – 12:45 Working lunch
If you have paid for a boxed lunch pick it up and go to the division meeting of your choice. Lunches may be picked up in the Parkview East Room beginning at 11:15.
Oklahoma Association of Blind Students Division Business Meeting –Denver Room (Lobby level)
Cammie Loehr, President
Oklahoma Association of Blind Merchants Division Business Meeting- Parkview East (Lower level)
Mike Spencer, President
Oklahoma Association of Rehabilitation Professionals Division Business Meeting –Tulsa Learning Theater (Lower level)
Fatos Floyd, President
1:00 – General Session – Parkview East (Lower level)
1:00- 1:20 NFBOK President’s Report, Jeannie Massay, President, NFB of Oklahoma, Treasurer, National Federation of the Blind
1:20 – 1:25 Action Auction
1:25 – 1:40 Live the Life you want Fund, NFBOK PAC and PAC reports, Glenda Farnum, Treasurer, NFB of Oklahoma
1:40 – 1:45 Action Auction
1:45 – 2:15 Structured Discovery Training Centers: Preparing for a successful life as a blind person at any age
Brent Vattron, Colorado Center for the Blind, Littleton, CO
2:15 – 2:20 Action Auction
2:20 – 2:35 Noel Tyler, Director, Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation
2:35 – 2:40 Action Auction
2:40 – 2:55 The Future is Bright: A report from the National Association of Blind Students
Chelsea Peahl, Board member, National Association of Blind Students
2:55 – 3:00 Action Auction
3:00 – 3:15 Educating Blind children at OSB and across Oklahoma, Karen Reed, Compliance Officer & Supervisor of Special Education, Clinic & Outreach Services, Oklahoma School for the Blind
3:15 – 3:20 Action Auction
3:20 – 4:20 Preparing for life whenever blindness comes; Graduating from an Adult Training Center – A panel discussion
Participants Cammie Loehr, Brooke Anderson, Kenny Blair and Sheila Levick
4:20 – 4:25 Action Auction
4:25 – 4:45 Why I am a Federationist! Panelists: Rex Schuttler, Glenda Farnum, Brooke Anderson, Felicia Jones and Sheila Levick
Moderator, Jeannie Massay
4:45 – 4:50 Action Auction
4:50 – 5:00 Closing remarks & Adjournment, Jeannie Massay, President, NFBOK
5:15 Nominating Committee, Audrey T. Farnum, Chair, Meeting location TBD. This meeting is closed, limited to committee members only.
6:00 – 7:00 Cash Bar – Pre-event area – Outside Parkview West (Lower level)
7:00 – 10:00 Banquet and keynote address featuring, Carla McQuillan, National Federation of the Blind Oregon, Member, Board of Directors, National Federation of the Blind
Scholarship presentation – Central Oklahoma Chapter
Sunday, April 9, 2017
9:30-12:00 Annual Business Meeting – Parkview East (Lower level)
9:30 Call to Order NFBOK Business Meeting, Jeannie Massay, President, National Federation of the Blind of Oklahoma
9:35 NFBOK Treasurer’s Report, Glenda Farnum, Treasurer, National Federation of the Blind of Oklahoma
9:50 Secretary’s Report, Audrey T. Farnum, 1st Vice President, serving as Interim Secretary, National Federation of the Blind of Oklahoma
9:50 Chapter & Division Reports
Central Oklahoma Chapter, Cathy Tuton, President
Southwestern Oklahoma Chapter, Sheila Levick, President
T-Town Chapter, Mike Floyd, President
Oklahoma Association of Blind Merchants, Mike Spencer, President
Oklahoma Association of Blind Students, Cammie Loehr, President
Oklahoma Association of Rehabilitation Professionals, Fatos Floyd, President
10:30 Resolutions Committee Report to the Membership followed by vote of membership on Resolutions
11:45 Nominating Committee Report & Elections
A message from Jeannie:
I would like to thank each and every one of you for choosing to come to and participate in this convention. I have come to think of our conventions more as a working family reunion than as merely a convention. It is my hope that you will come to know and love us as we want to come to know and love you. The National Ffederation 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. The leaders and members of the National Federation of the Blind helped me to come to understand and believe this deeply. We hope to be a part of your continued growth towards independence, success and happiness as you explore living the life you want.
The National Federation of the Blind has brought hope, love and determination to me as an individual, as a blind woman and as a leader. I strive to continually learn and grow as a member, a leader and hope that you will choose to do so with us as we do the same within the National Federation of the Blind of Oklahoma and as members of the National Federation of the Blind. There is little that we cannot accomplish together.
If I can be of assistance in your growth and development as a member or answer questions that you may have, talk about ideas that you have in growing and developing our affiliate, please feel free to call me. I look forward to hearing from you.
Safe travels and warm regards,
Jeannie Massay, President
National Federation of the Blind Oklahoma
We would like to take the opportunity to thank our sponsors for contributing to the success of our 44th Annual convention of the National Federation of the Blind of Oklahoma! Your sponsorship and participation have helped us to make this a great convention!
Oklahoma ABLE Tech
Connecting Oklahomans with Disabilities to Assistive Technology
NFB Newsline Oklahoma
National Federation of the Blind Oklahoma
Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation , Division of Visual Services
Oklahoma Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
Oklahoma City Community College
Vicky Arnette, Handcrafted Crochet
Aira Site Access Network
FREE Aira Site Access at National Federation of the Blind Oklahoma 2018
The National Federation of the Blind has partnered with Aira to provide free Aira site access to NFB members during our 2018 state convention. Aira subscribers or Explorers can use the service at our convention for free without having minutes deducted from their plan. It will automatically be set up at our convention hotel.
Aira allows blind individuals to connect to a live agent through a mobile app or wearable glasses to get real-time visual information or assistance. Learn more about Aira and special pricing available for NFB members on the Aira website.
How It Works
When Aira users enter the convention hotel, referred to as the site-access location by Aira, their phones will receive a notification letting them know that the space is part of the Aira Site Access Network. When they speak with their agent, he or she will inform them that they are then covered by the network and their minutes will not be charged.
GPS must be enabled for users to participate in site access and receive free minutes. When they leave or enter convention areas that are covered by the Site Access Network, they will be informed by the Aira agent.
To learn more about Aira and the special plan for NFB members, visit the Aira website.
Doubletree @Warren Place, Tulsa Oklahoma
Hotel layout and points of interest
The Doubletree Hotel features a simple layout that consists of a long hallway from east to west with a gentle curve to the north on the west end. The NFB convention will use the lobby level, the floor just beneath the lobby, and the sleeping section.
The lobby is located at the midpoint of the east to west hallway. The Main entrance is located on the north side of the lobby. The front desk is located to the west at 3 o’clock as you enter the hotel. A coffee shop is located to the south southwest at 11 o’clock. An eastward hallway leading to some escalators and to the hotel restaurants are at 9 o’clock. From the Front Desk. The elevator Bank leading to the sleeping floor is located across the hall to the south at 9 o’clock when facing the front desk. This is the only elevator bank that serves the sleeping section. It also serves the meeting rooms down below. Parkview East is our meeting room for General Session. It is located across the hall directly in front of the elevator bank once on the lower level.
The hotel has a restaurant, the Warren Duck Club, and a bar along with the fore mentioned Starbuck’s. Both the Warren Duck Club and the bar are located to the east of the lobby at 9 o’clock as you stand with the main entrance to your back. The bar sits along the north wall and the restaurant sits to the southwest across the hall.
This hotel has two sets of meeting rooms. There are a few meeting rooms on the Lobby level near the lounge area. We will use the Aspen room for our Exhibit Hall and the Denver room for the Student Seminar sessions. The Denver room is located on the east side of a north south hallway that starts across the hall from the hotel lounge. The Asspen room is immediately North of the Denver Room in the same hallway.
The same hallway ends at a set of glass doors and elevators which can take you to the Lower level meeting room area. It is recommended, however, that NFB participants use the elevator by the front desk, as it is closer to Parkview East. A set of escalators between the lobby and hotel restaurants also provide access to the meeting rooms on the Lower level.
Hotel Spa and Fitness Center
The Doubletree Hotel features a fitness center and spa which are located at the west end of the hallway below the lobby. These facilities can be accessed using the escalators or the elevators closest to the front desk. The hotel also provides a manicured walking trail for guests along the south side of the hotel.
Emergency exits: emergency exits from the sleeping floors are located along the south side of the hallways closer to the west end.
Snacks and ice: each sleeping floor has a set of vending machines and an icemaker which is located on the south side of the hallways just to the east of the elevator bank. These are hard to hear as they are typically stationed behind a closed door.
Complementary shuttle: the hotel offers guests a complimentary shuttle that runs from about 7 AM to 10 PM. The shuttle will pick up and drop off guests within a three-mile radius. This shuttle also transports guests to and from transport stations such as Tulsa International Airport. It is a good idea to provide flight information to the hotel ahead of time so they can more easily find you. The shuttle seats about 10 people.
Surrounding points of interest
the Doubletree Hotel at Warren Place is surrounded by restaurants, shopping, and entertainment within a 3-mile radius. The Brookside shopping district is located along S. Peoria Ave. to the west. 71st St. has restaurants of several types located south of the hotel. There are a couple of restaurants within walking distance.
Have fun, explore and know there will be lots of Federationists there to answer questions and encourage exploration! Happy Convention Everyone!!