2022 NFBOK Agenda
National Federation of the Blind of Oklahoma
2022 Virtual Anywhere and Everywhere Convention
October 14 & 15, 2022
National Federation of the Blind Pledge
I pledge to participate actively in the efforts of the National Federation of the Blind to achieve equality, opportunity and security for the blind; to support the programs and policies 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.
This year our convention is all virtual. We will be meeting on the Zoom platform. You do not have to have a Zoom account to participate. You will need to have a computer, tablet or phone in order to join the meetings as they take place.
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Use this link to join Zoom for all sessions on Saturday.
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Registration is free for all who would like to join the convention. You may register for the convention here:
For assistance with registration, send an email to email@example.com or call Audrey at 405-590-6110.
We are happy to welcome our national representative, Kevan Worley., CEO of Worley Enterprises. Mr. Worley served as president of The National Association of Blind Merchants for many years. He has held many local, state, and national positions within the National Federation of the Blind over a 40-year career in the organized blind movement. Mr. Worley has a German Sheppard guide dog by the name of Onyx. However, during most of his life, he has been a skilled, independent cane traveler using structured discovery. He attended the Colorado Center for the Blind. Worley credits structured discovery, federation philosophy, and positive attitude for changing his perspective on blindness, allowing him the self-confidence to become an entrepreneur. His business journey started as a blind vendor in the Colorado Business Enterprise Program. This opportunity allowed him to investigate and pursue additional business ventures in the government and private sectors. His company, Worley Enterprises, manages service contracts for state and federal government facilities in the area of food service, janitorial, and ground maintenance. Worley Enterprises is proud to provide food services at the United States Air Force Academy.
You must be registered for convention to be eligible for door prizes. In order to claim door prizes you must e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org when your name is called during the convention.
Friday, October 14
For questions specific to any of the speakers during General Session please submit them to email@example.com prior to convention if possible. If e-mailing questions during convention we will make every effort to ask them of our speakers. Some speakers may leave time for questions and answers, but some may not.
9:00 – 12:00 Friday General Session
9:00 – 9:30 Welcome to the National Federation of the Blind of Oklahoma Anywhere and everywhere virtual convention, Audrey T. Farnum, J.D. President, National Federation of the Blind Oklahoma
9:30-10:30 NFB Newsline – Jesse Shirek – Do you want free access to hundreds of newspapers and magazines in an easy, accessible format? How about T.V. listings, newspaper ads, job listings and weather information? You can get all of that and more all from the convenience of a touchtone phone, iOS app, on the web or from your Alexa device. Don’t miss this demonstration of the NFB Newsline service presented by the Newsline team at our national center.
12:00 – 2:00 Lunch on your own
2:00-5:00 Friday General Session
2:00-2:30 The National Report – Kevan Worley, C.E.O., Worley Enterprises.
2:30-3:00 Self-advocacy: Know Your Rights and Responsibilities, Sanho Steele-Louchart, J.D., M.A.
3:00-3:30 Benefits law: The Rules and What to do about Them, Sanho Steele-Louchart, J.D., M.A.
3:40-4:00 Mental health resources with Jenna Adair, MCSW
4:00-4:30 Elections board. Hear from the Oklahoma Election Commission as they discuss the accessible vote-by-mail law and how it applies to us. Questions will be welcome.
4:30-4:50 Resolutions committee, Chair, Sanho Steele-Louchart, vice-president, National Federation of the Blind Oklahoma.
Note: 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 Saturday, October 15th. Resolutions are the birth place of what becomes the policy and action of our affiliate. Draft resolutions or ideas for consideration may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
4:50-5:00 Day 1 wrap up comments
5:00-7:00 Dinner on your own
5:15 Nominating Committee, Chair, Steve Shelton – Meeting closed to all but those serving on the Nominating Committee
7:00-9:00 Game Night and Social Hangout. Get to know us and have some fun along the way. All games will be played over Zoom.
Saturday, October 15
9:00-9:10 Opening remarks
9:10-9:30 Able Tech Oklahoma will share information about a variety of programs including their Device loan program and their low interest loan program for assistive technology purchases. Allyson Robinson, M.A. CCC-SLP, Assistant Director, Oklahoma State University, Department of Wellness Sponsored Programs.
9:30-10:00 Eric Ochmanek, Director, Able Today to present on Able Accounts: What they are and how they can help
10:00-10:30 Philosophy Discussion: Why the NFB? Who are we? Where do we go from here?
10:30-11:00 Jim Debus to present on Goalball. What it is and how we can get involved.
11:00-11:30 advocacy fatigue and how to protect your mental health, Sanho Steele-Louchart, J.D., M.A and Jenna Adair, MCSW
11:30-11:45 Morning wrap up and discussion
12:00-2:00 lunch on your own
12:15-1:45 Oklahoma Association of Blind Merchants Division meeting, Jeffrey Pennick, President
2:00-5:00 NFB of Oklahoma Annual Business Meeting
2:00-2:20 Presidential Report – Audrey T. Farnum, President NFBOK
2:20 – 2:30 Treasurer’s Report – Glenda Farnum, Treasurer
2:30-2:40 Secretary’s Report -Brayan Zammarippa, Secretary
Chapter & Division Reports
2:50-3:00 Central Oklahoma Chapter, Theresa Booze, President
3:00-3:10 Tulsa Chapter, Brooke Andersen, President
3:10 – 3:20 Oklahoma Association of Blind Merchants, Jeffrey Pennick, President
3:20 – 3:30 Resolutions Committee Report to the Membership followed by a vote of the dues paying members present Sanho, Resolutions Committee Chair
3:30-4:00 Blind Artists and how they do what they do, Laura Legendary and Steve Hanschu
4:15-4:30 Nominating Committee Report and Discussion, Steve Shelton, Nominating Committee Chair
4:30 – 4:45 Elections
Dues paying members may vote in the elections
4:45 – 5:00 closing remarks – Audrey T. Farnum, President
7:00 -8:30 Virtual Banquet
Keynote address: Kevan Worley, C.E.O., Worley Enterprises.