National Federation of the Blind Oklahoma

2024 State Convention
April 4-6, 2024
Holiday Inn Airport
4401 S.W. 15th StreetOklahoma City, Oklahoma

“Let’s get active!”

There are many ways to be active. Whether it’s being an active member of the National Federation of the Blind, being active in our political process through advocacy or being physically active, the NFB Oklahoma State Convention will be an action packed weekend of exploring all the ways blind people stay active and live the lives they want.

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.

Code of Conduct

The National Federation of the Blind’s Code of Conduct outlines the policies and standards that we have established for the community of individuals who come together in our organized blind movement. To read the Code of Conduct and to report violations, please visit the NFB Code of Conduct page .

Special Guests

We welcome Ron Brown, Second Vice President of the National Federation of the Blind and President of the National Federation of the Blind of Indiana as our national representative. Ron has been an advocate for blind people for over 25 years. He is a business owner in the Business Enterprise Program. Recently Ron returned to school and earned a master’s degree in educational psychology with a certification in Orientation and Mobility from Louisiana Tech University. He now owns a second business, teaching cane travel to blind people in the state of Indiana. Ron will be joined by his wife, Jean, who has been a professional model, business owner and published author. Both Ron and Jean are strong leaders in the Federation and passionate advocates for blind people. You won’t want to miss the opportunity to get to know these incredible leaders.

Hotel Restaurant Menu

Braille and large print menus are available in Kem’s Restaurant located in the lobby. You may also find the menu on NFB Newsline or atthis link for an HTML version.

Presenter Materials

Some of our presenters will be providing printed materials. You may find accessible HTML versions at the following links:
Santa Fe Family Life Center
Tex descriptions of Stretching Exercises

Note: We are making accessible versions of materials as we receive them. More will be added as necessary.

Thursday April 4, 2024

6:00 – Registration Packet Pick Up located in the Meeting Room Foyer.

7:00 – Welcome Reception
Meeting Room A/B
Informal gathering to mix and mingle with cash bar and an assortment of complimentary appetizers.

8:00-9:00 Rookie Roundup
Meeting Room A/B
Whether you’re a first timer to a NFB convention or a seasoned veteran, join in the fun as we welcome everyone and get geared up for a great convention weekend. Get an overview of what to expect and get all your burning questions about the convention answered. Sponsored by NFB Newsline Oklahoma.

Friday, April 5, 2024

8:00 Registration Packet Pick Up located in meeting room Foyer.

9:00-12:00 General Session 1, Meeting room A/B

9:00 Welcome – Audrey T. Farnum, President, National Federation of the Blind of Oklahoma

9:20 National Report, Ron Brown, Second Vice President, National Federation of the Blind. President, NFB of Indiana

10:00 Oklahoma ABLE Tech
Allyson Robinson, M.A. CCC-SLP, Director of Accessibility Programs, Department of Wellness Sponsored Programs, Oklahoma State University
Oklahoma Able Tech Website

10:20 NFB Newsline Demonstration
Visit the NFB Newsline website to learn more

10:40 The Benefits of an Oklahoma STABLE Account
Ellyn Hefner, Oklahoma STABLE
Oklahoma STABLE website

11:00 Where the Blind Work Panel discussion featuring blind people in a variety of fields.
Moderator, Ron Brown, Second Vice President, National Federation of the Blind

12:00 Lunch

12:00-1:45 Exhibit Hall and Auction Preview
Meeting Room C
Please stop by and visit our vendors. You can also check out our great auction items and start bidding. The top bids on paper will become the starting bid for the live auction Saturday afternoon. The proceeds will benefit the programs and initiatives of NFB Oklahoma.

2:00 -5:00 General Session 2

2:00 Update from Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Tracy Brigham, LPC, Division Administrator, Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services website

2:20 What’s New at the Oklahoma Library for the Blind
Kaitlyn Evans, Public Information Officer, Oklahoma Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
OLBPH website

2:40 All About the BEP Program
Christopher Brannaman, BEP Operations Coordinator, Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Oklahoma Business Enterprise Program website

3:00 NFB 101
Moderator: Ron Brown, Second Vice President, National Federation of the Blind
An interactive discussion about the National Federation of the Blind. What is it? Why are we members? What’s in it for me? What is this philosophy I’m always hearing about? Bring all your questions for this open and honest discussion about what it means to be a Federationist.

4:00 Intro to Movement and Stretching
Amy Thiessen, PT, M. Ed., Ph. D., NCS, Clinical Assistant Professor, Doctor of Physical Therapy, Oklahoma City University
An interactive discussion and demonstration of simple stretches and light exercises you can do at home to promote better balance and flexibility. Being more active doesn’t have to be hard. If you’ve ever thought about starting with an easy lifestyle change to become more active, this session will give you great tips to get yourself moving.

6:00-9:00 Exhibit Hall and auction preview
Meeting Room C

7:00 Intro to Pilates
Meeting Room A/B
Dia Best, Absolute Balance Pilates
Join this fun beginner Pilates class with a certified instructor who has lots of experience teaching blind participants. No experience necessary. Even if you don’t know what Pilates is, you can come try it out and see if it’s right for you.

8:00 Social activity TBD
Meeting Room A/B

Saturday, April 6, 2024

9:00-12:00 General Session 3

Meeting Room A/B

9:00 – Call to Order

9:10 –Inclusive Fitness with Santa Fe Family Life Center
Matt Bond, Executive Director
SFLC website”
Learn about this unique fitness facility in Oklahoma City where adaptive sports come first. Representatives will share information about the facility and programs where everyone has a place to reach their fitness goals.

9:30 Put Me in Coach, Blind people are ready to play.
A panel of blind athletes who share their experiences with adaptive sports.

10:30 Legislative Update
Leah Campbell, First Vice President and Legislative Director, National Federation of the Blind of Oklahoma
Learn about the legislative priorities of the National Federation of the Blind and hear a summary of NFB Oklahoma’s efforts during the 2024 Washington Seminar.

10:50-12:00 Business meeting

10:50 Meet the Board

11:00 – President’s Report
Audrey T. Farnum, President, NFB Oklahoma

11:20 Treasurer’s Report
Glenda Farnum, Treasurer, NFB Oklahoma.

11:30 PAC Plan Report
Glenda Farnum, Treasurer, NFB Oklahoma

11:40 Elections

11:50 Chapter Report
At Large Chapter, Audrey T. Farnum

11:55 Oklahoma Association of Blind Merchants
Jeffrey Penick, President, OABM

12:00 – Lunch

12:00-1:45 Exhibit Hall and Auction Bidding
Meeting Room C

1:45 Auction Bidding Ends

2:00-5:00 General Session 4

Meeting Room A/B

2:00 Find Your Way: How Blind People Navigate the World
Moderator, Ron Brown, NOMC
A panel discussion regarding all aspects of getting around. Panelists will share their tips and advice as well as discuss their preferred tools for independent travel.

3:00 How Does This Crazy Thing Work? A Technology Discussion
We share our favorite tips, tricks and apps plus discuss strategies to problem solve your way through tech struggles. If you have questions, we’ll have answers.

4:00 Live Auction
Auctioneer, Kenny Blair.
This is your chance to get in a bidding war over all our great auction items. All proceeds help fund the programs and initiatives of NFB Oklahoma.

5:00 Adjourn

6:00 Pre-Banquet Reception

7:00 Banquet Dinner
Meeting Room A/B
Keynote address by Ron Brown, Second Vice President, National Federation of the Blind.

Stay in Touch

Thanks For coming to convention! For follow-up questions and to get involved, please contact us at 405-445-0610 or .


Thank you to our convention sponsors!

Nanopac, Inc.
NFB Newsline Oklahoma


We would like to thank the following businesses and individuals for their generous donations of in-kind items:

Abuelo’s Mexican Restaurant
Applebee’s Grill + Bar
AutoZone Auto Parts
Bark Box
Buffalo Wild Wings
Chili’s Grill & Bar
Chipotle Mexican Grill
City Bites
Costco Wholesale
Del Rancho Mustang
Dutch Bros Coffee
First Americans Museum
Grandchildren of Kenny Blair
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa
Hurts Donut Company
Kenny Blair & Donnita Nipps
Longhorn Steakhouse
Made in Oklahoma Coalition
Mazzio’s Italian Eatery
McAlister’s Deli
Nothing Bundt Cakes
Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum
Oklahoma History Center
Oklahoma State University
O’Reilly Auto Parts
Outback Steakhouse
Pizza Hut
RibCrib BBQ
S&B’s Burger Joint
Sallisaw Lumber Co.
Sallisaw True Value Hardware
Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History
Santa Fe Family Life Center
Sonic Drive-In
Texas Roadhouse
Tractor Supply
University of Tulsa
Walmart Supercenter