State Convention

2017 NFB Oklahoma State Convention

April 7 – 9, 2017

Main Hotel:
Holiday Inn Airport
4401 Southwest 15th
Oklahoma City, OK 73108
405-601-7272

Overflow Hotel:
Staybridge Suites Oklahoma City Airport
4411 SW 15th
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 73108
405-429-4400

For a detailed description of both hotels, please visit this page.

For the Holiday Inn Breakfast and Dinner Menu, please go to this link.

Hotel reservations

Convention attendees are responsible for making their own room reservations with the hotel. The room rate for singles through quads is $89.00 + tax. Hotel space is running out. As of March 1, there are no rooms at the Holiday Inn for Thursday night. A few rooms remain for Friday and Saturday. We have made arrangements with the Staybridge Suites, located next door, to serve as the overflow hotel. Both properties are owned by the same management group and walking between the two properties is easy. Some of our meetings, particularly events for the student seminar will be held at the Staybridge Suites.

You may book online at the Holiday Inn at this link. You can also book by calling the hotel directly at 405-601-7272.

You may book online at Staybridge Suites at this link. You can also call Staybridge directly at 405-429-4400.

We have a limited block of rooms at this rate. Make your reservations early to avoid missing out. When calling either hotel directly, be sure to mention NFB to get our convention rate.

When booking rooms online at either hotel,the pages default with the dates set for a 3 night stay (check in on April 6 and a check out on April 9). This can be easily changed although some may find the process unclear. There is a link called “change search”. When you click this link, a box appears where you can edit the dates. After entering the desired dates, click the button that says “change search”. From there, you can navigate down the screen to see the available room options. Click the “book this room button” for the room configuration you desire (1 king bed or 2 queen beds).

Convention Registration

National Federation of the Blind Oklahoma Convention Rates and Packages are listed below. Online pre-registration is closed. Late registration will be accepted at the door for a higher cost listed below.

Full Convention Package – $100 during pre-registration, $115 Late registration at the door.
Full registration Includes: Convention registration, Friday luncheon, Saturday box lunch, and Saturday evening banquet.

A la cart pricing – If you are only attending part of the convention or wish to eat on your own, you may purchase convention registration and meals individually.

Registration – $25 online, $30 late registration at the door
Friday Luncheon – $20 online, $25 late registration at the door
Saturday Boxed Lunch – $20 online, $25 late registration at the door
Saturday Banquet Meal – $40 online, $45 late registration at the door

* if you register late, we cannot guarantee that meals will be available. We have already given our final meal count to the hotel.

*If you require specialized meal ACCOMODATIONS, please indicate so on your registration.

Registration packets including purchased meal tickets will be available for pick-up beginning at 7:00 PM on Thursday, April 6th. Should you have questions about convention registration please contact Glenda Farnum by phone at 405-255-6482 or by e-mail treasurer@nfbok.org.

Sponsorships and Vendors

Should you have questions about becoming a sponsor or participating as a vendor at the NFBOK 2017 convention, please contact Rex Schuttler, 918-955-6761 or Cammie Loehr at 580-678-8222. Rex and Cammie are serving as co-chairs for this year’s Convention Arrangements Committee.

About the 2017 Convention

This year’s convention is shaping up nicely! Among many great sessions and speakers, NFBOK and OKABS, the Oklahoma Association of Blind students) are proud to host a Regional Conference for Blind Students and their parents as well.

Other sessions will focus on Education, the Work Force Investment Act and Transition, Employment, Developing the skills of blindness, 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 NFBOK Sports & Rec. Division.

A screening of the documentary film Bottom Dollars, which highlights the payment of sub-minimum wages to workers with disabilities is scheduled for Friday with an interactive discussion of the practice and of new, improved successful models of employment for individuals with disabilities. .

This year we are happy to welcome Jim Gashel, Secretary of the National Federation of the Blind as our national representative. The following is an excerpt from Jim’s bio on the Board of Directors page on the National Federation of the Blind website. You can read the entire bio at this link.

Jim Gashel was born in 1946 and grew up in Iowa. After his early introduction to the National Federation of the Blind as Kenneth Jernigan’s student at the Iowa Commission for the Blind during the 1960s, he has been devoted to serving the Blind community in various capacities. A 1969 graduate of the University of Northern Iowa with work toward a master’s degree in Public Administration at the University of Iowa, Jim started his career teaching speech and English for one year in Pipestone, Minnesota. He then accepted a position as assistant director at the Iowa Commission for the Blind in Des Moines. With that move he found his calling is working with the blind and finding ways of solving the problems that face them as individuals and as a minority.

On January 1, 1974, Jim joined the staff of the National Federation of the Blind as chief of the Washington office, where he became one of the best known advocates for the blind of the United States, combining his commitment to blind people with his interest in the political process.

As the Federation’s scope and influence evolved, so did his roles and responsibilities. In his professional career of almost thirty-four years with the Federation, he held the positions of chief of the Washington office, director of governmental affairs, and executive director for strategic initiatives. Jim’s Federation work has led to significant changes in virtually every law directly affecting blind Americans: the Social Security Act, the Rehabilitation Act, the Randolph-Sheppard Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Copyright Act, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, and the Help America Vote Act. In addition to championing these causes, Jim has won the love and respect of the thousands of blind men and women across America who have directly benefited from his informed and effective personal advocacy.

Agenda

The convention agenda is now available. Please go to this link to see the full agenda.

Resolutions

To red the 2017 Resolutions before the state convention of the National Federation of the Blind of Oklahoma, please visit this link.