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National Federation of the Blind of Michigan 2021 STATE CONVENTION

The National Federation of the Blind of Michigan State Convention is the largest gathering of blind people in the state. It is the premier event for training, support, and information for the blind community. It also serves as a governing body, democratically electing our leadership and establishing each year's organizational priorities.

Register and make a difference in the lives of blind Michiganians!

The National Federation of the Blind of Michigan is proud to announce our 2021 State Convention! Once again, this event will be held virtually with free registration! Please save the dates of Thursday, November 11, Friday, November 12, and Saturday, November 13.

We are proud to announce that Jennifer Kennedy, executive director of BLIND, Inc., will be serving as our national rep this year. You can read her bio below in the national rep section.

Here is your chance to participate and learn more about the NFB’s programs and goals on the state and national level. Hear from the NFB national representative. Also, hear from speakers on topics of national and state importance, membership, seniors, technology, Braille, students, seniors, guide dog users, and parents’ concerns, meet the scholarship class of 2021 and much more!

Mark your calendars and make every effort to attend the 2021 state convention of the NFB of Michigan. Get Involved. Make a Difference! Please share with others, everyone is welcome!

Registration

How many reasons do you need to register by Thursday, October 21, 2021?

Here are just a few:
  • By registering for the state convention before the deadline, you will be eligible to win door prizes!
  • If you are a current paid member with a chapter and/or division, and your dues are paid by Thursday, October 21, and you register, you are eligible to vote in the NFBMI election at the convention!
  • Registration is free: no travel costs, no hotel fees, and no expensive restaurants!
  • You’ll help the NFBMI collect current contact information for everyone who registers!
  • You can wear casual comfy clothes and footwear of your choice to all of the sessions, even the banquet! No need to get up early!
  • All of the money you save can be donated to your favorite organization, the NFB of MI!

To register, click on the link below:
https://www.nfbmi.org/registration

Using the arrow keys will greatly improve your ability to view all of the information on this form when navigating with a screen reader. If you need assistance registering, please call Mike Powell at 586-754-1325. Leave a message and he will get back to you promptly.

Agenda

Code of Conduct

As an attendee at our convention, you not only represent yourself but also represent our greater organization. We want you to enjoy our time together and to make new friends and renew old acquaintances. Although we encourage members to socialize and have fun, the convention also provides a valuable opportunity to come together to continue the work of our organization, to learn about the important initiatives that we are involved with on local and national levels, and to plan our work for the future.

The National Federation of the Blind seeks to provide a convention environment in which diverse participants, including members, speakers, exhibitors, staff, and volunteers, may learn, network, and enjoy the company of friends and colleagues in an environment of mutual respect and professionalism. We recognize a shared responsibility to create and uphold that atmosphere for the benefit of all. Some behaviors are therefore specifically prohibited:

  • harassment or intimidation based on race, religion, ethnicity, language, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, physical appearance, or other group identity
  • harassment or intimidation, including unwelcome sexual attention, stalking (physical or virtual), or unsolicited physical contact
  • public drunkenness and associated behaviors (e.g., belligerence, yelling, hostility, destruction of property)

Participants are expected to abide by these rules and behaviors in all convention venues, including online arenas, social media, and social events. Participants who are asked to stop a behavior that the recipient considers hostile or harassing are expected to comply immediately. We are committed to diversity, equity, and the free expression of ideas. Please visit https://nfb.org/code-conduct for more information.

Proposed Resolution

The Resolutions Committee has submitted one proposed resolution for adoption by the full convention. Read the Proposed Resolution

Additional Information

Additional information will be posted as soon as it becomes available. Check back often.

For more information, please contact the following:

J.J. Meddaugh, State Convention Coordinator
Email: convention@nfbmi.org

National Rep Bio

Jennifer Kennedy
Executive Director - BLIND, Inc.

Originally from Ohio, I moved to Minneapolis and became the Executive Director in the late summer of 2019. My passion for the structured discovery approach to blindness skills training stemmed from the confidence I gained while attending another of our Federation training centers between my first and second year of college. After obtaining my bachelor’s degree in Communications at Kent State University, I obtained my master’s degree from Louisiana Tech University in Educational Psychology with a concentration in Orientation and Mobility. I earned my National Orientation and Mobility Certification (NOMC), which aided me in an eleven-year career in teaching cane travel and coordinating various departments and summer youth programs.

It was not until I became involved with the National Federation of the Blind that I began to really believe it was respectable to be blind. Having lost my vision as a teenager, it was not a desirable characteristic I wanted people to know about me. As I traveled in Philadelphia at my first national convention, I saw blind people impeccably dressed, gracefully moving through the hallways and lobby without missing a beat. It also began to question my belief that the more vision I could hold onto, the more valuable to society I was. Since then, I’ve served on three different state boards and sat on numerous committees. I love being able to move throughout the country and know the support of NFB members can be found everywhere you go.

Attending live theater is where I like spending my free time the most. My husband has a background in fine arts, so moving to the Twin Cities suits both our passions. I also enjoy traveling, reading, knitting, and ballroom dancing. When planning for a trip, the first thing I do is research the food culture and book a cuisine tour. I enjoy reading, knitting, and keeping up with current events both locally and nationally. When outside, you may find my husband and I kayaking, hiking, downhill skiing, or tandem biking.

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