National Federation of the Blind of Indiana State Convention, October 9-10, 2020

Focusing on Our Future

NFB 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 policies and programs of the Federation; and to abide by its constitution.

NFB One Minute Message

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. Live the life you want! Blindness is not what holds you back!

ZOOM Conference Basics


To mute or unmute your audio, press *6. Note: during convention, all persons will be muted by default. You must raise your hand to request the ability to speak. If your name is mentioned as a winner of a door prize, you must raise your hand to claim your prize. To raise your hand to ask a question, or claim your door prize, press *9. Always allow the host to lower your hand.

Windows Desktop or Laptop Computer:

Mute your microphone by pressing Alt+A or press spacebar on the mute audio button. To unmute, press Alt+A again or press the spacebar on the unmute button. To raise your hand, press Alt+Y. Always allow the host to lower your hand.

iPhone or iPad:

Tap on the settings button and look through the options to improve your experience. There are two buttons, meetings and general. Meetings has settings you should review.

Auto connect to audio allows you to select connect to internet audio.
This gets rid of the prompt before you connect to a meeting and ensures you get the best sound quality.

Always mute my microphone when joining a meeting ensures you are never accidentally heard until you want to speak.
Then just double tap the unmute audio button when you have something to contribute.

Always turn off my video ensures you never unintentionally show yourself or your environment when you did not mean to.
Important: To prevent the annoyance of VoiceOver always speaking the names of participants as they join and leave, turn off Show name when participants join.

When connecting, you will get a prompt saying, “to hear others, please join audio.”
Select the “call using internet audio” option or go into settings and select internet audio to always be automatically connected.

Important: Find and double tap the mute my audio button until you want to be heard. Or go into settings and choose to always mute audio upon entry. To raise your hand, tap on the more button on the far right, then double tap the button to raise your hand. This will exit you to the main screen. Allow the host to lower your hand. To know who is currently speaking, swipe to the far left. It will say, displaying person’s name avatar. You may want to use the earbuds that came with your iPhone. Again, always make sure your microphone is muted when you are not speaking to prevent creating noise or people hearing you.

Zoom Conference: Connect with Windows, Mac, iPhone, iPad, Android phone or Tablet
One Tap Mobile: +16468769923,,9908141333,,#
Call with your home phone: 646 876 9923
Enter the 10-digit pin: 990 814 1333# followed by the Pound or # key.

Pre-Convention Activities

Thursday, October 8:

10:00-11:30 a.m.: NFB Q & A: All You Ever Wanted to Know but Were Afraid to Ask
Facilitator: Ron Brown, NFBI President

1:00-2:30 p.m.: Rookie Round Up, Convention Tips and Useful Zoom Info
Facilitator, Michael Lauf, NFBI Convention Technical Director

7:00-8:00 p.m.: Interview, Mark Riccobono, President, National Federation of the Blind
Presented by Indiana Newsline

8:15-10:00 p.m.: Federation Family Feud!
Assemble a team of five and join us for Hoosier competition.

Friday, October 9, 2020

8:30-9:50 a.m.: Resolutions Committee Meeting
Meeting ID: 898 9462 0510
Passcode: NFB2020
One tap mobile: +13126266799,,89894620510#
Chris Hollingsworth, Chair.

10:00-11:20 a.m.: Diversity and Inclusion Workshop: Intersectionality of Cultural Identities
Presenters: Dr. Ruby Cain & Dr. Evette Simmons-Reed – Ball State University

11:30AM-12:15PM: Insurance and the Open Enrollment Period; Medicaid/Medicare

Facilitator: Latrice Jeeter, simplified Insurance Solutions
12:15-1:00 p.m.: Break

1:00-2:00 p.m.: Future Learning Opportunities for the Blind of Indiana and Beyond
Presenters: Blind Inc., Rachel R Kuntz
Hadley School for the Blind, Colleen Wunderlich
Bosma Enterprises, Raymond Montgomery
Easterseals Crossroads, Tracy Castillo, Program Manager, INDATA Project

2:15-3:15 p.m.: Life Changing Technologies

Your Alexa and Newsline
Presenter: Lee Martin

Groceries and More, Delivered to Your Door!
Presenter: Michael Lauf

Starting Your Own Podcast
Presenter: Tyler Sherck

3:30-4:30 p.m.: iPhone Tips, Favorite Apps, and What’s New in iOS 14
Presenter, Tony Schnurr

Android Tips for Success
Meeting ID: 815 4463 4272
Passcode: NFB2020
One tap mobile: +13126266799,,81544634272#
Presenter: LeRon Carter Sr.

4:45-5:45 p.m.: Division Meetings

NABM of indiana, merchants division
Meeting ID: 826 9865 1551
Passcode: NFB2020
One tap mobile: +13126266799,,82698651551#
Facilitator: Joe Higdon, President.

Indiana Parents Division
Facilitator: Tammy Hollingsworth, President
5:45-7:00 p.m. Break

7:00-8:00 p.m.: NFBI Board Meeting, everyone welcome
Ron Brown, President, NFB of Indiana

8:15-10:00 p.m.: NFB of Indiana Business Meeting
Audit committee Report
Treasurer’s Report, Mika Baugh
Resolutions Committee Report, Chris Hollingsworth
PAC Plan Report, Christopher Meyer
Newsline Report, Lee Martin
Chapter and Division Reports
NFBI State Convention 2021

Saturday, October 10, 2020

9:00 a.m.: Convention called to order
Ron Brown, President, NFB of Indiana

9:05 a.m.: Invocation, Abby Fleenor
9:10 a.m.: NFB Brand and Pledges
9:15 a.m.: Welcoming remarks, Host Chapter Presidents
Mika Baugh, Indianapolis
Lee Martin, Circle City

9:30 a.m.: National Report, NFB National President, Mark A. Riccobono

10:15 a.m.: “My Right to Parent: Blind Parents Speak Out
Presenters: Jasmine Quiett and Jessica Southerland

10:45 a.m.: Panel on Parent’s Rights
Facilitator: Lee Martin
What Is Indiana’s Parental Rights Bill SB312, Tammy Hollingsworth
Senator David Niezgodski, Indiana Senate Democrat District 10. SB312 Author
Morgan Daly, J.D., MPA, Director of Public Policy & Systems Advocacy, Indiana Statewide Independent Living Council (INSILC)
NFBI Convention Resolution Regarding Parental Rights, Chris Hollingsworth
How Can You Help? Lee Martin
12:00 p.m.: Break

Saturday Afternoon

1:00 p.m.: “Living in the 21st Century: One NFB Member’s Perspective
Presenter: Michael Hingson, Independent Science

2:00-3:00 p.m.: Panel: Inclusion for All
Facilitators: Dr. Evette Simmons-Reed and Dr. Ruby Cain, Ball State University
Panelists: Katherine H. Betts – African American Student Intercultural specialist, Ohio State University
Carlos E. Taylor – Program Manager, Gregory S. Fehribach Center at Eskenazi Health
Christopher Meyer – Web Accessibility Analyst, Indiana University
Sarah Meyer – Masters Student, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Ball State University and Suicide Prevention
Diane Graves – Mediator, Indiana Civil Rights Commission

3:00-4:00 p.m.: Employment: Now and Into the Future
Employment During Covid-19 and Accommodations
Bonnie Bomer, MPA, BA, Employment Team Lead Advocate, Indiana Disability Rights
The New Face of the Randolph-Sheppard Program in Indiana, Chris Hollingsworth, Chair, Indiana Elected Committee of Blind Managers

4:00-5:00 p.m. Your Right to Vote and How it All Works
Absentee Voting and the Omni Ballot, Democracy Live
Presenters: Bryan Finney, CEO; Melissa Carney, Educational Outreach Consultant; Charlie Kinnune, Director of Outreach
Our Response to Inaccessible Voting in Indiana, Ron Brown, NFBI President
5:00 p.m. Adjourn

7:00 p.m.: NFBI Banquet
MC: Christopher Meyer
Invocation, LeRon Carter Sr.
Keynote Speaker, NFB National President, Mark A. Riccobono
NFB of Indiana Scholarship Presentation, Diane Graves
Remembering Our blind Brothers and sisters: A Tribute to Absent Federationists

Thank you to all who volunteered for this year’s convention. We also thank our sponsor, Bosma Industries.

NFB of Indiana Executive Board

  • Ron Brown, President: (317) 213-7031
  • Pam Schnurr, Vice-President: (317) 322-0901
  • Lee Martin, 2nd Vice-President: (317) 709-7747
  • Barbara Dosch, Secretary: (317) 263-4670
  • Mika Baugh, Treasurer: (317) 408-0649