2016 PCB Conference Schedule

2016 PCB Conference Schedule

October 20-23, 2016

Crowne Plaza Harrisburg-Hershey


Thursday October 20, 2016


4:00 PM – 5:30 PM PCB Board of Director’s Meeting, Pennsylvania D & E

All members and guests are welcome.


5:00 PM – 7:00 PM Conference Registration, Mezzanine Level (Across from Grand Ballroom)


7:00 PM – 9:00 PM General Session, Grand Ballroom A – C

7:00 Pledge of Allegiance and Invocation


7:05 PM President’s Report, PCB President Susan Lichtenfels


7:15 PM Joe Strechay, Director, Bureau of Blindness & Visual services


7:45 PM Resolutions & Bylaws – First Reading, PCB Parliamentary Team


8:05 PM Vanda Pharmaceuticals, Conference Platinum Sponsor


8:35 PM Announcements


8:50 PM Door Prizes,


9:00 PM The Perception Game, a PCB original game show, sponsored by the Golden Triangle Council of the Blind, Grand Ballroom A-C

We all know that people with sight often have inaccurate perceptions about the abilities of people who are blind or visually impaired. The question for this evening of FUN is, “How accurate are our perceptions of what someone looks like or does simply based on his/her voice?” When we hear a person’s voice or this/her manner of speaking, since we can’t see them, we create a mental image of them in our heads. Have you ever wondered how accurate those images are? We’ll put your powers of perception to the test during this exciting evening. Nine contestants will be needed for this game. Please sign up to be a contestant on the registration form.


Friday October 21, 2016


8:30 AM – 5:00 PM Conference Registration, Mezzanine Level (Across from Grand Ballroom)


9:00 AM The PCB Friday Morning Movie, Grand Ballroom A-C

Join us Friday morning for a conversation on Audio Description along with a full screening of the movie “The Martian” with Audio Description. The morning will begin with a presentation from ACB’s Audio Description Project Director, Joel Snyder. It will move into the full viewing of the movie which will include audio description. No headphones are required. The movie visuals will be projected so all should feel free to attend. In preparation for this event, we encourage everyone interested in attending to read the book, with the same title, that inspired the movie. A comparison between the two can be included in the post movie discussion, along with your feedback on the included Audio Description. The book is available on BARD.

“The Martian: a novel DB78389

Weir, Andy. Reading time: 12 hours, 45 minutes.

Read by J. P Linton.

Science Fiction


Six days after becoming the first man to walk on Mars, astronaut Mark Watney

is caught in a windstorm. Though his support crew thinks he died, Mark survived and now faces abandonment, failed machinery, and a hostile environment. Strong language. Bestseller. 2011.”


Please indicate on the registration form whether or not you intend to participate.


9:00 AM Audio Darts (Pre-Tournament warm up & Instruction), Grand Ballroom D


10:00 AM PCB Audio darts Tournament, Grand Ballroom D

Join us once again for the PCB Audio Darts Tournament.  Teams of two will compete in multiple rounds. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three teams. The minimum prizes are

First Place – $40 per person

Second Place – $30 per person

Third Place – $20 per person

There is a $5 per person registration fee for this event.

Please indicate on the registration form whether or not you intend to participate.


10:00 AM – 7:00 PM Exhibit Hall, Pennsylvania A – E


2:00 PM – 4:35 PM General Session, Grand Ballroom A – C

2:00 PM Scam School, Brian Roach


3:00 PM Indoor Navigation, Thomas Reid


4:00 PM Affiliate & Membership Relations Team, Recognition of First Time Attendees and Membership Awards


4:15 PM Announcements


4:25 PM Door Prizes


4:30 PM An Introduction to Indoor Navigation – Workshop, Grand Ballroom A – C


7:30 PM Pre-Auction Reception, Grand Ballroom A – C

Come explore the items available for purchase before the opening bid of the PCB Live Auction.


8:00 PM PCB Live Auction, the PCB Fund Development Team, Grand Ballroom A – C


Saturday October 22, 2016


8:30 AM – 12:00 PM Conference Registration, Mezzanine Level (Across from Grand Ballroom)


8:30 AM – 12:00 PM General Session, Grand Ballroom A-C

8:30 AM “PCB’s Advocacy in Action, Advocacy & Governmental Affairs Chairmen John Horst & Joe Wasserman


8:40 AM Crafting Your Story, Tony Stephens ACB Director of Advocacy & Governmental Affairs


9:25 AM The Elia Idea, Andrew Chepaitis, CEO Elia Technologies


10:10 AM Break


10:25 AM Vision Loss Resource Team presents, Adjusting to Vision Loss


11:10 AM Misperceptions, What are they and how do they impact our lives?, Andre Watson Psy.D.


12:00 PM President’s Lunch, Grand Ballroom D

Chapter officers are encouraged to attend this working lunch in order to network with chapter affiliates. The discussion will promote the sharing of information regarding topics such as membership development and retention, fundraising and a variety of other topics to aid chapter growth. Please indicate on the registration form whether or not you intend to participate.

*This is open only to chapter officers.


12:00 PM General Lunch (On your own)


2:00 PM – 4:30 PM ACB of Maryland Business Meeting, Pennsylvania C & D


2:00 PM – 4:30 PM PCB Business Meeting, Grand Ballroom A – C

2:00 PM Team Progress Reports


2:45 PM Treasurer’s Report, Michael Zaken


3:15 PM Elections, Bylaw Amendments and Resolutions


4:25 PM Door Prizes


6:00 PM Pre banquet Reception, Cash Bar, Pennsylvania A – E

Now that all of the organization’s business is done, it’s time to relax. Enjoy a cocktail with your friends while we announce winners of the PCB 50/50 Raffle, chapter raffle drawings and Door Prizes


All of the remaining events will take place in Grand Ballroom A – C.


7:00 PM Banquet


8:30 PM Lehigh Valley Council of the Blind Presents, PCB Awards Ceremony,


9:00 PM Keynote –Tony Stephens ACB Director of Advocacy & Governmental Affairs


9:30 PM The PCB After Hours Speak Easy!

Wait, it’s not over! Sit back with  your favorite cocktail in hand while we take you back in time when enjoying an adult beverage required a more clandestine approach. While you take this trip to a time not that long ago, you’ll be entertained by some talented members of PCB.


Sunday October 23, 2016


8:30 AM – 11:15 AM Breakfast Business Meeting, Pennsylvania A – E

8:30 AM Sunday Breakfast


9:10 AM Necrology Report


9:35 AM Courtesy Resolutions, Carla Hayes, Parliamentary Team Leader


9:50 AM Conference program & Planning Team Report, Thomas Reid, PCB Conference Coordinator


10:05 AM President’s Q & A


11:05 AM Door prizes


11:15 AM Conference Adjournment and Departure

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