2017 PCB Conference Schedule

October 26-29, 2017
DoubleTree by Hilton Pittsburgh, Green Tree

Thursday, October 26, 2017


4:00 PM – 5:30 PM PCB Board of Directors’ Meeting, Monongahela Room

All members and guests are welcome.


5:00 PM – 7:00 PM Conference Registration, Lobby


7:00 PM – 9:00 PM General Session, Oakmont Junior Ballroom Salon 3,4

7:00 PM Pledge of Allegiance and Invocation

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


7:15 PM Insuring Our Future Healthcare, Rev. Sally Jo Snyder, Consumer Health Coalition.

Without a doubt, the most pressing advocacy issue this year has been
maintaining healthcare for millions of Americans. Rev. Snyder will share
strategies for effective advocacy that will help us insure we are getting
what we need from our healthcare system.

8:00 PM Resolutions & Bylaws – First Reading, PCB Parliamentary Team.


8:20 PM ACB MMS “Fifty-Fifty” Campaign, George Holliday.


8:35 PM Announcements.


8:40 PM Door Prizes.


9:00 PM The Conference Program & Planning Team & The York County Chapter Presents: PCB Family Feud, Oakmont Junior Ballroom 3 and 4.

Kick the 2017 conference off right by joining us for a night full of trivia and fun at PCB Family Feud! Teams will compete in a game modeled off of the popular gameshow Family Feud. Teams will be randomly chosen and will face off for a chance at the final prize decided after the final game. Brush up on your general knowledge and be sure to indicate whether you plan on playing. There will be plenty of entertainment for those who would rather be in the audience. We’re all family here at PCB, so let’s share in some competition for what is sure to be a great time!

Friday, October 27, 2017


8:15 AM Bus loads for the tour of the Trolley Museum.


This is a bargain. It only costs $30.00, thanks to the two Western Pennsylvania chapters, GTCB and Washington County, and also includes your lunch. We will be heading to the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum on Friday morning, October 27. We have a limit of forty (40))spots available. There will be a wait list if more than forty people want to come.


We’ll start loading the bus at about 8:15 AM. It’s a half hour drive so we will start the tour about 9:00 and head for lunch between 11:30 and 11:45.

We will be able to look at Trolleys from as early as the beginning of the twentieth century and as recent as the 1940’s. There will be two different trolleys or Streetcars that we will actually be riding on for a trip of more than twenty minutes, and as many as fifty other trolleys that we can look at, or step onto or hear about. We’ll see a movie about the history of street cars, and get some hands on time with tools of the trade. The trolley ride will be wheelchair accessible, but other trolleys in the storage area or garage may only be available for description for a person who has severe mobility impairments. If you want to do some research before we go, go to https://pa-trolley.org/ for more information. They have a gift shop, and we have built in time to look at the items for sale.


Lunch will be at Eat ‘N Park, the home of the at least locally famous Smiley Cookie. You’ll get one for dessert.

You can choose from six Entrees:

v Spaghetti (smaller portion)– with meat sauce served with one side and garlic toast

Spaghetti with Marinara, Meatless, (smaller portion)– served with one side and garlic toast

v Hot Turkey Sandwich – served with fries or mashed potatoes and gravy

v Shredded Pot Roast Sandwich – served with fries or mashed potatoes and gravy

Rosemary Chicken Breast (1) – served with two sides and dinner rolls

v Baked Cod (1) – served with two sides and dinner rolls


Each guest will receive one of our signature Smiley® Cookies!

Side Options:

French Fries
Mashed Potatoes
Garden Rice
Cottage Cheese

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We have built enough into the cost of the tour so that the bus driver and the wait staff at the restaurant get a nice tip.

We’ll be heading back to the conference before 1:00 so you won’t have an excuse for missing the General Session.


8:30 AM – 5:00 PM Conference Registration, Lobby


9:00 AM – 3:00 PM PCB & The Bureau of Blindness & Visual Services Presents: Vision Works Expo 2017. Oakmont Junior Ballroom Salon 3 and 4. (Separate Registration Required)


9:00 AM – 12:00 PM Vision Loss Resources Team Presents: Understanding Implications of Vision Loss and How to Live with Independence, Green Tree Ballroom Salon B.

If you have been impacted by vision loss and are new to the experience, or are a friend or family member wishing to learn more about this topic, this symposium is for you.


Hear from experts in the fields of Ophthalmology, Vision Therapy, Orientation & Mobility, and other peers with varying degrees of vision loss.


This unique opportunity to interact, not only with experts, but peers as well, is extremely beneficial to anyone impacted by vision loss, individuals losing or having lost their vision, spouses, children of older adults, or parents.


The goals of this event are to

  • Promote a better understanding of common conditions that lead to vision loss in terms that are meaningful for you.

  • Explain how any amount of vision can be helpful and recognize the value of using all our senses when vision is not available or reliable.

  • Learn from our peers and professionals how to meet daily routines and be involved with family and community throughout our lifetime.

  • Learn about tools, gadgets and technology that assist, including alternative techniques.


This symposium is geared to those newly adjusting to vision loss, but all are welcomed!

Separate Registration Required.


9:00 AM Audio Darts Pre-Tournament Clinic & warm up. The Philadelphia Metro Council of the Blind Presents: 2017 PCB DART CHALLENGE, Interstate room. Join us and learn the basics of throwing darts. Take part in an informal practice while learning the rules of the game. Demonstrations will be held. And teams will be determined.


10:00 AM [Audio darts Tournament, Interstate room.

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, Oakmont Junior Ballroom 1 and 2.


2:00 PM – 4:35 PM General Session, Oakmont Junior Ballroom Salon 3 and 4


2:00 PM 3D Printing Customized Tactile Maps, Brandon Taylor. Brandon Taylor is a doctoral candidate in the Human Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. He has long been interested in personal fabrication and custom electronics and has published research on generating 3D printed tactile maps. This presentation will enlighten us on the latest in 3D mapping and how it can be of benefit to people with vision loss.

2:45 PM Volunteering is for You, Sue Lichtenfels and Thomas Reid.

We will hear from some of our peers about their experiences as community volunteers. Then Thomas Reid will discuss the ways volunteering for PCB can directly impact our lives, including real world skills for employment and life.

3:30 PM Access Mob, Alisa Grishman.

Access Mob is a group of people with several different disabilities and one overriding interest in common. They are all interested in, that’s right, Access. Some issues are mobility issues, some are sight issues, some are hearing issues, but they all have to do with Access. Members bring their Access issues to the group and ask for help from Access Mob to bring those issues to the attention of the people who will be instrumental in making those changes. Members use positive reinforcement to create change in the community. As an example, they went to restaurants and other businesses asking them to modify entrances for better mobility access. They thanked businesses who responded with additional visits from members spending money and giving out Thank You cards. They chose a particular restaurant for their usual Meet-ups, and the owner or manager realized that because he was seeing blind people in his restaurant, he wanted to get braille menus. These Positive, less confrontational ways of dealing with change are what the group is about, and the people asking for change are the people wanting the change.

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


4:15 PM Announcements.


4:25 PM Door Prizes.


4:45 PM Generating 3D tactile Maps Workshop, Brandon Taylor, Oakmont Junior Ballroom Salon 3 & 4

A hands-on workshop working with a freely available online tool, www.tactilemaps.net, for creating customized 3D printable tactile maps. the workshop will cover how to use the tools to search areas to map, find locations to mark nearby, and adjust features and parameters as desired. The session will also provide basic information about 3D printing and how to submit generated maps to printing services for production. Printed example maps will be available to illustrate different aspects of the online tool. All attendees will need an internet capable device to participate in this workshop. Laptop recommended, but iOS devices and Note takers are also welcomed. Space is limited to the first 12 who register.


4:45 PM Peer to Peer Indoor Navigation Workshop, Oakmont Junior Ballroom Salon 3 and4.

We are pleased to partner with Carnegie Mellon University to offer an indoor navigation solution: NavCog. Attendees of the 2017 PCB Conference can gain accurate navigation throughout the hotel without the need for an additional device using NavCog – a smartphone-based indoor navigation system. As an app, it is readily available to any smartphone user who wishes to get navigational assistance, and it can provide surrounding information to users on-the-go. NavCog has been deployed in a 21,000 m2 shopping mall, and in three buildings at CMU campus, and we are planning other venues such as hospitals, museums, and airports. With NavCog, we hope to open a new opportunity for users with visual impairments to independently find and visit large and complex places with confidence. For those members who do not have an iOS device, join your fellow PCB members during this informal opportunity to work with a peer to experience this technology.


7:30 PM Pre-Auction Reception, Oakmont Junior Ballroom Salon 3 and4.

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, Oakmont Junior Ballroom Salon 3 and4.


Saturday, October 28, 2017


8:30 AM – 12:00 PM Conference Registration, Lobby.


8:30 AM – 12:00 PM General Session, Oakmont Junior Ballroom Salon 3 and 4


8:30 AM A blue print for our future,Communications Team.

Join the Communications Team as we sketch out our plans for revitalizing
PCB. Come learn how we plan to build on PCB’s long-standing foundation to
create even more independence and opportunities for people with vision

9:00 AM Support Service Providers: The Key to Living an Independent life with a Dual Sensory Loss, Marsha Drenth.

Support Service Providers (SSPs) are the vital link for people who have a hearing and vision loss to lead independent and productive lives. Taking care of oneself, holding down a job, socializing, and accessing the community with limited hearing and vision can be extremely challenging. SSPs can alleviate these struggles, consequently, improving the quality of life. The workshop will cover how an SSP can help you, what SSPs do and don’t do, the various scenarios in which SSPs are used, how to get started in a SSP program, and other resources for persons who have a dual sensory loss.

9:50 AM Break.


10:10 AM Object Recognition (AI-See_ Chieko Asakawa, Carnegie Mellon University.

One of the challenges that people with visual impairments face is identifying objects to decide if and how to interact with the objects. While there are generic object recognizers, their accuracies are often not sufficient for people with visual impairments, mainly because taking good pictures is difficult without visual feedback, and the objects that people with visual impairments wish to identify are similar in shape (e.g., soda vs. beer can). Thus, to improve the accuracy of object recognition, we designed and implemented AI-See, an object recognizer that provides feedback on camera-aiming, personalized for individual users. Join us to learn all about this new application.

11:00 AM Writing & Reading, Kathleen George, Author, and Don Ciccone, Carnegie Library for the Blind.


11:55 AM Door prizes.


12:00 PM President’s Lunch, Westinghouse Room.

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 and board members.


12:00 PM Affiliate & Membership Relations Team presents: Welcome Lunch to First Time Conference Attendees, Ohio Room. Sponsored by the Lehigh Valley Council of the Blind

Come and meet other peers experiencing the PCB Conference for the first time. Learn about the history of this organization. Information will be provided to help you feel more comfortable at the Conference, and to help you consider what work you would like to do in this organization in the future.


12:00 PM Indoor navigation Lunch & Feedback, Oakmont Junior Ballroom Salon 3 and4.


12:00 PM General Lunch (On your own)


2:00-4:30 PM PCB Business Meeting, Oakmont Junior Ballroom Salon 3 and4.


2:00 PM Door prizes.

2:05 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, Oakmont Junior Ballroom Salon 1 and 2

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 Oakmont Junior Ballroom Salon 3 and 4.


7:00 PM PCB Saturday Evening Banquet Sponsored by Vanda Pharmaceuticals.


8:30 PM PCB Awards Ceremony, Sponsored by The Red Rose Chapter.

9:00 PM Vanda Pharmaceuticals.


9:20 PM The PCB Comedy Club. Are you stressed out? Do you just need to relax, unwind and have a good time? It has been said that laughter is the best medicine. So, come and join us for the PCB Comedy Club! You will be entertained by your PCB friends who will present jokes, funny stories and songs, skits, parodies and other things that will make you laugh! This family-friendly event is sponsored by the Washington County Chapter of PCB.

Sunday, October 29, 2017


8:30 AM – 11:15 AM Breakfast Business Meeting, Oakmont Junior Ballroom Salon 3 and 4.


8:30 AM Sunday Breakfast.

Thanks to the Philadelphia Regional Chapter for the generous sponsorship to help reduce the cost of the 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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