Pennsylvania Council of the Blind
2018 Conference & Convention
Sowing the Seeds of Success
Thursday, October 18 through Sunday, October 21, 2018
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CONFERENCE Listener SCHEDULE
Thursday, October 18, 2018
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM General Session.
7:00 PM Pledge of Allegiance and Invocation, Jacqueline Wissinger, PCB Chaplain.
7:05 PM President’s Welcome, Susan Lichtenfels, PCB President.
7:15 PM Robot Guides and Navigation Assistance, Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon School of Computer Science. In recent years, our team from the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University has been developing and testing robot systems to help people with disabilities navigate complex buildings. Using universal design and shared systems, we believe robots can be deployed in major buildings with little to no cost to end users. This talk will summarize our research and development results across three robot types: kiosk, mobile guide, and a small handheld device.
8:00 PM First Reading of Proposed Bylaw Amendments, John Luttenberger, PCB Parliamentary Team.
8:20 PM Providing a Fertile Future for PCB, George Holliday, PCB Fund Development Leader.
8:35 PM Announcements.
Friday, October 19, 2018
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM General Session.
2:00 PM Saving to Achieve a Better Life Experience, Diana Fishlock, PA Department of Treasury. Diana will share information about the PA ABLE Savings Program. She will discuss how those of us on a fixed income or receiving government assistance can save for the future without fear of losing benefits.
2:40 PM Harvesting the News, Paula Reed Ward, reporter, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Paula’s presentation will focus on her 21-year career as a newspaper reporter covering the police and court beats, emphasizing stories of import to her, the community and nation. She will talk about what drives her passion for her work, why she keeps at it, and why journalism matters.
3:10 PM News from the Stacks and Shelves, Don Cicone, Carnegie Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. Don will provide an update on library services and plans.
3:40 PM Introduction of PCB Conference First-timers, Mary Ann Grignon, PCB Membership Development Leader.
3:50 PM Announcements and door prizes.
7:45 PM Telephone Registration for Auction Participants from Home. Call 515-604-9995 and enter passcode 479593#. Before joining us, review the rules for phone bidders and the item list at pcb1.org/2018auction.
8:00 PM PCB Live Auction, the PCB Fund Development Team, Oakmont Junior Ballroom Salons 3 and4.
Saturday, October 20, 2018
8:30 AM – 11:50 PM General Session,.
8:30 AM Exploring with Real-time Visual Solutions, Panel Discussion. Both consumers and corporate representatives will discuss the use of AIRA’s live sighted assistants and/or OrCam’s artificial vision technology. We’ll find out exactly how much independence these solutions can offer when it comes to navigating real-world situations such as how to find your seat at a ball park, or your gate at an airport.
9:30 AM “SEEDS,” Safety, Emergency, Evacuation, Disability and Shelter; Joanna King, Institute on Disabilities, Temple University, presented by the PCB Vision Loss Resource Team. This 60-minute multi-sensory presentation will provide attendees an experience in becoming prepared for a natural disaster. Joanna will share lessons learned and tips from recent natural emergencies as experienced by persons with disabilities in such areas as evacuation and sheltered housing.
10:30 AM Break.
10:45 AM Door Prizes.
10:50 AM Tending the Rehabilitation Landscape, presented by PCB’s advocates. While there are many comparisons to be made between an overgrown untended garden and the blindness rehabilitation system, the key similarity is that neither one can succeed without intervention. How do we tend to the weed-like problems that continue to mar the rehabilitation landscape? What can we do to untangle the brambles so that getting access to the most basic rehabilitation services is efficient and sufficient? Do we need to push for transplanting services to other agencies, seek fertile methods for funding, or prune the dead wood? Can the garden be saved, or should we till the ground and start over? Together we will determine our strategy for improving blindness rehabilitation services.
11:50 AM Announcements and Door Prizes.
2:00 – 4:30 PM Business Meeting.
2:00 PM Door Prizes.
2:05 PM Team & Project Reports.
2:45 PM Treasurer’s Report, Michael Zaken.
3:15 PM Action on Bylaw Amendments and First Reading of Resolutions, PCB Parliamentary Team.
3:30 PM Elections.
4:25 PM Door Prizes.
9:00 PM Post-Banquet Performance. PCB presents: “Bag It Up”: A Satire on Blindness & Misperception
The Plot: Grab a seat at the final benefit concert to raise funds for the BIG Foundation’s wonderful programs serving the blind. Our telecast includes a lineup of talented singers who are blind. When the concert’s corporate sponsor is accused of workplace discrimination, the performers unite for change. But everyone involved has been keeping secrets and the corporate sponsor knows every one of them. Finally as the tensions mount and the concert winds down, the benefit receives a surprising, yet welcome gift.
Actors and Cast of Characters:
Joe Wassermann – Mayor Rivers: Master of Ceremonies
Cathy Long – Gladas Gooddooer: Executive Director of the BIG Foundation
John Luttenberger – Richard (Dick) Hardwick: CEO of Bag It Up Enterprises
Marty Mathews – Dolores Money – BIG Foundation’s Donation Coordinator
Mary Ann Alexander Grignon – Wendy Workem: Blind Singer
Jackie Wissinger – Nadia Nocovsky: Blind Singer
Bette Passanante Rodriguez – Feliz Fonita: Blind Singer
Robert Rodriguez – Ivan Eagle: Stagehand/Assistant
Johna Gravitt – Ayva Ridge: Lucky Audience Performer
Bob Lichtenfels – Caller #1, Caller #3, Doctor
Tony Swartz – Caller #2, Audio Production
Sue Lichtenfels – Writer, Producer, Audio Describer