Pennsylvania Council of the Blind
2019 Conference Streaming Schedule
Peers Challenging Beliefs
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Thursday, October 17, 2019
7:00 PM – 8:45 PM General Session
7:00 PM Pledge of Allegiance and Invocation, Jacqueline Wissinger, PCB Chaplain.
7:05 PM President’s Report, Susan Lichtenfels, PCB President.
7:20 PM Estates & Endowments, Tom Burgunder and Michael Zaken, PCB Finance Team. Someone once said there are only two things certain in life; death and taxes. Come learn how we can be financially prudent with both. You’ll also learn how PCB is planning for its financial future.
8:00 PM Shannon Austin, Director, Office of Vocational Rehabilitation. Many of our peers know Shannon Austin, as she is the former District Administrator of the Bureau of Blindness and Visual Services, Pittsburgh District Office. She started her new position just after Memorial Day, 2019. We are looking forward to any updates she wishes to share with us.
8:15 PM First Reading of Proposed Bylaw Amendments, John Luttenberger, PCB Parliamentary Team.
8:25 PM Announcements.
Friday, October 18, 2019
1:30 PM – 3:30 PM General Session.
1:30 PM New Strategies for Shopping Success, Michael Zaken, Jule Ann Lieberman, and Lisa Salinger, PCB Technology Access Team. This presentation will explore the many easy options peers have to shop for groceries both online and via telephone. Real-time demonstrations of browsing aisles, selecting products, and purchasing items will be offered.
2:15 PM Getting Around in Our Ever-Changing Environment, Becky Davidson and Kathy Rooney, Guiding Eyes for the Blind. A guide dog handler and a senior guide dog instructor will look at some of the modern conveniences that are impacting a blind/visually impaired pedestrian’s ability to travel safely and confidently on our streets. We will consider shared-use spaces, accessible pedestrian signals, EScooters, intersections, and more. We will look at the standards that apply to these as well as ADA regulations that affect them. We will also talk about advocating in our own communities for safe sidewalks and streets.
3:00 PM Affiliate Charter Presentation, Sue Lichtenfels, PCB President
3:10 PM Introduction of First-Time Conference Attendees, Mary Ann Grignon, chair, Peer Engagement Team.
3:25 PM Announcements and Door Prizes
7:45 PM – 11:00 PM PCB Live Auction
7:45 Register yourself as a virtual bidder by calling in promptly. If you already know you’re going to be joining us, email your name and contact phone for payment to firstname.lastname@example.org. Check out the 2019 Auction Detailspage for the complete prize list and rules for telephone bidders.
8:00 PM PCB Live Auction, the PCB Fund Development Team,
Saturday, October 19, 2019
8:55 AM – 12:00 PM SPARK Saturday & General Session Combined. Sponsored by the Oil Valley Chapter.
8:55 AM Welcome & Overview, Sue Lichtenfels, PCB President.
9:00 AM Podcasting with a Purpose, Developing your own Passion Project. Thomas Reid, producer of “Reid My Mind Radio”, will discuss how we all can use our inherent interests or hobbies for fun, advocacy, and personal fulfillment. This presentation will include ways to identify your native interests and develop a plan of action for starting your own project. Thomas will share other lessons gained, including those aiding in his own adjustment to becoming blind as an adult.
9:50 AM Thriving Blind: A Parent’s Perspective, Kristin Smedley, Author of Thriving Blind.
Kristin Smedley’s two sons were diagnosed as blind when they were each just four months old. Having no experience with blindness, Kristin expected a life of challenge for her boys. However, eventually she met a few people that would change her perception of what is possible for those navigating the world without sight. She decided to set extraordinary expectations for her sons, equipping them with tools and resources to navigate their world. In Kristin’s recently released book: Thriving Blind, she spotlights twelve people who are not just surviving blindness but thriving. She will share her journey and life lessons with us.
10:40 AM Break & Announcements
11:00 AM Empowering Individualism, Stephanae McCoy, Founder of “Bold Blind Beauty” & CAPTIVATING! Magazine.
As the founder of “Bold Blind Beauty,” a web business and blog, and CAPTIVATING! Magazine, a digital lifestyle magazine for people of all abilities, no one is challenging beliefs like Steph McCoy. She’ll share her story and her passion for creating a world where every person is valued and included.
11:50 AM PCB’s Peer Offerings, Jule Ann Lieberman, PCB First Vice President and Mary Ann Grignon, PCB Peer Engagement Leader.
12:00 PM Morning Wrap Up & Door Prizes, Sue Lichtenfels, PCB President.
2:05 PM – 4:30 PM Business Session
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.
8:00 PM Awards Ceremony, sponsored by the Philadelphia Metro Chapter.
8:45 PM The Invalid Corps, Film Screening with Filmmaker Q&A
Author, advocate and policy analyst, Day Al-Mohamed, has added filmmaker to her list of accomplishments. Day will join us via skype as we screen her latest project, The Invalid Corps. Everyone thinks they know the story of the Civil War – Four years of America’s bloodiest history. Over 600,000 men killed and more than 40,000 men with amputated limbs and even more with other injuries and illnesses. What no one ever asked is “What happened to those disabled men afterwards?”