2019 PCB Conference Schedule

October 17-20, 2019
Crowne Plaza Harrisburg-Hershey

Thursday, October 17, 2019

4:00 PM – 5:30 PM PCB Board of Directors’ Meeting, Pennsylvania D & E. All peers and guests are welcome.

4:00 PM Volunteers fill Goodie Bags. Senate Board Room.

5:00 PM – 7:00 PM Conference Registration, Mezzanine .(across hall from ballroom).

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM General Session, Ballrooms A, B, & C

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.

8:35 PM Door Prizes.

8:40 PM “Believe or Bust” trivia! Sponsored by the York Chapter, the PCB Conference Program and Planning Team invites you to kick the conference off right and join us at the conclusion of general session on Thursday evening for Belief or Bust, a spin on our usual trivia! Participants will be broken into teams of 5 players, and will work to determine if statements are beliefs, which are true facts, or busts, which are common misconceptions or fallacies. There will be ten statements per round, with no more than four rounds in the game. The team with the most points at the conclusion of the game will receive a cash prize. Don’t want to play? Come have a drink, learn interesting facts, and dispel busts. We’ll have entertainment and opportunities to participate in surprise games in between rounds while scores are being tallied. So brush up on your general knowledge and get ready to join us. Believe us, you won’t want to miss this! Note: cash bar in the back of the room.

Friday, October 18, 2019

7:30 AM Getting to Know Us: First-timers’ Breakfast. Pennsylvania D & E. Sponsored by the Lehigh Valley Chapter. The PCB Peer Engagement Team and Board of Directors invites all who are attending the PCB Conference for the first time to join us for a complimentary continental breakfast and opportunity to learn more about each other. Although complimentary, you will need a ticket to attend (see registration form).

8:30 AM – 5:00 PM Conference Registration, Mezzanine. (across hall from ballroom).

10:00 AM – 1:30 PM Delivery of auction items, Senate Board Room.

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM Audio Darts Double Feature. Ballroom D. Sponsored by Golden Triangle Council of the Blind, George Holliday, and Tony Swartz, this year’s audio darts offering will feature two events. Events will include a one-hour dart clinic for 12 attendees seriously interested in learning the technique of throwing darts, and then at approximately 10:10 AM a double-elimination tournament for up to 16 experienced dart throwers. Attendees of either event must register prior to the conference. The fee for clinic participants is $2.00, and the entrance fee for elimination tournament participants is $5.00.

10:00 AM – 5:00 PM Exhibit Hall Open. Pennsylvania A, B, & C.

10:15 AM Audio Described Movie Ballroom A, B, & C. (TBD by popular vote prior to the conference), sponsored by Golden Triangle Council of the Blind. We’ll
be posting a selection of four or five movies (2017 release or newer) to the PCB-L and in The PCB Advocate. Then, we want you to choose the movie you’d like to watch most. If you plan on attending, be sure to submit your vote by October 1, 2019. Cost for this event is $5.

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM Lunch on your own.

Friday General Session Ballrooms A, B, & C.

1:30 PM New Strategies for Shopping Success, Michael Zaken 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, and PCB Board Member.

3:25 PM Announcements and Door Prizes

3:30 PM Break

3:45 PM Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Social Media Basics, Rosemary Martin, PCB Social Media Coordinator. Pennsylvania D.
This 45-minute workshop will introduce participants to social media, specifically Facebook and Twitter. We will begin by discussing what social media is and how easy it is to create an account for yourself. We’ll learn how to connect with old and new friends, and we’ll discuss advocacy as it pertains to the social media landscape. We’ll bust the most common misconceptions surrounding social media and provide tips and tricks along the way.

Intro to AccessiDocs, Tony Swartz, AccessiDocs Project Coordinator. Pennsylvania E. Members of the PCB AccessiDocs team will first explain what is meant by an accessible document and its value to you. Then you will learn in general terms the process for creating accessible documents, the various methods for distributing them, and the purpose and goals for the AccessiDocs Project. Lastly, you will receive a thumb drive with a copy of OBI, the software used to produce Daisy3 formatted documents.

Real Life Peers Challenging Beliefs, Open Discussion, PCB Vision Loss Resource Team. Ballroom D. Join your peers and friends at PCB for a lively round table discussion to share life experiences that proved to you or others that you challenged common beliefs about blindness and vision impairment. The Vision Loss Resource Team invites you to listen and share stories of when you graduated from college or raised a family or surprised others and yourself by becoming a successful entrepreneur or valued employee. Maybe you climbed a mountain, maybe you downhill skied or sailed the ocean blue. Tell us your shining moments.

7:30 PM Pre-Auction Reception, Ballroom A, B, & 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, Ballroom A, B, & C. Note: cash bar in the back of the room.

Saturday, October 19, 2019

8:30 AM – 12:30 PM Conference Registration, Mezzanine (across hall from ballroom).

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM Exhibit Hall. Pennsylvania A, B, & C.

8:55 AM – 12:00 PM General Session. Ballroom A, B, & C. 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.

9:40 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.

10:20 AM Break & Announcements

10:35 AM Door Prizes

10:40 AM It Starts with Self-Image, Dr. Andre Watson, Clinical Psychologist and Author of Vision in the Dark.
In his book, Vision in the Dark, Dr. Watson tells his story of self-determination and positive self-image as he overcame many of life’s challenges. Whether you were born blind or lost sight later, maintaining good self-image can be very difficult among society’s notions of what life is like for “the blind” and “the disabled.” Join Dr. Watson as he explores strategies to cast off other’s misperceptions and become confident in your own abilities.

11:20 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.

12:00 PM Morning Wrap Up & Door Prizes, Sue Lichtenfels, PCB President.
Attendees should feel free to chat with the presenters and take the opportunity to purchase their books or other promotional items until 12:30 PM.

12:00 PM – 2:00 PM Lunch (on your own).

2:00 PM – 4:30 PM Saturday afternoon General Session. Ballroom A, B, & C.

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.

6:00 PM Pre-banquet Reception, Cash Bar, Pennsylvania A, B, & C. This is the time to relax and enjoy a cocktail with friends while we announce winners of the PCB 50/50 Raffle, Chapter Raffle Drawings and Door Prizes.

All the remaining events will take place in ballroom A, B. & C.

7:00 PM PCB Banquet, sponsored by the Hank Bloomberg Chapter.

8:15 PM Awards Ceremony, sponsored by the Philadelphia Metro Chapter.

8:45 PM Banquet speaker (to be announced).

Sunday, October 20, 2019

8:30 AM – 11:15 AM General Session.

8:30 AM Breakfast, sponsored by the Philadelphia Regional Chapter.

9:10 AM Necrology Report, Jacqueline Wissinger, PCB Chaplain.

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

9:50 AM Conference Program & Planning Report, Tom Burgunder, 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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