Seeking Session Proposals for Our 2020 Conference

PCB – A Peer Network for All impacted by Vision Loss


The Pennsylvania Council of the Blind, which strives to promote independence and opportunities for people with vision loss, is seeking presentation submissions for its 2020 statewide conference. This revised request for presentations is necessitated by the cancellation of the in-person conference. We are exploring the viability of hosting a virtual conference instead and we seek your programmatic feedback. While the dates and schedule have not been locked in yet, it is anticipated that the flexibility of a virtual environment will allow us to modify our conference from its traditional format.

So that we might cast as wide a net as possible, please submit session proposals that would be available for presentation during the period of Wednesday, October 21 through Sunday, October 25, 2020. We request proposals be submitted by June 15, 2020. Those who previously submitted presentations are asked to review their proposals in light of the virtual conference and the revised theme as described below. If your initial proposal is still appropriate, please resubmit. If not, please tell us about another great session you would be able to lead.

The theme of the 85th annual PCB Conference and Convention is “Bridging the Distance”. While we recognize how disappointing it is to not be with one another in person, we hope to bring peers who are blind or visually impaired together through the technology of phones, computers, and smart speakers. We believe the virtual conference will actually enable many more peers to participate than are usually financially able to do so.

The conference planners seek proposals for presentations, workshops, and activities that focus on one of the many ways we can go about “Bridging the Distance.” Beyond spanning the physical distances in our lives, consider some of the metaphorical distances we strive to bridge: knowledge and skill gaps; cultural and perceptual differences; financial and resource deficits; accessibility and health lapses; and community and familial separation. This year’s theme offers a broad array of possible session topics. Please do design sessions to be as interactive as possible to engage attendees. We welcome session proposals from peers, vision professionals, vendors, and community experts through June 15, 2020.

Read our Proposal Guidelines for more details and directions for submitting a session proposal. Don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions. Send an email to

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