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. The 85th Annual PCB Conference and Convention will be held October 22 through October 25, 2020, at The Crowne Plaza Harrisburg Hershey in Harrisburg, PA.
As a network of peers directly impacted by blindness or vision loss, we recognize how reliant we are on our other senses to provide us with the information and feedback we need to be successful. Learning to harness and appreciate sensory cues is a foundation in the adjustment to vision loss process. Because of their importance to our lives, at the 2020 PCB Conference & Convention, we will be, “Celebrating Our Senses.”
The conference planners are requesting proposals for presentations, workshops, and activities that focus on sensory engagement. Don’t stop the thinking at taste, touch, see, hear, and smell. Consider ideas that highlight those more intangible senses including body awareness, intuition, sense of humor, sense of style, sense of self, etc. Program ideas that are interactive or provide hands-on opportunities to learn and participate are strongly encouraged.
Sample session topics that would fit this year’s theme include: bird calling, planting a fragrant garden, learning dance, aromatherapy, meditation, yoga, massage, haptics, tactile printing, orientation via the senses, crafting by touch, audio description, taste-testing, touch tours, high-contrast decorating, cooking with herbs and spices, grooming by touch, etc.
The planners are truly excited about this theme because it offers so many possibilities. Tweak an idea from the above list or pitch us another great one. We welcome session proposals from peers, vision professionals, vendors, or community experts. Proposals will be accepted through April 1, 2020.