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State Convention

National Federation of the Blind of Connecticut 2021 STATE CONVENTION

October 29th through 31st, 2021

The National Federation of the Blind of Connecticut (NFB of CT) will host our 50th Annual State Convention on October 29th, 30th, and 31st 2021. The NFB is the largest membership organization of blind people in the United States. We hope to have an in-person convention to celebrate 50 years of the NFB of Connecticut educating and helping blind people of our state. We will be having our first ever Hybrid convention. Part of our convention will be held on Zoom for those not yet comfortable meeting in person.

The other portion will be held at the Sheraton Hartford South
100 Capitol Boulevard
Rocky Hill, CT 06067.

Note: The agenda will be finalized and distributed and posted on the state website in early to mid October. Yes, the agenda will be available on NEWSLINE® too!

Here is your chance to participate and learn more about the NFB’s programs and goals on the state and national level. Hear from the NFB national representative. We are proud to announce that John Pare, National Federation of the Blind’s Executive Director of Advocacy & Policy, will be serving as our national rep this year. Also, hear from speakers on topics of national and state importance, membership, seniors, technology, Braille, guide dog users, students, and parents’ concerns, meet the scholarship class of 2021 and much more!

Please visit this space often for further details including the registration form, the agenda and the Zoom information, which will be posted when it becomes available.

Mark your calendars and make every effort to attend the 2021 state convention of the NFBCT. Get Involved. Make a Difference! Please share with others, everyone is welcome!

Room Reservations

The Sheraton Hartford South is now accepting room reservations for the state convention. To make your reservation 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, please dial 860-257-6000 and mention that you are attending the National Federation of the Blind of CT State Convention. The best time to call is during regular business hours, 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. The 2021 room rate is $99 a night. Hotel room rates are subject to applicable state and local taxes, which at present is 6.35% and will be in effect at the time of check-out. The Sheraton Hartford South has a mask mandate for all attendees whether vaccinated or not.

For those considering arriving early, there is a limited number of available guest rooms as another group will be occupying most of the hotel on Thursday, October 28. Don’t hesitate, please make your room reservations as soon as possible. Our block of rooms are available until Wednesday, October 6, and any remaining rooms will become available to the general public. You will need a credit card to secure your reservation, There will be no charge to your card until you arrive at the hotel. In addition, there are a limited number of wheelchair accessible rooms and if needed, make it known when you are making your room reservation.

Note: if you can not attend and you have made hotel reservations, don’t call the hotel to cancel. Please call Maryanne Melley at 860-212-5549. Maryanne usually has a waiting list to review as many learn about the state convention after Wednesday, October 6.

Registration

Vendor Registration

Excellent exposure for your business!

Hosting a vendor table is an opportunity to showcase your products and services. There is limited vendor space, so get your reservations in early! Vendor registration includes a table, 2 chairs and electricity (if you need it). We ask that each vendor contribute a door prize for our State Convention.

The vendor room will be open on October 30. Please complete your vendor registration form no later than Friday, October 15, 2021 by submitting one of the two forms:

Code of Conduct

As an attendee at our convention, you not only represent yourself but also represent our greater organization. We want you to enjoy our time together and to make new friends and renew old acquaintances. Although we encourage members to socialize and have fun, the convention also provides a valuable opportunity to come together to continue the work of our organization, to learn about the important initiatives that we are involved with on local and national levels, and to plan our work for the future.

The National Federation of the Blind seeks to provide a convention environment in which diverse participants, including members, speakers, exhibitors, staff, and volunteers, may learn, network, and enjoy the company of friends and colleagues in an environment of mutual respect and professionalism. We recognize a shared responsibility to create and uphold that atmosphere for the benefit of all. Some behaviors are therefore specifically prohibited:

  • harassment or intimidation based on race, religion, ethnicity, language, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, physical appearance, or other group identity
  • harassment or intimidation, including unwelcome sexual attention, stalking (physical or virtual), or unsolicited physical contact
  • public drunkenness and associated behaviors (e.g., belligerence, yelling, hostility, destruction of property)

Participants are expected to abide by these rules and behaviors in all convention venues, including online arenas, social media, and social events. Participants who are asked to stop a behavior that the recipient considers hostile or harassing are expected to comply immediately. We are committed to diversity, equity, and the free expression of ideas. Please visit https://nfb.org/code-conduct for more information.

Additional Information

Additional information will be posted as soon as it becomes available. Check back often.

For more information about this event, please contact the National Federation of the Blind of Connecticut outreach coordinator Lucia Lee at 860-289-1971 or info@nfbct.org, or contact our affiliate president, Maryanne Melley at 860-212-5549 or maryanne.melley@gmail.com.

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