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State Convention

National Federation of the Blind of Massachusetts 2021 STATE CONVENTION

February 18th through 21st, 2021

Register and make a difference in the lives of blind Massachusettsans!

The National Federation of the Blind of Massachusetts is proud to announce our 2021 State Convention! And for the first time ever, this event will be held anywhere and everywhere with FREE registration! Please save the dates of Thursday, February 18, Friday, February 19, Saturday, February 20, and Sunday, February 21.

Note: The agenda will be finalized and distributed and posted on the state website in late February or early February. Yes, the agenda will be available on NFB-NEWSLINE® too!

We are proud to announce that Sean Callaway, board member of the National Federation of the Blind and president of the DC affiliate, will be serving as our national rep this year. His bio can be read at www.nfb.org/about-us/leadership/board-directors/sean-callaway.

Here is your chance to participate and learn more about the NFB’s programs and goals on the state and national level. Also, hear from speakers on topics of national and state importance, membership, technology, Braille, students, and parents’ concerns, meet the scholarship class of 2021 and much more!

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

Mark your calendars and make every effort to attend the 2020 state convention of the NFBMA. Get Involved. Make a Difference! Please share with others, everyone is welcome!

Registration

How many reasons do you need to register by Saturday, January 30, 2021? Here are just a few:

  • By registering for the state convention before the deadline, you will be eligible to win door prizes!
  • If you are a current paid member with a chapter and or division, and your dues are paid by Saturday, January 30, and you register, you are eligible to vote in the NFBMA election at the convention!
  • Registration is free: no travel costs, no hotel fees, and no expensive restaurants
  • You’ll help the NFBMA collect current contact information for everyone who registers!
  • You can wear casual comfy clothes and footwear of your choice to all of the sessions, even the banquet! No need to get up early!
  • All of the money you save can be donated to your favorite organization, the NFB of MA!

To register, please complete the online registration form.

Using the arrow keys will greatly improve your ability to view all of the information on this form when navigating with a screen reader. If you need assistance registering, please call Amy Ruell at 781-267-4432 and she will get back to you promptly.

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, please contact us at 781-267-4432 or aruell@comcast.net.

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