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State Convention

It's been three years, and we can't wait to come together again in person! The National Federation of the Blind of Michigan State Convention is the largest gathering of blind people in the state. It is the premier event for training, support, and information for the blind community. It also serves as a governing body, democratically electing our leadership and establishing each year's organizational priorities.

National Federation of the Blind of Michigan 2022 STATE CONVENTION

Friday, November 4 through Sunday, November 6, 2022

The 2022 State Convention of the National Federation of the Blind of Michigan will be held at:
Sheraton Grand Rapids Airport Hotel & Conference Center (formerly The Plaza Grand Rapids)
5700 28th Street SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49546

Please note that we will be live streaming portions of the convention that will be recorded for archival purposes on the website.

Note: The agenda will be finalized, distributed, and posted on the state website in mid to late October.

At our 2022 convention, you will be able to:

  • Learn about the latest technology, products, and services in our exhibit hall
  • Sing your heart out or listen to other performances while you mix and mingle during our White Cane Karaoke event
  • Learn about, and discuss issues of importance to parents, students, seniors, jobseekers, professionals, and much more
  • Learn about the latest programs and advocacy efforts on the local, state, and national level and how you can get or stay involved
  • Enjoy fellowship and a keynote speech at our annual banquet
  • Bid for fabulous prizes during our annual post-banquet auction

We are proud to announce that Pam Allen will be serving as this year's national rep. Pam serves as first vice president and chair of the NFB Board of Directors, president of the Louisiana affiliate, and executive director of the Louisiana Center for the Blind. You can go here to view her bio.

Mark your calendars and make every effort to attend the 2022 state convention of the NFB of Michigan. Get Involved. Make a Difference! Please share with others, everyone is welcome!

Room Reservations

The Sheraton Grand Rapids Airport Hotel & Conference Center (formerly The Plaza Grand Rapids) is now accepting room reservations for the state convention. To make your reservation 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, please dial 616-957-1770 and use the group name National Federation of the Blind of Michigan. The best time to call is during regular business hours, 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. The 2022 room rates are $99/night without breakfast or $110/night with a hot breakfast buffet for up to two guests. Hotel room rates are subject to applicable state and local taxes, and will be in effect at the time of check-out.

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, November 3. Don’t hesitate, please make your room reservations as soon as possible. Our block of rooms are available until Saturday, October 15, 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 Mike Powell at 586-754-1325. Mike usually has a waiting list to review as many learn about the state convention after Saturday, October 15.

Registration

Online Registration is now open for the 2022 NFB of Michigan convention.

The 2022 convention registration rates are $15/person for registration and $50/person for the banquet. These rates will be in effect up through October 15, 2022. After that date, the registration rates will be $20/person for registration and $55/person for the banquet. So if you want to register at the reduced convention registration rates, please do so by October 15, 2022.

White Cane Karaoke

The NFB of Michigan requests your attendance for our first in-person social celebration, "White Cane Karaoke!" Held on Friday, November 4 from 8-11pm, the newest addition to our annual hospitality social, it boasts light appetizers, a cash bar, camaraderie, a chance to win several gift card door prizes, and a special raffle for our Apple Air Pods Pro grand prize later that night. The theme is "Reunited in Rouge," so wear something in the family of red and sing as you connect with your Federation family for your chance to win.

Registration for this is included in the convention registration form. The registration fee prior to October 15 is $10/person, and the fee will increase to $20/person after October 15.

2022 State Convention Assistance for Families (SCAFF)
“Returning to the Rapids!”

Are you a family of a blind child, adolescent or adult? Interested in attending an event packed with advocacy modelling, information gathering, community building, and social awareness? The National Federation of the Blind of Michigan’s SCAFF program supports families of blind Michiganders with costs associated with attending our 2022 State Convention in Grand Rapids from November 4-6. Attend family-oriented events and programming like our “White Cane Karaoke” and Braille Carnival with comfort. For more information, please download the SCAFF flyer.

Transportation

If you are interested in coming to convention but don't know how to get there, please email convention@nfbmi.org, and we can discuss possible options with you. There are van pools leaving from Detroit and other areas which we can connect you to.

Sponsors and Exhibitors

Be a part of our convention and show your support for our programs and advocacy efforts. Our exhibit hall will be open on Friday, November 4, from 1 to 6 PM with other opportunities available throughout the weekend. Custom packages are also available.

For more information, please download the Sponsor and Exhibitor flyer.

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 the following:

J.J. Meddaugh, State Convention Coordinator
Email: convention@nfbmi.org

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