National Federation of the Blind of Nevada
Live The Life You Want
Terri Rupp, President
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Greetings National Federation of the Blind of Nevada Members and Supporters,
We have had a busy spring in both the Northern and Southern Nevada Chapters. I have found it energizing keeping up with the many outreach events our members have been a part of. In the north our Federation Family participated in the Spring Pay it Forward event, and the Washoe County School District (WCSD) Family Summit for families of children with special needs. In the south, Federationists had our usual table at the Nevada Blind Children Foundation Beeping Egg Hunt, and the UNLV Festival of Communities. I am pleased to have been able to attend almost all of these events in person including leading a breakout session on, "Removing Limiting Beliefs and Raising Low Expectations," at the WCSD Family Summit. During my quick trip to Reno, I met with the catering manager and sales director at the Nugget, where our 2018 State Convention is to be held. Meanwhile, when I am not working on Federation work, I am actively training for my first marathon. I completed my first half marathon on May 6th running 13.1 miles in 2:49. As always, I am filled with joy and gratitude to be able to live the life I want, raising expectations, and serving the National Federation of the Blind as a leader and advocate.
Global Accessibility Awareness Day
The Apple Store Fashion Show Mall has invited people who want to learn about Apple and their products to a one on one class to be held on Thursday, May 17th from 6:00PM to 7:00PM, at 3200 S. Las Vegas BLVD. Las Vegas, NV 89109. You do not need to own an Apple device to attend.
Northern Nevada Chapter May Meeting
Saturday, May 19th at Bully's Bar and Grill at 1640 Robb Drive in the Sierra View room. The meeting will go from 1pm til 3pm and the Chapter will provide some light appetizers to snack on. The Grill is located about 80 yards south of the southeast corner of the Robb and Mae Anne Blvd intercection in old Northwest Reno. This location is serviced by RTC Bus routes 3 and 4 as well as ACCESS. If you need some help in arriving at this location, please give Mark Tadder a call at 225-6881. Although this meeting will not be a formal business meeting, we may have a few announcements and items to discuss. Just a few, I promise.
Southern Nevada Chapter May Meeting
Saturday, May 19th at the Blind Center of Nevada located at 1001 North Bruce St. Las Vegas, NV 89101. We will meet from 11:00am - 1:00pm. Along with our usual business topics, we will watch a short video interview of Conchita Hernandez from Allure Magazine titled, "What it's Like to Come Out as Blind," Following the video we will discuss our own feelings of shame that surround blindness and ways to overcome those barriers.
Voting Machine Demo
Nevada has purchased all new voting machines. As we are quickly approaching the primary elections, we want our members to test out the new accessible voting machines. Thursday, May 24th from 11:00am - 12:00PM at the Election Department, Freedom Room located at 965 Trade Dr. North Las Vegas, NV 89030.
National Convention Preregistration Deadline
If you are planning on attending the NFB 2018 National Convention which is to be held July 3 - 8 in Orlando, this is your reminder to preregister by the May 31st deadline to avoid long lines and take advantage of discounted prices. You can preregister at www.nfb.org/registration.
NFB Nevada BELL Academy
The National Federation of the Blind of Nevada and the Nevada Blind Children Foundation are bringing Braille Enrichment for Literacy and Learning to children who are blind and have low vision June 18 - 22. Our program will provide fun, hands on Braille instruction to children between 4 - 12 years old who do not receive adequate Braille during the school year. To learn more or to enroll your child, visit www.nfb.org/bellor email nevada.NFB.BELL@gmail.com.
2018 National Federation of the Blind of Nevada State Convention
Save the date for Friday, October 5th and Saturday, October 6th for our 2018 State Convention to be held at the Nugget Casino Resort in Sparks. Room rates are $119 for singles and doubles, and $129 for triples and quads. Check our website for convention announcements, and our many scholarship opportunities. If you know of a business or vender interested in sponsoring or exhibiting at our convention have them contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lastly, my family and I will be heading out on a three week camping road trip down the California Coast from May 25th - June 14. I will periodically be checking email and voicemails when in route from one National Park to another. If you have urgent matters that need an immediate response please contact National Federation of the Blind of Nevada Vice President Michael Ausbun at 775-432-8789 or email@example.com.
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The National Federation of the Blind knows that blindness is not the characteristic that defines you or your future. Every day we raise the expectations of blind people, because low expectations create obstacles between blind people and our dreams. You can live the life you want; blindness is not what holds you back.
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