2022 NFBNV State Convention Agenda

The National Federation of the Blind of Nevada 2022 State Convention
November 18 - 20, 2022
Comfort Inn and Suites Henderson
475 Marks Street
Henderson, NV 89014

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!

NFB of Nevada Board of Directors


Terri Rupp

First Vice President

Mark Tadder

Second Vice President

Ramona Coker


Frida Aizenman


Chun Chao

Board Members

Regina Mitchell
Greg Suponch
Jinnerfer Strother
Dawn Hyatt

National Representative

Jessica Beecham
National Federation of the Blind of Colorado President

2022 NFB of Nevada State Convention COVID protocol

All attendees are welcome to bring and wear masks, but not required to do so. Masks will be available at convention. We encourage everyone to practice good hygiene. Hand sanitizer will be provided. There is no vaccination requirement for this event. Regardless of vaccination status, we ask that if you are experiencing COVID-like symptoms or have tested positive in the past five days, please stay home.

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.


Thursday, November 17, 2022

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM (All times Pacific)- National Federation of the Blind of Nevada Board of Director’s meeting (virtual)

Topic: National Federation of the Blind of Nevada Board of Directors Meeting(virtual)
Time: Nov 17, 2022 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Important reminder!

You must be registered no later than Friday, November 4. There will be no on-site registration. If you have difficulty registering, please contact NFB Nevada President Terri Rupp at president@nfbnevada.org. All registered attendees, sponsors, and volunteers Will need to display their name badges for meals. Registering also enters you into our door prize drawings. You never know what you just might win.

Friday, November 18, 2022

5:00 PM - 9:00 PM Convention Registration Packet Pick Up
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Our title sponsor, Clusiv invites you to join us for a refreshing reception of drinks, dinner, and dessert. Plan to stay after for an informative break out.

Plan for some friendly competition during Saturday’s session. We will be auctioning off baked goods, gift baskets, and a Stay at the Whitney Peak hotel in Reno. Auction items will be on display in the back of the room at the reception.
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM Title Sponsor Break Out by Clusiv.io
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Saturday, November 19, 2022

7:00 AM - 8:45 AM - Breakfast will be served

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM - Morning General Session

9:00 AM - 9:30 AM Opening Ceremonies by Imagine, local all blind vocalist group
Invocation: Regina Mitchell
Pledge of allegiance: Marley Jane Rupp
NFB Pledge: Terri Rupp

“I pledge to participate actively in the effort of the National Federation of the Blind to achieve equality, opportunity, and security for the blind; to support the policies and programs of the Federation; and to abide by its constitution.”
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM National Report
Jessica Beecham, National Federation of the Blind of Colorado, President
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM My national convention experience; panelist of first time attendees at the 2022 NFB National Convention
Buddy Collier, Becky Jayakumar, Mona Merklein
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM The importance of self-advocacy; From the Classroom to Capitol Hill
Kimie Eacobacci, Immediate Past President of the National Federation of the Blind of Nevada
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM Blind Voter Experience
Mark Tadder, NFB Nevada First Vice President and Mona Coker, NFB Nevada Second Vice President share their blind voter experience.
11:30 AM - 12:00 PM Sponsor Highlight
Beyond Limits Running
Vanda Pharmaceuticals Inc.

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM - Exhibitor Luncheon

We invite you to spend the lunch break visiting with our vendors, presenters, and members.

2:00 PM - 5:00 PM - Afternoon General Session

2:00 PM - 2:30 PM State Report with special presentation of charter to the southern Nye County Chapter
Terri Rupp, National Federation of the Blind of Nevada President
2:30 PM - 3:00 PM NFB Training Centers, and a Colorado experience
Maureen Nietfeld, Director of student services, Colorado Center for the blind
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM Beyond Blindness, Beyond Limits Running
A panel on the power behind partnerships, perseverance, and possibilities
Ken Rubeli, Co-owner of Beyond Limits Running
Christy Gadoury, Director of Achilles Las Vegas
Pedro Navarro, blind athlete
Christopher Michael Coffey, guide
Ed Robichaud, blind athlete
4:00 PM - 4:30 PM The role of students in the National Federation of the Blind Gene Kim, National Association of Blind Students
4:30 PM - 5:00 PM What’s new about NFB Newsline?
Mark Tadder, National Federation of the Blind of Nevada First Vice President
5:00 PM Adjourn

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM - Banquet

Keynote address by Jessica Beecham, President of the National Federation of the Blind of Colorado, blind entrepreneur, Immediate Past President of the NFB Sports And Recreation Division

Why apply? Jinnerfer Strother, NFB Southern Nevada Chapter President , 2022 Jernigan Scholarship winner shares why you should apply.

Presentation of scholarships and awards
Regina Mitchell, National Federation of the Blind of Nevada Scholarship Committee Chair

9:00 PM - 10:00 PM - Stick around for a lively trivia night hosted by the Nevada Association of Blind Students

Sunday, November 20, 2022

7:00 AM-9:00 AM - Achilles Las Vegas invites you to join them for their weekly group run between 7 AM and 9 AM at Cornerstone Park. If you plan to attend, please RSVP with Terri Rupp (text 702-524-0835) by Sunday November 13, so we can provide you with a ride and a guide.

9:30 AM to 11:30 AM- Business Session Brunch

9:30 AM Call To Order, Housekeeping, Announcements and Reminders
9:35 AM Treasurers Report
Chun Alan Chao, National Federation of the Blind of Nevada, Treasurer
10:00 AM to 10:30 AM Chapter and Division Reports
10:30 AM to 11:00 AM Resolutions
11:00 AM to 11:30 AM Elections
11:30 AM Adjourn

A Thank You to Our Sponsors

The National Federation of the Blind of Nevada thanks our 2022 sponsors for their financial support as we remove obstacles, raise expectations, and continue our work so blind Nevadans can live the lives we want.

>Title Sponsor $4,000


Clusiv is the world's first accessible e-learning platform built for & by people who are blind.

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Platinum Sponsor $2000

Beyond Limits Running

Co-founded 11 years ago by Stephanie Rubeli, a double organ transplant recipient and her husband, Ken Rubeli, Beyond Limits Running (“BLR”) was formed to help runners of all abilities run way past their perceived limits by competing in running events. Stephanie and Ken are very active in Southern Nevada philanthropy. Ken is a former casino executive and retired CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Nevada. Currently, he serves as board president of Las Vegas-based Andson Foundation and is a Boys & Girls Club Foundation trustee. Known for its over-the-top festive events, BLR produces the Beyond Limits Ultra Race, the Happy Hippie Harvest Run and the Bee-utiful Sunflower Run. BLR recently sold its nationally recognized Jackpot Ultra Running Festival to Arabia Pa Running. Learn more at www.BeyondLimitsRunning.com.

Gold Sponsored $500

Vanda Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Non-24 is a serious chronic disorder affecting up to 70% of totally blind individuals but you don’t have to be totally blind to have this condition.

Without enough or any light cues, individuals living with Non-24 may experience the following symptoms—

  • Trouble falling asleep and/or staying asleep during the night
  • A strong urge to sleep during the day or a tendency to fall asleep unexpectedly
  • Sleep patterns that are different from those of most other people they know
  • Difficulty staying awake during the day which may affect time at work, at school, social activities and/or family time
  • Periods of good sleep followed by periods of poor sleep
  • Wake up feeling groggy or the feeling they haven’t gotten enough sleep

To learn more, please contact Shauna Jatho RN clinical nurse educator at 202.538.0396

Northern Nevada Center for Independent Living

Independence is Accessible

NNCIL is dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with disabilities by promoting independence through self-empowerment, choice, and community involvement.


White Cane Sponsored $250

Southern Nevada Center for Independent

Located about one mile from the Las Vegas Strip, SNCIL has been in Southern Nevada since 1984. In 1995 SNCIL became a stand-alone Center for Independent Living and established a satellite office to serve the rural areas of Southern Nevada.

Differing from most organizations that serve people with disabilities, SNCIL is founded on the belief that independent living is about consumer control. Guided by the Independent Living and People First Philosophy, the majority of board, staff and volunteers are individuals with disabilities. We are here to help you adapt to living with your disability and pursue the life you want to live.

SNCIL is one of approximately 350 consumer directed Centers located throughout the United States, Guam, Puerto Rico and American Samoa funded by the Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Community Living.

Sponsored $150


3DPhotoWorks is committed to delivering accessible and inclusive images to the blind, disabled, and sighted communities. These transformative experiences allow for an intimate connection with a wide range of visual and graphic material. Images designed for touch provide the opportunity to acquire visual information independently, without relying on recorded descriptions or the interpretation of a sighted companion. Users can explore the depth and complexity of their favorite artworks and images, often for the first time.

Since 2008, the company has worked closely with the blind community to research and develop tactile technology. In 2021, 3DPhotoWorks, Tactile Image’s, the National Federation of the Blind, and Getty Images partnered to deliver more than 45 million images to the blind and disabled at museums, science centers, libraries, government agencies, and cultural institutions worldwide.