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National Federation of the Blind of Arkansas
2020 State Convention

November 5th, 6th & 7th, 2020


The National Federation of the Blind of Arkansas Board of Directors welcomes you to our 65th Annual State Convention for the National Federation of the Blind of Arkansas



President: Terry Sheeler                                        1st Vice President: Donna Walker

2nd Vice President: David Henry                            Secretary: Ron Owens

Treasurer: Jimmy Sparks                                      Board Member: Nena Chadwick Board Member: Freddie Wilkey Board Member: Robert Blachowicz


Board Member: Gary Hall



President: Terry Sheeler
Home: (479) 582-0091 Cell: (479) 841-6081
7 E. Boulder Creek Blvd. #109
Fayetteville, AR 72703


Convention Information


The 2020 NFBAR state convention will be hosted by the NFB of NWA chapter. In an effort to protect the health and safety of our members and attendees, all events will be held virtually. We will be using Zoom to connect and attend all meetings, sessions, and our annual banquet.


To participate virtually, a computer, tablet or phone will be required. An internet connection will give you better sound and video when connected to Zoom.


Connecting to Zoom Sessions

Topic: National Federation of the Blind of Arkansas State Convention
Time: Nov 6 & 7, 2020 09:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada)

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Zoom Meeting Etiquette


Each Zoom call will be managed by hosts. The hosts control the call settings and can mute and unmute participants. Our speakers for the session will be hosts, in addition to people assigned to assist with the logistics of the meeting. We ask all speakers that are hosts to stay muted when not speaking.


All participants that are not hosts will be muted automatically when joining. Anyone that would like to speak, should select the option to raise their hand. A host will acknowledge, at which time the option to unmute will be available. Our hosts do not have the ability to raise their hands, so those hosting should only unmute at appropriate times.


We ask people joining our meetings by phone to dial in early. For record keeping, phone numbers will need to be renamed by a host after connecting. This process must be restarted each time a caller hangs up and rejoins. To keep an accurate participation list, we ask that those dialing in by phone not hang up between sessions.


If available, we would love for attendees to use video when calling in. Those participants that do should be mindful that others can see them. Please make sure your video is appropriate for a public meeting.


All meetings will be starting on time, based on this agenda. We ask that participants connect approximately 15 minutes before each meeting. This will ensure there is time to address any connectivity problems.


Elections Over Zoom


Voting will take place using Zoom. Anyone planning to call in by phone should send an email to to declare the phone number from which they will be calling. This will help to validate votes if names are not showing on the participant list. When voting, raise your hand and keep it up. The host will lower hands after votes are counted and validated. Two employees of the NFB, not Arkansas members, will count and validate votes.


Door Prizes


Door prizes will be drawn during the convention’s general sessions and during the banquet. To win, you must be registered for the convention, and be present when your name is called. If your name is called for a door prize, raise your hand! If you have difficulty raising your hand in Zoom you can respond in one of the following ways but must do so before the next-door prize break.


Call 501-467-3226

Text 501-680-7007


Zoom Keyboard Shortcuts



Mute/unmute audio: Alt + A

Mute/unmute audio for everyone except host: Alt + M

Raise/lower hand: Alt + Y

Start/stop video: Alt + V

Jump to chat with someone: Ctrl + T

Close current chat session: Ctrl + W

Start/stop cloud recording: Alt + C

Display/hide in meeting chat panel: Alt + H

Display/hide participant panel: Alt + U


Mac OS

Mute/unmute audio: Command + Shift +A

Mute audio for everyone except the host: Command + Control + M

Push to talk: Space

Raise/lower hand: Option + Y

Start/stop video: Command + Shift + V

Start cloud recording: Command + Shift + C

Show/hide in-meeting chat panel: Command + Shift + H

Display/hide participant panel: Command + U



Phone (Dial-In) Commands

Hear all commands: **

Hear how many people are in a meeting: *#

Mute/unmute: *6 Toggle

Raise/lower hand: *9


A full list of keyboard shortcuts can be found on the Zoom website at: https//

National Representative


We are pleased to welcome Patti Chang as our National Representative


Patti Gregory-Chang


Patti Gregory-Chang Esq
Development Director, Attorney, Advocate, Mother

After graduating from Harbor Springs High School in 1981, Patti planned to attend school with hopes of becoming a teacher of the visually impaired. After earning her teaching certificate at Michigan State University, she discovered a passion for law and enrolled in the University of Chicago Law School.


Patti graduated from law school in 1988 and worked in the City of Chicago Law Department for twenty-eight years. She began her tenure in the Traffic Division and worked her way up to Assistant Corporation Counsel. In this position she prosecuted housing court matters in the Circuit Court of Cook County and handled collection matters for the Building and Land Use Litigation Division of the City of Chicago Law Department.


Patti became Senior Assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of Chicago Law Department in 1998. In this role she prosecuted cases, supervised attorneys prosecuting cases, coordinated law clerks and externs, and served on various committees and task forces. She belongs to several professional associations and serves on the Administrative Law Section Council of the Illinois State Bar Association. She is also a member of the National Association of Blind Lawyers and the Association of Fundraising Professionals.


In 2016 Patti embarked on a second career, accepting the position of Director of Outreach for the National Federation of the Blind, the largest organization of blind people in the world.


In fact, Patti has devoted much of her free time to the National Federation of the Blind since joining in 1981. Patti currently serves as Treasurer of the Illinois affiliate of the NFB and has served on its National Board of Directors as well as working as national scholarship committee chair for some years.


Patti lives in Chicago. In her spare time, Patti and her husband love travel and dancing and enjoy spending time with family and friends. They boast of two successful adult children, Johnathon and Julia, and a wonderful grandchild, Kayla Ma Chang. Julia as well as Johnathon and his wife, Rebecca all live in Chicago.






Thursday, November 5

6:00 – 8:00 p.m.: Vendors Night


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Friday, November 6


General Session


9:00 – 9:05 a.m.: Call to order, agenda details and announcements
National Federation of the Blind of Arkansas State President: Terry Sheeler
9:05 – 9:15 a.m.: Convention welcome
Springdale Arkansas Mayor: Doug Sprouse
9:15 – 9:45 a.m.: The vision of how the NOPBC can make a positive difference
National Organization of Parents of Blind Children: Carlton Anne Cook Walker
9:45 – 10:00 a.m.: Being A Blind Business Owner
Wellness Advocate, Do Terra Essential Oils: Cindy Scott-Huisman
10:00 – 10:20 a.m.: Break
10:20 – 10:40 a.m.: IFB Solutions, Recruiting, Employment and Events
IFB Solutions: Eric Hughes
10:40 – 11:00 a.m.: IFB Solutions, Community Low Vision Center
IFB Solutions: Toni Fraser
11:00 – 11:20 a.m.: Non 24 Hour - Vanda Pharmaceuticals Inc. Information
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11:20 – 11:40 a.m.: Nano Pac, Technology for Independence
Vision Specialist: Calvin Churchwell
11:40 – 12:00 p.m.: Blind Inc, Blind Training Center that offers training for adults, children, teenagers and seniors:
Resource Development Coordinator: Rachel Kuntz





12:00 – 2:00 p.m.: Lunch Break
12:30 – 1:00 p.m.: Central Arkansas Chapter Meeting: Conference Call Line 310-372-7549 Code:744800





General Session


2:00 p.m.: Convention Reassembles
2:00 – 2:30 p.m.: Achilles International Organization Proving support, training and technical expertise to runners at all levels:
Achilles International Arkansas Chapter: Mary Dean MS, OTR/L
2:30 – 3:00 p.m.: The Artist Vision of 4D and Performance Art – Navigating the Arts Through the Eye of a Blind Student:
Arkansas Association of the Blind Student President: Elizabeth Sheeler
3:00 – 3:20 p.m.: The New Newsline
Newsline User: Donna Walker
3:20 – 3:40 p.m.: Break
3:40 – 4:00 p.m.: Empowering Blind Students to Learn Hands-On in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
Spokesman: Michael Hingson
4:00 – 4:30 p.m.: Living Alone in a Small Town with Blindness
LCB Graduate: Donavon Cavender
4:30 – 4:50 p.m.: Life Experiences with Visual Impairment
Retail Store Manager: Keith Clark
4:50 – 5:00 p.m.: Final Announcements and Closing Remarks
National Federation of the Blind of Arkansas State President: Terry Sheeler
5:00 p.m.: Adjournment





5:00 – 6:00 p.m.: Nominating Committee Meeting ~ Closed meeting
6:00 – 6:30 p.m.: Resolutions Committee Meeting




7:00 – 9:00 p.m.: Virtual Café Meet & Greet
Join us with your favorite snack and beverage to connect with old friends and make new ones. This will be a relaxed atmosphere to meet fellow members of the National Federation of the Blind of Arkansas





Saturday, November 7


General Session


9:00 – 9:05 a.m.: Call To Order, NFB Pledge and Announcements
National Federation of the Blind of Arkansas State President: Terry Sheeler
9:05 – 9:30 a.m.: Terry Sheeler, State Report, Arkansas Affiliate President of National Federation of the Blind of Arkansas
9:30 – 10:15 a.m.: National Report
NFB National Representative: Patti Chang Esq
10:15– 10:30 a.m.: Break
10:30 – 11:00 a.m.: Direction of the Agency with the New Transformation
Director of Services for the Blind: Dr Cassondra Williams Stoaks
11:00 – 12:00 a.m.: "Thunder Dog – The True Story of a Blind Man, A Guide Dog & The Triumph of Trust" and 9/11 World Trade Center
Author: Michael Hingson





12:00 – 2:00 p.m.: Lunch Break
12:30 – 1:30 p.m.: At Large Chapter Meeting: Conference Call Line 310-372-7549 Code:744800
12:30 – 1:30 p.m.: ARKABS Meeting: Conference Call Line 425-436-6200 Code:639922







2:00 p.m.: Convention Reassembles
2:00 – 2:05 p.m.: Election Information
Affiliate elections will be taking place throughout the afternoon general session. At the appropriate times, the nomination committee will make its recommendation for candidates and nominations will be taken from the floor. Those wishing to make a nomination should raise their hand before unmuting. Nominees must be present to accept. Additional time to tally votes will be given as needed. Only registered due paying members are eligible to vote in elections.
2:05 – 2:10 p.m.: Meeting Minutes
National Federation of the Blind of Arkansas State Secretary: Ron Owens
2:10 – 2:15 p.m.: Treasurers Report
National Federation of the Blind of Arkansas State President: Terry Sheeler
2:15 – 2:30 p.m.: Resolutions Committee Report
2:30 – 2:40 p.m.: Nominating Committee Report
Nominating Committee Chair: Nena Chadwick
2:40 – 3:35 p.m.: NFBAR Board of Directors Election
3:35– 3:55 p.m.: Break
3:55 – 4:05 p.m.: NFB of NWA Chapter Report
National Federation of the Blind of Northwest Arkansas Chapter President: David Henry
4:05 – 4:15 p.m.: River Valley Chapter Report
National Federation of the Blind of Arkansas River Valley Chapter Vice President: Freddie Wilkey
4:15 – 4:25 p.m.: Central Arkansas Chapter Report
National Federation of the Blind of Arkansas Central Arkansas President: Robert Blachowicz
4:25 – 4:35 p.m.: Chapter At Large Report
National Federation of the Blind of Arkansas At Large Chapter President: Ron Owens
4:35 – 4:45 p.m.: ARKABS Chapter Report
National Federation of the Blind of Arkansas Association of Blind Students Chapter: Elizabeth Sheeler
4:45 – 4:55 p.m.: Pac Plan Information
Pac Plan Chair Donna Walker
4:55 – 5:00 p.m.: Final Announcements and Closing Remarks:
National Federation of the Blind of Arkansas State President: Terry Sheeler
5:00 p.m.: Adjournment







Bring your favorite beverage and join us for our virtual banquet where we
will celebrate 65 years of accomplishments, listen to our keynote address
and have a chance to win door prizes. Stay with us throughout the evening as the NFBAR Host Convention Committee will be drawing grand prizes this evening.>


7:00 – 7:10 p.m.: Welcome Introductions
7:10 – 7:30 p.m.: Banquet Address
NFB National Representative, Patti Chang Esq
7:45 – 9:00 p.m.: Virtual Trivia: The Arkansas Association of Blind Students will host Trivia Night




Dream Makers Circle


Including the National Federation of the Blind in your future or estate plans is a thoughtful way to transform dreams into reality for future generations. In leaving a legacy gift, you will become a part of our Dream Makers Circle and you will make a real and lasting difference in the lives of blind Americans.


Information is available at If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Patti Chang at or 410-659-9314, extension 2422


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Special Recognition

The National Federation of the Blind of Arkansas would like to thank


Our national representative, Patti Chang Esq for helping and speaking at our state convention.


All of our guest speakers for presenting at our State Convention to make it a success.


All members and attendees for your presence, dedication, work and support within your chapters and the state affiliate.


All who assisted with Zoom, with a special thanks to (Julie, Dan and Anna). All that contributed to and purchased door prizes and served on committees. Thank you for your support.


All National Federation of the Blind of Arkansas Affiliate Board members past and present, for its time, involvement, commitment, and dedication to this Arkansas Affiliate.  


A special thanks to all the affiliate's sighted members and our sighted friends and family that give their endless support, encouragement, and time.



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