GET READY FOR CONVENTION 2021.

WE ARE FCB STRONG!!

CELEBRATING OUR RICH HISTORY

LEARNING AND PLANNING FOR TOMORROW

Dear Friends and Members of FCB,

The Florida Council of the Blind, Inc. (FCB) warmly welcomes you to attend our 68th annual convention scheduled April 29 - May 2, 2021 in Maitland. The convention hotel is the Sheraton Orlando North; 600 North Lake Destiny Drive, Maitland, Florida 32751.

HOTEL RESERVATIONS: Room rates are $94.00 per night plus tax. Reserve your room by calling 407-660-9000. Remember to mention that you are with FCB to insure you receive the convention rate. **THE DEADLINE FOR MAKING HOTEL RESERVATIONS FOR THIS YEAR'S CONVENTION IS March 28, 2021. ** Please reserve your room now to guarantee our special rate. The room rate includes complimentary breakfast and self-parking.

The FCB Convention will be exciting and educational, full of varied and informative programs and of course, time for visiting and fun! There's something for everyone here, don't miss it!

This year our convention will be a hybrid convention. This means that you can attend in person at the hotel or participate on Zoom. ACB Radio will be streaming some of our convention workshops and FCB will use its Zoom platform to present other workshops. The Zoom information will be sent out a few days before the convention starts. Our thanks and deep appreciation are extended to ACB Radio for streaming our convention because we will be heard nationwide and around the world. The registration cost for the hybrid convention is twenty-five dollars. After you register, your name will be added to the list of door prize winners.

Thursday, April 29, 2021

1. 7:30 – 10:30 PM, Come and enjoy a Karaoke event in the Sheraton Hotel. The preregistration cost is a ten-dollar donation.

Friday, April 30, 2021

2. 7:00 – 9:00 AM The Braille Revival League invites you to our annual breakfast during which we will hold our business meeting. Our program begins at 8:00 and our speaker is Deborah Kendrick who will talk about techniques, practices and approaches in researching and writing articles, columns, books and poetry using braille. She is an accomplished writer who is blind and who has successfully written and published over the past 4 decades.

3. 8:30 – 9:30 AM FCB Employment Committee
Take a new look at vocational opportunities during this informative session. We are honored to welcome panelists sharing perspective and insight for finding viable employment, which for many individuals may have been a goal for them which seemed elusive, even out of reach at times. Explore enhanced use of technology, remote learning to attain beneficial skills, numerous telework options available, and further resources supporting job seekers will be discussed. If you would like additional information about this workshop, contact Barbara Brown at 904-703-6321.

4. 9:30-10:30 AM Guide Dog Users of Florida (GDUF)
Are you considering getting a guide dog? Do you know the procedures for getting a guide dog? Guide Dog Users of Florida (GDUF) will answer these and other questions at our annual meeting which will be held on April 30th, in Maitland, FL. We will have a panel discussion which will include: Marisa Blanco from Southeastern Guide Dogs, Eric Loori (founder and GDMI) from Freedom Guide Dogs, and Keith McGregor from Leader Dogs. The moderator will be Doug Hall who has been handling guide dogs since 1972 and is currently with his eighth guide.

Topics will include: Providing training at their facilities or at your home; what skills of a student will best match the traits of specific dogs; and what factors may impact this team that could lead to individual specific training for the handler and/or dog, or be a cause for the dog to be returned to the school.

There will be a short business meeting at the end of the presentation.

5. 10:00 – 11:00 AM Vanda Pharmaceutical Presents Non-24-Hour Sleep-Wake Disorder
The Florida Council of the Blind (FCB) has been a longtime partner with Vanda Pharmaceuticals, a global biopharmaceutical company based in Washington, DC. Vanda works to develop new medicines to address unmet medical needs and to improve the lives of patients.

We’re excited to have our Florida Nurse Educator, Vicki Preddy, to raise awareness and provide educational resources about Non-24-Hour Sleep-Wake Disorder, or Non-24 for short.

Non-24 is a chronic circadian rhythm disorder characterized by a misalignment between a person’s internal body clock and the 24-hour day-night cycle, resulting in disturbances when people are awake and when they sleep. If you would like to learn more about Non-24, Vicki will be available for questions during the general session and in the exhibit hall to speak with you directly.

6. 11:00 AM – Noon Multi-facets of ACB Radio
A lot of our members in Florida and around the country don’t have a clear idea of what the ACB Radio staff do. Join Debbie Hazelton, ACB Radio Program Director to learn all about ACB Radio. Some of the questions she will answer are: Who are the ACB Radio staff members and what are their jobs? How does a program get selected for listeners to hear? What steps are needed for someone to have their program broadcast on ACB Radio? How often is the program aired? How do we find the program schedule and previous podcasts? If someone would like to volunteer their services for ACB Radio, what can they do and who should they contact? If someone would like to stream a broadcast, do they need to purchase their equipment?

7. 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM Maintaining Healthy Skin
Come join an exciting and informative workshop which will be interesting to both men and women. All of us have skin and all of us have things we would like to change about our skin. We will be learning ways to become healthier from the inside out.
Do you feel healthy? Are you happy with how your skin looks and feels? We will be discussing specifics about how you can feel and look your healthiest by creating good habits for taking care of your skin. Learn about how to overcome unhealthy skin problems, as well as how you can look younger.

Nancy Folsom will be presenting this workshop. Nancy has received her Skin Care Confident certificate through Mary Kay Cosmetics. She will be discussing healthy ways to feel and look your best!

EXHIBIT HALL
As always, one of the highlights of convention is our Exhibit Hall that will be open both Friday and Saturday all day. Come browse, purchase goods or learn about new technology to assist you in living a more productive and independent life.

8. 1:30 - 2:45 PM FCB Annual Legislative Seminar
Come join us as we highlight the necessary journey that we take to Capitol Hill each year, this time, taken in a completely new and uncharted manner through the virtual medium of Zoom. You will hear from the intrepid voyagers who set their faces resolutely to the achievement of the goal to meet with a representative of every member of the Florida Congressional Delegation in this untried manner. You will, of course, hear from our advocates who faithfully visit the Hill each year and You will also have the opportunity to hear from FCB members who have never before experienced the reality of a visit to Capitol Hill.

Rep. Anna V. Eskamani, representing the Orlando area, who visited us shortly after her election to her first term in 2019, will visit us again after her amazingly successful election to her second term. Rep. Eskamani will speak with us about what she has learned during her time in the Florida Legislature and how she sees the work of this body moving forward in this changing world, state and county environment. She will advise us about best practices to gain publicity and momentum for issues concerning all minorities specifically including all people with disabilities, with an emphasis on people with sensory impairments such as those of us who are blind and visually impaired. In short, Rep. Eskamani will share with us from her large heart, the heart that obviously steers all of her work and efforts.

Please join us and support those members of FCB who have bravely represented all of Florida’s citizens who are blind and visually impaired with courage, commitment and heart.

9. 2:45 – 3:15 PM Credentials Workshop
Register your onsite delegates for the convention. Each chapter or affiliate must be represented in person by an FCB member to receive your credentials.

10. 3:00 – 4:00 PM Learn Techniques for Managing Vision Loss
With the current global situation with COVID, people have learned to assimilate and to manage feelings, emotions, and daily situations in some ways; however, for some communities it has not been as easy as they expected. Join Maria Fernanda Saavedra, social worker and life coach from Central Florida Lighthouse as she discusses the following topics.

The purpose of this presentation is to provide attendees with valuable information and a better understanding of how individuals who are blind and visually impaired perform and adapt to different environments and challenges before, during, and after the adjustment process. Participants will learn how this process plays a significant role in their self-esteem, vision rehabilitation, and their purpose in life. This Presentation will also give our community a more in depth look into psychological, social, and vocational aspects and will learn strategies leading to transforming their lives . Attendees will also understand how these processes and tools can serve as platforms, sources, new avenues for advancement, empowerment, opportunities to grow and to be successful.

11. 3:30 – 4:15 PM First-timers Workshop
Is this your first time attending an FCB Convention? WELCOME! We have a special workshop just for you, co-hosted by long-time members and FCB experts :Sally Benjamin, Mark Lear and Cassandra Jessie. This workshop will tell you who we are, what we do and what we have to offer. Come check it out and let us get to know each other.

12. 4:30 – 5:30 PM Pre-Convention Board Meeting

13. 7:00 PM Awards and Scholarship Dinner
Join us on Friday evening to celebrate and recognize FCB leaders and deserving students at a special Dinner hosted in their honor by Gabriel Lopez Kafati and the Awards and Education and Leadership Committees. Select advocates and leaders will be recognized with prestigious awards and deserving students will be presented with valuable scholarships. The cost of this year's Awards Dinner is $35.00. Please note the meal choices and mark your registration form accordingly.

14. 9:00 – 10:00 PM Resolutions Committee Meeting
Join Paul Edwards and the Resolutions Committee as they draft resolutions for our FCB 2021 Convention.

Saturday, May 1, 2021

15. 8:00 - 9:30 AM FCB Convention Opening Ceremony
Chair, Cynthia Hawkins
Preconvention business, Constitution and Bylaws Report,
Presentations from valued platinum Sponsors
The Opening Ceremony Program:
FCB Presidents Panel
Moderated by ACB President, Dan Spoone

Let’s welcome the leadership voices of our past and current FCB Presidents. What were the biggest challenges of their administrations? What has remained consistent over the years? What have been the biggest changes for FCB? This panel discussion will feature several of our past FCB Presidents: Carl McCoy, Vince Mistretta, Paul Edwards, Debbie Grubb, James Kracht, and welcome our current President, Sheila Young to this exclusive club. It should be a historical look back and an exciting look forward from leaders that have shaped our organization over the decades.

16. 10:00 - 10:50 AM Technology Committee Presentation
Have you been hearing chatter about file sharing and file-sharing services? Are you curious about what they are and how they might work for you? Are you interested in learning more about them, what they are and how they might assist you? Please join the FCB Technology Committee as they present a workshop concerning some of these services at the FCB convention. We will be presenting an overview, demonstration and comparison of apps such as Dropbox, Google docs and OneDrive and how they can be utilized on your desktop, laptop and/or in the palm of your hand on your smart phone. Journey with us as we explore file sharing and how it might improve our work, play and our lives in general.

17. 10:00 - 10:50 AM What’s New in Spectrum/Charter for the Visually Impaired?
Petr Kucheryavyy, Manager of Accessibility Center of Excellence from Charter/Spectrum, will be available to take your questions and share more about the accessibility offerings on Spectrum Access, Spectrum Guide with Guide Narration, the Spectrum streaming apps/platforms, Spectrum News app or the various account management apps.

18. 11:15 AM – 12:05 PM Our Stories
A presentation and reflection of two paths along the same road.
Presenter/facilitators: Sally Benjamin, FCB’s Membership Secretary, and Mikey Wiseman, FCB’s 1st Vice-President

They will educate attendees by sharing their stories of participation and growth within Florida Council of the blind, encourage member involvement within the organization and committees, create and encourage space for individuals to bring forth questions, seek guidance and receive firsthand honest answers and direction. They will take you on a trip down memory lane. Sharing with you their story of how they found Florida Council of the blind, how and where they found their niche, the paths they chose and the ladders they picked to climb and where their paths crossed and joined. This will be a story focusing on the importance of mentorship and willingness to learn, identifying and understanding strengths and weaknesses, collaboration and the mutual respect and friendship that has grown over the years.

19. 11:15 AM – 12:05 PM Sensory Gardening and Non-visual Plant Exploration
Presented by Chris Sacca, Vision Rehabilitation Specialist, Lighthouse Central Florida

This workshop is designed to help you develop a love for the natural world by teaching you how to explore different types of plants through touch, smell and taste. This session will teach you how to identify different plants and recognize and understand what distinguishing features each plant possesses. Participants will be given a special sensory plant in a sealed bag to take home and grow.

20. 1:30-2:30 PM FCB Annual Town Hall Meeting
Plan to attend this exciting and informative meeting moderated by President Sheila Young. You will hear from the Director of the Division of Blind Services, (DBS) Robert Doyle, regarding the current status of the goals and mission of the agency including specific news that he wishes to bring to us. After Mr. Doyle’s formal presentation, questions will be entertained from the audience. Mr. James Woolyhand, Bureau Chief of the Talking Book Library, will discuss library changes during the past year.

21. 3:00 – 4:00 PM Coalitions for the Concerns of the Totally Blind (CCTB) Presentation
No matter what time of year it is, whether cooking or baking in the kitchen for the Holidays, or grilling outdoors in the Summer, I think we probably all agree safety is first and foremost. Our guest Speakers will be Christopher Sacca and Ramon Dukes from the Lighthouse of Central Florida, who will talk to us about Kitchen Safety, and grilling outdoors, along with sharing some tips and tricks, nifty gadgets, and perhaps even some delicious easy grilling recipes.

22. 3:00 – 4:00 PM Florida Council of Citizens With Low Vision (FCCLV)
Tips and Tricks about Low Vision Trends, Services and Gadgets
Ginger Oreskovich, Adult Services Manager and Chris Sacca Vision Rehabilitation Specialist from Lighthouse Central Florida, will be discussing new trends and gadgets and services for the low vision community. They plan to bring an Echo Show and an instapot as well as other low vision devices.

23. 7:00 PM Silent Auction Annual Banquet
Attend FCB'S Annual Banquet: hosted by FCB President, Sheila Young. FCB’s Banquet speaker is Deborah Kendrick. She is a Mother, teacher, educator, writer, columnist, author, editor and poet, a motivating inspirational speaker, loving grandmother, and more. Come hear the legendary and renowned Deborah Kendrick tell tales and truths about her life's story of successful and inspiring accomplishments. The cost of the FCB Banquet is $35.00. Please note the meal choices and mark your registration form accordingly.

John Richards’ tunes and more...Directly following the banquet, don't miss tunes from the vast library of DJ extraordinaire, John Richards. Come dance, socialize, or enjoy while getting supercharged for the suspense and excitement of FCB's annual silent auction results.

Sunday, May 2, 2021

24. 8:30 AM
Bright and early on Sunday morning, you can then claim your right and responsibility as an FCB member by participating in the organization's annual business meeting. Hear from leaders about progress made and work yet needing to be done and discover what important role you can play in advocacy.

FCB CONSTITUTION & BY-LAWS COMMITTEE

I FCB CONSTITUTION
Six Approved Proposed Amendments

1. First proposed amendment to the FCB Constitution, Art. IV, VOTING
[Amended and approved by the FCB Constitution & By-Laws Committee at its January 14, 2021 meeting]

CURRENT TEXT: ARTICLE IV, VOTING
A. At Annual Conventions, each chapter member represented by a delegate shall be entitled to one (1) vote, as set forth in the
By-Laws (Article II).

B. At Annual Conventions, each member-at-large in attendance, shall be entitled to one (1) vote.

APPROVED PROPOSED TEXT: ARTICLE IV, VOTING
A. At the business meeting of FCB Annual Conventions, each certified delegate and shall be entitled to a total number of votes as set forth in FCB By-Laws, Article II.

B. At the business meeting of FCB Annual Conventions, pursuant to FCB
By-Laws Article II, each certified member-at-large in attendance, shall be entitled to one (1) vote.

C. At the business meeting of FCB annual conventions, each FCB officer, who is not a delegate, shall be entitled to one (1) vote.

2. Second proposed amendment to FCB Constitution, Art. VI,
Officers & Directors:
[Amended and approved by the FCB Constitution & By-Laws Committee at its January 22, 2021 meeting.]

CURRENT TEXT:
ARTICLE VI, OFFICERS AND BOARD OF DIRECTORS
A. Officers shall be:
President
First Vice-President
Second Vice-President
Secretary
Treasurer
Membership Secretary

APPROVED PROPOSED TEXT:
ARTICLE VI, OFFICERS AND BOARD OF DIRECTORS
A. Officers shall be:
President
First Vice President
Second Vice President
Secretary
Treasurer
Membership Secretary
Immediate Past President

3. Third proposed amendment to FCB Constitution, Art. VII, MEETINGS:
[Amended and approved by the FCB Constitution & By-Laws Committee at its January 14, 2021 meeting.]

CURRENT TEXT ARTICLE VII, MEETINGS
A. A regular meeting of FCB shall be held once a year and shall be known as the Annual Convention. A majority of all delegates certified and present at the Convention shall constitute a quorum.

APPROVED PROPOSED TEXT: ARTICLE VII, MEETINGS
A. A regular meeting of FCB shall be held once a year and shall be known as the Annual Convention.
B. Provided that the FCB Executive Committee determines that extraordinary conditions warrant the option of remote attendance and that FCB can ensure the same level of access and the same level of privacy and security (especially with respect to voting) as that achieved at a shared physical location, the annual convention may be held remotely, i.e., wherein attendees may be counted as “present” by telephone, computer, apps, or any other technological means that maintain the requisite access, privacy, and security. In addition, the annual convention may consist of a hybrid of in-person and remote attendance.

C. A majority of all FCB Officers along with a majority of all certified delegates present (and duly noted during roll call) at the commencement of the business meeting shall constitute a quorum.

4. Fourth proposed amendment to FCB Constitution, Art. VIII, COMMITTEES
[Amended and approved by the FCB Constitution & By-Laws Committee at its January 22, 2021 meeting.]

CURRENT TEXT: ARTICLE VIII, COMMITTEES
A. Standing Committees shall be:
Access, Archives, Awards, Budget and Finance, Constitution and By- Laws, Convention, Education and Leadership, Employment, Executive, Fundraising, Membership, Project Insight, Public Education, Publications and Publicity, Resolutions, and Technology.

APPROVED PROPOSED TEXT: ARTICLE VIII, COMMITTEES
A. Standing Committees shall be:
Access, Archives, Awards, Budget and Finance, Constitution and By- Laws, Convention, Credentials, Education and Leadership, Employment, Executive Fundraising, Governmental Affairs, Membership, Project Insight, Publications and Publicity, Resolutions, and Technology.

5. Fifth proposed amendment to FCB Constitution, Art. IX, AMENDMENTS:
[Amended and approved by the FCB Constitution & By-Laws Committee at its January 14, 2021 meeting.]

CURRENT TEXT: ARTICLE IX, AMENDMENTS
A. Proposed amendments to this Constitution shall be included in the Convention Call. Adoption requires a two-thirds (2/3) affirmative vote of the delegates present and voting at the business meeting.

B. To qualify for publication in the Convention Call, the proposed amendments to this Constitution must be approved by the Constitution and By-Laws Committee or by resolution of three (3) chapters.

C. By-Laws may be amended by a simple majority of the delegates present, provided the proposed amendment is presented to the Convention at least one (1) day prior to its consideration.

APPROVED PROPOSED TEXT: ARTICLE IX, AMENDMENTS
A. Proposed amendments to this Constitution shall be included in the Convention Call. Adoption requires a two-thirds (2/3) affirmative vote of all qualified voters (certified delegates, certified members-at-large, and FCB Officers) present at the time of the vote.

B. To qualify for publication in the Convention Call, the proposed amendments to this Constitution must be approved by the Constitution and By-Laws Committee or by resolution of three (3) chapters.

C. By-Laws may be amended by a simple majority affirmative vote of all qualified voters (certified delegates, certified members-at-large, and FCB Officers) present at the time of the vote, provided the proposed amendment is presented to the Convention at least one (1) day prior to its consideration.

6. Sixth proposed amendment to FCB Constitution, Art. XI, PROCEDURES:
[Amended and approved by the FCB Constitution & By-Laws Committee at its January 22, 2021 meeting.]

CURRENT TEXT: ARTICLE XI, PROCEDURES
A. In the absence of provisions in the Constitution, By-Laws, and Policy Manual, all procedures of FCB shall be Governed by the latest revision of ROBERTS RULES OF ORDER.

B. All officers, members of the Board of Directors, committee chairs, committee members, White Cane Bulletin Editor(s), employee(s), and independent contractor(s) of FCB must agree to and comply with the organization's Conflict of Interest Policy as stated in the Policy Manual.

APPROVED PROPOSED TEXT: ARTICLE XI, PROCEDURES
A. In the absence of provisions in the Constitution, By-Laws, and Policy Manual, all procedures of FCB shall be Governed by the latest revision of ROBERTS RULES OF ORDER.

B. All officers, members of the Board of Directors, committee chairs, committee members, White Cane Bulletin Editor(s), employee(s), and independent contractor(s) of FCB must agree to and comply with the organization's Conflict of Interest Policy as stated in the Policy Manual.

C. All members, representatives, vendors, and guests of FCB must abide by the FCB Code of Conduct as set forth in the Policy Manual, as may be amended from time to time by the Board of Directors.

II FCB BY-LAWS
Two Approved Proposed Amendments

First proposed amendment to FCB By-Laws, Art. II, VOTING:
[Amended and approved by the FCB Constitution & By-Laws Committee at its January 14 and January 22, 2021 meetings.]

CURRENT TEXT: ARTICLE II, VOTING
A. A Chapter or special interest affiliate shall count (only) a maximum of 250 members for voting purposes. Each chapter or special interest affiliate is entitled to have one (1) delegate for every ten (10) members or fraction thereof up to 250. The Chapter or special interest affiliate will be required to pay dues to FCB only for up to 250 members. The entire membership of the Chapter or special interest affiliate will be entitled to full services of the organization after having submitted a complete roster to the State Membership Secretary at the appointed time.

B. An individual may be a delegate or Board representative for only one Chapter or special interest affiliate during a convention. An officer may vote as an officer or as a delegate but not both.

PROPOSED TEXT: ARTICLE II, VOTING
A. A Chapter or special interest affiliate shall count only a maximum of 250 primary members for voting purposes. Each chapter or special interest affiliate is entitled to have one (1) delegate for every ten (10) primary members or fraction thereof up to 250 primary members. Chapter and special interest affiliates may not count FCB Officers in this calculation and the majority of a chapter’s or special interest affiliate’s delegates must be legally blind.
B. The Chapter or special interest affiliate will be required to pay dues to FCB only for up to 250 members. The entire membership of the Chapter or special interest affiliate will be entitled to full services of the organization after having submitted a complete roster to the State Membership Secretary at the appointed time.
C. The Credentials Committee shall be responsible for credentialling members from each chapter and special interest affiliate (pursuant to timely submission of chapter/affiliate documents as set forth herein) and shall submit a list of certified delegates to the FCB Secretary for roll call at the business meeting of the annual convention. Only primary members of chapters and special interest affiliates may serve as delegates.
D. During the business meeting of the annual convention, each certified delegate shall be entitled to ten (10) votes or a number of votes from one (1) to nine (nine), pursuant to the number of credentialled members the Credentials Committee determines that chapter or affiliate is entitled to. For example, a chapter or affiliate with 47 credentialled members may have five (5) certified delegates, four (4) of whom will be entitled to ten (10) votes and one (1) of whom shall be entitled to seven (7) votes.

2. Second proposed amendment to FCB By-Laws, Art. VIII, COMMITTEES:
[Amended and approved by the FCB Constitution & By-Laws Committee at its January 14, 2021 meeting.]

CURRENT TEXT: H. THE CREDENTIALS COMMITTEE,
This committee receives credentials from the representative of each chapter and consists of the Membership Secretary and Treasurer.

APPROVED PROPOSED TEXT:
H. At the annual convention, the Credentials Committee, shall convene a timely credentialling meeting. At this meeting, this committee shall notify each chapter and special interest affiliate how many delegates they are entitled to. Each chapter and special interest affiliate shall then indicate how many delegates they are presenting for certification as well as the names of these delegates. The Credentials Committee, finding that the proffered delegates fulfill all requirements, shall then certify these delegates. In addition, this committee shall identify (to the FCB Secretary for roll call purposes) the names of all members-at-large who have timely paid their dues and are therefore qualified to be certified members-at- large (with the right to vote) at the convention.

II. FCB CODE OF CONDUCT

Amended and approved by the FCB Constitution & By-Laws Committee at its January 22, 2021 meeting.

FCB CODE OF CONDUCT POLICY
The Florida Council of the Blind (hereinafter referred to as FCB) is committed to maintaining the integrity of its events by creating a welcoming, professional, safe, and respectful environment for all who attend and/or participate in its events. The term "events" shall include conferences, meetings, functions, or any other gatherings sponsored or convened by FCB.

All participants at FCB events are required to adhere to this Code of Conduct policy as drafted and adopted by the FCB board of directors.
This policy defines prohibited conduct as including, but not limited to:
• unwelcome verbal, visual, or physical conduct on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, age, national origin, disability, genetic information, gender identification, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law, or
• disrespectful, offensive and/or threatening conduct, verbal abuse, stalking, bullying, violence, or intimidation.

Any person who believes that he or she has experienced or witnessed behavior prohibited by this policy should report the conduct to the FCB President, FCB Executive Committee or the FCB Event Coordinator.

Upon receipt of an allegation reported under this policy, FCB will investigate, and the FCB President, FCB Executive Committee and FCB Event Coordinator or their designees will thereafter determine what, if any, action will be taken based on the circumstances.

Such action may include banning the offending individual from the event where the conduct is determined to have occurred, and any future events.
Nothing in this policy shall limit or preclude the free exchange of ideas and/or opinions so long as such exchange does not involve threats or other prohibited behavior as defined in this policy.

IV. FCB POLICY MANUAL: GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS COMMITTEE

Amended and approved by the FCB Constitution & By-Laws Committee at its January 22, 2021 meeting, where this committee approved the change in name from the Public Education Committee to the Governmental Affairs Committee and approved the following text for the FCB Policy Manual.

GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS COMMITTEE:

The purpose of the Florida Council of the Blind (FCB) Governmental Affairs committee is to:
A. Monitor the ongoing work of the Florida Legislature and the Florida Congressional Delegation and to bring to their attention the positive and/or negative effects of proposed legislation on those of us who are blind or visually impaired,

B. Seek their support for necessary legislation that will end exclusion from the equality of opportunity that is an integral benefit of citizenship in this country,

C. Evaluate and advise chapter and special interest affiliate leaders as well as the general membership regarding the best avenue for ensuring a positive outcome for the issues they bring forward by recommending legislative or community or state department-based action and to seek or national support for any legislative action that may be required to resolve these issues.

D. Publicize information about legislative initiatives supported or opposed by the American Council of the Blind (ACB),

E. Publicize the actions taken or under consideration by this committee on the FCB website, its listservs, and its Executive Committee, Presidents, and community calls as appropriate,

F. Provide information to the FCB membership to equip them to add their voices to the publicity of these issues,

G. Build relationships with Florida's local, state and national leaders that will bring about knowledge of this organization and respect for its views and values,

H. Choose individuals to represent FCB on Capitol Hill during the ACB Legislative Seminar, using the guidelines prepared by this committee and ratified by the FCB Constitution and Bylaws Committee, and

I. Prepare and host an annual FCB Legislative Seminar designed to educate and to introduce members to State and National leaders and to allow them to hear from their colleagues who have advocated locally, in Tallahassee and on Capitol Hill.

FCB conventions are famous for having wonderful volunteers and staff at our hotels which is great. However, please be reminded that volunteers and hotel staff are NOT personal care attendants, nor can they serve as full-time personal guides. If you desire or require this level of assistance, please bring someone to assist you.

**PRE-CONVENTION REGISTRATION forms and payment as well as online registration and payment must be post marked no later than April 20, 2021 to guarantee the Early Bird registration discount OF $25.00 for attendees who will be in the hotel meeting rooms and those attending on Zoom. If you are attending in person, please indicate which events you expect to attend on the registration form by placing an X next to the number associated with that event. Use the right-hand column to calculate the total payment submitted. Please do not staple your check to the registration form.

QUESTIONS
Contact Kati Lear at our Project Insight Office with any questions or requests for assistance regarding convention registration at (800) 267-4448 or (386) 763-3836 or email floridacouncil@comcast.net.

To reserve assistive listening devices, (ALD) please call by April 10.

Please make check payable to FCB and mail to:
Sally Benjamin
1009 Concord Road Apt. 106
Tallahassee, FL 32308

Pre-Registration (Prior to April 21) $25.00
At-The-Door Registration (Beginning April 21) $30.00

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT THE CONVENTION, PLEASE CALL OUR PROJECT INSIGHT COORDINATOR AT (386) 763-3836 or (800) 26 SIGHT: (800) 267 – 4448.

“PROJECT INSIGHT IS A SERVICE SPONSORED BY THE FLORIDA COUNCIL OF THE BLIND TO PROVIDE A WIDE RANGE OF INFORMATION, REFERRAL AND PEER SUPPORT. IT PROVIDES ASSISTANCE NOT READILY AVAILABLE FROM OTHER SERVICES.”

2021 Convention Registration Form