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									          The 34th Annual State Convention
                        of the
    National Federation of the Blind of New Jersey

                  Crowne Plaza Hotel
             36 Valley Rd., Clark, NJ 07066
                November 5, 6, 7, 2010

                Joseph Ruffalo, President


Convention activities will be broadcast live in audio and video
              Saturday, November 6
              Program—9:00 am to 12:00 pm
              2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
              Banquet—8:30 pm. to conclusion
           To listen, go to one of the following links:
   or for JAWS users or windows mobile cell phone users

        The National Federation of the Blind is
         changing what it means to be blind.

                                  Mission Statement

       The National Federation of the Blind is an organization where the blind and
interested sighted persons can come together to plan and carry out programs to
improve the quality of life of the blind; to provide a means of collective action for
parents of blind children; to promote the vocational, cultural, and social advancement
of the blind; to achieve the integration of the blind into society on a basis of equality
with the sighted; and to take action which will improve the overall condition and
standard of living of the blind. The Federation works toward the removal of legal,
economic, and social barriers to full participation by blind people in all aspects of
community life.
       The National Federation of the Blind is an organization of the blind speaking
for themselves.

                   The National Federation of the Blind Pledge

                      I pledge to participate actively in the efforts
                         of the National Federation of the Blind
              to achieve equality, opportunity, and security for the blind;
                to support the programs and policies of the Federation;
                             and to abide by its constitution.

                         Subscribe to the Sounding Board

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receive the Sounding Board, NFBNJ’s newsletter, via email? Just send a message
with the words subscribe Sounding Board in the subject line to:
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will receive your copy sooner and be able to share it easily with friends and relatives
by simply forwarding them a copy. You can also listen to the audio version of the
Sounding Board at and
For more information, contact Joe Ruffalo at or 973-743-0075.

                               Funding Our Movement

Donations to the National Federation of the Blind of NJ are tax deductible. Mark
a special date in honor of or in memory of a loved one or friend with a gift to the
NFB of NJ.
                 Platinum Sponsor of the 2010 State Convention
Contact information for speakers can be found on the last page of the agenda.

FRIDAY, NOV. 5, 2010
9:00 am—6:00 pm Registration Open
         WORKING TOGETHER Seminar/Convention registration: $15
         Box lunch can be purchased in Grand Ballroom: $13
9:00 am–6:00 pm Exhibit Hall open—Washington Room

12:00 pm Welcome to the WORKING TOGETHER Seminar!
         Joseph Ruffalo, President, NFB of NJ; National Board Member, NFB;
         Program Manager, Puerto Rican Association for Human Development
12:10 pm Working Together
         Gary Wunder, Editor, The Braille Monitor; Pres., NFB of MO
12:20 pm Advanced Diabetic Solutions
         Jordan Benis, Chief Operating Officer; Convention Platinum Sponsor
12:30 pm Working Together Saved the Library
         Adam Szczepaniak, Director, NJ Talking Book & Braille Center

12:40     Setting the Technology Stage
          Michele Chaney, President, Technology Division

12:45 pm Technology: How? What? Why?
         Data Management—Gary Wunder, NFB of MO; Michele & Vincent
         Chaney, Technology Division
         Victor Reader Stream—Rick Fox, DeWitt & Associates
         Newsline & BARD—Bill Dougherty, Talking Book & Braille Library
         KNFB Reader—Jerry Moreno, NFB of NC
WORKSHOPS 2:45 to 3:45 pm
Please choose from the following 4 workshops.
          Bridging the Gap; Living With Blindness and Diabetes—Grand
          Vincent Chaney, President, Diabetes Division
          Looking Good Without Looking—Jefferson Room
          Linda Zani Thomas, Fashion Consultant
           Braille: Have Fun Reading, Writing, & Playing Games—Madison
           Mary Jo Partyka, President, NJ Assoc. to Promote the Use of Braille

           Getting the Wrinkles Out: ADL Activities—Adams Room
           Moderators: Carol Castellano, Pres. POBC-NJ and Evelyn Valdez, Pres.,
           NJ Association of Blind Students; Jerilyn Higgins, ADL Instructor, Puerto
           Rican Association for Human Development

3:45-4:15 Division Meetings
           Diabetes Division—Grand Ballroom
           Vincent Chaney, President
           Merchants Division—Jefferson Room
           Anna DeSantis, President
           NJ Association to Promote the Use of Braille—Madison Room
           Mary Jo Partyka, President
           Student Division—Adams Room
           Evelyn Valdez, President

4:30 pm    Wrap-Up and Door Prizes
           Joe Ruffalo, Pres., NFB of NJ

4:45–6:00 pm    Visit the Vendors in the Exhibit Area—Washington Room
                Registration Open
7:00 pm         Resolutions Committee Meeting—Jefferson
                Mary Jo Partyka, Chair
                All are welcome.
8:00–11:00 pm Talent & Fashion Showcase—Grand Ballroom
              Hosted by the At-Large Chapter, NFB of NJ
              Jane Degenshein & Linda Thomas, Hosts
              Cash Bar
NOTE: Breakfast will be served from 6:45 – 8:45 am on Saturday morning in the
Jefferson Room for those registered in the hotel. Bring your breakfast coupon.
     Vendors will be available in the Exhibit Hall—Washington Room
     at the following times:
                Friday      9:00 am – 6:00 pm
                Saturday    7:45 am – 8:45 am
                           12:00 pm – 1:45 pm
SATURDAY, NOV. 6, 2010
Note: We will be audio and video recording and broadcasting the Convention.

6:45–8:45 am Breakfast for those registered in the hotel— Jefferson Room
             Bring your coupon!

7:00–8:30 am    NJ Assoc. of Guide Dog Users Division breakfast meeting—
                Adams Room; Vincent Chaney, Chair

7:45 am    Registration and Exhibit Hall Open

8:45 am    Child Care Opens

9:00 am    Welcome, Call to Order
           Joseph Ruffalo, President, NFB of NJ

9:10 am    Invocation
           Carl & Mindy Jacobson

9:15 am    Opening Ceremonies
           At-Large Chapter, Host Chapter

9:25 am    Introduction of Scholarship Class of 2010
           Jerilyn Higgins, Chair

9:30 am    Presidential Report
           Joseph Ruffalo, President, NFB of NJ

10:00 am National Update: Working Together to Make a Difference
         Gary Wunder, President, NFB of MO

10:40 am DHS and Commission Updates
         Vito DeSantis, Executive Director, NJ Comm. for the Blind and VI

11:00 am An Independent Future for Our Kids: Is It Just a Dream?
         Carol Castellano, President, Parents of Blind Children-NJ

11:20 am Parent Advocacy: My Child’s Future Is at Stake
         Marie Griffin, Holly Miller, Parents

11:50 pm Recognizing a Partner: Advanced Diabetic Solutions
         Jordan Benis, Platinum Sponsor

12:00 pm Adjourn

12:00–2:00 pm Lunch—Reminder: You must have a lunch ticket.
              Network with Vendors
1:00-1:45        Technology Division Meeting—Adams Room
                 Michele Chaney, President

1:15–1:45 pm     POBC-NJ Meeting—Grand Ballroom
                 Carol Castellano, President, POBC-NJ
                 Gary Wunder, NFB National Representative

1:45 pm          Child Care Reopens
Note: We will be audio and video recording and broadcasting the Convention.

2:00 pm     Call to Order

2:05 pm     Thru Our Eyes
            Joe Ruffalo, Host, Thru Our Eyes
            Jane Degenshein & Jerry Moreno, Hosts, On the Bright Side
            Lenny Azzarone, Program Director, Thru Our Eyes

2:30 pm     NFB Philosophy: the Winning Formula
            Gary Wunder, Pres., NFB of MO; Carl Jacobson, Pres., NFB of NY;
            Nicky Gacos, Pres., National Assoc. of Blind Merchants

3:00 pm     Top Notch Training: The Why and the How
            Brent Batron, Youth Services Coordinator, CO Center for the Blind;
            Seth Leblond, Technology Instructor, CCB; Marco Carranza, Cane
            Travel Instructor, BISM; James Konechne, Braille Instructor, BISM

3:30 pm     Seniors Making the Connection
            Joe Ruffalo, PRAHD; Jane Degenshein, Essex SCILS Program; Mary
            Canady, Rebecca Irvin, Seniors

3:50 pm     The Future Is Now
            Shafeka Hashash, Melissa Lomax, Anthony Tumminello, Mikayla
            Gephart, Students; Patty Tumminello, Marcia Gephart, Parents

4:25 pm     Imagine a Future Full of Possibilities
            Evelyn Valdez, Race for Independence Coordinator, NFB of NJ

4:35 pm     My First Time…
            Angela Perone, Joe Ruffalo, Anna Jordan, Jeremy Capati,
            NFB Members

4:55 pm     Announcements

5:00 pm     Adjourn
Note: We will be audio and video recording and broadcasting parts of the Banquet.

6:45–11:00 pm Banquet—Grand Ballroom

           Masters of Ceremonies—Evelyn Valdez & Nicky Gacos
           Invocation—Hannah and Shafeka Hashash
           Banquet Address–Gary Wunder
           Presentation of Scholarships—Jerilyn Higgins, Scholarship Chair
                 Nathan and Selma Rogoff Scholarships
                 Rose and Joseph Ruffalo, Sr. Scholarship Announcement

Morning Devotions will be held from 7–7:30 am on Sunday in the Adams Room.

SUNDAY, NOV. 7, 2010

7:45 am    Breakfast—Grand Ballroom
           Bring your breakfast coupon.

9:00 am–12:00 pm      Program and Business Meeting—Grand Ballroom

                 Invocation, Melissa Lomax
                 Roll Call of Chapters and Divisions
                 Leadership Seminar Report, Michele and Vincent Chaney
                 Fundraising—State Raffle
                 Legislative Action, Lynn Reynolds, Leg. Coord. NFB of NJ
                 The Importance of Public Relations, Gary Wunder
                 Committee Reports

National Federation of the Blind of New Jersey

Officers                                      Board Members
                                              Dan Facchini
President – Joseph Ruffalo                    Lynn Reynolds
1st Vice President – Jerilyn Higgins          Ryan Stevens
2nd Vice President – Mary Jo Partyka          Evelyn Valdez
Secretary – Beatrice Oliveti                  Linda DeBerardinis
Treasurer – Tom Ferry                         Michele Chaney

Chapters and Divisions
At Large Chapter                   Joe Ruffalo             973-743-0075
Capitol Chapter                    Mary Jo Partyka         609-888-5459
Central Chapter                    Jerilyn Higgins         973-239-8874
Cumberland/Salem Chapter           Ann Jordan              856-696-3905
Garden State Chapter               Ed Godfrey              856-906-4516
Northeast Chapter                  Dan Facchini            201-906-8655
Northern Chapter                   Rebecca Irvin           973-732-6559
Ocean County Chapter               Mary Dockery            732-349-2456
Diabetes Division                  Vincent Chaney          732-251-8650
Merchants Division                 Anna DeSantis           732-462-4604
Parents of Blind Children-NJ       Carol Castellano        973-377-0976
NJ Assoc. of Blind Students        Evelyn Valdez           908-803-4891
NJ Assoc. to Promote Braille       Mary Jo Partyka         609-888-5459
NJ Assoc. of Guide Dog Users       Vincent Chaney          732-251-8650
Technology Division                Michele Chaney          732-251-8650

NFB National Divisions
For a list of national divisions and committees, please visit

      Blindness can be reduced to a physical nuisance once the blind person
           learns and uses the proper techniques and skills of blindness.

    Our thanks to the NFB of NJ’s Northeast Chapter’s Thru Our Eyes and the
             WTOE radio network for broadcasting the Convention.
     Thru Our Eyes is sponsored by a grant from the NFB Imagination Fund.

    We thank Jerilyn Higgins and Carol Castellano for their help on this agenda.

PLATINUM SPONSOR                        Jitterbug Phone
Advanced Diabetic Solutions             Jessie Rae
Jordan Benis                            732-425-5482
Tina Rockwell                 
1576 Atkinson Rd.
Laurenceville, GA 30043                 CONVENTION SUPPORTERS
888-377-6382    Metro Medical ID
                                        Mark Eulie
BRONZE SPONSORS                         P.O. Box 53
                                        Verona, NJ 07044
ABI See                                 973-615-6469
Lena Reznik                   
141 Parker St.
Suite 201                               NJ Commission for the Blind & VI
Maynard, MA 01754                       Pamela Gaston
800-681-5909                            153 Halsey Street 6th Floor                        PO Box 47017
                                        Newark, NJ 07101
C-Tech                                  877-685-8878
Karen Ablandi                 
2 N Williams St.
Pearl River, NY 10965                   NJ Talking Book & Braille Center
800-228-7798                            Adam Szczepaniak                     2300 Stuyvesant Ave
                                        Trenton, NJ 08618
DeWitt & Associates                     800-792-8322
Rick Fox                      
700 Godwin Ave
Midland Park, NJ 07432                  Safeguard Marketing
201-447-6500                            Charles Solomon                        201-840-5543
GW Micro
Peter Wuerl                             SW Unlimited, LLC
725 Airport North Office Park           Sherlock Washington
Fort Wayne, IN 46825                    Bernhard Schneider
260-489-3671                            81 Ortley Ct.                       Matawan, NJ 07747

                        Contact Information

Lenny Azzarone     888-572-0141
Brent Batron       303-778-1130 X222
Jordan Benis       888-377-6382
Marco Carranza     410-737-2600
Carol Castellano   973-377-0976
Michele Chaney     732-251-8650
Vincent Chaney     732-251-8650
Jane Degenshein    973-736-5785
Vito DeSantis      973-648-2324
Bill Dougherty     800-792-8322
Rick Fox           201-447-6500
Nicky Gacos        732-672-7766
Jerilyn Higgins    973-239-8874
Rebecca Irvin      973-732-6559
Anna Jordan        856-696-3905
James Konechne     410-737-2646
Seth Leblond       303-778-1130 X231
Jerry Moreno       704-814-7303
MaryJo Partyka     609-888-5459
Angela Perone      908-725-9044
Lynn Reynolds      732-599-7420
Tina Rockwell      888-377-6382
Joseph Ruffalo     973-743-0075
Adam Szczepaniak   800-792-8322
Linda Thomas       973-962-9307
Evelyn Valdez      908-803-4891
Peter Wuerl        260-489-3671
Gary Wunder        573-874-1774

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