2024 NFB of Arizona State Convention

Join the National Federation of the Blind of Arizona as we celebrate our 78th  annual state convention in downtown Phoenix from August 22nd to 25th. This action-packed weekend will gather together hundreds of blind people from across the state and beyond. Attendees get the opportunity to learn about current activities and advocacy work across the country and in our local communities, network with blind people, explore the latest assistive technology, and help to set the agenda for the upcoming year. This family- friendly weekend will also include programs designed for children and youth. There is something for everyone!

Although our convention is open to all, our constitution states that only members of the National Federation of the Blind have the right to participate in decision making and setting organizational policy. Members in good standing our eligible to help determine our agenda for the upcoming year, vote on issues, adopt resolutions, and participate in elections. If you are not yet a member, visit our membership page to learn more and join our transformative movement today.
 

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78th Annual State Convention Location & Hotel Information

Phoenix, Arizona

Thursday, August 22 to Sunday, August 25, 2024

Hyatt Regency Hotel, Downtown Phoenix

122 N. 2nd St., Phoenix, AZ 85004

All meetings and activities will take place in the Hyatt Hotel in downtown Phoenix. Make your weekend that much more enjoyable by staying each night in one of Hyatt’s comfortable guest rooms.

Please contact your chapter president or Donald Porterfield with questions or concerns about reserving a room at nfb.az.president@gmail.com You can also call our NFB of Arizona hotline at: 888-899-6322.

 

 

Convention Registration

All attendees must register to take part in the in-person convention activities. Convention registration opening soon!

If you have questions regarding registration, you can contact your chapter president or our affiliate registration coordinator Sharonda Goode, her email is: sgoode1013@gmail.com.

 

Transportation

We look forward to connecting with people from all over the state of Arizona  and beyond in Phoenix. The Hyatt hotel is conveniently located near the light rail and other public transportation options and is just a few miles from Sky Harbor International Airport. 

If you live outside the metro Phoenix area and would like more information about affordable transportation options please contact Tarik Williams, Transportation Coordinator at: TWilliams@saavi.us.

 

 

Youth Track

We are actively planning fun and free activities for youth attending our state convention. Please contact Amy Porterfield, Youth Track Coordinator for more details and to register your children. Amy can be reached at aporterfield@saavi.us. 

 

 

Volunteer

Marshaling, working at the affiliate exhibit hall table, helping with registration and more are just a few ways we can all participate in our convention. It takes all of us to ensure this convention runs smoothly and is a success. To sign up to be a volunteer, contact Amy Porterfield at aporterfield@saavi.us.

 

 

Sponsors

The work of the National Federation of the Blind of Arizona is vital to the independent lives of the blind. We welcome and appreciate the financial support of organizations dedicated to fostering independence for blind Arizonans and their families. Hundreds of people from the state of Arizona and beyond will attend this year’s convention and we hope you will join us as a valuable partner in our mission. Visit our sponsorship page to learn more and become a Sponsor today.


For questions about sponsoring, exhibiting, or fundraising during convention, please reach out to Rachel Kuntz, Affiliate Fundraising Chair at rachelrkuntz@gmail.com.
 

 

 

Exhibit Hall

The Exhibit Hall will open on Friday, August 25 from 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM and will be open to the general public. This is always an exciting benefit of attending convention. Attendees will be able to learn more about the resources and products available that enhance the lives of the blind. We welcome vendors who offer resources and products that aid in promoting the independent lives of blind people. For a nominal fee of $100, vendors will have the opportunity to connect to hundreds of blind people. To sign up to be a vendor at this year’s convention, please visit  our exhibitor page.

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For questions about sponsoring, exhibiting, or fundraising during convention, please reach out to Rachel Kuntz, Affiliate Fundraising Chair at: rachelrkuntz@gmail.com.

 

 

Auction Items & Door Prizes

Have your positive energy and enthusiasm ready to bid on Auction items during the banquet. Door prizes will be given away during general session and banquet. The final door prize will be drawn during Sunday’s business meeting and breakfast. In order to win a door prize, you must be registered for the convention and present at the time your name is drawn. Youth track participants are also eligible to win.

Contact your chapter Auction Representative or Cody Beardslee, Affiliate Auction Coordinator to learn more about donating an item for the auction or as a door prize. Cody can be reached at cbeardslee@saavi.us.

 

 

Fundraising

The affiliate and its chapters and divisions will have the opportunity to raise funds during the convention. To be added to the list of participating affiliate chapters and divisions, please contact Rachel Kuntz, Affiliate Fundraising Chair at rachelrkuntz@gmail.com. We want to ensure the diversity of items being sold and to be sure to properly attribute your fundraising efforts so be sure to contact Rachel by August 10 to reserve your chapter or divisions space today.

 

NFB Travel Blanket

The affiliate will be making available for purchase a warm and cozy travel blanket emblazoned with the National Federation of the Blind logo. This black fleece blanket with white NFB logo converts into a convenient carrying case with handle when not in use in front of your favorite streaming service or while reading a terrific book. The Affiliate Fundraising Chair, Rachel reports that her furry companions (both cat and dog) have endorsed the travel blanket’s coziness for an afternoon siesta. Blankets are $20 each and can be purchased by a variety of cash or credit card payment methods. Already have lots of blankets. Never fear, this convenient travel blanket is self-contained in a smooth carrying case that can serve as a NFB pillow, back support, cushion, and has pockets in which you can carry things on the go.

 

 

Agenda

Full convention agenda Coming Soon! In the meantime, look forward to:

  • Discussing Thought provoking philosophy topics.
  • Exploring products and services available in Exhibit Hall.
  • Interesting Seminars on employment, technology, and so much more.
  • Compelling advocacy and legislative activities.
  • Getting updates from the AZ Department of Economic Security and other blindness resources.
  • Networking with blind people from Arizona and beyond.
  • Learning from a wide range of special guests.
  • Meeting with affiliate Divisions and committees.
  • Enjoying Fun family friendly activities including youth programming.
  • Taking part in Affiliate elections (members only) 
  • Listening to all the great work our chapters are doing. 
  • Setting the agenda for our work ahead.
     

 

More Information 

Our convention Planning Committee would like to welcome your participation in our upcoming state convention. Please reach out to Jordan Moon, Affiliate Convention Planning Committee Chair at nfbphoenixchapter@gmail.com or call our information line at 888-899-6322 with questions or concerns. We look forward to transforming lives together.