2020 National Federation of the Blind of Illinois State Convention Goes Virtual


On October 30, 31, And November 1, 2020, the National Federation of the Blind will hold its 52nd annual convention virtually. Join us as enthusiastic Federationists assemble to renew our dedication in the pursuit of security, equality, and opportunity for all blind people.

Important Notices

  • Registration is free.
  • You must register for convention and be a dues paying member to be eligible to vote.


This year’s convention will kick off on Friday with a fun activity on federation philosophy. It will be followed by our resolutions committee meeting. Come learn and participate in our governing process.

The Resolutions Committee will be co-chaired by Michal Nowicki and Dustin Cather. ALL resolutions must be submitted by September 10, 2020. Please send your resolutions to both Dustin Cather and Michal Nowicki at and at

IABS Trivia night will be Friday evening. The price to participate in a night of trivia and other fun activities is $5. Support our student division by participating in this fun activity.

Our general session will convene on Saturday, October 31, at 9 a.m. During Saturday’s general sessions we will hear a National Report regarding NFB happenings delivered by our National Representative, Pam Allen, Chairperson and 1st Vice President of the Board of Directors of the National Federation of the Blind. We will have a report from a representative of the National Association of Blind Students.

We will have speakers covering topics on virtual learning for blind children, vote by mail and a diversity and inclusion panel. We will have a combined parent and student virtual lunch Saturday at noon. In addition, there will be a breakout session for parents of blind children on Saturday afternoon.

Saturday evening will culminate with our annual virtual banquet at 6 pm, featuring an inspiring address from our National Representative, Pam Allen. We will also see the much-anticipated scholarship awards.

Sunday morning’s general session will begin with the Illinois Association of Blind Students business meeting at 8 am. The general session will begin at 9:30 am with Braille is Beautiful and we will hear from other blind people sharing their experiences. Resolutions and elections to the Board of Directors will be voted on during the Sunday morning general session. Adjournment is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. on November 1, 2020.

Registration and Exhibitor Information

Registration is complementary for this year’s virtual convention. Please consider donating to the National Federation of the Blind of Illinois through Zelle at or by PayPal on our website at You can pay your annual chapter membership dues as well.
Please register online by Friday, October 16 at If you need assistance with registering online, please call Patti Chang at (773)-307-6440 or David Meyer at (708)-606-7091. The first 150 people to register will receive a nieprn can coozie, which has printed in black ink on a gray background and on one side of the coozie has 2020 imprinted with the 0’s represented as toilet paper and a medical mask and beneath the graphic is the word, together in UEB Braille.

Vendors who wish to exhibit can fill out the form at
submission and payment must be received no later than October 9th. If you have any questions, contact Patti Chang at (773) 307-6440 or

Federation conventions change the lives of blind and sighted people alike! Don’t miss out on this opportunity for change! Join us for our best convention yet! Come and live the life you want!!!

2020 Convention Literature

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 for more information.

Materials from Past Conventions

Please visit our Past Conventions page to access audio highlights and literature from previous state conventions.

Additional Information

If you have questions and need additional information, please contact:
Denise Avant, President
3410 North Lake Shore Drive, Apt. 4-L
Chicago, Illinois 60657
Phone: 773-991-8050