NATION WIDE CONFERENCE CALL DISCUSSIONS

The national federation of the Blind seniors Division is proud to spotlight topics of vital interest to those losing vision later in life by hosting conference calls to address specific issues; moderated by active members of the NFB. This page will explain how it works, gives a listing of upcoming calls, and provides a link to listen to past recordings.

How it works:

A notice of these calls will be sent to our division's listserv, and to all members that we have an email address for.

If you join us for a call, please take note of the following information and our request of all participants:

Time of Calls: 4:00Eastern standard time; 3:00 Central time; 2:00 Mountain time; 1:00 Pacific time

Conference call numbers: We are using the Zoom platform for all of our calls. the numbers for each month will change. And so, from the below listing for the current month, it will have the needed numbers for that month; the dial in information will be deleted after the date of the call, and the new numbers will appear for the next call, one week prior to the date of the call.

All calls are recorded, available to be listened to, and directions for accessing them is further down on this page.

OUR REQUEST OF YOU: In order to obtain the best possible sound for these calls, it is recommended that each caller, after dialing in, input star 6 which puts you in a mute mode. You will be able to hear everything during the call but background noise from your location will not disturb others listening in on the conversation. When you wish to speak and enter the discussion, follow the directions that will be provided at the beginning of the call.

Listening to recordings of past conferences:

There is a link "listen to this recording" associated with each past conference listed below. Click on that link and your computer will play it aloud for you.

2021 SCHEDULE AND RECORDINGS OF CONFERENCE CALLS:

  • COMPLETED - May 5th- Topic- Gardening presented by Dan Smith, Master Gardener- Including vegetables, house plants, lawn care, trees, and shrubs.

    Click here to listen using your computer.

  • COMPLETED - April 20th- Topic- NON-24 presented by Jennifer Lyman, R.N., B.S. Many of you may have heard of Non-24 Sleep Wake Disorder (also called Non-24). It is a serious & rare circadian rhythm disorder and people living with Non-24 experience sleep struggles and excessive daytime sleepiness which can impair social and occupational functioning. It is often misdiagnosed. Vanda Pharmaceutical has a specialized team of Registered Nurse Educators who raise awareness of Non-24 through education and community outreach at events and support groups for the visually impaired. You do not have to be totally blind to have Non-24, but if you are totally blind, you are at a higher risk of developing it. Learn how to recognize the symptoms, how to talk to your doctor or family & friends is what our Nurse Educators and Health Educators do.

    Click here to listen using your computer.

  • COMPLETED - March 24th- Topic- Accessible Pharmacy presented by Alexandra Luzier, Director of Business Development, and Andy Burstein, Chief Executive Officer. Learn how the company came into existence. Find out how their service works to get your medications to your front door and more.

    Click here to listen using your computer.

  • COMPLETED - February 24th - Organizing the Kitchen and cooking techniques presented by Shelley Copel.

    Click here to listen using your computer.

2020 RECORDINGS:

  • April 22nd- Navigating the Healthcare System, When All They Can See Is That You Can't. It is downloadable from the National Braille Press. Presented by the author, Deborah Kendrick.
  • Click here to listen using your computer.

  • March 18th- What the American Foundation for the Blind is doing for the senior blind. And, about a special website for the blind traveler; winning the 2019 Holman Prize - The Blind Travelers' Network. Presented by Stacy Cervenka.
  • Click here to listen using your computer.

  • February 27th- The 2019 SENIOR RETREAT. Presented by participants- Hear their stories. decide if you need this experience.

    Click here to listen using your computer.

2019 RECORDINGS:

  • July 2nd- The Legacy Technology Project. They buy, sell and trade used Braille and talking devices. The devices are cleaned, repaired, repackaged and distributed at reasonable prices to places where they can do the most good. Presented by Roger Cicchese.

    Click here to listen using your computer.

  • June 11th- The Blind History Lady. Presented by- Peggy Chong, author of the Blind History Lady Blog, and books.
  • Click here to listen using your computer.

  • May 14th- Healthy Foods. Presented by Jan Bailey: vice president and Theresa Groerer: secretary/treasurer, members of the NFB of Minnesota Senior division.
  • Click here to listen using your computer.

  • April 30th- Technology- How to use them, and apps that are user-friendly for seniors, the newly blind, and beginner tech users. Presented by Members from the Colorado Center, Anahit LaBarre and Chris Parsons.
  • Click here to listen using your computer

  • March 26- Review of the 2018 SENIOR RETREAT. Presented by participants of the program.

  • Click here to listen using your computer

2018 RECORDINGS:

2017 RECORDINGS:

  • March 23- How the Blind Consumer Can Interact with Hospital and Emergency Room Professionals with Confidence. Presented by Art Schriber.
  • Click here to listen using your computer

  • April 13- Live the Life You Want: Be A Senior In Charge of Your Destiny. Presented by Diane McGeorge and Duncan Larsen.
  • Click here to listen using your computer

  • May 18- Independence, Seniors In Charge, continued: Cane Travel, Blindness Training Essential Elements To Attain Newfound Independence- moderated by Wayne Marshall with his colleagues from the Senior Support Group at the Colorado Center for the Blind.
  • Click here to listen using your computer

  • June 15- What Options Do I Have To Learn Needed Skills From Sources Other Than My State Agency? Presented by Shelley Coppel and fellow South Carolinians who have taken correspondence courses from Hadley to obtain nonvisual skills,
  • Click here to listen using your computer

2016 RECORDINGS:

2015 Recordings:

2014 RECORDINGS:

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