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 two choices of how 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: Dial 1-515-603-3166 - Access code: 759633pound

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, input star 6 once again and you will be released from the mute mode and able to participate.

Also, it is highly recommended of all participants, that each person wishing to speak, state his or her name, and wait for the moderator to recognize you before speaking. We can have too many people trying to seek the floor at one time and chaos can occur. The moderator will do their very best to recognize as many callers as possible however, they will determine the order in which speakers have the floor.

When finished with your comments, input star 6 once again to go back into the mute mode, to facilitate better, uncluttered communication for everyone.

Listening to recordings of past conferences:

There are two options for listening to a past recording:

#1 Listen from this page using your computer: There is a link "listen to this recording" associated with each past conference listed below. Click on that link and your computer will give you the following two options: OPEN or SAVE the file. If you want to listen to it, choose to OPEN it; your computer's media-player will come up and play the recording. If you choose the save option, you then can download the MP3 file on to your computer to be played later. Plus, you would have the option to give it to a friend or family member to listen to.

#2 Listen By telephone: It is possible to use your telephone to dial into where recorded copies of our phone conferences are stored; on the FreeconferenceCall.com company site. These recordings are the original raw copies. The trimmed and polished versions are only found here on our site, available as described above in option #1.

Here is the procedure for this option: Dial- 1(515) 604-1466. You will reach, Free Conference Call Dot Com. At the prompt, punch in the following access code- 759633Pound. After the welcome message by the system, you will be ask to input the reference number for the recording you wish to listen to, followed by the POUND key; each past recorded conference listed below will give you its required reference number. Or, to listen to the most recent recording, just press the POUND key.

2018 SCHEDULE AND RECORDINGS:

  • The fourth conference call was to be Thursday, June 21. It was not recorded, because only the panel of speakers were in attendance. We believe there was a misunderstanding on who could or should attend. And so we will introduce it again at a later time. For this call we invited friends, family members or anyone with a blind person in their life to join this call and ask questions and share their concerns. Board members of the Seniors Division will facilitate this call.

  • The third Seniors Division conference call was Thursday, May 24th. Wendy Ortega and colleagues from the Louisiana Center for the Blind will speak about programs the Center offers seniors in Louisiana. Some senior participants may also share their experiences participating in these events.

    Due to an unforeseen technical difficulty, a recording for this conference is not available. We will repeat this topic in the near future and will place its recording on this page.

  • April 19- What's new with Newsline and more publications that have been added recently- moderated by Bob Watson from the NFB Newsline team.

    Click here to listen using your computer

    If you wish to listen to the conference over your telephone, punch in the dial-in numbers given above, and when asked for the reference code, input 26, followed by the Pound Key.

  • March 22- Downsizing—Transitioning to a new home: When to move? Where to move? What to take- moderated by Art Schriber and Dian McGeorge.

    Click here to listen using your computer

    If you wish to listen to the conference over your telephone, punch in the dial-in numbers given above, and when asked for the reference code, input 25, followed by the Pound Key.

2017 RECORDINGS:

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

    If you wish to listen to the conference over your telephone, punch in the dial-in numbers given above, and when asked for the reference code, input 18, followed by the Pound Key.

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

    If you wish to listen to the conference over your telephone, punch in the dial-in numbers given above, and when asked for the reference code, input 20, followed by the Pound Key.

  • 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

    If you wish to listen to the conference over your telephone, punch in the dial-in numbers given above, and when asked for the reference code, input 21, followed by the Pound Key.

  • June 15- What Options Do I Have To Learn Needed Skills From Sources Other Than My State Agency- moderated by Shelley Copel and fellow South Carolinians who have taken correspondence courses from Hadley to obtain nonvisual skills,
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    If you wish to listen to the conference over your telephone, punch in the dial-in numbers given above, and when asked for the reference code, input 22, followed by the Pound Key.

2016 RECORDINGS:

  • June 08th- Let's Keep Writing and ... Publishing and More - moderated by Chelsea Cook, First Vice President of the NFB Writers' Division.
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    If you wish to listen to the conference over your telephone, punch in the dial-in numbers given above, and when asked for the reference code, input 17, followed by the Pound Key.

  • May 11th- So How Do You Do The Little Things In Life After Vision Loss Occurs - moderated by Ruth Sager, MD.
  • Click here to listen using your computer

    If you wish to listen to the conference over your telephone, punch in the dial-in numbers given above, and when asked for the reference code, input 16, followed by the Pound Key.

  • April 13- Churchgoing, making Everyone More Comfortable with Our Blindness - moderated by Tom Anderson, President of the National Association of the Blind in Communities of Faith, KS.
  • Click here to listen using your computer

    If you wish to listen to the conference over your telephone, punch in the dial-in numbers given above, and when asked for the reference code, input 15, followed by the Pound Key.

  • March 17- Losing Vision and Adapting to Life’s Changes - moderated by Shelley Copel, SC.
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    If you wish to listen to the conference over your telephone, punch in the dial-in numbers given above, and when asked for the reference code, input 14, followed by the Pound Key.

2015 Recordings:

  • June 10th- Getting About- Leisure Time, dining out, movies, museums, enjoying favorite pastime activities - moderated by Shelley Copel.
  • Click here to listen using your computer

    If you wish to listen to the conference over your telephone, punch in the dial-in numbers given above, and when asked for the reference code, input 12, followed by the Pound Key.

  • May 13th- Pursuing favorite hobbies and crafts - moderated by Marguerite Woods.
  • Click here to listen using your computer

    If you wish to listen to the conference over your telephone, punch in the dial-in numbers given above, and when asked for the reference code, input 11, followed by the Pound Key.

  • April 08th- Paperwork- Keeping track of banking, labeling, sorting and filing necessary documents - moderated by Ruth Sager.
  • Click here to listen using your computer

    If you wish to listen to the conference over your telephone, punch in the dial-in numbers given above, and when asked for the reference code, input 10, followed by the Pound Key.

  • March 11th- Braille- Can I learn Braille as a senior - moderated by Shelley Copel.
  • Click here to listen using your computer

    If you wish to listen to the conference over your telephone, punch in the dial-in numbers given above, and when asked for the reference code, input 8, followed by the Pound Key.

  • February 24th- Cane Travel- Can I truly be an efficient cane user as a senior if I've never learned before - moderated by Jeff Altman, and Maurice Peret.
  • Click here to listen using your computer

    If you wish to listen to the conference over your telephone, punch in the dial-in numbers given above, and when asked for the reference code, input 7, followed by the Pound Key.

2014 RECORDINGS:

  • June 4th- Cooking by Touch - moderated by Jennifer Wenzel.
  • Click here to listen using your computer

    If you wish to listen to the conference over your telephone, punch in the dial-in numbers given above, and when asked for the reference code, input 4, followed by the Pound Key.

  • May 8th- Blindness: A Family Dynamic - moderated by Fatos Floyd.
  • Click here to listen using your computer

    If you wish to listen to the conference over your telephone, punch in the dial-in numbers given above, and when asked for the reference code, input 3, followed by the Pound Key.

  • May 01- Financial Management After Blindness - moderated by Robert Burns, attorney and financial advisor.
  • Click here to listen using your computer

    If you wish to listen to the conference over your telephone, punch in the dial-in numbers given above, and when asked for the reference code, input 2, followed by the Pound Key.

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