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Welcome to the National Federation of the Blind of Georgia. 

Established in 1972 and chartered in 1973 as a state affiliate of the largest organization of blind people in the nation. The National Federation of the Blind of Georgia knows that blindness is not the characteristic that defines you or your future. Every day we raise the expectations of blind people because low expectations create obstacles between blind people and our dreams. You can live the life you want. blindness is not what holds you back. 

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2022 Convention Information:

It is time for the 2022 National Federation of the Blind of Georgia 49th Annual State Convention

When: Friday, October 7th through Sunday, October 9th, 2022 

Where: Sheraton Atlanta Hotel at 165 Courtland Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30303

Registration Information

Registration is now open until September 22, 2022. Flexible registration rates have been provided to accommodate your needs. Please choose the option that is best for you.

  • Registration is $20.00
  • Registration including lunch is $40.00
  • Banquet ticket is $60.00
  • Registration and Banquet ticket is $100.00 

Please note: All pricing is based on a per person cost.

You may register for this year’s convention by visiting the following link: https://nfbga.org/2022-nfb-ga-state-convention-registration/

All donations will be non-refundable and will go into the NFB of Georgia’s general fund to strengthen our efforts in empowering blind Georgians to live the lives they want.

Hotel Reservations 

Sheraton Atlanta is a beautiful hotel located in downtown Atlanta Georgia, offering distinctive amenities that indulge travelers in incomparable luxury. Enjoy fine cuisines and cocktails at the acclaimed Fandangles. This hotel is sure to provide an enjoyable experience.

The room rate for singles, doubles, and handicap rooms is $145.00 per night, including all taxes and fees. This rate is based on room availability, so please make your reservations quickly to guarantee you receive a room in our block. When making a reservation, tell the hotel that you are with the National Federation of the Blind of Georgia or the NFB of Georgia.

You can make your reservation by calling, 1-800-833-8624 or online by visiting this link: 

https://book.passkey.com/e/50148821. You can reserve your room today.

Please note: Suites or other room types are not covered in our block. Pricing and availability must be discussed with the hotel.

Convention Schedule:

Friday, October 7th – Senior Possibility Fair, Leadership Seminar, and Georgia Student Division Dance

Saturday, October 8th – General Session, Chapters and Divisions Breakout Sessions, and Banquet

Sunday, October 9th – Business Meeting and Elections 

We have planned a full schedule of events for your education and enjoyment during the convention. We have designed this time to provide you with helpful information about the NFB of Georgia and Georgia’s blind community.

Donor, Exhibitor, and Sponsor Opportunities:

We have several ways that you can help support the 49th Annual NFB of Georgia State Convention. Please review our Exhibitor and Sponsor letter by visiting the following link.

2022 Exhibitors and Sponsorship Letter:

https://nfbga.org/2022-nfb-of-ga-sponsor-and-exhibitor-letter/

If you are already planning to be an Exhibitor and/or Sponsor and need to sign up, you may complete your registration by visiting the following link:

2022 Convention Sponsor and Exhibitor Registration Form:

https://nfbga.org/2022-nfb-ga-state-convention-sponsor-and-exhibitor-registration/

We thank you in advance for all you do for the National Federation of the Blind of Georgia. Your contributions will help us strengthen and expand programs that help blind Georgians transform dreams into reality and ensure our state is equitable, inclusive, and accessible for the blind.

** Q&A for State Convention 2022:

What are the convention dates? 

October 7th – 9th, 2022

What is the convention location?

Sheraton Atlanta Hotel

165 Cortland Street 

Atlanta GA 30303

What is the reservation information?

The room rate is $145.00 per night, which includes all taxes and hotel fees 

The deadline for reserving your rooms is Thursday, September 22nd, and any cancellations must be made 24 hours prior to check in to avoid being charged for the night. 

How do you reserve a room?

Reserve your room now by calling the hotel at 1-800-833-8624 or you may use the following https://book.passkey.com/e/50148821. You can reserve your room today.

When booking a room(s), what is the group name that needs to be used?

Please remember to mention that you are with the NFB of Georgia Or National Federation of the Blind of Georgia

What room types are available for the convention?

The NFBGA Block includes singles, doubles, and wheelchair accessible rooms. As long as there is availability the guest can be placed in those rooms. 

What are the incidental fees for the hotel?

The incidental hold is $250 and the hold will be released upon checkout if there are no incidents

What time is check in and check out at the hotel?

Check-in begins at 4:00pm EST. Check-out is 12:00pm EST.

Are there any fees for parking at the hotel?

Self-parking is at a discounted rate of $25 and applies to all that are attending our convention activities. If you stay over at the hotel the $25 will be charged per night.

Does the hotel have talking elevators?

The hotel does not have talking elevators

Does the hotel have restaurants on site?

Yes, the hotel does have a restaurant on site. 

The hotel also has a lunch market that provides several grab and go items. It is open during a select time over the weekend. 

Will breakfast be offered to convention attendees?

No, all attendees will be responsible for their own breakfast

Does the hotel restaurant offer braille and/or large print menus?

The restaurant manager may be able to provide large print menus. There is a QR code that can be used on a cell phone to offer easier accessibility. 

Are talking menus available on in room TVs?

No, because room service is not provided this service is not available.

Are masks required to be worn during the convention?

We are strongly suggesting that mask be worn during the entirety of the convention.

Are dining options available within walking distance of the hotel?

Yes, there are several restaurants within walking distance. You will have to ask at the hotel desk as to what is available and nearest to the hotel.

What is the cost of registration?

Registration cost is $20, without lunch, and $40, if you would like to purchase a lunch

What is the price of the banquet?

Banquet cost is $60

What are the menu choices for the banquet?

Fried Chicken 

Baked Fish

Vegetable Pasta

These meals will come with two vegetables, salad, bread, dessert along with tea and coffee., ,

What is the convention itinerary?

We will advise you as to when the agenda is available on line. And you may ask your Chapter and/or  Division President for agenda information.

Will breakout rooms be available?

Yes, we will have several breakout rooms set up.

Will transportation assistance be provided for those outside of metro Atlanta?

No, everyone is responsible for their own transportation

What amenities do the hotel rooms have?

Refrigerator, no microwave

Is room service available?

The hotel currently does not offer room service. 

What is the hotel’s policy for food delivery services?

Hotel guests may utilize several food deliveries options such as Postmates, UberEATS, etc. The guests will have to come to the lobby to pickup their orders. 

Where are guide dog relief areas?

The guest will have to take their dogs to the grassy areas on the side of the hotel. 

Is Paratransit available?

Yes, each person will have to register individually with MARTA to take advantage of these services

Marta Website and Phone number to get to Marta Paratransit assistance and other options

https://www.itsmarta.com

Phone:  404-848-5000

What is the cost for Paratransit?

The cost of Paratransit is $4.00 per trip

Are there any MARTA stations near the hotel?

Yes, The Peachtree Center MARTA station is located within a few blocks of the hotel.

Information: 

Stay tuned for more details about the 2022 NFBGA State Convention. If you have questions or need further information, please contact Patrice Lewis, plewis@nfbga.org. You may also reach us by calling our office at 404-371-1000, select option one.

Let’s go build a better Georgia for the blind, together! 

PEACH PAC PLAN

For over forty nine years, the National Federation of the Blind of Georgia has championed the rights of the blind and low vision community giving members much needed hope and independence. Our organization is a 501C-3 volunteer consumer advocacy organization where our overall goal is the complete integration of the blind into society based on equality. 

 

Through our efforts, we’ve managed to blaze a trail in overall personal development, and now we are reaching out to you today in hopes of gaining your support in continuing to transform the world’s beliefs on what it means to be blind. 

Improving the quality of life of blind people is our top priority, and we begin this process at the youth level with Our Braille Enrichment Literacy and non-visual Learning (BELL) program, this is our  annual life skills workshop catering to Braille and mobility training while our Georgians Empowering through Mentoring Success program (GEMS), continues to build upon the fundamentals— incorporating workshops centered around professional life skills, technology and money management. To date, both programs have served over 500 children and young adults and have been our most successful youth launch thus far.

Studies show that unemployment rates for blind people have risen to a high of 19.8% as of 2011, and that number steadily continues to climb.

This is mainly due to the lack of access to quality development programs and training resources that can better equip them in achieving gainful employment. However, with your help, we can reduce those numbers! Your financial contribution would directly impact our training division and provide resources and support for the numerous development programs we offer for both young adults and senior members. 

We are asking for your support by becoming a donor to continue to lead the way to complete independence.

We would like to introduce to you the National Federation of the Blind of Georgia, Peach PAC Plan. This new system will allow you to support the NFB of Georgia by using your debit or credit card, to make a one-time or a recurring monthly donation. Along with your support, hope and determination, they will continue living the lives they want.

This system is set up to process your donation through Pay Pal, you just have to click on the link provided below. Once you click on the link, it will open a form, that will ask you to provide the amount of your donation. The form also provides an option for you to set your contribution as a one-time or a monthly recurring deduction, through the use of your debit or credit card, to be sent to the NFB of Georgia. 

The National Federation of the Blind of Georgia Peach PAC Plan link:

https://www.paypal.com/donate/?hosted_button_id=GTHKL7TVZJK9S

It is easy to make a donation to the NFB of Georgia, 

When making a one-time donation to the NFB of Georgia, the Pay Pal system will not require you to set up an account. When you click on the link the system will open a form that will allow you to enter the amount of your donation along with your debit or credit card information, in order to process your gift. 

We know that most will want to set up a monthly recurring contribution, but not set up a Pay Pal account. There is a way for you to do this , you can honor a yearly gift to the NFB of Georgia using this same system. You just decide what donation amount you would like to give, and then multiply that amount by 12 months, and that total will be entered as your one-time payment donation.

Here are some examples of what you may enter, there is no limit on your gift.

Donating $5.00 multiplied by 12 months is $60.00

Donating $10.00 multiplied by 12 months is $120.00

Donating $15.00 multiplied by 12 months is $180.00

Donating $20.00 multiplied by 12 months is $240.00

Donating $25.00 multiplied by 12 months is $300.00

Donating $50.00 multiplied by 12 months is $600.00

Or you may enter any donation you desire, all are appreciated.

Monthly contribution:

When processing a donation, the Pay Pal system will also give you the option to make your contribution a recurring monthly gift sent to the NFB of Georgia. In order to do this, the system will require that you have a Pay Pal account. Setting up this account will allow you to have control of any changes that you would like to make concerning your contribution. This will also authorize the Pay Pal system to process an automatic  deduction from your debit or credit card account of the amount you have approved, to be sent to the NFB of Georgia each month

Any contributions received will be deposited into the NFB of Georgia general fund and will allow us to continue to assist the blind citizens of Georgia. There has never been a better time to join the fight and help lead the change in blind and low vision independence. Any donation that you can contribute will be greatly appreciated.

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