Affiliated Blind of Louisiana, Inc.
2017 State Convention Agenda
September 22nd - 24th
Friday, September 22nd
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm: Convention
Registration – Aloha!
Aloha and welcome from the ABL Shreveport/Bossier City Chapter! Pick
up your name tag, program, convention bag, and lots of great giveaways.
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm: Break
Out Session – Walking on Sunshine!
You will feel like you are walking on sunshine when you join us for a
presentation on the innovative programs and services provided by the ABL
Training Center. So, slip on your flip
flops and sun shades for tips on hotel and casino orientation by ABL’s Training
4:15 pm: Buses Leave for Wine Tasting
4:30 pm – 6:00 pm: Break
Out Session – Boardwalk Bingo!
At the Boardwalk Bingo we’ll be
out of the sun. At the Boardwalk Bingo we’ll be having some fun! Featuring prizes from the Louisiana Boardwalk,
large print and Braille cards will be provided.
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm: Friday
Night Social – Club Pair-A-Dice!
Congratulations, you made it on
the guest list! ABL Club Pair-a-Dice
members only share in this exclusive event hosted by the ABL Shreveport/Bossier
City Chapter. Come and indulge in a
night filled with an incredible collection of activities. Visit this world class beach party complete
with an island buffet, music, and the annual ABL auction! Don’t forget to wear
your most exotic and amazing tropical shirt for the contest. Come dressed to
Saturday, September 23rd
8:00 am – 12:00 pm: Convention
Registration – Aloha!
Aloha and welcome from the ABL
Shreveport/Bossier City Chapter! Register for convention, pick up a program, or
get important information to plan your day!
9:00 am – 12:30 pm: General
Session – One Love!
Let’s get together and feel
alright! ABL welcomes Billy Brookshire,
author of Loving Me to present an
interactive session exploring our strengths and abilities. Learn about how we both as individuals and as
an organization can share with others our love with one heart!
12:30 pm – 4:00 pm: Vendors
and Exhibitors – Catch A Wave!
Catch a wave and roll into the
fun of the vendors and exhibitors area of the convention. Explore services and
programs for the blind and experience the incredible collection of products for
purchase this year! Don’t forget to get your vendor and exhibitor card at the
ABL registration table. Get all of the vendors to sign the card and you will
have a chance to win a fabulous prize!
pm – 1:30 pm: Board
of Directors Meeting – The Big
The ABL State Board of Directors will meet to
review the agenda for the Sunday business meeting and elections.
pm – 3:00 pm: Break
Out Session – We’ll Have Fun, Fun,
Fun, ‘Til Our Daddy Takes The IPhone Away!
Do you have an iPhone or Amazon Echo? Come
and learn about using these devices to assist you in living more independently.
All attendees qualify for an iTunes Card give a way.
pm – 4:00 pm: Concurrent
Visit these sessions any time between 1:30 pm
and 4:00 pm. Just drop in when the time is right for you.
Up with Your Low Vision!
Attend this special session featuring the
latest in technology and visual aids to enhance your low vision. Learn about programs that can help you gain
independence at home, school, work environments and even beachside!
Shores and Soothing Scents!
Stroll in at your
convenience, it’s all about you!
Surround yourself in the sounds of the sea and the calming essence of
essential oils. You will experience the
healing and mood enhancing powers of these oils and how to use them and create
your own beach get a way at home.
pm – 4:00 pm: AER
Meeting – AER’s Shore Side Shindig!
Achieving excellence in professional growth
and service delivery is the aim of this shindig! Here you will engage with other
AER members from around the state, explore critical topics in the field and be
a part of conversations that will shape the future of rehabilitation in
pm: Buses Leave for Boardwalk
pm – 6:45 pm: Randolph
Sheppard Cocktail Hour – It’s Five
O’clock Some Where!
Margaritas anyone? Take a sip! Take some time to
mingle with your fellow ABL members and enjoy a cocktail before the
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm: Banquet and Dance – Tropical Pair-a-Dice!
Enter into your dream destination! A tropical gala filled
with an exotic flair, festive menu, banquet speaker and Bumble Bee Awards.
Sunday, September 24th
9:00 am – 12:00 pm: Meeting
and Elections - ABL’s Boogie Board
Cowabunga Dude! Come and start
your day by hearing reports from Louisiana Rehabilitation Services and the
progress of our organization. This year we are electing seven State Board
12:00 pm: Busses and Vans Leave the Hotel