2021 State Convention ABL Strong!
SATURDAY, JANUARY 9th
9:00 am 9:15 am: ABL Strong Welcome Gertie
Bias, State Board President
to ABL's 1st virtual convention! Thanks for joining us and we hope that you enjoy
a day filled with educational and fun resources.
9:15 am 9:30 am: Planning for a Successful Day Chyvonne
Blanchard and Clair Amy, State Office Team
Woohoo! Time to
review Zoom tips and tricks along with an agenda overview.
9:30 am 10:15 pm: ABL Busy Bees Kelly
Malloy, Dale Carnegie
Keeping ABL STRONG
means staying busy and motivated! Waking up with a smile, setting goals, and
being accountable. Challenge yourself to be an ABL Busy Bee!
10:15 am 11:00 am: Break-out
Sessions Your Choice!
Live and Learn Talking
Books and Braille Library/Hadley School for the Blind
Meet staff from
the Louisiana State Library and Hadley School for the Blind. Challenge yourself
to read a new book, learn a new language or discover lots of new services
provided by these fantastic programs.
Believing Ski for Light
Have you ever
wanted to try out snow skiing? This program invites you to take on the
challenge and join others who are visually impaired and/or physically disabled
in taking on the slopes! Learn about an
upcoming virtual meeting that you can join to meet others who have benefited
from this program.
AB8WF who is a ham radio operator. Explore this hobby of amateur radio and find
out why so many visually impaired and blind individuals are successful ham
am 11:45 am: Break-Out Sessions Your Choice!
staff from two programs that are accessible by phone. Reading newspapers from
all around our country and joining in on Christian gatherings will keep you
informed and entertained every day.
The Lavender Experience Rebecca
Reed, Young Living
Soothe your soul with the aroma of
Take some time to learn about essential oils. Each participant will
be added into a drawing for a Young Living Oil package.
· Blind Fold Games
Marty Scholtz, Objective Ed
someone who is blind play games on their smart phone or tablet? Yes! Don't miss this opportunity to learn
about games that can help all ages to learn and have fun doing it! Each
participant will be entered in a drawing for an iTunes gift card.
11:45 am 12:00 pm: Door Prizes and Discussion Chyvonne Blanchard and Clair Amy, State
12:00 pm Lunch Break
1:15 pm 1:30 pm: Welcome Back and Sponsor
Recognition Chyvonne Blanchard and Clair Amy, State Office Team
Let's take a
little time to thank our sponsors who helped us to make this virtual event a
1:30 pm 3:00 pm: ABL Business Meeting
Gertie Bias, State Board President and The ABL State Board of Directors
Welcome to this
year's organization business meeting! Hear reports on the progress of the State
Office, bingo and training center.
3:00 pm 3:20 pm: How Can Louisiana
Rehabilitation Services Help Me? Louisiana Work Force Commissions Kevin
Monk, Director of Blind Services
Rehabilitation Services can help you become employed! Many visually impaired,
blind, and Deaf-blind individuals receive training and job placement through
LRS services. Get an idea of how this agency assists ABL in our mission.
3:20 pm 4:00 pm: Visit the ABL
Training Center Training Center Staff and Clients
Get a glimpse of
the ABL Training Center, meet staff and clients while they introduce you to
each classroom and grant program.
4:00 pm 5:00 pm: Deaf-Blind Success
Stories Helen Keller /I Can Connect
ABL is very proud
of their work with the Deaf-blind of Louisiana! Meet a representative from
Helen Keller National Center and discover the I Can Connect program enhancing
5:00 pm: Door Prizes and
Discussion Chyvonne Blanchard and Clair Amy, State Office Team
Let's celebrate an
amazing Zoom convention and give away a $100 door prize!
Click here to register: https://abltc.wufoo.com/forms/z1vov9iw0ob2z0i/