Affiliated Blind of Louisiana State Convention 2018
               

Affiliated Blind of Louisiana

2018 State Convention

September 14th – 15th, 2018

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We welcome you to the 2018 ABL State Convention!  This year we are hosting the event at our ABL Training Center.  Whether you are a long time member of our organization, or this is your first year attending, we are excited that you are joining our ABL Family.  As members of the Affiliated Blind of Louisiana, each one of us gives our personal contribution to the growth of our mission, To Educate our communities about blindness, To Support the ABL Training Center, and To Mentor and serve as mentors for others who are visually impaired, blind, and Deaf-Blind.  Like a family tree, our branches may grow in different directions, but our roots remain as one, together we strengthen Affiliated Blind of Louisiana.


ABL 2018 State Convention

"We Are Family!”

 

CONVENTION REGISTRATION


$50.00 On-Site Registration Fee

(NOTE:  Children 12 and under admitted free)

 



HOTEL RESERVATIONS

 

Wingate by Wyndham Lafayette Airport

702 E. Kaliste Saloom Rd.

Lafayette, LA  70508

(337) 234-3700

$79.00 per Night

 

  • Great Rates, Comfortable Rooms

  • Free Hot Breakfast

  • Mini Refrigerators and microwaves

     

Room Rates:  $79 per night for singles through quads.  Please make your reservations with the hotel at (337) 234-3700.  When making your reservation, please identify yourself as an ABL Convention Participant. 

  

 

CONVENTION BUS TRANSPORTATION INFORMATION

 

This year, ABL is charging a minimal fee of $10 to assist in transportation costs. If you need transportation to Lafayette, we ask that you pay this fee along with your convention registration.  When we see that you have checked off that you need transportation on the convention pre-registration application, we will add your name to a list and call you with bus pick up and drop off locations at least two weeks prior to the event. 

 

All ABL Convention fees are non-refundable.



2018 CONVENTION HIGHLIGHTS

 

ABL Family Reunion

 

ABL Family, my brothers, sisters, and me!  Come and make memories and share laughter together at this fun and exciting event hosted at the ABL Training Center.  Visit this social complete with a delicious buffet, music, and the annual ABL Auction!

 

Together is the best place to bee!

 

Join your ABL family for this year's general session and business meeting.  Learn about the growth of the organization and the innovative programs and services provided by the ABL Training Center.

 

ABL Family Feud

 

Be ready to rumble!  Which ABL Chapter will win?  Compete to name the correct answers to ABL trivia questions and win cash and prizes!

 

Discovering ABL’s Roots and Branches

 

Because of your ABL membership, our training center has grown throughout the years. Spend your afternoon with a guided tour of the center along with opportunities to join in on sessions on technology for the blind, communication skills, and much more!

 

You can also look forward to other fun and educational activities like:

 

  •   Great Vendors and Exhibitors

  •   Special Sessions Giving Tips To Family, Friends, and Volunteers

  •   Low Vision Exams and Product Demonstrations

     




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2018 State Convention Agenda



Friday, September 14th


 


2:00 pm – 4:00 pm: Convention Registration – Wingate Hotel


 


Welcome from the ABL Acadiana Chapter! Pick up your name tag, program, convention bag, and lots of great snacks for your room.


 


5:15 pm: Buses Leave for Friday Night Social – ABL Training Center


 


5:45 pm – 6:45 pm: ABL Training Center Tours


 


Group A – Will meet at the ABL TC Residential Counselor Station


Group B – Will meet at the ABL TC Cafeteria


Group L – Will meet at the ABL TC Conference Room


 


Are you ABL Training Center Alumni, or is this your first time to see the center?  Join your group and tour our facility. Meet the staff and experience each area of training. What group am I in? Locate the letter for your tour group on the back of your name tag.


 


7:00 pm – 10:00 pm: "We Are Family” Social – ABL Great Hall


 


ABL Family, my brothers, sisters, and me! Come and make memories and share laughter together at this fun and exciting event hosted at the ABL Training Center. Visit this social complete with a delicious buffet, Randolph Sheppard Master Mixology Competition, and the annual ABL Auction!



Saturday, September 15th


 


9:00 am: Buses Leave for ABL – Training Center


 


9:00 am – 10:00 am: Convention Registration – ABL Daigle Hall


 


Welcome from the ABL Acadiana Chapter! Pick up your name tag, program, convention bag, and lots of great information about your day of activities.


 


9:30 am – 12:00 pm: "Together is the Best Place to Bee” General Session – Training Center Great Hall


 


It’s all the BUZZ! Join your ABL family for this year's general session and business meeting. Learn about the growth of the organization and the innovative programs and services provided by the ABL Training Center.


 


12:00 pm: Lunch – ABL Training Center Cafeteria


 


Your lunch is served from the cafeteria.  Find a fun spot to eat with your ABL family.  Choose the cafeteria or outside for a fun lunch break.


 


12:00 pm – 4:30 pm: Vendors and Exhibitors "ABL Family Reunion” – ABL Daigle Hall


 


Come in and join the fun of the vendors and exhibitors area of the convention.  Meet with representatives from many programs and services for the blind and experience the incredible collection of products on display this year! Don’t forget to visit the Family Reunion photo booth and take lots of pictures with your ABL family!


 


1:15 pm – 2:00 pm: Calling All Family and Friends – ABL TC Conference Room


 


Are you a friend and/or family member of an ABL member or alumni? Do you have questions about the best way to support independence or want to volunteer with the ABL organization? Visit with ABL staff, Families Helping Families and others that share in your position and want to help.


 


1:30 pm – 4:00 pm: Concurrent Areas of Interest


 


Visit these areas any time between 1:30 pm and 4:00 pm. Just drop in when the time is right for you.


The ABL Eye Deal Store


 


Do you need a talking clock or signature guide? Come and visit us at the ABL Eye Deal Store located in the Administration Building. Browse the store for low vision products. All ABL Convention participants will receive 20% off any one item purchased at the convention, even on special order products.


 


Books, Books, and More Books


 


Do you enjoy listening to audio books? Throughout the years, many audio books have been donated to the ABL Training Center. Our library is becoming too big for our space. Please come and help us clear out the old for new and upcoming donations. Come by and choose several titles of these audio books on cassette and CD FREE of charge. We even have a few Braille selections.


 


2:45 pm – 3:45 pm: ABL Technology Talks – ABL Great Hall


 


Meet individuals who use devices like I phones and Aira glasses and are more independent because of it. Come ready to ask your questions about how technology can enhance your life and find out about the latest apps for the blind.


 


4:00 pm: ABL Family Feud – ABL Great Hall


 


Get ready to rumble!  Get your ABL chapter team together.  Two chapters will be randomly chosen for a chance to compete and win cash and prizes for team members and the chapter treasury.  All questions will be ABL history, convention, and training center trivia questions.


 


4:30 pm: Family Dinner – ABL Training Center Back Yard


 


Enjoy a family dinner picnic under the Oaks.  Dance and sing to the sounds of Bayou Mike, Play fun games and backyard bingo with your ABL family and say you're "Goodbyes" until next year.


 


6:30 pm: Buses leave to head back home






If you have any questions, or need more information, please call the ABL State Office at (337) 234-6492 or (800) 319-4444.














   

 

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