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National Federation of the Blind of Arkansas 2020 STATE CONVENTION

Friday, November 6 through Saturday, November 7th, 2020

Register and make a difference in the lives of blind Arkansaans!

The 2020 State Convention of the National Federation of the Blind of Arkansas will be held at:

Holiday Inn
1500 S. 48th st.
Springdale, AR 72762

Mark your calendars and make every effort to attend the 2020 convention of the NFB of Arkansas. Get Involved. Make a Difference! Please share with others, everyone is welcome!

Room Reservations

The Holiday Inn is now accepting room reservations for the state convention. To make your reservation 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, please dial 479-751-8300 and use group code BLD, or visit .mi?id=1582037683643&key=GRP&app=resvlink. The best time to call is during regular business hours, 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. The 2020 room rate is $129 a night. Hotel room rates are subject to applicable state and local taxes, which at present is 9.75% and will be in effect at the time of check-out.

For those considering arriving early, there is a limited number of available guest rooms as another group will be occupying most of the hotel on Thursday, November 5. Don’t hesitate, please make your room reservations as soon as possible. Our block of rooms are available until Thursday, October 22, and any remaining rooms will become available to the general public. You will need a credit card to secure your reservation, There will be no charge to your card until you arrive at the hotel. Refrigerators will be available in all sleeping rooms this year. In addition, there are a limited number of wheelchair accessible rooms and if needed, make it known when you are making your room reservation.

Note: if you can not attend and you have made hotel reservations, don’t call the hotel to cancel. Please call Terry Sheeler at 479-841-6081. Terry usually has a waiting list to review as many learn about the state convention after Thursday, October 22.

Registration

Registration for the 2020 State Convention is $80 per person, which includes one registration and one banquet ticket. If you require extra banquet tickets, the cost is $45 each. For the very first time, we are accepting online registration along with walk up registration.

Register online today for the 2020 State Convention.

Vendor/Sponsor Application Form

If you wish to be a vendor at this year's state convention, please complete our online vendor/sponsorship application form. After completing the form and providing payment of $50 per table ($25 for an extra table), all vendors and their attendees are required to complete the convention registration form.

Sponsorship Levels:

Platnum $5,000
  • Full page ad in the agenda
  • 2 Banner placements in General Session Area (You will need to provide us with your Banners)
  • 4 Registrations with 4 Banquet tickets
  • 30 minutes of speaking time on our agenda
  • 2 vendor tables with electric and 4 chairs
Gold $2,500
  • Half page ad in the agenda
  • 2 registrations with 2 Banquet tickets
  • 15 minutes of speaking time on our agenda
  • 1 vendor table with electric and 2 chairs
Silver $1,000
  • 1/4-page ad in the agenda
  • 1 Registration with 1 Banquet ticket
  • 1 vendor table with 2 chairs
Bronze $500
  • 1/8-page ad in the agenda
  • 1 vendor table with 2 chairs

Code of Conduct

As an attendee at our convention, you not only represent yourself but also represent our greater organization. We want you to enjoy our time together and to make new friends and renew old acquaintances. Although we encourage members to socialize and have fun, the convention also provides a valuable opportunity to come together to continue the work of our organization, to learn about the important initiatives that we are involved with on local and national levels, and to plan our work for the future.

The National Federation of the Blind seeks to provide a convention environment in which diverse participants, including members, speakers, exhibitors, staff, and volunteers, may learn, network, and enjoy the company of friends and colleagues in an environment of mutual respect and professionalism. We recognize a shared responsibility to create and uphold that atmosphere for the benefit of all. Some behaviors are therefore specifically prohibited:

  • harassment or intimidation based on race, religion, ethnicity, language, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, physical appearance, or other group identity
  • harassment or intimidation, including unwelcome sexual attention, stalking (physical or virtual), or unsolicited physical contact
  • public drunkenness and associated behaviors (e.g., belligerence, yelling, hostility, destruction of property)

Participants are expected to abide by these rules and behaviors in all convention venues, including online arenas, social media, and social events. Participants who are asked to stop a behavior that the recipient considers hostile or harassing are expected to comply immediately. We are committed to diversity, equity, and the free expression of ideas. Please visit https://nfb.org/code-conduct for more information.

Additional Information

Additional information will be posted as soon as it becomes available. Check back often. For more information, please contact us at 479-582-0091 or tsheeler@nfbar.org.

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