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 virtually on the Zoom platform due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
We are proud to announce that Patti Chang, Director of Outreach for the National Federation of the Blind and treasurer for the National Federation of the Blind of Illinois, will be serving as our national rep this year. Her bio can be found later on this page.
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!
Considering the ongoing impact and wide-ranging effect of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 convention of the National Federation of the Blind of Arkansas will be virtual using the Zoom platform. The makeup of the convention will be nearly the same as our in-person conventions. Registration is free, but we encourage you to donate by PayPal by going to www.nfbar.org/contribution-opportunities/online-donations. You must register and be present to raise your hand to be eligible to win a door prize. Registration is due by midnight on October 15. To vote at any point during the convention, you must be registered and a current dues paying member of the National Federation of the Blind of Arkansas.
If you are registering multiple people for the convention, you MUST fill out a separate form for each attendee. You can obtain assistance with online registration by calling Terry Sheeler at 479-841-6081.
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 all vendors and their attendees are required to complete the convention registration form.
Sponsorship Levels are subject to change based upon convention being in-person or virtual.
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.
National Rep's Bio
Patti graduated from the University of Chicago law school in 1988 and worked in the City of Chicago Law Department from 1988 – 2016. She began her tenure there in the Traffic Division and then worked her way up to assistant corporation counsel. In this position she prosecuted housing court matters in the Circuit Court of Cook County and handled collection matters for the Building and Land Use Litigation Division of the City of Chicago Law Department.
In 1998 Patti became senior assistant corporation counsel for the City of Chicago Law Department. In this role she prosecuted cases, supervised attorneys prosecuting cases, coordinated law clerks and externs, and served on various committees and task forces.
Her expertise is recognized in the Municipal Administrative Law arena as well as building and fire safety. Patti taught numerous continuing legal education courses and has presented to the International Municipal Lawyers Association.
Patti started a second career serving as the Director of Outreach for the National Federation of the Blind in 2016. In this capacity she works on outreach and development for the Federation.
Patti keeps her hand in the law still. She belongs to several professional associations and serves on the Administrative Law Section Council as well as the Disability Law Committee of the Illinois State Bar Association.
Patti is the mother of two grown children, Johnathon and Julia and is married to Francisco Chang who is a nurse working in cardiac care. She and her husband love to dance and to travel in their spare time.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.