What is the UPBC?

The purpose of the organization is to create a climate of opportunity for blind children in home, school and society; to provide information and support to parents of blind children; to facilitate the sharing of experiences and concerns among parents of blind children; to develop and expand resources available to parents and their blind children; to help parents of blind children gain understanding and perspective through partnership and contact with blind adults; and to function as an integral part of the National Federation of the Blind and the National Organization of Parents of Blind Children in their ongoing efforts to eliminate discrimination and prejudice against the blind and to achieve for the blind security, equality and opportunity.

The membership is open to parents of blind children, educators of blind children and others interested in promoting the purposes of this organization.

We are a division of the National Federation of the Blind which is the largest organization of the blind in the country. Refer to: http://www.nfb.org/

Utah Parents of Blind Children is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization

Sunday, April 29, 2012

NFB of Utah 2012 Annual State Convention

National Federation of the Blind of Utah
2012 Annual State Convention
“Individually, we are one drop.
Together, we are an ocean!”
(NFB: A Vehicle for Collective Action)

May 17, 18 and 19, 2012
Red Lion Hotel
161 West 600 South, Salt Lake City

Utah Parents of Blind Children Convention Highlights    
A Division of the National Federation of the Blind of Utah
Register online:  www.nfbutah.org
Must pre-register no later than May 15th to receive the steeply discounted meals which start at $7 per meal. If you miss the deadline, parents are still more than welcome to come and listen, but meals will not be available.

In addition to the NFB Utah general convention sessions and Saturday evening Banquet, please join us for the following events:

Thursday, May 17th

5:30pm – 7:45pm – Family Dinner Meeting for Utah Parents of Blind Children

Cost: $10 per person over the age of 12; Children 12 and under free (sign up when registering for the Convention)

Agenda will include:

      We will have the pleasure of hearing from Mary Jo Hartle, former Director of Education of the National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute
      Time for parents to share experiences both positive experiences and challenges with the education of your blind child(ren)
      Descriptive movie and activities for kids
      Information about the National Federation of the Blind 2012 Convention July 3-8 in Dallas, Texas

Friday, May 18th 

  • Afternoon - Project STRIVE video presentation
  • Hear about the Braille Education Literacy and Learning (BELL) Program
  • Evening – Project STRIVE meet the board dinner

Saturday, May 19th

We will be having one breakout session this year. This will be offered Saturday morning and will include the UPBC Board Elections.

Also available: Many free Braille children’s books, IEP help materials, other informational brochures

Child Care:  Child care will be provided Thursday evening. A stipend will be available to anyone requiring child care to support your attendance at the Friday and Saturday sessions. Please contact UPBC President Julie Ledford at 801-455-3934 or upbcmail@gmail.com if you need a child care stipend.