Rita Kersh, Chair, ACBI Convention Planning Committee
Your convention planning committee is working very hard on this year’s joint convention to be held at the Waterfront Hotel & Conference Center in Indianapolis from Nov. 2-4. This is a new hotel for this management and they are doing some amazing sprucing up! They are also working on a new website, so sit tight and we will have this for you soon.
We have some exciting and fun activities you’ll be interested in to go along with our wide variety of sessions. We’ve got Peter Berg from the Great Lakes ADA Center as our keynote speaker at Friday’s opening session. Our banquet speaker on Saturday evening will be Trisha Zorn-Hudson who is an all-time gold medalist swimmer in the Paralympics! Friday we’ll have our exciting tour of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway track and museum. Bradford Woods will be doing a session on adaptive sports and recreation for the visually impaired, plus water aerobics! For dinner that evening we’re having a “Pizza Mixer” where we’ll indulge in great pizza and the fixings, plus we’ll have some fun activities, too. Then later that night we want to invite our members to take part in “Open Mike Night at the Waterfront” where you can show off your talent at singing, telling jokes, playing instruments and more. Plus our own Edie Huffman will be providing audio description of a comedy show.
Saturday will be filled with three concurrent breakout sessions consisting of topics such as Windows 10, iPhone updates, self defense, emergency preparedness and more. And, don’t forget our ever popular auction on Saturday night where we’ll be having a bidding war to see who gets the great items we’ll be auctioning off! Our vendor committee is busy getting commitments from vendors and our exhibit area looks like it will be packed full of great products and information. A few companies and organizations who have already committed are: Eye Can See, Bosma, Scentsy Candles, ADA Indiana, Stitching Sister, Bradford Woods, Color Street with Jordan Brown and Leader Dog. There will be more to come, so stay tuned.
Sunday will be our non-denominational service and memorial service to recognize our members who have passed away since our last convention. Trisha Zorn-Hudson will provide a “Table Talk” session and the morning will conclude with ACBI and ACBO holding their post-convention board meetings.
Remember, the location is the Waterfront Hotel and Conference Center, 2930 Waterfront Pkwy W. Dr., Indianapolis and the phone number is 317-299-8400. Room rates are $95 per night plus the current tax rate of 17%. When making your reservation, tell the hotel you are with the Council of the Blind and you will get the convention room rate.
The registration form will be published on our website in July, so be on the lookout! Registration will be $80 which includes all your meals, plus an extra cost for those attending the Indianapolis Motor Speedway tours. So, mark your calendar and start making plans to attend a fantastic convention!