Wednesday, June 26, 2013

National Association of Blind Rehabilitation Professionals Meeting



“Focus on Results That Work!”
“However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.”­Winston Churchill

2013 Annual Meeting

Wednesday, July 3, 2013
Rosen Centre Hotel, Salon 7, level 2
Melody Roane, President

1:00-2:00:  Registration ($5.00) and networking opportunity

2:00-2:10:  Welcome, introductions and announcements­Melody Roane, President, National Association of Blind Rehabilitation Professionals; Director, Virginia Rehabilitation Center for the Blind and Vision Impaired, Richmond, Virginia

2:10-2:30:  A Keynote Presentation­Tools for the Journey:  Building a Solid Foundation for Success­Amy Buresh, Vocational rehabilitation counselor, Nebraska Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Lincoln, Nebraska; president, National Federation of the Blind of Nebraska; Board member, National Federation of the Blind

2:30-2:40:  Focus on Presentation:  Public Speaking and Reading Fluently Aloud Using an Audible Teleprompter­Bruce Gardner, Senior Council, PenacleWest Capital Corporation, Phoenix, Arizona

2:40-2:50:  Focus on Effective Self-Defense for the Blind­Elizabeth L. Myska, Esquire JD LLM, New England 1TOUCH regional coordinator, Worcester, Massachusetts

2:50-3:00:  The Bookshare Strategy In Promoting Employment­Allison Hilliker, Bookshare Collection Development Associate, Tempe, Arizona

3:00-4:00:  I Feel Like We’re Not Getting Anywhere!:  Focus on Successful Strategies When Working with Individuals Who Have Traumatic Brain Injuries­Imelda Llanos, MS Visual Disabilities, OTR/L PM&R Vision Impairment Clinic Program Manager, Polytrauma/TBI Vision Rehab Clinic, James A. Haley Veterans Administration Medical Center, Tampa, Florida
4:00-4:30:  Getting Results with Deaf Blind Clients: How Customized Employment can generate successful employment outcomes­Conchita Hernandez, Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor, Nebraska Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Lincoln, Nebraska; Kimberley Barber – M.S., Program Planner 2, Business Development Specialist, Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services, Iowa Self-Employment (ISE) Program, Des Moines, Iowa

4:30-4:50:  A Round Table Discussion of Critical Issues In the Rehabilitation Field

4:50-5:00:  Job announcements, wrap-up and adjourn

Current NABRP Board members:
President­Melody Roane, Virginia
First Vice President­Shawn Mayo, Minnesota
Second Vice President­Julie Deden, Colorado
Secretary­Pamela Allen, Louisiana
Treasurer­Amy Buresh, Nebraska
Board Position 1­Brook Sexton, Utah
Board Position 2­Jane Lansaw, Texas
Board Position 3­Jennifer Kennedy, Virginia
Board Position 4­Maurice Peret, Maryland


The purpose of the National Association of Blind Rehabilitation Professionals is to promote rehabilitation practices, policies and legislation that emphasize positive attitudes, high expectations and a belief in blind individuals to live full, productive and independent lives.  The National Association of Blind Rehabilitation Professionals also encourages research into rehabilitation issues and practices that will lead to more effective strategies to make the dreams of blind people a reality.
To join the NFB’s listserv for rehabilitation counselors, go to and select “rehab” from the list of listserv topics.

If you would like to join the listserv for Training Center professionals, please send an e-mail to expressing your interest in joining this particular listserv.

For any comments or suggestions regarding the NABRP, please e-mail

Melody Roane, Director
Virginia Rehabilitation Center for the Blind & Vision Impaired
401 Azalea Avenue
Richmond, Virginia 23227
Phone: 804.371.3323
Worldwide Web:


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