ABL State Convention 2015






New Orleans, Louisiana

September 17 – 20, 2015


"When ABL goes marching in!

Who Dat say they gonna tap those canes! 

Who Dat!  Who Dat!”




$30.00 Pre-Registration Fee

$40.00 On-Site Registration Fee

(NOTE:  Children 12 and under admitted free)

You can pre-register for $30.00 by filling out the enclosed application and mailing payment along with any other convention fees by Monday, August 17, 2015.  After this date, this fee will be raised to $40.00 and will be collected at the registration table at the convention site.  All ABL Convention fees are non-refundable.
  • If you pre-register and all fees are paid by August 17, 2015, your name will be placed in a drawing for three (3) free nights at the convention hotel!


  • Upon receiving your pre-convention registration application and fees, ABL will send you a receipt for your payment, detailed convention agenda and other valuable information.  Please be watching for this ABL convention packet in your mail box.  This year you can also register on line here.  All major credit cards are accepted.



Hampton Inn

1201 Convention Center Blvd.

New Orleans, LA  70130

(504) 566-9990

$99.00 per Night

  • Great Rates, Large Comfortable Rooms

  • Free Hot Breakfast

  • Mini Refrigerators and microwaves in sleeping rooms

  • Snack shop and bar


Room Rates:  $99 per night (singles, doubles, triples, etc.)  Please make your reservations with the hotel at (504) 566-9990.  When making your reservation, please identify yourself as an ABL Convention Participant.  Rates and availability cannot be guaranteed after August 17, 2015.  A $29.98 per day valet parking charge will be added to your room if you are driving your personal vehicle.  If you are only parking for the day and will return home each evening, the valet parking charge will be $15.00 per day.


This year, ABL is charging a minimal fee of $5.00 to assist in transportation costs.  If you need transportation to New Orleans, we ask that you pay this fee along with your convention registration.  When we see that you have checked off that you need transportation on the convention pre-registration application, we will add your name to a list and call you with bus pick up and drop off locations at least two weeks prior to the event.  All ABL Convention fees are non-refundable.



This year you have the opportunity to pre-order your souvenir tee-shirt commemorating the 2015 NOLA Convention!  Don’t miss out on this chance to guarantee your size and receive a discounted price.  Pre-sale shirts will be handed out at registration at the convention site on both Thursday, September 17th and Friday, September 18th.


The $10 fee for your souvenir tee-shirt is due by August 17, 2015 and should be enclosed along with pre-registration fees.  Size choices are listed on the pre-registration application.  After this date, tee-shirt prices will be raised to $15.00 and sold in the vendor and exhibit area at the convention site.

ABL souvenir tee-shirt pre-sales are non- refundable.

Let’s learn about the great city of New Orleans!  New Orleans has enjoyed eras of prosperity and celebration few can imagine. The city has also risen above fires, epidemics, hurricanes, floods, wars, slavery and social conflict.  New Orleans history and culture will be seen through all of your senses in these exciting tours!


You can join a tour offering custom details catering to your low vision needs.  Each tour will feature guides specializing in storytelling and access to tactile resources.  The tours will be held on Saturday, September 19th beginning between 9:00am and 11:00am.  Final tour itineraries will be posted in the convention agenda given at the registration table at the convention site.  The charge for all tours is $40.00 per person, which includes transportation to and from the tour sites.  For children 12 and under, the charge is $20 per child. Don’t miss out on this chance to guarantee your spot in the tour of your choice.  Space is limited in some tour categories.  Choose the one you want and register for it now!


The fee for your New Orleans tour is due by August 17, 2015 and should be enclosed along with pre-registration fees.  Tour descriptions are listed below and you can select your choice on the pre-registration application.  ABL New Orleans tour fees are non-refundable.




Your tour begins at Jackson Square with some French Quarter history.  Enjoy this animated description of the sites while riding in the comfort of an air conditioned motor coach.  See large, Victorian houses leading you from the French Quarter to City Park.  


Before you arrive at City Park, you will stop at St. Louis Cemetery #3, where you can stay on the bus or you can step off and explore tombs and monuments while you learn about our above ground burial system, the misfortunes that took the lives of many in early New Orleans and also the culture of our jazz funerals.


City Park’s many attractions are nestled among the shadows of the largest collection of ancient oak trees. Here you can experience a guided walk through the beautiful sculpture garden and/or taste beignets at Morning Call Café.


Continue on to our second most famous street—St. Charles Avenue, the oak-lined avenue of American elegance. Hear the clank-clank of streetcars, America’s old public transportation system, as you travel by Tulane and Loyola Universities, the Audubon Zoo and Audubon Park.


2.5 hour tour

Some Walking – Can stay on bus for first stop

Coffee and Beignets Included

ABL New Orleans tour fees are non-refundable




At the height of the Steamboat Era there were 4,000 steamboats navigating the water highways of America. Today there is only one steam powered paddle-wheeler left on the Mississippi River: The Steamboat Natchez.


Before boarding the boat you will be welcomed with the tunes of a steam calliope. Stand dockside at the stern as the 28 ton iconic red paddle begins to churn the Mighty Mississippi.


ABL will have a private suite on the bottom deck, at the water level, where one of the boat staff will share stories of how the steamboat changed America’s history, culture and commerce.

Experience the magic of days gone by as you hear our live jazz band that sets the tone. Enjoy the taste of a Creole buffet prepared fresh daily and served from the galley. Glide past the French Quarter and through one of the world’s most active ports, as the captain narrates during band breaks.


For all its history and romance, the excitement of riding a steamboat is as rich and genuine today as it was a century ago.  


2.5 hour tour

Some Walking

Lunch buffet included

Most recommended for children – special gift on board for children under 12

ABL New Orleans tour fees are non-refundable




For centuries this port city has been a cultural haven where creativity has flourished in art, architecture, music, literature, cuisine and politics. This tour presents New Orleans’ oldest neighborhood in an entertaining and interactive way.


As you walk through New Orleans’ oldest neighborhood, you will feel different architectural styles, sculptures and details in ironwork.  You will hear the jazz performed by street musicians throughout the Quarter.


In Jackson Square you will learn about the intelligent, strong willed and shrewd Baroness Pontabla who is responsible for building the Pontalba buildings that flank the French Quarter. The wealthiest woman in New Orleans, she rose above family politics and survived being shot four times by her father-in- law.


Enjoy the tastes and smells of America’s oldest public market, the French Market, as we introduce you to the story of Rose Nicaud, a woman of color who was the first coffee vendor and started the tradition of public coffee houses. Rose eventually purchased her freedom. Smell the spices that are essential to New Orleans cooking and learn about the city’s culinary culture. As you taste a muffeletta we’ll share the traditions of Sicilian grocers and farmers.


Don’t forget the spirits of New Orleans, have a drink on us.  Learn how the saints and sinners of our Creole past shaped the heart and soul of today’s New Orleans.


2.5 hour tour

MUST be able to walk 1 mile!

Muffeletta Sandwich Snack, 1 cold beverage, and water bottle included

ABL New Orleans tour fees are non-refundable




$10.00 per Person


This fun and exciting event hosted by the ABL New Orleans Chapter will include an incredible array of activities.  Visit this exciting social complete with delicious buffet meal, music and the annual ABL auction.  You will also have the opportunity to win lots of great NOLA themed door prizes!


The $10 fee for this event is due by August 17, 2014 and should be enclosed with the pre-registration application.  After this date, this fee will be raised to $15.00 and will be collected at the registration table at the convention site.  All ABL Convention fees are non-refundable.


Join us for a presentation on the innovative programs and services provided by the ABL Training Center.  Ask questions and get tips on traveling in New Orleans.


Attend presentations by low vision specialists featuring the latest in technology and visual aids to enhance your low vision.  Learn about programs that can help you gain independence at home, school and your work environments.




You can be the judge!  Which Randolph Sheppard Vendor chef is the best in Louisiana?  Come join us at the Riverview room on the top of the old Jax Brewery.  Listen as New Orleans School of Cooking chefs describe the history of the city through it’s food, while enjoying an authentic creole meal.  Learn about the ABL Training for the Randolph Sheppard Program and experience a cooking challenge like no other.  Five teams lead by blind vendors will compete to become the best in Louisiana!




$30.00 per Person

(No charge for paid ABL members)


You definitely don’t want to miss this incredible event filled with a special New Orleans menu, banquet speaker, Bumble Bee Award presentations, and a few Big Easy surprizes!


You can also look forward to many other fun and educational activities like:

  •   Annual ABL Bingo Games

  •   Great Vendors and Exhibitors

  •   Informative speakers and presenters

  •   ABL French Quarter Parade

  •   If you have any questions, or need more information, please     call the ABL State Office at (337) 234-6492 or (800) 319-4444.

If you have any questions, or need more information, please call the ABL State Office at (337) 234-6492 or (800) 319-4444.





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