AFFILIATED BLIND OF LOUISIANA, INC.
New Orleans, Louisiana
17 – 20, 2015
ABL goes marching in!
Who Dat say they gonna tap those canes!
Dat! Who Dat!”
On-Site Registration Fee
(NOTE: Children 12 and under admitted free)
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.
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!
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.
1201 Convention Center Blvd.
New Orleans, LA
$99.00 per Night
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.
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.
NEW ORLEANS SOUVENIR
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
ABL souvenir tee-shirt
pre-sales are non- refundable.
ORLEANS SENSORY TOURS
Let’s learn about the great city of 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.
CITY MOTOR COACH TOUR
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
STEAM BOAT NACHEZ TOUR
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
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
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
Lunch buffet included
Most recommended for children – special gift on
board for children under 12
ABL New Orleans tour
fees are non-refundable
FRENCH QUARTER WALKING TOUR
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
I WANT TO BE IN THAT NUMBER!!
ABL NOLA CELEBRATION
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
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
WHO DAT SAY THEY GONNA TAP THOSE CANES!
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.
JAZZ UP YOUR LOW VISION!!
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.
LOUISIANA MASTER CHEF COMPITITION!
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!
ABL IS MARCHING IN!
BANQUET & DANCE
$30.00 per Person
(No charge for paid ABL members)
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.