Affiliated Blind of Louisiana
September 14th 15th,
We welcome you to the 2018 ABL State
Convention! This year we are hosting the event at our ABL Training
Center. Whether you are a long time member of our organization, or this
is your first year attending, we are excited that you are joining our ABL
Family. As members of the Affiliated Blind of Louisiana, each one of us
gives our personal contribution to the growth of our mission, To Educate our
communities about blindness, To Support the ABL Training Center, and To Mentor
and serve as mentors for others who are visually impaired, blind, and
Deaf-Blind. Like a family tree, our branches may grow in different
directions, but our roots remain as one, together we strengthen Affiliated Blind
ABL 2018 State
"We Are Family!
$50.00 On-Site Registration Fee
Children 12 and under admitted free)
by Wyndham Lafayette Airport
E. Kaliste Saloom Rd.
$79.00 per Night
Room Rates: $79 per night for singles through quads. Please make your reservations with the hotel
at (337) 234-3700. When making your
reservation, please identify yourself as an ABL Convention Participant.
BUS TRANSPORTATION INFORMATION
year, ABL is charging a minimal fee of $10 to assist in transportation costs. If
you need transportation to Lafayette, 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
ABL Family Reunion
ABL Family, my
brothers, sisters, and me! Come and make
memories and share laughter together at this fun and exciting event hosted at
the ABL Training Center. Visit this
social complete with a delicious buffet, music, and the annual ABL Auction!
is the best place to bee!
your ABL family for this year's general session and business meeting. Learn about the growth of the organization
and the innovative programs and services provided by the ABL Training Center.
ready to rumble! Which ABL Chapter will
win? Compete to name the correct answers
to ABL trivia questions and win cash and prizes!
ABLs Roots and Branches
of your ABL membership, our training center has grown throughout the years. Spend
your afternoon with a guided tour of the center along with opportunities to
join in on sessions on technology for the blind, communication skills, and much
can also look forward to other fun and educational activities like:
Great Vendors and Exhibitors
Special Sessions Giving Tips To Family,
Friends, and Volunteers
Low Vision Exams and Product Demonstrations
Affiliated Blind of
2018 State Convention Agenda
Friday, September 14th
2:00 pm 4:00 pm: Convention Registration Wingate Hotel
from the ABL Acadiana Chapter! Pick up your name tag, program, convention bag,
and lots of great snacks for your room.
5:15 pm: Buses Leave for Friday Night Social ABL Training Center
5:45 pm 6:45
pm: ABL Training Center
Group A Will meet at the
ABL TC Residential Counselor Station
Group B Will meet at the
ABL TC Cafeteria
Group L Will meet at the
ABL TC Conference Room
Are you ABL Training Center Alumni, or is this your
first time to see the center? Join your
group and tour our facility. Meet the staff and experience each area of
training. What group am I in? Locate the letter for your tour group on the back
of your name tag.
7:00 pm 10:00 pm: "We Are Family Social ABL Great Hall
my brothers, sisters, and me! Come and make memories and share laughter
together at this fun and exciting event hosted at the ABL Training Center. Visit
this social complete with a delicious buffet, Randolph Sheppard Master Mixology
Competition, and the annual ABL Auction!
Saturday, September 15th
am: Buses Leave for ABL Training Center
am 10:00 am: Convention Registration
ABL Daigle Hall
Welcome from the ABL Acadiana Chapter! Pick
up your name tag, program, convention bag, and lots of great information about
your day of activities.
am 12:00 pm: "Together is the
Best Place to Bee General Session Training
Center Great Hall
Its all the BUZZ! Join your ABL family
for this year's general session and business meeting. Learn about the growth of
the organization and the innovative programs and services provided by the ABL Training
12:00 pm: Lunch ABL Training Center Cafeteria
lunch is served from the cafeteria. Find
a fun spot to eat with your ABL family.
Choose the cafeteria or outside for a fun lunch break.
pm 4:30 pm: Vendors and
Exhibitors "ABL Family Reunion ABL Daigle Hall
Come in and join the fun of the vendors
and exhibitors area of the convention.
Meet with representatives from many programs and services for the blind
and experience the incredible collection of products on display this year! Dont
forget to visit the Family Reunion photo booth and take lots of pictures with
your ABL family!
pm 2:00 pm: Calling All Family
and Friends ABL TC Conference Room
Are you a friend and/or family member of
an ABL member or alumni? Do you have questions about the best way to support
independence or want to volunteer with the ABL organization? Visit with ABL
staff, Families Helping Families and others that share in your position and
want to help.
1:30 pm 4:00
Areas of Interest
Visit these areas any time between 1:30 pm and 4:00
pm. Just drop in when the time is right for you.
The ABL Eye Deal Store
Do you need a talking clock or signature guide? Come
and visit us at the ABL Eye Deal Store located in the Administration Building. Browse
the store for low vision products. All ABL Convention participants will receive
20% off any one item purchased at the convention, even on special order
Books, Books, and More Books
Do you enjoy listening to audio
books? Throughout the years, many audio books have been donated to the ABL
Training Center. Our library is becoming too big for our space. Please come and
help us clear out the old for new and upcoming donations. Come by and choose
several titles of these audio books on cassette and CD FREE of charge. We even have a few Braille selections.
3:45 pm: ABL
Technology Talks ABL Great Hall
Meet individuals who use devices like I phones and
Aira glasses and are more independent because of it. Come ready to ask your
questions about how technology can enhance your life and find out about the
latest apps for the blind.
4:00 pm: ABL Family Feud ABL Great Hall
Get ready to rumble!
Get your ABL chapter team together.
Two chapters will be randomly chosen for a chance to compete and win
cash and prizes for team members and the chapter treasury. All questions will be ABL history,
convention, and training center trivia questions.
4:30 pm: Family
Training Center Back Yard
Enjoy a family dinner picnic under the Oaks. Dance and sing to the sounds of Bayou Mike, Play
fun games and backyard bingo with your ABL family and say you're
"Goodbyes" until next year.
6:30 pm: Buses leave to head back home
have any questions, or need more information, please call the ABL State Office
at (337) 234-6492 or (800) 319-4444.