2017 KCB Conference and Convention


Kentucky Council of the Blind

44th Annual Conference and Convention

November 17 - 18, 2017
Ramada Inn North
1041 Zorn Avenue, Louisville

Commisioner Sponsors
Louisville Downtown Lions Club
Lula Dotson Legacy

You'll be on the winning team when you attend the 44th annual conference and convention of the Kentucky Council of the Blind. From the minute you arrive at the ticket window (registration) until you head for home, you'll be part of an action-packed weekend filled with technology, exhibits, workshops, presentations, entertainment, good food, fun, and friends.

Team Training

Learn how to be a hall-of-fame hitter at our exciting conference workshops. Skills and information you can use for work, your chapter, or yourself.

    Building Team Spirit
    Fri., 1:00 PM; effective team-building ideas and activities for chapters, committees, or the workplace. Sponsored by KCB Next Generation
    Preserving the Record Book
    Fri., 2:00 PM. Tips for preserving photos, audio and video; creating past, present and future archives for your chapter, committee, work group or family. Sponsored by Tri-state Library Users
    How to Wow the Crowd
    Fri., 3:00 PM. Take charge without saying a word; the importance of body language, posture, and other visual cues. Sponsored by the KY Council of Citizens with Low Vision
    Team Reporter: New Ways to Share
    Sat., 10:15 AM. It's not just text any more. Use Facebook Live and other social media techniques to tell your story to the world.


The exhibit area will have two sections again this year. First, the Souvenir Stand will feature information, useful products for work and home, and gifts and crafts. It is open on Friday from 4:00 to 6:00, and on Saturday morning from 8:30 to 11:00.

The Scoreboard will be open on Saturday morning from 8:30 to 11:00. Sit down at a table with representatives from HIMS, VFO, Humanware, Eschenbach, APH and more; try out and compare magnifiers and other low vision products, braille notetakers, and audio reading devices. Ask questions and get tips from the experts.

If you sell useful products, crafts, technology etc., we invite you to participate as an exhibitor. A limited number of spaces are available in the Souvenir Stand and in the Scoreboard. Cost is $10.00 per 4-foot table or three tables for $25 in the Souvenir Stand, and $10.00 for a large round table in the Scoreboard. Exhibitors are also expected to contribute a door prize of at least $10.00 in value. Reserve your space when you pre-register, or call Debbie Deatherage at 502-594-9606 for more details.

Heavy Hitter Programming

General sessions are Saturday morning from 11:15 to 12:15, and Saturday afternoon from 1:30 to 4:30. Learn how you can use the new STABLE accounts to save money, even if you receive SSI. Discover how the American Council of the Blind is working every day to improve the lives of blind and visually impaired people. Get the very latest scoop about tours and other plans for the 2018 ACB convention in St. Louis, and find out how KCB will help you get there. Watch the kcbnews email list and our Facebook page for more program announcements.

Team Meetings

The Kentucky Council of the Blind and its special-interest chapters will hold meetings and elections during the weekend. All members are encouraged to attend; all meetings are open, and guests are welcome.

  • Guide Dog Users of Kentuckiana - Fri., 4:00 PM
  • KCB Next Generation (members 40 and under) - Fri., 4:30 PM
  • Tri-state Library Users - Sat., 9:15 AM
  • KY Council of Citizens with Low Vision - Sat., 9:45 AM
  • Kentucky Council of the Blind - Sat., 12:45 PM

Team Mealtime

Tickets are required for these events. Discount prices apply when you pre-register by November 14. Tickets may be purchased for full price at the convention, but events may sell out.

    First Pitch Lunch
    Fri. at noon. $6.00 pre-registration, $10.00 at the door.
    Get the weekend off to a great start.
    All-Star Dinner
    Fri., 6:00 PM. $15.00 pre-registration; $18.00 at the door.
    Special guests Beth Kuhn (Commissioner, Kentucky Workforce Development Cabinet) and Becky Cabe (Acting Director, Kentucky Office for Vocational Rehabilitation) will explain how changes in Federal regulations and a possible merger of OFB and Voc. Rehab. might affect the McDowell Center, the Independent Living program, training and work-related services you receive through your counselor etc.
    KCB life members and conference sponsors will be recognized.
    Menu includes pork loin and meat loaf, mashed potatoes and veggies, salads and desserts; catered by Hall's.
    Ball Park BBQ Lunch
    Sat., 12:15 PM. $6.00 pre-registration; $10.00 at the door.
    The perfect break between morning and afternoon programming.
    Jim Shaw World Series Banquet
    Sat., 5:30 PM. $15.00 pre-registration; $18.00 at the door
    Speaker: David Trott, ACB Treasurer, Talladega, Alabama. Award presentations, chapter reports.
    Feast includes fried chicken, roast beef, potatoes au gratin, veggies, salads, and desserts. Catered by Hall's.

The Double Play

Imagine Blind Players is a theater troupe of blind and visually impaired actors; its founder and director is Darren Harbour, a 2006 graduate of the Kentucky School for the Blind. IBP performed its first play, "Lady Anderly's Rose", this past spring at the Bristol here in Louisville; it was a HUGE success.

IBP is now in its second season, and will present "California Suite" in December. Attend a dress rehearsal of the play following the Friday evening All-Star Dinner; 8:15 to 10:15 in the Ballroom.

Grand Slam Auction

Get ready to bid and buy at the KCB Grand Slam Auction, happening on Saturday evening following the Jim Shaw banquet from 8:00 to 10:00 PM. It will raise money for both KCB and its chapters. Here's how it will works:

KCB chapters donating items to the auction will receive 50 per cent of the proceeds from the sale of those items. Individuals donating items can also specify a chapter to receive 50 per cent of the proceeds from their items.

Auction items must be in new or like new condition. Collectibles, jewelry, holiday treats, technology, household items, and music boxes are examples of popular auction items.

Stipend for Out-of-Town Attendees

The KCB convention is packed with opportunities and information that only come round once each year. We know that the cost of attending the KCB convention is much higher for members who live outside the metro Louisville area, and we want to help members from out in the state to attend. This year KCB is offering a $75 stipend to members who travel to convention from outside the metro Louisville area. Get more information about the stipend by calling us at 502-895-4598.

Door Prizes

Help make the weekend fun by donating a door prize. Door prizes need to be new and unused; turn them in at registration. Your donation will be acknowledged when the prize is awarded at the convention and in the KCB newsletter and on Sound Prints.

Be a Conference Sponsor

Show your support for KCB's good work! Become a conference sponsor and be recognized in the official conference program. Individual sponsors attending the conference wear a special ribbon on their badges. Major sponsors ($200 and above) will be listed prominently on the first page of the official program, and all sponsors will be recognized throughout the weekend and on Sound Prints, KCB's weekly xxaudio magazine. Check the space on the pre-registration form to become a rookie ($10), pinch hitter ($25), fielder ($50), or slugger ($100) individual sponsor, or a captain ($200), coach ($300), manager ($500), or commisioner ($1,000) major sponsor. Include payment with your conference registration.

The Team Uniform

People often ask what they should wear to convention. The KCB Board reminds you that the convention is a business meeting; plan to wear business casual attire throughout the weekend. Suggestions for men include dockers, khakis or other dress pants, and shirts with collars (such as button-down or polo style). Suggestions for women include slacks or skirts, tops or blouses. Sweaters or jackets are optional; shoes are required. T-shirts, extremely low-cut or tight tops, very short skirts, and flip-flops are not business casual attire.

Hotel and Registration

The Ramada Inn North, 1041 Zorn Avenue in Louisville, is home to the 2017 Kentucky Council of the Blind conference and convention. Room rates are $80 a night plus tax; up to four guests in a room. Included with your room are free wi-fi and free breakfast; a microwave and small refrigerator are in each room. Check-in time at the hotel is 3:00 PM; check-out is noon. Call the Ramada at 502-897-5101 by November 1 to make reservations; be sure to let them know you are with the Kentucky Council of the Blind in order to receive our convention rate.

When you arrive at the conference, go to the KCB registration desk (the ticket window) in the Ballroom Atrium (the outfield); opens at 11:30 on Friday. Sign in and pick up your conference badge, program, and goody bag. All meetings, exhibits, and meals are in the Ballroom (stadium).

Registration is required, whether you attend one meeting or event or the entire conference. Your registration fee covers exhibits, all workshops and programs, the Grand Slam Auction, the Imagine Blind Players Double Play, and KCB and chapter business meetings. Buy tickets for the lunches and dinners when you pre-register by November 14, or pay full price when you arrive at the conference. Wear your badge at all times; it is also your voting credential in the business meeting.

For more information, and to pre-register by phone using your credit card, call us at 502-895-4598. We will ask for your contact information (name, address, phone, email) and the ticketed events you plan to attend. You may also choose to become a conference sponsor and/or to join KCB and one or more of its chapters. Ask for details when you call.

All Are Welcome

Whether you can attend the entire convention or just one event, you are welcome. Invite others to attend, and tell them what a great opportunity this is to learn about world of low vision.