2019 NBA Professional Development Conference

Phoenix, Arizona
Wednesday, October 30, 2019
2019 NBA Professional Development Conference
Wednesday, October 30, 2019 - Friday, November 01, 2019

Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort
(602) 997-2626
7677 North 16th Street
Phoenix, Arizona 85020
United States

National Braille Association (NBA) is the leading provider of braille transcriber training in the United States. Our conference in Phoenix, Arizona, from October 30th through November 1st, will provide transcribers, teachers of the blind and visually impaired, tactile artists, and parents of blind children, an opportunity to increase their knowledge in the area of braille transcription. Whatever your current level of expertise, you will walk away with increased skills and confidence.

The conference will begin on Wednesday, October 30th, with the first of five workshop sessions. The workshops provide opportunities for networking and refreshing skills, learning more efficient methods to do our work, and discussing our unique skills with others working in the same field. All aspects of braille transcription will be covered including mathematics, music, textbooks, tactile graphics, and of course, UEB!  There will also be a vendor hall on Wednesday and Thursday.  Running concurrently with the vendor hall will be our fun and "famous" Silent Auction.

The conference will end with a very special on-site experience at the Foundation for Blind Children.  Following the fifth and final workshop session on Friday, we will board busses and be transported to the Foundation.  We will be welcomed by their leadership and then enjoy lunch.  You will be able to purchase lunch at the food truck rodeo that will be set-up on the grounds of the foundation for our event.  After lunch, you will spend the remaining part of the afternoon observing how the foundation's students use the braille that is transcribed for them in their daily studies.  We will return to our host hotel at approximately 4:00 p.m.

Our host hotel is the Hilton Squaw Peak Resort. It is conveniently located at 7677 N 16th St. in Phoenix, Arizona.  The room rate is $154.00 per night for single or double occupancy, $169.00 for triple occupancy, and $184.00 for quad occupancy.  Reservations must be made on or before October 7, 2019, to receive our special room rate. Call 1-602-997-2626 and reference our event to make your reservations today or book online by clicking here.  Don't wait to book your room as they are sure to fill up fast!

If you will be flying to Phoenix, your destination airport is the Sky Harbor International Airport.  Our host hotel is located approximately 8 miles from the airport.  Multiple options for ground transportation are available, including:  taxi service, rental cars, and shuttle service (e.g. super shuttle).

We are very pleased that our hotel offers the following amenities:
  • Free WIFI for up to two devices
  • Three onsite Restaurants
  • River Ranch Water Park Admission for up to four people
  • one free round of 18-hole executive miniature golf
  • Fitness Center
  • tennis for two for up to an hour
When registering for the conference, we hope you select Conference Attendee Package #3 or #4.  These packages include entry to our organized meal functions and we would really like to have everyone there. Spending time together outside the constraints of the classroom provides a great opportunity for networking. Many transcribers learn of job opportunities while talking to others in these more casual settings, in addition to the chance to make new friends.  The Presidents' Reception is being held Wednesday evening, October 30th, 2019.  It is sure to be a special time and is open to all of those who are in attendance.  

All conference attendees will receive electronic braille and print files of the workshops you select to attend.  Individuals who select Conference Attendee Package #2 or #4 will receive electronic braille and print files of all of the conference workshops.  Those who prefer hard-copy print materials can choose this option for an additional fee.  If selected, the participant will receive hard-copies of the workshops that he or she selected to attend, organized in a binder.  If you are a braille reader, and prefer hard-copy braille materials, NBA will prepare these for you at no additional cost.  The deadline for requesting hard-copy print or braille materials is September 13, 2019. Electrical access will be available in every workshop room so that laptops can stay powered-up!  

Please see the "Registration Options" tab at the top of this page for a complete list of what is included in each Conference Package.


We look forward to having you join us in Phoenix!
 

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Payment Instructions

  • Conference Attendee Package One
    • $200.00 per person through July 31, 2019
    • $225.00 per person from August 1, 2019 through September 30, 2019
    • $250.00 per person after October 1, 2019

    Conference Attendee Package Two
    • $350.00 per person through July 31, 2019
    • $375.00 per person from August 1, 2019 through September 30, 2019
    • $400.00 per person after October 1, 2019

    Conference Attendee Package Three
    • $319.00 per person through July 31, 2019
    • $344.00 per person from August 1, 2019 through September 30, 2019
    • $369.00 per person after October 1, 2019

    Conference Attendee Package Four
    • $469.00 per person through July 31, 2019
    • $494.00 per person from August 1, 2019 through September 30, 2019
    • $519.00 per person after October 1, 2019

    We strongly encourage you to not wait and register onsite.  All of the workshop rooms have a seating capacity.  Registering in advance will guarantee your spot in the workshops you want to attend.
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