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State Convention

 National Federation of the Blind of New Jersey 44th ANNUAL STATE CONVENTION

November 18th through 21st, 2020
Theme: Live the Life You Want; We Care, We Share, We Grow, We Make A Difference!
Host: State Affiliate

The National Federation of the Blind of New Jersey’s 44th annual state convention was held on November 18th through 21st, 2020 anywhere and everywhere. The total registrations numbered 347. We had twenty-seven states represented and a registration from the Dominican republic.

Special Announcement: Shortly links will be provided for presentations taken during the state convention.

State Convention Donations

To make a donation via PayPal, click on the link below:

To donate by check, please make your check payable to NFBNJ and mail to:
National Federation of the Blind of New Jersey
295 Broad Street
Keyport, New Jersey 07735
In the memo please write, state convention.

The National Federation of the Blind of New Jersey thanks the following sponsor and vendors for their continued support with raising expectations to live the life we want.




Wednesday, November 18, 2020:
  • Division Meetings
  • Committee Meetings
Thursday, November 19, 2020:
  • Meet the Vendors
  • Technology Seminar
  • Resolutions Committee Meeting
  • Membership Workshop
Friday, November 20, 2020:
  • Opening Session
  • Affiliate Business Meeting
Saturday, November 21, 2020:
  • 2nd day of General Session
  • Banquet & Convention Adjournment


Integrity and Respect

To allow all attendees the chance to benefit from all aspects of the convention, we are committed to providing a harassment-free environment for everyone. We appreciate your assistance in cultivating an atmosphere in which participants from diverse backgrounds may learn, network, and share with each other in an environment of mutual respect. Thank you for doing your part to contribute to our community and the high expectations we strive to maintain.

Please visit the following link for the code of conduct:

Meet our National Rep Julie Deden

I am honored to be the national representative at our New Jersey convention and looking forward to meeting as many of you as possible in our new virtual space. I have always been blind but truly did not feel good about being a blind person until I became involved in the National Federation of the blind at age 18. Even when I joined the NFB it took a few years for me to feel proud of being a blind person. The National Federation of the Blind has given me the opportunity to participate in so many activities where I have met positive blind role models who have taken their time to mentor me.

I have lived in Colorado for most of my life. Diane and Ray McGeorge are two of the first people I met through the NFB. They spent so much time with me teaching me about life and the NFB. Today, Diane serves as the chair of the Colorado Center Board of directors and is still teaching me. She is not only a mentor but is like my mom as I feel that I grew up with her influence.

I have a master’s degree in counseling psychology from Lesley University and always knew from a young age that I wanted to work with people. I enjoyed working as a rehabilitation counselor for 14 years, because I had an opportunity to provide support and mentor my clients. In 1997 I left the Colorado division of vocational Rehabilitation to work at the Colorado Center for the blind. Once again, Diane mentored me to prepare me to become the director of the center in March of 1999.

I have held countless offices in the NFB. I currently serve as second vice president of the National Federation of the Blind of Colorado. I am humbled to be the vice president of the American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults.

I am married to Dan burke and have a grown-up son named Robert. Everyday is a gift and I wonder what I may learn from the day! I treasure my involvement in the NFB and know that we can do anything, with love hope and determination.

Past State Conventions

Please visit our Past Conventions page to access audio and video highlights from previous state conventions.

Additional Information

If you have questions and need additional information, please contact:
Linda Melendez, President
PO Box 185
Keyport, NJ 07735
Phone: 732-421-7063

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