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State Convention

National Federation of the Blind of New Jersey 45th ANNUAL STATE CONVENTION

November 10th through 13th, 2021
Theme: Live the Life You Want; We Are More Than The Sum of One
Location: Anywhere & Everywhere

Register and make a difference in the lives of blind New Jerseyans!

The National Federation of the Blind of New Jersey is proud to announce our 45th Annual State Convention! Once again, this event will be held virtually with free registration! Please save the dates of Wednesday, November 10, Thursday, November 11, Friday, November 12, and Saturday, November 13.

Note: The agenda will be finalized and distributed and posted on the state website in mid to late October. Yes, the agenda will be available on NEWSLINE® too!

Here is your chance to participate and learn more about the NFB’s programs and goals on the state and national level. Hear from the NFB national representative. We are proud to announce that Patti Gregory-Chang, National Federation of the Blind’s Director of Outreach, will be serving as our national rep this year and you can read her bio below. Also, hear from speakers on topics of national and state importance, membership, seniors, technology, Braille, sports and recreation, students, and parents’ concerns, meet the scholarship class of 2021 and much more!

Mark your calendars and make every effort to attend the 45th annual state convention of the NFB of New Jersey. Get Involved. Make a Difference! Please share with others, everyone is welcome!


How many reasons do you need to pre-register by Sunday, October 10, 2021? Here are just a few:

  • By registering for the state convention before the deadline, you will be eligible to win door prizes!
  • If you are a current paid member with a chapter and/or division, and your dues are paid by Sunday, October 10, and you register, you are eligible to vote in the NFBNJ election at the convention!
  • Registration is free: no travel costs, no hotel fees, and no expensive restaurants!
  • You’ll help the NFBNJ collect current contact information for everyone who registers!
  • You can wear casual comfy clothes and footwear of your choice to all of the sessions, even the banquet! No need to get up early!
  • All of the money you save can be donated to your favorite organization, the NFB of NJ!

To register, click on the link below:

Using the arrow keys will greatly improve your ability to view all of the information on this form when navigating with a screen reader. If you need assistance registering, please call Linda Melendez at 732-421-7063 or Jane Degenshein at 973-736-5785. Leave a message and they will get back to you promptly.

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
7 Mayfair Road
Southampton, NJ 08088
In the memo please write, convention donation.


Wednesday, November 10, 2021:
  • Division Meetings
  • Committee Meetings
Thursday, November 11, 2021:
  • Resolutions 101
  • Audio Description and Advocacy
  • Technology Seminar
  • Resolutions Committee Meeting
  • Membership Workshop
Friday, November 12, 2021:
  • Opening Session
  • Affiliate Business Meeting
Saturday, November 13, 2021:
  • 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:

National Rep Bio

Patti Gregory-Chang
Director of Outreach, National Federation of the Blind

Patti graduated from the University of Chicago law school in 1988 and worked in the City of Chicago Law Department from 1988 – 2016. She began her tenure there in the Traffic Division and then worked her way up to assistant corporation counsel. In this position she prosecuted housing court matters in the Circuit Court of Cook County and handled collection matters for the Building and Land Use Litigation Division of the City of Chicago Law Department.

In 1998 Patti became senior assistant corporation counsel for the City of Chicago Law Department. In this role she prosecuted cases, supervised attorneys prosecuting cases, coordinated law clerks and externs, and served on various committees and task forces.

Her expertise is recognized in the Municipal Administrative Law arena as well as building and fire safety. Patti taught numerous continuing legal education courses and has presented to the International Municipal Lawyers Association.

Patti started a second career serving as the Director of Outreach for the National Federation of the Blind in 2016. In this capacity she works on outreach and development for the Federation.

Patti keeps her hand in the law still. She belongs to several professional associations and serves on the Administrative Law Section Council as well as the Disability Law Committee of the Illinois State Bar Association.

Patti is the mother of two grown children, Johnathon and Julia and is married to Francisco Chang who is a nurse working in cardiac care. She and her husband love to dance and to travel in their spare time.

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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