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Call to the 28th National Black Deaf Advocates Conference
Ignite and Explore Beyond All Limits
Baltimore, Maryland
August 1 – 6, 2017
Tim Albert, NBDA President

As President of the National Black Deaf Advocates (NBDA), it is truly my pleasure to issue a Call to
the Conference. The 28th NBDA Conference will be held at the Renaissance Harborplace Baltimore
Hotel  on  August  1  – 6, 2017  in  Baltimore,  Maryland.  The  Renaissance  Harborplace  Baltimore
Hotel  is surrounded by  restaurants,  shops  and  attractions  in  which  include National  Aquarium
and Camden Yards for  the  baseball game  between  Baltimore Orioles and  Kansas  City  Royals. It
will be the NBDA’s first time hosting the national conference in the world-famous Baltimore Inner
Harbor. The conference is chaired by Benro Ogunyipe.

NBDA  holds  biennial national  conferences  during  odd  numbered  years.  Conference-goers  who
are likely to attend include high school and college students, sign language interpreters and ASL
students,  children  of  deaf  adults,  administrators  and  professionals from  education,  VR,  mental
health,  advocacy,  and  others  fields,  as  well  as  parents  and  siblings  of  deaf  children,  senior
citizens, and many others, all in the interest of taking advantage of opportunities for “promoting
the  leadership  development,  economic  and  educational  opportunities,  social  equality,  and
safeguarding the general health and welfare of Black deaf and hard of hearing people.” National
programs  that  operate  during  the  conference  include  Youth  Empowerment  Summit,  Collegiate
Black  Deaf  Student  Leadership  Institute,  the  Senior  Citizens  Program,  and  the  Miss  Black  Deaf
America Pageant.

This  exciting  conference will  include  the following: opening  reception  and welcome  ceremony,
plenary  (keynote)  sessions,  panel  discussions,  workshops,  exhibits,  entertainment  events,
National  Aquarium,  Camden  Yards for  the  baseball game,  Senior  Citizens  Luncheon,  Youth
Luncheon, Miss Black Deaf America pageant competition, general membership meeting, election
of 2017 – 2019 NBDA Officers, and it will close with the conference banquet & awards.
More  information  about  the  conference  including  registration,  hotel  reservations,  conference
schedule, and workshops, opportunities for exhibiting, advertising, or becoming a sponsor can be
found at: www.nbda.org/content/conference.

We hope you will join us for this historical conference!

Tim Albert, President


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