Affiliate News

** Friends-In-Art Scholarship Announcement

High school seniors and college students are invited to apply for the Friends-In-Art Scholarship for the school year 2012-2013.  This $1,500 scholarship is offered annually for achievement, talent, and excellence in the arts.  If you are planning to, or are currently majoring in, the fields of music, art, drama, or creative writing, and are a blind student or legally blind student and live in North America or Hawaii, you may apply for this scholarship.  You may obtain an application form by writing to: Harvey Miller, 196 E. French Broad St., Brevard, NC 28712-3410.  Include a self-addressed, stamped envelope when requesting the application. You also may request an electronic application by sending an e-mail to  The completed application form and all supporting materials need to be in the hands of the scholarship committee by April 15, 2012.

** Florida Convention

The Florida Council of the Blind will hold its annual convention May 31-June 3, 2012 at the Sheraton Suites Tampa Airport West Shore, 4400 W. Cypress St., Tampa, FL 33668; phone 1-888-627-8261 or (813) 357-6145. 

To register after April 15th, visit our web site at or contact Sila Miller at (850) 251-5556 or via e-mail at

Here are just a few of the things that you may wish to attend while at our convention.

  • Visit the Hard Rock Café for live entertainment and more;
  • Guide dog workshop meeting (lunch optional);
  • Annual legislative and employment workshops;
  • First-Timers workshop - learn about FCB and how it works;
  • Awards dinner followed by a hospitality room and game night - Friday evening.

Saturday morning is our general session followed by more workshops. There will be seminars on technology, fitness, safety and employment.  On Saturday evening, we will hold our annual banquet, followed by more entertainment and a prize drawing.  Sunday will feature our annual board meeting and elections.

Won't you come join us for a fun-filled weekend of non-stop entertainment here in sunny Florida?