Welcome to State Convention by Peninsula chapter

The following information was provided by the Peninsula chapter:

Transportation Information

With our central Mid-Atlantic location and easy access to Interstate 64, two international airports, and Amtrak, getting to Hampton is easy. Getting around while you’re in Hampton is easy too. Taxi service, BID Bus, shuttle/limo services, and Hampton Roads Transit bus service are available if you leave your car at home.

Amtrak 800-872-7245

Hampton Transit Center is located at 2 W. Pembroke Avenue near Downtown.
Hampton Roads Transit (H.R.T.)
local route information & crossroads service throughout Hampton Roads 757-222-6100
Greyhound 800-231-2222
Mega Bus 877-462-6342

Affordable Dave’s Limousine Service
757-342-9144, 757-826-9144
Airport Express Shuttle and LPR Limousine
757-858-1234, 757-857-5950
Carey/VIP & Celebrity
Oleta Coach Lines, Inc.
Superior Executive Transportation
Tidewater Coach (Serves both airports)

757-877-0221, FlyPHF.com

The number for our HRT (Hampton Roads paratransit is:


Top Reasons Students & Their Parents Should Attend the NFBV Convention – Nov 7-9

We have planned a remarkable program for the National Federation of the Blind of Virginia Convention. Here are some highlights for both parents and students:

Summer Jobs for Blind Teens
A Panel of Blind role models talking about their High School Summer Jobs and how these experiences positioned them for career success
What Blind Children and Youth Need to be Successful Adults
Garrick Scott, President of the NFB of Georgia and a champion for blind youth will share the skills blind youth need for success
BELL Success
Here from students who participated in this summer’s two week BELL camps held across Virginia.
Braille Carnival
exciting hands on Friday evening carnival for students of all ages.

Running parallel to the convention will be the 2014 Youth Track, presented by the NFB of Virginia Students Division. The Youth Track will:

  • connect students with positive role models and their peers throughout the state;
  • challenge students to think about themselves and their role in the civil rights movement;
  • introduce students to our positive NFB philosophy on blindness;
  • educate students about their choices for blindness skills training;
  • and put these new experiences to work through a travel activity outside the convention hotel.

This year, we want to highlight some of our activities at Youth Track:

Would You Challenge yourself to consider how your actions and reactions impact how the world sees you as a successful student
A Thought Provoking workshop for students led by successful blind role models. .
Student Division Luncheon
network with blind students from across the Commonwealth and learn how you can help other students overcome challenges.
Tour Hampton University
part of a great travel training excursion.

Finally, for parents:

  • Parents Division Lunch – the Virginia Association of Parents of Blind
    Students will meet to network, assist each other, and hone their advocacy skills.

The National Federation of the Blind of Virginia conventioneds provide excellent networking with positive blind role models, fellowship with old and new friends across the Commonwealth, and some of the best presentations on topics important to the blind of Virginia

The complete convention agenda will be available shortly.

Three steps to join us:

  1. Register for Convention as outlined in the 2014 State Convention Online Registration Now Available Post
  2. Make your hotel reservations, as needed, as outlined in the same 2014 State Convention Online Registration Now Available Post
  3. Complete the 2014 Youth Track Registration Form
    For students participating in the Youth Track

For questions on youth programming, please feel free to contact
Tracy Soforenko,
NFBV Youth Coordinator
at tracy.soforenko@gmail.com
or (202) 285-4595

Child care is available to the children of registered convention attendees (ages infant through 5th grade). See the 2014 State Convention Online Registration Now Available Post for details.

On Saturday, there will be luncheons for the Students Division and the Parents Division. Box lunches should be purchased if you plan to attend one of these luncheons. Box lunches can only be guaranteed for those purchased on the convention pre registration form. A limited number may be available for purchase at the convention.

Looking for a Job?

At our upcoming state convention, we will have a session for serious jobseekers. The session will be held on Friday afternoon, November 7 from
1:00 P.M. to 2:15 P.M.

It is entitled: What are Employers Really Looking for?

It will be led by
Carrie Schroeder, Human Resources Manager,
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

This seminar will discuss job seeking from the perspective of the employer.
Come prepared to learn what employers look for in interviews. Following the seminar, you will have the opportunity to participate in a private mock interview with an experienced human resources professional. If you wish to have a private session, Come dressed for an interview, bring your resume and be ready for genuine, helpful feedback.

Note: To insure you have a slot for a mock interview, please schedule in advance by contacting Carrie Schroeder at carrie.schroeder@us.pwc.com

Looking forward to seeing all of you in Hampton.

Fredric K. Schroeder, Ph.D., President
National Federation of the Blind of Virginia

2014 State Convention Online Registration Now Available

Online registration is now available for our National Federation of the Blind of Virginia state convention in Hampton Virginia, November 7-9 2014:


to go to the Brown Paper Tickets site for online registration.

You may also call them at:
if you prefer human assistance.

Registration Prices and Options:

  • Rregister before October 21 to get the below prices
    • Registration: $15.00 (Makes you eligible for door prizes and the convention hotel rates)
    • Banquet Tickets: $30.00
    • Saturday Box Lunch Tickets: $16.50
  • Starting on October 21 the prices are:
    • Registration: $25.00 (Makes you eligible for door prizes and the convention hotel rates)
    • Banquet Tickets: $35.00
  • Each session of child care: $5.00 (The cost is per family not per child). Child care is available:
    • Session 1: Friday Evening, 6:00 pm to 10:30 pm
    • Session 2: Saturday Morning, 8:45 am to 12:15 pm
    • Session 3: Saturday afternoon, 12:15 pm to 5:15 pm
    • Session 4: Saturday evening, 6:30 pm to 30 minutes after banquet adjournment

Online registration will end on October 31, 2014.

You may also complete the

2014 NFBV Convention Pre Registration Form

and mail it with payment included to:

NFB of Virginia
3230 Grove Avenue
Richmond, VA 23221

Call the hotel directly for room reservations:

Crowne Plaza Hampton Marina

Scholarship Application Now Available: $1,500 for Full-time Students

The National Federation of the Blind of Virginia (NFBV) will award up to three James F. Nelson, Jr. scholarships in the amount of $1,500 at the organization’s annual state convention to be held at the Crowne Plaza Hampton Marina, located at 707 Settlers Landing Road, Hampton, Virginia 23669. The convention begins on Friday, November 7 and concludes at noon on Sunday, November 9, 2014. The NFBV will cover the scholarship winners’ travel, hotel, food, and convention registration costs during the convention. (Winners will be reimbursed after the convention, so please notify the committee if you do not have access to a credit card or other means of paying to pre-pay for some expenses—such as travel to the hotel, hotel room, and food.)

The National Federation of the Blind of Virginia is an organization dedicated to creating equality, opportunity, and security for all blind people. To that end, winners of NFBV James F. Nelson, Jr. scholarships need not be members of the National Federation of the Blind of Virginia. The Committee will consider applicants for all eligible scholarships with one application. Individuals who have applied in previous years are encouraged to apply again.

The Scholarship Committee, consisting of successful blind college graduates, will review all applications and select the scholarship recipients. The Committee will notify finalists by telephone on or before October 7, 2014. All decisions of the Scholarship Committee are final.

To be eligible for these awards, each applicant must:

  • Be legally blind;
  • Be a resident of the Commonwealth of Virginia or be attending school in the commonwealth;
  • Be pursuing—or planning to pursue—a full-time, postsecondary course of study in the 2014 – 2015 academic year; and
  • Participate in the entire NFBV state convention and in all scheduled scholarship program activities to be held November 7–9, 2014 in Hampton, Virginia.

Deadline: The scholarship chairwoman must receive all documentation on or before September 25, 2014.

To apply, download and complete this application form.

First, Monthly Conference Call for Blind and Visually-Impaired Students in Virginia

Attention all Students!

Will you be attending college in the fall? Do you need money for college? Then join the student division’s first monthly conference call this Thursday, the 20th, at 7:15 PM. Patti Chang, Chairperson for the NFB Scholarship Program, will be presenting. Learn about the scholarship program, application process, and get answers for all of your questions. This is a wonderful opportunity you won’t want to miss!

When: Thursday, February 20th, at 7:15 PM
Who: Any and all students who will be attending college in the fall
Why: To learn about the NFB Scholarship Program
How: Call in at 559-726-1200 and enter 586305 as the code

Hope to see you there!

Sarah Patnaude
President: NFBV Student Division

Rosen Centre Hotel

Apply for a Unique Mentoring Experience at the 2014 NFB Convention

Please see below for the Virginia program to support attending the 2014 National Convention. Individuals are encouraged to apply for both the National program and this Virginia specific program.

The 2014 NFB National Convention is a remarkable experience you do not want to miss. The convention will be even better because you were there to attend. Many of those who have attended our national NFB convention are amazed at how seeing, meeting, and interacting with over 3000 other blind and low vision convention attendees has literally changed their lives. They not only experience how the problems of vision loss can be overcome, but they also experience the confidence that can come with it.

Robert and Marian McDonald selflessly contributed to our Virginia affiliate to further the progress and better the lives of those who are blind, visually impaired, and low vision in Virginia. In their honor, we recognize the personal benefits that come to people who attend a national convention for the first time. In their memory, the National Federation of the Blind of Virginia (NFBV) continues their legacy of education and empowerment to Virginia’s blind citizens.

We anticipate awarding fellowships to assist each fellowship recipient in covering the cost of attending our 2014 NFB National Convention to be held in Orlando, FL, from July 1 to July 6. Please note: The banquet ends late in the evening on Sunday, July 6 and fellowship winners are expected to attend the banquet so return travel must occur on Monday, July 7 or later. This event will take place at the Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando Florida.

Consistent with our original goals, the McDonald Fellowship program was established in 1998 in order to: a) assist those who have never attended a convention of the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) before, or b) those who have not attended in years and wish to come to a convention again.

Details on financial assistance for all others are provided at the bottom of this message.

We will link each of our fellowship winners up with mentors who will assist them in getting the most out of their national convention experience. As part of the Fellowship application requirements, McDonald Fellowship winners are asked to attend the entire NFB convention and address our 2014 NFB of Virginia state convention.

Application process

Deadline for applications for the McDonald Fellowship is April 15, 2014. Winners will be announced May 15, 2014.

Your application should be in the form of a letter delivered via electronic mail. There is no specific form for the application. We simply ask that applicants write a brief letter of application outlining their reasons why they should be considered for a Fellowship.

Your letter must include:

  1. Name, Address, phone and email contact information
  2. Chapter or connection With the affiliate
  3. How you will benefit from the experience
  4. How you have participated with your chapter or the affiliate in the past year
  5. Any other pertinent details

In addition, you are required to contact your Chapter President or an affiliate Board Member for a letter of recommendation. Letters of recommendation are due by Sunday, April 20, 2014.

E-mailed applications or questions about the Fellowship program should be sent to Tracy Soforenko, Chairman, McDonald Fellowship Committee, by e-mail at tracy.soforenko@gmail.com or by phone at (202) 285-4595.

As agreed at the January 2014 NFBV Board Meeting, all others requesting financial assistance should reach out first to their chapter presidents for financial assistance. Requests to chapter presidents should be made by April 15, 2014. If the chapter cannot provide sufficient support to enable the individual to attend, requests should be forwarded to NFBV President Schroeder no later than May 15, 2014.

Make 2014 the year you attend the national convention.

Tracy Soforenko
McDonald Fellowship Chair
(202) 285-4595 (mobile)
(703) 522-8182 (home)