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Highlights of the NFB of Virginia November 11-13, 2016 Convention for Working Age Adults

Working age adults will benefit from a remarkable set of programs Including:

  • Take Charge: Strategies for Success

    It’s More than just about a paycheck! – Whether you are pursuing your first job or you have been in your career for thirty years, this Saturday afternoon seminar is for you. In a competitive job market, learn about the tools that will empower you to take the next step toward achieving the career you want! Through interactive engagement, you will hear from presenters and other participants about their secrets for Success. By taking an active role in securing your first job or advancing in your career, learn how to become the indispensable employee! Explore strategies to position yourself to become the employer if that is your dream!

  • Social media Introduction or Advanced Seminar

    Sign up for one of two Social Media Seminars for beginners or advanced users. Danielle Trevino, Coordinator of Social Media and Member Engagement at our national headquarters will lead these interactive sessions to help participants take advantage of Facebook and Twitter. Pre-registration for these sessions is required and seating is limited.

  • Microsoft, Apple, and Google – O My!

    Christopher O’Meally, Chair

    The battle of the Technology giants is real, but which one will you pick? Join a host of presenters at this Friday afternoon seminar as they help you dive into all of the major operating systems across computers and mobile devices.

  • Back to Basics: Dating, Relationships, and Culture:

    Uricka Harrison and Deepa Goraya, Co-Chairs

    This Friday afternoon seminar will explore a variety of topics surrounding blindness and its intersection between dating, relationships, and culture. Through panel discussions and breakout sessions, we will cover dating as a blind person, challenges and experiences with dating a blind person versus a sighted person, marriage and parenting as a blind person, issues surrounding blindness and culture and how that affects how you view blindness and how it is perceived by others, how culture and blindness affect your dating life and relationships, experiences using online dating sites, dating as a blind senior, experiences with traveling as a blind individual with your sighted or blind partner.

  • Blind Parents: Raising Kids as a Blind Parent

    Jessica Reed and C .J. Fish, Moderators

    This Saturday luncheon will be a discussion to address the techniques blind parents are using to raise their children throughout all facets of life. Come with your questions and our panelists will be ready to answer them.

The National Federation of the Blind of Virginia convention combines 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 cutoff date for hotel rooms and pre-registration is October 18 .

Please join us in Virginia Beach.

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2016 NFBV State Convention Agenda Preview

We are convinced that the 2016 NFB of Virginia Convention will be our best ever.

We are working hard on convention plans and we want to provide a preview of the plans so you can arrange to be there.

Based on the positive feedback from last year, we will continue with the new structure of convention, making both Friday & Saturday programming even stronger. While you are welcome to show up for just a portion of convention, you should seriously consider asking for Veteran’s Day, November 11 as a day off to attend the great Friday programming.

These plans are still in progress and may change.

Friday Highlights:

  • I. General Session officially starts Friday Morning – After a brief
    Board meeting, open to all members, we will start the convention officially at 10:00 a.m. There will be exciting presenters on Friday morning and a ceremony honoring our Veterans.
  • II. II. Friday Seminars – 2 Seminars are planned on Friday afternoon
    • a. Technology Seminar –Chris O’Meally is planning a great seminar. The Best Apple IOS Applications of 2016, Best Practices for blind ride sharing users, advancements in Google product accessibility including Android, Chrome OS, and Google apps.
    • b. Relationships Intersection – Uricka Harrison and Deepa Goraya will lead a seminar on relationships, dating, parenting and living the life you want.
  • III. Exhibitors – We will have a great set of exhibitors sharing products and services you will find interesting and valuable. Robert Parsons will be organizing exhibits.
  • IV. Rookie Reception – First time convention attendees will be welcomed in an environment to receive answers to questions and get connected.
  • V. Veterans at the Beach Party – On Friday evening, all are welcome at an indoor Veterans at the Beach themed hospitality.
  • VI. Student Programming – The student division is planning a set of programming on Friday night to get convention rolling for students.

Saturday Highlights:

  • I. General Session – There will be phenomenal presentations during General Session on Saturday morning including a National Report from our National Representative, Pam Allen and a Virginia report from President Kasey. More details to follow.
  • II. Saturday break Out session – On Saturday afternoon, in place of General Session we are planning smaller breakout groups for our core constituencies:
    • a. Career / Employment Track for Working age adults – Melody Roane is developing an exciting and interactive session to help you in your career. More details to follow.
    • b. Student Track – We are planning an exciting student track including a Friday welcome reception, a travel activity for Saturday lunch outside of the hotel, and interactive programming on Saturday and Sunday morning that will enable students to learn from each other and from our great Federation resources. The Virginia Association of Blind Students will be organizing student track.
    • c. Senior Track- Nancy Yeager and a committee of seniors are planning an exciting program for seniors based on ideas from across the country. More details to follow…
    • d. Parent Track – the Virginia Association of Parents of Blind Children is planning a number of programs including discussions on advocacy /self-advocacy and some hands on activities.
    • e. Social Media Training – Concurrent to these breakout sessions, Danielle Trevino will lead 2 sessions to help understand how to use Social Media for both achieving personal and Federation goals. Danielle will lead an introductory and advance class and seating will be limited. More details on registering for these sessions will be provided soon.
  • III. . On Saturday night, Pam Allen, our National representative and First Vice president of the National Federation of the Blind, president of the NFB of Louisiana, and Director of the Louisiana Center for the Blind will provide an exciting banquet address you will not want to miss.

Sunday Morning

On Sunday morning, we are planning a number of high energy presentations including, That’s Me: Exploring Our Common Bonds, led by Joanne Wilson. There will be blind people talking about their unique jobs and a report out from our students.

As you will observe, we are planning a great event. However, to make it truly outstanding, we need you to plan to attend.

Please act now to join us in Virginia Beach.

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2016 Youth Track Registration

We are again holding a special Youth Track designed to meet the needs of blind Students. In order to participate in this fun and exciting program, participants under the age of 18 must also complete, sign, and bring the below Youth Track Registration form to convention.

Click here to download the 2016 Youth Track RegistrationForm

Those participating in the youth track will also need to register for the convention :

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2016 State Convention Registration Now Available

The 2016 Convention of the National Federation of the Blind of Virginia will be held Friday, November 11 through Sunday, November 13, 2016 at the

Use the above phone number or link to make your hotel reservations. Special room rates have been negotiated for registered convention attendees. When you call the hotel, make sure to tell them that you are attending the convention so that you will receive the special convention rate. The deadline to make hotel reservations is Tuesday, October 18, 2016. After the deadline, there is no guarantee that you will get a room at the convention hotel.

Child care is available to the children of registered convention attendees (ages infant through 5th grade) during 6 sessions of convention. These sessions are:

  • Session 1 Friday morning 8:45 am to 12:15 pm
  • Session 2 Friday afternoon 12:15 pm to 5:15 pm
  • Session 3 Friday evening 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
  • Session 4 Saturday morning 8:45 am to 12:15 pm
  • Session 5 Saturday afternoon 12:15 pm to 5:15 pm
  • Session 6 Saturday evening 6:45 pm to ½ hour after banquet adjournment

Snacks will be provided during Sessions 1, 2, 4 and 5. Even though child care will be open and fully staffed during lunch on Friday and Saturday, lunch will not be provided. Parents should either pick their child up for lunch at the end of Sessions 1 and 4 or provide a lunch for their child to eat in the child care room. Also, dinner will not be provided on Friday or Saturday evening. Parents should feed their child dinner prior to bringing them to Sessions 3 or 6. The cost of child care is $5 per family per session. If you need more information, please contact Mary Durbin at (757) 472-2495 or Please indicate the number of children per session on the Convention Pre Registration Form.

On Saturday, box lunches will be available for a cost of $13.50 if purchased in advance on the convention pre registration form. 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.

Note: Individuals participating in the Student Track / Virginia Association of Blind Students programming should plan to attend the Orientation & Mobility lunch outside the hotel and should not purchase the Saturday boxed lunch.

There are three ways to register for the convention:

  1. Click here to go to the Brown Paper Tickets web site to register online;
  2. Call Brown Paper Tickets toll free (800) 838-3006 to register by phone; or
  3. You may complete the attached Convention Pre Registration Form and mail it with payment included to:

2016 National Federation of the Blind of Virginia State Convention

We are convinced that the 2016 NFB of Virginia State Convention will be another great event. Following are the dates and hotel registration information. We look forward to seeing everyone there. Convention Registration will soon be available at

You can make your hotel reservations now at our NFB of Virginia rate.


  • November 11, 2016 – November 13, 2016
  • Wyndham Virginia Beach Oceanfront
  • 5700 Atlantic Ave, Virginia Beach, VA 23451
  • Call 1-800-365-3032 to make reservations and ask for the National Federation of the Blind of Virginia (NFBV) group rate.

Special room rate of $72 + tax per night from Thursday, November 10 – Saturday, November 12, 2016.

The cut-off date to take advantage of this special room rate is Tuesday, October 18, 2016. Cancellations must be received 72 hours in advance to avoid penalties. All guestroom rates are subject to the current area tax rates.

The Wyndham Virginia Beach Oceanfront Hotel features 244 guestrooms, with 166 oceanfront options available, boasting the most direct ocean views in Virginia Beach. Guests can delight in cool sea breezes from their private balcony or patio opening to our semi-private beach. All of the guestrooms at the hotel feature free Wi-Fi, a refrigerator, coffeemaker and flat-screen TVs. For guests that want a little more space, the one and two bedroom suites as well as the Jacuzzi king rooms offer sweeping views of the shoreline, along with some extra room for the whole family to relax after a great day at the beach.

National Federation of the Blind of Virginia 2016 Scholarship Application Now Available

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 Wyndham Virginia Beach Oceanfront, 5700 Atlantic Avenue, Virginia Beach, Virginia, 23451. The convention begins on Friday, November 11 and concludes at noon on Sunday, November 13, 2016. Scholarship recipients must attend the convention in Virginia Beach to receive their scholarship awards. The NFBV will cover reasonable costs associated with travel to the convention, half the cost of a room at the hotel, most meals, and the cost of registration and a banquet ticket. Winners will be reimbursed for these expenses at convention, so please notify the committee if you do not have access to a credit card or other means of covering pre-convention costs.

The National Federation of the Blind of Virginia is an organization dedicated to creating equality, opportunity, and security for all blind people. Winners of an NFBV James F. Nelson, Jr. scholarship need not be members of the National Federation of the Blind. 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 will review all applications and select the scholarship recipients. The Committee will notify finalists by telephone on or before October 15, 2016. 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 2016 – 2017 academic year; and
  • Participate in the entire NFBV state convention and in all scheduled scholarship program activities to be held November 11-November 13, 2016, in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Application Process: Complete the 2016 Scholarship Application Form electronically and email it with the supporting documents to the scholarship committee chair:

NFBV 2016 Scholarship Form

  • Dr. Brian R. Miller
  • Email:
  • Phone: (703) 785-9929

Deadline: All applications and supporting documentation must be received on or before September 15, 2016.

Saturday 10/31 Highlight #4: National & Virginia reports

Do not delay: Act by Friday, October 16 to secure a room in our guaranteed room block and to receive pre-registration discounted pricing. After Friday, our outstanding rates at the Westin may be a thing of the past.

At the end of this message, there is a link to details on registration and hotel reservations.

The National Federation of the Blind is a powerful force in advancing the rights of blind people throughout our great nation. The NFB of Virginia is making a difference throughout the Commonwealth. Our National Representative, John Fritz, will outline the great work we are doing on a National level. President Kasey will outline our great work right here in Virginia. You will not want to miss their reports on Saturday.

The 2015 NFB of Virginia convention, is Scheduled for October 30,- November 1.

Click here for more information on the convention and how to register

Saturday 10/31 Highlight #3: Take your next Step to build your career

At the end of this message, there is a link to details on registration and hotel reservations. Act by Friday, October 16 to secure a room in our guaranteed room block and to receive pre-registration discounted pricing.

In this convention highlight, we unveil a cool opportunity for you and your fellow federationists to take your career game to the next level, whatever that next level might be for you.

Owning Our Future–A Workshop to Transform Your Career

  • Are you wondering how to use online tools to promote yourself and your skills?
  • Are you wondering how you can expand your network to help you land that next job.
  • Are you looking for strategies that you can use to make going back to work a reality?
  • Are you struggling to find that right answer to a career struggle?
  • And who doesn’t answer yes to the question—how can I interview more affectively and get employers to say they want to hire me?

Whether you are just starting out in your career or looking for that competitive advantage to take your career to its next peak, this collaborative and engaging dialog will provide you with the confidence, knowledge, skills, and techniques to achieve your career goals.

The workshop will kick off with a panel of experts to help set the stage for our discussions, including:

  • Fredric Schroeder, Ph.D., First Vice President, World Blind Union< and Immediate Past President, NFB of Virginia
  • Michael Kasey, President, NFB of Virginia
  • Althea Pittman, President, Eastern Shore Chapter
  • Corb O’Connor, Business Growth & Communications Consultant,
    O’Consulting Group

Following our outstanding panel of experts, we’ll break into small groups to discuss different topics, so that you can Learn from others, share your own stories, and together, create solutions and action that will position each of us for career success. Bring your challenges and your successes for this important dialog.

See below for all the details you need to register for this year’s 2015 NFBV Convention and make sure you join us for this collaborative workshop designed to help you as you think about your next career move.

The 2015 NFB of Virginia convention, is Scheduled for October 30,- November 1.

Click here for more information on the convention and how to register

Saturday 10/31 Highlight #2: Growing Leaders

On Saturday, we have an outstanding set of programs. In this update, we are highlighting 2 sessions on Saturday morning’s General Session where our work in Virginia is growing leaders in the movement.

11:30 A.M. to 11:50 A.M. NFB Chapters – Developing Leaders Professionally and Personally

  • Joe Hobson, Moderator, Potomac Chapter, Arlington, Virginia
  • CJ Fish, Richmond Chapter, Richmond, Virginia
  • Brian McCann, Chesapeake Bay Chapter, Virginia Beach, Virginia
  • Andre Tynes, Peninsula Chapter, Newport News, Virginia

By giving our members the opportunity to grow and develop in our chapters, we accomplish great things in the movement while developing confidence and leadership. Each of our panelists connected with the Federation at different points of their life. NFB leaders gave them the opportunity to grow. Learn how they used their local chapters as a means to stretch themselves.

9:30 A.M. to 9:45 A.M. Introducing the NFB of Virginia Leadership Fellows

  • Stephanie DeLuca, Potomac Chapter
  • Deepa Goraya, Potomac Chapter
  • Uricka Harrison, Peninsula Chapter
  • Brian McCann, Chesapeake Bay Chapter
  • Brittany Savage, At Large Chapter & Student Division
  • Christopher Walker, Winchester Chapter
  • Michael Valentino, Richmond Chapter

Our new NFB of Virginia leadership Fellows program is designed to develop our next generation of chapter and affiliate leaders. Hear from this pilot class of talented Federationists.

The 2015 NFB of Virginia convention, is Scheduled for October 30,- November 1.

Click here for more information on the convention and how to register