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How Blind and Vvision Impaired Youth can Make Friends, be Independent, and Have the Future They Want: 2015 Convention of the National Federation of the Blind of Virginia

The 2015 convention of the National Federation of the blind of Virginia

(Oct. 29 through Nov. 1)

wants to help vision impaired youth to have the future
you want. The NFBV will be presenting programs just for you that will give you the information you need to make friends, be confident, and make your own money. Vision loss doesn’t mean dependency.

Click here to download an accessible PDF containing the information you have been waiting for.

Click here to get information on how to register for the convention.

How Blind and Vision Impaired People Find Independence, a Good Paying Job, and a Satisfying Career: 2015 Convention of the National Federation of the Blind of Virginia

The 2015 convention of the National Federation of the blind of Virginia

(Oct. 29 through Nov. 1)

wants to help the vision impaired have the careers they want. The NFBV will be presenting programs just for you that will give you the information you need to find a great paying job and build a satisfying career. Vision loss doesn’t mean unemployable.

Click here to download an accessible PDF containing the information you have been waiting for.

Click here to get information on how to register for the convention.

How Blind and Vision Impaired Seniors Can Live Independently and Safely: 2015 Convention of the National Federation of the Blind of Virginia

The 2015 convention of the National Federation of the blind of Virginia

(Oct. 29 through Nov. 1)

wants to help seniors. The NFBV will be presenting programs just for seniors that will give you the information you need to live the life you want. Vision loss doesn’t mean you have to lose your independence.

Click here to download an accessible PDF containing the information you have been waiting for.

Click here to get information on how to register for the convention.

Why Parents and Students Should Attend the 2015 NFB of Virginia Convention

Are you a parent of a visually impaired child who is Struggling? Do you worry about how your child will get the necessary resources to succeed? You are not alone.

You are invited to an empowerment program for parents and their vision impaired children presented by the National Federation of the Blind of Virginia. The programs specifically targets the needs of young people and will be held October 30 thru November 1 in Tyson’s corner, Virginia.
Attendees will learn:

  • Which adaptive technologies are best for you;
  • How to increase self-confidence;
  • How to travel independently;
  • How to self advocate;
  • How to make more friends;
  • How to access the vision services in your area;
  • How to overcome the challenges of school and career with the help of experts;

Students and parents will benefit from a remarkable set of programs
Including:

  1. Student Track Programming:

    • Breaking Barriers/Breaking Boards – Learn how to break boards with your bare hands and break through barriers that prevent you from achieving all you can
    • Travel Excursion – Paired with role models and peers, exit the hotel for a travel adventure such as exploring bus and rail or a scavenger hunt at Tyson’s corner Center.
    • Bring It On – A Thought Provoking workshop for middle school, High School and College students led by successful blind role models. Challenge yourself to consider how your actions and reactions impact how the world sees you as a successful student.
    • Student Division Luncheon – network with blind students from across The Commonwealth and learn how you can help other students overcome challenges.
    • Halloween Carnival – exciting hands on Friday evening carnival for Students of all ages. Games! Prizes! Fun! You might win our costume contest if our judges think you’re the best!
  2. Parent Track:

    • Parents Division Luncheon – Connect with parents from across
      • Virginia committed to advocating for their children and ensuring high expectations for their kids. Meet positive role models and tap the network of parents who are making things happen for their children.
    • SATURDAY AFTERNOON: Can your blind/visually impaired son or daughter independently make a sandwich? Pour milk? Use a knife when others are? Join us; try our hands on techniques and see how they work and we’ll do our best to answer other questions you might have.

In addition, in the General Session, there are great programs for parents and students including:

  • Advocating for student success – Learn how parents and students overcame challenges with their schools to get the services into Individual Education Plans (IEP) for success now and into the future
  • BELL Success – Here from students who participated in this summer’s
    Two week BELL camp held in Northern Virginia.

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 2015 NFB of Virginia convention, is Scheduled for October 30,- November 1 in Tyson’s Corner .

Link here to find details on convention registration and hotel reservations.

Please note, all students under 18 must bring a completed and signed copy of the youth Track Registration form to participate in the Student Track programming.

Link here to find more details on the Youth Track Programming and registration form.

Why Adults Should Attend 2015 NFB of Virginia Convention

  • Want to have a better career?
  • How do you know which accessibility technology will work for you?
  • Want to know how to travel where and when you want?
  • Want to obtain the rehabilitative services you need to lead a full and active life?

The 2015 NFB of Virginia Convention will address these questions and so much more.

Programming Highlights:

  1. Owning Our Future–A Workshop to Transform Your Career

    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. At this interactive workshop, you will Learn from others, share your own stories, and together, create solutions and action that will position each of us for career success.

  2. NFB Chapters – Developing Leaders professionally and personally

    Growing Yourself through the Work of the NFB – Learn how your peers are using the NFB as a proving ground for the skills and confidence to develop professionally and personally

  3. Getting the Rehabilitative Services you Need

    Better understand how to advocate with the Virginia Department for the Blind and Visually Impaired (DBVI) Learn about innovative programs from the department and learn how to tap DBVI services to obtain/keep / retain your job.

  4. Technology Seminar

    Learn about the accessibility of Windows 10, confessions of a MAC user, the next generation of transportation technology and getting more out of your iPhone

  5. Flexible Transit Seminar

    Getting where you want to go when you want to get there

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.

If you want to take charge of your life an learn the alternative techniques to live the life you want, join us in Tyson’s Corner. The 2015 NFB of Virginia convention, is Scheduled for October 30,- November 1 in Tyson’s Corner .
Follow the link below, to find details on convention registration and hotel reservations.

Link here for more details and instructions on how to register

2015 NFB of Virginia Youth Track Registration Form

At this year’s convention of the National federation of the Blind of Virginia, we will be running a special youth track. We are planning special programming throughout the convention for blind and visually impaired youth. To participate, it will be necessary to submit a registration form. Please

Link Here

to get a copy of the registration form.

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

Link Here

to get all of the details.

2015 NFB of Virginia State Convention Online Registration Now Available

Online registration is now available for our 2015 National Federation of the Blind of Virginia state convention in Falls Church, Virginia, October 30 – November 1 2015.

LINK HERE

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

You may also call them at:

1-800-838-3006

if you prefer human assistance.

Registration Prices and Options:

  • Register before October 17 to get the below prices
    • Registration: $15.00 (Makes you eligible for door prizes and the convention hotel rates)
    • Banquet Tickets: $32.00
    • Saturday Box Lunch Tickets: $17.00
  • Starting on October 17,the prices are:
    • Registration: $25.00 (Makes you eligible for door prizes and the convention hotel rates)
    • Banquet Tickets: $37.00
  • Each session of child care: $5.00 (The cost is per family not per child). Child care is available:
    • 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 1 hour after banquet adjournment

Online registration will end on October 26, 2015.

You may also complete the

2015 NFBV Convention Pre Registration Form

and mail it with payment included to:

NFB of Virginia
3230 Grove Avenue
Richmond, VA 23221

The convention will be held at:

Westin Tysons Corner
7801 Leesburg Pike
Falls Church, Virginia 22043

To make hotel reservations, call central reservations at (888) 627-8970 and use code NSJ29A or the hotel directly at (703) 893-1340. 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 Friday, October 16, 2015. After the deadline, there is no guarantee that you will get a room at the convention hotel.

In addition, at this year’s convention, we will once again be holding our youth track. Please

Link Here

to get the registration form for the youth track.

Get Ready for 2015 SPIRIT at NFB of Virginia Convention

Fellow Federationists,

We are convinced that the 2015 NFB of Virginia Convention will be our best ever. We are working hard on the plans and we want to provide a preview of the plans so you can arrange to be there.

To make the convention even better, we have changed the 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 Friday off so you can attend the Friday programming.

Please note: The below plans are just being developed so they are subject to change.

Highlights:

  • I. General Session officially starts Friday Morning – After a brief
    Board meeting, we will start the convention officially at 10:00 a.m. There will be exciting presenters on Friday morning

  • II. Friday Seminars – 3 Seminars are planned on Friday afternoon

    1. Technology Seminar – Bob Hart and Chris O’Meally are planning a great seminar. Should you upgrade to Windows 10, what are the latest advances in assistive tech, and how will transportation technology change your next trip in your neighborhood or around the world

    2. Flexible Transportation: Getting You Where You Want to Go- Brian Miller and Rodney Neely are planning an exciting seminar including understanding transit options, getting travel training to take advantage of these options, and a discussion on Transportation Tech (run jointly with the Tech Seminar)

    3. Living the Life You Want – Low Vision Techniques, Technology, & Training- John Bailey is planning an exciting seminar.

  • 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. Halloween Party – On Friday evening, we are planning Halloween themed
    Parties for students and adults. More details to follow.

  • V. Saturday break Out session – On Saturday afternoon, in place of
    General Session we are planning smaller breakout groups for our core
    constituencies:

    1. Career / Employment Track for Working age adults – Whether you are
      seeking a job, growing your career, or keeping up with the evolving employment landscape, our Career Track will provide great ideas, networking and tools you can use today and into the future. (This track will be led by melody Roane.

    2. Student Track – We are planning an exciting student track including a networking reception on Friday, a travel activity outside of the hotel, and interactive programming that will challenge how students see their role in their lives and the movement. VABS President Sarah Patnaude and NFBV Youth coordinator Brittany Savage will be organizing student track.

    3. 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…

    4. 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.

  • VI. On Saturday night, John fritz, our National representative and
    president of the NFB of Wisconsin will provide an exciting banquet address you will not want to miss.

  • VII. As always, there will be phenomenal presentations during General Session on Saturday and Sunday mornings. More details to follow.

As you will observe, we are planning a great event. However, to make it truly outstanding, we need you to plan to attend. Convention Registration will soon be available at
nfbv.org

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

Details:

  • October 30, 2015 – November 1, 2015
  • Westin Tysons Corner
  • 7801 Leesburg Pike
  • MAP IT
  • (703) 893-1340

Come join us at our annual state convention being held in Northern Virginia.

Special room rate of $79 + tax per night from October 29 – October 31, 2015.

The cut-off date to take advantage of this special room rate is Friday, October 16, 2015 at 5:00 P.M. An early departure fee of $75.00 will apply if a Customer attendee checks out prior to the confirmed checkout date. All guestroom rates are subject to the current area tax rates; 12%.

Attendees can make reservations by using the following link:


Link Here for Online Reservations

or by calling Westin’s Central Reservation Office, at (888) 627-8970 on an individual basis, giving the name of the group “NFBV State Convention 2015”
or the code NSJ29A.

Attendees will also enjoy these benefits:

  • Waived parking fee for all attendees
  • Waived fee for internet access in the guestrooms
  • 15% discount for convention attendees in Hotel Outlets (excludes
    alcohol)
  • *The 15% discount applies to the Restaurant, the Lounge, Starbucks
    and SushiNami outlet. It does not apply to the gift shop or alcohol – only food.

Bring friends and family. See you there!

Michael Kasey

President, NFB of Virginia

Announcing the 2015 NFBV Scholarship Program

Fellow Federationists,

I am pleased to announce that the National Federation of the Blind of Virginia (NFBV) will reward up to three James F. Nelson Jr. Scholarships in the amount of $1,500 at the 2015 state convention to be held at the Westin Tysons Corner, located at 7801 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, Virginia 22043 on October 30th through November 1st, 2015.

The National Federation of the Blind of Virginia is an organization dedicated to creating equality, opportunity, and security for all blind people. Due to this, winners of NFBV James F. Nelson, Jr. scholarships do not need to 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 6, 2015. 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 2015-2016 academic year; and
  • Participate in the entire NFBV state convention and in all scheduled scholarship program activities to be held October 30th-November 1, 2015 in Falls Church, Virginia.

Deadline: Sarah Patnaude, scholarship co-chair, must receive all documentation on or before September 25, 2015.

If you have any questions please contact Co-chairs:

  • Sarah Patnaude
  • patnaude.sarah@yahoo.com
  • Phone: (804) 591-6153, or
  • Brian Miller
  • brianrmiller88@gmail.com
  • Phone (703) 785-9929.

To apply, download and complete this
NFBV 2015 Scholarship Form.

Thank you for your time and consideration on this great opportunity! Please encourage any blind students residing in or going to school in Virginia to apply for this program.

Sarah PatnaudeVirginia Association of Blind Students, President