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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.


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:

  • 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.


  • 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

    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

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


  • 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
  • *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
  • Phone: (804) 591-6153, or
  • Brian Miller
  • 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

NFB of Virginia makes history

Greetings Members and Friends of the National Federation of the Blind,

We are excited to report that our 56th Annual Convention in historic Virginia was a success. We were honored to have two past Virginia Presidents, Alan Schlank and Charlie Brown with us to share memories. Our National Office was represented by Gary Wunder, President of the NFB Of Missouri. Gary delivered an inspiring banquet address and spent countless hours with each of us. Garrick Scott, president of the NFB of Georgia was
also with us encouraging students in our Youth Track. We were sadden by our President of the past 10 years, Fred Schroeder’s announcement that he would not run for President again. Even though his travel schedule will prevent his serving as President, he will remain active and available to the leadership of Virginia.

The newly elected Officers are:

  • Michael kasey, President
  • Tracy Soforenko, 1st Vice President
  • Jennifer Kennedy, 2nd Vice President
  • Mark Roane, Treasurer
  • Jennifer Shields, Recording Secretary
  • Mary Durbin, Corresponding Secretary

Please offer your support to the new team as we move forward to grow our Affiliate through recruitment, relationship building and seizing opportunities.

Thank you,
Michael Kasey
National Federation of the Blind of Virginia

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)


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
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.