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State Convention

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.

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

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