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State Convention 2018

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The Convention of the National Federation of the Blind of Virginia will be held Thursday, November 8 through Sunday, November 11 , 2018 at the:

  • Fredericksburg Hospitality House Hotel & Conference Center
  • 2801 Plank Rd.
  • Fredericksburg, VA22401

To make hotel reservations, please call: 540-786-8321, or Book your room online!

Room rates are $79 per night plus applicable taxes for Single, Double, Triple, or Quad occupancy. Reservations must be made by 5 PM on Friday, October 26, 2018. For anyone seeking to spend extra time exploring Historical Fredericksburg, the rate is good three days before and three days after the event. Individual reservations will not be guaranteed without first night’s deposit or credit card.

Please Note: The group rate is the best rate. Government and military discounts do not apply. For the rate to be honored, please contact the property directly. Do not use a travel site for booking.

From the Hospitality House website:

Ideally located in the heart of everything, Fredericksburg Hospitality House Hotel and Convention Center welcomes you with 196 beautifully appointed guestrooms just off I-95, midway between Washington, D.C., and Richmond, Virginia. We’re also within minutes of Fredericksburg’s famous Civil War and colonial sites, shopping, dining, the University of Mary Washington, and more. Whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure, you’ll enjoy luxurious, affordable lodging, state-of-the-art meeting facilities, a junior Olympic size pool, two signature restaurants, convenient and walk-able shopping and dining in Central Park without ever leaving our parking lot, plus live music on weekends.

More Details Coming Soon!

Apply for the Expanded NFB of Virginia College Scholarship & Attend the 2017 NFBV Convention On Us

From Brian Miller, NFB of Virginia Scholarship Committee Chair

THE NATIONAL FEDERATION OF THE BLIND OF VIRGINIA

2017 SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

The NFB of Virginia is pleased to announce the launch of its James F. Nelson merit scholarship program for the academic year 2017-2018. Up to three scholarships of $1500.00 will be awarded based on academic achievement, community engagement, and leadership potential.

The NFB of Virginia believes that all blind and visually impaired students who apply for a James F. Nelson scholarship can benefit from the experience of attending the state convention. As such, the NFBV will cover reasonable costs associated with attending the convention for all eligible applicants, including a room at the hotel, most meals, and the cost of registration and a banquet ticket. Scholarship applicants will be reimbursed for these expenses at the convention, so please notify the committee if you do not have access to a credit card or other means of covering pre-convention costs. Applicants are expected to pre-register in order to signal their intention to attend the state convention and to assist the scholarship committee to make hotel reservations.

The Scholarship Committee will review all applications and select the scholarship recipients. All decisions of the Scholarship Committee are final.

Please read all instructions carefully and pay close attention to the deadlines.

To be eligible to receive a James F. Nelson scholarship, all applicants must:

  • Be legally blind or have a visual impairment that qualifies them to receive services under IDEA or from a state vocational rehabilitation program;
  • Be a resident of the Commonwealth of Virginia, or be attending full time an accredited institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia;
  • Plan to pursue a full-time, postsecondary course of study in the 2017-2018 academic year; and
  • Participate in the entire NFB of Virginia state convention and in all scheduled scholarship program activities to be held November 3 to 5, 2017, at the Westin Tysons Corner, Falls Church, Virginia.

Individuals who have already won two James F. Nelson scholarships should contact the scholarship committee chair before applying. The intention of the committee is to not award scholarships more than twice to the same individual except in extraordinary circumstances. Exceptions to this policy will only be made by decision of the committee chair and the NFBV affiliate president.

Completed scholarship applications and all supporting documentation should be sent to the NFB of Virginia scholarship committee chair,

  • Dr. Brian R. Miller,
  • E-mail: brianrmiller88@gmail.com

with the words “scholarship application” in the subject line.

Deadline: Applications must be received no later than October 1, 2017.

Applicants must submit at least one letter of recommendation from a teacher, professor, counselor, or academic advisor who is familiar with their scholarship. Applicants are encouraged to provide additional letters of recommendation or references, including from employers, individuals working in the applicant’s field of interest, or leaders from the blind movement or other groups engaged in social change advocacy. Letters of recommendation may be submitted in email form.

An electronic copy of the applicant’s transcripts must be provided in support of the application. Unofficial transcripts in PDF form from the accredited institution are acceptable.

Link here to download a copy of the 2017 scholarship application

Why Parents and Students Should Attend the 2016 NFB of Virginia Convention (11/11 – 11/13)

Highlights for students and their parents:

  • Braille Carnival

    An exciting hands on Friday evening carnival for students of all ages.

  • Friday Student Social

    An engaging and interactive student social for students from middle school through college.

  • Saturday Student Breakfast

    with President Kasey in the Presidential Suite

  • Student Division Luncheon /Travel Excursion

    Paired with role models and peers, this travel excursion outside of the hotel led by and for students to connect with peers and organize programming for themselves.

    Since this excursion is outside of the property, students should not order the lunch offered through convention registration. Please see details below on the student luncheon.

  • Saturday afternoon Students programming

    Learn about how your peers are participating in sports and fitness, clubs and other leadership opportunities, and getting the training they need to succeed in school and beyond.

  • Parents Division Luncheon and Parent Track

    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. Learn about how to best advocate in the IEP process, technology for your student, how your student can engage in student run programming across the country, engage in sports & fitness in the community, and options for training on the alternative skills of successful blind people. Box lunch is recommended for parents attending this program.

  • Sunday Scavenger Hunt and Philosophy Chat

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

  • A Panel of parents of Blind Children Sharing how parents are advocating for their children while teaching their children to advocate for themselves.
  • Learn from positive blind role models who are running their own businesses, pursuing their dreams, and leading the way for blind people across America.
  • Learn about the accomplishments we are making together to advance the rights of the blind in Virginia, across the country and internationally so we can all live the life we want.

If you are going to attend the convention and you are planning to take part in our student programming, please send an email to the Virginia Association of Blind Students (VABS) secretary, Jennifer Shields, who will be able to count you in the running for door prizes and add you to the list for the luncheon on Saturday, November 12. Her email address is:

jen.shields929@gmail.com

We would like for all students to confirm if they are coming or not by Friday, October 21, 2016 in order to have an accurate count of how many students to expect. When you send the email, just include the following in the message body:

  1. Your name
  2. Your Chapter
  3. The days you are attending convention
  4. Your favorite pizza topping

Those participating in the youth track 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

Our hotel room block and reduced pre-registration pricing closes October 18 so act right away to reserve your space.

Link Here to the post for details on Convention Registration and Hotel Reservations

We hope you can join us.

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 :

Link Here to the post for details on Convention Registration and Hotel Reservations

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: Brianrmiller88@gmail.com
  • Phone: (703) 785-9929

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

Learn about our McDonald Fellowship Award

Has your attendance at the NFB National Convention ever crossed your mind?

Whether it is for the networking and fundraising opportunities your business or chapter can gain or for the constant feeling of camaraderie that is displayed year after year, the National Federation of the Blind’s 2016 National Convention is guaranteed to be an event our community can benefit from. Sometimes when looking at the financial demands that come with attending this event, many people may get discouraged because it may prove to be too steep, but there is definitely a way to alleviate that feeling.

Join the Virginia Association of Blind Students and NFBV Board at our informational session to explain and encourage you all to apply for our affiliate’s McDonald Fellowship Award. The McDonald Fellowship award is a grant that assists an individual in attending their first national convention and also enrolls the winner in a mentoring session where they can get assistance at the convention with attending all seminars and events that will make sure that they get the most out of their first convention experience. If anyone has ever attended the NFBV State Conventions in the fall, they would know that conventions are an experience full of opportunities to learn about an endless amount of interesting facts, products, and services; and the national convention does not disappoint with this opportunity. Some of the topics covered in our informational conference call will include:

  • The application process for the award.
  • The existence of the Jernigan Award, a national scholarship
    equivalent to the McDonald Fellowship in purpose.
  • The mentoring aspect of the McDonald Fellowship winners.
  • Testimonials from past winners of the award and what their
    convention experience was like.

The conference call will begin promptly at 8pm and will be facilitated by Student Division president Kimberly Valko, board member Robert Parsons, and McDonald Fellowship chair Sandy Halverson. For more information on this call and what the McDonald Fellowship has to offer, please join us on the conference call:

  • Wednesday, February 17, 2016
  • 8:00 P.M.
  • Phone Number: (641) 715-3850
  • Pin Number: 184 934

We hope that the prospect of attending National Convention with us will entice you to join us and hopefully submit an application to attend this irreplaceable experience.

2015 NFBV Scholarship Winners!

We thank the 2015 NFBV Scholarship Committee,

  • Sarah Patnaude , Co-Chair
  • Brian Miller, co-Chair
  • Deepa Goraya
  • C.J. Fish
  • Tasha Hubbard

For their countless hours to serve.

The committee is pleased to announce that there are two scholarship
finalists:

  • Robert Parsons (Richmond Chapter)
  • and

  • Chelsea Cook (At Large Chapter).

Please join me in offering congratulations to them both! We look forward to being with them at convention.

Thank you,

Michael Kasey

President

National Federation of the Blind of Virginia

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.

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.

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.