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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.

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.

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

Scholarship Application Now Available: $1,500 for Full-time Students

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 Crowne Plaza Hampton Marina, located at 707 Settlers Landing Road, Hampton, Virginia 23669. The convention begins on Friday, November 7 and concludes at noon on Sunday, November 9, 2014. The NFBV will cover the scholarship winners’ travel, hotel, food, and convention registration costs during the convention. (Winners will be reimbursed after the convention, so please notify the committee if you do not have access to a credit card or other means of paying to pre-pay for some expenses—such as travel to the hotel, hotel room, and food.)

The National Federation of the Blind of Virginia is an organization dedicated to creating equality, opportunity, and security for all blind people. To that end, winners of NFBV James F. Nelson, Jr. scholarships need not 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 7, 2014. 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 2014 – 2015 academic year; and
  • Participate in the entire NFBV state convention and in all scheduled scholarship program activities to be held November 7–9, 2014 in Hampton, Virginia.

Deadline: The scholarship chairwoman must receive all documentation on or before September 25, 2014.

To apply, download and complete this application form.

First, Monthly Conference Call for Blind and Visually-Impaired Students in Virginia

Attention all Students!

Will you be attending college in the fall? Do you need money for college? Then join the student division’s first monthly conference call this Thursday, the 20th, at 7:15 PM. Patti Chang, Chairperson for the NFB Scholarship Program, will be presenting. Learn about the scholarship program, application process, and get answers for all of your questions. This is a wonderful opportunity you won’t want to miss!

When: Thursday, February 20th, at 7:15 PM
Who: Any and all students who will be attending college in the fall
Why: To learn about the NFB Scholarship Program
How: Call in at 559-726-1200 and enter 586305 as the code

Hope to see you there!

Sarah Patnaude
President: NFBV Student Division