State Convention 2017

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The 2017 Convention of the National Federation of the Blind of Virginia will be held Friday, November 3 through Sunday, November 5, 2017 at the

  • Westin Tysons Corner
  • 7801 Leesburg Pike
  • Falls Church, Virginia 22043
  • Phone: (703) 893-1340.
  • Westin at Tysons Corner

    To make hotel reservations, you may Call central reservations at (888) 627-8970 and use code 10070 or the hotel directly at (703) 893-1340.

    Room rates are $84 per night plus applicable taxes. Reservations must be guaranteed with a credit card. 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 Thursday, October 12, 2017. After the deadline, there is no guarantee that you will get a room at the convention hotel.

    Convention Registration

    All attendees must register in order to receive the special convention hotel rates that we have negotiated and to be eligible for door prizes. . The cost for registration is $15.00 if completed on or before October 12, or $25.00 if purchased after October 12 or at the door. Banquet tickets are $35.00 if purchased on or before October 12, or $40.00 if purchased after October 12 or at the door.
    There are three ways to register:

    NOTE: Everyone who completes a registration form (with fees included) by
    October 12, 2017 will be entered in a drawing to win $100.

    Sponsorships

    Are you interested in making an investment in Virginia’s leading blindness organization, or know of someone who is interested in adding their voice to our cause? A sponsorship of our annual highlight event is one of the best ways to become a partner in helping blind Americans achieve independence and self-sufficiency. Government agencies, businesses, and entrepreneurs may also be interested in demonstrating their products and services at the exhibit hall of the largest gathering of parents, teachers, students, and young professionals in the state. Learn more about Sponnsorship and Exhibit opportunities.

    Child Care

    Child care is available to the children of registered convention attendees (ages infant through 5th grade) during 6 sessions of convention. These sessions are:

    • 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 ½ hour after banquet adjournment

    Snacks will be provided during Sessions 1, 2, 4 and 5. Even though child care will be open and fully staffed during lunch on Friday and Saturday, lunch will not be provided. Parents should either pick their child up for lunch at the end of Sessions 1 and 4 or provide a lunch for their child to eat in the child care room. Also, dinner will not be provided on Friday or Saturday evening. Parents should feed their child dinner prior to bringing them to Sessions 3 or 6. The cost of child care is $10 per family per session. If you need more information, please contact Naim Abu El Hawa at (202) 848-8932 or nmabuelhawa@gmail.com. Please indicate the number of children per session on the Convention Pre Registration Form.

    Etiquette Dinner

    Do you want to learn the Do’s and Don’t’s of formal dining? On Friday evening there will be an etiquette Dinner. Space for this dinner is limited so, to ensure a seat, you may reserve your seat for a non-refundable fee of $5 per person. Attendees of the dinner will order from a limited menu and be responsible for the cost of what they order. For mor information, please contact Jeanette McAllister at (757) 304-5323 or jeanette@mcallisterenterprisesusa.com.

    Saturday Lunches

    On Saturday, box lunches will be available for a cost of $18.00 if purchased in advance on the convention pre registration form. 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.

    On Saturday, student lunches will be available for a cost of $7.00 if purchased in advance on the convention pre registration form. Student 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.

    Transportation Information

    With your bags packed and your reservations made you’re all geared up for the state Convention. But, how will you get there? Below is some information that will help you take the stress out of the journey and give you more time to think about what you’re going to splurge on at that Auction.

    There are several convenient access routes to Northern Virginia’s hotel site. For those local to Northern Virginia, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), provides easy access to the Hotel’s shuttle service from the Tysons Corner Metro station located on the Silver Line.

    The hotel shuttle leaves every hour on the hour from the Tysons corner metro south side entrance, at the bus stop by the Lord and Taylor department store. The shuttle runs from 9AM to 10:00PM every day with scheduled stops at tysons 1 and Tysons 2. The cost is free and it will take you within a 3 mile radius of the Westin Tysons Corner.

    For those coming to Northern Virginia via Greyhound you may access the Metrorail system at the Franconia-Springfield Station located on the Blue Line.

    To access the Metrorail system please exit the ticket office and turn right. Or, simply turn left as you exit the bus. Follow the sidewalk for approximately 50 feet. Several bus shelters will be to your left.

    Upon reaching the overhead covering, turn right towards the escalators. Take the up escalator up a short flight. Walk straight ahead. When you reach the commuter office on your right, the entrance to the metro station will be on your left.

    To reach the Tysons Corner metro station, take the Blue line train to Rosslyn going in the direction of Largo. Get off the train at Rosslyn, which is the 9th stop. At Roslyn, exit the train and walk to an escalator going down to the lower level of the station. On the lower level, you will transfer to the Silver Line heading in the direction of Whiele Reston East and get off the Silver Line at Tysons Corner Station. If you accidentally get on an Orange line train to Vienna, get off the train at or before East falls Church and transfer to the Silver line heading to Wiehle Reston East On the arriving platform.

    Three trains service Roslyn: Blue, Orange, and Silver. It is important you do not get on a blue line train on the lower level of Roslyn because you could end up back at Franconia. Tysons corner is the 7th stop from Roslyn on the silver line.

    For your reference, the stops you should pass are:

    • Courthouse
    • Clarendon
    • Virginia Square
    • Ballston
    • East Falls Church
    • Mclean, and
    • Tysons Corner.

    The Franconia-Springfield Greyhound Ticket office number is: (703) 971-7598. The hours of operation are Monday through Saturday 7am to 1:30pm and 2:30pm to 9pm. Sunday hours are from 7am to 1:30pm.

    If in need of Uber, Lyft, or taxi service, the address to the Springfield Greyhound bus terminal is: 6770 Frontier Drive.

    For those coming via Amtrak or Virginia Railway Express (VRE,) the closest access point to the Metrorail system is the King Street Metro Station located on the Blue and Yellow lines. Please follow the directions as shown above upon entering the Metrorail system, making sure you board a Blue line train to Largo. (Do not board a Yellow line train!) Once on the Blue line train to Largo, transfer at Roslyn to the Silver line as described above. Taxis are readily available at the King Street station to transport you to the hotel. You can also use Uber or Lyft to get to the hotel. It is estimated a cab ride will exceed $30 to use this alternative form of transportation. An Uber or Lyft ride should cost approximately $20.

    The address for the Amtrak station located in Alexandria is 110 Callahan Drive.

    Amtrak’s phone number is: (800) 872-7245.

    Paratransit users:

    The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority has a paratransit program available to provide curb to curb service. The program is called MetroAccess. The dial-in number is: (301) 562-5360. To obtain temporary use of the service you must contact your local eligibility office and have your status information sent via fax to the MetroAccess
    Eligibility office at: (202) 962-6393.

    The taxi dial-in numbers are:

    Fairfax Red Top (703) 333-3333 and Fairfax Yellow Cab at (703) 534-1111.

    Arlington Red Top Cab: 703-522-3333.

    Metrorail and bus information can be reached at: (202) 637-7000.

    If you have further questions or need additional information prior to the state convention , please contact, Rodney F. Neely, via email at: rodneyfneely (at) gmail.com.