Highlights for students and their parents:
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:
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:
- Your name
- Your Chapter
- The days you are attending convention
- 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.
Our hotel room block and reduced pre-registration pricing closes October 18 so act right away to reserve your space.
We hope you can join us.