State Convention

2018 State Convention

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Essential Details

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. 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. 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.

Convention Pre-Registration

To pre-register for the convention, you may do one of the following:

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

Please indicate the number of children per session on the Convention Pre Registration Form.

Luncheon Tickets

On Friday and Saturday, box lunches will be available for a cost of $17.00 if purchased in advance on the convention pre registration form. Box lunch tickets are specific for each day and are not interchangeable. 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.

Exhibitor Table Assignments

Please visit the Exhibit Hall in the Monroe Room between 12:00pm – 5:00pm on Friday November 9, and show your appreciation to all of our exhibitors for participating. As you travel through the Exhibit Hall and fill up your passport. Visit each exhibitor, find out what they have to offer, and earn a sticker for your Passport card. Once your Passport card is full, drop it at the Exhibit Information table on your way out, and you will be entered into the drawing for one of many door prizes. If you do not have a Passport card, before going into the Exhibit Hall stop by the Exhibits Information table and request one. One Passport card submission per person.

The below list will be available for viewing at the Exhibit Hall Information table located to your right when you enter the Exhibit Hall.
Exhibits Information table is located on your right when you enter the Exhibit Hall.
Tables 1-17 are arranged around the perimeter of the room counter-clockwise by number.
Tables 18-25 are arranged in the center of the room counter-clockwise by number.

  • Table 1 – VANDA Pharmaceutical
  • Tables 2 & 3 – Advanced Vision
  • Table 4 – Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind
  • Table 5 – Virginia Rehabilitation Center for the Blind and Vision Impaired
  • Table 6 – Cyber Timez
  • Table 7 – Integration Technologies Group, Inc.
  • Table 8 – The Bureau of Engraving and Printing
  • Table 9A – LegalShield
  • Table 9B – Access Virginia
  • Table 10 – TCS Associates
  • Table 11 – ABLEnow
  • Table 12 – Volunteers for the Blind
  • Table 13 – S&G Endeavors, Ltd.
  • Table 14 – Ability2Access
  • Table 15 – Christian Ministry Teachers
  • Table 16 – Fredericksburg Fire Department
  • Table 17 – Aira
  • Table 19 – Virginia Association of Blind Merchants
  • Table 20 – Blue Ridge Chapter
  • Table 21 – Peninsula Chapter
  • Table 22 – Senior’s Division
  • Tables 23–25 – Auction Items

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.

Sponsorships and Exhibits

Companies, nonprofits, and individuals interested in making an investment in the upcoming convention are cordially invited to sign up now! Add your voice to the largest gathering of blind Virginians in the commonwealth. Your services and products will find their way into the hands of blind students, parents of blind children, educators, rehabilitation experts, and many others. Your investment will help the NFB of Virginia carry out important programs benefiting everyone from blind youth to blind working professionals.