General Announcement

Job Announcement! Seeking Project RISE Employment Coordinator

The National Federation of the Blind of Virginia is seeking an Employment Coordinator for its pre-employment transition Service, Project RISE.

Mentor Solicitation

As our upcoming year of RISE is knee-deep in preparation, we are seeking ambitious, independent, confident, and experienced mentors who possess positive blindness philosophy to serve as core mentors for the 2021-22 academic year! Below, you will find a program description, as well as expectations and responsibilities.

Use of Ballot Marking Tool for Print Disabled Voters

The following guidance is required by the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia in Gary v. Virginia Dept. of Elections (Case No. 1:20-CV860) as the result of a consent decree.

Virginia Agrees to Provide Accessible Absentee Voting Option for Voters with Print Disabilities

For Immediate Release
Media Contacts
American Council of the Blind: Clark Rachfal,, 202-467-5081
disAbility Law Center of Virginia: Colleen Miller,, (804) 225-2042
National Federation of the Blind: Chris Danielsen,, 410-262-1281
Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP: Steven Hollman,,

Proposed 2021 State Convention Principles of Engagement

Nothing in these rules of engagement is intended to change Article IV, Section 2 of the National Federation of the Blind of Virginia’s (NFBV) constitution. The Convention remains “the supreme authority of the NFBV. It is the legislature of the NFBV . As such, it has final authority with respect to all issues of policy. Chapter board delegates and members in attendance may participate in all convention discussions as a matter of right.

NFB Coin Holder for Sale on eBay

From Chris Walker, President -- Winchester Chapter

Dear Federation family,

We are pleased to announce that the membership coin holder is now available for sale on eBay. Please click on the below link to purchase yours today. Only
a limited quantity available, so be sure to order yours today. The Next Online Chapter

For years the Virginia affiliate relied on the WordPress platform to render its website. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with the WordPress platform, but we took our cues from the National Office and switched over to Drupal as a way to better integrate with their future web development. Also, we wanted to eventually align ourselves with their branding for consistency.

And, well, let’s face it. The website needed to be updated anyway. Over a time a website will become cluttered, and switching to a new platform helped us clean house.

Triple Threat Comes to Northern Virginia

From President Tracy Soforenko:

We are thrilled to announce that National Federation of the Blind President Mark Riccobono has agreed to come to our August 17 meeting at the Westin Tysons Corner. All members are welcome to come to the lunch and meeting to meet President Riccobono and engage in an exciting program. We expect there will be significant time for questions and we hope you can help us learn and grow together.

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