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what does the nfb do for me

by Dianna Oliveira

Fall 2020 Board Meeting Minutes

State Board Meeting Minutes - November 1, 2020

After the Nominating Committee report was delivered by Fred Schroeder, the following individuals were elected to office:

Tracy Soforenko: President

Sandy Halverson: 1st Vice President

Uricka Harrison: 2nd Vice President

Mark Roane: Treasurer

Jacki Bruce: Corresponding Secretary

Mausam Mehta: Recording Secretary

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Washington Seminar 2021

Hello everyone, I wanted to provide some important information for the 2021 Washington Seminar. This upcoming Washington Seminar will be a bit different from years past. It will be completely virtual, which has its pros. You won’t need to travel to DC, and you won’t need to worry about frantically making it from one end of the House buildings to the other between appointments. Of course, we will miss seeing our friends and socializing in person. But we hope many more of you will be able to attend this year since you can participate from home. Washington Seminar will be held February 8-11.

Join Us for a Virtual Richmond Seminar

The National Federation of the Blind of Virginia is a powerful force advocating for blind Virginians. For 2021, we will be conducting our legislative advocacy over the Zoom platform and we will need you to commit to attending a few brief Zoom meetings with your legislators. Interestingly, virtual appointments mean you are not required to make as large of a time commitment to participate. However, it also means we need to tell legislators that we have a constituent attending or they won’t meet with us.
Here is the 3 step process:

2020 Presidential Report

Before there was Zoom, the internet, telephones, or even the Postal Service, we needed ways to share messages and keep people connected. In ancient Israel, to mark the calendar, people needed to know when the new year began.
To mark the start of a new year in the fall, every community would build a bonfire on the top of a hill. On the first night of the new year, they would light the bonfire. Others would observe and lite the fire on their own hill. From community to community, each would know the start of a new beginning and celebrate the connection that kept them all together.

I Saw You Pour Your Water

By Lauren Merryfield

I recently moved to a retirement center where most of the residents are quite active.

One woman wanted to help me with every little thing, but, as she said, she was doing it because she didn't think a blind person could do this or that.

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.

Would You Go to a Blind Doctor? How the Blind Respond

By John Bailey

“Would you go to a blind doctor?", was the first of many challenging questions asked by Trisha Kurkarni At the February leadership seminar cohosted by the National Association of Blind Students in Falls Church, Virginia.

How the Blind Advocate for Ourselves in Richmond

By John Bailey

Some of us were nervous. Several had canceled at the last minute because of safety concerns. In any case, we were here in Richmond, Virginia to do a very important job for the blind of Virginia and we were not going to be deterred.

Annually, the National Federation of the Blind of Virginia hosts an event called the ‘Richmond Seminar’. For this two-day event, the vision-impaired and their friends gather in the city of Richmond to advocate for the blind by scheduling meetings with our elected officials.

I am a Federationist

By Jessica Reed

Editor’s Note: Jessica Reed is a member of the Historic Fredericksburg Chapter. She is the coordinator for the Blind Parents Group in Virginia, and in this rare insight into her story, we learn a little bit about what makes her one of our most valuable members in the movement.

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