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Thank You!

The Potomac Chapter has agreed to take on hosting responsibilities for State Convention. Please thank Chapter President Christine Grassman and her team for making 2022 the success we anticipate!

Message From Our Host Chapter President

Essential Details

The 64th State Convention of the National Federation of the Blind of Virginia will be held Thursday, October 27 through Sunday, October 30, 2022, at the:

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

Room rates: $89/per night (not including taxes)

Click here to make your room reservations, Or call (703) 893-1340.

Important Dates

Please take note of these important deadlines:

  • Monday, September 26: State scholarship deadline
  • Friday, September 30: Deadline to submit request for childcare during convention.
  • Monday, October 10:
    1. Close of advance registration for in person guests
    2. Cutoff date for hotel room reservations
    3. Close for sponsor applications and exhibits
  • Sunday, October 23: Close of standard registration for in person guests as well as opportunity for all members seeking to vote
  • Saturday, October 29: Close of late registration for all guests

Registration

This year there are two registration forms, one for guests planning on attending the convention in person and the other form for guests who would rather participate in the virtual experience. It is important you choose the correct form to get accurate head counts for certain in person events.

Among other benefits, registering for either the in person or virtual experience will put you into the drawing for door prizes throughout the convention.

Click here for the in person registration form.

Note the three different registration deadlines, or

Click here for the virtual registration form.

Special Announcements

Note: These items are time sensitive or require specific registration instructions. Please act accordingly if interested.

Childcare at Convention

Families interested in childcare during convention should make this known by Friday, September 30. If there is not sufficient interest, childcare will not be provided. Please contact Julie McGinnity of the Potomac Chapter to make your request and receive further details.

CPR Class Registration

Are you interested in learning how to administer adult and pediatric CPR? Do you want to know the proper intervention if an adult, child, or infant is choking?

Do you want to learn what you need to do to become certified in CPR and First Aid?

On Friday, October 28, 2022, from 1:00 to 4:00 PM at the Westin Tysons Corner, the National Federation of the Blind of Virginia and Accessibility, Inc., will host a community class where 20 individuals (first come, first served) will learn all of this.

Be advised: You will not be able to become certified by attending this class. However, you will learn what it takes to administer CPR properly and what to do if someone is choking.

If you want to get certified, we will tell you what you need to do. You must be registered for the NFBV state convention. Email cprclass@nfbv.org after you have registered. Please provide the following information:

  • Name
  • Chapter or Division
  • Email address
  • Cell Phone Number
  • Do you prefer electronic or Braille quick reference materials? The former will be sent a few days prior to the class. We will do our best to have the materials Brailled. If we can do so, they will be available at the class.)

Expectations:

  • You must arrive on time. There is a lot of material to cover, and we will start promptly.
  • You must be comfortable discussing emergency situations.
  • You must be comfortable with hands-on demonstration (you touching the instructor and/or another attendee, or the instructor or fellow attendee touching you in order to ensure proper positioning and technique).

If you believe you will not be able to attend, or if you change your mind, you must email cprclass@nfbv.org as soon as possible so that another person may take your spot. Because we must put a cap on the number of individuals, there will likely be a waiting list, and it would be appreciated if you alert us early enough to reach out to another who wishes to attend.

If you have any questions, please email cprclass@nfbv.org and we will respond as soon as possible.

Taming the Shark! Intro to JAWS

The National Federation of the Blind of Virginia, in partnership with Vispero, and Allied Instructional Services cordially invite you to a hands on training with the Job Access with Speech (JAWS) screen reader. This seminar will be a part of activities at this year's 64th annual state convention. Join Vispero trainers Elizabeth Whitaker and Rachel Buchanan  and Allied Instructional Services Assistive Technology instructor Mike Fish for this interactive training. Because of the popularity of this event, we must limit participants to teachers of the visually impaired and blind students/parents. Learn more here.

Door Prizes

Local chapters and state divisions are encouraged to submit financial contributions to the state treasurer for the purpose of door prizes. Please connect with Mark Roane for details. Door prizes that are not cash value should take the shape of electronic gift certificates that are not tied to specific local businesses. The door prize committee will ensure prizes are disseminated to winners no later than one week after the convention.

Winners will be drawn from the online in person and virtual registration lists.

To submit a door prize, or for further information, please contact Julie McGinnity from the Potomac Chapter at doorprizes@nfbv.org.

Auctions

Jacki Brown from the Winchester Chapter and Domonique Lawless of the Richmond Chapter will serve as this year’s auctioneers. For details on acceptable prizes and logistics, click here for all the auction details.

Calling All Sponsors

Are you interested in making a financial investment in this year’s convention? The convention can put your products and services directly in touch with the commonwealth’s largest collection of blind residents. Visit our Sponsorship page, and learn how you can get involved in making a difference in your community.

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 generally 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, but please contact the hotel to make sure the shuttle service is operational. 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.

Health and Safety

At its summer board of directors meeting on August 6, the NFB of Virginia voted to follow a set of protocols to ensure the safety and comfort of our guests. These protocols are based on local health guidelines and will be adjusted accordingly to remain in compliance.

Guests are strongly encouraged to test for COVID within 48 hours of arriving at the convention and to remain home if they test positive for COVID or are experiencing COVID-like symptoms. Accessible COVID tests will be provided on site for anyone who desires them.

Guests who begin to experience COVID-like symptoms, or who test positive for COVID during the convention, are asked to self-isolate and contact our convention line to arrange for scheduled meals to be brought to them in their rooms.

We are working within the parameters of the hotel property to offer additional precautions, including:

  • Ready access to masks and hand sanitizers at general session entrances
  • Wider space for tables in our exhibit hall
  • Create distance in seating during general sessions
  • Reduce the number of chairs at banquet tables
  • Create seating sections for people who need flexibility with mask wearing

Help Spread the Word!

Are you interested in helping us spread more awareness for the convention? Or, perhaps you yourself are feeling curious about what could be in it for you? We've created a handful of targeted flyers downloadable from our website. Please help pass them out throughout your networks for anyone interested in joining us or interested in applying for one of our programs!