[Nfbv-potomac-announce] FW: [Nfbv-announce] Join Us at the 2016 Richmond Seminar - Jan 18 - 19

John Halverson johnh50 at verizon.net
Thu Dec 10 11:45:39 UTC 2015

Good Morning,

Please join us for the 2016 Richmond Seminar.  See below for details.  

The seminar is an exciting opportunity to learn about the legislative
process and provide real opportunities to enhance the lives of blind

Let me know by January 1 if you are able to attend.  Transportation and
double room accommodations are provided.

-----Original Message-----
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Tracy Soforenko via Nfbv-announce
Sent: Wednesday, December 09, 2015 10:14 PM
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Subject: [Nfbv-announce] Join Us at the 2016 Richmond Seminar - Jan 18 - 19

The National Federation of the Blind of Virginia is a powerful force
advocating for blind Virginians. Please join us for the Richmond Seminar on
January 18- 19, 2016 to ensure our voice is heard in the offices of the
General Assembly. 

If you have never attended a Richmond Seminar, we strongly encourage you to
attend and participate in representative democracy in action. Everyone is
assigned to a team with an experienced leader. The General Assembly members
and their staff are very receptive and welcoming. They know we are
organized, articulate, and well versed in the subject matter. We will put
everyone on the team to work, sharing our issues and answering the questions
of legislators and their staff. 


The issues we will bring to Richmond will most likely include:

.         Requiring a research based reading media assessment as part of
every blind and low vision student's Individual Education Plan (IEP) so
Virginia's students who need Braille will get Braille;

.         Defending Virginia's Randolph Sheppard priority ; and 

.         Support for Virginia Department of the Blind and Vision Impaired
(DVBI) as a separate agency. 


The final list of issues will be presented at the board meeting.


We have bills being drafted that will need co-sponsors. Chapter Presidents
should make contact with their General Assembly members in their local
offices before the end of the year. If you need assistance in identifying
them, contact Michael or Tracy. A meeting with them will go a long way in
establishing the recognition that is needed for our visit to Richmond. All
Chapter members are encouraged to participate.  


Our board meeting is scheduled for Monday, January 18 which is Martin Luther
King Day. The Board Meeting will be held from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM at The DBVI
Library and Resource Center, 395 Azalea Avenue, Richmond, VA 23227. 

Our General Assembly visits will be Tuesday, January 19.


The affiliate will reimburse transportation expenses and hotel expenses.

Chapter presidents should arrange cost effective transportation for their
chapter members. Individuals are expected to share hotel rooms and must
obtain hotel reservations themselves at the NFB of Virginia rate. If you
need assistance identifying a room share, please contact Michael or Tracy.


Hotel rooms are available at the Crowned Plaza Hotel Downtown, 555 East
Canal Street, Richmond, VA 22319. Hotel rooms can be reserved by telephone
at 804-788-0900 or 1-855-472-7802  and  asking for the National Federation
of the Blind of Virginia (NFBV) group block. 

Online booking link: 

link: National Federation of the Blind of Virginia (NFBV)

. The deadline to make reservations is January 6, 2016. 

The group rate is $99 plus state and local sales tax (currently at 13.3%). 

-Guest will receive $10 off overnight parking. 

-check In is at 3 PM and Check Out is 12 PM. 


Do not delay, book your room today. 

Chapter presidents must provide the names of the individuals planning to
attend from their chapter to Michael and Tracy by Wednesday, January 13,
2016 so we can establish teams in advance. If you have any questions, please
contact Michael Kasey at (540)760-3885 or michaelgkasey at verizon.net or Tracy
Soforenko at (703)635-2085 or tracy.soforenko at gmail.com


Tracy Soforenko

First Vice president, NFB of Virginia

Tracy.soforenko at gmail.com

202 285-4595



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