One For All, and All For One

Mid-Atlantic ACB Affiliate Convention

November 2-4, 2007

Holiday Inn-Rosslyn at Key Bridge, Arlington, VA


September 17, 2007


This is an invitation to something special.  For the first time, the American Council of the Blind of Maryland, Old Dominion Council of the Blind and Visually Impaired, District of Columbia Council of the Blind, National Capital Citizens with Low Vision, and Maryland Area Guide Dog Users, Inc. are hosting a convention together at the Holiday Inn, Rosslyn at Key Bridge, located at 1900 N. Ft. Myer Drive in Arlington, Virginia.  That means everything will be bigger and better.  There will be more exhibitors, more sessions to attend, a reception Friday night, a banquet and auction Saturday night, Mitch Pomerantz, the new ACB president as keynote speaker, and more people to meet and share ideas with, just to name a few reasons why you should make it a point to be there.


Friday Night – Exhibits and “Canes, Canines, and Cocktails”

Exhibits will be open for a while as you arrive so you can get a jump on products and services before the whirlwind of Saturday.  “Canes, Canines, and Cocktails”, hosted by MAGDUI, is a reception for you, political figures, and disability advocates in the region – a place to meet, greet, eat (hors d’oeuvres), and relax with a jazz group and cash bar.


Saturday – Exhibits, Sessions, Banquet, Keynote Address, and Auction

Something for everyone on this very busy day. 


Exhibits will be open most of the day.  Saturday morning’s sessions will begin at 8:30 and include:  The Present and Future of Books:  How, Who, And When are They Going digital?; Cell Phones and Beyond; and Transportation and Pedestrian Safety - What’s Coming? 


The afternoon will be broken into four concurrent workshop periods with three choices during each time frame.  These sessions range from support group resources for people facing vision loss, to special education programs for blind children, to finding a job, to technology training and much more.  Please see the Registration Form for a complete listing.


Saturday night at the banquet, you will have the opportunity to continue getting to know the friends in the region you have been enjoying.  You’ll also get to know ACB’s new president, Mitch Pomerantz through his keynote address.  Several noteworthy advocates will be recognized for their work.


The auction (new to some of us) is our fund-raising event that is such fun for all.  If you are willing to donate either door prize or auction items, please call Frank Pacheco at 301-608-3346 or e-mail him at  to let him know of which affiliate you are a member and to make arrangements to get the item to him at the convention.  Thank you very much.  It is through the proceeds of this event that we are able to carry out our advocacy work each year.



We will start Sunday morning with a town hall meeting led by Mitch Pomerantz;  and a convention wrap-up session. Individual affiliate business meetings will follow, to which all are invited. 


The Early Bird (prior to October 15) Registration Fee for the Mid-Atlantic Regional Convention is $40. ($45. if after Oct. 15).  This fee includes the “Canes, Canines, & Cocktails” Reception, the Banquet, and convention registration and information materials.  We are hoping to get sponsors in order to be able to also include some additional meals, but those have not been confirmed at the time of this writing.  However, you will be informed of any updates when you register.  Registration forms are enclosed, or available online at:


Room rates are $99 (plus tax) per night, single or double occupancy.  To make a reservation, phone the Holiday Inn Rosslyn at 703-807-2000 or 1-800-368-3408.  Be sure to mention that you are with the ACB convention. 


We look forward to seeing you November 2-4



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