Short on Sight, Long on Vision

Mid-Atlantic ACB Affiliate Convention

November 21-23, 2008

Holiday Inn-Rosslyn at Key Bridge, Arlington, VA

October 20, 2008

(Note:  this letter as well as the registration form and tentative program can also found online at  if you’d like to read it that way.)

Here is your invitation to something special.  Once again, the American Council of the Blind of Maryland, Old Dominion Council of the Blind and Visually Impaired, District of Columbia Council of the Blind, and National Capital Citizens with Low Vision are hosting a convention together at the Holiday Inn, Rosslyn at Key Bridge, located at 1900 N. Ft. Myer Drive in Arlington, Virginia.  

This year, everything will be bigger and better.  There will be twice as much exhibitor space as well as more sessions to attend.  On Saturday during lunch, you’ll be inspired by Paralympian Joe Aukward’s story.  At the banquet, you’ll enjoy hearing our keynote speaker, Paul Edwards who is a past American Council of the Blind president.

We have a jam-packed weekend of informative and fun activities lined up for you.  There’ll be many opportunities for great networking, learning and fun!  We kick off the weekend on Friday evening with exhibits and a reception complete with a jazz quartet for your listening pleasure.  As was the case last year, Saturday and Sunday mornings begin with general sessions. 

You’ll find breakout sessions especially tailored for persons with partial sight as well as those who are totally blind.  We delve into current events and how they impact our lives.  In addition, there’s cutting-edge information on assistive technology and eye-related medical developments.  With 14 breakout sessions to choose from, there’s sure to be something for everyone.  Build your own program!  Take a look at the attached tentative schedule for complete convention details. 

Special Note:  Our auction follows the banquet and awards Saturday night.  The auction is a primary fund-raising event for our affiliates.  If you’ve attended in the past, you know just how much fun it is!  If you’re willing to donate either a door prize or auction items, please contact a member of the auction committee listed below to make arrangements.     

- -Oral Miller in Washington, DC at 202-363-8334 or

-- Jo Adams in Northern Virginia at 703-437-1935 or

-- Terry Pacheko in Maryland at 301-608-3346 or

Thank you very much for your consideration!  The proceeds from this event enable us to carry out our mission of helping people who are blind and visually impaired all year long.

The Early Bird registration fee is $50. if postmarked prior to November 1st.  and $65. if postmarked after that date.  Please register by November 14th to guarantee you will get meals.  The fee includes registration, all sessions and associated materials, exhibits, reception, lunch and banquet. 

Room rates are $99 (plus tax) per night for single or double occupancy.  To make a reservation, phone the Holiday Inn Rosslyn at 703-807-2000 or 1-800-368-3408.  To get the reduced rate, you must contact the hotel by November 1st and mention that you are with the ACB convention. 

The registration form is enclosed.  Complete and mail in the registration form along with your check today!  And don’t forget to make your reservation at the Holiday Inn.  Check our web site for convention updates. 

We look forward to seeing you November 21-23!  Make plans to come…and bring a friend!