Affiliates of the
Council of the Blind Convention
for ALL and ALL for ONE
Dominion Council of the Blind and Visually Impaired
of Columbia Council of the Blind
Council of the Blind of Maryland
Capital Citizens with Low Vision
Area Guide Dog Users, Inc.
Inn Rosslyn at Key Bridge
N. Ft. Myer Drive
On behalf of the
Mid-Atlantic ACB Affiliates’ Steering Committee, welcome to this very
special convention! We have put
together a weekend of learning, teaching, sharing, giving, and just plain fun
that we feel embodies our theme for this convention of “ONE for ALL and ALL
we first considered the idea of a regional conference, we hoped to have a good
turnout of participants and exhibitors. At
the time of this writing we have a full exhibit area and over one hundred and
fifty people registered to attend. We’ve
had to expand our hotel room block twice in order to accommodate everyone, and
at last call, we have people coming from at least seven states and the
District of Columbia. Keeping
this in mind, why not reach out this weekend and meet new people and
re-connect with old friends.
few important notes:
Guide Dog Relief Area- is located out the front door of the hotel and turn
left. Follow the driveway across
the narrow parking lot to the grass or pavement straight ahead of you.
Bags and a barrel will be available there for proper disposition of
Convention Registration Desk is located on the 2nd floor near the
elevators. Registration will be
open Friday afternoon from 5:00 to 8:00. If you have any questions, please stop by and let Terry or
anyone else there help.
Dogwood Room, Shenandoah Room, and Rosslyn Ballrooms are all located on the 2nd
floor of the hotel. All of our
meetings and events will be held on this floor.
Listening Devices will be made available to those wishing them for meetings in
Shenandoah Room B and for lunch and dinner in the ballroom.
Please see Terry Pacheco.
you to all of our exhibitors this year. We
have 17 exhibitors demonstrating and selling all sorts of high tech and low
tech products and services in the Dogwood Room.
The exhibits will be open on a limited basis on Friday from 5:00 to
7:00 p.m. The full exhibit showcase will be open Saturday from 10:40
a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Please stop
in and show your appreciation for their support of our convention.
alphabetical listing follows with their web site addresses, where available.
Additional contact information is available upon request.
Blind Industries and Services of Maryland
Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind - Visionary Store
Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind - High Tech Table
Foundation Fighting Blindness
Handy Tech North America
Maryland State Highway Administration
Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic
The New White Cane & More Store
Virtual Vision Technologies
Vision Support - Low Vision Aids
Table for NLS Demonstration of New Equipment
don’t forget to review our advertisers pages at the end of this program.
Some of them wanted to support our convention, but we simply had no
more room in the exhibit area. Keep
their products and services on your resource lists, as well.
TO ALL OF OUR SPONSORS
special thanks go to our sponsors for making many of the additional events
possible at this year’s convention. We
should also thank those on the steering committee who solicited these
Seeing Eye of Morristown, NJ is sponsoring our “Canes, Canines, &
Cocktails” Reception Friday evening from 6:00 to 9:00 in the Rosslyn
Devices of Mt. Vernon, NY
of our lunch on Saturday with special guest speaker, Jim Fruchterman
of our own members and friends have become Gold and Silver Sponsors to help
defray various convention-related expenses.
Thank you to all. This list may not be complete as there were sponsorships
still coming in when we went to press.
& Susan Crawford
& Billie Jean Keith
& Freddie Peaco
Regional ACB Affiliates’ Convention
- 8:00 p.m. Convention
Registration Desk Open on Second Floor Prominade
- 7:00 p.m. Exhibits Open
- 9:00 p.m. “Canes,
Canines, and Cocktails” Reception hosted by Maryland Area Guide Dog Users.
Enjoy the camaraderie and opportunity to meet and greet many of our
partners. - Rosslyn Ballroom
Dominion Council of the Blind Board of Directors Meeting - Shenandoah Room D
p.m. Hospitality Suite
(Please check at Convention Registration Desk for Room Number.)
- 10:00 Convention Registration Desk Open
on Second Floor Promenade
a.m. Coffee Service is available in the
Session - Shenandoah Room
a.m. Welcome and self-introductions: Doug
Powell, Chair, Mid-Atlantic American Council of the Blind Regional Convention
a.m. The Present and Future of Accessible
Electronic Books: Presiding Officer: Patrick Sheehan, President ACB of Maryland
- Facilitator: Freddie Peaco, Washington, DC
presenters will tell us in detail what is currently available and where we
anticipate going in the future. Topics discussed include: Bookshare,
Audible.com, Playaway, Unabridged Service and National Library Service for the
Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) Digital Talking Book Player and
Fruchterman, Founder and CEO, Bookshare.org and The Benetech Initiative, Palo
Demson, Chief, Assistive Services Division, District of
Columbia Public Library System, Washington, DC
Bernstein, NLS Research and Development Officer, Washington, DC
a.m. Cell Phones and More: Presiding
Officer: Oral O. Miller, President District of Columbia Council of the Blind -
Facilitator: Patricia M. Beattie, Alexandria, VA
what products are available and how accessible are they?
Reichert, Director, American Foundation for the Blind, Public Policy Center,
a.m. Exhibit Area Open Until 5:30 p.m. -
a.m. Transportation: New Ways to Help You Get Around: Presiding Officer: Charles
Hodge, President, Old Dominion Council of the Blind and Visually Impaired -
Facilitator: Patrick Sheehan, Silver Spring, MD
Cannon, Transportation Accessibility Specialist, U. S. Access Board, Washington,
Faer Dalton-Kumins, Director, MetroAccess at Washington Metropolitan Area
Transit Authority (WMATA), Washington, DC
a.m. Luncheon: Rosslyn Ballroom
Speaker Jim Fruchterman, Founder and CEO, Benetech
will tell us more about Bookshare and the exciting U. S. Department of Education
grant which promises to make accessible textbooks available to virtually every
secondary school student with a print disability.
Workshops Session 1
- 2:00 p.m.
Note: All Rooms listed below refer to the Shenandoah Rooms unless otherwise
1 - Room B
Independence through Support Groups
and learn about the support groups that are available to you. This session
will explore several support groups and describe each group in terms of
audiences and goals.
Al Pietrolungo, Baltimore, MD
Morrison, Director of the Macular Degeneration and Aging Blind Programs for the
Prevention of Blindness Society for Metropolitan Washington
Sussman, Leader of several active support groups in the Washington, DC,
Adams, Volunteer for the Northern Virginia Chapter of the Foundation Fighting
Figueroa, President of the Visually Impaired Employee Workforce (VIEW), an
advocacy group for federal employees.
2 - Room C
& Being a Blind Student
is an Individual Education Plan? What core services should be included in
Transitional Services for young people with visual impairments?
Michael Triplet, Richmond, VA
Martinis, Managing Attorney at Virginia Office for Protection and Advocacy will
explain disability law as it relates to students who are blind and visually
3 - Room A
a Job - Resources for the Job Seeker
Sandra Sermons, Washington, DC
Snider, Staffing Specialist, Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind, Riverdale, MD
Gallagher, Sr. Human Resources Specialist, National Industries for the Blind,
Workshops Session 2
- 3:00 p.m.
4 - Room B
individual PC training? This panel will identify who the trainers are in
your area and how to get in touch with them. Presenters will answer
questions you may have.
Patrick Sheehan, Silver Spring, MD
Olson, A.T. Specialist and Trainer, Virtual Vision Technologies, Arlington
Krafsig, Sales Manager, Information Technology Group (ITG), Falls Church,
Ermold, Director of Training, Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind, Washington, DC.
5 - Room C
Medication: Will the Holistic Approach Work for You?
Facilitator: Kimberly Kleiman,
Mubarik Khan MD specializes in internal medicine.
He completed his training in Internal Medicine in Huntington, West
Virginia. He practices and resides in the Fairfax area.
6 - Room A
you have identified your career path, how do you get beyond the screening
process to get an interview? And once there, how do you present yourself in
the best possible light?
Timothy Brown, Regional Manager, Virginia Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired
Powell, Instructor for the Leaders at all Levels Program, National Industries
for the Blind, Alexandria, Virginia.
Workshops Session 3
7 - Room A
a Guide Dog Right for You and Experienced Guide Dog Users Interactive
experienced guide dog handlers will describe the process of acquiring a guide
dog, and help participants learn more about the pros and cons of working with
Gary Norman, President, Maryland Area Guide Dog Users, Baltimore, MD
Reeder, Board of Director Member, Guide Dog Users, Inc., Montgomery Village, MD
W. Moran - Having been a guide dog user since 1968, he has conducted a number of
seminars and workshops on a range of topics related to blindness and guide dogs.
Workshop 8 - Room C
Assistance - Who is Coordinating Them?
Learn about some local sources for volunteers and how to find or develop others.
Oral Miller, Washington, DC
Alfonso, Vice President of Business Development, Columbia Lighthouse for the
Blind, Washington, DC
Demson, Chief, Assistive Services Division, District of Columbia Public Library
System, Washington, DC
9 - Room B
Doctor is In” - How to Maximize the Use of Your Vision
Suleiman Alibhai, OD, Optometric Director, the Hazel E.R. Widner Low Vision
Center, Annandale, Virginia, tells how to make the most of your low vision.
Millville, President, National Capital Chapter of Council of Citizens with Low
Vision International, Vienna, VA
Workshops Session 4
10 - Room C
Description: The Visual Made Verbal
session will be led by Joel Snyder, Director of Described Media, National
Captioning Institute (NCI) and President of Audio Description Associates.
Terry Pacheco, Silver Spring, MD
11 - Room A
Loss How It Affects Relationships with Family and Friends
Three experts will share their experiences with vision loss and its
effect on relationships in the areas of parenting and family dynamics.
Norman, the sighted wife of Gary Norman who happens to be visually impaired.
Alfonso, President, District of Columbia Regional Chapter, National Association
for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments (NAPVI), and Vice President of
Business Development and Marketing at the Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind, and
her husband, Pedro are the parents of an 8-year-old who is visually impaired.
Reeder is the mother of six and the grandmother of three. Penny currently
works for the Maryland State Division of Rehabilitation Services, Office of
Blindness and Vision Services, as a rehabilitation teacher. From 1999 to
2004, she was the editor of American Council of the Blind’s "Braille
12 - Room B
Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired Open Hearing
this session, the Virginia Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired (VDBVI)
will hold a public meeting for the purpose of obtaining input from blind and
visually impaired consumers who live in Virginia, vendors of services, and other
interested parties. Comments may be made regarding vocational
rehabilitation and other services provided by DBVI. Come and make your
Payne, Vocational Rehabilitation Director; and Jim Taylor, Chief Deputy
Commissioner will chair the hearing.
p.m. Camaraderie Celebration - Rosslyn
Ballroom 6:30 Cash Bar
Dinner followed by Awards Presentations and keynote address by Mitch Pomerantz,
American Council of the Blind President
p.m. Auction -
Fundraiser for our affiliates. Terry
Pacheco will be our “BAWSTON Auctioneeah” and Joel Snyder will add his flair
in describing the items you can bid on. Bid
often! Bid up! Have fun!
November 4 - Shenandoah Room
a.m. Coffee is available in the Promenade
a.m. An ACB Town Hall Meeting with Mitch
Maryland - Room A
Dominion Council - Room B
- Room C