Mid-Atlantic American Council of the Blind

Affiliate Convention

November 21st-23rd, 2008

Registration Form


Please use a separate form for each attendee.  Please print legibly.


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Yes, I will be bringing a Perkins Brailler for free cleaning and minor repair on Saturday only by J. J. Quinn who is an experienced Perkins Brailler technician.  Braillers will be returned at the end of the afternoon.  You must pre-register for this service.






Assistive Listening Device Requested


Yes, I plan to bring an auction item






Friday, November 21st, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM


Reception with light appetizers, jazz quartet and cash bar


Saturday, November 22nd, 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM


General Session


Saturday Afternoon Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Check one session for each time slot.

Duration: One Hour Each.


Session 1: 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM


A: New Developments in Lighting and Low Vision


Learn the facts about different types of lighting and tips on how to select good lighting to reduce eye fatigue and glare.  Elaine Kitchel, Research Scientist, American Printing House for the Blind, Louisville, KY




B: Accessible GPS’s


Learn what are they as well as what they can and can’t do for you.  Panel of consumers share their thoughts.



C: Follow your Passion


Guidance for transition to a new job after layoff, burn-out or retirement.  Explore ways to mix and match your greatest gifts and passions with work you love. Sheridan Gates, Coach and Organizational Consultant, Falls Church, VA



Session 2:  2:10 PM to 3:10 PM


A: Your Eyes - Stem Cells, Implants, Genetics – Hope or Hype?


Learn the latest from a medical professional at Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins, Baltimore, MD.



B: New and Mid - High Priced Assistive Technology


Some cutting edge options.  Vendor presentations and demos.


C: From Good To Great: Strengthening our Organization through  


Leveraging Resources and Talent

Speaker:  Becky Barnes, President, Guide Dog Users, Inc., Mount Kisco, NY.  Program is sponsored by Maryland Area Guide Dog Users.




D: Accessible GPS Demo


Take a 45-minute stroll outside with a vendor and see for yourself why everyone is excited about GPS’s.  Must pre-register for this by e-mailing barbmill1@verizon.net or calling 703-645-8716.  Limited to five participants.



Session 3:  3:20 PM to 4:20 PM


A: Vision Changes Got You Down?


Learn how to regain emotional strength and self-esteem as well as overcome feelings of hopelessness.  Jessie Rayl, licensed professional counselor, Martinsburg, WV




B: New and Inexpensive Assistive Technology


Vendor presentations and demo’s.




C: Accessible GPS Demo


Take a 45-minute stroll outside with a vendor and see for yourself why everyone is excited about GPS’s.  Must pre-register for this by e-mailing barbmill1@verizon.net or calling 703-645-8716.  Limited to five participants.



Session 4:  4:30 PM to 5:30 PM


A: Flying the Unfriendly Skies: Air Travel for Folks with Vision Loss


Learn regulations that pertain to folks with visual impairments and complaint resolution overview.  Tips on how to successfully manage flight delays and cancellations, check-in requirements, charges for baggage and assistive technology as well as oversales and “air rage”.




B: Virginia Dept. f/t Blind & Vision Impaired (DBVI) Public Meeting


DBVI will obtain 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 voice heard!  Susan Davis Payne, Vocational Rehabilitation Director and James Taylor, Chief Deputy Director.  Both are with the Virginia Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired and live in the Richmond, VA area.




C: Maryland Office of Blindness and Vision Services 2008


An update on the services that OBVS has provided for their patrons in 2008 and what is expected for 2009.  Susan Schaffer, Director, Maryland Office of Blindness and Vision Services, Maryland Division of Rehabilitation Services, Baltimore, MD




D: DC Department of Vocational Rehabilitation Meeting (invited)




Other Dietary Needs



Saturday Lunch Sandwich Selection:  Luncheon Speaker: Joe Aukward



Roast Beef

















Saturday Banquet Selection



Boneless chicken  breast with champagne sauce


Baked Virginia ham with pineapple glaze


Pasta Primavera










Desert Selection


Chocolate  Mousse


New York Cheesecake








Convention Item




Includes Reception on Friday evening, Coffee both mornings, lunch and banquet.  ($50 if post marked by 11/ 1/2008 and $65 after.  If post marked after 11/14/2008, we cannot guarantee meals.)




Supporter: I wish to help with the fine programs of these organizations.  Silver $25, Gold $50 or other amount.



DUES: For your convenience, you may pay your annual dues for the upcoming year to your designated affiliate(s) below.

ACB of MD Central Maryland Council of the Blind



ACB of MD National Capital Area Chapter



Maryland Area Guide Dog User, Inc



District of Columbia Council of the Blind



National Capital Citizens w/Low Vision



NCCLV Seniors



ODCB Commonwealth Council of the Blind



ODCB Northern Virginia








Please complete this form and return with a check payable to ACB of Maryland to:    Wayne Nettles

                          Convention Registration

                        5902 Mt Eagle Dr #709

                          Alexandria, VA 22303


How did you hear about the convention? _____________________________


A limited number of stipends are available for high school or college students who are blind or visually impaired to defray the cost of registration.  For more information, call 703-818-0031.  Deadline:  November 14, 2008


If you’d like assistance finding your way to the hotel from the Rosslyn Metro station on Friday evening or Saturday morning, e-mail barbmill1@verizon.net or call 703-645-8716.  Limited times available.  Ride sharing may be available from the Baltimore, MD or Hampton Roads, VA areas.


If you need help filling out this form or have questions: Call 703-960-4058 or E-Mail at wnettles@cox.net

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