ODCBVI Convention 2012


Holiday Inn Alexandria
2460 Eisenhower Avenue
Alexandria, Virginia 22314-4607


November 10-11, 2012

Room rate:

$109 per night plus applicable taxes

Registration Fees:


$60 (includes box lunch and banquet dinner on saturday and continental breakfast sunday morning)


For Profit Companies:

$100 (includes box lunch and banquet dinner)

Non-profit Organizations:

$60 (includes box lunch and banquet dinner)
$25 (no meals)

Meal Choices:

Box Lunch Selections:

Banquet Dinner Selections:

Dessert: Carrot cake

Beverage: Ice tea or water

All registration payments, (checks only), should be made out to:

c/o John McCann
5501 Seminary Road Apt 214
Falls Church, Virginia 22041-3902

You may indicate your meal selections in a note included with your registration payment, but you are also welcome, (actually encouraged), to email your meal choices to me at: lists@jamsite.us

Kindly indicate "meal selections" or similar verbiage in the subject line of your email. Please also indicate your program format preference:

Electronic versions of the final program (which should not differ materially from what appears below), will be emailed to convention registrants prior to the start of the convention.

As ODCBVI has a firm policy prohibiting the collection of any fees for participation in the annual business meeting, there is no charge to attend that event, which takes place at 10:15 a.m., sunday, November 11. Likewise, persons who only intend to attend the Virginia Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired (DBVI) public meeting on saturday afternoon may do so without paying the registration fee. Under no circumstances will anyone be permitted to take part in any other convention event other than the two listed above without remitting the required registration payment.

The convention hotel is only one block away from the Eisenhower metro station and van service is available from the hotel. Directions to the hotel will be provided in a future email. The convention program appears below.

Lastly, I do apologize for the lateness of this convention announcement. Nevertheless, given the substantial fees incurred in making any changes less than seventy-two hours prior to the convention, the non-negotiable deadline for the receipt of registrations is Monday, November 5, 2012, and under no circumstances will persons be allowed to register at the door.

Please join us for what promises to be an informative convention with many opportunities for networking, and just plain fun!

ODCBVI Convention 2012 Schedule

Holiday Inn Eisenhower, 2460 Eisenhower Ave. Alexandria VA 22314

Saturday, November 10

8:00am Registration

8:00am – 5:00pm Exhibits

8:45am – 9:00am Welcome

9:00am – 9:50am Job Placement – how are the new DBVI Job Placement folks expanding opportunities – Tim Brown

10:00am – 10:25am The ACB/Road Scholar Trip to Spain: Blindness in other cultures – Sandra Sermons

10:35am – 11:00am Update on Audio Description on TV and in movie theaters – Joel Snyder

11:10am – 12:00pm Advocating at the General Assembly – Delegate Barbara Comstock & Senator Chap Peterson

12:00pm – 1:30pm Lunch, exhibits, networking Concurrent Sessions:

1:30pm – 2:30pm Option 1: Alternatives for Educating Blind and Visually Impaired Children – Nancy Armstrong, Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind, and Shira Brothers, Fairfax County Public Schools Option 2: Older Adults and Social Media: what, how, and why? – Sam Joehl

2:45pm – 3:45pm Option 1: Virginia Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired (DBVI) Public Meeting – Susan Payne Option 2: Effecting Change: Today’s Emphasis on Formal Research and Your Rights and Responsibilities as a Research Subject – Kim Avila

4:00pm – 5:00pm Families Living with a Visually Impaired/Blind Person – Paul D’Addario

5:00 – 6:30pm Meet and Mingle: Hotel Bar

6:30 – 8:30pm Banquet Banquet speaker: Mark Richert Director of Public Policy American Foundation for the Blind

8:30pm: After Banquet Sing-along

Sunday, November 11

8:30 – 9:00am: Continental Breakfast in Meeting Room

9:00am – 10:00am Gregory Gorton (NLS narrator)

10:15am ODCBVI General Membership Meeting and Elections