WASHINGTON SEMINAR 2014

Holiday Inn Capitol, Washington DC 
550 C Street SW Washington, DC 20024 (202) 479-4000

January 26–30, 2014

AGENDA

SUNDAY, JANUARY 26

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Parent Leadership Program 
                             Saturn/Venus

This training seminar sponsored by the National Organization of Parents of Blind Children (NOPBC) is designed to help parent leaders build and run a successful parents division.  If you wish to recommend a parent (or yourself) to participate, please contact Carol Castellano prior to the seminar at carol_castellano@verizon.net or 973-377-0976 (H) or 201-400-1101 (cell).

MONDAY, JANUARY 27

7:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. National Center Tour

  • Buses will load at 7:45 a.m. and will depart at 8:00 a.m. sharp. Please meet in the hotel lobby to attend the tour (there is no cost). Lisa Bonderson will be assisting those onto the tour bus. 
  • Tours will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the National Center and buses will leave the National Center and return to the Holiday Inn Capitol-Washington at noon. 

Visit the Cash and Caring table in the hotel lobby.

9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Parent Leadership Program

                             Saturn/Venus

This training seminar sponsored by the National Organization of Parents of Blind Children (NOPBC) is designed to help parent leaders build and run a successful parents division.  If you wish to recommend a parent (or yourself) to participate, please contact Carol Castellano prior to the seminar at carol_castellano@verizon.net or 973-377-0976 (H) or 201-400-1101 (cell).   

9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. NFB of DC Mini Job Fair
                             Apollo   

Join us for the chance to meet up to eight employers, some with Federal Agencies, who will be here to speak with you about job opportunities. 

For more information contact Shawn Callaway at 202-352-1511 or by email at callaway.shawn@gmail.com

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. National Association of Blind Students 
                            Winter Meeting Registration $5 
                            Discovery II Foyer

9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. National Association of Blind Students 
                             Winter Meeting
                             Discovery II

Attention students, teachers, and young professionals:  Join NABS for our annual Winter Meeting to learn about the current work of NABS; benefit from informative presentations on topics including jobs and internships, recreational activities, and scholarships; and participate in interactive discussion sessions on issues ranging from technology to self advocacy in the classroom.  Registration is $5 at the door. To bypass the long line, please register online here: 

http://nabslink.org/events/2014-winter-seminar

If you have any questions or require further information, please contact Karen Anderson at (402) 319-7645 or kea.anderson@gmail.com

11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.   National Association of Blind Merchants
                                Discovery I

Attention blind entrepreneurs, blind vendors, and all Federationists interested in business opportunities:  The National Association of Blind Merchants will hold a luncheon meeting to discuss our new initiatives, the Americans with Disabilities Business Opportunity Act, wholesale buying and business teaming. 

Cost of lunch is $35.00.

(The Mercury Room is open 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. and for one hour following “The Great Gathering-In.”)  

2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.  Legislative Seminar
                              Columbia Ballroom

Whether you are a Washington Seminar veteran or an enthusiastic rookie, we urge you to attend this seminar.  The Government Affairs team of the NFBJI will provide essential information about this year's issues on the Hill.  We will also engage in role-playing, giving participants an opportunity to argue our positions just as they will on the Hill and facilitating constructive feedback and dialogue. Experienced Washington Seminarians will share their DC do's and don'ts acquired through their years of experience.

The fact sheets are available to download online at https://nfb.org/washington-seminar.  Please review them carefully and come prepared with questions.  If you are struggling with a concept in the fact sheets, you are probably not alone.  The goal of this seminar is to engage in informative and interactive dialogue that prepares you to discuss the nuances of all of the issues with your members of Congress. Attending this seminar, as well as spending plenty of time thoroughly studying the fact sheets, is the best way to prepare for our critical work on Capitol Hill. Please join us for an entertaining and informative discussion of this year's Washington Seminar issues.

2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. NABS Resource Fair
                             Discovery II

Drop by to talk one-on-one with representatives from a variety of organizations providing products and services of interest to blind students and their teachers.  Come to learn about sources of accessible reading material, find out more about NFB training centers, get the low-down on standardized testing and financial aid, and check out the latest and greatest in access technology.  NABS will have a table, too.  So stop by and say hello!  For more information, please contact Karen Anderson at (402) 319-7645 or kea.anderson@gmail.com

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. “The Great Gathering-In” 
                              Columbia Ballroom

8:00 p.m. – midnight   NABS Café
                              Discovery I & II

Come on out to see old friends, and make some new ones, while supporting your NFB students’ division!  Enjoy great live music from some of our most talented Federationists while socializing and bidding on exciting items in our auction.  There will be a cash bar as well as light snacks available throughout the evening.  Come early to get a good seat, and to check out all the awesome auction items before they go up for bidding.  Tickets are $5 in advance or $7 at the door.  To pre-order, please see any member of the NABS Board anytime before 7:30 p.m. on January 27.  Please contact Karen Anderson at (402) 319-7645 or kea.anderson@gmail.com with any questions or for further information.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 28 (The Mercury Room is open 7:00 a.m. – 5:45 p.m. and for one hour following the “Reviewing Our Day on the Hill”)

6:00 p.m. Reviewing Our Day on the Hill 
               Columbia 

               Meeting with John Paré, Jesse Hartle, Anil Lewis, Rose Sloan and Lauren
               McLaurney

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 29 

(The Mercury Room is open 7:00 a.m. – 5:45 p.m. and for one hour following the “Reviewing Our Day on the Hill”)

6:00 p.m. Reviewing Our Day on the Hill 
               Columbia 

               Meeting with John Paré, Jesse Hartle, Anil Lewis, Rose Sloan and Lauren
               McLaurney

THURSDAY, JANUARY 30

The Mercury Room is open 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.