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2024 National Federation of the Blind of Washington State Convention

to

The Heathman Lodge
7801 NE Greenwood Dr.
Vancouver, WA 98662 

Date and Location

When: When: February 29 through March 3, 2024

Where: The Heathman Lodge
7801 NE Greenwood Dr.
Vancouver, WA 98662 

Join the National Federation of the Blind of Washington In Vancouver, WA at the Heathman Lodge for an enriching weekend  at our 2024 state convention! From February 29 to March 3, immerse yourself in a diverse array of events—informative, educational, recreational, and inspirational. We will be Tapping into the Future,’ embracing innovation and progress. This all-ages gathering promises a blend of insightful discussions, engaging activities, and moments of pure enjoyment. Reserve your spot for a weekend that resonates with navigating new horizons and embracing a future full of possibilities.

We wish to express our gratitude to our generous sponsors. Please take a moment to explore their offerings by visiting their websites, conveniently located below convention details.

Check back often. More information will be posted here as it becomes available. 

Meal Packages

Alongside an exceptional agenda , brimming with exciting activities for all, we have an array of meal packages which include:

  • Full meal package ($150)
  • Saturday only package ($120)
  • Banquet Only ($55) 

More information can be found in the registration form.

Convention Registration Form

Convention Registration Form

In order to be eligible for door prizes, attendees must be registered. Registration closes February 11th.

Convention Agenda

Leap Into The Future
View Our Agenda

Reserve Your Hotel Room Soon

Rate: $119 per night plus tax

All rooms must be booked by February 11, 2024.

Book Online at:
Heathman Lodge Booking 

You can also call the hotel directly at:
360-254-3100

Teacher Training

The National Federation of the Blind of Washington is pleased to be partnering with our platinum convention sponsor, The Northwest Center for Assistive Technology Training (CATT-NW) to bring you this valuable workshop at our annual NFBW state convention. This event is free. Although you don't have to be registered for our convention to participate in the training, we hope that you decide to do so. We would love to get to know you better.

Training Presented By: NFBW Convention Platinum sponsor, The Center for Assistive Technology Training Northwest (CATT-NW)

Workshop Details:

APH offers two braille notetakers: the Chameleon and the Mantis. Which notetaker might be right for a student? This 3.5-hour workshop will provide an introduction to both notetakers, including information on how to get started and how to assess what device could be the best fit.

This session will be offering 3.5 Washington state clock hours, as well as 3.5 ACVREP hours.  

Cost: Free

Notetaker Showdown Registration

Convention Partnership

Are you interested in partnering with the NFBW by becoming a sponsor, or exhibitor? We would love to connect with you. Our Partnership Registration Form can be found below. For any questions  regarding sponsoring or exhibiting, please contact Mario Eiland at:
eilandm@gmail.com

Partnership Registration Form

If you have any other questions regarding this year's convention, please contact our convention planning chair person, Corey Grandstaff directly at:
corey.grandstaff@gmail.com

We sincerely look forward to connecting with all of you at the 2024 state convention for the National Federation of the Blind of Washington, where tapping into the future isn't just a theme, it's an immersive experience.

Immense Gratitude To Our Sponsors!

Platinum Sponsors:

The Center for Assistive Technology and Training (CATT-NW)
CATT-NW Website

The Northwest Center for Assistive Technology Training (CATT) Program is a collaboration between the American Printing House for the Blind (APH), the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind (AIDB) and the Washington State School for the Blind (WSSB).
CATT's Mission

To provide assistive technology devices and training to teachers of blind/low vision children, utilizing a "train the trainer" model, while also providing support/training for other professionals working with blind or low vision children as well as parents/caregivers of a child who is blind or has low vision, including those with additional disabilities.

Who Provides the Technology and Training?
Assistive technology are provided through APH and training is provided through WSSB employed trainers serving a ten-state/territory region: Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Alaska, Hawaii, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands and American Samoa.

Gold Sponsors:

Department of Services for the Blind (DSB)
DSB Website

Silver Sponsors:

Democracy Live

Democracy Live Website
In too many states, voters with disabilities don’t have equal access to voting independently and privately from home. Fortunately, there are new accessible at-home voting technologies now available. 

The Democracy Live OmniBallot accessible at-home voting system is a fully ADA Section 508, WCAG compliant remote ballot marking solution. The system has been tested to meet the accessibility requirements of over 90 combinations of browsers, operating systems, screen readers and devices. OmniBallot has been deployed as an accessible absentee tool since 2008, in over 5,000 elections, serving more than 2,500 jurisdictions, in 34 states and 96 countries around the world. OmniBallot has been tested and reviewed by members of most every leading disability organization in the nation.

For further information, please contact Democracy Live:
855-655-VOTE (8683) Toll Free 
Email: info@democracylive.com 

Bronze Sponsors:

Northwest Association of Blind Athletes (NWABA)
NWABA Website

Cost

$25 to register & be eligible for door prizes

COST : $25 to register & be eligible for door prizes

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