Washington Council of the Blind Convention
General sessions take place from Friday morning at 8:45 to 4:30 pm and Saturday, 8:45 am to noon. Throughout Friday there will be presentations on the ADA, distance learning, creating a personal fragrant garden, acquire no-interest equipment loans, Old Time Radio, rehabilitation services then, now and in the future, Uber as a new transportation option, and the technology forum will come alive. On Saturday morning we’ll learn what’s happening on a national level from Jeff Thom, First Vice President of ACB, be inspired by the employment panel, learn what’s happening in the world of ophthalmology, and hear reports from the directors of our three state agencies serving the blind.
On Saturday afternoon, the business meeting will help set the course for the work of WCB in 2016 and every member is encouraged to actively participate in elections, resolutions, amendments to the constitution and bylaws, our annual budget and other decisions to be considered by the membership assembled.
The exhibit hall, open Friday from 10am to 4pm, will be bigger and better than ever before with many blindness related products and services. This is also where you can peruse and bid on many wonderful items for the annual WCB Silent Auction.
This year we will be offering a Self Defense Seminar taking place on Friday, November 6, at 3:00 pm. The cost of $10 will cover associated supplies. Space is limited to 20 participants so be sure to sign up for this on your registration form if you wish to participate.
And still there’s more! Door prizes will be given out to those in attendance throughout general sessions, the Awards Luncheon and banquet. And the Showcase of Talent will provide great entertainment on Friday night. With each night of convention we will gather in the hospitality room to mingle with friends, old and new. The convention will culminate on Saturday evening with our scholarship reception followed by our banquet which will kick off with the final hour of our annual silent auction, and then include the awarding of scholarships and WCB external awards, and an address by our national guest, Steve Speicher.
WATAP is looking forward to being a part of the exhibit hall on Friday. We will have technology to help with every day tasks related to aging as well as vision.