73rd National Convention
August 13th-17th, 2018
Blinded Veteran Association members and their families are busy planning to attend BVA’s 73rd National Convention in Reno, Nevada. Are you? This event is a great way to re-connect with your friends, make new ones and learn about technologies that will help improve your life.
This annual event is BVA’s premier event geared toward the education and development of its members. The gathering brings together the top leadership of the Dept. of Veterans Affairs (VA) along with academics, industry leaders and government officials to discuss issues and challenges facing the disabled and the medical community today and in the future.
This year's speakers include Ms. Kat Miller, Director, Nevada Department of Veterans Services. Also speaking will be Ms. Rachel B. Ramoni, Chief Research and Development Officer at the VA. Her topic will center on the agency’s priority programs, as well as on blind rehabilitation projects at select VA medical centers.
In addition, Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval has been invited to address the convention.
A training session on the ABC’s of Regional Group planning will be held on Monday, Aug. 13 from 9 a.m.– 10:15. For technology sessions, there will be also be skills training on the Victor Reader and Home Automation on Monday. At 10:30 a.m., life member Howard Myers will deliver a presentation about his book, “Blind Vision.”
Also on Monday, BVA members who wish to become a Volunteer Service Officer can obtain training by instructor Wade Davis. Part 1 will be held from 9 a.m. to 4:40 p.m. Part 2 will be Tuesday, Aug. 14, from 9 a,m,to11:45 a.m.
On Tuesday, Aug. 14, the Blindfold Games will hold an information session where members will be able to obtain a free game.
For female veterans, an exclusive session will be facilitated by a lifestyle coach for the blind.