Youth Services at WCB Convention

The winners of the WCB Scholarships pose with the Scholarship committee chair at a WCB annual convention.DSB is proud to partner with the Washington Council of the Blind (WCB) to offer special youth driven content at WCB’s 2018 Convention. 

The Washington Council of the Blind is a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to promoting opportunity, equality, and independence in the blind community through education, public awareness, and advocacy. WCB is a diverse state-wide consortium of local chapters committed to fostering lifestyles that reflect participation, productivity, independence, and dignity. The WCB convention is a  fun-filled, educational, and impactful event boasting presentations advocacy, employment, recreation, exercise, hobbies, technology, community involvement and safety. Truly something for everyone!

This day presents a special opportunity for students to learn from adults who are blind and visually impaired. Students who may not often get the chance to speak to visually impaired adults and ask them about their life and career journeys, will get the chance by attending this event and will hopefully leave the event feeling inspired and motivated to continue working towards their life and career goals.

SCHEDULE

9:00 a.m. - Registration and Introductions

9:30 a.m. - Employment Panel 

10:45 a.m. - Rooted in Rights Presentation
Rooted in Rights produces videos and social media campaigns exclusively on disability rights issues. Their filmmakers, writers, designers, and communicators produce videos and write content from locations around the world. Their social media and website are platforms for people with disabilities, disability rights advocates, and their allies to learn, connect, and organize for change.

11:30 a.m. - Mentoring/Tell Me your Story
Students will have the opportunity to meet with blind/visually impaired mentors who can share their experiences in the workplace.

12:00 p.m. Lunch with Mentors at the WCB Convention 

1:15 p.m. Make your own video
Participants can choose to share their stories and film a video with Rooted in Rights to share with DSB staff and post on the DSB website.

2:45 p.m. Closing Session

WHO

Blind and Low Vision students, ages 14 - 21 and a family member 

WHEN

Saturday, November 3, 2018
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

WHERE

Crown Plaza Seattle Airport
17338 International Blvd
Seattle, Washington 98188

DETAILS

Convention Attire 
Conference rooms can be chilly; bring a light jacket, blazer, or sweater. Wear comfortable shoes.

Registration Costs
DSB will provide convention registration for students. Lunch will be provided. DSB will provide convention registration for parents/chaperones who are interested in participating in convention activities with their child.

Travel & Lodging
This event is offered to students statewide. Travel assistance and overnight lodging may be available for families traveling more than 50 miles. Students under 18 must have a parent chaperone in order to stay at the hotel. Depending on availability, students 18 and over may be assigned same sex roommate.  If travel or assistance or lodging are needed please contact Janet George at 206-906-5530 as soon as possible to discuss arrangements.

RSVP

Registration Deadline - Tuesday, October 11, 2018.
Return form to Janet George at janet.george@dsb.wa.gov or call 206-906-5530 for more information.