Seeking Peers for Capitol Hill Visits

Exciting, empowering, unique, informative, these are just a few adjectives that have been used to describe the experience of attending the ACB Legislative Seminar. If you have ever thought about what it would be like to go to our nation’s capital to visit face-to-face with your congressional representatives, and to do it alongside peers from across the country, PCB may have the opportunity for you.

The American Council of the Blind annually conducts a national advocacy seminar in the Washington, DC area. The purpose of the seminar is to provide a forum for members of the Council to visit with members of the House and Senate, familiarizing them with issues and national legislation vital to our interests.
Delegations of state affiliates, from throughout the nation, travel to our nation’s capital. During the first day of the seminar, attendees are informed of the specifics of those issues and legislative initiatives ACB has determined to promote. On the second day of the seminar, members of each state delegation travel to the Hill, paying a personal visit to each of the legislators representing their state; those appointments having been made in advance.

In 2020, the ACB Legislative Seminar will be held on Monday, February 24 and Tuesday, February 25. Attendees will arrive at the seminar hotel, the Holiday Inn & Suites Old Town in Alexandria, Virginia late Sunday afternoon, February 23 and head home late Tuesday afternoon, February 25 after meeting with legislators on Capitol Hill.

Any PCB peer wishing to represent the organization at this upcoming event should submit a brief resume and/or bio to the Legislative Seminar Selection Committee (LSSC) outlining their qualifications as a representative and describing why they want to attend. The resume may be submitted in any accessible format, including, but not limited to, email, braille, large print, or audio. Email applications should be sent to with all other formats mailed to PA Council of the Blind, Attn. LSSC, 931 N. Front Street, Suite B, Harrisburg, PA 17102. All applications must be received by Monday, January 13, 2020. Applicants should be able to function independently with daily living skills and to manage a long day traversing the Capitol complex with sighted assistance.

The LSSC will select seminar attendees by January 20, and promptly notify all applicants of their status. The number of candidates selected may be limited by the available budget for this event. PCB will cover the two overnights (double occupancy) at the seminar hotel and travel reimbursement. Additional reimbursement for meals at PCB’s daily per diem will occur as the allotted budget will allow, if receipts are submitted. For more information about this opportunity, contact Chris Hunsinger at 412-881-9328.

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