Release Date: 
Friday, June 29, 2018
Chris Danielsen
Director of Public Relations
National Federation of the Blind
(410) 659-9314, extension 2330
(410) 262-1281 (Cell)

3,000 Blind Americans Gather for Convention

National Federation of the Blind Bids Fond Farewell to Orlando


Orlando, Florida (June 29, 2018): The National Federation of the Blind will gather in Orlando beginning on July 3 for the last of six consecutive annual conventions in the city. Local media and residents who have not yet experienced a National Federation of the Blind convention are cordially invited to attend. Those seeking press access should contact Chris Danielsen by emailing or calling 410-262-1281.

Event: National Federation of the Blind National Convention

Dates: July 3–8, 2017

Place: Rosen Shingle Creek Resort, 9939 Universal Boulevard, Orlando, Florida 32819

Attention Music, Culture, and Arts Editors: of Black Eyed Peas to Headline Private Convention Welcome Concert

Allan Pineda Lindo, best known as from the Black Eyed Peas, will headline a private concert at the convention of the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) on July 6, 2018. His appearance has been arranged by the convention host committee and NFB partner Aira. Legally blind in both eyes from nystagmus, has embraced his blindness and serves as a role model for many musicians, blind and sighted alike. He is also well known for his philanthropy. As a brand ambassador for Aira, he is excited and honored to perform for everyone attending this year’s National Federation of the Blind Convention. has made himself available for a few interviews on July 6. For more information about tickets or interviews, please contact Chris Danielsen at

Blind Actor, Director, Writer and Activist to Address Convention

At approximately 10:55 a.m. on Sunday, July 8, Marilee Talkington, an acclaimed blind stage actor who also recently appeared on the hit series NCIS and will appear in a recurring role in the new CW series “In the Dark” this fall, will address the convention of the National Federation of the Blind. Her presentation will follow that of J.P. Williams, a blind Nashville songwriter and performer.

Attention Technology Editors:

Self-Driving Technology to be Featured at Convention of Blind Americans

Self-driving automobile technology has the potential to bring unprecedented freedom and independence to blind Americans. At 3:40 p.m. on the afternoon of Sunday, July 8, Mitch Bainwol, President and CEO of the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, will discuss the role of the blind in leadership to develop this technology and the public policies that will make it a new transportation alternative for the blind.

Attention Politics and Public Policy Editors and Reporters:

Political Leaders, Government Officials to Address Blind Americans

Throughout the convention, several political leaders and three currently-serving government officials will address and/or take questions from the plenary sessions of the convention. They include:

  • Neil Romano, Chairman, National Council on Disability (Saturday, July 7, 2:05 PM)
  • The Honorable Darren Soto, United States House of Representatives, Ninth Congressional District of Florida (Saturday, July 7, 2:20 PM)
  • Johnny Collett, Assistant Secretary, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, United States Department of Education (Sunday, July 8, 10:05 a.m.)
  • The Honorable Tom Ridge, Chairman of the National Organization on Disability (Sunday, July 8, 2:05 PM)
  • Blane Workie, Assistant General Counsel, Office of Aviation Enforcement and Proceedings, United States Department of Transportation (Sunday, July 8, 2:50 PM)

Note: The entire convention agenda, outlining a full week of activities around policies, technologies, and issues that affect the lives of blind Americans, as well as various activities emphasizing the ability of the blind to live the lives they want, is available at