National Federation of the Blind
National Convention 2015

When:

Sunday, July 5—Friday, July 10, 2015

Where:

Rosen Centre Hotel
9840 International Drive
Orlando, Florida 32819

Preregistration:

Preregistration is now open. When purchased online by May 31st, the preregistration fee for convention is $25 ($30 on-site) and the cost of a banquet ticket is $55 ($60 on-site).

Preregister online now or use the mail-in PDF form.

Hotel Information and Room Rates:

The 2015 convention of the National Federation of the Blind will take place in Orlando, Florida, July 5-10, at the Rosen Centre Hotel at 9840 International Drive, Orlando, Florida 32819. The 2015 room rates are singles and doubles, $82; and triples and quads, $89. In addition to the room rates there will be a tax, which at present is 13.5 percent. Make your room reservation as soon as possible with Rosen Centre staff by calling (800) 204-7234. At the time you make a reservation, a $95 deposit is required for each room reserved. If you use a credit card, the deposit will be charged against your card immediately, just as would be the case with a $95 check. If a reservation is cancelled before Monday, June 1, 2015, half of the deposit will be returned. Otherwise refunds will not be made.

Guest-room amenities include cable television; in-room safe; coffeemaker; hairdryer; and high-speed Internet access. Guests can also enjoy a swimming pool, fitness center, and on-site spa. The Rosen Centre Hotel offers fine dining at Executive Chef Michael Rumplik’s award-winning Everglades Restaurant. In addition, there is an array of dining options from sushi to tapas to a 24-hour deli. The hotel has first-rate amenities.

Additional Hotel Options:

We’ve arranged for an NFB hotel block at the Doubletree by Hilton Orlando at Seaworld! The Doubletree is less than a mile from the Rosen Centre and has amenities such as flat-screen televisions and microwaves in the rooms, a swimming pool, and several on-property restaurants. To make a reservation, call 800-327-0363 and ask for group code NFB. Depending on your schedule, room rates will be more expensive on certain days. Rates are $89 for the nights of July 7-9. Rates are $159/night for July 3-6 and $179/night for July 10-11.

Additional rooms may be found at a less expensive rate at the Clarion or the Red Roof Inn, although the details won’t be finalized in their reservation system until late on Thursday, May 28. 

Schedule:

Sunday, July 5                  Seminar Day                             

Monday, July 6                  Registration Day

Tuesday, July 7                 Board Meeting and Division Day

Wednesday, July 8            Opening Session

Thursday, July 9               Business Session

Friday, July 10                  Banquet Day and Adjournment

Guinness World Record Attempt:

On July 8, 2015, in honor of the seventy-fifth anniversary of the National Federation of the Blind, we will attempt to set a world record by creating the largest umbrella mosaic. In the National Federation of the Blind we know that together with love, hope, and determination we transform dreams into reality. Together—the members of the Federation along with our friends and supporters—will undertake a world record to raise expectations and bring focus to the ongoing mission of our organization. Will you be one of the 3,000 people in attendance at our world record attempt? All you have to do is hold an umbrella up at the designated time to help form the message that will be viewed from above. Sign up now to make history with us by visiting www.nfb.org/gwr. More details about this historic undertaking will be added as they are available!

First Timer's Guide to the NFB National Convention:

View our beginner's guide to the NFB National Convention, intended to give the first-time convention attendee some important information about national conventions of the National Federation of the Blind (NFB).

NFB Camp:

During conventions sessions, the National Federation of the Blind offers NFB Camp for children between the ages of six weeks and twelve years. NFB Camp is more than just childcare; it is an opportunity for our blind and sighted children to meet and develop lifelong friendships. The activity schedule is filled with games, crafts, and special performances designed to entertain, educate, and delight. For more information and to register your child for NFB Camp, please visit https://nfb.org/nfb-camp-registration-form

Information for Sponsors and Exhibitors:

If you would like to learn more about sponsoring our 2015 National Convention or becoming an exhibitor, please visit https://nfb.org/sponsor-and-exhibitor-info.

Delta Airlines Discount for NFB Convention Attendees:

Individuals flying Delta Airlines from July 2 through July 13, 2015, to attend the NFB National Convention in Orlando (from anywhere in the country) can receive a discount ranging from 2 percent to 10 percent, based on their specific travel information. Reservations and ticketing are available via www.delta.com/meeting. Select Book Your Flight to book your flight and take advantage of the discount. After entering your departure and arrival city and dates, enter the meeting code “NMLJV” in the box provided. Complete the rest of the transaction as you would normally book a flight. Reservations may also be made by calling Delta Meeting reservations at 800-328-1111 Monday through Friday, 7:00 am-7:00 pm CDT, and referencing the NFB 75th Anniversary Convention Discount and the meeting code NMLJV. *Please note that there is a direct ticketing fee for booking through the reservation number above.

Local Restaurant Guide:

Orlando restaurant guide courtesy of the Rosen Centre (Word)

More Information:

Additional information as to meetings, schedule, hotel, etc., may be obtained as it becomes available by contacting the National Federation of the Blind at 200 East Wells Street at Jernigan Place, Baltimore, Maryland 21230, phone (410) 659-9314.