2018 National Convention

When

Tuesday, July 3 - Sunday, July 8, 2018

Where

Rosen Shingle Creek 
9939 Universal Boulevard
Orlando, FL 32819-9357

Registration

Preregistration

When purchased online by May 31, the convention ticket is $25 and a banquet ticket is $65. Online preregistration is now closed.

On-Site Registration

Registration will be available on site in Orlando. The cost of the convention ticket is $30 on site and the cost of a banquet ticket is $70 on site. 

Hotel Information and Room Rates

The Rosen Shingle Creek resort is located at 9939 Universal Boulevard in Orlando, Florida.

2018 room rates:

  • Singles and doubles, $88
  • Triples and quads, $93

In addition to the room rate there will be a tax, which at present is 12.5 percent. There is no charge for children under seventeen in the room with parents, as long as no extra bed is requested. Please note that the hotel is a non-smoking facility.

For reservations, you can call the hotel at 866-996-6338 after January 1. You may also write directly to the Rosen Shingle Creek, 9939 Universal Boulevard, Orlando, Florida 32819-9357. The hotel will want a deposit of $100 for each room, and will want a credit card number or a personal check. If you use a credit card, the deposit will be charged against your card immediately, just as would be the case with a $100 check. If a reservation is cancelled before Friday, June 1, 2018, half of the deposit will be returned. Otherwise refunds will not be made.

All Rosen Shingle Creek guestrooms feature amenities that include plush Creek Sleeper beds, 40″ flat screen TVs, complimentary high-speed internet capabilities, in-room safes, coffee makers, mini-fridges, and hair dryers. Guests can enjoy four outdoor swimming pools, a full-service spa, and twelve dining/lounging options from fine-dining and elaborate buffets to casual dining both indoors and poolside.

Convention Hosts

The National Federation of the Blind of Florida, Iowa, and Virginia are hosting our 2018 National Convention.

Schedule

Agenda

The agenda for the 2018 National Convention is available in several different formats. Please click on a format below. We will provide additional formats as they become available.

Live Stream

If you can't be in Orlando to experience the excitement in person, you can listen to portions of the convention online via our live stream. Please visit the live stream webpage to access the stream in both English and Spanish.

Social Media

Follow along as we post convention highlights and important updates on Twitter (@nfb_voice) and Facebook (National Federation of the Blind Facebook page). Use the hashtag #nfb18 to join in.

NFB Connect

Download the NFB Connect app on your iOS device to get direct access to our social media feeds, the convention agenda, and the live stream. You can search for NFB Connect in the App Store.

Mears Motor Shuttles

If you are looking for a way to get from the airport to the hotel and back again, consider using a Mears Motor Shuttle. Mears is offering a discount of $4 off the roundtrip price with the NFB Mears Shuttle coupon. Follow the instructions on the coupon to reserve your shuttle in advance or simply present the coupon at any of the four Mears Motor Shuttle ticket counters located on Level 1 of the Orlando International Airport terminal. Call 800-759-5219 with questions.

Resolutions

The 2018 resolutions were presented on July 4, 2018 and passed by the convention on July 7, 2018. 

You can also review the resolutions from the 2017 National Convention

First Timer's Guide 

Please read our first timer's guide to the national convention, which provides first-time convention attendees with information about what to expect, how the convention is run, and other helpful tips.

NFB Camp

NFB Camp, our child care option, will be available during convention sessions for children ages six weeks to twelve years. Child care is staffed by qualified, experienced teachers. For details and registration information, please visit our NFB Camp webpage

Sponsors and Exhibitors

Thank you to the sponsors of the 2018 National Convention.

You can view the list of exhibitors here.

Exhibit Hall hours of operation are:

  • Wednesday, July 4: 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. (sponsors only)
  • Wednesday, July 4: 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, July 5: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Friday, July 6: Noon to 1:45 p.m. and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 7: Noon to 1:45 p.m. 

You can also review more details about the Exhibit Hall and the Independence Market.

To view the list of the sales and offers available in the Exhibit Hall this year, please visit our Exhibit Hall announcements page.

If you would like to learn more about sponsoring our 2018 National Convention or becoming an exhibitor, please visit our sponsor and exhibitor information page.  

Portrait Studio

Stop by the portrait studio and get your photo taken. We will email the photos to you after convention. This year, you’ll find the studio set up outside the Sebastian Ballroom at the following times.

  • Tuesday, July 3: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Thursday, July 5: 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Friday, July 6: 1 hour before general session starts
  • Saturday, July 7: 12 to 1 p.m.
  • Sunday July 8: 1 hour before banquet starts

More Information

Additional information about meetings, schedule, hotel, etc., can 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, or by calling 410-659-9314.