Washington Seminar

At our Washington Seminar, members of the National Federation of the Blind convene to learn about and advocate for legislative initiatives that will improve the lives of blind Americans.

President Riccobono stands and smiles with Diane McGeorge and Buna Dahal during 2019 Washington Seminar reception Approximately three legislative initiatives are chosen for priority attention each year. These initiatives, which form the Washington Seminar priorities, are based on the official positions of the NFB adopted at the national convention and can address concerns related to civil rights, educational programs and services, rehabilitation of the blind for competitive employment, the operation of vending facilities by blind persons on public property, specialized library services for the blind, the organization and funding of federal programs, Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income programs, and other timely topics.

The first Washington Seminar took place in 1973. Today, more than five hundred people from the fifty states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico typically attend.

Dates and Location

Monday, January 29 through Thursday, February 1, 2024
Holiday Inn Washington Capitol – National Mall
550 C Street, SW
Washington, DC 20024

To book a room for the 2024 Washington Seminar please use our dedicated Booking Link, or call 877-834-3613 and provide our group code, NF4. The room rate for 2024 is $188.00 per night (not including taxes and fees), and the deadline to make a reservation is Sunday, December 31, 2023


Great Gathering-In—Monday, January 29, 2024

The Great Gathering-In is the very exciting opening session of the Washington Seminar. It will take place Monday afternoon at 5:00 p.m. ET and adjourning promptly at 7:00 p.m. ET.

Congressional Appointments—Tuesday, January 30 through Thursday, February 1, 2024

Congressional appointments should be made for Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.

The National Federation of the Blind is a community of members and friends who believe in the hopes and dreams of the nation’s blind. Every day we work together to help blind people live the lives we want.

United States Capitol Complex

The United States Capitol Complex is a large grouping of multiple buildings. If you are attending the Washington Seminar, knowing how to navigate these buildings in advance will make finding your meetings easier and quicker. For a brief description of the United States Capitol Complex, including all six of the Congressional Office Buildings, please see the United States Capitol Complex Description HTML page or Word document below:

More Information

For more information, please contact Kyle Walls at 410-659-9314, extension 2223, or [email protected].