National Convention

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The National Federation of the Blind National Convention is the largest gathering of blind people in the world.

It is the premier event for training, support, and information for the blind community. It also serves as a governing body, democratically electing our leadership and establishing each year's organizational priorities.

Although the convention is open to all, our constitution states that only members of the NFB have the right to participate in decision making when it comes to organizational policy. If you are not already a member, join the NFB today.

2022 Date and Locations

July 5 through July 10, 2022
New Orleans, LA 
New Orleans Marriott*

Check out our 2022 National Convention announcement during a special fit break with Pam Allen and Homer Simpson. Yes, Homer Simspon.

Reserve Your Stay

The Main Hotel: New Orleans Marriott at 555 Canal Street, New Orleans, Louisiana, 70130. Reserve a room now at the Marriott by calling 855-821-4288 ensuring you’ll be in our headquarters hotel.

*Space at the Marriott has filled up, but there are still rooms available at the convention rate right across the street at the New Orleans Sheraton. Call 888-627-7033 and ask to book a room for the “NFB Convention.” .

More information available in the January 2022 Braille Monitor article, New Orleans Site of 2022 Convention.

Schedule

The schedule for the 2022 convention is:

  • Tuesday, July 5: Seminar Day
  • Wednesday, July 6: Registration and Resolutions Day
  • Thursday, July 7: Board Meeting and Division Day
  • Friday, July 8: Opening Session
  • Saturday, July 9: Business Session
  • Sunday, July 10: Banquet Day and Adjournment

Registration

Registration is now open until May 31, 2022. Registration for the 2022 National Convention is $25 per person. Banquet tickets for Sunday, July 10, are $70 per person. Please review our 2022 National Convention Safety Protocols and the National Federation of the Blind Code of Conduct prior to registering. 

Register online now!

#NFB22 Convention Virtual Experience

We are excited to offer opportunities for engagement and connection to participants who are unable to attend in-person convention. The 2022 National Convention Virtual Experience is a dedicated online space for exclusive convention activities. Registration for the virtual experience will be at no cost. Register for the 2022 Convention Virtual Experience!

Career Fair

The Career Fair is scheduled for Wednesday, July 6, from 1:00-4:00 p.m. convention time in New Orleans. Location TBD. This will be an in-person event with opportunities for interview screenings and employment workshops. Registration in advanced is required. Deadline to register is June 21. 

Child Care: NFB Camp

If you are bringing children with you to convention, you may want to register them for NFB Camp. The National Federation of the Blind provides childcare for children six weeks to twelve-years during pre-convention meetings, General Sessions, and Banquet. We separate the children into groups by age, and the activities are age appropriate, including lessons from the NFB BELL Academy curriculum. Deadline to Register for NFB Camp is June 20, 2022. Register for NFB Camp now.

As we did in past years when National Convention was in person, we provided parents with the  “Camper’s Curriculum”, which outlines the daily activities for the children.  These include: Games, Arts and Crafts, O&M lessons, Outside Water Play, walks to nearby attractions; and of course, NEB BELL lessons.  The Camper’s Curriculum will be posted to the Convention page as soon as it is prepared.

Staffing

Each of the Camp rooms are staffed with a Lead Teacher who supervises the staff and children in their room.  These Lead Teachers are from Carla’s Montessori Schools, or have been working Camp for many years.  All of them have experience working with blind children.  The rooms are staffed according to the number and ages of the children in each room.  These additional staff are members and family members of the Federation.
  
Carla McQuillan has been the NFB Camp Director since 1996.  Carla is the Executive  Director of Montessori Schools in Oregon, and serves as the President of our Oregon Affiliate and on the National Board of Directors.  This year, we are beginning the transition of NFB Camp Director from Carla to Harriet Go.

Harriet is an elementary school teacher in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She teaches kindergarten through third grade students with a variety of learning disabilities in the areas of reading and math. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Education from Temple University in Philadelphia, and a Master's in Elementary Reading and Literacy from Minnesota's Walden University. With more than a dozen years of experience in the classroom, Ms. Go is deeply committed to helping each student reach their full potential, academically and emotionally. With a positive attitude, Harriet truly believes that education is a system for creating change and for social  good.  Harriet has been our NFB BELL Academy Teacher in Philadelphia for many years.   

Deadline to Register for NFB Camp is June 20, 2022.

More Information 

Stay tuned for more details regarding the 2022 National Convention. If you have questions, please contact us at 410-659-9314 or [email protected].