2024 National Convention Agenda

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Welcome!

Welcome to the 84th Annual Convention of the National Federation of the Blind

Mark A. Riccobono, President
National Federation of the Blind
200 East Wells Street at Jernigan Place
Baltimore, Maryland 21230

John Berggren, Chairman
Convention Organization and Activities

Jorge Hernandez, President
National Federation of the Blind of Florida

Rosen Centre
9840 International Drive 
Orlando, Florida 32819
800-204-7234 

Welcome to the world’s largest gathering of the organized blind, the National Federation of the Blind’s annual convention. Federationists and friends will come together to showcase the power and strength of our movement, to celebrate, to inspire, and to be inspired. More than just a list of the myriad of sessions you can attend, the agenda contains a wealth of information about the week including our community expectations of one another; a description of the hotel layout; and hours for the presidential and host affiliate suites, the exhibit hall, and the Independence Market. Read thoroughly and plan your week. Take every opportunity to explore, make new friends, and live the life you want at #NFB24.

Our Belief Message

The National Federation of the Blind advances the lives of its members and all blind people in the United States. We know that blindness is not the characteristic that defines you or your future. Every day we raise the expectations of blind people, because low expectations create obstacles between blind people and our dreams. Our collective power, determination, and diversity achieve the aspirations of all blind people.

Our Core Values 

  • Believe in blind people
  • Lead courageously
  • Champion collective action
  • Foster inclusion
  • Dream big

Rookie Roundup

We welcome all first-time convention attendees to join us for an exciting event from 8:00 to 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 3, in Grand Ballroom C. President Riccobono and other Federation leaders along with members of the Jernigan Fund Committee will be on hand to welcome you to the convention and preview the week’s activities. Veteran conventioneers, please encourage all first timers to be part of this special event. We cannot wait to meet you! In anticipation, check out our First Timer’s Guide at https://nfb.org/get-involved/national-convention/first-timers-guide.

Inclusivity, Diversity, and Code of Conduct

We are committed to providing a welcoming, safe, and healthy environment for everyone. Thank you for cultivating an atmosphere of mutual respect in which participants from diverse backgrounds can learn, network, and share with each other. We are committed to diversity, equity, and the free expression of ideas. These principles have been outlined in our Code of Conduct found at https://nfb.org/codeofconduct.

We recognize a shared responsibility to create and uphold that atmosphere for the benefit of all. Prohibited behaviors include harassment, retaliation, and sexual misconduct. Prohibited behavior will not be tolerated and may result in removal from the convention and/or other consequences. To report an incident at the convention, please call 410-659-9314, extension 2475, or email [email protected]. Formal reports can be submitted at https://nfb.org/about-us/history-and-governance/code-conduct/report-form. All formal reports will be fully investigated according to the steps in our Code of Conduct. For support or guidance, connect with our Survivors Group at [email protected] or call 410-659-9314, extension 2238, during the convention hours listed in this agenda. Thank you for your commitment to the safety and support of the blind community.

Convention Registration

Registration activities take place in the Prefunction foyer outside of the Grand Ballroom beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday and Thursday. At 9:00 a.m. on Friday and at other times as listed throughout the week, registration activities will be located at Registration Desk 1 near the Grand Ballroom. All convention attendees (both local and from out of town) are asked to register. Those who registered for convention online may pick up their registration packets in the area designated “Preregistration.”

Those who did not register online can do so at the area designated “Registration.” Please have your payment method ready as you approach the cashier. Convention registration is a requirement for door prize eligibility and a number of other convention activities. We condition rates for hotel rooms on proof of registration, including the showing of an NFB registration badge, if requested.

Exhibit Hall and Independence Market

The Exhibit Hall and the NFB Independence Market are located across the second-floor skywalk in West Hall A1 of the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC). Please note that the hours for the Exhibit Hall have changed this year.

Exhibit Hall hours of operation are: 

  • Thursday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday: Noon to 1:45 p.m. and 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. (final opportunity to visit the Exhibit Hall)

Independence Market hours of operation are: 

  • Thursday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 
  • Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday: Noon to 1:45 p.m.
  • Sunday: Noon to 1:45 p.m. (final opportunity to visit the Market)

Presidential and Host Affiliate Suites

The Presidential Suite (2442) and the Host Affiliate Suite (1456) are open during much of the convention. All are welcome to come to these suites to visit. Appointments to meet with President Riccobono may be made at the Presidential Suite. The Presidential and Host Affiliate Suites will be open during the following times:

  • Tuesday: 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Thursday: 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Friday: 7:00 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. and Noon to 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday: 7:00 a.m. to 8:45 a.m., Noon to 1:45 p.m., and 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
  • Sunday: 7:00 a.m. to 8:45 a.m., Noon to 1:45 p.m., and 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
  • Monday: 7:00 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. and Noon to 1:45 p.m.

Suite numbers will be shared via social media, posted in the convention mobile app, announced at the board meeting, and publicized in a number of other ways.

Survivor Safe Space

As a part of our ongoing efforts to provide safety, support, and inclusion within the National Federation of the Blind, the Blind Survivors Group is providing a safe space for survivors and individuals who have been impacted or harmed by sexual misconduct and other forms of abuse within the NFB and affiliated programs/events. We welcome you to drop in for confidential peer support, to discuss questions/concerns about ongoing safety and support measures within the NFB, and to access resources for additional support. The safe space, in meeting Salon 18, will be available Wednesday through Monday, from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m.
 
If you are not able to participate in the survivor safe space and need additional support or have further questions during the convention, you may email [email protected] or call 410-659-9314, extension 2238. A member of the Blind Survivors Group will respond to calls within six hours between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. during the week of convention.

Quiet Space

In the National Federation of the Blind, we recognize that attending such a busy and bustling event like national convention can be overwhelming. That's why we've created a Quiet Room/Low Sensory Space in Salon 19 for those who need a break from the stimulation and noise of the convention. This space is designed to provide a calm and peaceful environment. We ask that all visitors respect the quiet atmosphere by using headphones, refraining from conversations and phone calls, and engaging in activities that may disturb others.