National Convention

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

Save the Date: 2023 National Convention 

July 1 through July 6, 2023 
Houston, Texas 

2023 Convention Hotels:

Main Convention Hotel

The Hilton Americas-Houston
1600 Lamar Street
Houston, TX 77010

Room Rates:
$119 for singles, doubles, triples, and quads plus 8.25% Sales Tax and 17% Occupancy Tax.

The Hilton Americas-Houston is situated in the heart of downtown Houston across the street from the beautiful twelve-acre Discovery Green Park. The Hilton Americas is an ideal location for our annual event. Ballrooms, breakout space, and sleeping rooms are all stacked in the same tower housed on a single city block, simplifying navigation and minimizing travel distances. In-room internet is complimentary to all attendees as is access to the health club and swimming pool on the 22nd floor. There are several dining options on the hotel’s lobby level (including a Starbucks for those of you requiring a caffeine fix) and many more choices within easy walking distance from the Hilton’s front door.

To book your room at the Hilton Americas-Houston for the 2023 convention, call 1-800-236-2905 after January 1 and ask for the “NFB Convention” block. For each room, the hotel will take a deposit of the first night’s room rate and taxes and will require a credit card or a personal check. If you use a credit card, the deposit will be charged against your card immediately. If a reservation is cancelled before Monday, June 1, 2023, half of the deposit will be returned. Otherwise refunds will not be made.

Overflow Hotel

Marriott Marquis Houston
1777 Walker St,
Houston, TX 77010

Room Rates:
$119 for singles, doubles, triples, and quads plus 8.25% Sales Tax and 17% Occupancy Tax.

The Marriott is only a three-block walk directly across Discovery Green, or attendees can walk entirely indoors through the George R. Brown convention center, connecting both hotels on the second level. You will find many of the same amenities at the Marriott as well as a Texas-shaped lazy river pool.

To book a room at the Marriott Marquis Houston, call 1-877-622-3056 after January 1. Again, ask for the “NFB Convention” block. The same deposit and cancellation policies that apply at the Hilton Americas-Houston will also be used at the Marriott Marquis Houston.

2023 Kenneth Jernigan Convention Scholarship

Have you always wanted to attend an NFB annual convention but have not done so because of the lack of funds? If so, the Kenneth Jernigan Convention Scholarship Fund could help make attending your first National Convention a reality. Visit the Kenneth Jernigan Convention Scholarship page to learn more and to apply.

More 2023 Convention Details Coming Soon 

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].   

2022 National Convention Highlights 

July 5 through July 10, 2022 
New Orleans, Louisiana 
New Orleans Marriott 

Thank you for your participation, engagement, and support during the 2022 National Convention of the National Federation of the Blind. A post-convention survey is coming soon. Active membership and participation through your time and talents are of great value and appreciation within the movement. Together, we are all turning dreams into reality. 

The 2022 NFB National Convention highlights will be available in several formats. Access the presidential report, resolutions, banquet speech, and YouTube archives now: 

Nation's Blind Podcast: Reviewing an Outstanding Convention

In this episode, Anil and Melissa chat with President Riccobono, as well as Chris Danielsen and Danielle McCann, who participated in the “pre-shows” for virtual experience registrants prior to the board meeting and general sessions during the recent national convention. They give an overview of our first in-person convention in three years, discuss some of their personal favorite moments, and share information about how you can relive your own favorite moments or experience aspects of the convention for the first time. Audio and transcript below. Subscribe and listen by searching for "Nation's Blind Podcast" in your podcast client. 

Get to Know the #NFB22 Sponsors and Exhibitors 

We greatly appreciate the 2022 National Convention Sponsors who support the work of the Federation and the dynamic and exciting experience of the exhibit hall. Recordings and transcripts now available for our pre-convention showcases. 

Watch the sponsor showcase virtual preview that was presented on Monday, June 27 at 8:00 p.m. eastern time. Hear from each of the sponsors, what they offer, and how you can connect with them at the convention and beyond. 

Check out the exhibitor showcase virtual preview that was presented on Tuesday, June 28 at 8:00 p.m. eastern time. Learn about each exhibitor, what they will offer in the exhibit hall, and how you can connect with them. 

#NFB22 Convention Virtual Experience 

Thank you for the engagement and connection of the virtual experience participants. The 2022 National Convention Virtual Experience is a dedicated online space for exclusive convention activities. Connect with us on social media! Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @nfb_voice, like us on Facebook and LinkedIn at National Federation of the Blind, and follow us on TikTok @nations_blind.  

Give $20 Convention Drawing 

Thank you for contributing to the #NFB22 Give $20 Campaign. Congratulations to Peg Halverson from Nebraska for winning the convention drawing. Thanks to a generous donation from HumanWare, each dollar donated is matched up to $50,000! And we did reach that goal. Final count coming soon. 

The Give $20 Campaign is a way for individuals to support major funds of the National Federation of the Blind and the Jacobus tenBroek Memorial Fund and potentially win the grand prize. Individual donors are eligible for the drawing; donations from affiliates, affiliate divisions, and national divisions, and local chapters are not eligible for the Give $20 Campaign. This drawing will support: 

  • White Cane Fund 
  • KJ Fund (Kenneth Jernigan Fund) 
  • SUN Fund 
  • tenBroek Fund 

Thank you for your support of the National Federation of the Blind.