Release Date: 
Tuesday, January 12, 2016
Chris Danielsen
Director of Public Relations
National Federation of the Blind
(410) 659-9314, extension 2330
(410) 262-1281 (Cell)

National Federation of the Blind Launches Registration for Worldwide Blindness Conferences

WBU/ICEVI Joint Assembly to Take Place in Orlando, August 2016

Baltimore, Maryland (January 12, 2016): The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) is pleased to announce that registration is now open for the World Blind Union (WBU) and the International Council for Education of People with Visual Impairment (ICEVI) Joint Assembly.

The WBU/ICEVI Joint Assembly, hosted by NFB of the USA, will take place in Orlando, Florida, USA from 18 - 25 August 2016 at the beautiful Rosen Centre Hotel. The WBU/ICEVI Joint Assembly will give the WBU, ICEVI, and all of their members the opportunity to share important information, knowledge, and best practices while promoting even greater collaboration among blind individuals, organizations of the blind, service providers, and other stakeholders at the global level.

To register, click on the following link: Please note that registration for the WBU/ICEVI General Assembly is only available online. Registration will close on 1 June 2016.

Mark A. Riccobono, President of the National Federation of the Blind, said: “We are excited and proud to host the first World Blind Union General Assembly to be held in the United States. Hosting this important meeting of the world’s blind is a natural step for us, as our founder, Dr. Jacobus tenBroek, also helped found the International Federation of the Blind, and we have sought to improve the lives of the blind throughout the world by participating in international efforts ever since. We look forward to meeting our fellow advocates from many nations and to finding opportunities to collaborate on various projects and initiatives, so that all members of the global blind community can live the lives they want.”


The registration website features information on a number of important topics, including:

  • Joint Assembly information
  • Registration details
  • Accommodation
  • Airport transportation
  • Exhibitor information
  • Destination information – such as information on Orlando and the surrounding area, typical local weather in August, and tourist information
  • Travel information – such as information on visa requirements, medical insurance, guide dogs, vaccinations (Yellow Fever), and traveling with medications

The registration website does not feature General Assembly documents. Please visit the WBU and/or ICEVI websites for specific General Assembly documents. Follow this link to the WBU General Assembly page:

Follow this link to the ICEVI General Assembly page: