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 30 through Thursday, February 2, 2023
Holiday Inn Washington Capitol – National Mall
550 C Street, SW
Washington, DC 20024

To book a room, please use our booking link.
Or call 877-834-3613 and use group code NB8.


Full agenda coming soon.

Great Gathering-In—Monday, January 30, 2023

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.

Listen to the Great Gathering-In (MP3) (Coming after the event)
Great Gathering-In Transcript (Coming after the event)

Congressional Appointments—Tuesday, January 31, 2023 through Thursday, February 2, 2023

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.

Legislative Priorities & Fact Sheets

Coming soon.

Issue Review and Training

Coming soon.

More Information

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