NFB Washington Seminar

Holiday Inn Capitol
550 C Street, SW
Washington, DC 20024


Monday, January 28, through Thursday, January 31, 2019
Great Gathering-In--Monday, January 28, 2019
Congressional Appointments-- Tuesday, January 29 through Thursday, January 31, 2019


Please reserve your room at the Holiday Inn Capitol (550 C Street, SW Washington, DC 20024) for Washington Seminar by Friday, December 28, 2018. Check-in at our booking rate begins Friday, January 29, 2019 with a check-out by Friday, February 1, 2019.

The rate is $196.00 per night. This rate does not include DC sales tax, currently 14.95 percent.

You may begin booking reservations directly on line by using this link to the Holiday Inn Capitol website that will include our booking code. You may also make reservations by calling 1 877-572-6951 and referencing booking code NB8.

Credit card information is needed at time of reservation. Individual cancellation policy is seventy-two hours prior to date of arrival to avoid one night's room plus tax cancellation charge on credit card provided. If your departure date changes, you must inform the hotel seventy-two hours in advance of departure to avoid a $100 fee.


Over five hundred people from the fifty states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Most of those attending will be blind.


The Great Gathering-In will begin Monday afternoon at 5:00 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Capitol (Capitol Ballroom) and will adjourn promptly at 7:00 p.m. The Great Gathering-In serves as our very exciting opening session to Washington Seminar. The energy in the room is like no other. Over 500 members of the NFB come together to learn about and advocate for legislative initiatives that will improve the lives of blind Americans. Please join us to cast off the perception of incapacity that is too often reinforced by bad public policies that serve to relegate blind Americans to second class citizenship. 

Legislative appointments should be made for Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday in the Senate and House office buildings. A meeting for NFB members to review the legislative progress and provide guidance will occur on Wednesday evening.


The Washington Seminar is an annual event of the National Federation of the Blind to introduce the agenda of blind Americans--the priority issues requiring congressional attention over the coming year. The issues are selected from official positions of the Federation and may address concerns in the following areas: relevant civil rights issues; 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 and Supplemental Income programs; and other timely topics. Approximately three legislative initiatives are chosen for priority attention during the Washington Seminar.


The 2019 Agenda will be available closer to Washington Seminar. 

You can view the 2018 Agenda in PDF and Braille.


The 2019 Washington Seminar Legislative Agenda and Fact Sheets will be available closer to Washington Seminar. 

The 2018 Legislative Agenda and Fact Sheets are available below:


The 2019 Frequently Asked Questions will be available closer to Washington Seminar. 

The 2018 Frequently Asked Questions are available below.


Washington Seminar 2018 - Braille Monitor, March 2018

Washington Seminar 2017 - Braille Monitor, March 2017

Washington Seminar 2016 - Braille Monitor, March 2016

Washington Seminar 2015 - Braille Monitor, March 2015

Washington Seminar 2014 - Braille Monitor, March 2014



2017 Fact Sheets

2016 Fact Sheets

2015 Fact Sheets

2014 Fact Sheets

2013 Fact Sheets

2012 Fact Sheets


Additional information may be obtained by contacting the National Federation of the Blind National Office at 200 East Wells Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21230, telephone (410) 659-9314.

Hotel Restaurants

Capitol Bistro

Enjoy classic American fare. Serving breakfast buffet daily, lunch buffet on weekdays, and dinner nightly.

Breakfast Menu
Lunch Menu
Dinner Menu

21st Amendment Bar and Grill

Serves: Lunch and Dinner
Contemporary Lounge setting. Features 4 large LCD TV's. A hip and trendy setting. Delicious food and signature cocktails. Live entertainment twice a week.



Starbucks offers breakfast, lunch and light fare including salads, sandwiches and fresh fruit. We have a wonderful variety of foods to complement your delicious drink.