NFB 2016 Washington Seminar

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


Monday, January 25, through Thursday, January 28, 2016.
Great Gathering-In--Monday, January 25, 2016
Congressional Appointments--January 26 through January 28, 2016


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. Meetings for NFB members to review the legislative progress and provide guidance will occur on Tuesday and 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 2016 Washington Seminar Agenda will be available at a later date.


The 2016 Washington Seminar Legislative Agenda and Fact Sheets will be available at a later date. 

2015 Legislative Agenda and Fact Sheets:


2015 Legislative Issues FAQs:


Washington Seminar 2015 - Braille Monitor, March 2015

Washington Seminar 2014 - Braille Monitor, March 2014

Washington Seminar 2013 - Braille Monitor, March 2013

Washington Seminar 2012 - Braille Monitor, March 2012

Washington Seminar 2011 - Braille Monitor, March 2011

Washington Seminar 2010 - Braille Monitor, March 2010

Washington Seminar 2009 - Braille Monitor, April 2009

Washington Seminar 2008 - Braille Monitor, March 2008

Washington Seminar 2007 - Braille Monitor, March 2007

Washington Seminar 2006 - Braille Monitor, March 2006

Washington Seminar 2005 - Braille Monitor, March 2005

Washington Seminar 2004 - Braille Monitor, March 2004

Washington Seminar 2003 - Braille Monitor, March 2003

Washington Seminar 2002 - Braille Monitor, April 2002


You can now reserve a room at the Holiday Inn Capitol (550 C Street, SW, Washington, DC 20024) for Washington Seminar with check-in beginning Saturday, January 23, 2016, check-out by Friday, January 29, 2016. The rate is $184.00 per night. This rate does not include DC sales tax, currently 14.5%. You may begin booking reservations directly online here. You may also make reservations by calling (877) 572-6951 and referencing booking code N9B. Credit card information is needed at the time of reservation. Individual cancellation policy is seventy-two hours prior to your date of arrival to avoid a one night's room plus tax cancellation charge on the credit card provided. Please call (877) 572-6951 and reference your confirmation number. Please obtain a cancellation number when cancelling a reservation. The firm deadline date to make a reservation is Monday, December 21, 2015. Reservation requests received after the deadline date will be subject to availability and prevailing rate.

If you wish to hold a special meeting during Washington Seminar, please email Lisa Bonderson at To ensure that you get the space you need, please contact her by Thursday, December 10, 2015.


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.