Now Thats Good News August 12th at 3 pm ET

Live Virtual Celebration Event

Thank you to those that shared your good news and accomplishments over the last few months with us. Join us on August 12th at 3 pm ET/ 12 pm PT for our live event: Now That’s Good News as we highlight good news from our members. This event will be MC’d by Mike Gilliam (CEO of Lighthouse San Antonio) with videos, prizes, lighthearted humor, and fun! Come to celebrate the good work of our members. Join us to share in the good news and the fun. All are welcome to attend.

Save the date!


In conjunction with this good news event, we are kicking off our summer fundraising campaign. Your good news has shown how vital it is to keep the mission strong now more than ever. Every personal contribution of $50 will receive a chance to win a free registration to our fall conference. Each increment of $50 will receive an additional entry to win. i.e $150 = 3 entries to win. Donations made between now and August 18th will be eligible for the drawing.

Questions? Email Ben Leigh, Digital Operations & Communications Manager at

5 minute summary of data

This session is a panel discussion of the preliminary findings of the Flatten Inaccessibility study, which investigated the impact of COVID-19 on US adults who are blind or have low vision. The survey was completed by 1,921 individuals and covered technology, healthcare, transportation, employment, education, social experiences, voting, and access to meals, food and supplies.

The researchers highlight some of the study findings and discuss how we can use data from this study to chart a road map to ensure those with vision loss are fully included in the response to COVID-19 and future challenging situations.

To learn more about the study, visit

More information will be coming soon. Check back in with us for more details.

Tampa Bay

Hotel Information:

Westin Tampa Waterside Hotel
(813) 229-5000

November 1-4

Tampa, FL

BVA will be celebrating its 75th anniversary this year and hosting the 2020 National Convention in Washington, D.C. Stay tuned on their website, Bulletin, and Newsletter for more information in the coming months.

August 17 – 21

Washington, DC

The National Federation of the Blind National Convention is the largest gathering of blind people in the world.

Mom, two daughters, and dad of the Awa family pose for a photo during the carnival celebration at the 2019 National Convention in Las Vegas.

It is the premier event for training, support, and information for the blind community. It also serves as a governing body, democratically electing their 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.

July 14 – 19

Houston, TX

At the 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.

NFB members give a standing ovation during the 2018 Washington Seminar.

Approximately three legislative initiatives are chosen for priority attention each year. These initiatives, which form the NFB’s legislative agenda, 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.

February 10-13

Washington, DC

Planning for the 2020 ACB Conference and Convention is already well underway and will be held in Schaumburg, IL, at the Renaissance Hotel, from Friday July 3rd through Friday July 10th. Schaumburg is a northwest suburb of Chicago; O’Hare International Airport is 17 miles east and Midway International Airport is 37 miles southeast of Schaumburg.

July 3-10

Schaumburg, IL

Gateway to Community”

Join the community of VRTs, Orientation and Mobility Specialists, TVIs, LVTs, advocates, scholars, policymakers, and other  professionals for the AER International Conference 2020. The conference will feature dynamic keynote speakers, global leaders and world class presenters covering a range of topics of critical importance to the field. Earn CE hours and make career changing connections! It is continuing education at its best. Whether you need CE hours for ACVREP, CEUs for CRC, professional development hours for other certifications or simply want to expand your contacts and knowledge base, this is a great conference for you. 

July 22-26

St. Louis, MO

Celebrating 14 years as the premiere low vision rehabilitation and research conference in America.

Pomona, CA

Oct. 5-6, 2019

Each year since 1879, Ex Officio Trustees of the American Printing House for the Blind have journeyed to Louisville, Kentucky for the APH Annual Meeting. At first by steam locomotive, steamboat, and buggy, later by car and airplane, Trustees have traveled to Louisville to share their knowledge and experience with APH and with each other.

Louisville, KY

Oct 10-12, 2019

Contact APH: (502) 895-2405

October 15-18, 2019
Hyatt Regenc, Crystal City, Arlington, VA

This event focuses on business development, comprehensive training on the AbilityOne® Program, and other topics relevant to growing sales and employment. It will include the Expo and NIB Marketplace, breakout sessions, customer/partner speakers, and an awards ceremony recognizing outstanding customers and partners.

VisionServe Alliance Executive Leadership Conference

Atlanta, GA

Nov. 3-6, 2019

The AFB Leadership conference will be held March 26 and 27, 2020 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott.

For more information, visit: