National Convention

The National Federation of the Blind National Convention is the largest gathering of blind people in the world. It is the premier event for training, support, and information for the blind community. It also serves as a governing body, democratically electing our leadership and establishing each year's organizational priorities. Ever Lee Hairston hugs President Riccobono at the 2019 banquet, both are smiling

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. If you are not already a member, join the NFB today.

    Date and Location

    July 6 through July 10, 2021
    Anywhere and Everywhere, virtual
    More details coming soon.

    Please note: the original 2021 national convention announcement in July 2020 indicated that the event would be held in New Orleans, LA. On February 8, 2021, President Riccobono announced that the 2021 national convention would be held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

    Maryland Hosting Announcement & Contest

    The National Federation of the Blind of Maryland is our hosting affiliate for the 2021 national convention. Please listen to their convention announcement and take part in their contest.

    Maryland Convention Hosting Announcement & Contest


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    The full agenda will be available in June. Below is the overview of the 2021 schedule:

    • Tuesday, July 6:  Seminars & Specialized Meetings
    • Wednesday, July 7:  Board Meeting & Resolutions
    • Thursday, July 8:  Division Meetings & Opening Ceremony
    • Friday, July 9:  Presidential Report & General Session
    • Saturday, July 10:  Business Session & Banquet

    Rookie Roundup

    Is this your first convention or do you need a review of what to expect? Mark your calendar for the Rookie Roundup meeting scheduled for Tuesday, June 29 at 8:30 p.m. ET. 


    Registration is now open and free! Get access to the latest information as it is made available and more. While there is no registration fee to attend the National Federation of the Blind 2021 National Convention, please consider a donation if you are in a position to do so. There is a donation option available during the registration process. Your support is greatly appreciated.

    Register for the NFB 2021 National Convention now!

    2021 National Convention Registration Form (Fillable PDF)

    Sponsors & Exhibitors

    More Information

    Stay tuned for more details regarding the 2021 National Convention. If you have questions, please contact us at 410-659-9314 or [email protected]

    Past Conventions

    Access highlights from 2017 to 2020 past conventions

    2020 National Convention

    The 2020 National Convention was our biggest convention yet! Access the 2020 National Convention highlights including the presidential report, the general session presentations, and the banquet speech now. Audio, video, and transcripts are available.