National Convention

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

Mom, two daughters, and dad pose for a photo during the carnival celebration during the 2019 National Convention.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.

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.

2020 Dates 

Tuesday, July 14 through Sunday, July 19, 2020*

*While the convention was originally planned for two weeks earlier, the Federation agreed to move its convention to accommodate activities in the city of Houston. We believe this change will further enhance the program, exhibits, and dynamic content provided at America's civil rights and resource convention of blind people and their families. More information regarding convention arrangements were published in the December issue of the Braille Monitor.

2020 Location 

Hilton Americas-Houston
1600 Lamar Street
Houston, TX 77010

The 2020 National Convention of the National Federation of the Blind will be held at the Hilton Americas-Houston hotel located in the heart of downtown Houston.

Situated across the street from the beautiful twelve-acre Discovery Green park, it's an ideal location. Ballrooms, breakout space, and sleeping rooms are all stacked in the same tower housed on a single city block, simplifying navigation and minimizing travel distances. In-room internet is complimentary to all attendees as is access to the health club and swimming pool on the 23rd floor. There is an array of dining options on the hotel’s lobby level and many more choices within easy walking distance.

Start planning your trip today and help us celebrate the eightieth anniversary of the NFB. If you missed the big announcement, listen here.* 

*Please note that the dates mentioned in this announcement have changed as indicated above.

Hotel Reservations 

Room reservations at the Hilton Americas-Houston can be made starting January 1, 2020. 

The nightly rate is $105 for singles, doubles, triples, and quads. In addition, the sales tax rate is 8.25 percent, and the hotel occupancy tax rate is 17 percent. To book your room for the 2020 convention, call 1-800-236-2905. For each room, the hotel will take a deposit of the first night’s room rate and taxes, and will require a credit card or a personal check. If you use a credit card, the deposit will be charged against your card immediately. If a reservation is cancelled before Monday, June 1, 2020, half of the deposit will be returned. Otherwise refunds will not be made.

We have also secured overflow space at the Marriott Marquis Houston. The Marriott is only a three-block walk directly across Discovery Green, or attendees can walk entirely indoors through the George R. Brown convention center, connecting both hotels on the second level. You will find many of the same amenities at the Marriott as well as a Texas-shaped lazy river pool. The room rate at the Marriott Marquis is a slightly higher $119 per night for singles, doubles, triples, and quads. To book a room, call 1-877-688-4323 after January 1. The same deposit and cancellation policies apply.

Registration 

Online registration will open March 1, 2020. More details to follow.

More Information

More details regarding registration, the agenda, and other special announcements will be available in the coming months. For more information, please contact us at 410-659-9314 or nfb@nfb.org