Washington Seminar

At our 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.

The first Washington Seminar took place in 1973. Today, more than five hundred people from the fifty states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico typically attend. 

Dates and Location

Monday, February 8 through Thursday, February 11, 2021
Washington Seminar will be held virtually this year. Stay tuned for more details.


    Great Gathering-In—Monday, February 8, 2021

    The Great Gathering-In is the very exciting opening session of the Washington Seminar. It will take place virtually this year, beginning Monday afternoon at 5:00 p.m. ET and  adjourning promptly at 7:00 p.m. ET.

    Congressional Appointments—Tuesday, February 9 through Thursday, February 11, 2021

    Virtual Congressional appointments should be made for Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. A virtual meeting for NFB members to review progress and provide guidance will occur on Wednesday.

    More Information

    For more information, please contact Kyle Walls at 410-659-9314, extension 2223, or kwalls@nfb.org