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. 


Monday, February 10 through Thursday, February 13, 2020


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

The Holiday Inn Washington-Capitol offers four food and beverage options from the Capitol Bistro, which is a full-service restaurant, to the 21st Amendment Bar and lounge. 


    Great Gathering-In—Monday, February 10, 2020

    The Great Gathering-In is the very exciting opening session of the Washington Seminar. It will begin Monday afternoon at 5:00 p.m. in the Capitol Ballroom and will adjourn promptly at 7:00 p.m.

    Congressional Appointments—Tuesday, February 11 through Thursday, February 13, 2020

    Legislative appointments should be made for Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday in the Senate and House office buildings. A meeting for NFB members to review progress and provide guidance will occur on Wednesday evening.

    Hotel Reservations and Room Rates

    Please reserve your room at the Holiday Inn Washington-Capitol (550 C Street, SW Washington, DC 20024) by Wednesday, January 8, 2020.

    Check in at our booking rate begins Friday, February 7, 2020 with a check out by Thursday, February 13, 2020.

    Our booking rate is $198 per night. This rate does not include DC sales tax, currently 14.95 percent.

    You can begin booking reservations online by using this link to the Holiday Inn Washington-Capitol website that includes our booking code. You can also make reservations by calling 1-877-572-6951 and referencing booking code N2F.

    Credit card information will be needed at the time of your reservation. The individual cancellation policy is seventy-two hours prior to the date of arrival to avoid a one night's room plus tax cancellation charge on the credit card provided. If your departure date changes, you must inform the hotel seventy-two hours in advance of your departure to avoid a $100 fee.

    Washington Seminar Career Fair

    The 2020 Washington Seminar Career Fair will take place Monday, February 10. Learn more about the Washington Seminar Career Fair, and register as a job-seeker or employer.

    More Information

    Information regarding the agenda and the legislative agenda will be posted on this page in the coming months. For more information, please contact Kyle Walls at 410-659-9314, extension 2223, or kwalls@nfb.org