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2015 American Foundation for the Blind's Leadership Conference (AFBLC) Exhibiting and Advertising Options

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AFB Leadership Conference
Arizona AER Annual Conference
Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel
April 9–11, 2015

Interested in exhibiting or advertising at the 2016 AFB Leadership Conference? Take a look at the 2016 Advertising and Exhibiting Options.

Thank you for reviewing the 2015 American Foundation for the Blind's Leadership Conference (AFBLC) Sponsorship and Marketing Proposal.

Our flagship conference seeks to improve the quality of programs and services to blind and visually impaired children and adults. AFBLC provides a forum in which leadership personnel, in both education and rehabilitation, have the opportunity to increase their awareness of student and client needs, expand their knowledge, refine leadership skills, and share concerns and strategies. Each year, the conference is held in a different location. Previous conferences have been held in New York City, Chicago, St. Pete Beach, and Seattle.

Who Attends?

The AFBLC attracts the leaders of the field—those who are the influencers, as well as the decision-makers for their organizations. When you meet with participants at AFBLC, you will be meeting with those who have the authority to make purchasing decisions for their organization, and the people who will evangelize your brand to the rest of the field. Conference attendees include technology experts, corporate representatives, university professors, teachers of students with visual impairments, orientation and mobility (O&M) instructors, rehabilitation professionals, and parents. They come from diverse organizations and institutions spanning the public and private sectors, including school districts, schools for the blind, Veterans Administration offices, hospitals, private agencies, and universities.

The 2014 AFBLC attracted over 440 attendees from 39 states and 8 countries.

"When I exhibited at AFBLC, I didn't have a moment to sit down. I had a constant stream of traffic at my booth."

Mike McGowan, Executive Director, NOAH

"We had much more traffic than I expected. I have a feeling we will generate more than enough business to offset our investment in this conference."

Bill McCann, Founder and President, Dancing Dots

"HumanWare has participated in the last three AFB Leadership Conferences and found them to be a great opportunity to meet with many leaders in our field from throughout the country all in one place."

Dominic Gagliano, Vice President, Sales US, HumanWare

Sessions and Events

AFBLC sessions are designed to meet the interests and educational needs of our diverse attendees. Sessions qualify for continuing education credits and cover employment, rehabilitation, technology, education, orientation & mobility, professional development, and leadership. Product demonstrations and opportunities to provide feedback on products and services are part of the attendee experience at AFBLC.

The 2014 conference featured presentations from leading tech companies, including Facebook, Panasonic, IBM, Yahoo! and Canon. A keynote conversation with Google's director of international engineering explored the tech company's latest research and development. And a discussion between AFB President Carl Augusto and J.W. "Bill" Marriott, Jr., executive chairman of Marriott International, on the topic of leadership and values, was a highlight of the conference.

At each AFBLC, we present some of the most prestigious awards in the field. The Access Awards honor those who are eliminating or substantially reducing inequities faced by people who are blind or visually impaired. Past recipients include CBS, Apple, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Migel Medal—the highest honor in the blindness field—recognizes professionals and volunteers whose dedication and achievements have improved the lives of people who are blind or visually impaired.

For more information, explore the 2014 agenda or browse by topic.

About the American Foundation for the Blind

AFB is a national nonprofit that expands possibilities for people with vision loss. Our priorities include broadening access to technology, elevating the quality of information and tools for the professionals who serve people with vision loss, and promoting independent and healthy living for people with vision loss by providing them and their families with relevant and timely resources. Headquartered in New York, AFB is proud to house the Helen Keller Archives and honor the more than 40 years that Helen Keller worked tirelessly with AFB.

For more information about AFB, please visit

Exhibit Booths

Exhibitors will have high visibility, with dedicated time built into the program each day for booth visits. The exhibit hall will be open Thursday and Friday, and all coffee breaks will take place in the hall.

Booths are $700 for one table; $500 for each additional table. If you exhibited with us in New York, you are eligible for a $100 discount on booth fees.

Booths are 8-ft draped tables. Additional amenities, such as wired high-speed Internet access, power drops, monitors, etc., are available through the conference hotel for an additional cost. For more information on these additional amenities, please contact Anne Durham at


Every attendee receives the conference program in multiple formats. Reach an audience that has averaged 400+ attendees representing the leaders and decision makers in the blindness field with a program ad.

Ad page size (W × H) Price
Full page (8.5 × 11)                $500
Half page (8.5 × 5.5)  $250
Quarter page (5.5 × 4.25) $100
Half-page JVIB ad*  $50

*Add a half-page e-book ad in the Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness for just $50 more. Requires purchase of a program ad.

All ads are due by March 1, 2015. Ads are printed in black and white only and should be submitted as high-resolution (300 dpi) PDFs with no bleeds, no crops.

I'm interested in sponsorship/advertising opportunities.
Whom do I contact?

Amanda Kolling
Communications and Marketing Manager
P. 304.710.3031

I'm interested in exhibiting.
Whom do I contact?

Anne Durham
Marketing Manager
P. 304.710.3026

Thank you.

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