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American Foundation for the Blind Leadership Conference

AFBLC Is Headed to Washington, DC, in 2016 and 2017!
March 3-5, 2016
March 2-4, 2017
Crystal Gateway Marriott, Arlington, VA

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The American Foundation for the Blind's annual Leadership Conference covers the most pressing and relevant topics in the field of blindness and offers many opportunities to learn from the best and brightest minds in our field, make new connections, and reunite with old friends while earning ACVREP and CRC CEUs.

Review the agenda. If you represent an agency that would like to send three or more people to the conference, please contact Scott Truax about a group discount. And don't forget to book your hotel room at the special group rate of $189/night at the Crystal Gateway Marriott. [Note that there are two Marriott hotels in Crystal City—use our link to ensure you book at the right one!] If you prefer to speak with a reservations specialist, please call 888-236-2427 and reference our conference to get the group rate or email

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The AFBLC attracts established and emerging leaders in the blindness field. Conference attendees include technology experts, corporate representatives, university professors, teachers of students with visual impairments, orientation and mobility 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 Administrations, hospitals, private agencies, and universities.

The 2015 AFBLC attracted 415 attendees from 39 states and 8 countries.

Many thanks to our conference partners:

  • Vision Serve Alliance, Conference Ally
  • Maryland School for the Blind
  • Virginia Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired
  • National Industries for the Blind
  • Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind

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