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2016 American Foundation for the Blind's Leadership Conference (AFBLC) Exhibiting and Advertising Options

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WASHINGTON, DC: Building a Future of Possibilities

AFB Leadership Conference
Crystal Gateway Marriott
Arlington, VA
March 3–5, 2016
March 2–4, 2017

Thank you for reviewing the 2016 American Foundation for the Blind's Leadership Conference (AFBLC) Exhibiting and Advertising Options. Our exhibit spaces have sold out for the past three years, so please reserve your space as soon as possible!

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, Seattle, and Phoenix.

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 promote 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 2015 AFBLC took place in Phoenix and attracted 415 attendees from 39 states and 8 countries. We also had a record number of sponsors and exhibitors—22 sponsors and nearly 30 exhibitors from around the world joined us in Arizona.

"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 four 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

Sessions are designed to meet the interests and educational needs of our diverse attendees, with most qualifying for continuing education credits. Topics include employment, rehabilitation, technology, education, orientation & mobility, professional development, and leadership.

The 2015 conference featured presentations from leading tech companies, including Apple, Google, Yahoo!, and Canon. A panel discussion on the changing landscape of technology and accessibility featuring speakers from Comcast, Google, Microsoft, and the World Wide Web Consortium was a highlight of the conference. For more information, explore the 2015 AFBLC agenda.

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.

A 6 ft x 30 inch booth is $700 for one table; $600 for each additional table. If you exhibited with us in Phoenix, you are eligible for a $100 discount on booth fees.

Additional amenities, such as wired high-speed Internet access, special 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)                $550
Half page (8.5 × 5.5)  $300
Quarter page (5.5 × 4.25) $150
Half-page JVIB ad*  $100

*Add a half-page e-book ad in the Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness for just $75 more. Requires purchase of a program ad.

Add 50% per ad for color printing.

All ads are due by January 20, 2016. Ads are printed in black and white unless color is requested (additional fee) and should be submitted as high-resolution (300 dpi) PDFs with no bleeds, no crops.

Ready to purchase? You may do so via our online ordering system.

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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