The National Federation of the Blind knows that blindness is not the characteristic that defines you or your future. Every day we raise the expectations of blind people, because low expectations create obstacles between blind people and our dreams. You can live the life you want; blindness is not what holds you back.

2021 State Convention

The 2021 State Convention of the National Federation of the Blind of Florida (NFBF) will be held the weekend of Friday, October 1, 2021 - Sunday, October 3, 2021 at the Embassy Suite by Hilton USF in Tampa Florida.

We are eager to gather once again with all of our members and most of all those who are first timers to our convention. The excitement is building and we are feverishly planning on welcoming you to the return of our in person convention. We will be streaming portions of the convention so you can be a part of our gathering.

Date and Location

October 1 to October 4, 2021

Embassy Suites by Hilton USF
3705 Spectrum Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33612

Convention Live Streaming

The 2021 National Federation of the Blind of Florida State Convention will be streamed live for all our Federation family across our nation to enjoy.

On Friday, October 1, 2021 starting at 7:00 Pm the Florida Affiliat Board meeting will start our live streaming of our convention followed by resolutions. To read the agenda please visit our Convention page.

On Saturday, October 2, 2021 starting at 8:30 AM our live stream kicks off the days events. The live stream will cover general session.

On Saturday, October 2, 2021 starting at 7:00 PM the banquet will be streamed. Do not miss the banquet speech being delivered by Norma Crosby, National Federation of the blind of Texas Affiliate President, National Federation of the Blind Board of Directors and much more.

On Sunday, October 3, 2021 the days events start at 9:00 AM with General Session and the business meetings.

Listen to the National Federation of the Blind of Florida 2021 State Convention Live Stream.

2021 Convention Sponsors

Vanda Pharmaceuticals, Inc. has enjoyed a long and enduring partnership with the NFB, and we deeply appreciate our relationship with you.

Thank you for inviting us to participate in The NFB of Florida 2021 Annual State Convention. We’re happy to be here and proud to be your Title Sponsor!

Vanda is a biopharmaceutical company that conducts research on a rare condition called Non-24 - a short name for Non-24 Hour Sleep-Wake disorder.

Did you know that up to 70% of people who are totally blind have Non-24 and may not even know it?

Many think that it only affects people who are totally blind, when in fact, Non-24 can affect people with low vision, and even those who are sighted.

Non-24 is characterized by:
- Difficulties falling asleep at night;
- Difficulties staying asleep at night;
- And lots of daytime sleepiness.
Those are the three main symptoms.

And while the symptoms make it seem like a sleep disorder, it’s not!
It’s actually classified as a circadian rhythm disorder that occurs when our internal sleep-wake rhythm misaligns with a regular 24-hour day-night cycle, leading to the three main symptoms described earlier. This fact often leads to misdiagnosis and misunderstandings about this condition.
To bring attention to all the facts of Non-24, Vanda nurse educators provide educational programs at all levels within your organization and with its various affiliates. You are encouraged to advocate for yourself and for others, by scheduling a live program with Vicki Preddy, either virtually or in person.
For more information about Non-24, or to schedule a live program, please visit Vicki at her convention exhibit booth, or contact her by phone at 202-578-9060.

Our History

Listen to our 50 years of history as narrated by our own Dan Hicks.

The opening ceremony of our 50th Anniversary State Convention presented by Merry Schoch and Marion Gwizdala.

The National Federation of the Blind is not an organization speaking for the blind - It is the blind speaking for ourselves.