The 2018 State Convention of the National Federation of the Blind of Florida (NFBF) is fast approaching.  We hope you will make your plans early to be present for a fabulous fun-filled and educational gathering in Tampa, Florida.

The convention will be held over the Memorial Day weekend:

Friday, May 25, 2018 through Monday, May 28, 2018 at the

Hilton Tampa Airport Westshore

2225 North Lois Avenue

Tampa, FL 33607

Phone: 813-877-6688

 We are excited about the different activities on the agenda for our attendees. You will have the opportunity to participate in general sessions and in a selection of timely seminars.  Special interest discussion groups ranging from division meetings to sessions focusing on the latest in electronics, new products for the blind, and other topics related to blindness will be presented.

 Numerous items of adaptive equipment will be on display in our Exhibition Hall which opens Friday evening. The Annual Banquet is always an event that everyone looks forward to attending. Convention activities will begin Friday evening with an open meeting of the NFBF Board of Directors and the NFBF Resolutions Committee meeting.

General Sessions begin on Saturday morning, May 26, 2018.  Featuring speeches from government officials and representatives from agencies such as Social Security Administration and the Division of Blind Services along with a variety of other dynamic speakers. General Sessions continue Sunday and Monday mornings. Saturday and Sunday afternoons will headline seminars on many informative topics such as legislation, technology, guide dogs, senior concerns, and other timely topics relating to blindness. We will be hosting seminars for parents of blind and visually impaired children on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Children will be treated to their own activities during this time.  The Hospitality Suite will be available on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. The closing event of the evening will be the annual auction.

 On Sunday evening we invite you to join us for our Annual NFBF Banquet. A National Representative of the NFB Headquarters in Baltimore, MD, will provide both a National Report and a banquet address you will not want to miss. Concluding the evening, the 2018 Student Scholarship winners will be presented.

 On Monday, May 28, 2018, a special commemoration will be held in honor of Memorial Day observation and our final business session will follow.  Elections will be held for the available board positions; members will vote on resolutions and other Federation business will be conducted. The convention will conclude at 11:00 AM.

 It pays to pre-register! Prior to convention the registration fee is $20.00 and the banquet tickets are $40.00 each. The registration and the banquet fee will each increase by $5.00 on Monday, May 7, 2018. It is important that we receive your payment by that date to qualify for the special registration and banquet package discount. Banquet tickets are limited at the door, so plan early to attend and send your Convention Registration in today or call 1-800-342-9005 and preregister and purchase banquet tickets with your credit card.

If you are registering by mail, please use the link below to download the form to register for the convention and banquet. Please use a separate form for each person, so feel free to make copies or download additional forms.

To make your room reservations, please call the Hilton Tampa Airport Westshore at (813) 877-6688. When calling, ask for the National Federation of the Blind of Florida Convention room rate (code NFB) of $104.00 per night.

 Rooms are reserved on a first-come first-served basis. Your room reservation must be made by May 3, 2018 to guarantee our special hotel rate. Call early while rooms are still available. They may sell out before the cut-off date!

Effort will be made to meet the needs of those with disabilities if accommodations are requested before May 12, 2018. Please send request and information to Jorge Hernandez at

 If you have questions, please feel free to contact NFBF Treasurer Gloria Mills Hicks at:, or by calling Monday through Friday between the hours of 9 AM and 5 PM, 1-813-837-1101. Please be aware that this is Gloria’s work number, so the phone line will be answered, "IReScue." In addition, you can e-mail me at president@, or call 305-9728529.

 We hope to see you in Tampa in May for the best NFBF Convention ever!


Denise Valkema, President

National Federation of the Blind of Florida

Special notice: Aira is turning on Site Access for free for everyone, during the entire convention. This means the entire hotel property will be an Aira free zone, and we want everyone to go to the Apple app store or the Google Play store and download the Aira app for free. Every person at convention can register as a Guest, and use Aira for free the whole weekend.



Click here to download the NFBF 2018 Convention registration form in Word format.


Click here to download the NFBF 2018 convention AGENDA in Word format.


Click here to download the restaurant and store guide near the hotel in word format.


Click here to download the outline of the  hotel in word format.


Click here  to download the transportation information guide.

Click here to view the auction baskets for each chapter and  division



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