Text reads: Learn, Engage, Advance, Deliver. The first letter from each word spells out the acronym L.E.A.D. We are thrilled to announce that the moment you've been waiting for is here—registration is now open for the 2019 AFB Leadership Conference (#AFBLC19)! Join us at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, VA, as we bring together leaders in the field to share research and advocate for equal education and employment opportunities, as well as to address the needs of an aging population. The conference will have five primary areas of focus: leadership, aging and visual impairment, education, technology, and employment. The National Research and Training Center on Blindness and Low Vision (NRTC) will present a State of the Science (SOS) Conference on Employment for Individuals with Blindness and Other Visual during the AFBLC. The employment track will consist of sessions sponsored by the NRTC, through funding from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (grant #90RT5040). The SOS Conference is an excellent opportunity for professionals to learn about the latest research and products available to help individuals who are blind or visually impaired obtain employment.

2019 AFB Leadership Conference
Crystal Gateway Marriott, Arlington, VA
February 28-March 1
Older Individuals Who Are Blind Program Managers Meeting - February 27 (Open to all conference attendees, but seating is limited)
Early-bird rate until February 1: $399
Rate after February 1: $449 (includes on-site registrations)
Full refunds are allowed through January 31, 2019, less a $50 cancellation fee. No refunds will be allowed after February 1.

To register online: http://www.cvent.com/d/wbq0kn/4W (Note that we are using a new registration platform; this site asks that you make selections for the sessions you plan to attend, which will populate your schedule in the conference app. You can always modify these later if you like.)

To book your hotel room: Online reservations or call 888-236-2427 and reference our conference to get the group rate.

To learn about sponsorship opportunities: 2019 Sponsorship menu

group of AFBLC attendees in a conference roomAnd don't forget—we'll kick things off on February 27 with the 2019 Helen Keller Achievement Awards Gala! This black-tie event was established by AFB in 1994 to acknowledge Keller's extraordinary efforts and to promote the notable achievements of individuals and organizations that have improved the quality of life for people with disabilities. The gala, which will be emceed by athlete, adventurer, and author Erik Weihenmayer, includes a cocktail hour, silent auction, and formal dinner. The 2019 award recipients are Amazon, Northrop Grumman, and Washington State Lt. Gov. Cyrus Habib. Tickets for this special event must be purchased separately. Please visit https://www.afb.org/donate_hkaa.aspx to purchase individual tickets, tables, or event sponsorships.

Special Thanks to Our 2019 Sponsors

Leadership Track Sponsor

Hewlett-Packard Enterprise


JPMorgan Chase & Co.


Delta Gamma Foundation


American Printing House for the Blind

Conference Sponsors

Charter Communications