Critical Issues Conference

May 21-23, 2018


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The National Association of Blind Merchants (NABM) and the National Federation of the Blind Entrepreneurs Initiative (NFBEI) will be holding a Critical Issues Conference on May 21-23, 2018. The conference will include nationally known speakers in the Randolph-Sheppard arena who will help identify and discuss the critical issues facing our program today.  The conference will include time on The Hill so attendees can educate members of Congress about the Randolph-Sheppard Program.  Please make arrangements to join us in Washington, D.C.

We will kick things off with some extensive training on Monday afternoon, May 2tst.  John Pare and Gabe Casarez from the National Federation of the Blind’s Baltimore Office will lead the training and it will focus on how to be an effective self-advocate.  That training will begin at 3:30 PM and conclude by 6:00.  This will hopefully allow most to travel in on Monday morning.

Tuesday morning you will travel to The Hill to meet with your members of Congress.  The training agenda will continue Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning.

To register to attend the Fly-In, go to .  Complete the registration form and submit.  We will make appointments for you with your members of Congress on Tuesday, May 22nd.

The host hotel will be the Marriott Keybridge Hotel, 1401 Lee Highway, Arlington, Virginia, 22209.   BOOK YOUR HOTEL HERE> .  You may also call 703-524-6400 and ask for he NABM Fly In ate which is $199.00.  We have a block of rooms for the nights of May 20, 21, and 22.


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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.