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Despite having to cancel our 2020 AFB Leadership Conference, we at AFB know that knowledge sharing is vital to our community. To that end, we are thrilled to make a select portion of our conference available, free of charge, through a series of online seminars. We’re beginning with key sessions from the 2020 AFB Leadership Conference, which will now be hosted as a mini virtual event.

Virtual AFBLC

We will be archiving all sessions online, with captions, audio description, and transcripts. Bookmark this page to stay up-to-date as sessions are announced.

Your support, your social-media sharing of AFB resources, your encouraging comments and messages, your generosity with your time and expertise, and your donations are helping us to pull this off and we cannot say thank you enough.

Please also bookmark our Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources for People Who Are Blind or Low Vision page, as we are updating it frequently. Stay safe and healthy, friends. You are important to us.

Cancellation FAQ

03/10/2020—Over the last few weeks, we have been closely monitoring the evolving situation with the COVID-19 outbreak to ensure we are taking every precaution to look after our community. The health and safety of our staff, supporters, attendees, and the public at large is our primary concern. After careful consideration, we’ve decided to:

  • Cancel the in-person elements of the AFB Leadership Conference scheduled for March 25-27, 2020
  • Postpone the Helen Keller Achievement Awards Gala until 2021
  • Reschedule the Blind Leaders Development Program kickoff within 6 months

This decision was not made lightly, and we regret this missed opportunity to connect with you in person. Ultimately, we were guided by our values, which is to put the health and safety of staff and the community above all else. And while nothing can take the place of in-person interactions, we are exploring ways to make some of the sessions available online. Please bookmark our FAQ page—we will be updating it regularly.

We hope to see all of you next year, as we reconvene at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City, April 14-16, for our centennial celebration, where we will also honor this year’s Helen Keller Achievement Award honorees. If you have any additional questions, please contact us at

We are thinking of you during these unprecedented times. Thank you for your support and understanding.

The 2020 AFB Leadership Conference

March 26-27 • Crystal Gateway Marriott • Arlington, VA

The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) is pleased to present the 2020 Leadership Conference, which will cover the most pressing and relevant topics in the field of blindness and offer many opportunities to learn from the best and brightest minds in our field, make new connections, and reunite with old friends.

Held annually, AFBLC attracts established and emerging leaders in the blindness field. Conference attendees include technology experts, corporate representatives, university professors, and researchers. They come from diverse organizations and institutions spanning the public and private sectors.

The conference will have five primary areas of focus, including leadership, aging and visual impairment, education, technology, and employment. Please note: professional development credits will not be available.

The 2019 AFBLC attracted over 400 attendees from 43 states and three countries and territories.

“The conference was meaningful on many levels―near perfect from my learning experience. AFB’s staff talent, engagement, commitment, and leadership were shining throughout like a constellation! Congratulations to each staff member and all the best in 2019 as AFB continues to partner with others to create a world of no limits!”

“It was an honor to attend the conference. The event was extremely well organized, the content was very valuable, and I found it so inspiring on a personal level.”

“I found the conference overall to offer great insights with practical information that can be used on a day-to-day basis. I look forward to the opportunity to come again next year!”

“I was honored to be among such high-caliber presenters. There is much I am already integrating into my work, and I was genuinely impacted by the keynotes’ principles of leadership and systems change. The conference was a gift.”

“This was my first AFB Leadership Conference, and I have definitely bumped it to the top of my must-attend list next year. I found it very well-organized, well-managed, responsive to feedback, helpful, informative, and fun. I had several members of my organization attend, and they all expressed the same and found it an invaluable tool for leaders. See you next year. I enjoyed the experience and look forward to more opportunities to learn and lead together.”

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