The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) is pleased to announce registration is now open for the 2023 AFB Leadership Conference, April 19-21 at the Hyatt Regency in Arlington, Virginia. This premier event in the field of blindness and low vision convenes leaders from across the country, providing an excellent opportunity to grow in knowledge and network with collaborators in the field.

The theme for this year’s event is “Empowering Digital Inclusion,” building on the rich progress that has been made toward making a “world with no limits” in the digital space. Proposals are now being accepted for both general and breakout sessions.

This year’s Leadership Conference provides an excellent opportunity to stay on top of the latest research, trends and best practices encompassing independence and equal-opportunity for people who are blind or low vision in the digital age. The conference will also recognize leaders and innovators in the field during the April 21st awards luncheon, where AFB will present the annual Corinne Kirchner Research Award, the Llura Gund Leadership Award and the Migel Medal Award. Nominations are now open for these prestigious awards.

Participants can also purchase tickets for the annual Helen Keller Achievement Awards Ceremony, which will kick off the conference festivities the evening of April 19. This special event recognizes icons and industry leaders who pave the way for opportunity and inclusion in the spirit of AFB’s own past legendary leader Helen Keller.

Spring is a glorious time of the year to visit our Nation’s capital, and there will be plenty of opportunities as well to enjoy all that Washington, DC has to offer visitors. Don’t miss out on the conference early-bird special and reserve your room today at the Hyatt Regency in the renown Crystal City neighborhood while conference room rates are still available. And be sure to bookmark the AFB Leadership Conference homepage to stay in-the-loop on updates to the program and travel information for the event. Contact Sylvia Stinson-Perez, sstinsonperez@afb.org, for questions regarding this year’s event.

Special thanks to our 2023 AFB-LC sponsors: Johnson & Johnson and Horizon Therapeutics at the “Leadership Circle” level; Google, JPMorgan Chase, and Oncor Electric Delivery at the “No Limits” level; and Microsoft at the “Change Makers” level. Email Amir Rahimi, arahimi@afb.org, to learn more about 2023 sponsorship opportunities.

About AFB Talent Lab

The AFB Talent Lab ​​aims to meet the accessibility needs of the tech industry – and millions of people living with disabilities – through a unique combination of hands-on training, mentorship, and consulting services, created and developed by our own digital inclusion experts. To learn more about our internship and apprenticeship programs or our client services, please visit our website at www.afb.org/talentlab.