State Convention

The National Federation of the Blind of Arkansas State Convention is the largest gathering of blind people in the state. It is the premier event for training, support, and information for the blind community. It also serves as a governing body, democratically electing our leadership and establishing each year's organizational priorities.

National Federation of the Blind of Arkansas 2023 State Convention

Friday, March 31 through Sunday, April 2, 2023
Theme: Success for You and Me with the NFB 2023!

Register and make a difference in the lives of blind Arkansans!

The 2023 State Convention of the National Federation of the Blind of Arkansas will be held at:
Four Points by Sheraton Little Rock Midtown
925 South University Avenue
Little Rock, AR 72204

Note: The agenda will be finalized, distributed, and posted on the state website in early to mid March. Yes, the agenda will be available on NEWSLINE® too!

Here is your chance to participate and learn more about the NFB’s programs and goals on the state and national level. Hear from the NFB national representative. Also, hear from speakers on topics of national and state importance, membership, seniors, technology, Braille, students, guide dog users, merchants, and parents’ concerns, meet the scholarship class of 2023 and much more!

Mark your calendars and make every effort to attend the 2023 State Convention of the NFB of Arkansas. Get involved. Make a difference! Please share with others, everyone is welcome!

Room Reservations

The Four Points by Sheraton Little Rock Midtown is now accepting room reservations for the State Convention. To make your reservation 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, please dial 800-721-7033 and use the group name of National Federation of the Blind of Arkansas, or visit https://www.marriott.com/events/start.mi?id=1666201026044&key=GRP. The best time to call is during regular business hours, 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. The 2023 room rate is $119 a night. Hotel room rates are subject to applicable state and local taxes, which at present is 8.63% and will be in effect at the time of check-out.

For those considering arriving early, there is a limited number of available guest rooms as another group will be occupying most of the hotel on Wednesday, March 29. Don’t hesitate, please make your room reservations as soon as possible. Our block of rooms are available until Wednesday, March 1, and any remaining rooms will become available to the general public. You will need a credit card to secure your reservation, There will be no charge to your card until you arrive at the hotel. In addition, there are a limited number of wheelchair accessible rooms and if needed, make it known when you are making your room reservation.

Note: if you can not attend and you have made hotel reservations, don’t call the hotel to cancel. Please call Nena Chadwick at 479-435-8348. Nena usually has a waiting list to review as many learn about the State Convention after Wednesday, March 1.

Registration

Online registration is now open for the 2023 NFB of Arkansas State Convention! Registration with the convention is required in order to be eligible for our discounted room rates at the hotel.

Please note that the reduced convention registration rate of $65 per person will only be available up through Tuesday, February 28 when the online registration form closes. all on site registrations will incur an additional charge of $10 per person. This year's registration rate includes the cost of a banquet meal and the entry fee for the auction. So don't delay, register for the convention today!

Opportunities for Sponsors & Exhibitors

Do you want to be a sponsor or exhibitor for the state convention? Then visit the appropriate links below for more information:

State Convention Donations

The National Federation of the Blind promotes and educates the public about blindness. Our goal is to reach out to all the communities across Arkansas to find and support blind individuals. The main hurdle is not the lack of eyesight, it is the lack of information and education. Our goal is to change that in Arkansas.

The 2023 National Federation of the Blind of Arkansas State Convention will be held, March 30 through April 2, 2023. Our State Convention is an educational opportunity that teaches new and upcoming assistive technology, blindness awareness, and innovative ways to cope with the daily challenges that the blind community faces. This convention provides blind and low-vision adults, children, and parents of blind children the opportunity to meet, socialize, and support each other.

We are asking for your help with the 2023 Arkansas State Convention. We need donations for our auction and door prizes. A broad range of demographics will be attending, so we are seeking a variety of donations, to help make this vital fundraiser a success!

The membership of this movement would like to take this time to “Thank you” for your consideration.

If you would like more information about the National Federation of the Blind, you can visit our National website at www.nfb.org or our State website at www.nfbar.org.

For any questions on how to donate, please call or email:

Nena Chadwick, President
National Federation of the Blind of Arkansas
Phone: 479-435-8348
Email: nchadwick@nfbar.org

Code of Conduct

As an attendee at our convention, you not only represent yourself but also represent our greater organization. We want you to enjoy our time together and to make new friends and renew old acquaintances. Although we encourage members to socialize and have fun, the convention also provides a valuable opportunity to come together to continue the work of our organization, to learn about the important initiatives that we are involved with on local and national levels, and to plan our work for the future.

The National Federation of the Blind seeks to provide a convention environment in which diverse participants, including members, speakers, exhibitors, staff, and volunteers, may learn, network, and enjoy the company of friends and colleagues in an environment of mutual respect and professionalism. We recognize a shared responsibility to create and uphold that atmosphere for the benefit of all. Some behaviors are therefore specifically prohibited:

  • harassment or intimidation based on race, religion, ethnicity, language, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, physical appearance, or other group identity
  • harassment or intimidation, including unwelcome sexual attention, stalking (physical or virtual), or unsolicited physical contact
  • public drunkenness and associated behaviors (e.g., belligerence, yelling, hostility, destruction of property)

Participants are expected to abide by these rules and behaviors in all convention venues, including online arenas, social media, and social events. Participants who are asked to stop a behavior that the recipient considers hostile or harassing are expected to comply immediately. We are committed to diversity, equity, and the free expression of ideas. Please visit https://nfb.org/code-conduct for more information.

Additional Information

Additional information will be posted as soon as it becomes available. Check back often. For more information, please contact us at 479-435-8348 or nchadwick@nfbar.org.