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State Convention

National Federation of the Blind of Massachusetts 2022 STATE CONVENTION

Thursday, March 31 through Sunday, April 3, 2022

The National Federation of the Blind of Massachusetts 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.

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

The 2022 State Convention of the National Federation of the Blind of Massachusetts will be a hybrid convention held at
Embassy suites by Hilton Boston at Logan airport
207 Porter Street
Boston, MA 02128

Please note that we will be live streaming the entire convention and that parts of the convention will be recorded for archival purposes on the website. On Thursday, March 31, 2022, we will be kicking off the convention with a virtual only event. We will have a number of zoom rooms wherein you can participate. This will allow us to have speakers from all over the country and have a platform in which all may attend.

Note: The agenda will be finalized and distributed and posted on the state website in early to mid February. 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, and parents’ concerns, meet the scholarship class of 2022 and much more!

Mark your calendars and make every effort to attend the 2022 state convention of the NFB of Massachusetts. Get Involved. Make a Difference! Please share with others, everyone is welcome!

Room Reservations

The Embassy suites by Hilton Boston at Logan airport is now accepting room reservations for the state convention. To make your reservation 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, please dial 617-567-5000 and use the group code of NF2 or visit https://bit.ly/NFBMA22 . The best time to call is during regular business hours, 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. The 2022 room rate is $139 a night for a king size suite and $149 a night for a queen size suite. Hotel room rates are subject to applicable state and local taxes, which at present is 8.45% and will be in effect at the time of check-out.

Don’t hesitate, please make your room reservations as soon as possible. Our block of rooms are available until Thursday, March 10, 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 Shara Winton at 617-600-8130. Shara usually has a waiting list to review as many learn about the state convention after Thursday, March 10. If you are a student in Massachusetts, please call Shara to make your reservations. Students will share a room with up to 2 other students.

Local government rules for this hotel require proof of vaccination to access certain on-site amenities including dining, bar, meeting rooms and fitness facilities. Please check the evolving health and safety requirements in effect where the hotel is located for specific rules and exceptions before traveling. We are committed to providing you a safe and relaxing hotel stay. For information about our initiatives related to COVID, please visit http://covid.hilton.com.

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 617-600-8130 or sharawinton@gmail.com.

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