State Convention

National Federation of the Blind of Michigan 2023 State Convention

Friday, November 10 through Sunday, November 12, 2023

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Detroit - Dearborn
5801 Southfield Fwy
Detroit, MI 48228

The National Federation of the Blind of Michigan actively creates opportunities for blind people to turn their dreams into reality. Our annual state convention, the largest consumer-focused gathering of blind people in the state of Michigan, boasts potential advocacy, education, and networking resources across ages, professions, and cities. Whether it’s our college scholarship program or our informative presentations on resources for blind people; each year our state convention provides programming for everyone, including:

  • Parents of Blind Children
  • Blind Parents
  • Blind Children and Students
  • Blind Adults
  • Blind Seniors
  • Blindness Rehabilitation Professionals

It's Time to Register!

It's time to register for convention. Registering will put you in the running for valuable door prizes and helps to support our affiliate with convention costs.

Go here to register for convention


We are pleased to present the 2023 convention agenda. This year's agenda includes a wider variety of activities and sessions to give you even more reasons to join us.

2023 College Scholarship Program

The National Federation of the Blind of Michigan is pleased to announce its 2023 scholarship program benefiting blind college students. This year, we will offer three scholarships, one for $1500 and two for $1000 each. These awards are earned by outstanding blind students who currently live in Michigan, or are attending college in the state of Michigan during the Spring 2024 term.

The scholarship deadline has now past. We will announce our 2023 winners at convention.

Sponsor and Exhibitor Opportunities

Our exhibit hall will be open to all on Friday, November 10 from 1 to 6 and also on Saturday for the first time, November 11, from noon to 4. The exhibit hall will feature a variety of products and services benefiting the blind and visually impaired.

Download the 2023 Exhibitor Directory.

Download the 2023 Sponsor/Exhibitor packet

Please email if you are interested in learning more about exhibitor or sponsor opportunities.

Restaurant Menu

Grille 39 is open for breakfast and dinner. There is also a 24 hour market near the front desk which has snacks and premade sandwiches.

Grille 39 Menu in Microsoft Word format

Listen to the Convention from Anywhere

Your friends that aren't able to join us in person can join us on the Internet by visiting our NFB of Michigan Zoom Room. We plan on streaming all general sessions as well as the banquet. This is the same link we use for most of our virtual meetings.

Zoom link:
Meeting ID: 961 269 5221
Passcode: 902855
One tap mobile +16468769923,,9612695221#,,,,,,0#,,902855# US (New York)

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 for more information.

Additional Information

Additional information will be posted as soon as it becomes available. Check back often.

For more information, please contact the following:

J.J. Meddaugh, State Convention Coordinator