Public Policy Forum

May 13-16, 2024
The Westin Alexandria
Old Town Alexandria, VA

Every spring, employees who are blind from NIB’s associated nonprofit agencies across the country visit the nation’s capital. As part of NIB’s Advocates for Leadership and Employment program, they receive training on how to best represent the community of people who are blind to elected officials, including:

  • Effective communications
  • Advocacy strategies
  • Grassroots initiatives

The Public Policy Forum culminates in a day spent on Capitol Hill, when these Advocates meet with members of Congress and their staff members in order to discuss issues that will increase employment for people who are blind. In 2023, 100 representatives from NIB agencies visited a total of 115 Congressional offices.

Advocates for Leadership and Employment

Meet Our Advocates

Gary Wagner standing in front the U.S. Capitol

Gary Wagner
Director of VA Contracts and Public Policy, Visually Impaired Advancement

headshot of alicia howerton

Alicia Howerton
Manager of External and Government Relations, Cleveland Sight Center

Cancellation Policy

All fees must be paid in full at the time of registration, either online or in person at the conference registration desk. Full refunds are available only if requested before April 30, 2024, via email to conference@nib.org. Refund requests received after April 30 will not be honored for any reason including non-attendance at the event. Cancellation requests received, and registrations made, after the April deadline will not be eligible for refunds.

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Health Safety Acknowledgement

Attendees acknowledge the health risks associated with attending in-person meetings, events, and activities associated with the NIB/NAEPB Training Conference and Expo, including the risk of becoming infected with COVID-19, influenza, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), and other illnesses.  NIB and NAEPB take preventative measures to reduce the spread of illness and, consistent with CDC guidelines, encourage all attendees to practice hand hygiene and social distancing and to wear masks at their discretion.  Nevertheless, attendees acknowledge that these measures, both as designed and as implemented, may be insufficient to prevent attendees from contracting COVID-19, influenza, RSV, and other illnesses, and all participants, volunteers, partners, and others in attendance assume the risk of contracting such illnesses as well as any personal injuries that may result therefrom.