Professional Development Conference

Professional Development Conferences are held in the  fall of each year in various cities in the United States. These conferences are the sites for workshops which enable participants to improve their skills and learn more about braille code revisions, new techniques, software, hardware, and production equipment. Social functions offer the additional stimulation of informal visits with members of other organizations and agencies.

Conference Information

Prepare to join us in Phoenix, Arizona for our 2019 Professional Development Conference on October 30, 31, and November 1!


We invite you to use one of the following links to learn more about workshops and presenters, costs, and to register to join us in October.

This link is for those wanting to attend our workshops as a conference attendee, as well as guests and presenters.

For organizations and businesses that would like a presence in our Exhibit Hall, or to advertise in our conference program and to sponsor activities at the conference, please use this link.

Mary Archer Scholarship Award

The Mary Archer Scholarship Fund is used to provide scholarships equal to the amount of the cost of registration to those attending an NBA conference for the first time. Only current NBA members qualify to receive the grant.

There will be a maximum of two scholarships offered for any one conference and scholarships will be awarded on a first come, first served basis. We ask that those of you who already have the benefit of your employer or other resource paying for your conference registration forego applying. This will leave the scholarship funds available for those who pay registration with personal funds.

To help fund this process, please send checks to the National Braille Association and mark them for the Mary Archer Scholarship Fund.

To apply for this scholarship, please find an application in your most current Bulletin and submit to our office.