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 NBA members, members of other organizations, and agencies.

JOIN US IN 2023!!

We'd love for you to join us for the 2023 Professional Development Conference hosted in Knoxville, Tennessee!

Registration for board members, presenters, and attendees is now live. Please visit this page built using Cvent event registration software (you'll be taken to a different website with that link) to get you and your group registered today.

Couple points of note:

  • If you'd like to pay by Purchase Order, we're happy to accept one. You can register yourself so the seat in the workshops you want is held. At the end of your registration select "pay offline" and then contact our offices with the P.O. We'll take it from there!
  • You can absolutely register a group all at once! Because everyone will have individual agendas, you will need to enter each person, but you can choose to add them as a group so you can just make one single payment. On the payment screen select "Add another person" and you'll be asked to enter the next person in your party. You can do this as many times as needed.
  • To see the agenda or workshops list, visit that homepage linked above and look for the "agenda" tab in the upper right hand corner.

Knoxville, Tennessee

October 18, 19, and 20, 2023

Workshops begin at 9:00 a.m. on the 18th, and end at 4:00 p.m. on the 20th


If you're looking to estimate travel costs, we've put together a Trip Planner to help you gauge how much you'll need to plan for this year.

Use the tabs in the Trip Planner below to get costs and links for many different services to help get you to this year's conference in Knoxville.


Hilton Knoxville

501 W. Church Ave.

Knoxville, Tennessee 37902


$161.00 per night for 1 to 4 people

State and local taxes at the time of this writing are 17.25%

Cost per night including tax = $188.77

To book a room online at our special conference rate, please click here. If you would prefer to reserve a room by calling the hotel, they can be reached at 1-800-445-8667. Please make sure to mention that you are coming for the National Braille Association conference so that our special rate can be applied. If asked for a Group Code, please use: NBRA.

Ground Transportation
Meals and Incidentals


National Braille Association would like to thank these proud sponsors for their generous support with the 2022 Professional Development Conference.

If you're interested in being listed among these organizations and supporting our 2023 conference, please contact Chris Clemens in our office.

Diamond Level Sponsors

Platinum Level Sponsors

Gold Level Sponsors

Silver Level Sponsors

Bronze Level Sponsors


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.