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.


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



We've created two different registration methods to meet the needs of attending the conference. If you're looking to attend as an individual who will sit in on workshops, please use the link below for attendees. The other link can be used for businesses that want to be featured in our Exhibit Hall, purchase advertisements in our conference program, or sponsor a portion of the conference.


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.