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.


Due to concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic that continue to impact daily life, regretfully, the National Braille Association Board of Directors has opted to cancel our in-person Professional Development Conference previously scheduled to take place in November 2020.

For more, read a message from NBA President Cindi Laurent in this blog post.

For 2020, we are currently in planning stages to determine if and how we can provide an alternative experience virtually.

Our plan for 2021 currently is to have an in-person Professional Development Conference in San Antonio, Texas. Dates are forthcoming.

Stay tuned for more information to be released as it becomes available!



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.