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.

2020 Professional Development Conference

After canceling our 2020 Professional Development Conference originally planned for San Antonio, we began working to see how we could still deliver the same educational content to transcribers and teachers of the visually impaired. After months of careful planning, we've created a virtual experience to deliver the same great educational experience.

This year, we'll be conducting the 2020 Professional Development Conference virtually!

Here's the info you need now:

  • There will be multiple online workshops each day of the week starting Monday, November 16th through Friday, November 20th. Each day will begin around 11:00a ET to accommodate our friends on the west coast.
  • You will need to register, but registration will be open to everyone at no cost.
  • Since we're making the entire conference available to attendees at no cost, we've developed ways for brands to provide financial support.

Stay tuned to this page as we unveil plans for the 2020 Professional Development Conference to take place virtually this November!


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.