The American Council of the Blind strives to increase the independence, security, equality of opportunity, and quality of life, for all blind and visually-impaired people.
WASHINGTON, Nov. 26, 2013 — The American Council of the Blind (ACB) is proud to announce that its Internet radio service, ACB Radio, is now fully available by phone.
"This is a fabulous way for anyone to listen to the great offerings on ACB Radio, anytime from just about anywhere, and does not require using a computer," says ACB president Kim Charlson. "We can now reach many more people who are blind who cannot afford to purchase costly computer equipment or who are not comfortable using the Internet, but who could greatly benefit from information and entertainment offered on any of ACB Radio's six channels."
To listen to ACB Radio by phone, dial (231) 460-1047. Note: long-distance phone charges may apply. Please read more here.
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The American Council of the Blind (ACB) annually awards approximately twenty scholarships ranging in amounts from $1,000 to $3,500 to vocational, entering freshmen, undergraduate, graduate and full time employees (32 hours or more per week who are attending college part time) students who are legally blind, maintain a 3.3 GPA and are involved in their school/local community. Applications and all supporting materials must be received by 11:59 pm Central Standard Time on March 1, 2014. Read the full announcement here.
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2014 Mid-Year Meetings and Legislative Seminar Preliminary Info
Before we all get too involved in holiday activities, I want to encourage you to start making plans to attend ACB’s 2014 midyear meetings. These include a meeting of the ACB Board of Directors and possibly the Board of Publications, a meeting for affiliate presidents or their representatives, and the 2014 Legislative Seminar. Meeting dates are February 21-25. Please read more here.
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A major component of the Affordable Health Care Act went into effect on October 1, 2013. Individuals will be able to explore and compare options of health care plans that are available and enroll in those plans. Here you will find links Read more here.
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On Sunday, October 13, WMJX Magic 106.7 FM in Boston aired Candy O'Terry's interview with Kim Charlson on the acclaimed "Exceptional Women" program. Kim was invited on the show after being elected first woman president of the American Council of the Blind. The interview is available as a podcast at this link.
New guidance is now available from the Access Board on how to make prescription drug container labels accessible to people with vision impairments or who are elderly. The important information labeling prescription medications, including dosage and other instructions, side effects, and expiration dates, is often inaccessible to those unable to read print or small type. Read more here.
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WASHINGTON, June 27, 2013 - The American Council of the Blind (ACB) is pleased to congratulate the World Intellectual Property Organization for the adoption of a comprehensive treaty at its diplomatic conference currently being held in Marrakech, Morocco. Please read more here.
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Broad-based Initiative Praised by Blind Community Leaders
NEW YORK, NY (June 27, 2013) – Weight Watchers International, Inc. (NYSE: WTW) today announced its ongoing initiative to make its websites, mobile applications and print information more accessible and inclusive for its members and subscribers with visual impairments. Please read more here.
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Testimony of Brian Charlson, Director of Technology, Carroll Center for the Blind, Newton, MA, Chairman, Information Access Committee, American Council of the Blind on behalf of the American Council of the Blind before the U.S. Senate Committee on Health Education Labor and Pensions (HELP) on the ADA and Entertainment Technologies
May 14, 2013
Caption: Photo in the HELP Committee Hearing room just after the hearing ended from left to right are Brian Charlson, Senator Harkin and Eric Bridges Please read more here.
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Melanie Brunson and Eric Bridges participated in an undercover taxi discrimination story that the local CBS affiliate was conducting. The link to the story and video is below. This was a well done story that shows the continuing challenges that guide dog users face in Washington but also across the country.
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The place for useful, fun, and unusual products for home, school and work. Whether you are shopping for the kids, mom or dad, the boss or neighbor, or the senior set, you'll find the perfect product for every occasion.
The ACB Treasures Shop is the first store to open in the ACB Virtual Mini Mall. The ACB Treasures collection is an all-new line of products, introduced at the 2012 ACB Conference and Convention in Louisville. It includes an expanded line of ACB logo merchandise and special lines of products commemorating ACB events. Departments in the ACB Treasures Shop include the Case Place, the Clothes Rack, the 4 Paws Boutique and many more.
To get in on the fun and download the Mall catalog click here.
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The American Council of the Blind (ACB) is pleased to provide comment on the Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) published on January 14, 2013 concerning minimum sound requirements for hybrid and electric vehicles. Continue reading here.
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Need information about how to order Talking Prescription Containers for prescription medication obtained from Walmart? You’ll find everything you need in this post. In June, 2012, Walmart became the first national pharmacy retailer to offer Talking Prescription Containers free of charge to persons with visual impairments. Continue reading here.
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