American Council of the Blind
ACB - Discovering New Worlds
Janet Dickelman, Chair, St. Paul, MN
Carla Ruschival, Vice Chair and Officer Liaison, Louisville, KY
Margarine Beaman, Austin, TX
Sally Benjamin, Tallahassee, FL
Bill Deatherage, Louisville, KY
Michael Fulghum, Nashville, TN
Sharon Lovering, Arlington, VA
Bruce Radtke, Bellingham, WA
Michael Smitherman, Jackson, MS
Cindi Vega, Salt Lake City, UT
Lane Waters, Staff Liaison, Minneapolis, MN
American Council of the Blind
52nd Annual Conference & Convention
July 4 – July 12, 2013
Hyatt Regency Hotel
Mitch Pomerantz (Chair), Pasadena, CA
Melanie Brunson, Staff Liaison, Arlington, VA
Kim Charlson, Watertown, MA
Janet Dickelman, St. Paul, MN
Brenda Dillon, Officer Liaison, Hermitage, TN
Adam Ruschival, Louisville, KY
Jenine Stanley, Columbus, OH
Many many thanks to our 2013 corporate sponsors. Their continued generous support of the American Council of the Blind and our conference and convention is sincerely appreciated.
Look for the 2013 corporate sponsors on ACB.org, in the conference and convention program and newspaper, on ACB Radio, on the convention T-shirt, and throughout the week. Be sure to thank them personally for their generous support.
Bill Deatherage, Chair, Louisville, KY
Susan Ament, Lexington, KY
David Cox, Louisville, KY
Patti Cox, Louisville, KY
Debbie Deatherage, Louisville, KY
Deb Lewis, Louisville, KY
David Perry, Cincinnati, OH
Adam Ruschival, Louisville, KY
Carla Ruschival, Louisville, KY
Jim Shaw, Louisville, KY
Gerry Slusher, Covington, KY
Elaine Weisbard, Louisville, KY
Are you traveling to Columbus for the 2013 ACB conference and convention? The below information should answer all your transportation questions.
Port Columbus International Airport (code CMH) is located just 10 minutes east of downtown. Columbus is served by all major air carriers. You can also travel to Columbus by Greyhound (the bus station is 6 blocks from the hotel) or Mega Bus (which stops across the street from the Hyatt).
The closest Amtrak stop is 2 hours from Columbus.
Thursday, July 5
5:00 - 9:00 PM - Registration; Brown
Friday, July 6
6:30 AM - Tour; Backstretch Breakfast & Museum
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM Registration; Brown
8:00 AM - ACB Leadership Institute; Sampson
8:30 AM - Tour; Kentucky Bourbon Trail
4:30 PM - Tour; Stephen Foster Musical
8:00 PM - NELDS Board Meeting; Suite 446
9:15 PM - Tour; Waverly Hills
For your convenience, below is a link to download the MS Word .doc format of the Pre-registration form.
Your pre-registration is not complete until it is processed by ACB following the receipt of it or the online pre-registration form and the appropriate fees.
link to download
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From Eric Bridges, Director of Advocacy and Governmental Affairs: Please read the message below from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The compliance dates for emergency information and devices to play back recorded content represent a victory for the blind community as industry was seeking 3 to 5 year time frames. ACB will also be commenting on the further proposed rule making referenced below.
For medical emergencies, dial 0 on a hotel phone or 911 on any other phone. Stay calm and speak distinctly. Give your name, exact location and a description of the emergency.
University Hospital - 530 S. Jackson; 502-562-3000
Norton's Hospital - 200 E. Chestnut; 502-629-8000
Kosair Children's Hospital - 231 E. Chestnut; 502-629-6000
Audio/Visual Services Sponsored in Part by Google
Be sure to check ACB committee and special-interest affiliate programs for more presentations, workshops and seminars related to the topics below.
Monday, July 9 - Collins
5:45 PM Piano Technology: A Lucrative Career
Wednesday, July 11 - Nunn
7:00 AM NIB Breakfast - $10 ($15)
What's new with our employment programs and disability policy focus.
ACB Radio - ACB Radio livestreams from all general sessions on the Mainstream channel; sessions are replayed around the clock. ACB Radio Mainstream at the convention sponsored by Humanware.
ACB Radio broadcasts from the Exhibit Hall on the ACB Interactive channel, sponsord this year by Adobe Systems Inc. The FIA Performing Arts Showcase, BOP Candidates' Forum, and ACB Banquet are also livestreamed.
There are many activities interesting to kids and parents throughout convention week. The ACB/Deque exhibit area, the Regal Entertainment Youth Activity Center, and many of the tours provide opportunities for blind and visually impaired children to experience a fantastic convention week; see the YAC and Tours sections of this program and the Paddlewheel Gazette for more details.
Guide dog relief areas are built and maintained by Scoop Masters, and are located near hotel exits. Relief areas 17 are open from noon on Thursday, July 5 until noon on Sunday, July 15. ACB volunteers and hotel staff will be happy to assist you to locate the areas.
It is your responsibility to relieve your dog at regular intervals. You are expected to pick up after your dog; trash receptacles are located near relief areas for your convenience.
Important Tour Information
Please read the following information completely. It will answer many of your tour-related questions and will help you have a more enjoyable tour experience.
The Galt House features friendly staff, lots of restaurants, comfortable meeting and sleeping rooms, outdoor swimming pool, fitness center, Xhale Spa, and several shops.
The Galt House has two towers joined on the third floor by a conservatory. The conservatory contains a deli, bar, various shops, seating, and a grand piano just waiting for you to play. All guests check in at the Suite Tower lobby.
Public meeting rooms are located in both towers and in an office building that adjoins the Suite Tower via skywalk or elevator. Here is a quick guide to the meeting rooms:
Chair - Oral Miller
Monday, July 9
7:45 AM Morning Exercise – Sampson
Co-sponsord by WCC. Led by Leslie Spoone, certified personal trainer and aerobics instructor, Orlando, FL
5:45 PM Water Aerobics - Hotel Pool
Facilitated by Gerry Koors, Indianapolis, IN
9:00 PM Ten-Pin Alley - $5 ($7) - Sunflower
Co-sponsored by ACB Families. Rack up strikes and spares on this 1-to-5 scale handmade bowling alley.
Tuesday, July 10 - Wilkinson
5:45 PM Rowing without water
Hands-on rowing demonstration
A number of ACB committees and task forces have scheduled informative workshops and seminars at the 2012 conference and convention. Some are free, while others carry a small charge ($5.00 in advance, $7.00 at the conference).
See the calendar below for workshops and seminars sponsored by ACB committees. Look for more workshops and program information on the Special Interest Affiliate Programs page.