Stop by the ACB/Verizon Convention Café to grab a quick cup of coffee, pastry, sandwich, salad or snack as you rush from one meeting to another or as you head out on a tour. Meet at the Café to visit with friends or just rest a while between activities. The Café is on the second floor in Pavillion A; hours and specials will be announced in the newspaper.
Statler Center, a program of the Olmsted Center for Sight located in Buffalo, NY, would like to recognize Tony McKinney, one of our own heroes in Dallas, TX. We would also like to recognize the three organizations that played a role in his success - Criss Cole, The Dallas office of DARS, and the Statler Center.
Join ACB Families for breakfast during the 55th annual Conference and Convention of the American Council of the Blind in Minneapolis, MN.
Ever wondered about your ancestors? Did they sail on the Mayflower, or did they line the beaches? Were they heroes or villains, cops or robbers, white hats or black sheep?
If you're curious, join us for breakfast under the family tree. ACBF will hold its 2016 annual business meeting, and ACBF Board member Carla Ruschival will provide practical advice on techniques you can use to research your family's past.
ACB Radio - ACB Radio livestreams from all general sessions on the Mainstream channel; sessions are replayed around the clock. Some afternoon committee sessions will be streamed live or recorded for later broadcast. The FIA Performing Arts Showcase, BOP Candidates' Forum, and ACB Banquet are also livestreamed.
Wednesday, July 6, Regency Room
7:00 AM: NIB Breakfast $10 ($15)
Join National Industries for the Blind for a discussion about employment and the AbilityOne program.
Tuesday, July 5, Regency Room
7:00 AM: Guide Dogs for the Blind Alumni Breakfast
GDB grads connect with friends and staff; those considering the guide dog lifestyle welcome.
Jeff Mihelich, Chair, Minneapolis MN
Marian Haslerud, Minneapolis, MN
Colleen Kitagawa, Richfield, MN
Catalina Martinez, Minneapolis, MN
Anna Olsen, Richfield, MN
Ken Rodgers, Minneapolis, MN
Nancy Shadegg, Richfield, MN
Juliette Silvers, Minneapolis, MN
Michael Vining, Minneapolis, MN
Many, many thanks to the 2011 corporate sponsors, our Nevada gems. Your continued generous support of the American Council of the Blind and our conference and convention is much appreciated.
Look for the 2011 corporate sponsors 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.
Google - ACB Tour Transportation
Humanware - ACB Radio Mainstream
Vanda Pharmaceuticals - ACB Registration
Show your support for ACB in one or more of these ways:
* CONVENTION SPONSORSHIPS - Stop by the ACB/Vanda Pharmaceuticals Registration Desk and become an individual or corporate ACB Convention Sponsor. Individual sponsorships are bronze ($25), silver ($50), gold ($100), platinum ($250), and titanium ($500); sponsors receive special ribbons to wear on their convention badges, and are recognized both in general session and in the newspaper.
Thursday, July 2
- 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM: Registration, Austin Ballroom 3
Friday, July 3
- 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM: Registration, Austin Ballroom 3
- 10:00 AM — 3:30 PM: AT&T Stadium
- 5:00 PM — 8:00 PM: Dinner-Texas Style!
Saturday, July 4
- 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM: Registration, Austin Ballroom 3
- 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM: ACB Pre-convention Board Meeting, State Room 2
- 10:00 AM — 12:00 PM: City Bus Tour 1
- 10:00AM — 11:15AM: iOS for the iPhone/iPad4, Pearl 4
A fun event for the entire family at the 55th annual ACB Conference and Convention in Minneapolis, MN.
Enjoy swimming at this lifeguard-protected beach. Lie on the sandy beach or build sand castles. Relax in the pavilion while we grill burgers and hotdogs.
No floatation devices allowed. Bring your appetite and sunscreen and be ready to party!
Beach Party - Monday, July 4, 4:15 to 9:30 PM.
Cost: $33.00 pre-registration, $36.00 on site.
Convention dates: Friday, July 1 through Saturday, July 9.
HIMS will present two complimentary sessions during the 2016 conference and convention of the American council of the Blind in Minneapolis, MN.
- Your U2 Has Been Doing That for Years!
Everyone knows the basic functions of a notetaker. It takes notes, gets email, and keeps your calendar.
Want to watch the latest content from YouTube, tweet about it, like a friend's Facebook post, customize menus, or have multiple signatures for email accounts? Your BrailleSense has had these features for the past several years.
Sponsored by DeQue Systems
Guide dog relief areas are built and maintained by Scoop Masters, and are located near hotel exits. ACB volunteers and hotel staff will be happy to help you 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.
Should an indoor accident occur, please report it to the front desk. Do not just walk away from or ignore an accident. If an accident occurs in your room, you will be charged for the clean-up.
American Association of Blind Teachers
President: Kate Crohan
Program Chair: Carla Hayes
Registration: $10 ($12)
Theme: Employment Matters
Sunday, July 3
8:00 AM – 11:00 AM: AABT Breakfast / Program / Meeting $25 ($27), Greenway A.
8:00 AM: “Skills for Work That Work.” What skills lead to successful employment? Learn what recent research reveals. Presenter: Dr. Tabitha Brecke, Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, Accommodations Specialist, Auburn University, Auburn, AL.
9:30 AM: Break
9:45 AM: AABT Business Meeting
Friday, July 1
7:00 AM – 9:30 PM Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum
8:00 AM – 7:00 PM: Registration, Lakeshore Ballroom B
4:30 PM – 11:15 PM: Canterbury Down
Dear Conference/Convention Attendees:
Let me welcome you to the 50th annual national conference and convention of the American Council of the Blind here in Reno, Nevada. This historic gathering of ACB members and friends is taking place at John Ascuaga's Nugget, a thoroughly modern facility with all the amenities one would expect from an up-to-date Nevada hotel and casino.
Tuesday, July 12
5:45pm California - Bonanza A
Wednesday, July 13
3:30pm GDUI - So Pac C-D
4:15pm Mid-south - So Pac A-B
5:45pm Midwest - Carson
Thursday, July 14
7:00am New York Breakfast (open to all) - $22 - So Pac A
7:00am Washington State Breakfast (WCB members only) - So Pac B
5:45pm New England, Florida and Maryland - So Pac E
5:45pm Missouri - So Pac D
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American Foundation for the Blind®
Expanding possibilities for people with vision loss
AFB: A Place for Answers
AFB Center for Vision Loss
- Showcase your products or your organization at the ACB Conference and Convention in Minneapolis!
- Sell CDs, books, crafts, cosmetics, jewelry or toys; no food allowed.
- Raise money for your affiliate or chapter.
- Distribute information about a special product, program or activity.
What are your transportation rights? How can you request accessible pedestrian signals in your neighborhood?
Join the ACB Transportation and Environmental Access Committees for a joint presentation at the 55th annual Conference and Convention of the American Council of the Blind and learn answers to these questions and more.