2013 Conference and Convention Program


ACB: Discovering New Worlds
photo of Santa Maria with Nina and Pinta nearby 
 52nd Annual National
Conference & Convention
American Council of the Blind
and
Special-Interest Affiliates
 
Hyatt Regency Hotel, Columbus, Ohio
July 4 – 12, 2013
 
Mitch Pomerantz, President
 
Hosted by ACB of Ohio
Nolan Crabb, President

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BRAILLEPLUS 18 (TM)

A powerful, flexible, and easy-to-use notetaker designed specifically for users who are blind and visually impaired.
 
Use APH's handheld Braille Plus 18 (TM) to read books, write class assignments, scan documents, search the web, keep track of appointments, find directions, record lectures, listen to podcasts, run Android (TM) apps, and much more!
 
Braille Plus 18 combines a high-quality braille keyboard with a built-in 18-cell refreshable braille display. It uses an advanced mobile platform along with specialized software to create the world's first Android device designed specifically for blind users!
 
A Few of Many Features:

  • 18-cell refreshable braille display
  • 5MP camera, scan printed material for braille or speech output
  • Stereo recording with built-in microphones
  • GPS navigation
  • Full-size SD card slot and USB port
  • Run thousands of Android apps
  • GSM 3G wireless capability

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800.223.1839.
info@aph.org
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The Braille Plus 18 is made possible by a partnership between APH and LevelStar, LLC.
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VANDA Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Trouble sleeping at night? Napping to get through the day?
Sleeping at night but not feeling refreshed the next day?
Difficulty concentrating?
 
For people who are totally blind, these may be symptoms of Non-24-Hour Disorder (Non-24) - a serious, chronic circadian rhythm disorder. Find out more about the link between total blindness and an out-of-sync sleep pattern.
 
Come visit us at our booth to learn about Non-24!
 
After the ACB Annual Conference, visit www.non24info.com to learn more, sign up, and stay connected.
 
You can also call 855-856-2424. Specialists are available Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. EST to answer your questions.
Non-24
a circadian rhythm disorder
VANDA Pharmaceuticals Inc.

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Google

Google is proud to support the American Council of the Blind, and participate in the 2013 Conference.

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HumanWare

THE ALL-NEW VICTOR READER STREAM
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Ready for the future of wireless content access
 
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Far more than just another audio player, the new Stream's wireless capabilities open up the world to people who are blind or visually impaired.
 
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www.humanware.com/newstream
Humanware
see things. differently.
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PERKINS SMART BRAILLER (R)

BRAILLE LEARNING TECHNOLOGY
 
Teacher, parent and child-tested technology lets you connect using a digital screen and audio output. Now everyone can share the learning experience.
 
HEAR THE WORDS.  SEE THE LETTERS. 
CONNECT THE DOTS.
 
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Facebook
 
www.SmartBrailler.org

2013 Conference and Convention Program Downloads

Below are the links to the available formats for downloading.

The text to all the ads is in the MS Word .doc format; the color ads are in the .pdf format.

Table of contents in both formats have active links to the sections.

2013 Conference and Convention Program large print MS Word format .doc

2013 Conference and Convention Program large print PDF format .pdf

ACB Conference Gems

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.

Diamond Sponsors:

  • EZ Fire - outstanding blind students
  • Vanda Pharmaceuticals - premium convention sponsor

Emerald Sponsor:

  • Google – audio-visual services

Ruby Sponsors:

  • HumanWare - ACB Radio Mainstream
  • Verizon - conference volunteer services

Sapphire Sponsor:

  • Regal Entertainment - Kids Explorers Club and Teen Blast

Onyx Sponsors:

  • Adobe Systems, Inc. - ACB Marketplace
  • AT&T - ACB Cafe
  • AT&T Vox Global
  • Freedom Scientific - Conference Exhibit Hall
  • National Industries for the Blind - Information Desk

Topaz Sponsors:

  • Buell Fund - sports activities
  • Sprint - Women's Concerns Programming
  • Weight Watchers

Coral Sponsors:

  • Experience Columbus - business and restaurant information
  • Learning Ally - conference home page
  • Randolph-Sheppard Vendors of America - scholarship winners dinner and luncheon
  • TracFone - advocacy & public relations workshops

Pearl Sponsors:

  • ACB Lions - outstanding blind student
  • En-Vision America - health & wellness workshop
  • HIMS, Inc. - ACB Cafe, Tuesday
  • Linda Dardarian/Lainey Feingold - Information Access workshops
  • MaxiAids - ACB Cafe, Monday

From the President

Dear Conference/Convention Attendees:

For the last time as your president, let me welcome everyone to the annual national conference and convention of the American Council of the Blind.  At the close of the banquet on Thursday evening I will conclude my sixth and final year in that capacity.

While we are gathering for the 52nd time in our history, this is ACB's first visit to Columbus, Ohio.  My initial visit to the state capital of Ohio was in the summer of 1968, when I attended Pilot Dogs, Inc.  My life-long fondness for White Castle burgers was born during that month.

Our conference and convention is being held at the modern and spacious Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Columbus.  Among the amenities you will truly enjoy at our hotel is the most interesting and diverse food court I've ever seen.  It should entice both the budget-conscious, as well as the adventuresome "foodies" attending the convention.

The theme of the 2013 conference and convention is "ACB: Discovering New Worlds," and while we now know that the famous Spanish explorer wasn't even the first European to set foot in the Americas, there will definitely be much to discover in Columbus and at the conference and convention.  For those still wishing to see how Christopher Columbus traveled to the New World, a tour of a replica of his flagship, the Santa Maria, has been arranged.  Many more entertaining and educational tours are scheduled for the week.

This will be a very special conference and convention as we have the honor of hosting two guests from Spain: Miguel Carballeda, President of the Spanish National Organization of the Blind (ONCE), and Enrique Perez, recently elected Second Vice President of the World Blind Union.  It is ONCE's 75th anniversary so quite a feather in ACB's cap to have these very important leaders with us during this special year.

ACB continues to attract key Federal officials with responsibility for overseeing programs and services of importance to blind and visually impaired people.  This year we will again hear from the chief of the National Library Service, Karen Keninger, along with the newly appointed Commissioner of the Rehabilitation Services Administration, Janet LaBreck.  We will also be joined by Justin Hughes, chief negotiator for the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) for the crafting of a treaty for the exchange of copyrighted materials across international borders.

Additionally, there will be a panel comprised of several of us who participated on the working group established to draft best practices for accessible prescription drug labels under the auspices of the U.S. Access Board.  No less than three presentations related to various aspects of accessible technology and much, much more is in store for you.

The ACB Board of Directors again wishes to recognize and thank our hard-working staff in the D.C. and Minneapolis area offices, as well as the scores of volunteers who make a convention of this size and scope possible.  We also want to acknowledge the efforts of the members of ACB's convention committee, chaired by Janet Dickelman, and our convention program committee, which I am chairing for the final time.  A very special "thank you" goes out to the Ohio host committee, led by Vicky Prahin, for their commitment and dedication over this past year.

I want to welcome those of you attending the ACB conference and convention for the first time, and those of you who are joining us after an absence of a few years.  I hope to meet as many rookies and returnees as possible this week.  Donna and I always look forward to meeting members of our ACB family.  If you can, catch us on the run and say "hi!"

Abbreviations in this Program

ACB - American Council of the Blind

AAVL - Alliance on Aging and Vision Loss

AAVIA - American Association of Visually Impaired Attorneys

ACBDA - ACB Diabetics in Action

ACBF - ACB Families

ACBGE - ACB Government Employees

ACBHSP - ACB Human Service Professionals

ACBL - ACB Lions

ACBRA - ACB Radio Amateurs

ACBS - ACB Students

ADP - Audio Description Project

AFB - American Foundation for the Blind

APH - American Printing House for the Blind

BITS - Blind Information Technology Specialists

BOP - Board of Publications

BPI - Blind LGBT Pride Int'l.

BRL - Braille Revival League

CCLVI - Council of Citizens with Low Vision Int'l.

DKM - Durward K. McDaniel First-Timer

FIA - Friends-in-Art of ACB

GDUI - Guide Dog Users, Inc.

IRC - International Relations Committee

IVIE - Independent Visually Impaired Entrepreneurs

LUA - Library Users of America

MCAC - Multicultural Affairs Committee

NABT - National Association of Blind Teachers

NELDS - National Education & Legal Defense Service

NIB - National Industries for the Blind

NLS - National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped

RSVA - Randolph-Sheppard Vendors of America

SASI - Sight and Sound Impaired Committee

VIVA - Visually Impaired Veterans of America

WCC - Women's Concerns Committee

Program Formatting Notes

Entries in this program give day, time, and location for each event.  Descriptions, presenters, and ticket prices are shown when applicable.

If a group is holding all of its events in the same room on a given day, that room name appears on the line beside the day and date.  If a group is holding more than one event on a given day, and those events are in different rooms, the location for the first event is shown beside the day and date.  Subsequent rooms are shown beside the events.

ACB Photography

The official ACB photographer for the 2013 conference and convention will be taking pictures in the exhibit hall, on selected tours, and at many social events.  He will visit committee and affiliate meetings and workshops, general sessions, and the banquet.

It is understood that all activities and programs scheduled at the 2013 conference and convention are subject to be photographed.  Photos are the property of ACB, and are for ACB's use.

Be sure your committee, affiliate or other group event is photographed.  Contact the ACB/NIB Information Desk to request that the photographer visit your event.  Be sure to specify date and time, and provide contact information so we can reach you if necessary.

Medical Information

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.

For medical care, contact:
University Hospital, 410 W. 10th Ave., 614-293-8000

Grant Medical Center (Level One Trauma Center),
111 S. Grant Avenue., 614-566-9000.

CVS Pharmacy (Mon - Fri, 7:30 AM - 8 PM; Sat, 10 AM – 2 PM; closed Sun),
109 High St, 614-224-4261

Kroger pharmacy (Mon - Fri, 9 AM - 9 PM; Sat, 9 AM -
7 PM; Sun 10 AM - 6 PM), 1350 N. High St., 614-294-2545

Digital Information and Internet

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 is sponsored by HumanWare.

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.

Email list - The acbconvention email list keeps you up-to-date on all the news.  Even if you aren't at convention, you can receive the "Columbus Explorer" and all the other information.  To subscribe, go to the ACB website at www.acb.org, or send a blank message to acbconvention-subscribe@acb.org.

File Download Service - Would you like your newspaper, exhibit list, delegate list, and amendments in electronic format for your laptop or notetaker?  Stop by the ACB/NIB Information Desk each morning before 10:00 AM; a volunteer will download all the latest files onto your thumb drive, SD card or compact flash card.

Wireless Internet is available from your hotel room at a cost of $9.95 per day, or connect at no charge from the hotel restaurants or the atrium areas on the first, second and third floors of the Hyatt.

Info for Guide Dog Users

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 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.

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.

The GDUI Convention Area Orientation (Sat., July 6 at noon and 4:00 PM) will help you learn the best routes in and around the hotel; meet in the GDUI suite in Garfield.

Veterinary Care

Dr. Paul Knapp, DVM (Mon - Fri, 7 AM - 7 PM; Sat, 7 AM - 4 PM), 596 Oakland Park Ave., 614-267-3124

Ohio State University Veterinary Clinic (Open 24 hours); emergency service, 601 Vernon Tharp St., 614-292-3551

Hotel Information

The Hyatt Regency is on the northeast corner of N. High Street and Nationwide Boulevard.

The level below the lobby is labeled “P” on the elevator, and houses the pool and fitness center.

The first floor of the Hyatt features the food court.

On the second floor you will find: The Hyatt restaurants, Market Stand Café, Big Bar On Two, Perks Coffee and More and Einstein Bagels.

On the third floor you will find the Regency Ballroom and the Battelle South Ballroom.  Marketplace and the ACB Café will also be located on the third floor.

First floor meeting rooms:
Nationwide, Taft (A through D), McKinley, Hayes, Garfield, Grant, Harding and Harrison

Second floor meeting rooms:
Delaware (A through D), Clark, Champaign, Knox, Marion, Morrow, Fayette, Madison, Fairfield, Union (A through E), Franklin (A through D)

Registration Q&A

Sponsored by Vanda Pharmaceuticals

Registration is located in Nationwide on the first floor on the Hyatt.  Hours are:
Wed., July 3 (pre-reg. pick-up only): 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Thurs. to Sat., July 4 to 6 - 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Sun., July 7 - 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Mon. to Wed., July 8 to 10 - 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Thurs., July 11 - 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM

When you register, you will receive your convention ID badge, program, and goody bag filled with information and surprises. You must register to purchase tickets to events and be eligible to win great door prizes.  Wear your badge at all times; it admits you to the exhibit area, lets you vote (if you are an ACB member), and helps hotel personnel and volunteers provide better service.

If you are pre-registered, your packet will be waiting for you.  You may not pick up a packet for someone else.  If you have any questions about your registration or need to purchase additional tickets, go to Registration in the Nationwide room.

A one-day pass is available for $5.00; $10.00 with program.  This pass is color-coded by day, and is good for only the day on which it is purchased.  With this pass you may attend exhibits and other programs and purchase tickets for that day only.  If you wish to attend additional days at the convention, you must pay the full administrative fee.  No administrative fee will be charged for a voter certification badge.

Refunds:
ACB will make no refunds for convention administrative and registration fees, sponsorship donations, or tickets that you just don't want. Refunds are not made for events that you miss for any reason other than extreme illness (see below), or for events that you simply do not enjoy.

Refunds will be issued only for meals, events, and tours provided that:

  1. An individual has pre-registered and requests the refund in writing to the American Council of the Blind, 6300 Shingle Creek Pkwy., Suite 195, Brooklyn Center, MN 55430, or calls (612) 332-3242, on or before June 30, 2013; and
  2. The individual does not attend any part of the convention.

In case of illness during the convention which requires you to return home or to be hospitalized, refunds will be issued only for the meals, events, and tours which take place after your absence begins.  If the guarantee has already been given for a meal function or a tour, no refund for that function will be given.
 
Lost tickets:
ACB will not replace tickets that are lost during the convention. All ticket packets are checked before they are distributed at the convention, and tickets that are lost or misplaced must be purchased again.

Reselling tickets: 
Tickets will be accepted for resale at registration only if the event is sold out, and will be resold on a first-come, first-served basis.  In general, meal functions and social events at the hotel do not sell out; you may wish to explore other methods of selling luncheon, banquet and other such tickets.

Events sold out: 
If you are trying to purchase a ticket for an event or tour that is sold out, check in person at Registration for tickets returned for resale. If a tour or event was sold out before your pre-registration was processed, a refund will be included with your pre-registration packet. ACB is not responsible for notifying you if you have paid for a ticket through pre-registration for an event or tour that is already sold out. Your name will be put on a waiting list in the event of cancelations, or in case additional tickets become available.

Communication Center Services

The Communication Center is in Harrison on the first floor of the Hyatt and is open from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Thurs., July 4 through Tues., July 9. This is where you can place ads in the paper, make braille or print copies, or volunteer to help produce the newspaper.

Convention Newspaper:

This year's newspaper is the "Columbus Explorer."  It is published each day, Friday through Wednesday, in braille and large print; pick up a copy at the Information Desk.  The paper is also available on the acbconvention email list and via download at the Information Desk before 10:00 AM.

ACB Students (ACBS) will deliver the newspaper to your hotel room door.  For $7 (pre-registration) or $10 (registration), your paper will be waiting for you each morning when you wake up.  After you sign up for newspaper delivery, activate your service by giving your room number and your format preference to the Information Desk.

Ads and Announcements:

Ads and other items for publication must be in the Communication Center by 2:00 PM each day. The BOP allows ads to run up to three days in order to give important convention announcements more space. Ads must be no longer than 75 words. BOP editorial policy prohibits the production or distribution of campaign materials by the Communication Center.

Cost of advertising in the newspaper is:
individuals, ACB affiliates and blind representatives of MLM companies, $15/day or $40 for 3 days; exhibitors - $40/day or $100 for 3 days; all others - $50/day or $125 for 3 days.
Pay for advertising at registration; show your receipt at the Communication Center prior to submitting your ad.
 

Brailling and Photocopying:

Photocopying is available at the Communication Center for 10 cents/page.  Brailling services are available as follows: individuals, ACB affiliates, and blind representatives of MLM companies, 10 cents/page; small businesses and small nonprofits, 20 cents/page; all others, 35 cents/page.

If your committee or affiliate needs something in braille or large print, bring files early in the day so we can fit your job between other tasks.  A test copy will be printed to let you know the number of pages per copy.  Be sure to label your computer card or thumb drive, and tell us how many of each format you need and by what time.  Please make payment at Registration.

Thanks to Enabling Technologies for once again donating the use of the braille embossers and to American Thermoform Corporation for their generous donation of braille paper.

Please remember that the Communication Center is a working room.  While the convention is a great place to meet and greet, loud conversations make it difficult to hear the speech synthesizers on the computers.  Help us help you get the information you need.

ACB Convention Café

Sponsored by AT&T

Stop by the ACB/AT&T 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.  Located between the Regency Ballroom and the Exhibit Hall; hours and specials to be announced in the newspaper.

ACB Fundraisers

Show your support for ACB in one or more of these ways:

Convention Sponsorships:

Stop by ACB/Vanda Pharmaceuticals Registration in Nationwide 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.

For information on corporate sponsorships, including pearl, coral, topaz, onyx, opal, sapphire, ruby, emerald and diamond, contact Margarine Beaman in the hotel or by cell phone at (512) 921-1625.
 

ACB Walk:

Go the extra mile for ACB by bringing in donations and by participating in the walk.  Buses leave promptly at 6:30 AM on Saturday, July 6 for Goodale park.  Thanks to Regal Entertainment and Vanda Pharmaceuticals for their sponsorship of the 2013 ACB Walk.
 

ACB Auction:

Get ready to bid and buy!  Vacations, technology, jewelry, memorabilia and many more treasures.  Auction preview, Tues., 6:00 PM; auction to follow at 7:00 PM in Franklin.  Don't be late; grab a bite from the cash-and-carry line at the auction so you won't miss any of the bidding fun.
 

ACB Raffle:

Win $5,000 in cold hard cash!  Limited tickets available; $50 each.  Buy one for yourself or your affiliate, or find up to four friends and split the cost five ways.  Available at the ACB Store in the ACB/Freedom Scientific Exhibit Hall and at registration.
 

MMS Program:

Help support ACB all year round; it's easy and quick.  Find out more about the Monthly Monetary Support Program; ask questions and complete paperwork at the MMS table at the ACB Store booth in the Exhibit Hall.  The MMS table is open Saturday through Wednesday afternoon.

Affiliate Caucuses

Saturday, July 6

1:15 PM: Blind LGBT Pride, BPI Suite

Monday, July 8

5:45 PM: California, McKinley

Tuesday, July 9

2:45 PM: GDUI, Taft C
5:45 PM: Mid-south, Taft B
5:45 PM: Midwest - sponsored by Michigan, McKinley
5:45 PM: New England, Florida and Maryland, Taft A

Wednesday, July 10

7:00 AM: New York/Pennsylvania (Members Only), Taft D
7:00 AM: Washington State Breakfast (WCB members only), Taft C
5:45 PM: Missouri, McKinley

Religious Activities

Saturday, July 6

5:00 PM: Roman Catholic Mass, Delaware C

  • Father John Sheehan, Jesuit Priest, Xavier Society for the Blind, New York, NY

5:00 PM: Interdenominational Service, Delaware D

  • Laurie Clark, Pastor, St. Luke's United Methodist Church, Columbus, OH

Sunday, July 7

7:00 AM: Jewish Service, Fayette

  • Rabbi Areyah Kaltmann, Director of Chabbad House, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

2:00 PM: LDS Sacrament Meeting, Fayette

  • President Scott Alpeter, Second Counselor, Columbus Ohio Stake, Columbus, OH

7:00 PM: Gospel Sing, McKinley

  • Led by Michael and Alison Smitherman,Jackson, MS

Convention Standing Rules

Adopted by the ACB Board of Directors, May 2009

  1. Each debatable issue before the convention shall be limited to approximately twenty (20) minutes with a three-minute time limit per speaker, alternating between affirmative and opposing speakers, unless a majority of the members agree to extend debate for an additional period of time.

    • A. Motions to close debate will not be recognized by the chair during the first debate period.  After the first debate period, properly moved motions such as "I call for the question" or "I move the previous question" will be handled by the chair and voted on by the assembly.
    • B. The chair may close debate when no one seeks the floor.
    • C. Each member is respectfully urged to speak directly to the issue before the assembly and avoid unnecessary and time-consuming dialogue.
    • D. No member will be recognized a second time to debate until all who wish to debate have been recognized.
    • E. The parliamentarian will act as timekeeper.
  2. Recognition to speak will be given to those members who properly address the chair using the microphones and giving their names and affiliation.  Motions that may interrupt a speaker may be called from your seat, responded to by the chair, and explained by the mover at a microphone if requested by the chair.  Examples:  Point of Order, Point of Information, Parliamentary Inquiry, Question of Privilege, Call for Orders of the Day, etc.
  3. Registration badges are required to be worn at all convention meetings and only those members with the appropriate colored dot may vote during business meetings.
  4. Changes to the published convention program may be proposed to the membership as deemed necessary by the presiding officer or his/her appointee.  The presiding officer will explain the reason for such change and inform the assembly of their right to question the recommended modification. After this explanation, if twenty-five (25) or more members object to the proposed change by coming to the microphone and stating their name as placed in objection, the change requires debate and a majority vote to modify the convention program.
  5. Nominating and seconding speeches shall be limited to five minutes per candidate with the speaking time allocated according to the candidate's wishes.  A person nominated for an office more than once shall be limited to one minute.
  6. When no candidate for office receives a majority vote, the election shall be among the top two candidates.  Affiliate votes will be reported in whole or half numbers.
  7. Any person meeting the requirements of a "voting member" as defined in ACB's Constitution, Article III-A-1, and complying with all other applicable membership requirements, becomes an ACB member and is entitled to register, receive a registration badge with the appropriate colored voting dot, and vote at ACB's annual convention provided:

    • A. Their name is on the March 15th membership information or has been added to that membership information, or
    • B. Their voting membership status is verified by a member of the Board of Directors or an officer of their affiliate organization, or
    • C. They establish voting membership status during the annual convention.

General Session Agenda

American Council of the Blind
52nd Annual Conference and Convention
Theme: ACB: Discovering New Worlds
Audio-Visual Services Sponsored by Google

Saturday, July 6, Regency Ballroom

6:30 PM: Entertainment: Bob Allen Prahin, piano, Columbus, OH

7:00 PM: Call to Order: Mitch Pomerantz, President, American Council of the Blind, Pasadena, CA
Invocation: Laurie Clark, Pastor, St. Luke's United Methodist Church, Columbus, OH

  • Presentation of Colors: Pack 488, Webelos Den 10, Delaware County, OH
  • "The Star-Spangled Banner": Barbara Liszniewski, Cincinnati, OH
  • Welcome to Columbus: Vicky Prahin, Chair, Local Host Committee, Columbus, OH; Linda Wyman, Immediate Past President, ACB of Ohio, Worthington, OH

7:20 PM: President's Report: Mitch Pomerantz, Pasadena, CA

7:45 PM: Welcome to Columbus: Michael Coleman, Mayor, Columbus, OH

7:55 PM: 75 Years Serving Blind Persons in Spain: Miguel Carballeda, President, Organizacion Nacional de Ciegos Espana (ONCE), Madrid, Spain

8:25 PM: Diamond Sponsor Presentation, Gabrielle Thibodeau, Vanda Pharmaceuticals

8:40 PM: ACB First-Timers: Allen Casey, Chair, Durward K. McDaniel First-timers' Committee, Graham, NC

8:50 PM: ACB Life Membership Presentations: Mitch Pomerantz

9:05 PM: Diamond Sponsor Presentation, Pratik Patel, Founder and CEO, EZ Fire

9:20 PM: First Credentials Committee Report: Jean Mann, Chair, Albany, NY

9:30 PM: Roll Call of Affiliates: Marlaina Lieberg, ACB Secretary, Burien, WA
 

Sunday, July 7, Regency Ballroom

8:00 AM: Entertainment: Lori Woodall, Felicity, OH; and Terry Olandese, Cincinnati, OH        

8:30 AM: Pledge of Allegiance: Rob Rogers, ACB life member, Cincinnati, OH
Invocation: Fr. John Sheehan, Xavier Society for the Blind, New York, NY

8:40 AM: ACB Business:

  • ACB Sponsor Recognitions: Margarine Beaman, Advertising and Sponsorship Coordinator, Austin, TX
  • Final Credentials Report: Jean Mann
  • Adoption of Standing Rules and Program: Mitch Pomerantz
  • Constitution and Bylaws: John Huffman, Chair, Constitution and Bylaws Committee, Indianapolis, IN
  • Presiding Officer, Kim Charlson, ACB First Vice President, Watertown, MA

9:15 AM: Presentation of Affiliate Membership Growth Award: Cindy Van Winkle, Chair, Awards Committee, Bremerton, WA
Presentation of Ned E. Freeman, Vernon Henley and Hollis Liggett Awards: Paul Edwards, Chair, ACB Board of Publications, Miami, FL

9:40 AM: ACB and the World Blind Union, A New Partnership: Enrique Perez, Second Vice President, World Blind Union, Madrid, Spain

10:10 AM: Break

10:25 AM: Update on WIPO's Efforts to Address the Global Book Famine: Justin Hughes, Senior Advisor to the Undersecretary of Commerce, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Department of Commerce, Washington, DC

10:55 AM: A Year of Progress at NLS: Karen Keninger, Director, National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Washington, DC

11:25 AM: All About Our Host City: Luke Stedke, Manager of Communications and Marketing, Ohio State House, Columbus, OH

11:45 AM: ACB Recreation Zone: Oral Miller, ACB Past President, Washington, DC

11:55 AM: Announcements
 

Monday July 8, Regency Ballroom

8:00 AM: Entertainment: Ohio State School for the Blind Marching Band, Columbus, OH

8:30 AM: Pledge of Allegiance: Visually Impaired Veterans of America
Invocation: Dan Turis, Pastor, Good Samaritan Reform Church, Gahanna, OH

8:35 AM: ACB Business:

  • ACB Sponsor Recognitions: Margarine Beaman
  • Ruby Sponsor Presentation: Dominic Gagliano, Vice President, Sales USA, HumanWare
  • ACB Nominating Committee Report: Patrick Sheehan, Chair, Silver Spring, MD
  • Constitution and Bylaws: John Huffman
  • Resolutions: Mark Richert, Chair, Resolutions Committee, Arlington, VA
  • Presiding Officer: Brenda Dillon, ACB Second Vice President, Hermitage, TN

9:15 AM: 2013 ACB Scholarship Presentations: Rev. Michael Garrett, Chair, Scholarship Committee, Missouri City, TX

10:30 AM: Break

10:45 AM: Hearing From the New RSA Chief: Janet LaBreck, Commissioner, Rehabilitation Services Administration, Washington, DC

11:10 AM: ACB's Influential Seat at the Table with the World's Largest Tech Companies: Eric Bridges, ACB Director of Advocacy and Governmental Affairs, Arlington, VA

11:35 AM: The FCC's Deaf-Blind Equipment Program: Jerry Berrier, Manager, Rhode Island and Massachusetts National Deaf-Blind Equipment Program, Watertown, MA

11:55 AM: Announcements
 

Tuesday, July 9, Regency Ballroom

8:00 AM: Entertainment: Genene Blackwell, Westerville, OH

8:30 AM: Pledge of Allegiance: Jenine and Kent Stanley, Coast Guard Auxiliary, Columbus, OH
Invocation: Rabbi Michael Ungar, Congregation Beth Israel, Columbus, OH

8:35 AM: ACB Business:

  • ACB Sponsor Recognitions: Margarine Beaman
  • Constitution and Bylaws, Resolutions
  • Presiding Officer: Marlaina Lieberg, ACB Secretary, Burien, WA

9:15 AM: The Voice Behind 600 Talking Books: Gregory Gorton, Potomac Talking Book Services, Inc., Bethesda, MD

9:45 AM: Accessible Prescription Drug Labels in Our Future: Panel Moderator, Mitch Pomerantz, Pasadena, CA; Mark Richert, Director of Public Policy, American Foundation for the Blind, Washington, DC; Annette Carter, Representative, Council of Citizens with Low Vision International, Clovis, CA; Susan Crawford, US Access Board Working Group Facilitator, US Access Board, Washington, DC

10:25 AM: Break
10:40 AM: Access to Television, A Reality: Tom Wlodkowski, Vice President, Comcast Accessibility, Philadelphia, PA

11:10 AM: Update on ACB's Audio Description Project: Joel Snyder, President, Audio Description Associates, Takoma Park, MD

11:40 AM: ACB Business

11:55 AM: Announcements
 

Wednesday, July 10, Regency Ballroom

8:00 AM:  Entertainment: Bob Allen Prahin, Columbus, OH

8:30 AM: Pledge of Allegiance: Frank Ventura, West Roxbury, MA; and Guillermo Robles, Los Angeles CA, 2013 DKM First-Timers
Invocation: Tim Mueller, Pastor, Ascension Lutheran Church, Columbus, OH

8:35 AM: ACB Business:

  • ACB Sponsor Recognitions: Margarine Beaman
  • Constitution and Bylaws, Resolutions
  • Presiding Officer: Carla Ruschival, ACB Treasurer, Louisville, KY

9:15 AM: Executive Director's Report: Melanie Brunson, Arlington, VA

9:45 AM: National Conference and Convention Report: Janet Dickelman, Chair, Convention Committee, Minneapolis, MN

10:15 AM: Break

10:30 AM: Treasurer's Report: Carla Ruschival, Louisville, KY

10:50 AM: ACBES Report: Rev. Michael Garrett, Chair, ACB Enterprises and Services, Missouri City, TX

11:10 AM: Report on the ACB Walk and Auction: Dan Dillon, Co-chair, Resource Development Committee, Hermitage, TN; Leslie Spoone, Chair, Auction Subcommittee, Orlando, FL

11:35 AM: ACB Business

11:55 AM: Announcements
 

Thursday, July 11, Regency Ballroom

8:00 AM: Entertainment: Roger Bacus, Columbus, OH

8:30 AM: Pledge of Allegiance: Carolyn Burley, ACB life member, Canton, OH
Invocation: Ron Willman, Chaplain, Mt. Carmel Medical Center, Columbus, OH

8:35 AM: ACB Business:  ACB Sponsor Recognitions: Margarine Beaman

9:00 AM: Resolutions

10:00 AM: Elections

10:30 AM: Break

10:45 AM: Elections (cont’d.)

12:00 Noon: Lunch Break

1:15 PM: ACB Business

2:45 PM: Break

3:00 PM: Old/New Business

5:00 PM: Adjourn

5:30 PM: ACB Life Member Reception, Taft C

6:30 PM: Pre-banquet entertainment; Franklin
Don Haines, piano, Columbus, OH

7:00 PM: ACB Banquet: $32 ($35), Franklin
Master of Ceremonies: Janet Dickelman, Minneapolis, MN
Invocation: Lynn Robinson, Pastoral Care Minister, Asbury Methodist Church North, Columbus, OH
Take a Walk on the Appalachian Trail: Mary Hiland, former executive director, ACB of Ohio, Columbus, OH
Presentation of Awards: Cindy Van Winkle, Bremerton, WA

ACB Boards and Committees

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ACB Board of Directors

Friday, July 5

9:00 AM: Pre-convention Board meeting, Union A

Friday, July 12

10:00 AM: Post-convention Board meeting, Union A

ACB Board of Publications

Chair: Paul Edwards

Saturday, July 6

10:30 AM: BOP/CCLVI Workshop, Morrow

  • Discuss ACB’s Braille Forum and how to make our large print issues and website better. Bring your laptop.

Wednesday, July 10

1:15 PM: BOP Editor's Workshop, Delaware A

  • BOP members share ways for affiliates to cheaply and easily produce audio newsletters.

7:00 PM: BOP Candidates' Forum, Regency Ballroom

  • Candidates running for office on the ACB Board answer questions on a wide variety of topics

Constitution and Bylaws Committee

Chair: John Huffman

Friday, July 5, 4:00 PM: Harding

Sunday, July 7, 4:15 PM: Harding

Monday, July 8, 5:45 PM: Harding

Credentials Committee

Chair: Jean Mann

Saturday, July 6, 1:00 PM, Marion

Nominating Committee

Chair: Patrick Sheehan

Sunday, July 7, 5:45 PM, Taft A

Resolutions Committee

Chair: Mark Richert

Friday, July 5, 9:00 PM: Harding

Saturday, July 6, 11:00 PM: or after general session, Harding

Sunday/Monday/Tuesday, July 7/8/9, 8:00 PM: Harding

Wednesday, July 10, 6:00 PM and 9:30 PM: Harding

 

ACB Committee Meetings

DKM First-Timers Committee

Chair: Allen Casey

Wednesday, July 10, Suite 2007

5:00 PM: DKM First-Timers Reception, $12 ($15)

  • Welcome DKM First-Timers Frank Ventura, West Roxbury, MA, and Guillermo Robles, Los Angeles, CA; share memories of ACB pioneer Durward K. McDaniel

Education Task Force

Chair: Ray Campbell

Monday, July 8, Madison

4:15 PM: Partnerships in Education $5 ($7)

  • Discuss work immersion, the Anne Sullivan Macy Act and short courses.  Cynthia Johnson, Superintendent, Ohio State School for the Blind, Columbus, OH; Mark Richert, Director, Public Policy, American Foundation for the Blind, Washington, DC; and Jim Durst, Superintendent, Indiana School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Indianapolis, IN

Employment Issues Task Force

Chair: Rebecca Bridges

Tuesday, July 9, Madison

2:45 PM: Two People in an Elevator $5 ($8)

  • Make a good first impression with a perfected elevator pitch.  Rebecca Bridges, Management Consultant, Arlington, VA

4:15 PM: Storytelling During Interviews $5 ($8)

  • Land the job of your dreams; master the increasingly popular behavioral interview. Peter Altschul, Organization Development Specialist, Columbia, MO; Mitch Pomerantz, Retired ADA Compliance Officer, Los Angeles Department on Disability, Pasadena, CA

Environmental Access Committee

Chair: Debbie Grubb

Sunday, July 7, Delaware A

2:45 PM: The View from the Driver's Seat

  • What do drivers really see as you stand at the curb? How can you increase your visibility and lower your risk? Take an interactive look from the driver's seat.  The Guide Dog Foundation and the ACB Environmental Access Committee present internationally known speaker Dr. Gene Bourquin, Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist, Helen Keller National Center, Hempstead, NY

Information Access Committee

Chair: Brian Charlson
Sponsored in part by Linda Dardarian and Lainey Feingold

Friday, July 5, Delaware A

1:15 - 4:00 PM: 411 from the IAC $5 ($7)

  • Everything you need to know about using Windows 8; using iOS as your primary notetaker.

Saturday, July 6, Grant

4:00 PM: iOS App Swap $5 ($7)

  • Share apps you have found useful and learn about new ones.

5:00 PM: How Tweet It Is $10 ($10)

  • Hang out with friends from the TwitterVerse at the ACB Tweetup.  Not on Twitter?  Come anyway; it's lots of fun!  Cash bar and snacks.

Sunday, July 7, Taft C

5:45 PM: Let Me Count the Ways $5 ($7)

  • LUA and IAC demonstrate how to read a book in the information age.

International Relations Committee

Chair: Sandra Sermons

Sunday, July 7, Union A

1:15 PM: ACB Passport $5 ($7)

  • Traveling abroad as a person who is blind or visually impaired.  Sponsored by IRC and CCLVI.

Monday, July 8, Union E

7:00 AM: BRL International Breakfast $25 $30)

  • Guests: Peter Brass, Executive Board Member, German Federation of the Blind and Partially Sighted, Berlin, Germany; Judith M. Dixon, Project Manager, World Braille Usage 3rd Edition, Revised, NLS, Washington, DC

Tuesday, July 9, Delaware A

5:45 PM: Voices from Around the World $12 ($15)

  • Meet and greet our international guests.

Membership Committee

Chair: Ardis Bazyn

  • Wednesday, July 10, Delaware A

2:45 PM: 2013 ACB Membership Seminar

  • Create teamwork to improve productivity.

2:45 PM: Introductions

2:55 PM: Handling Difficult Situations and Resolving Conflicts

3:15 PM: Sharing Board Responsibilities

3:40 PM: Recognition of affiliates with largest growth

3:45 PM: PR Committee recognition of affiliates' "Most Outstanding" brochures

3:55 PM: Hand-outs and door prizes
 

Multicultural Affairs Committee

Chair: Peggy Garrett

Sunday, July 7, Taft C

12:15 PM: MCAC Luncheon and Program $27 ($29)

  • Discussion and games on our theme "Discovering Our Connections."  Katherine H. Betts, Intercultural Specialist, Multicultural Center Office of Student Life, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

Tuesday, July 9, Suite 2007

5:00 PM: MCAC Mid-week Social $18 ($20)
 

Rehab Issues Task Force

Chair: Doug Powell

Monday, July 8, Delaware A

2:45 PM: Is Rehab Working? $5 ($7)

  • Interactive session with Janet LaBreck, Commissioner, Rehabilitation Services Administration, Washington, DC; Dr. Jamie O'Malley, Assistant Professor on Research, National Research and Training Center on Blindness and Low Vision, Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS; Dan Sippl, President, Randolph-Sheppard Vendors of America, Eau Claire, WI; Ardis Bazyn, Secretary, RSVA, Burbank, CA; Sara Conrad, President, ACB Students and Member, ACB Board of Directors, Stevensville, MI; Paul Edwards, Chair, Board of Publications, Miami, FL.  Sponsored by Rehab Issues Task Force, AAVL, ACBS and RSVA.

Scholarship Committee

Chair: Michael Garrett

Friday, July 5, Taft C

6:30 PM: ACB Scholarship Dinner (invitation only)

  • Sponsored by RSVA

Saturday, July 6, Taft C

12:15 - 2:30 PM: ACBS Scholarship Luncheon $26 ($28)

  • Join ACBS and RSVA to celebrate the accomplishments of this year's national scholarship winners, the newest shining stars in the ACB galaxy.

Monday, July 8, Regency Ballroom

9:15 AM: 2013 ACB Scholarship Presentations

6:30 PM: ACB Scholarship Winners' Reception, Suite 2007

  • Sponsored by RSVA.  Each affiliate is invited to send two representatives to meet the 2013 scholarship winners.

Sight and Sound Impaired Committee

Chair: Karyn Campbell

Sunday, July 7, Suite 2007

8:00 PM: Get Social with SASI $12 ($14)

  • Meet people who share your unique issues; learn various ways to communicate in a relaxed atmosphere.

Monday, July 8, Madison

2:45 PM: Get Connected Through NDBEDP $5 ($7)

  • Learn about the National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program.

Women's Concerns

Chair: Lori Scharff

Monday, July 8, Delaware C

5:45 PM: Pilates with Leslie Spoone

  • Leslie Spoone, certified aerobics instructor and personal trainer, Orlando, FL

Wednesday, July 10, Delaware D

4:15 PM: Achieving is Overrated $7 ($10)

  • As women who are blind, often we feel that we need to do everything! Is it really necessary to be an overachiever? Discussion facilitated by ACB members Marlaina Lieberg, Burien, WA, and Lori Scharff, Malverne, NY

5:45 PM: Yoga with Leslie Spoone
 

Thursday, July 11, Taft C

7:00 PM: Sister Power Breakfast $24 ($27)

  • Inspirational look into the lives of successful blind women.  Dr. Phyllis Burson, Personal Trainer and Clinical Psychologist, Bethesda, MD; Leslie Spoone, Fitness Trainer, Orlando, FL

Audio Description Institute

Joel Snyder, President
Audio Description Associates

Wednesday, July 10 - Friday, July 12, Fayette

8:30 AM: ADP Institute $450 ($450)

  • Intense three-day training program for audio describers and others interested in audio description.  The ADP is an ACB initiative designed to promote audio description activity in all formats throughout the United States.

Other ACB Meetings

Saturday, July 6

11:00 AM: ACB Committee Chairs Meeting, Union A

  • An important meeting with ACB President Mitch Pomerantz.  Every committee should be represented, either by its chair or a designated committee member.

5:30 PM: ACB Exhibitors Reception (by invitation only), Suite 2007
 

Wednesday, July 10

4:15 PM: Affiliate Presidents’ Meeting, Delaware B

Special-Interest Affiliate Meetings

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Alliance on Aging and Vision Loss

President: John Huffman
Registration: $10 ($10)

Sunday, July 7, Grant

12:15 PM: AAVL Luncheon $27 ($29)

  • Discussion of programs in Ohio that promote independence and brighter horizons for Ohio's elder blind.  AAVL business meeting to follow.

Monday, July 8, Delaware A

2:45 PM: Is Rehab Working? $5 ($7)

  • Interactive session with Janet LaBreck, Commissioner, Rehabilitation Services Administration, Washington, DC; Dr. Jamie O'Malley, Assistant Professor on Research, National Research and Training Center on Blindness and Low Vision, Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS; Dan Sippl, President, Randolph-Sheppard Vendors of America, Eau Claire, WI; Ardis Bazyn, Secretary, RSVA, Burbank, CA; Sara Conrad, President, ACB Students and Member, ACB Board of Directors, Stevensville, MI; Paul Edwards, Chair, Board of Publications, Miami, FL.  Sponsored by Rehab Issues Task Force, AAVL, ACBS and RSVA.

Tuesday, July 9

1:15 PM: Ohio Elder Blind Services, Union A

  • April Bagley, Contract Service Specialist, Ohio Elder Blind Services, Columbus, OH; innovative services provided to Ohio’s elder blind.

4:15 PM: Musical Mixer $10 ($12), Suite 2036

  • Music, refreshments, conversation & raffles.

American Association of Visually Impaired Attorneys

President: Chris Prentice
Registration: $25 ($27)

Saturday, July 6, Fayette

4:00 PM: AAVIA Board meeting

Sunday, July 7, Morrow

1:15 PM: Welcome; introductions; announcements: Chris Prentice, Esq., Austin, TX

1:25 PM: Sighted Assistants

  • Hiring, training, working with, compensating and firing them.  Pshon Barrett, Esq., Assistant US Attorney, Jackson, MS; Hon. Charles Nabarrete, Judge, California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board, West Covina, CA; Jim Kracht, Esq., retired, Miami, FL; Stephen Speicher, Esq., solo private practice, Lincoln, NE

2:40 PM: Break

2:50 PM: The 2012-2013 Supreme Court Term

  • A review, including numerous important and controversial cases, with an update on constitutional law issues.  Ruth Colker, Esq., Distinguished University Professor and Heck Faust Memorial Chair in Constitutional Law, Moritz College of Law, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

4:05 PM: Break

4:15 PM: Let’s Look at the Record(s): A Greek Drama

  • Steven Blow, Esq., Assistant Counsel, New York Department of Public Service, Albany, NY

6:30 PM: Lawyers' night out

  • AAVIA members and friends meet in hotel lobby for dinner at a local restaurant.

Monday, July 8, Taft A 

1:15 PM: Joni and Friends

  • The Joni and Friends Ohio model for working with government agencies and the private sector to better serve people affected by disability; how Joni and Friends equips religious institutions for full inclusion of people with disabilities.  Debra Petermann, Public Relations Manager, Joni and Friends, Xenia, OH

2:30 PM: Break

2:45 PM: Creating PowerPoint Presentations Using Adaptive Technology.  Includes other technology issues and opportunities for lawyers.  Ryan Jones, Trainer, Freedom Scientific, St. Petersburg, FL

4:00 PM: Break

4:15 PM: Ohio's Seclusion and Restraint Policy

  • The impact of the Ohio State Board of Education's seclusion and restraint policy on students with disabilities; representation of families adversely affected by this policy; recently adopted Standards for the Implementation of Positive Behavior Intervention Supports and the Use of Restraint and Seclusion.  Amy J. Borman, Esq., Member, Eastman & Smith, Ltd., Columbus, OH

Tuesday, July 9, Grant

12:15 PM: AAVIA Luncheon $32 ($35).

  • Speaker: Jonathan Hollingsworth, President, Ohio State Bar Association, Dayton, OH

1:25 PM: Break

1:30 PM: Update on Structured Negotiations

  • Lainey Feingold, Esq.

2:30 PM:  Break

2:40 PM: Business Meeting; post-convention Board meeting

ACB Diabetics in Action

President: Dee Clayton
Registration: $12 ($15)

Saturday, July 6, Grant

12:15 PM: Diabetics Luncheon $27 ($29)

1:30 PM: Business meeting

Tuesday, July 9, Union B

1:15 PM: Diabetes in Progress $8 ($10)

  • Great tips on living a healthier life and coping with diabetes.  Presented by ACBDA and BPI.  Brenda Rendelma, Central Ohio Diabetes Association, Columbus, OH; Nan Ellen Criner, Program Manager, Central Ohio Primary Care Physicians, Westerville, OH

ACB Families

President: Deanna Scoggins
Registration: $8 ($10)

Monday, July 8, Fairfield

7:15 PM: Families Bingo Bonanza $5 ($5)

  • From picture frames to postage stamps to progressive cover-alls - fun for everyone from tweens to teens to seniors.  Lots of winners; lots of prizes.

Tuesday, July 9, Grant

7:00 AM: ACB Families Breakfast Meeting $15 ($18)

  • ACB Families on the move; future plans; elections.

ACB Government Employees

President: Sarah Presley
Registration: $10 ($10)

Saturday, July 6, Suite 2007

3:00 PM: ACBGE Mixer $12 ($14)

  • Network with past, present, and future government employees.

Monday, July 8, Union A

1:15 PM: Employment Equality For All

  • Seminar hosted by ACBGE and BPI.  Kathleen Martinez, Assistant Secretary, Office of Disability Employment Policy, US Department of Labor, Washington, DC

Wednesday, July 10, Grant

12:15 PM: ACBGE Lunch & Business Meeting $27 ($27)

  • Government Employment? A World of Opportunity! Work at the state and federal level; international experiences with the State Department and the Peace Corps.  Elizabeth Sammons, Assistant, Vocational Rehabilitation Programs, Ohio Rehabilitation Services Commission, Columbus, OH

ACB Human Service Professionals

President: Darian Slayton Fleming
Registration: $10 ($12)

Tuesday, July 9, Marion

4:15 PM: Managed Health Care $5 ($7)

  • Impact of health care reform on managed health care and fee-for-service coverage; health care trends.  Dr. Brad Lucas, Chief Medical Officer, Buckeye Community Health Plan, Columbus, OH; Anthony Evans, Vice President for Integrated HealthCareSource, Columbus, OH.  Presented by ACBHSP and NELDS.

5:45 PM:  Dinner and Meeting $28 ($30), Harding

  1. Interactive presentation on solution-focused affiliate growth; setting goals, membership development, fund-raising. Open to members and prospective members.  Ardis Bazyn, inspirational speaker, author and ACB Membership Chair, Burbank, CA; George Holliday, ACB Membership Committee and member, ACB Board of Directors, Philadelphia, PA
  2. Rebuild or Dissolve?  Possible vote as per bylaws.
  3. Election of Officers; discussion of next steps; action planning

American Council of Blind Lions

President: Kenneth Semien
Registration: $10 ($12)
Proud Pearl sponsor of an ACB scholarship winner attending the 52nd ACB conference and convention

Friday, July 5, Suite 2007

9:00 PM: Milly's Place Pin Swap $12, ($15)

  • Share news from your local club; trade pins; friends, fun and snacks

Saturday, July 6, Harding

9:30 AM: ACBL Board Meeting

Tuesday, July 9, meet in lobby

6:00 PM: ACBL Local Club Visit $25 ($27)

  • Dinner and a great local club visit with the Columbus Northeast Lions Club at the Holiday Inn in Worthington, OH.

Wednesday, July 10, Taft D

12:15 PM: ACBL Luncheon & Meeting $27 ($29)

  • Tribute to Lion Jim Shaw; share your memories.

ACB Radio Amateurs

President: Steve Dresser
Registration: $5 ($7)

Wednesday, July 10, Clark

2:45 PM: ACBRA program and business meeting

  • Using your iPhone or Android device with EchoLink to talk with Hams around the world.

ACB Students

President: Sara Conrad
Program Chair: Caitlin Lynch
Registration: $5 ($7)

Friday, July 5, Suite 2036

8:00 PM: ACB Students Welcome Party $8 ($10)

  • Food, fun, and friendship.  Meet new people and get reacquainted with old friends.

Saturday, July 6, Taft C

10:45 AM: ACBS Business Meeting

  • Meet your ACBS board; hear about our accomplishments this year. Special presentations; awesome raffles.

12:15 PM: ACBS Scholarship Luncheon $26 ($28)

  • Join ACBS and RSVA to celebrate the accomplishments of this year's national scholarship winners, the newest shining stars in the ACB galaxy.

2:45 PM: Exploring Opportunities

  • Join ACBS and BPI at a panel discussion on educational and career resources and opportunities.  Moderator: Mark Hanohano, Program Director, Community Association of the Blind, Garden Grove, CA

Sunday, July 7, Madison

4:15 PM: O&M: College, Careers, & Beyond  $5 ($7)

  • Learn about guide dogs, canes, and how young people are utilizing these mobility aids to conquer obstacles and create positive changes.  Young people explain why they chose their mobility aids and why more youth are choosing to partner with a guide dog.

Monday, July 8, Marion

1:15 PM: ACBS Business Meeting

  • Are you the next generation of leadership in our fine organization?  You could be the next president, second VP, treasurer or secretary.  Be the next student who changes ACBS for years to come.

2:45 PM: Is Rehab Working? $5 ($7)

  • Interactive session with Janet LaBreck, Commissioner, Rehabilitation Services Administration, Washington, DC; Dr. Jamie O'Malley, Assistant Professor on Research, National Research and Training Center on Blindness and Low Vision, Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS; Dan Sippl, President, Randolph-Sheppard Vendors of America, Eau Claire, WI; Ardis Bazyn, Secretary, RSVA, Burbank, CA; Sara Conrad, President, ACB Students and Member, ACB Board of Directors, Stevensville, MI; Paul Edwards, Chair, Board of Publications, Miami, FL.  Sponsored by Rehab Issues Task Force, AAVL, ACBS and RSVA

Wednesday, July 10, Union B

9:00 PM: ACBS Comedy Night $10 ($12)

  • End your week in Columbus on a high note.  Enjoy a great comedian, cash bar, and our best raffle prizes yet.  A great way to say adios to Columbus and those old/new friends you've just made.

Blind Information Technology Specialists (BITS)

President: Richard Villa
Program Chair: Renee Zelickson
Registration: $15 ($15) or BPI pkg.: $55 ($60)

Friday, July 5, Harding

7:30 PM: BITS Board Meeting

Saturday, July 6, Taft A

10:00 AM: Accessible Tablet Computers

  • A panel of users discuss the pros and cons of the various brands of accessible tablets.

1:30 PM: Braille Displays

  • Representatives from various companies discuss models and features of their products.

Sunday, July 7, Taft A

1:15 PM: BITS Vendor Showcase

  • Technology vendors review products in their booths in the exhibit hall.

Monday, July 8, Taft D

12:15 PM: BITS Luncheon and meeting $25 ($28)

8:30 PM: Bytes with BITS $15 ($16), 2036

  • Relax, mingle and catch up with friends after a long day of meetings.

Blind LGBT Pride International (BPI)

President: Guillermo Robles
Program Chair: Mark Hanohano
Registration: $15 ($18) or BPI pkg: $97 ($97)

Friday, July 5, BPI Suite

4:00 PM: BPI Welcome Party & Mixer $25 ($25)

  • A fun evening of socializing, drinks, and great food.

Saturday, July 6, BPI Suite

1:15 PM: BPI Caucus

  • BPI's general meeting; listen to candidates speak out.  BPI will also be hearing from candidates running for board positions on the BPI board of directors.

2:45 PM: Exploring Opportunities $5 ($7), Taft C

  • Join BPI and ACBS at a panel discussion on educational and career resources and opportunities.  Moderator: Mark Hanohano, Program Director, Community Association of the Blind, Garden Grove, CA

Sunday, July 7, Fairfield

2:45 PM: Les Misérables $8 ($8)

  • Audio-described film set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, Les Misérables tells the story of ex-prisoner Jean Valjean, hunted for decades by the ruthless policeman Javert, after he breaks parole. When Valjean agrees to care for factory worker Fantine's young daughter, Cosette, their lives change forever.

Monday, July 8, Union A

1:15 PM: Employment Equality For All

  • Seminar hosted by ACBGE and BPI.  Kathleen Martinez, Assistant Secretary, Office of Disability Employment Policy, US Department of Labor, Washington. DC

2:45 PM: The State of Equality

  • Seminar on the state of equality for all people in Ohio.  Kim Welter, Executive Director, Equality Ohio, Columbus, OH

5:45 PM: BPI Annual Business Meeting, Marion

  • See what exciting things have been happening with BPI throughout the year and what you can expect to see in the future.

Tuesday, July 9, Union E

12:15: BPI/IVIE Luncheon $27 ($30)

12:55 PM: Welcoming Remarks, Carla Hayes, President, Independent Visually Impaired Entrepreneurs, McMurray, PA

1:00 PM: Taking the Ice out of Cold Calling

  • Making the grind worth your time when approaching new customers.  Michael Jillisky, Business Development Manager, T-Mobile USA, Columbus, OH

1:45 PM: Gaining a Strategic Edge with Social Media

  • Best practices and techniques on building a proper business-to-business social media strategy that meets your goals.  William Burley, Burley-Wilson Associates, Houston, TX

Tuesday, July 9, Union B

1:15 PM: Diabetes in Progress $8 ($10)

  • Great tips on living a healthier life and coping with diabetes.  Presented by BPI and ACBDA.  Brenda Rendelma, Central Ohio Diabetes Association, Columbus, OH; Nan Ellen Criner, Program Manager, Central Ohio Primary Care Physicians, Westerville, OH

Wednesday, July 10, BPI Suite

1:15 PM: What’s ‘Appening Workshop

2:45 PM: Exploring Your Passions $15 ($15)

  • Using all the senses and discovering true intimacy.  William Burley, Burley-Wilson Associates, Houston, TX

6:15 PM: BPI Farewell Party $7 ($7), BPI Suite

  • Join us for our Farewell Party and Recognition of Volunteers.

Braille Revival League

President: Judy Jackson
Program Chair: Ralph Smitherman
Registration: $10 ($12)

Saturday, July 6, Harding

1:15 PM: Orienteering $5 ($7)

  • Compete for prizes by following braille signage to find specified locations throughout the hotel.

3:30 PM: Pre-Convention BRL Board Meeting

Monday, July 8, Union E

7:00 AM: BRL International Breakfast $25 ($30)

  • Guests: Peter Brass, Executive Board Member, German Federation of the Blind and Partially Sighted, Berlin, Germany; Judith M. Dixon, Project Manager, World Braille Usage 3rd Edition, Revised, NLS, Washington, DC

1:15 PM: BRL Program, Union C

  • Welcome and introductions: Judy Jackson, President, Braille Revival League, Miami, FL

1:30 PM: The 2013 NLS Braille Summit

  • Report and preliminary summary findings.  Kim Charlson, Director, Perkins Braille and Talking Book Library, Watertown, MA; Judith M. Dixon, Braille Development Officer, National Library Service for the Blind & Physically Handicapped, Washington, DC; and Paul Edwards, President, Library Users of America, Miami, FL

2:00 PM: BRL Business Meeting

2:30 PM: Break

  • 2:45 PM: Unified English Braille workshop and Training: Judy Dixon, Chair, Education and Outreach Committee, Braille Authority of North America; Kim Charlson, ACB Representative to BANA

4:15 PM: Play the game of Farkle $10 ($12), Delaware D

  • Roll the dice, match the numbers, score the most points, and win a prize!

Tuesday, July 9, Taft B

1:15 PM: Welcome to the BRL/LUA/NABT Joint Session: Judy Jackson, President, Braille Revival League, Miami, FL; Paul Edwards, President, Library Users of America, Miami, FL

1:30 PM: Meet Talking Book narrator Gregory Gorton, Potomac Talking Book Services, Inc., Bethesda, MD

2:10 PM: The New Phone App for NLS Books and How it Works with Braille: Judith M. Dixon, Consumer Relations & Braille Officer, NLS, Washington, DC

2:30 PM: Break

2:45 PM: Three Authors, One ACB

  • How three blind authors wrote and published their books.  Sponsored by BRL, FIA, LUA, and NABT.  Co-moderators: Paul Edwards, Miami, FL; Lynn Hedl, Birmingham, AL.  Authors: Stephen Kuusisto, Syracuse, NY; Peter Altschul, Columbia, MO; and Sue Martin, Springdale, AL

Council of Citizens with Low Vision International

President: Jim Jirak
Registration: $10 ($12)

Friday, July 5, Fayette

3:00 PM: CCLVI Board Meeting

Saturday, July 6, Morrow

9:00 AM – 12:00PM: CCLVI Program

9:00 AM: Welcome/Introduction - President Jim Jirak

9:25 AM: Proposed constitutional amendments first reading

9:30 AM: Introduction of 2013 Fred Scheigert winners - Mike Gravitt, Chair

10:30 AM:  CCLVI/BOP Workshop

  • Making websites and publications that are more user-friendly to people with low vision. Bring your laptop to follow along.

4:00 PM: CCLVI Mixer $10 ($12), 2036

  • Mix and mingle; food and fun!

Sunday, July 7, Union A

1:15 PM: ACB Passport $5 ($7)

  • Traveling abroad as a person who is blind or visually impaired.  Sponsored by CCLVI and IRC.

3:15 PM: Vendor Showcase: Low vision friendly products

7:00 PM: Game Night $10 ($12), Union E

  • Play "oral hijinks" - puns with words!

Monday, July 8, Union B

1:15 PM: Business Meeting

Tuesday, July 9, Union C

1:15 PM: CCLVI Movie, $5 ($5)

  • "Going Blind, Going Forward"

2:45 PM: CCLVI/IVIE Toastmasters©, $5 ($5)

  • Learn how to speak in public.  It's lots of fun!

Friends-in-Art of ACB

President: Peter Altschul
Program Chair: Lynn Hedl
Registration: $8 ($10)

Saturday, July 6, FIA Suite

9:30 AM: Board Meeting

4:00 PM: FIA Mixer/Showcase Signup $18 ($20)

  • Light refreshments; mingle with friends; sign up for an audition slot for this year's Showcase.

Sunday, July 7, FIA Suite

1:15 PM: iMusic Madness $4 ($5)

  • iOS apps that aid in practice and performance.  Wayne Pearcy, Student, Berklee College of Music, Allston, MA

2:45 PM: FIA Showcase Auditions, Franklin

  • Audition at pre-assigned times for a spot in the first act of the FIA Showcase.  Sign up at the FIA mixer or at the FIA booth in the exhibit hall.

9:00 PM: Prose and Poetry Reading $4 ($5), Madison

  • Writers read their original works to a receptive audience.  Moderator: Carla Hayes, McMurray, PA

Monday, July 8, Taft C

12:15 PM: FIA Luncheon/Business Meeting $27 ($30)

  • Our Experiences at the Rose Bowl Parade: Dan Kelly, Band Director, Ohio State School for the Blind, Columbus, OH. Business meeting to follow.

2:45 PM: Meet the Artists $4 ($5), FIA Suite

  • Meet the artists whose works are displayed at the FIA exhibit booth.

8:00 PM: FIA Showcase of the Performing Arts $18 ($20), Franklin

  • Performances by familiar ACB musicians and first-time performers.  Featuring Blind Reflexx, an exciting band from Illinois, playing some of your favorites.  The second act will feature unauditioned performers.  Cash bar open throughout the show.

Tuesday, July 9, Taft A

1:15 PM: The Art of Listening $8 ($10)

  • Write impromptu musical poems; explore the art of improvisation.  Stephen Kuusisto, poet, Syracuse NY

2:45 PM: Three Authors, One ACB, Taft B

  • How three blind authors wrote and published their books.  Sponsored by BRL, FIA, LUA, and NABT.  Co-moderators: Paul Edwards, Miami, FL; Lynn Hedl, Birmingham, AL.  Authors: Stephen Kuusisto, Syracuse, NY; Peter Altschul, Columbia, MO; and Sue Martin, Springdale, AL

4:15 PM: Singing Around the Universe $4 ($5), FIA Suite

  • Learn harmony songs and rounds that are fun to sing and share with students or children.  Take home a CD along with print/Braille words.  Lynn Hedl, Birmingham, AL; Susan Glass, Saratoga, CA; Karen Karsh, Denver, CO

Wednesday, July 10, FIA Suite

7:30 AM: FIA Post-Convention Board Meeting

Guide Dog Users, Inc.

President: Laurie Mehta
Program Chair: Mary Beth Randall
Registration: $15 ($15)

The GDUI suite is in Garfield. Suite hours are: Friday, July 5, noon to 5:00 PM; Saturday, Sunday, Monday, July 6 - 8, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM; Tuesday, July 9, 9:00 AM to noon.
 
The GDUI suite is a great place to meet friends, give your dog a break, purchase products from either GDUI or our vendor boutique, or get your dog's nails trimmed or ears cleaned (vet tech schedule to be announced). Don't forget to bid on the exciting items in GDUI's silent auction!

Saturday, July 6, McKinley

11:00 AM: First-Timers’ Session

  • If this is your first convention or the first in a long time, this is a great place to share tips for a less stressful experience for both you and your dog.  Jane Sheehan, Silver Spring, MD; Sandra Johnson, Greenwood, IN

12:00 PM: Hotel Orientation, Garfield

  • Link up with guide dog instructors for an orientation to the most important places you will need to find around the hotel.

2:00 PM: Affiliate Roundup, McKinley

  • Updates from GDUI's state affiliates.

3:00 PM: First-Timers’ Session, Taft B

  • If this is your first convention or the first in a long time, this is a great place to share tips for a less stressful experience for both you and your dog.  Jane Sheehan, Silver Spring, MD; Sandra Johnson, Greenwood, IN

4:00 PM: GDUI Board Meeting, McKinley

  • The board will conduct business if there is a quorum. Annual report available.

4:00 PM: Hotel Orientation, Garfield

  • Link up with guide dog instructors for an orientation to the most important places you will need to find around the hotel.

Sunday, July 7, Lobby

7:00 AM: GDUI Breakfast Club

  • Meet in lobby for a short walk to Sunny Street Cafe.

1:15 PM: GDUI Opening Session, McKinley

1:15 PM: Introductions, announcements, and welcome: Laurie Mehta, President, Guide Dog Users, Inc., Cincinnati, OH

2:00 PM: Guide Dog School Updates

  • What's going on at the guide dog schools?  What are they planning for the future?  What are the qualifications that prospective students must have to be accepted into class?

3:00 PM: Break

3:15 PM: Guide to Success

  • How to advocate for yourself on the local, national, and international level.  Charlie Crawford, GDUI Vice President, Silver Spring, MD; Michael May, President, Sendero Group, Davis, CA

7:00 PM: Nature Walk $5 ($7), Lobby

  • Take a walk on a mile-long nature trail located about two blocks from the hotel.  Trail features informative tactile art pieces and places to sit and relax. Don't forget your mosquito repellent!

Monday, July 8, Lobby

7:00 AM: GDUI Breakfast Club

  • Meet in lobby for a short walk to Sunny Street Cafe.

1:15 PM:  Announcements: McKinley

1:30 PM: Veterinary ophthalmology.  Dr. Anne J. Gemensky Metzler, DVM, Ohio College of Veterinary Medicine, Columbus, OH

2:15 PM: Break

2:30 PM: Keeping a Retired Guide

  • Experienced guide dog handlers discuss the joys, pain, and health and aging issues of living with a retired guide.  Mary Beth Randall, Fresno, CA; Laurie Mehta, Cincinnati, OH

3:15 PM: Wheelchair Guides

  • How these partnerships work and how wheelchair guides are trained.  Paula Barton, Fresno, CA; Chuck Farrugia, Field Representative, Guide Dogs for the Blind, Kalamazoo, MI

7:00 PM: "Simon Says" Guide Dog Style, $5 ($7)

  • Test your dog's obedience skills by playing a fun game of "Simon Says."  Prizes; lots of fun for everyone.

Tuesday, July 9, Lobby

7:00 AM GDUI Breakfast Club

  • Meet in lobby for a short walk to Sunny Street Cafe.

12:15 PM: GDUI Lunch $28 ($30), Taft C

  • From Sterling to Steel.  The inspiring story of how Sue Martin, Springdale, AL, overcame severe depression to become a successful, energetic woman and guide dog user.  A journey from silver medals, through tribulations, by force of steely determination, to today's success.

2:45 PM: GDUI Caucus

  • Meet the candidates for ACB office.

7:30 PM: Dog Stories and More $5 ($7), Garfield

  • Share humorous or moving stories about your partnership with your guide dog(s).

Independent Visually Impaired Entrepreneurs

President: Carla Hayes
Theme: "Building Competence and Confidence"
Registration: $6 ($8)

Saturday, July 6, RSVA suite

10:00 PM: RSVA/IVIE Mixer $15 ($20)

Sunday, July 7, Grant

7:00 AM: IVIE Breakfast & Meeting $22 ($25)

Tuesday, July 9, Union E

12:15 PM: IVIE/BPI Luncheon $27 ($30)

12:55: Welcoming Remarks, Carla Hayes, President, Independent Visually Impaired Entrepreneurs, McMurray, PA

1:00 PM: Taking the Ice out of Cold Calling

  • Making the grind worth your time when approaching new customers.  Michael Jillisky, Business Development Manager, T-Mobile USA, Columbus, OH

1:45 PM: Gaining a Strategic Edge with Social Media

  • Best practices and techniques for building a proper business-to-business social media strategy that meets your goals.  William Burley, Burley-Wilson Associates, Houston, TX

2:45 PM: IVIE/CCLVI Toastmasters, $5 ($5), Union C

  • Learn how to speak in public.  It's lots of fun!

Wednesday, July 10, Taft A

12:30 PM: IVIE Business Expo

  • Blind and visually impaired business owners showcase their products and services and answer your questions.

Library Users of America

President: Paul Edwards
Registration: $10 ($12)

Friday, July 5, Champaign

5:30 PM: Pre-convention Board Meeting

Sunday, July 7, Union C

1:15 PM: Welcome and Introductions: Paul Edwards, President, Library Users of America, Miami, FL

1:25 PM: Initiatives and Issues at NLS

  • Karen Keninger, Director, National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Washington, DC

2:30 PM: Break

2:45 PM: The International Copyright Provision and the Sharing of Books Across Borders

  • Justin Hughes, head of the US delegation to WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization) and Senior Advisor to the Undersecretary of Commerce, US Patent and Trademark Office, Department of Commerce, Washington, DC

3:05 PM: A Look at a Winning Library

  • Ohio, the NLS Talking Book Library of the Year, was selected for its innovative efforts to make services effective in spite of a shrinking economy.  Will Reid, Manager, Ohio Library for the Blind and Physically Disabled, Cleveland OH

3:30 PM: Business meeting and elections

5:45 PM: Let Me Count the Ways $5 ($7), Taft C

  • LUA and IAC demonstrate how to read a book in the information age.

Monday July 8, Fairfield

5:45 PM: Book Mark-it $5 ($7)

  • Check out our books for purchase or trade; snacks provided.

Tuesday, July 9, Taft B

1:15 PM: Welcome to the LUA/BRL/NABT Joint Session: Judy Jackson, President, Braille Revival League, Miami, FL; Paul Edwards, President, Library Users of America, Miami, FL

1:30 PM: Meet Talking Book narrator Gregory Gorton, Potomac Talking Book Services Inc., Bethesda, MD

2:10 PM: The New Phone App for NLS Books and How it Works with Braille: Judith M. Dixon, Consumer Relations & Braille Officer, NLS, Washington, DC

2:30 PM: Break

2:45 PM: Three Authors, One ACB

  • How three blind authors wrote and published their books.  Sponsored by BRL, FIA, LUA, and NABT.  Co-moderators: Paul Edwards, Miami, FL; Lynn Hedl, Birmingham, AL.  Authors: Stephen Cuusisto, Syracuse NY; Peter Altschul, Columbia, MO; and Sue Martin, Springdale, AL

4:00 PM: LUA Post-convention Board Meeting

National Association of Blind Teachers

President: Carla Hayes
Theme: "Touching the Universe"
Registration: $10 ($12)

Saturday, July 6, Grant

8:00 - 11:00 AM: NABT Breakfast & Program $25 ($27)

8:45 AM: Old And New Ways of Touching the Universe

  • Discussion of old and new methods of teaching science to blind and visually impaird students.

9:30 AM:  Break

9:45 AM:  Business Meeting and Elections

Monday, July 8, Union D

1:15 PM: NABT STEM Day $4 ($5)

1:15 PM: Touch Technology for STEM

  • Using computer haptics to make math and science lessons accessible.  Dr. Marjorie Darrah, CEO, eTouch Sciences, Grafton, WV

1:45 PM:  APH Presents STEM Products

  • Demonstration of the Talking Graphic Calculator and other STEM products.  Plenty of time for hands-on examination of the products.

Tuesday, July 9, Taft B

1:15 PM: Welcome to the LUA/BRL/NABT Joint Session: Judy Jackson, President, Braille Revival League, Miami, FL; Paul Edwards, President, Library Users of America, Miami, FL

1:30 PM: Meet Talking Book narrator Gregory Gorton, Potomac Talking Book Services Inc., Bethesda, MD

2:10 PM: The New Phone App for NLS Books and How it Works with Braille: Judith M. Dixon, Consumer Relations & Braille Officer, NLS, Washington, DC

2:30 PM: Break

2:45 PM: Three Authors, One ACB

  • How three blind authors wrote and published their books.  Sponsored by BRL, FIA, LUA, and NABT.  Co-moderators: Paul Edwards, Miami, FL; Lynn Hedl, Birmingham, AL.  Authors: Stephen Cuusisto, Syracuse NY; Peter Altschul, Columbia, MO; and Sue Martin, Springdale, AL

4:15 PM: FIA/NABT Singing Around the Universe $4 ($5), FIA Suite

  • Learn harmony songs and rounds that are fun to sing and share with students or children.  Take home a CD along with print/Braille words.  Lynn Hedl, Birmingham, AL; Susan Glass, Saratoga, CA; Karen Karsh, Denver, CO

Randolph-Sheppard Vendors of America

President: Dan Sippl
Program Chair; Ardis Bazyn
Registration: $20 ($20)
RSVA Package: $95 ($100)
Proud Coral sponsor of the Scholarship Winners' Dinner and Luncheon

Saturday, July 6, Fayette

10:00 AM: RSVA Board of Directors Meeting

1:15 PM: "Moving Forward with Confidence," Morrow

1:30 PM: Welcome: Dan Sippl, RSVA President, Eau Claire, WI

1:35 PM  The Ohio Business Enterprise Program: Tonia Koo, Business Enterprise Program, Cincinnati, OH

2:05 PM:  Highlights from Ohio vendors:  Richard Bird, Vendor, Cleveland, OH

2:35 PM: Latest in SSA and Medicare

3:10 PM: Break

  • 3:25 PM: The Importance of Advocacy: Ron Eller, RSVA Legislative Chair, Troutman, NC; Ken Jessup, RSVA Ways and Means Chair, Virginia Beach, VA

3:55 PM: Marketing Your Business: Ron Milliman, retired professor, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY

4:30 PM: Resolutions/Constitution and Bylaws (first reading): Ardis Bazyn, Secretary, Burbank, CA

5:00 PM: Nominating Committee - delegates only

10:00 PM: RSVA/IVIE Mixer $15 ($20), RSVA Suite

Sunday, July 7, Taft D

12:15 PM: RSVA Annual Awards Luncheon $35 ($40)

1:00 PM: Speaker: Janet LaBreck, newly appointed Commissioner, Rehabilitation Services Administration, Washington, DC (invited)

1:30 PM: Presentation of RSVA awards: Eddie Turner, RSVA Awards Chair

2:00 PM: Break

2:15 PM: Business meeting

5:00 PM: Caucus for ACB prospective officers – Taft D

7:00 PM: RSVA Annual Auction, Franklin A

  • Auction Preview: 6:30 PM

9:00 PM Karaoke Night $10 ($15), Franklin

Monday, July 8, RSVA Suite

12:15 PM: RSVA Board and Presidents' Lunch, RSVA Suite

2:45 PM: Is Rehab Working? $5 ($7), Delaware A

  • Interactive session with Janet LaBreck, Commissioner, Rehabilitation Services Administration, Washington, DC; Dr. Jamie O'Malley, Assistant Professor on Research, National Research and Training Center on Blindness and Low Vision, Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS; Dan Sippl, President, Randolph-Sheppard Vendors of America, Eau Claire, WI; Ardis Bazyn, Secretary, RSVA, Burbank, CA; Sara Conrad, President, ACB Students and Member, ACB Board of Directors, Stevensville, MI; Paul Edwards, Chair, Board of Publications, Miami, FL.  Sponsored by Rehab Issues Task Force, AAVL, ACBS and RSVA.

 
8:00 PM: RSVA Casino Night $20 ($25), Taft A

  • Your favorite casino games; cash prizes!  Cash bar available.

Visually Impaired Veterans of America

President: John Fleming
Registration: $10 ($10)

Tuesday, July 9, Harding

2:45 PM: VIVA business meeting and election

  • Where do we go from here?  Group discussion.

Other Meetings and Programs

Career Development:

Sunday, July 7, Fayette

7:15 PM: Piano Technology: $5 ($7)

  • Independent, lucrative career opportunity.

Tuesday, July 9, Taft C

7:00 AM: NIB Breakfast $10 ($15)

  • Join National Industries for the Blind for a discussion about employment and the AbilityOne program.

Guide Dogs:

Monday, July 8, Taft C

7:00 AM: Guide Dogs for the Blind Alumni Breakfast

  • GDB grads connect with friends and staff; those considering the guide dog lifestyle welcome.

Advocacy Issues:

Sunday, July 7, Franklin A

7:00 AM: AFB Breakfast $10 ($10)

  • Staff will discuss AFB current initiatives; your feedback welcome.

Tuesday, July 9, Marion

4:15 PM: Managed Health Care $5 ($7)

  • Impact of health care reform on managed health care and fee-for-service coverage; health care trends.  Dr. Brad Lucas, Chief Medical Officer, Buckeye Community Health Plan, Columbus, OH; Anthony Evans, Vice President for Integrated HealthCareSource, Columbus, OH.  Presented by ACBHSP and NELDS.

4:15 PM: ACB Legislative Seminar, $5 ($7), Fairfield

  • The latest information regarding pending and recently implemented legislative issues.  Eric Bridges, ACB Director of Advocacy and Governmental Affairs, Arlington, VA

Technology:

Saturday, July 6, GW Micro Suite

9:00 AM: Browsing the Web with Window-Eyes $10 ($12)

  • Hands-on training on how to perform Google searches, navigate webpages, fill out forms, download files, and other common tasks with the Window-Eyes screen reader.  Strategies on how to operate Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox from the keyboard.  How to customize web browsers for optimal use with a screen reader.  Computers provided; bring headphones; limit: 10 people.

11:00 AM: GWConnect $5 ($7)

  • Hands-on training on the services available via Skype™; how to use GWConnect to make voice calls with friends, family and co-workers.  How to use instant messaging and other features made available in GWConnect, including finding and adding new Skype™ contacts.  Computers provided; bring headphones; limit: 10 people.

11:30 AM Kurzweil 1000 Users Group Lunch, Taft C

  • Near term releases; plans for Kurzweil 1000; your questions answered.  We'll give away a Free HoverCam.  Contact Lauren Schuler to register at Lauren.Schuler@cambiumtech.com or 781-276-0629.  Hosted by Stephen Baum, Vice President of Engineering, Kurzweil Educational Systems.

4:00 PM: HIMS: Technology innovations for the deaf-blind, Union B

Saturday, July 6 through Thursday, July 11, Knox and Champaign

Map Reading Study (by invitation only)

  • Seeking individuals who are blind or who have low vision and use JAWS or equivalent screen readers to participate in a 45-minute to 1 hour testing session on map reading and spatial thinking skills. Funded by the National Science Foundation.

Sunday, July 7, Union B

5:45 PM: HIMS iPads

  • Braille Sense iPads in the classroom.

5:45 PM: HumanWare: Braille Displays and iOS, Grant

  • How HumanWare braille devices keep you productive while on the go; free Apex updates; how to connect your HumanWare braille display to iPhones and iPads.

Monday, July 8, Morrow

5:45 PM: The New Victor Stream

  • See the new slim and sleek HumanWare Stream that features a louder speaker, superior speech, improved recording, and wireless connectivity for easy updates and future content access features.

7:15 PM: Bookshare Member Gathering, Union E

  • Bookshare members join a member of the Bookshare team for snacks, conversation and the latest product updates.

Tuesday, July 9, Fayette

1:15 PM: VDRDC Focus Group

  • By invitation only.  Focus group for sighted individuals interested in describing video content.  Presented under the auspices of the Smith-Kettlewell Video Description Research and Development Center (VDRDC).

4:15 PM: VDRDC Focus Group

  • By invitation only.  Focus group for blind people who are audio description consumers.  Bring your own laptop computer with screen reader or screen magnification software.  Presented under the auspices of the Smith-Kettlewell Video Description Research and Development Center (VDRDC).

7:15 PM: Travel Technology from APH, Delaware B

  • Meet Nearby Explorer, an innovative GPS system for Android phones and the Braille Plus 18.  Discover Talking PC Maps.  Then tell APH about the kinds of products you would like APH to create.

Kids and Families

Kids Explorers Club: 

Bring the kids (ages 6 to 12) for a great week of tours and fun in the Kids Explorer Club.  Games, crafts, swimming, and trips; every day is packed with fun.  Breakfast, lunch and snack included.  Open Sunday through Wednesday from 8:15 to 5:00, and on Thursday from 8:15 until after the banquet.

All-New Teen Blast! 

Don't be bored; have a blast with Teen Blast.  Be a Teen Blast volunteer; have fun on Teen Blast trips.  Teen Blast Launch Saturday at 2:00; pizza, prizes, and planning more cool stuff for the week.  For teens and young adults 13 and up.
 
Kids Explorer Club and Teen Blast participants must register and pay the convention administrative fee before attending any events.  Discounted tickets for events may be purchased on the pre-registration form.

The Rules, Please Read: 

Parents must accompany kids and teens under age 18 to their first Kids Explorer Club or Teen Blast event to sign required permission forms.  Necessary medications must be supplied each day.
Kids Explorer Club and Teen Blast cannot accept participants who are medically fragile.  Parents will be expected to remove children or teens who exhibit uncontrollable or highly inappropriate behaviors.

Have questions?  Contact Janet Dickelman, ACB Convention Chair, at 651-428-5059.

Kids Explorers Club Activities

Sunday, July 7, Hayes

8:15 AM - 5:00 PM: Kids Explorers Club and COSI $15 ($20)

  • Great fun and exploration; big machines, space, oceans and much more. A huge 320,000-square-foot world of discovery, the Center of Science and Industry (COSI) was chosen America's #1 science museum for 2008 by Parents Magazine. Day includes breakfast, lunch, and COSI activities and giant screen movie.

Monday, July 8, Hayes

8:15 AM - 5:00 PM: Kids Explorers Club and Santa Maria $15 ($20)

  • Kids become sailors, explorers and pirates as they visit the Santa Maria, Christopher Columbus' flagship in which he sailed to the New World in 1492. Day also includes breakfast and lunch; games, swimming and crafts as time permits.

Tuesday, July 9, Hayes

8:15 AM - 5:00 PM: Kids Explorers Club and American Whistle Factory $15 ($20)

  • A day of games, swimming, and fun; includes a visit to the American Whistle Corporation. Discover what makes a whistle a whistle and see how whistles are made. Every kid gets a shiny new whistle as a souvenir. Breakfast and lunch included.

Wednesday, July 10, Hayes

8:15 AM - 5:00 PM: Kids Explorers Club and Baseball Game $15 ($20)

  • After a morning of breakfast and fun, kids will spend the afternoon at the Columbus Clippers baseball game. Watch the game, picnic on the lawn, play in the fountain. Includes breakfast, lunch, and other activities.

Thursday, July 11, Hayes

8:15 AM - 10:00 PM: Kids Explorers Club - Kings Island $20 ($25)

  • While the adults spend the day in general session and the evening at the banquet, kids and teens head out of town to Kings Island, the largest amusement and water park in the Midwest. From the K.I. Miami Valley Railroad, the Grand Carousel and White Water Canyon to thrills like Viking Fury, the Racer, and the Beast, from Planet Snoopy to Dinosaurs Alive to the Soak City Water Park, there's lots of thrills and chills for every age. Includes breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Teen Blast Activities

Saturday, July 6, Hayes

2:00 PM: Teen Blast Launch $5 ($5)

  • Blast off for a week of service and fun. Get ready for the first Teen Blast project later that day and plan more projects for the week. Surprises, food and friends.

Monday, July 8, Hayes

11:00 AM - 2:00 PM: Teen Blast - Santa Maria $15 ($20)

  • 500 years ago Christopher Columbus and his men spent two months crossing the Atlantic Ocean and discovering America. The Santa Maria was his flagship; it was 98 feet long - about the length of 4 houses. No electricity, no TV, no Xbox, no fridge, no GPS. See how they guided the ship, what they did for fun, what they ate. Includes picnic lunch.

7:15 PM: Families Bingo Bonanza $5 ($5), Fairfield

  • From picture frames to postage stamps to progressive cover-alls - fun for everyone from tweens to teens to seniors. Lots of winners; lots of prizes.

Wednesday, July 10, Hayes

11:00 AM - 3:30 PM: Teen Blast Baseball $15 ($20)

  • Blast on over to the ballpark for a game between the Columbus Clippers and the Indianapolis Indians. Includes lunch and a snack.

Thursday, July 11, Hayes

8:15 AM - 10:00 PM: Kings Island $20 ($25)

  • While the adults spend the day in general session and the evening at the banquet, kids and teens head out of town to Kings Island, the largest amusement and water park in the Midwest. From the K.I. Miami Valley Railroad, the Grand Carousel and White Water Canyon to thrills like Viking Fury, the Racer, and the Beast, from Planet Snoopy to Dinosaurs Alive to the Soak City Water Park, there's lots of thrills and chills for every age. Includes breakfast, lunch and dinner.

2013 Tours

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.

  1. All tours depart from the lobby.  Times listed in the program are bus departure and approximate return times back to the hotel.  Please be at the bus departure area and ready to board the bus 15 minutes prior to the listed departure times.
  2. The first two rows of seats on both sides of the bus are reserved for the tour coordinators, volunteers and people with mobility difficulties.  If you sit in those seats, you will be asked to move.
  3. All buses are fully ADA-equipped.  If you have mobility difficulties, or use a wheelchair and require the lift to access the bus, you MUST check the appropriate boxes on the pre-registration form in order for us to plan for necessary accommodations.  If you are able to transfer from a wheelchair into a regular bus seat, your chair will be placed under the bus for the duration of the ride.
  4. Indoor facilities are air-conditioned unless indicated, but many tours include significant outdoor time.  Dress appropriately and bring sunscreen, insect repellent, hat, and water bottle for your comfort and safety.
  5. Space is limited on all tours.  ACB reserves the right to cancel a tour should ticket sales fall below required minimums.  Tickets will be collected at the bus.  Buses will not be delayed while forgotten tickets are retrieved.
  6. All return times are approximate.  If you have dietary scheduling concerns, bring a light snack in case we are unavoidably delayed.
  7. We ask that you board the bus quietly, quickly and safely to avoid any delays.  We plan 15 minutes to load and unload the bus.
  8. Please do not schedule back-to-back events based upon the return time of the tour, as we cannot plan for traffic and road condition delays.
  9. A limited number of volunteers will accompany each tour.  While they will help as much as possible, ACB volunteers are not personal guides or personal care attendants.  If you need individual help, plan to attend the tour with a friend who can act as your guide or PCA, push your wheelchair, etc.
  10. Most tour destinations are ADA-accessible.  Some tours that are NOT ADA-accessible may include long walks, steps, and steep grades.  If you have any concerns, please let them be known ahead of time.
  11. Some activities may involve strenuous activities. If you have a medical condition that may limit your involvement or participation, please let it be known ahead of time and use common sense when making your selections.
  12. Some tour activities will require liability waivers to be signed in order to participate.  The waivers will be distributed either on the bus or once we arrive at the site.
  13. The tour leader will have a list of all paid attendees and the waiting list for each tour.  The leader will be stationed at the door of the bus and will take your ticket at that time and mark you present on the checklist.  Please do not board the bus until the tour leader has completed this task.
  14. If registration for a tour event exceeds its capacity, a waiting list is created based on the date and time your registration was processed.  If you are on a waiting list, you will be asked to stand in a designated area until called.  Prior to the bus departure, any vacant seats will be given out based on the order of the names on the waiting list.  If you are not present when your name is called, the next person on the waiting list will be called.  You may not give your place on the waiting list to another person.
  15. If you arrive late and have a ticket, or your name has already been called from the waiting list, your ability to secure a seat will be entirely dependent on the number of vacant seats remaining on the bus.  No one who has a ticket or has answered the call from the waiting list will be asked to give up his/her seat.
  16. If there is no waiting list, or if the waiting list has been satisfied, any remaining vacant seats will be sold to walk-up traffic.  Such vacant seats will be sold for cash only; a ticket will not be issued.  To purchase, you must have a valid name badge, a day pass for the current day, or other proof of registration.
  17. If you have paid for and are issued a tour ticket and do not appear at the designated time and place, no refund will be made.  If you are on a waiting list and are not able to get on the bus, the tour leader will report this to the registration office and you will be able to secure a refund the next day after the tour.  Should you not be present at the convention the day after the tour, or if the convention has ended, please call the Minneapolis office by July 31st to arrange for a refund via check or credit card.

Thursday, July 4

8:15 AM - 6:30 PM: Reds Game & Hall of Fame $55 ($58)

  • Begin with a guided tour of the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum.  After lunch at the Moerlein Lager House, it's time to play ball; the San Francisco Giants vs. the Reds.  Enjoy box seats behind third base and listen to the voice of the Reds on WLW-AM 700 or WKFS-FM 94.5.  Lunch included with tour ticket.

8:15 AM - 6:30 PM: Cincinnati Museum Center $55 ($58)

  • Union Terminal, one of the last great train stations, now houses the Science and History Center.  On this exclusive ACB tour you will visit a man-made cave with waterfall and underground stream, learn about the last Ice Age that carved out Cincinnati and changed the flow of the Ohio River, get close to a Madagascar Hissing Cockroach, and visit the Science Lab.  History Center exhibits trace Cincinnati from its early days to the present.  Lunch included with ticket.

4:45 - 11:45 PM: Tecumseh Outdoor Drama $68 ($70)

  • Witness the epic story of this legendary Shawnee leader as he defends his sacred Ohio homeland.  Galloping horses, live military cannon, and dazzling battle sequences at the outdoor Sugarloaf Mountain Amphitheatre.  Audio description available.  Dinner buffet of ham, roast chicken, salads, veggies, and desserts included with ticket.

Friday, July 5

8 - 10 AM: City Bus Tour $19 ($22)

  • Columbus is filled with 200 years of rich history and amazing architecture.  No stopping!

10:30 AM - 3:00 PM: Wyandotte Winery $37 ($40)

  • Sample and/or purchase high quality wines and discover the interesting history of this winery.  Dry to sweet, red to white, grape to fruit wines to please any palate.  Lunch to follow on the outdoor patio (included with ticket).

12:00 PM - 3:45 PM: Ohio Village and Museum $23 ($25)

  • Guided tour of the mid-19th-century Ohio Village and museum. Costumed interpreters interact with you and play games from that time period.  Blind pigs, bathtub gin, flappers; how the 18th Amendment sent alcohol from public bars and taverns to secret watering holes.

4:45 - 7:45 PM: Schmidt German Restaurant $33 ($35)

  • Your own piece of Germany in the heart of Ohio.  Brick streets and preserved architecture of this German village dates back to the mid-1800s.  Real German food and hospitality at an authentic German buffet.

Saturday, July 6

9:15 AM - 4:15 PM: Ice Cream and the Works $65 ($68)

  • From paleo-Indians and Mastodons to transportation and industry, the Works museum houses countless historical exhibits.  Experience a hands-on glass-blowing demonstration; have lunch at Ye Olde Mill.  Learn what it takes to produce 6 million gallons of Velvet ice cream every year.  Lunch included with ticket.

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM: City Bus Tour $19 ($22)

  • Columbus is filled with 200 years of rich history and amazing architecture.  No stopping!

1:00 - 3:00 PM: City Bus Tour $19 ($22)

  • Columbus is filled with 200 years of rich history and amazing architecture.  No stopping!

3:30 - 5:45 PM: Newsreelers Tour $13 ($15)

  • Visit Newsreelers headquarters for a meet and greet with the folks who produce this monthly audio magazine, a wonderful service started by Stanley Doran in 1957.

Sunday, July 7

12:30 - 6:00 PM: Fort Ancient Tour $39 ($42)

  • Built by the Hopewell Indians from 100 B.C. to 400 A.D.  Explore earthen embankments that extend over three miles along the Little Miami River.  Hands-on exhibits in the museum include relics spanning 1,500 years of Ohio Valley history.

12:30 - 6:00 PM: Hocking Hill Zip Line $83 ($85)

  • It's higher, longer, and faster!  From the top of a 75-foot tower, plunge into the green forest, fly through the tree canopy, swoop down the Hocking River at speeds of 50 mph.  You will have two trips down the zip line (weight limit of 250 lbs).

Monday, July 8

12:30 - 3:15 PM: Ohio State House $19 ($22)

  • Guided tour of Capitol Square, a complex housing the Ohio Statehouse, Senate Building and Atrium.  Not only working government offices, but magnificent monuments to a period when Ohio's democracy was founded.

12:30 - 2:45 PM: Santa Maria $19 ($22)

  • Columbus set sail in the 98-foot Santa Maria to search for a direct trade route to the West Indies.  This is a private tour of the world's most authentic replica of Columbus' flagship.  Learn about the hardships of their long voyage - where they slept, prepared food and housed their animals.  Portions of this tour are not wheelchair-accessible.

1:30 - 4:00 PM: Thurber House $19 ($22)

  • Thurber House, the home of humorist James Thurber, is a literary center and museum.  Listen to Thurber's writings during this guided tour of his family home, where laughter, learning and literature meet.  Portions of this tour are not wheelchair-accessible.

Tuesday, July 9

12:15 - 2:45 PM: Anthony-Thomas Candy $22 ($25)

  • The Midwest's largest family-owned and operated candy company, its eight lines produce 25,000 pounds of candy per shift. Guides explain each process from kitchen to packaging. Tour ends in the retail shop.

12:15 - 5:15 PM: Slate Run Farm $30 ($33)

  • Guided tour of this 1880s farm.  Visit the house, summer kitchen, the barn and garden, and the livestock pens where you can pet the different farm animals.

1:00 - 3:30 PM: Anthony-Thomas Candy $22 ($25)

  • The Midwest's largest family-owned and operated candy company, its eight lines produce 25,000 pounds of candy per shift. Guides explain each process from kitchen to packaging. Tour ends in the retail shop.

6:00 - 9:00 PM: ACB Lions Local Club Visit $25 ($27)

  • Dinner and a great local club visit with the Columbus Northeast Lions Club at the Holiday Inn in Worthington, OH.

 Wednesday, July 10

12:15 - 3:30 PM: American Whistle Factory $19 ($22)

  • American Whistle Corporation, the ONLY maker of metal whistles in the U.S., will show you a thriving manufacturing plant and entertain you with interesting information about whistles.  Receive a shiny new American Classic whistle!

12:15 - 3:30 PM: Topiary Garden $19 ($22)

  • Once an unsightly vacant lot, The Topiary Garden is located on the original site of the Ohio School for the Deaf.  Today it is a landscape of color, shapes, and textures - a work of both art and nature.  Tour the garden, learn how these beautiful plants are grown and sculpted, and feel the various shapes of this very interesting Columbus park.

2:00 - 5:30 PM: American Whistle Factory $19 ($22)

  • American Whistle Corporation, the ONLY maker of metal whistles in the U.S., will show you a thriving manufacturing plant and entertain you with interesting information about whistles.  Receive a shiny new American Classic whistle!

Friday, July 12

6:30 AM - 4:30: PM: Blind Services Tour $52 ($55)

  • Tour the Clovernook Center for the Blind and the Cincinnati Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired.  Both have rich 100-plus-year histories and have evolved into multi-faceted centers for employment and daily services.  Visit CABVI's radio station and industries program and Clovernook's famous Carey cottage, Braille book production center, and industrial manufacturing facility.  Lunch included with ticket.

4:45 - 10:15 PM: Dinner and a Movie $75 ($78)

  • Sample appetizers, entrees and dessert from hassle-free food trucks at the comfortable Columbus Food Experience.  Then it's off to the historic Ohio Theatre for an audio-described screening of Citizen Kane, where the Mighty Morton theatre organ will rise up from the stage floor and provide period music during the film.

Recreation Zone

Chair: Oral Miller

Monday, July 8 - Delaware C

5:45 PM: Pilates with Leslie Spoone
5:45 PM: Water Aerobics with Gerry Koors, Hotel Pool

Wednesday, July 10, Delaware C

5:45 PM: Yoga with Leslie Spoone
5:45 PM: Water Aerobics with Gerry Koors, Hotel Pool

More Convention Entertainment

You will be ready for a break and a little fun after all those workshops, seminars and business meetings. Below are some activities and events that take place at the hotel.  For more fun ideas, see 2013 Convention Tours, the Recreation Zone, and the agendas of the many affiliates and groups for more mixers, luncheons and parties.

Friday, July 5, Franklin

8:00 PM: Discover Even More $10 ($10)

  • Join ACB of Ohio, our host affiliate, for a different kind of welcome party!  Form teams to play pop culture trivia games and win fantastic prizes!  Enjoy a drink from the cash bar and confer with your team for answers.

Saturday, July 6, Union E

12:15 PM: Sports Fanatics Luncheon $15 ($17)

  • Take a break from the serious work of the convention and indulge yourself in the world of sports.  Speakers: Leslie Spoone, Certified Aerobics Instructor and Certified Professional Trainer, Orlando, Fl; Other speaker TBA.

3:30 PM: Newsreelers' Office Visit $13 ($15)

  • Visit Newsreelers headquarters for a meet and greet with the people who produce this monthly audio magazine.  Light refreshments included.

Monday, July 8, Union A

5:45 PM: Role-playing New Worlds Ateraan $5 ($7)

  • Have you read a book and wondered what it would be like to play one of the characters?  Learn how to play the number 1 text-only role-playing game in the world.  Specially coded for the blind.  Players over age 18 welcome.  Repeats Monday at 7:15 PM, Tuesday at 5:45 PM and Tuesday at 7:15 PM.

Wednesday, July 10, McKinley

7:30 PM: ACB Film Night $5 ($5)

  • View "Argo," the 2013 Academy Award winner for Best Film, starring Ben Affleck.  A dramatization of the 1980 secret operation to extract fugitive American diplomats from Iran.

2013 Exhibits

Sponsored by Freedom Scientific

The 2013 ACB/Freedom Scientific Exhibit Hall is located in the Battelle South Ballroom on the third floor of the convention center.  It is filled with everything from jewelry to information resources to the latest in appliances and technologies designed especially for people who are blind and visually impaired.

ACB/Freedom Scientific exhibit hall hours are as follows:

  • Sat., July 6, 1:00 - 5:00 PM
  • Sun., Mon. & Tues., July 7-9, 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • Wed., July 10, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

The following exhibitors were registered for the convention at the time the program went to press.  The Show-Stopper Directory containing a complete list of exhibitors is available in braille or large print at the front of the Exhibit Hall; electronic copies available from the ACB/NIB Information Desk before 10:00 AM each day.

ABISEE

ACB Mini Mall

ACB Students

AI Squared

American Printing House for the Blind

Avon for Success

Braille Designs.com

Braulio Worldwide

Bureau of Engraving & Printing

Cambium Learning Technologies

Charmtech Labs

District of Columbia Gov., DDS & RSA

Dolphin Computer Access

Duxbury Systems Inc.

Enabling Technologies

En-Vision America

eTouchSciences, LLC

EZ Fire

Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation

Freedom Scientific

Friends-in-Art

Google (Tues.)

Gospel Light Foundation (Sat.-Mon.)

Guide Dogs for the Blind

Guide Dogs of America

Guiding Eyes for the Blind

GW Micro, Inc,

Hadley School for the Blind

HIMS, Inc.

HumanWare

IRIE-AT, Inc.

Leader Dogs for the Blind

Lutheran Braille Incorporated

MaxiAids

Missouri Council of the Blind

Monthly Monetary Support

National Braille Press, Inc.

National Library Service for the Blind & Physically Handicapped

Newsreel Magazine

Optelec

Perkins Products

Philmore Productions

Scentsy Flameless Candles

School of Piano Technology

Seattle Lighthouse for the Blind

Talking Solutions Corporation

The Seeing Eye, Inc.

Thirty One Gifts 

Vanda Pharmaceuticals

ACB Marketplace

Sponsored by Adobe Systems

Visit these exciting tables full of jewelry, books, CDs, drawing tickets, and gift items.  ACB Marketplace is located in the hall near general session.  It is open Saturday evening from 5:30 to 7:00 PM, Sunday through Thursday from 7:30 to 8:30 AM.

Marketplace tables are available to individuals, chapters and affiliates, MLM reps, ACB committees and others.  It's a low-cost way to share your products or raise money for your chapter or affiliate.  For more information, and to find out if any spaces are available, contact Michael Smitherman at (601) 331-7740 or in the Exhibit Hall.

ACB of Oregon - Sat., Wed.

ACB Diabetics - Sat.,

ACB Mini Mall - Thurs.

Adaptive Ware - Sat., Mon.

CCLVI - Sat., Sun.

Ron Davidson - Sun., Mon.

Denise Decker - Sun.

DKM Committee - Sat., Tues.

Mountain State Council - Tues.

School of Piano Technology - Sun., Mon.

Xavier Society for the Blind - Tues., Wed.

ACB Board of Directors

President: Mitch Pomerantz, Pasadena, CA

First Vice President: Kim Charlson, Watertown, MA

Second Vice President: Brenda Dillon, Hermitage, TN

Secretary: Marlaina Lieberg, Burien, WA

Treasurer: Carla Ruschival, Louisville, KY

Immediate Past President: Christopher Gray, St. Louis, MO

Directors:

Ray Campbell, Glen Ellyn, IL

Berl Colley, Lacey, WA

Sara Conrad, Stevensville, MI

Janet Dickelman, St. Paul, MN

Michael Garrett, Missouri City, TX

George Holliday, Philadelphia, PA

John McCann, Falls Church, VA

Allan Peterson, Horace, ND

Dan Spoone, Orlando, FL

Jeff Thom, Sacramento, CA

Judy Jackson (ex officio), Miami, FL

ACB Board of Publications

Paul Edwards, Chair, Miami, FL

Denise Colley, Lacey, WA

Nolan Crabb, Hilliard, OH

Marcia Dresser, Reading, MA

Judy Jackson, Miami, FL

Ronald Milliman (ex officio), Bowling Green, KY

Bob Hachey (ex officio), Waltham, MA

ACB Enterprises and Services Board of Directors

Michael Garrett, Chair, Missouri City, TX

Mike Godino, Malverne, NY

George Holliday, Philadelphia, PA

Carla Ruschival, Louisville, KY

Dan Spoone, Orlando, FL

Jeff Thom, Sacramento, CA

David Trott, Talladega, AL

ACB National Office Staff

Melanie Brunson, Executive Director

Eric Bridges, Director of Advocacy and Governmental Affairs

Francine Patterson, Executive Assistant

Barbara Jackson LeMoine, Public Policy Assistant

Sharon Lovering, Editor, Braille Forum

Tom Tobin, Director of Development

ACB/ACBES Financial Office Staff

Lane Waters, Controller

Le Chi Tran, Accounting

Lori Sarff, Administrator

Nancy Becker, Administrator

Dee Theien, Reception/Administration

2013 Convention Coordinating Committee

Janet Dickelman, Chair, St. Paul, MN

Carla Ruschival, Vice Chair & Officer Liaison, Louisville, KY

Margarine Beaman, Austin, TX

Sally Benjamin, Tallahassee, FL

Michael Fulghum, Nashville, TN

Debra Lewis, Louisville, KY

Sharon Lovering, Arlington, VA

Vicky Prahin, Columbus, OH

Bruce Radtke, Bellingham, WA

Michael Smitherman, Jackson, MS

Lane Waters, Staff Liaison, Minneapolis, MN

2013 Convention Program Committee

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

Vicky Prahin, Columbus, OH

Jenine Stanley, Columbus, OH

2013 Local Host Committee

Vicky Prahin, Chair, Columbus, OH

Irwin Hott, Co-chair, Columbus, OH

Karen Cayse, Cincinnati, OH

Katie Frederick, Columbus, OH

Ann Gazelle, Columbus, OH

Carl Kienzle, Kettering, OH

Micky Prahin, Columbus, OH

Rob rogers, Cincinnati, OH

Chris Schumacher, Springdale, OH

Sue Wesley, Cincinnati, OH

Linda Wyman, Worthington, OH

ACB Heros

Theodore Bryant

ACB Hero - North Carolina Pioneer
photo of Theodore Bryant in a suit at a desk with perkins brailler and reading a braille document

Theodore Bryant was present at the beginning when the North Carolina delegation and other state affiliates were expelled from the NFB.  Subsequently, Theodore, Brady Jones, Marie Boring, Marvin Gatlin and Edwin Craddock – with the assistance of Durward K. McDaniel, Oral Miller and Floyd Qualls – became charter members of the fledgling North Carolina Council of the Blind.  For the next half century, Theodore maintained his loyalty to NCCB and ACB including a life membership in ACB.
 
A North Carolina native, Theodore took degrees in Agronomy from North Carolina A&T and the University of Illinois.  He taught agriculture for several years until illness resulted in a loss of eyesight.  After struggling with the challenges of impaired vision, he became actively involved in the organized blindness movement.  Seeking opportunities to improve himself through education, he earned a law degree from NC Central University, Durham.
 
The founding of the North Carolina Council of the Blind opened new vistas of service.  He served as NCCB president and a board member for a number of years thereafter.  Working first as a rehab counselor and later as a supervisor with the state Division of Services for the Blind, Theodore labored diligently for the creation of expanded employment opportunities for the visually impaired.  Testifying on several occasions before legislative committees, he advocated for expanded programs and services and the requisite funding.  He was appointed by the Governor to the state Commission for the Blind and to other state-sponsored committees.
 
Now well into his eighth decade and the sole surviving charter member of the NCCB, Theodore Bryant has never wavered from his commitment to the dignity and welfare of the visually impaired citizens of North Carolina.  He continues today, as he has throughout his life, to exhibit a modest dignity born of years of service to others.
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LeRoy Saunders

portrait of LeRoy Saunders in suit and tie
The Oklahoma Council of the Blind dedicates this page in loving memory of LeRoy Saunders, past President of ACB.  LeRoy served three two year terms.  He then was appointed to the Committee for Purchase by President Clinton, and served with distinction  for ten years.

He was the recipient of many awards, including The George Card Award from ACB, the M.C. Migel Medal from the American Foundation for the Blind and the Irwin Award from National Industries for the Blind.
In Oklahoma, we remember and admire LeRoy for the caring and gentle leadership he demonstrated to all of us.  We were pleased to receive many positive thoughts and memories from our ACB members and friends after LeRoy's death.  The following are excerpts from a few of the many we received:

  • "Even though he was president and had a lot on his plate, he found the time for the individual members when they needed him.”
  • “When I think of all of the good things about ACB and all of the kindest and most interesting people, I think of LeRoy."
  • "I know he was the first low-vision president for ACB, and that meant a lot to me as a later life low-vision joiner."
  • “In summary, LeRoy was a friend, a motivator, an educator, a helper, and a mentor. I will miss him much."

During our week of activities, as we go about doing the work of ACB, the organization LeRoy loved, let us all remember those who have gone before, and brought us to this place in time.  It is now up to us to keep ACB strong.

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James F. Shaw

Jim Shaw died in his sleep on April 28, 2013, and the news rocked the blind community like an earthquake.

Jim's middle initial, F, should have stood for Fahrenheit; he had a passion for weather, geography and GPS information all over the world.  At the 2008 ACB convention, while in charge of the ACB Information Desk, Pam Shaw proclaimed Jim the "white sheep" of her family.  Jim participated in men's Bible study groups at several churches; the minister at his funeral suggested that Jim "had all his bases covered." When Jim found that a restaurant had large delicious servings (especially pork chops), he exclaimed in his joyous breathy voice, "Oohhhh, gooood."

During his 32 years with the Social Security Administration, Jim more than once earned honors both as National and Regional Employee of the year.

Jim Shaw was the "bald eagle" of the Kentucky Council of the Blind.  He served on the KCB Board since 1974.  He was a director at the time of his death, as well as treasurer of the Greater Louisville Council of the Blind and the Tri-state Library Users, and president of the Kentucky School for the Blind Alumni.  He was past president of his Lions Club, and a member of ACB Lions.  There's a gap at the ACB Information Desk where he used to copy data files each day, and a huge hole where he used to help hundreds of people with their Social Security problems.

We love you, Jim, and we miss you.  We are proud to have called you our friend.
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Verna Lou (Lula) Dotson

Lula Dotson was born January 1, 1921, in Hardshell, Kentucky, during the Woodrow Wilson administration. 
Her life spanned 17 presidents to March 12, 2013.

Lula enrolled in the Kentucky School for the Blind in 1930.  That day she left her mountain home in a mule-drawn wagon, took her first train ride AND her first car ride, and discovered ice cream cones, electric light bulbs, indoor plumbing and braille.

Upon graduation from high school, Lula worked as a stereotypist at Clovernook.  She married her husband Carl in Hazard in 1944.  They moved to Louisville to find work as blind vendors.

Sensing the potential of the organized blind movement, Lula and Carl helped shape the Kentucky vending program and build both the Kentucky NFB chapter and the Kentucky School for the Blind Alumni.  In the early '60's the Dotson family were major players in organizing ACB's fifth affiliate, the Associated Blind of Kentucky (now the Kentucky Council of the Blind).

Lula gave tirelessly of her time and raised tens of thousands of dollars for KCB.  She contributed many thousands more to help keep KCB conventions affordable for all.

Thank you, Lula, for teaching us that great things grow from humble beginnings.

Conference and Convention Calendar

AFBLC 2014

Your Bridge to the Future
AFB Leadership Conference

 
AFB
American Foundation for the Blind
Expanding possibilities for people with vision loss
 
February 27 - March 1, 2014
Brooklyn Bridge Marriott
New York, New York
 
For exhibit, advertising, or sponsorship information, contact:
Amanda Kolling at akolling@afb.net

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We are proud to now offer the

Sony Entertainment Access System

at Regal Theatres nationwide.
REGAL ENTERTAINMENT GROUP
Regal Cinemas
United Artist Theatres
Edwards Theatres
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Conference and Convention Calendar

Wednesday, July 3

5:00 PM - 9:00 PM: Registration, Nationwide

Thursday, July 4

8:00 AM - 7:00 PM: Registration, Nationwide
8:15 AM: Tour; Reds Game
8:15 AM: Tour; Cincinnati Museum Center
4:45 PM: Tour; Tecumseh Outdoor Drama
8:00 PM: NELDS Board Meeting, President's Suite

Friday, July 5

8:00 AM: City Bus Tour 1
8:00 AM - 7:00PM: Registration, Nationwide
9:00 AM: ACB Café
9:00 AM - ACB Pre-convention Board Meeting; Union A
10:30 AM - Tour; Wyandotte Winery
12:00 PM - Tour; Ohio Village and Museum
1:15 PM - 411 from the IAC; Delaware A
3:00 PM - CCLVI Board Meeting; Fayette
4:00 PM - Constitution and Bylaws; Harding
4:00 PM - BPI Welcome Party; BPI Suite
4:45 PM - Tour; Schmidt German Restaurant
5:00 PM - Keys to the Convention; Union C
5:30 PM - LUA Board Meeting; Champaign
6:30 PM - Scholarship Winners’ Dinner (by invitation only); Taft C
7:30 PM - BITS Board Meeting; Harding
8:00 PM - ACB Students Welcome Party; Executive Director's Suite
8:00 PM - Discover More Welcome Party; Franklin
9:00 PM – ACB Lions Milly's Place; President's Suite 2007
9:00 PM – Resolutions; Harding

Saturday, July 6

6:30 AM - ACB 2013 Walk
8:00 AM - ACB Café
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM - Registration; Nationwide
8:00 AM - NABT Breakfast and Program; Grant
9:00 AM - CCLVI Program; Morrow
9:00 AM - HIMS: Browsing the Web with Window Eyes; GW Micro Suite
9:15 AM - Tour; Ice Cream and the Works
9:30 AM - FIA Board Meeting; FIA Suite
9:30 AM - ACB Lions Board Meeting; Harding
10:00 AM - City Bus Tour 2
10:00 AM - Streaming with ACB Radio; Regency Ballroom
10:00 AM - BITS Program, Tablet Computers; Taft A
10:00 AM - RSVA Board Meeting; Fayette
10:30 AM - BOP/CCLVI Workshop; Morrow
10:45 AM - ACBS Business Meeting; Taft C
11:00 AM - ACB Committee Chairs Meeting; Union A
11:00 AM - GDUI First-Timers Session; McKinley
11:00 AM - GW Micro: GW Connect; GW Micro Suite
11:30 AM - Kurzweil 1000 Users Group Lunch, Taft C
12:00 PM - GDUI Hotel Orientation; Garfield
12:15 PM - ACBDA Luncheon and Meeting; Grant
12:15 PM - ACBS Scholarship Luncheon; Taft C
12:15 PM - Sports Fanatics’ Luncheon; Union E
1:00 PM – ACB Exhibit Hall
1:00 PM - City Bus Tour 3
1:00 PM - Credentials Committee; Marion
1:15 PM - BITS Program, Braille Displays; Taft A
1:15 PM - BRL Orienteering; Harding
1:15 PM - BPI Caucus; BPI Suite
1:15 PM - RSVA Program; Morrow
1:30 PM – ACBDA Business Meeting
2:00 PM - Teen Blast Launch; Hayes
2:00 PM - Keys to the Convention; Union C
2:00 PM - GDUI Affiliate Roundup; McKinley
2:45 PM - ACBS/BPI Exploring Opportunities; Taft C
3:00 PM - ACBGE Mixer; President's Suite 2007
3:00 PM - GDUI First-Timer Session; Taft B
3:30PM - BRL Board Meeting; Harding
3:30 PM - Tour; Newsreelers
4:00 PM - AAVIA Board Meeting; Fayette
4:00 PM - CCLVI Mixer; Executive Director's Suite
4:00 PM - IAC iOS App Swap; Grant
4:00 PM - FIA Mixer; FIA Suite
4:00 PM - GDUI Board Meeting; McKinley
4:00 PM - GDUI Hotel Orientation; Garfield
4:00 PM - HIMS Tech Session; Union B
5:00 PM - Roman Catholic Mass; Delaware C
5:00 PM - Interdenominational Church Service; Delaware D
5:00 PM - How Tweet It Is; Grant
5:30 PM - Exhibitors Reception (by invitation only); President's Suite
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM - ACB Marketplace
6:30 PM - Entertainment; Regency Ballroom
7:00 PM - Opening Keynote General Session; Regency Ballroom
10:00 PM – RSVA/IVIE Mixer; RSVA Suite
11:00 PM - Resolutions Committee; Harding

Sunday, July 7

7:00 AM - BPI Meet & Greet Breakfast; (offsite) meet in BPI Suite
7:00 AM - Jewish Service; Fayette
7:00 AM - AFB Breakfast; Franklin A
7:00 AM - IVIE Breakfast/Meeting; Grant
7:00 AM - GDUI Breakfast Club (offsite); meet in lobby
7:30 AM - ACB Marketplace
7:30 AM - ACB Café
8:00 AM - Morning Entertainment; Regency Ballroom
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM - Registration; Nationwide
8:15 AM - Kids Explorers Club; Hayes
8:30 AM - ACB General Session; Regency Ballroom
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM - ACB Exhibit Hall; Battelle South Ballroom
12:15 PM - AAVL Luncheon; Grant
12:15 PM - MCAC Luncheon and Program; Taft C
12:15 PM - RSVA Awards Lunch; Taft D
12:30 PM - Tour; Fort Ancient
12:30 PM - Tour; Hocking Hills Zip Line
1:15 PM - AAVIA Program; Morrow
1:15 PM – IRC/CCLVI Passport; Union A
1:15 PM - BITS Vendor Showcase; Taft A
1:15 PM - FIA MIDI Workshop; FIA Suite
1:15 PM - GDUI Program; McKinley
1:15 PM - LUA Program; Union C
2:00 PM – Latter-day Saints Sacrament Meeting; Fayette
2:45 PM - BPI Les Misérables; Fairfield
2:45 PM - FIA Showcase Rehearsals/Auditions; Franklin
2:45 PM - The View from the Driver's Seat; Delaware A
4:15 PM - ACBS Orientation & Mobility; Madison
4:15 PM - Constitutions and Bylaws; Harding
5:00 PM – RSVA Caucus – Taft D
5:45 PM - ACB Nominating Committee; Taft A
5:45 PM - LUA: Let Me Count the Ways; Taft C
5:45 PM - HIMS Tech Session; Union B
5:45 PM - HumanWare Braille Displays and iOS; Grant
6:30 PM - RSVA Auction; Franklin
7:00 PM - Gospel Sing; McKinley
7:00 PM - CCLVI Game Night; Union E
7:00 PM - An Evening Walk Out and About; meet in lobby
7:15 PM - Piano Technology Career Clinic; Fayette
8:00 PM - Get Social with SASI; President's Suite
8:00 PM - Resolutions Committee; Harding
9:00 PM - FIA Prose and Poetry Reading; Madison
9:00 PM - RSVA Karaoke Night; Franklin

Monday, July 8

7:00 AM - BPI Meet and Greet Breakfast; meet in BPI Suite
7:00 AM - BRL International Breakfast; Union E
7:00 AM - GDUI Breakfast Club (offsite); meet in lobby
7:00 AM - Guide Dogs for the Blind Alumni Breakfast; Taft C
7:30 AM - ACB Marketplace
7:30 AM - ACB Café
8:00 AM - Morning Entertainment; Regency Ballroom
8:00 AM - Registration; Nationwide
8:15 AM - Kids Explorers Club; Hayes
8:30 AM - ACB General Session; Regency Ballroom
11:00 AM - Teen Blast; Hayes
11:00 AM - ACB Exhibit Hall; Battelle South Ballroom
12:15 PM - BITS Luncheon; Taft D
12:15 PM - FIA Luncheon; Taft C
12:15 PM - RSVA Presidents’ Luncheon; RSVA Suite
12:30 PM - Tour; Ohio State House
12:30 PM - Tour; Santa Maria
1:15 PM - AAVIA Program; Taft A
1:15 PM - ACBS Business Meeting & Election; Marion
1:15 PM - BPI/ACBGE: Employment Equality for All; Union A
1:15 PM - BRL Program and Business Meeting; Union C
1:15 PM - CCLVI Program; Union B
1:15 PM - GDUI Program; McKinley
1:15 PM - NABT Touch Technology for STEM; Union D
1:30 PM - Tour; Thurber House
2:45 PM – BPI: The State of Equality; Union A
2:45 PM - FIA Meet the Artists; FIA Suite
2:45 PM - Is Rehab Working?; Delaware A
2:45 PM - Get Connected Through NDBEDP; Madison
4:15 PM - Partnerships in Education; Madison
4:15 PM - The Farkle Game; Delaware D
5:45 PM - BPI Annual Business Meeting; Marion
5:45 PM - Constitution and Bylaws; Harding
5:45 PM - California Caucus; McKinley
5:45 PM - LUA Book Mark-it; Fairfield
5:45 PM - Pilates with Leslie Spoone; Delaware C
5:45 PM - Water Aerobics with Gerry Koors; hotel pool
5:45 PM - The New HumanWare Victor Stream; Morrow
5:45 PM - Role-playing New Worlds Ateraan; Union A
6:30 PM - Scholarship Winners' Reception; President's Suite
7:00 PM - GDUI "Simon Says" Doggie Style; McKinley
7:15 PM - Families Bingo Bonanza; Fairfield
7:15 PM - Bookshare Gathering (members only); Union E
7:15 PM - Role-playing New Worlds Ateraan; Union A
8:00 PM - FIA Performing Arts Showcase; Franklin
8:00 PM - RSVA Casino Night; Taft A
8:00 PM - Resolutions Committee; Harding
8:30 PM - Bytes with BITS; Executive Director's Suite

Tuesday, July 9

7:00 AM - BPI meet and greet breakfast (offsite); meet in BPI Suite
7:00 AM - GDUI Breakfast Club (offsite); meet in lobby
7:00 AM - ACBF Breakfast and Program; Grant
7:00 AM - NIB Annual Breakfast; Taft C
7:30 AM - ACB Marketplace
7:30 AM - ACB Café
8:00 AM - Morning Entertainment; Regency Ballroom
8:00 AM - Registration; Nationwide
8:15 AM - Kids Explorers Club; Hayes
8:30 AM - ACB General Session; Regency Ballroom
11:00 AM – ACB Exhibit Hall; Battelle South Ballroom
12:15 PM - AAVIA Luncheon; Grant
12:15 PM - BPI & IVIE Luncheon; Union E
12:15 PM - GDUI Lunch, Sterling to Steel; Taft C
12:15 PM - Tour; Anthony-Thomas Candy 1
12:15 PM - Tour; Slate Run Farm
1:00 PM - Tour; Anthony Thomas Candy 2
1:15 PM - Ohio Services for Elder Blind; Union A
1:15 PM – ACBDA/BPI Diabetes in Progress; Union B
1:15 PM - Going Blind, Going Forward; Union C
1:15 PM - FIA: The Art of Listening; Taft A
1:15 PM - LUA/BRL/NABT Program; Taft B
2:45 PM - Two People in an Elevator; Madison
2:45 PM - Toastmasters Meeting; Union C
2:45 PM - GDUI Caucus; Taft C
2:45 PM - LUA/BRL/FIA/NABT Program; Taft B
2:45 PM - VIVA Business Meeting; Harding
4:15 PM - Legislative Seminar; Fairfield
4:15 PM – Storytelling During Interviews; Madison
4:15 PM - AAVL Musical Mixer; Executive Director's Suite
4:15 PM - Singing Around the Universe; FIA Suite
4:15 PM - LUA Post-convention Board Meeting; Taft B
4:15 PM - Managed Health Care; Marion
5:00 PM - MCAC Mid-week Social; President's Suite
5:45 PM - Voices From Around the World; Delaware A
5:45 PM - ACBHSP Dinner and Meeting; Delaware A
5:45 PM - Mid-South Caucus; Taft B
5:45 PM - Midwest Caucus; McKinley
5:45 PM - Maryland/New England/Florida Caucus; Taft A
5:45 PM - Travel Technology from APH; Delaware B
5:45 PM - Role-playing New Worlds Ateraan; Union A
6:00 PM - ACB Auction Preview; Franklin
6:00 PM - ACBL Local Club Visit; meet in lobby
7:00 PM - Exploration Party and ACB Auction; Franklin
7:15 PM - Role-playing New Worlds Ateraan; Union A
7:30 PM - Dog Stories and More; Garfield
8:00 PM - Resolutions Committee; Harding

Wednesday, July 10

7:00 AM - PCB/ACBNY Breakfast Caucus (members only); Taft D
7:00 AM - Washington State Breakfast Caucus (members only); Taft C
7:30 AM - ACB Marketplace
7:30 AM - ACB Café
7:30 AM - FIA Meeting; FIA Suite
8:00 AM - Morning Entertainment; Regency Ballroom
8:00 AM - Registration; Nationwide
8:15 AM - Kids Explorers Club; Hayes
8:30 AM - ACB General Session; Regency Ballroom
8:30 AM - ADP Institute; Fayette
11:00 AM - ACB Exhibit Hall
11:00 AM - Teen Blast Baseball; Hayes
12:15 PM - ACBGE Lunch & Business Meeting; Grant
12:15 PM - ACBL Luncheon & Meeting; Taft D
12:15 PM - Tour; American Whistle Factory 1
12:15 PM - Tour; Topiary Garden
12:30 PM - IVIE Business Expo; Taft A
1:15 PM - BOP Editors' Workshop; Delaware A
1:15 PM - What's 'Appening Workshop; BPI Suite
2:00 PM - Tour; American Whistle Factory 2
2:45 PM - ACB Radio Amateurs Program; Clark
2:45 PM - ACB Membership Seminar; Delaware A
2:45 PM - BPI Exploring Your Passions; BPI Suite
4:15 PM - WCC Achieving is Overrated; Delaware D
4:15 PM - ACB Affiliate Presidents' Meeting; Delaware B
5:00 PM - DKM First-Timers Reception; President's Suite
5:45 PM - Yoga with Leslie Spoone; Delaware C
5:45 PM - Water Aerobics with Gerry Koors; Hotel Pool
5:45 PM - Missouri Caucus; McKinley
6:00 PM - Resolutions Committee; Harding
6:15 PM - BPI Farewell Party; BPI Suite
7:00 PM - BOP Candidates' Forum; Regency Ballroom
7:30 PM - ACB Film Night, Argo described!; McKinley
9:00 PM - ACBS Comedy Night; Union B
9:30 PM - Resolutions Committee; Harding

Thursday, July 11

7:00 AM - Sister Power Breakfast; Taft C
7:30 AM - ACB Marketplace
7:30 AM - ACB Café
8:00 AM - Morning Entertainment; Regency Ballroom
8:00 AM - Registration; Nationwide
8:15 AM - Kids Explorers Club and Teen Blast; Hayes
8:30 AM - ACB General Session; Regency Ballroom
8:30 AM - ADP Institute; Fayette
5:30 PM - ACB Life Member Reception; Taft C
6:30 PM - Pre-banquet Entertainment; Franklin
7:00 PM - ACB Banquet; Franklin

Friday, July 12

6:30 AM - Tour; Blind Services
9:00 AM - ADP Institute; Fayette
10:00 AM - ACB Post-Convention Board Meeting; Union A 
4:45 PM - Tour; Dinner and a Movie

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Features:

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Call Perkins Products at 1.617.972.7308, or visit www.perkinsproducts.org or email perkinsproducts@perkins.org
 
www.perkinsproducts.org
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Perkins Products
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Guiding Eyes for the Blind

Over 50 Years of Service to the Blind and Visually Impaired
 
When I walk down the street with my Guiding Eyes dog, I am blind, yet I am safe.
 
I am free.

  • Residential Training
  • Home Training
  • Special Needs Training
  • ACTION (Accelerated Client Training Option)
  • O&M Seminars

Guiding Eyes for the Blind
611 Granite Spring Rd.
Yorktown Heights, New York 10598
Phone: 914.245.4024
800.942.0149
Email: info@guidingeyes.org
Web: www.guidingeyes.org
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Discovering New Worlds
Ateraan

This year at the ACB Convention the staff from the online text game, New Worlds Ateraan, is here to introduce you to the most exciting text role playing game in the world.
 
On Monday and Tuesday evenings at 5:45 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. you will learn how to become immersed in the world of Ateraan, a planet like Earth where you walk amongst mystical creatures and live in an incredible country of fantastic magic and intrigue.
 
Choose your destiny in this intense world of magicians, warriors, merchants, thieves, clerics, and rogues. Live a life as a swashbuckling sea farer and battle pirates, explore islands, or fish in the dangerous deep seas. Become a merchant and use your creativity to build a variety of items, build cottages, houses, or even castles while running the economy.
 
Branch out into the world of romance or intrigue as a rogue or thief, or become famous in politics and religion as a cleric. Show your stewardship as a fighter in the garrison of the Kingdom and battle hordes of invaders alongside dozens of fellow soldiers. Or learn magic and mysticism as a druid, shaman, or mage.
 
These roles and dozens of others are available to you in this beautifully scripted world where the environment is dynamic, dangerous, and exciting.
 
Based on the book, "The Light of the Path," New Worlds Ateraan has an alluring storyline, rich history, and a concept to help turn your character into someone as real as any you have read.
 
New Worlds Ateraan - where Fantasy and Reality become one.
 
www.ateraan.com
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American Thermoform Corporation

Get Braille Paper, Braille Labels and more! * 10% off on your first order!
 
Get the best Braille Paper, Braille Labels, tactile graphic paper and more with products from American Thermoform Corporation.
 
With endless size, weight and format options you can be assured to find just what you need! If not, contact American Thermoform and they will be happy to make it for you!

  • Braille paper - continuous tractor, cut-sheet and roll formats
  • Braille labels - continuous tractor and cut-sheet formats
  • Thermoform (Brailon) and Swell-Touch paper
  • PolyCovers - clear, rigid, pre-punched plastic for book covers

Braille Paper:
American Thermoform Corporation teamed up with paper specialists to develop a high-quality braille paper in continuous, cut-sheet and roll formats that can hold up to the heavy demands of braille production. The paper is sourced from a single mill so the quality never varies and it is acid free and generates minimal paper dust making it ideal for extended braille embossing.
 
Braille Labels:
Developed specifically for braille production, these labels are perfectly clear and designed with a special adhesive that will not clog the printing pins and doesn't generate static electricity, which can ultimately lead to embossing issues. The braille is embossed onto the label, cut to size by the user, and will adhere to nearly every surface. This material is ideal for book titles, labeling shelves, canned goods, and identifying objects at home, school or office.
 
Contact:
Email: sales@americanthermoform.com
Phone: (909) 593-6711/(800) 331-3676
Fax: (909) 593-8001
www.americanthermoform.com
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School of Piano Technology for the Blind

Independence + Profitability + Employment
 
Join jus all week at the Piano Technicians Exhibit Booth and discover the viable profession of piano tuning/technology.
 
Piano Technology Career Clinic
Sunday 7:15-8:30 p.m.
 
Learn about the independence, benefits, and qualifications of this profession directly from technicians around the country. Demonstration of piano actions and one-on-one instruction is available for interested persons. Workshop not convenient? Arrange for an individual appointment.
 
Contact Loren Buntemeyer 785 842-1370 or Jeff Lann 503-803-2395 for more information.
 
School of Piano Technology for the Blind
Toll Free: 1-888-693-1511
www.pianotuningschool.org
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Designed for greater independence in lifestyles and learning.

Make listening and learning easy with DAISY-compliant digital music, voice, and book player/recorders from PLEXTALK.

Enjoy a favorite book or music, convert text to speech, or listen to your own written words or those of others, and much more with the PLEXTALK (TM) Pocket, the PTN2, or the PTR2. Improve the quality of life with unsurpassed mobility and usability with these lightweight players and recorders with features that support utmost accessibility in business, education or leisure, especially for those who are visually impaired or learning disabled.
 
PLEXTALK(TM) Assistive Technology Devices
www.plextalk.com
A Division of Shinano Kenshi Corporation
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Meaningful Work Opportunities for People Who Are Blind

The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc. has been providing meaningful jobs for people who are blind, Deaf-Blind, and blind with other disabilities for nearly 100 years.
 
We offer a wide range of employment opportunities in production and machining, administration, information technology, and professional/managerial fields.
 
Visit our website to learn more about how we are fostering opportunities for professionals who are blind and Deaf-Blind in our community.
 
The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc.
2501 South Plum Street
Seattle, WA 98144
1-800-914-7307
www.TheLighthouseForTheBlind.org
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Adobe Accessibility

Adobe (R) Reader for iOS now supports VoiceOver. Read, navigate, search, comment and upload your documents with the best PDF reader available. Free. Learn more at www.adobe.com/accessibility
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NIB

Celebrating 75 Years
Focused on Employment
 
National Industries for the Blind and its nationwide network of associated nonprofit agencies serve as the largest employer of people who are blind, offering jobs and training programs with an emphasis on upward mobility.
 
To learn more about these opportunities, visit www.nib.org or call 703-310-0500.
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AT&T. Rethink Possible. (R)

believe. do.
 
At AT&T, we believe in communities. That's why we compete to connect people with good jobs, create opportunities for all, advance education, promote the responsible use of our technology and give back.
 
Because we work to enable what you do.
 
That's why we proudly support the American Council of the Blind and its efforts to increase the independence, security, equality of opportunity and quality of life, for all blind and visually impaired people.
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Talking Thermostats.com

welcomes all delegates to the 2013 ACB National Convention in Columbus, OH. Please contact us to learn how you can precisely and easily manage your indoor comfort using the VIP TALKING THERMOSTAT that was specifically designed for persons who are blind and visually impaired.
Harry Cohen
Toll free 1-800-838-8860
Talking Thermostats.com
www.talkingthermostats.com
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Why Keep Score When You Can Get in the Game?

Blind sports is booming! Get the most comprehensive consumer-focused guide to sports, recreation and fitness for the blind ever written, the Encyclopedia of Sports & Recreation for Persons with Visual Impairments. Covers nearly 50 sports & outdoor activities.

  • Presents 100+ blind athletes at all levels
  • Profiles 200+ blind sports organizations, including accessible recreation and camps.

Inspiration + Motivation + Accommodation = Participation in this groundbreaking reference!
 
Encyclopedia of Sports & Recreation for People with Visual Impairments, by Andrew Leibs
(704) 752-9125; 288 pp. - Information Age Publishing (Charlotte, NC)
 
Order online ($39) from Amazon.com or infoagepub.com
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www.blindyoga.net

YOGA FOR HEALTH AND WELL BEING
 
** Special Promotion!! Only $24.95 for a limited time! Now you can download an MP3 version of the 5 CD package, "Beginning Yoga for the Blind and Visually Impaired." See details at www.blindyoga.net.
 
The time is perfect for starting a yoga practice or moving your current yoga practice to another level. Don't wait; it's time to get in shape. You will feel stronger, have more energy, feel more peaceful, and you'll like yourself more. You are worth it!
 
In addition to our SPECIAL MP3 download, our traditional package is also available.
 
* * Google Marty Klein, Blind Yoga and YouTube and enjoy my yoga flow.

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Discover What's New at Freedom Scientific!

Visit our booth for demonstrations, show specials, prizes, and more!
 
Introducing RUBY (R) XL HD
Handheld Video Magnifier

  • 5-inch widescreen LCD
  • High-definition image
  • 2x-14x continuous zoom

Focus Blue Wireless Braille Displays
14-cell, 40-cell and 80-cell shown

  • Compact, low-profile design
  • Ultra-responsive Braille keyboard
  • Full support for Apple devices

www.FreedomScientific.com
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Jennco Productions

Home of Quality Braille and Audio
167 Green Street
Reading, MA 01867
Phone: (781) 944-0567
Email: info@jenncoproductions.com
Website: www.jenncoproductions.com
 
We offer quality braille and audio production at a price you can afford. From catalogs and newsletters to restaurant menus and album liner notes, if you need it, we can braille it. If you have records or cassettes you'd like to convert to CDs or MP3 files, or other custom audio projects, we can help with that, too.
 
Please visit our table at the IVIE Expo and pick up a catalog. We hope you have a wonderful time this year in Columbus!
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The NRTC on Blindness & Low Vision

Participate in Our Research!
 
We are currently seeking college students and professionals who are legally blind to participate in a program that pairs students with career mentors! http://tiny.cc/mentoring-project
 
For other research opportunities, sign up for our research registry at http://tiny.cc/participant-registry.
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Weight Watchers (R) proudly supports the American Council of the Blind

weightwatchers
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EXPERIENCE COLUMBUS

CHECK US OUT
 
Columbus welcomes the American Council of the Blind.
 
Plan your fun at experiencecolumbus.com.

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Seedlings Braille Books For Children

By the touch of a finger … behold the world! (C)
 
Contact us for a free catalog with over 1,200 low-cost braille books for infants to teens.
 
We offer a unique selection of braille jewelry and gift items.
 
Shop on our website 24 hours a day.
 
info@seedlings.org
www.seedlings.org
14151 Farmington Road
Livonia, MI 48154
800-777-8552
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CONNECTING PEOPLE AND IMPROVING LIVES

Sprint is committed to making our award-winning services accessible to all. From offering "Wireless Accessibility," Code Factory's Mobile Accessibility application free of charge, to innovative Accessibility ID packs, Sprint provides a variety of products, services and functionality that empower all of our customers to connect to friends, family, information and entertainment.
 
To learn more, visit sprint.com/accessibility.
 
Sprint
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Learning Ally,

Making Reading Accessible to the Blind Community Since 1948!
 
"I am able to go from just listening to comprehending. I have seamless access just as anyone else would." - Denna Lambert, Member
 
With the world's largest audio textbook library, we help blind individuals realize their educational and personal goals.
 
Sign up for a membership at LearningAlly.org
 
Formerly Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic
Learning Ally
Making reading accessible for all.
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Randolph-Sheppard Vendors of America™

promotes the general welfare of blind vendors nationwide who are engaged in the operation of vending machine facilities, cafeterias, military dining contracts, snack bars, and other retail businesses.  RSVA™ is proud to sponsor two ACB scholarship events (with the help of Filo Tu and Warren Toyama).
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TRACFONE wireless, inc

TracFone Wireless is Proud to Support and Honor the American Council of the Blind at their 52nd Annual Conference and Convention.
 
We wish you continued success.
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verizon

Limiting the time a patient waits. No matter the room.
 
{Powerful Answers}
 
Brains matter. Particularly when you're dealing with robots and algorithms.  But at Verizon's Innovation Centers, you'll see another constant. Passion. Smart people working overtime. Running on fumes. Because they know what technology can solve. They know it can help doctors make a more informed diagnosis in seconds instead of months. They know if we think long and hard enough, we can help insure a constant supply of clean energy. Or help a firefighter see through a blaze. The hours are long. But great.
 
verizon.com/powerfulanswers
 
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EZ Fire

Harnessing creativity with inclusive design, modern management, ability, and accessibility
 
First Annual CVAA Summit
October 2013

 
From latest regulations to latest standards, the CVAA summit will offer in-depth knowledge, training and conversations on accessibility and usability of converging entertainment options for people with disabilities.
 
Learn from the experts about best ways to incorporate CVAA and accessibility requirements into your organization.
 
Give your executives, developers, designers, engineers and customer support professionals the freedom to be creative by participating in training and discussion on serving the needs of this large market.
 
Meet a diverse group of users with disabilities who can give you direct feedback on your products (including hardware, software, web sites, documentation and more).
 
Visit http://www.ezfire.net/summit today.
 
EZFire is an international consultancy passionately dedicated to helping telecommunication providers, government agencies, large and small corporations as well as educational institutions make their technology and communications equally accessible to all people, including those with disabilities. The company offers services like professional consulting, design, development, technology testing solutions and monthly monitoring to ensure that clients reach all audiences effectively while meeting governmental and industry standards.
 
Web: www.ezfire.net
Email: info@ezfire.net
Twitter: @OneEZFire