2012 Conference and Convention Program

ACB: Full Steam Ahead
2 steamships racing
51st Annual National
Conference and Convention
American Council of the Blind
and
Special-Interest Affiliates
Galt House Hotel and Suites
Louisville, Kentucky
July 6-14, 2012
Mitch Pomerantz, President
Hosted by the
Kentucky Council of the Blind
William Deatherage, President



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Table of Contents

  • Kentucky Gems- 2012 Corporate Sponsors
  • From the President
  • Abbreviations in this Program

Basic Information:

  • Program Formatting Notes
  • ACB Photography
  • Medical Information
  • Digital Information and Internet
  • Info for Guide Dog Users
  • Hotel Information
  • Registration Q & A
  • Communication Center Services
  • ACB Convention Café
  • ACB Fundraisers
  • Affiliate Caucuses
  • Religious Activities
  • Convention Standing Rules

American Council of the Blind:
General Session Agenda

ACB Boards

  • Board of Directors
  • Board of Publications

ACB Standing Committees

  • Constitution and Bylaws Committee
  • Credentials Committee
  • Nominating Committee
  • Resolutions Committee

ACB Sponsored Activities

  • DKM First-Timers Committee
  • Education Task Force
  • Employment Issues Task Force
  • Information Access Committee
  • International Relations Committee
  • Membership Committee
  • Multicultural Affairs Committee
  • Public Relations Committee
  • Rehabilitation Issues Task Force
  • Resource Development Committee
  • Scholarship Committee
  • Sight and Sound Impaired Committee
  • Transportation Committee
  • Women's Concerns Committee
  • ACB Leadership Institute 2012
  • Audio Description Institute
  • Other ACB Programs and Events

Special-Interest Affiliate Meetings

  • Alliance on Aging and Vision Loss
  • American Association of Visually Impaired Attorneys
  • ACB Diabetics in Action
  • ACB Government Employees
  • ACB Human Service Professionals
  • ACB Lions
  • ACB Radio Amateurs
  • ACB Students
  • Blind Information Technology Specialists
  • Blind LGBT Pride International
  • Braille Revival League
  • Council of Citizens with Low Vision International
  • Friends-in-Art of ACB
  • Guide Dog Users, Inc
  • Independent Visually Impaired Enterprisers
  • Library Users of America
  • National Association of Blind Teachers
  • Randolph-Sheppard Vendors of America
  • Visually Impaired Veterans of America

Other Meetings and Programs

  • Career Development Programs
  • Events for Guide Dog Users
  • Health and Well-Being
  • Legislation and Advocacy Programs
  • Technology Updates and Training

Kids and Families

  • Youth Activity Center
  • 2012 Conference and Convention Tours
  • Recreation Zone
  • More Convention Entertainment
  • 2012 Exhibits
  • ACB Marketplace
  • ACB Officers and Board of Directors
  • ACB Board of Publications
  • ACB Enterprises and Services Board of Directors
  • ACB National Office Staff
  • ACB/ACBES Financial Office Staff
  • 2012 Convention Coordinating Committee
  • 2012 Convention Program Committee
  • 2012 Local Host Committee

 ACB Heros

  • Leroy and Mary Ellen Johnson (Arkansas Council of the Blind
  • Julia Toyama (Hawaii Association of the Blind)
  • Roy Ward (ACB Families)

Special Sponsor Ads
Conference and Convention Calendar
Convention Advertisers

2012 Conference and Convention Program Downloads

Below are the links to the available formats for downloading:

Kentucky Gems- 2012 Corporate Sponsors

Many many thanks to the 2012 corporate sponsors, our Kentucky Gems.  Your continued generous support of the American Council of the Blind and our conference and convention is much appreciated.
 
Look for the 2012 corporate sponsors in the conference and convention program and newspaper, on ACB Radio, on the convention T-shirt, and throughout the week.  Be sure to thank them personally for their generous support.

Emerald Sponsor

Google - Audio/Visual Services

Ruby Sponsors

HumanWare - ACB Radio Mainstream
Verizon - Conference Volunteer Services
Vanda Pharmaceuticals, Inc. - ACB Registration

Onyx Sponsors

Adobe Systems Inc - ACB Radio Interactive
AT&T - Paddlewheel Gazette
Deque - Exhibit Hall
Freedom Scientific - MarketPlace
National Industries for the Blind - One General Session, Employment Committee Workshop and Scholarship Winners Reception
Regal Entertainment - Youth Activities

Topaz Sponsors

Buell Fund – Sports Activities
Louisville Downtown Lions Club - Information Desk
Sprint - ACB Café
Vehicle Donation Processing Center – Life Members Reception

Coral Sponsors

Louisville Visitor and Convention Bureau – Business and Restaurant Information
Randolph Sheppard Vendors of America - Scholarship Winners Dinner and Luncheon

Pearl Sponsors

ACB Lions - Scholarship winner at convention
AJWF, "Sight Through Helping Hands" - Environmental Access Seminar
AT&T - Scholarship Winners Dinner
En-Vision America – Health & Wellness Workshop
HIMS Inc - ACB Affiliate Presidents’ Meeting
Goldstein, Demchak, Baller, Borgen and Dardarian/Lainey Feingold - Information Access Seminar
Maxi-Aids – Maxi-Aids Monday, ACB Café
Tracfone - Scholarship winner at convention
Washington Council of the Blind- Leadership Conf.

From the President

Dear Conference/Convention Attendees:

Let me welcome you to the 51st annual national conference and convention of the American Council of the Blind.

As we conclude the first year of ACB's second halfcentury, we've come back to a favorite gathering place, Louisville, Kentucky. This is ACB's fifth convention in the "River City," and it is always wonderful to return to the Galt House. This large, modern hotel has all the amenities anyone could ask for: a variety of restaurants, pool, and well-appointed, comfortable rooms and suites.

The theme of the 2012 conference and convention is "ACB: Full Steam Ahead," wholly appropriate given our proximity to the Ohio River. The state in which we are meeting is home to the nation's most famous horse race, the Kentucky Derby; renowned for the distilling of bourbon; famous for its basketball championships; and where Daniel Boone first made a name for himself. Louisville itself is the home of the American Printing House for the Blind, the Louisville Slugger factory which manufactures bats for hundreds of Major League ballplayers, the home of Muhammad Ali, and the home of the Belle of Louisville, the oldest steamboat now operating on America's waterways.

With the scores of convention-related activities taking place during the week, and the numerous educational and entertaining tours available, I can't imagine any of you feeling as if you don't have enough to keep you completely occupied.

Once again, ACB will offer a wide range of interesting and relevant presentations: an update from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administrator on progress toward providing sound for quiet cars; a panel updating us on the development of regulations subsequent to passage of the Communications and Video Accessibility Act; a discussion from a representative of the Royal National Institute of Blind People about accessible TV within our reach; a visit from the new National Library Service chief; and much, much more.

The ACB Board of Directors again wants to recognize and thank our staff in the D.C. and Minneapolis area offices, along with the dozens of volunteers who work so hard between conventions and during convention week itself. We also want to acknowledge the efforts of the members of ACB's Convention Committee, led for the first time in 2012 by Janet Dickelman, as well as our Convention Program and Kentucky Host Committees for their commitment and dedication over this past year.

I want to welcome those of you attending your first national conference and convention, or attending after an absence of a few years. I hope you will feel free to stop any experienced convention-goer, myself included, if you have a question during your time with us.

Have a fantastic week in Louisville, and be sure to introduce yourself to Donna and me if you get the opportunity.

Mitch Pomerantz, President
American Council of the Blind

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
YAC - Youth Activity Center

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 2012 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 2012 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/Louisville Downtown Lions 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.

University Hospital - 530 S. Jackson; 502-562-3000
Norton's Hospital - 200 E. Chestnut; 502-629-8000
Kosair Children's Hospital - 231 E. Chestnut; 502-629-6000

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 sponsored by Humanware.

ACB Radio broadcasts from the Exhibit Hall on the ACB Interactive channel, sponsord this year by Adobe Systems Inc. The FIA Performing Arts Showcase, BOP Candidates' Forum, and ACB Banquet are also livestreamed.

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 "Paddlewheel Gazette" 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/Louisville Downtown Lions Information Desk each morning before 10:00; a volunteer will download all the latest files onto your thumb drive, SD card or compactflash card.

Wireless Internet is available from your hotel room at a cost of $5.95 per day, or connect at no charge from the hotel lobbies, the conservatory, and all the restaurants.

Info for Guide Dog Users

Guide dog relief areas are built and maintained by Scoop Masters, and are located near hotel exits. Relief areas 17 are open from noon on Thursday, July 5 until noon on Sunday, July 15. ACB volunteers and hotel staff will be happy to assist you to locate the areas.

It is your responsibility to relieve your dog at regular intervals. You are expected to pick up after your dog; trash receptacles are located near relief areas for your convenience.

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 (Sun., July 8 at noon and 5:00 PM) will help you learn the best routes in and around the hotel; meet in Sampson.

For veterinary care, contact:
Chenoweth Animal Hospital
3624 Frankfort Ave.
(502) 893-5533
Mon.-Fri., 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM; Sat., 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Hotel Information

The Galt House features friendly staff, lots of restaurants, comfortable meeting and sleeping rooms, outdoor swimming pool, fitness center, Xhale Spa, and several shops.

The Galt House has two towers joined on the third floor by a conservatory. The conservatory contains a deli, bar, various shops, seating, and a grand piano just waiting for you to play. All guests check in at the Suite Tower lobby.

Public meeting rooms are located in both towers and in an office building that adjoins the Suite Tower via skywalk or elevator. Here is a quick guide to the meeting rooms:

Rivue Tower, 2nd floor - Rose, Tulip, Daisy, Sunflower, Jasmine, Lily and Violet.

Rivue Tower, 3rd floor - Archibald/Cochran Ballroom, Dogwood, Holly, Willow, Poplar, Maple and Walnut.

Suites Tower, 1st floor - Wilkinson, Sampson and Laffoon; near Suites Tower relief area exit and near steps up to second floor.

Suites Tower, 2nd floor - Walking right from the elevators, rooms are on your left in this order: Collins, Brown, Carroll/Ford, Nunn, Breathitt, and Combs/Chandler; stairs down between Collins and Brown. After Combs/Chandler come the ACB Café, the Information and Volunteer desks, and a left turn to the ACB Marketplace, the Grand Ballroom (general session), and exhibits.

Office Tower - reach via third floor skywalk from Suites tower elevators, or by office tower elevators or escalators from the Exhibit Hall, both on the Suites tower second floor. Rooms nearer the first bank of office tower elevators include Bradley, Fields, Morrow, Stanley, Willson, Taylor, McCreary, Beckham and Jones. Rooms
closer to the second bank of office tower elevators and the Exhibit Hall escalators are Stopher, French, Segell and Coe.

Hotel information such as telephone numbers, hotel description, and room service menus will be available from the ACB/Louisville Downtown Lions Information Desk in braille, large print and electronic formats.

Registration Q & A

Sponsored by Vanda Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Registration is located in Brown on the second floor of the Suites tower.  Hours are:
Thu., July 5 (pre-reg. pick-up only): 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Fri. to Sun., July 6 to 8 - 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Mon., July 9 - 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Tue. to Thu., July 10 to 12 - 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Fri., July 13 - 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 Brown 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, 2012; 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-serve 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 cancellations, or in case additional tickets become available.

Communication Center Services

The Communication Center is Daisy on the second floor of the Rivue Tower and is open from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Fri., July 6 through Wed., July 11. 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 Paddlewheel Gazette," sponsored by AT&T.  It is published each day, Sat. through Thurs., 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 100 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 copy.
 

BRAILLING AND PHOTOCOPYING:

This service is available at the Communication Center for 10 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.
 
"The Paddlewheel Gazette" is made possible through the generous sponsorship of AT&T.  Thanks also 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 Sprint

Stop by the ACB/Sprint Convention Café to grab a quick cup of coffee, pastry, sandwich, salad or snack as you rush from one meeting to another or as you head out on a tour.  Meet at the Café to visit with friends or just rest a while between activities.  The Café is on the second floor of the Suites tower near the Volunteer and Information desks.  Hours and specials will 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 Brown 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, 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 pledges and by participating in the walk.  Buses leave promptly at 6:30 AM on Sunday, July 8.  Thanks to Regal Entertainment for its sponsorship of the 2012 ACB Walk.

ACB AUCTION -

Get ready to bid and buy!  Vacations, technology, jewelry, memorabilia and many more treasures.  Auction preview, Wed., 6:00 PM; auction to follow at 7:00 PM in Cochran. 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/Deque 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 near registration.  The MMS table is open Monday through Thursday afternoons, beginning at 1:00 PM.

Affiliate Caucuses

Tuesday, July 10

5:45 PM  California - Breathitt
 

Wednesday, July 11

2:45 PM  GDUI – Sampson
5:45 PM  Mid-south - Laffoon
5:45 PM  Midwest - Sampson
 

Thursday, July 12

7:00 AM  New York/Pennsylvania Breakfast - $22 - Taylor
7:00 AM  Washington State Breakfast (WCB members only) - Stanley
5:45 PM  New England, Florida and Maryland - Breathitt
5:45 PM  Missouri - Nunn
9:30 PM  Blind LGBT Pride – BPI Suite

Religious Activities

Saturday, July 7

7:00 PM Jewish Sabbath service - Lily
Rabbi Joe Rooks Rapport: The Temple, Congregation Adath Israel Brith Sholom, Louisville, KY
 

Sunday, July 8

9:00 AM  Roman Catholic Mass - Sunflower
Father John Sheehan Jesuit Priest, Xavier Society for the Blind, New York, NY
9:00 AM  LDS Sacrament Meeting - Collins
Louisville First Ward, Louisville, KY
10:30 AM  Interdenominational Church Service - Sunflower
Rev. Michael E. Garrett, member, ACB Board of Directors, Missouri City, TX
 

Monday, July 9

7:00 PM  Gospel Sing - Sampson
Old-time favorites led by Deanna Scoggins, Bradley Mann, and David Trevino, Louisville, KY

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.

    1. 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.
    2. The chair may close debate when no one seeks the floor.
    3. Each member is respectfully urged to speak directly to the issue before the assembly and avoid unnecessary and time-consuming dialogue.
    4. No member will be recognized a second time to debate until all who wish to debate have been recognized.
    5. The parliamentarian will act as timekeeper.
  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. 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:

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

General Session Agenda

American Council of the Blind
51st Annual Conference and Convention
Theme: ACB Full Steam Ahead
Audio/ Visual Services Sponsored by Google

Sunday, July 8 - Grand Ballroom

6:30 PM 

  • Entertainment: Barbara Henning and Adelle LeJeune, violin and piano, Louisville, KY

7:00 PM

  • Call to Order - Mitch Pomerantz, President, American Council of the Blind, Pasadena, CA
  • Invocation - Ben Cross, Minister, Southeast Christian Church, Louisville, KY
  • Presentation of Colors
  • Pledge of Allegiance - Donald Franklin, ACB Life Member and Chair, 1980 ACB Convention Local Host Committee, Louisville, KY
  • "The Star-Spangled Banner" and "My Old Kentucky Home" - Bradley Mann, Louisville, KY
  • Welcome to Kentucky - Bill Deatherage, Chair, Kentucky Host Committee Chairperson and President, Kentucky Council of the Blind, Louisville, KY; Kevin Minor, President, Bluegrass Council of the Blind, Lexington, KY

7:20 PM 

  • President's Report - Mitch Pomerantz

7:50 PM 

  • Welcome to Louisville - Greg Fischer, Mayor, Metro Louisville

8:00 PM 

  • Keynote Address: Reading the River - Dr. Tuck Tinsley, III, President, American Printing House for the Blind, Louisville, KY

8:20 PM 

  • ACB First-Timers - Allen Casey, Chair, DKM Committee, Graham, NC

8:30 PM  

  • Access to Major League Baseball - Michael Hoffman, Vice President, Front End Development, MLB, New York, NY

8:45 PM  

  • Life Membership Presentations - Mitch Pomerantz

9:00 PM 

  • Presentation of New Charters of Affiliation (ACB Students, Blind LGBT Pride International, ACB Families) - Mitch Pomerantz

9:10 PM  

  • First Credentials Report - Jean Mann, Chair, Credentials Committee, Guilderland, NY

9:15 PM  

  • Roll Call of Affiliates - Marlaina Lieberg, ACB Secretary, Burien, WA

Monday, July 9 - Grand Ballroom

8:00 AM 

  • Entertainment - Deanna Scoggins, piano, Louisville, KY

8:30 AM  

  • Pledge of Allegiance - David Trott, Member, ACB Board of Directors, Talladega, AL
  • Invocation - Rabbi Avrohoom Litvin, Anshe Sfard Synagogue, Louisville, KY

8:35 AM 

  • ACB Business
  • ACB Sponsors - Margarine Beaman, Advertising and Sponsorship Coordinator, Austin, TX
  • Emerald Sponsor Presentation: Google
  • Final Credentials Report - Jean Mann
  • Adoption of Standing Rules and Adoption of Program - Mitch Pomerantz
  • Constitution and Bylaws - John Huffman, Co-chair, Indianapolis, IN
  • Presiding Officer - Kim Charlson, ACB First Vice President, Watertown, MA

9:15 AM  

  • Presentation of Affiliate Membership Growth Award and Robert S. Bray Award - Chelle Hart, Member, Awards Committee, Sioux Falls, SD
  • Presentation of Ned E. Freeman, and Vernon Henley  Awards- Paul Edwards, Chair, ACB Board of Publications, Miami, FL

9:40 AM 

  • A Driverless Car in Your Future - Naomi Black, Engineering Program Manager, Accessibility, and Laura Palmaro, Accessibility Specialist, Google, Mountain View, CA

10:05 AM 

  • Blind People in Norway and the World - Arnt Holte, First Vice President, World Blind Union and Assistant General Secretary, Norwegian Association of the Blind and Partially Sighted, Oslo, Norway

10:30 AM 

  • Break

10:45 AM  

  • Hearing From the New NLS Chief - Karen Keninger, Director, National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Washington, DC

11:15 AM  

  • Progress Toward Providing Sound for Quiet Cars - David L. Strickland, Administrator, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Washington, DC

11:45 AM  

  • ACB Recreation Zone - Oral Miller, Former ACB President, Washington, DC

11:55 AM

  • Announcements

Tuesday, July 10 - Grand Ballroom

8:00 AM 

  • Entertainment - Kathy and Tom Arnold, folk singers, Louisville, KY

8:30 AM  

  • Pledge of Allegiance - Visually Impaired Veterans of America
  • Invocation - Dr. Lee Bond, Minister, Baregrass Christian Church

8:35 AM  

  • ACB Business
  • ACB Sponsors - Margarine Beaman
  • Ruby Sponsor Presentation: HumanWare
  • Nominating Committee Report - Patrick Sheehan, Chair, Silver Spring, MD
  • Constitution and Bylaws - John Huffman
  • Resolutions - Judy Jackson, Chair, Resolutions Committee, Austin, TX
  • Presiding Officer - Brenda Dillon, ACB Second Vice President, Hermitage, TN

9:15 AM  

  • 2012 ACB Scholarship Presentations - Patty Slaby, Chair, Scholarship Committee, Winona, MN

10:30 AM 

  • Break

10:45 AM  

  • River City History - Allan M. Steinberg, former Executive Director, Kentucky School for the Blind Charitable Foundation, Louisville, KY

11:10 AM  

  • Update on Developing Regulations Following Passage of the Communications and Video Accessibility Act - Mark Richert, Panel Moderator, Director of Public Policy, American Foundation for the Blind, Washington, DC; Melanie Brunson, ACB Executive Director, Arlington, VA; Brian Charlson, Director of Technology, Carroll Center for the Blind, Watertown, MA; Paul Schroeder, Vice President, Programs and Policy, American Foundation for the Blind, Washington, DC

11:55 AM 

  • Announcements

Wednesday, July 11 - Grand Ballroom

  • Sponsored by NIB

8:00 AM 

  • Entertainment - Mike Tindell, country and gospel, Prattville, AL

8:30 AM  

  • Pledge of Allegiance - Ken Stewart, ACB Board of Publications, Warwick, NY
  • Invocation - Alta Burnett, Unity Minister, Louisville, KY

8:35 AM 

  • ACB Business
  • ACB Sponsors - Margarine Beaman
  • Ruby Sponsor Presentation: Verizon Wireless
  • Constitution and Bylaws, Resolutions.
  • Presiding Officer - Marlaina Lieberg, ACB Secretary, Burien, WA

9:15 AM  

  • Keeping It in the Family - Jack and Jill Fox, Talking Book Narrators, American Printing House for the Blind, Louisville, KY

9:45 AM 

  • ACB in the Regulatory Trenches - Eric Bridges, ACB Director of Advocacy and Governmental Affairs, Arlington, VA

10:15 AM  

  • Break

10:30 AM 

  • Accessible TV Within Our Reach
  • Richard Orme, Head of Accessibility, Royal National Institute of Blind People, Birmingham, England

11:00 AM 

  • The Video Description Research Center - Josh Miele, Smith Kettlewell Institute, Inc., San Francisco, CA

11:30 AM 

  • Update on ACB's Audio Description Project - Joel Snyder, President, Audio Description Associates, Takoma Park, MD

11:55 AM 

  • Announcements

Thursday, July 12 - Grand Ballroom

8:00 AM 

  • Entertainment - Dave Trevino, guitar and trumpet, Louisville, KY

8:30 AM  

  • Pledge of Allegiance - Cindy LaBon, DKM First-Timer, Gaithersburg, MD
  • Invocation - Father John Sheehan, Jesuit Priest, Xavier Society for the Blind, New York, NY

8:35 AM  

  • ACB Business
  • ACB Sponsors - Margarine Beaman
  • Ruby Sponsor Presentation - Vanda Pharmaceuticals
  • 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/Convention Report - Janet Dickelman, Chair, ACB Convention Committee, St. Paul, MN

10:15 AM 

  • Break

10:30 AM  

  • Treasurer's Report - Carla Ruschival, Louisville, KY

10:50 AM  

  • ACBES Report - Michael Garrett, Chair, ACB Enterprises and Services, Missouri City, TX

11:10 AM  

  • ACB Walk and ACB Auction Reports - Dan Dillon, Co-chair, Resource Development Committee, Hermitage, TN; Marsha Farrow, Chair, ACB Auction Subcommittee, Summerville, GA

11:25 AM 

  • ACB Business

11:55 AM 

  • Announcements

Friday, July 13 - Grand Ballroom

8:00 AM 

  • Entertainment - Bradley Mann, piano and vocals, Louisville, KY

8:30 AM 

  • Pledge of Allegiance - Adam Ruschival, ACB Life Member, Louisville, KY
  • Invocation - David Wright, Minister, Meighs Avenue Church of Christ, Jeffersonville, IN
  • ACB Sponsors - Margarine Beaman

9:00 AM 

  • ACB Business - Resolutions

10:00 AM 

  • Elections

10:30 AM 

  • Break

10:45 AM  

  • Elections, Resolutions

12:00 PM 

  • 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 – Nunn
  • Sponsored by Vehicle Donation Processing Center

6:30 PM 

  • Pre-banquet entertainment - Archibald

7:00 PM 

  • ACB Banquet - $32 ($35) - Archibald
  • Master of Ceremonies - David Trott
  • Invocation - Deb Trevino, Master of Divinity Graduate, Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY
  • What Thou Liv'st, Live Well - a one-man play performed by Micheal Hudson, Director, APH Callahan Museum, Louisville, KY
  • Presentation of Durward K. McDaniel Ambassador, Olsen Distinguished Service and George Card Awards - Cindy Van Winkle, Bremerton, WA

ACB Boards

Audio/Visual Services Sponsored in Part by Google

ACB Board of Directors

Saturday, July 7 - Breathitt

9:00 AM Pre-convention Board meeting

Saturday, July 14 - Breathitt

10:00 AM Post-convention Board meeting


ACB Board of Publications, Chair - Paul Edwards

Sunday, July 8 - Morrow

10:30 AM BOP Meeting Discussion of the proposed name change and content of The Braille Forum

Thursday, July 12 - Stopher

1:15 PM BOP: Making Your Newsletter Shine Tips and tricks on getting the most from your publications. 7:00 PM BOP Candidates' Forum - Grand Ballroom Candidates running for positions on ACB Boards answer questions on a wide variety of topics

ACB Standing Committees

The Constitution and Bylaws Committee (John Huffman, Co-chair)

meets in Walnut as follows:

  • Saturday, July 7 at 4:00 PM
  • Monday, July 9 at 4:00 PM
  • Tuesday, July 10 at 5:45 PM.

The Credentials Committee (Jean Mann, Chair)

meets in Walnut

  • Sunday, July 8 at 1:00 PM.

The Nominating Committee (Patrick Sheehan, Chair)

meets in Sunflower

  • Monday, July 9 at 5:45 PM.

The Resolutions Committee (Judy Jackson, Chair)

meets in Walnut as follows:

  • Saturday, July 7, 9:00 PM
  • Sunday, July 8, 11:00 PM or after general session
  • Monday - Wednesday, July 9 - 11, 8:00 PM
  • Thursday, July 12, 6:00 PM and 9:30 PM

ACB Sponsored Activities

DKM First-Timers Committee, Chair - Allen Casey

Thursday, July 12 - Suite 446

5:00 PM  DKM First-Timers Mint Julep Bash - $15 ($18)
Honor the 2012 Durward K. McDaniel First-Timer Award recipients, Cindy LaBon (Maryland) and Cynthia Julun (Texas).  Get a collectible Derby glass.

Education Task Force, Chair: Ray Campbell

Tuesday, July 10 - Taylor

4:15 PM  Expand Your Core Curriculum - $5 ($7)
Definition and importance of the expanded core curriculum in the education of children who are blind or visually impaired, and how outreach services from residential schools enhance education for children in all settings -  James R. Durst, Superintendent, Indiana School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Indianapolis, IN, and John Roberts, Director of Instruction, Kentucky School for the Blind, Louisville, KY

5:15 PM  The Anne Sullivan Macy Act
Draft legislation supporting the expanded core curriculum and the continuum of services to children who are blind or visually impaired - Mark Richert, Director, Public Policy, AFB, Washington DC

Employment Issues Task Force, Chair: Rebecca Bridges; Program Chair: Sarah Presley

Monday, July 9 - Coe

2:45 PM  Social Networking for Business and Pleasure - $10 ($12)
Sponsored by NIB and co-sponsored with the IAC

2:45 PM Link into LinkedIn
How to get yourself noticed on LinkedIn - Ray Campbell, independent consultant and former Adaptive Technology Specialist with the Chicago Lighthouse for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired, Glen Ellyn, IL

4:15 PM Face up to Facebook
How to get the most out of Facebook - Brian Charlson, Director of Computer Training Services, Carroll Center for the Blind, Boston, MA

Information Access Committee, Chair: Pratik Patel

Saturday, July 7 - Combs/Chandler

2:00 PM  411 from the IAC - $5 ($10)
Sponsored by Lainey Feingold and Linda Dardarian

  1. Customizing ZoomText for comfort, productivity, and to meet your specific needs - Stephanie L. Rood, MS, Assistive Technology Studies and Human Services ATACP, Assistive Technology Instructor, Junior Blind of America, Los Angeles, CA
  2. Accessible Medical Equipment and Apps - Darren Burton, Manager, Technical Evaluation Services, AFB Tech, Huntington, WV
  3. Accessible Equipment for Your Kitchen and Home: Look What's Talking Now - members of the IAC

Sunday, July 8 - Coe

2:00 PM  IAC:  Google Survey Results
Results of last fall's survey and implications for future accessible technologies - Naomi Black, Accessibility, Google Inc., Mountain View, CA; Pratik Patel, Chair, ACB Information Access Committee, Fresh Meadows, NY

Monday, July 9 - Coe

2:45 PM  Social Networking for Business and Pleasure - $10 ($12)
Sponsored by NIB and co-sponsored with the ACB Employment Issues Task Force

2:45 PM Link into LinkedIn
How to get yourself noticed on LinkedIn - Ray Campbell, independent consultant and former Adaptive Technology Specialist with the Chicago Lighthouse for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired, Glen Ellyn, IL

4:15 PM Face up to Facebook
How to get the most out of Facebook - Brian Charlson, Director of Computer Training Services, Carroll Center for the Blind, Boston, MA

Tuesday, July 10 - McCreary

1:15 PM  Apple: Using a Touch Screen - $5 ($7)
Guided hands-on tour of the best ways to use touch screen devices - Sarah Herrlinger, Apple Corporation, Cupertino, CA.  Co-sponsored by ACBS

2:45 PM  Apple: Using a Touch Screen - $5 ($7)
A repeat of the 1:15 session

Wednesday, July 11 - Nunn

2:45 PM  Accessible TV – Reality in the UK - $5 ($7)
Description and demo of accessible TV in the UK. You won't believe your ears - Richard Orme, Royal National Institute for Blind People, Birmingham, England; Brian Charlson, Director, Computer Training Services, Carroll Center for the Blind, Boston, MA

International Relations Committee, Chair: Sandra Sermons

Monday, July 9 - McCreary

2:00 PM  The State of Accessibility
Co-sponsored with BITS.  Accessibility in Australia, Europe and the US. Panel - Renee Zelickson, BITS Program Chair and moderator, Chicago, IL; Susan Thompson, Vision Australia, Glebe, New South Wales, Australia; Arnt Holte, First Vice President, World Blind Union, Oslo, Norway; and Richard Villa, BITS President, Austin, TX

Tuesday, July 10 - Collins

4:15 PM  Madrid Revisited
Revisit stunning Madrid; discuss future travel plans.

5:45 PM  ACB International Reception - $12 ($15) - Nunn
Voices from around the world.  Meet international friends and welcome them to ACB.

Membership Committee, Chair: Ardis Bazyn

Saturday, July 7 - Sampson

5:00 PM  Keys to the Convention
Great for first-timers; tips on how to make the most of convention week.

Sunday, July 8 - Collins

2:00 PM  Keys to the Convention
Repeat of the Saturday seminar

Thursday, July 12 - Nunn

2:45 PM  Reaching New Members with Affiliate Websites
Co-sponsored by the ACB PR Committee.
At least one representative should attend from each affiliate.

2:45 PM  Welcome. Introduction of participants

3:00 PM  Panel - How Affiliates Use Websites to Reach New Members

3:30 PM  Panel - Using Websites to Publicize Your Mission, Events, and Fundraising

3:50 PM  Presentation of the ACB Affiliate Growth and Website Awards

3:55 PM  Wrap-up and door prizes

Multicultural Affairs Committee, Chair: Peggy Garrett

Monday, July 9 - Morrow

12:15 PM  MCAC Luncheon and Program - $27 ($29)
Rocking the Boat for Diversity - Arnt Holte, First Vice President, World Blind Union, Oslo Norway

Wednesday, July 11 - Suite 446

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

Public Relations Committee, Chair: Dr. Ronald Milliman

Thursday, July 12 - Nunn

2:45 PM  ACB Membership Seminar
Co-sponsored by the ACB Membership Committee
Reaching New Members with Affiliate Websites:  At least one representative should attend from each affiliate.

2:45 PM Welcome. Introduction of participants

3:00 PM  Panel - How Affiliates Use Websites to Reach New Members

3:30 PM  Panel - Using Websites to Publicize Your Mission, Events, and Fundraising

3:50 PM  Presentation of the ACB Affiliate Growth and Website Awards

3:55 PM  Wrap-up, and door prizes

Rehabilitation Issues Task Force, Chair: Charles Crawford

Monday, July 9 - Jones

2:45 PM  Rehab Issues Workshop - $5 ($7)
Rehabilitation 2012 and Beyond: The continuing struggle for appropriate categorical programming; how states are providing blindness-related rehabilitation; prospects for consumers with multiple disabilities; team-based rehabilitation; and successful transition between high school, rehab, and higher education and employment.

2:45 PM  Categorical Rehabilitation in 2012
Where are we winning, losing, and creatively addressing change while maintaining blindness-oriented services - Charles Crawford, chair, ACB Rehab Taskforce, Silver Spring, MD; Doug Powell, Member, Virginia Statewide Rehabilitation Council, Falls Church, VA; and Ann Byington, Topeka, KS

3:30 PM  Rebab Needs and Transitions
Issues impacting services to consumers who are blind with and without multiple disabilities - Jeff Thom, Attorney and Immediate Past President, California Council of the Blind, Sacramento, CA

3:45 PM  Rehab Service Models
A team approach - Michael MacKillop, Assistant Director, Customer Services Unit, Washington State Department of Services for the Blind, Seattle, WA; Teddie-Joy Remhild, member, California State Rehabilitation Council, Burbank, CA

Resource Development Committee, Chair: Dan Dillon

Saturday, July 7 - Nunn

4:30 PM  Bequests and Corporate Giving- $5 ($7)
To Be or Bequest: Building Partnerships Now and Forever: bequests, planned giving, and corporate gifts in your affiliate's future - Paul Zurkuhlen, Vice President of Development, APH, Louisville, KY; Margarine Beaman, ACB Convention Advertising and Sponsorship Coordinator, Austin, TX

Scholarship Committee, Chair: Patty Slaby

Attendance by scholarship winners at the 2012 ACB Conference and Convention sponsored in part by ACB Lions and Tracfone

Saturday, July 7 - Breathitt

6:30 PM  ACB Scholarship Dinner
Invitation only; sponsored by RSVA & AT&T

Sunday, July 8 - Nunn

12:15 PM  ACBS Scholarship Winners' Luncheon - $28 ($30)
Sponsored by RSVA.  Join ACBS in congratulating the 2012 ACB scholarship winners.

Tuesday, July 10

9:15 AM  2012 ACB Scholarship Presentations – Grand Ballroom

6:30 PM  ACB Scholarship Winners' Reception - Suite 446
Sponsored by NIB.  Each affiliate is invited to send two representatives to meet the 2012 scholarship winners.

Sight and Sound Impaired Committee, Chair: Karyn Campbell

Monday, July 9 - Suite 446

8:00 PM  Get Social with SASI - $12 ($14)
Meet individuals with combined vision and hearing loss.  Mingle in a relaxed environment and learn about various forms of communication. Everyone welcome.

Thursday,  July 12 - Willson

2:45 PM  Noise in Our Environment
How noise affects us and what we can do about it - Jeff Fischer, Statewide Coordinator of services for the deaf-blind and licensed  audiologist, Lexington, KY 

Transportation Committee, Chair: Alice Ritchhart

Sunday, July 8 - Jones

2:00 PM  Transit and Environmental Access - $5 ($7)
Sponsored by AJWF, "Sight Through Helping Hands." How public transit providers can participate in local planning - Nancy Snow, Mobility Manager, Transit Authority for River City, Louisville, KY; Debbie Grubb, Chair, ACB Environmental Access Committee, Bradenton, FL; Chris Bell, ACB Environmental Access & ACB Transportation Committee, Roseville, MN; Ron Brooks, ACB Transportation Committee, Phoenix, AZ; and Melanie Brunson, ACB Executive Director, Arlington, VA

Women's Concerns Committee, Chair: Lori Scharff

Monday, July 9 - Sampson

7:45 AM  Morning Exercise
Leslie Spoone, Certified Personal Trainer and Aerobics Instructor, Orlando, FL; co-sponsored with the Recreation Zone

Wednesday, July 11 - Sampson

7:45 AM  Morning Exercise
Leslie Spoone; co-sponsored with Recreation Zone

4:15 PM  Women's Circle - $5 ($7) - Holly
Being Strong, Being Safe: a confidential, supportive discussion - facilitated by Marlaina Lieberg, Burien, WA and Lori Scharff, Malverne, NY

Thursday, July 12 - Sunflower

2:45 PM  Staying Healthy: Back and Neck Care - $5 ($7)
Sponsored by En-Vision America.  Do you experience pain while using your computer, sitting at a meeting, or waiting at a bus stop?  Tips on caring for and maintaining a healthy back and neck - Phyllis Burson, Ph.D., Personal Trainer and Clinical Psychologist, Bethesda, MD

5:45 PM  Pilates and Yoga - Wilkinson
Leslie Spoone; co-sponsored by Recreation Zone

Friday, July 13 - Stanley

7:00 AM  Sister Power:A Breakfast for Women - $23 ($25)
Facilitated by Ann Brash, La Grange, IL; presentation by Kim Charlson,  ACB First Vice President and Director, Perkins Talking Book and Braille Library, Watertown MA, and Denise Colley, Immediate Past President, Washington Council of the Blind and retired Washington State employee, Lacey, WA.

ACB Leadership Institute 2012, "Anatomy of an Organization"

Friday, July 6 – Sampson

8:00 AM  Welcome and Introductions
Berl Colley, Chair, Leadership Institute Committee, Lacey, WA; Mitch Pomerantz, ACB President, Pasadena, CA
Introduction of participants - Doug Powell, Falls Church, VA

  1. Constitution, Bylaws, and History: The Backbone
  2. Why do we have a governing structure; demystifying what they are and what they do; honoring the history without living with it forever - Jeff Thom, ACB Director, Sacramento, CA; Ray Campbell, ACB Director, Glen Ellyn, IL
  3. Easy Robert’s Rules:  The Skeleton
  4. How to run a successful meeting and allow members to be heard in meaningful deliberations - Paul Edwards, former ACB President and Chair, Board of Publications, Miami, FL
  5. Membership:  The Muscles
  6. Recruitment and retention; interactive exchange on what has worked in the past - Denise Colley, Washington Council of the Blind, Lacey, WA; Ardis Bazyn, Chair, ACB Membership Committee, Burbank, CA; and Carla Ruschival, ACB Treasurer, Louisville, KY
  7. Committees:  The Organs
  8. Inclusive leadership; what committees are most useful to an organization's health; how to use the energy of committed members - Donna Pomerantz, President, California Council of the Blind, Pasadena, CA; Mitch Pomerantz
  9. 12:00 PM  Luncheon
  10. Speaker: Dr. Frances Strickland, former "First Lady" of Ohio, Columbus, OH
  11. Fundraising:  The Lifeblood Do's and Don’ts, advantages and disadvantages of 501(c)(3) status
  12. etc. - Brenda Dillon, ACB Second Vice President, Hermitage, TN; Dan Spoone, Orlando, FL; Melanie Brunson, ACB Executive Director, Arlington, VA; Steven Obremski, ACB Director of Development, Arlington, VA
  13. Communication:  The Nervous System
  14. Current modes of keeping in touch with the membership and leaders - Paul Edwards
  15. You:  The Nourishment
  16. What's Next for each participant; evaluation and close -  Doug Powell, Berl Colley, and Mitch Pomerantz

Audio Description Institute, Joel Snyder, President, Audio Description Associates, Tacoma Park, MD

Thursday, July 12 – Saturday, July 14

8:30 AM  ADP Institute - Sunflower
The Audio Description Institute is an intensive three-day training program for audio describers and others interested in audio description.
The Audio Description Project is an ACB initiative designed to promote audio description activity in all formats throughout the United States.  www.acb.org/adp is an excellent resource for AD consumers and description producers;

Other ACB Meetings

Saturday, July 7 - Suite 446

6:00 PM  ACB Exhibitors' Reception (by invitation)

Sunday, July 8 - Taylor

11:00 AM  ACB Committee Chairs Meeting
An important meeting with ACB President Mitch Pomerantz.  Every committee should be represented, either by its chair or a designated committee member.

Wednesday, July 11 - Collins

4:15 PM  ACB Legislative Seminar - $5 ($7)
Newest information regarding pending and recently implemented legislative issues - Eric Bridges, ACB Director of Advocacy and Governmental Affairs, Arlington, VA

Thursday, July 12 - Breathitt

4:15 PM  Affiliate Presidents' Meeting
Sponsored by HIMS Inc

Special-Interest Affiliate Meetings

Audio/Visual Services Sponsored in Part by Google

Alliance on Aging and Vision Loss

President: Oral Miller
Program Chair: Marilyn Lutter
Registration: $10 ($10)

Monday, July 9 - Stanley

12:15 PM  AAVL Luncheon - $27 ($29)
You're never too old for a guide dog: presented by a representative from Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind, Smithtown, NY.  AAVL business meeting to follow.

Wednesday, July 11 - Beckham

1:15 PM  Back and Neck Care
Phyllis Burson, Ph.D., Personal Trainer and Clinical psychologist, Bethesda, MD

1:55 PM  New APH Technology
Michael McCarty, Technology Support Specialist, American Printing House for the Blind, Louisville KY

4:15 PM  AAVL Musical Mixer - $10 ($10) - Suite 446
Mingle to piano music played by Deanna Scoggins, member, Kentucky Council of the Blind, Louisville KY

American Association of Visually Impaired Attorneys

President: Chris Prentice
Program Chair: Pshon Barrett
Registration: $20 ($25)

Saturday, July 7 - Poplar

5:30 PM  AAVIA Board meeting,

6:30 PM  Annual dinner - off-site.  Meet in Suites tower lobby

Sunday, July 8 - Taylor

1:30 PM  Introductions

1:45 PM  Domestic Relations - Jim Neppl, Attorney at Law, Rock Island, IL

2:15 PM  Federal Criminal Law Practice
Includes an update on Supreme Court cases that affect the criminal law practitioner - Donovan Robertson, Attorney at Law, Rock Island, IL

2:45 PM  The Swedish Legal System
Dr. Lawrence "Lars" Scott, Professor, Augustanna College, Rock Island, IL

3:30 PM  Break

3:45 PM  Update of Higher Education
Law school; disability law: the ADA, Section 504, and other relevant laws and court decisions - Dr. Laura Rothstein, Professor of Law and Distinguished University Scholar, Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, University of Louisville

4:45 PM  Adjourn for the day

Monday, July 9 - Taylor

1:15 PM  Introductions

1:20 PM  TEAM FACE
Facial and Expression Recognition for the Blind - A presentation by the Gemstone Honors Program, University of Maryland, College Park, MD

2:15 PM Break

2:30 PM  The Legal Aspects of Fundraising
Melanie Brunson, ACB Executive Director, Arlington, VA, and Steve Obremski, ACB Director of Development, Arlington, VA

3:15 PM  Social Security and SSI Benefits
James F. Shaw, retired Social Security Administration Claims Representative, Louisville, KY

4:00 PM  The Latest in APH Technology

4:30 PM  Adjourn for the day

Tuesday, July 10 - Morrow

12:15 PM  AAVIA Luncheon - $35 ($40)
Experiences of a District Judge in Kentucky - The Hon. David L. Holton II, Jefferson County District Judge, Louisville, KY

2:00 PM  Structured Negotiations and Settlements -  Lainey Feingold, Attorney at Law, San Francisco, CA

2:30 PM  AAVIA Business Meeting and Election

ACB Diabetics in Action

President: Pat Wolf
Registration: $12 ($15)

Sunday, July 8 - Jasmine

12:15 PM  ACBDA Luncheon - $25 ($27)

1:30 PM  Diabetes Seminar - $8 ($10)

1:30 PM  Universal Design of Consumer Medical Products - Ann Williams, Ph.D., RN, CDE, Diabetes self-management education, Cleveland, OH

2:00 PM  Natural Health Foods for Diabetics - LaDonna Frantz, Board Certified Naturopathic, Harmony & Health Natural Health Center, Corydon, IN

2:30 PM  The Latest APH Products - Michael McCarty, Technology Support Specialist, APH, Louisville, KY,

Wednesday, July 11 - Collins 

1:15 PM  ACBDA Business Meeting

Thursday, July 12 - Executive Director's suite

9:00 PM  ACBDA Mixer - $12 ($15)

ACB Families

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

Monday, July 9 - Sunflower

9:00 PM  Ten-Pin Alley - $5 ($7)
Rack up strikes and spares on this 12-foot, 1-to-5-scale handmade wood bowling alley.  Cash prizes.  Co-Sponsored by Rec Zone

Tuesday, July 10 - Poplar

7:15 PM  The Power of Your Picture - $5 ($7)
The unspoken messages you send and how to make them work for you - Lynn Cooper, Lynn Cooper, nationally acclaimed speaker, coach, author and creator of the MIRRORS Project, a fully accessible personal image series for people with visual impairments, Chicago, IL

Wednesday, July 11 - Morrow

7:00 AM  ACBF Breakfast and Meeting - Morrow

2:45 PM  Minding Your GAPS - $5 ($7) - Morrow
The role Gestures, Appearance, Posture and Speech play in personal and professional success - Lynn Cooper, MIRRORS Project, Chicago, IL

5:45 PM  ImageWorks - $5 ($7) - Holly
Enhance your personal and professional image with clothes, posture and a handshake; Lynn Cooper, MIRRORS Project, Chicago, IL

Thursday, July 12 - Collins

2:45 PM  Addressing Success - $5 ($7)
Using your powerful non-verbal language skills to bring your dreams to life - Lynn Cooper, MIRRORS Project, Chicago, IL

5:45 PM  Symbols and Smiles - $5 ($7)
Using clothes, body language and hair styles to create a more powerful you - Lynn Cooper, MIRRORS Project, Chicago, IL

ACB Government Employees

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

Sunday, July 8 - Executive Director's suite

3:00 PM  ACBGE Mixer - $12 ($14)

Thursday, July 12 - Stanley

12:15 PM  ACBGE Luncheon - $25 ($27
State and Local Government
Challenges and Opportunities; get the inside scoop! - Don Brown, ADA Compliance Coordinator, Berkeley CA

ACB Human Service Professionals

President: Darian Slayton Fleming
Program Chair: Linda Porelle
Registration: $10 ($12)

Tuesday, July 10 - Executive Director's Suite

5:45 PM  HSP Happy Hour - $10 ($12)
Meet old and new friends for tasty snacks and conversation at our non-alcoholic happy hour.

Wednesday, July 11 - Willson

1:15 PM  ACBHSP business meeting

2:45 PM  Workplace Diversity - $8 ($10)
Challenges in the human service field - Peter Altschul, Organization Development Specialist and author of BREAKING BARRIERS: Working and Loving While Blind, Columbia, MO

American Council of Blind Lions

President: William Benjamin
Registration: $10 ($12)
A proud Pearl sponsor of an ACB scholarship winner attending the 51st ACB conference and convention

Saturday, July 7 - Suite 446

9:00 PM  Milly's Place Pin Swap - $12 ($15)
Share news from your local club; trade pins; friends, fun and snacks.

Sunday, July 8 - Walnut 

9:30 AM  ACBL Board Meeting

Wednesday, July 11 - Taylor

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

Thursday, July 12 - Meet in lobby

12:15 PM  Local Club Visit - $23 ($25)
Hosted by the Louisville East Lions Club at APH.

ACB Radio Amateurs

President: Steve Dresser
Program Chair: Mike Duke
Registration: $5 ($7)

Thursday, July 12 - Beckham

1:15 PM  ACBRA Program and Meeting

ACB Students

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

Saturday, July 7 - Executive Director's suite

8:00 PM  ACBS Welcome Party - $8 ($10)

Sunday, July 8 - Nunn

12:15 PM  ACBS Scholarship Winners Luncheon - $28 ($30)
Sponsored by RSVA.  Congratulate the 2012 ACB scholarship winners.

2:45 PM  ACBS business meeting

Monday, July 9 - Beckham

1:15 PM  Networking Through the Social Scene with Low Vision
Co-sponsored with CCLVI

4:15 PM  Fashion Forward Roundtable - $5 ($7) - Morrow
What to wear to a job interview; learn from fashion experts about clothes and makeup

Tuesday, July 10 - Poplar

1:15 PM  ACBS business meeting - Poplar

1:15 PM  Apple: Using a Touch Screen - McCreary
Co-sponsored by IAC.  Guided hands-on tour of the best ways to use touch screen devices - Sarah Herrlinger, Apple Corporation, Cupertino, CA

2:45 PM  Apple: Using a Touch Screen - $5 ($7) - McCreary
Co-sponsored by IAC.  Repeat of the 1:15 session.

4:15 PM  Take a Byte Out of Apple - $5, ($7) - McCreary

Wednesday, July 11 - Walnut

2:45 PM  ACBS Board meeting

4:15 PM  Including Youth in Your Affiliate - $5 ($5) - Jasmine

Thursday, July 12 - Carroll/Ford

9:00 PM  ACBS Comedy Night - $10 ($12)
End your week with a good laugh. Join ACBS for drinks, snacks and excellent live comedy.  Featuring Jeremy Essig.

Blind Information Technology Specialists

President: Richard Villa
Program Chair: Renee Zelickson
Registration: $15 ($15)
BITS Package: $62 ($62)

Saturday, July 8 - Collins

6:00 PM  BITS Board Meeting

Sunday, July 8 - Stopher

10:00 AM  Opening remarks
Richard Villa, BITS President, Austin, TX

10:10 AM  Introductions

10:30 AM  GPS Solutions
GPS Off the Shelf vs. Blind-Specific Hardware and Software Solutions; Panel - Renee Zelickson, Moderator and BITS Program Chair, Chicago, IL; Debra Turner, Access Technology Trainer, Abilene, TX; Mike May, President, and Katie Gilmore, Business Development Manager, Sendero Group, Roseville, CA; representative from HumanWare
 
1:30PM  Vendor showcase
Adaptive hardware and software exhibitors what's new in technology.

Monday, July 9 - McCreary

1:15 PM  Buying, Building, & Upgrading Your Computer
Richard Villa, Austin, TX

2:00 PM  The State of Accessibility
Co-sponsored with BITS.  Accessibility in Australia, Europe and the U.S. Panel - Renee Zelickson, BITS Program Chair and moderator, Chicago, IL; Susan Thompson, Vision Australia, Glebe, New South Wales, Australia; Arnt Holte, First Vice President, World Blind Union, Oslo, Norway; and Richard Villa, BITS President, Austin, TX

Tuesday, July 10 - Stanley

12:15 PM  BITS Luncheon and program - $36 ($36)
Speaker: Michael McCarty, technology specialist, APH, Louisville, KY.  A drawing for a PlexTalk Pocket will be held.

2:15 PM  BITS annual business meeting

Blind LGBT Pride Int'l.

President: Don Brown
Registration: $15 ($18)
BPI Package: $50 ($50)

Sunday, July 8 - BPI suite

9:00 AM  BPI Get Acquainted Brunch - meet in BPI Suite
Brunch at a local restaurant

3:30 PM  BPI Welcome to Louisville - $15 ($17)
Kick off convention week at our Mardi Gras mixer, where the Big Easy meets Derby City.  Get complementary beads, masks and a commemorative hurricane glass.

Monday, July 9 - BPI Suite

7:15 PM  Annual Business Meeting

Tuesday, July 10 - Willson

1:15 PM  Kentucky's KENTUCKY'S Fairness Law Fails
Workshop:  Reasons for the failure of Kentucky's Fairness Law, despite a reported 83% support among Kentuckians, and future legislative actions - Chris Hartman, Director, Fairness Campaign, Louisville, KY

2:45 PM  Parents of Adult ADULT LGBT Children Come Out
Workshop:  The "coming out" process experienced by parents of adult LGBT children; issues they face in work, church, and community - Shirley Lakes, President, Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG), Louisville, KY

10:30 PM  Discussion Group - BPI Suite

Wednesday, July 11

2:45 PM  What's Appening Workshop – BPI Suite
This fun info-share workshop gives Android and iPhone users an opportunity to demonstrate and exchange ideas about useful and fun apps they use in work, school and play.

5:45 PM  BPI's Homecoming Celebration Party - $20 ($22) - BPI Suite
Join us as BPI's suite is transformed into the Winner Circle Saloon in celebration of our charter in Louisville in 2000.

Thursday, July 12 - meet in BPI Suite

12:15 PM  BPI Farewell Lunch
Have lunch with friends at a local restaurant

2:45 PM  BPI Souvenir Shopping (in hotel)

7:30 PM  BPI Movie Night - $5 ($7)
Join us for a private audio described screening of the Oscar winning movie "Ray" (2004).  This film biography focuses on 30 years of the turbulent life of Ray Charles, one of this country's most beloved rhythm and blues, country, and gospel performers.

9:30 PM  Caucus and Meeting

Braille Revival League

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

Sunday, July 8 - Holly

1:30 PM  BRL Orienteering - $5 ($7)
Pair up to follow a list of Braille clues that will send you scurrying around the hotel.  Fun and prizes!

3:30 PM  BRL Board Meeting

Tuesday, July 10

7:00 AM  BRL Breakfast - Nunn

1:15 PM  BRL Meeting - Collins

  • 1:15 PM  Welcome and Introductions
    Judy Jackson, BRL President
  • 1:30 PM  International Braille Dialogue
    Pete Osborne, Chair, United Kingdom Association for Accessible Formats, Peterborough, England; Arnt Holte, First Vice-President, World Blind Union, and Assistant General Secretary, Norwegian Association of the Blind and Partially Sighted, Oslo, Norway
  • 2:00 PM  Report from the International Council on English Braille, General Assembly, Johannesburg, South Africa; Judy Dixon, ICEB Secretary, Arlington, VA
  • 2:15 PM  BRL Business Meeting and Elections
  • 2:45 PM  Break
  • 3:00 PM  What about the Braille in BARD?
    How will it all Work - Judy Dixon, Consumer Relations Officer, National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Washington, DC
  • 3:20 PM  New Braille Products
    Perkins Smart Brailler - Gayle Yarnall, Perkins Products, Watertown, MA
  • 3:40 PM  New APH Braille Products
    Michael McCarty, Product Support Specialist, APH, Louisville, KY
  • 4:00 PM  Hands-on and Questions
  • 4:30 PM  Adjournment

Wednesday, July 11 – Breathitt

1:15 PM  Joint Session with LUA & NABT

  • 1:15 PM  Welcome from the Presidents
  • 1:30 PM  Quality Time with Our Narrators
    Ask questions and hear more about APH's father and daughter narrators - Jack and Jill Fox, APH, Louisville, KY

2:30 PM Break

2:45 PM  The Bookport DT and more!
The new Desktop Bookport Plus AND a new APH notetaker - Michael McCarty, Technology Support Specialist, APH, Louisville, KY
 
3:10 PM  One Book, One ACB
This year we will be discussing "The Blind Advantage" by William Henderson.  An elementary school principal in Boston believes his school was helped by two things: the fact that he is blind and the fact that he thought students with disabilities were a real asset.

4:15 PM  BRL Bunco - $10 ($12) - Sunflower
Roll the dice for fun and prizes!

Council of Citizens with Low Vision Int'l.

President: Richard Rueda
Program Chair: Jim Jirak
Registration: $10 ($12)

Saturday, July 7

3:00 PM  CCLVI Board Meeting - Sunflower
6:00 PM  CCLVI Nominating Committee Meeting – Sunflower

Sunday, July 8 - Beckham

9:00 AM  CCLVI Program
Welcome and Introductions
Richard Rueda, CCLVI President, Union City, CA

9:15AM  Committee Reports
Legislative - Brian Petraits, Brownsburg, IN
Resolutions - Michael Byington, Topeka, KS
Constitution and Bylaws - Jim Jirak, Omaha, NE
Scholarships - Cathy Schmitt-Whitaker, Diamond Bar, CA
Nominating - Bernice Kandarian, Mountain View, CA

10:30AM  Special Presentation by APH
New APH products of interest to our low vision audience - Michael McCarty, Technical Support Specialist, APH, Louisville KY

11:00AM  Low Vision Vendor Showcase
The latest products for individuals with low vision.

4:00 PM  CCLVI Mixer - $15 ($17) - Suite 446
Fun, food, friendship, and door prizes!  Meet the 2012 CCLVI scholarship winners.
Monday, July 9 - Beckham

1:15 PM  CCLVI and ACBS: Networking Through the Social Scene with Low Vision
A panel presentation about socializing. Ways to meet people online, conversation starters, and the do's and don'ts of starting a friendship.

1:15 PM  The Intricacies of Developing Relationships with Visual Impairments
Pam Shaw, long-time ACB member, Philadelphia, PA

2:30 PM  Break

2:45 PM  Sara Conrad, President, ACB Students, Stevensville, MI; Kerri Regan, ACBS, Beth Page, NY; Richard Rueda, President, CCLVI, Union City, CA; and Lindsey Tilden, CCLVI, Vista, CA

7:00 PM  Clowning Around with CCLVI - $20 ($25) - Nunn
CCLVI's circus-themed game night and a chance to win prizes and have fun!  Hors d'oeuvres will be provided to fuel the needed energy.

Tuesday, July 10 - Beckham

1:15 PM  CCLVI Program and Business Meeting
Using Color and Lighting to Design Ergonomically Correct Environments for People with Visual Impairments; Elaine Kitchel, Low Vision Project Leader, APH, Louisville KY

2:30 PM  Break

2:45 PM  CCLVI Business Meeting and Elections; post-convention board meeting to follow

Friends-in-Art of ACB

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

Saturday, July 7 - Holly

7:00 PM  FIA Board Meeting

Sunday, July 8

1:15 PM  FIA Art Parlor - Dogwood

4:00 PM  FIA Ice Cream Social - $18 ($20) - Stanley
Meet friends and sign up for an audition slot for this year's special "unplugged" Showcase. No band this year; acoustic musicians welcome.  Or sign up for an audition at the FIA art parlor.

Monday, July 9

1:15 PM  FIA Art Parlor - Dogwood

2:45 PM  Showcase Audition and Rehearsal - Holly

9:00 PM  FIA Prose and Poetry Reading - $5 ($5) - Lily
Writers are invited to read their original works to a receptive audience - Carla Hayes, Moderator, McMurray, PA

Tuesday, July 10

12:15 PM  FIA Luncheon and Business Meeting - $25 ($27) - Taylor
Speaker: Cassandra Culin, award-winning storyteller, Louisville, KY

1:15 PM  FIA Art Parlor – Dogwood

8:00 PM  FIA Performing Arts Showcase - $12 ($15) - Archibald
An outstanding program of ACB talent.

Wednesday, July 11

1:15 PM  FIA Art Parlor  - Dogwood

1:15 PM  Song Writers Workshop - $8 ($10) - Holly
Tools to help construct a song and to inspire you to express your creativity through this medium - Van Ramey, visually impaired professional songwriter and member of the Custom Made Bluegrass Band, Winchester, KY

4:15 PM  Singing A Round - $4 ($5) - Poplar
Co-sponsored with NABT.  Songs to sing with your children, students, or your own inner child.

Thursday, July 12 - Walnut

7:30 AM  FIA Board Meeting

Guide Dog Users, Inc

40th Anniversary
President: Becky Barnes
Program Chair: Jenine Stanley
Registration: $15 ($15)
The GDUI Suite is in the Laffoon Room.  Hours are Saturday from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM, Sunday through Tuesday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM; and Wednesday, 9:00 AM to noon.
 
A doggie play area will be available in Wilkinson; hours to be announced.  A fun, safe environment for your dog to play and relieve stress.

Sunday, July 8 - Sampson

11:00 AM  First-Timers Session
New to conventions?  Learn to handle all the dogs, canes and chaos!

12:00 PM  Hotel Orientation
Learn your way around popular hotel destinations with guide dog instructors.

2:30 PM  Power Tools For Your GDUI Affiliate - Wilkinson
Dynamic affiliate session featuring tools presented by long-time GDUI and ACB members proven to help affiliates - Debbie Grubb, Facilitator, Bradenton, FL 

4:00 PM  GDUI Board Meeting - Wilkinson

4:00 PM  First-Timers Session - Sampson
Repeat of 11:00AM session

5:00 PM  Hotel Orientation - Sampson
Repeat of noon orientation

Monday, July 9 - Sampson

7:00 AM  Breakfast Club - Meet in East Tower lobby
Join your guide dog friends for a walk to a nearby restaurant; fun and fellowship!

1:15 PM  GDUI program - Sampson

1:15 PM  Introductions and Information
Meet other guide dog users and learn about the GDUI Scavenger Hunt and other convention activities.

2:45 PM  Reports from the Guide Dog Schools
This year's question: How does your school use food in training?

4:15 PM  Employment Issues and Your Guide dog
Title I of the ADA and other workplace issues involving your dog - Becky Barnes, Facilitator and President, GDUI; Dr. Beth Loy, Principal Consultant, Job Accommodation Network, Huntington, WV; and Peter Altschul, author and employment specialist, Columbia, MO

7:30 PM  River Walk - meet in East Tower lobby
Leisurely stroll along the Ohio River with your guide dog friends!

Tuesday, July 10

7:00 AM  Breakfast Club - Meet in East Tower lobby
Join your guide dog friends for a walk to a nearby restaurant; fun and fellowship!

1:15 PM  GDUI History Project - Sampson
An old-time-radio retrospective from guide dog handlers, instructors and schools of living and working with guides over the past 80 years - Debbie Grubb, Facilitator

4:15 PM  More Than Just Your Junk - TSA and You! Not on hotel room sheet
The airport screening process; open to all - representative of the Transportation Security Administration

6:00 PM  3 Dog Bakery Tour - $14 ($17)
Visit the country's largest 3 Dog Bakery Store, learn about their unique approach to nutrition and shop for those hard-working canines!

Wednesday, July 11

7:00 AM  Breakfast Club - Meet in East Tower lobby
Join your guide dog friends for a walk to a nearby restaurant; fun and fellowship!

12:15 PM  GDUI Luncheon - $28 ($30) - Carroll/Ford
GDUI celebrates its 40th anniversary with awards and more! Unusual Breeds Used as Guide Dogs - John Byfield, longest working instructor in the world of guide dogs, Freedom Guide Dogs for the Blind Cassville, NY

2:45 PM  GDUI Business Meeting and Caucus – Sampson

7:30 PM  Movie Night - $15 ($15) - Sampson
Audio-described film, "Sniff!"  Find out who won our GDUI Scavenger Hunt.

Thursday, July 12

7:00 AM  Breakfast Club - Meet in East Tower lobby
Join your guide dog friends for a walk to a nearby restaurant; fun and fellowship!

1:15 PM  Relaxation Unleashed - Sampson
It's time to relax for you and your dog with some exercises and meditation after a long convention week. Snoring is allowed!  Maia Scott, Facilitator, San Francisco, CA

Independent Visually Impaired Entrepreneurs

President: Carla Hayes
Registration: $6 ($8)

Sunday, July 8 - RSVA Suite

10:00 PM  RSVA & IVIE Mixer

Monday, July 9 - Nunn

7:00 AM  IVIE Breakfast and Business Meeting - $23 ($25)
Enjoy a great breakfast, mingle with friends, and help IVIE make important decisions.

Wednesday, July 11 - Stanley

12:15 PM  IVIE Luncheon and Program - $25 ($27)

12:55 PM  Welcome and Opening Remarks
Carla Hayes, IVIE President, McMurray, PA

1:00 PM  APH Products Which Can Help You with Your Business
Michael McCarty, Product Support Specialist, APH, Louisville, KY.

1:30 PM  15 Ways to Get the Most out of Life
Bob Mueller, author, motivational speaker and columnist for "Woman's Day Magazine."

2:00 PM  Running Your Business out of Your Home
Pros, Cons and Considerations; Panel - Steve Dresser, President, Jennco Productions, Reading, MA; Joe Sorenson, Celebrations (An urban Gospel radio station), Albuquerque, NM; and others

Thursday, July 12 - McCreary

12:30 PM  IVIE Small 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)

Saturday, July 7 – Jasmine

5:30 PM  LUA Pre-convention Board Meeting

Monday, July 9 – Collins

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

1:30 PM NLS: New Leadership, New Directions
Karen Kenninger, newly-appointed Director, National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped

2:30 PM  Break

2:45 PM  The Indiana Regional Library
What's happening at the Indiana Regional Library?  Maggia Ansty, Librarian, Indiana Talking Book and Braille Library, Indianapolis, IN

3:00 PM eBooks and Adobe
Updates on ePub books and other Adobe initiatives that will make reading more accessible - Pete De Vasto, Software engineer, Adobe Systems, Inc, San Jose, CA

3:15 PM  Business meeting
Includes elections and a discussion from our representatives to the various NLS advisory groups.

5:45 PM  Reading with iDevices - $5 ($7) - Breathitt
Reading with iPhones and other devices; discussion of Bookshare and Learning Ally software - Paul Edwards, Moderator; Brian Charlson, Director of Technology, Carroll Center for the Blind, Watertown MA

Tuesday, July 10 - Sunflower

5:45 PM  Book Mark-it - $5 ($7)
Peggy Garrett, LUA Secretary, Missouri City, TX; and Adam Ruschival, LUA Treasurer, Louisville, KY

Wednesday, July 11 - Breathitt

1:15 PM  Joint Session with BRL & NABT

1:15 PM Welcome from the Presidents

1:30 PM  Quality Time with Our Narrators
Ask questions and hear more about APH's father and daughter narrators - Jack and Jill Fox, APH, Louisville, KY

2:30 PM Break

2:45 PM  The Bookport DT and more!
The new Desktop Bookport Plus AND a new APH notetaker - Michael McCarty, Technology Support Specialist, APH, Louisville KY

3:10 PM  One Book, One ACB
This year we will be discussing "The Blind Advantage" by William Henderson.  An elementary school principal in Boston believes his school was helped by two things: the fact that he is blind and the fact that he thought students with disabilities were a real asset.

4:00 PM  Post-convention Board meeting

National Association of Blind Teachers

President: Carla Hayes
Registration: $10 ($12)

Sunday, July 8 - Jasmine

8:00 AM  NABT Breakfast, Program and Business Meeting - $25 ($27

8:45 AM  The Challenge of Technological Change
Three Lessons in Leadership From The Archives of the American Printing House For the Blind - Micheal Hudson, Director, Callahan Museum, Louisville, KY

9:30 AM Break

9:45 AM NABT Business Meeting
Elections; consideration of a name change.

Monday, July 9, 2012

12:30 PM  NABT Educational Products Tour - $14 ($17)
Especially for teachers. Visit APH to check out new products and get tips for using them in the classroom.

Tuesday, July 10 - Holly

1:15 PM  NABT Book Day - $5 ($7)

1:15 PM  Welcome and opening remarks
Carla Hayes, NABT President, McMurray, PA

1:20 PM  How Being Blind Made Me a Better Principal and Other Stories,
Bill Henderson, Retired Teacher, Principal and Author of the book, "The Blind Advantage," Dorchester, MA

2:30 PM  Break

2:45 PM  My Life As An Adult Educator
Peter Altschul, Organization Development Specialist and Author of the book, "Breaking Barriers: Working and Loving While Blind," Columbia, MO

4:00 PM  Break

4:15 PM  Understanding E-Reading Accessibility Needs for Students with Disabilities
The latest government guidelines and E-Reading accessibility solutions; how Barnes & Noble is integrating accessibility into its digital products - Jade Roth, Vice President of Books Digital Strategy, Barnes & Noble College, Basking Ridge, NJ;  Doug Klein, Vice President of Technical Planning and Integration, Barnes & Noble, Palo Alto, CA

Wednesday, July 11- Breathitt

1:15 PM  Joint Session with BRL & LUA

1:15 PM  Welcome from the Presidents

1:30 PM  Quality Time with Our Narrators
Ask questions and hear more about APH's father and daughter narrators - Jack and Jill Fox, APH, Louisville, KY

2:30 PM  Break

2:45 PM  The Bookport DT and more!
The new Desktop Bookport Plus AND a new APH notetaker - Michael McCarty, Technology Support Specialist, APH, Louisville, KY

3:10 PM  One Book, One ACB
This year we will be discussing "The Blind Advantage" by William Henderson.  An elementary school principal in Boston believes his school was helped by two things: the fact that he is blind and the fact that he thought students with disabilities were a real asset.

4:15 PM  Singing A Round - $4 ($5) - Poplar
Co-sponsored with FIA.  Songs to sing with your children, students, or your own inner child.

Randolph-Sheppard Vendors of America

President: Dan Sippl
Registration: $20 ($20)
RSVA Package: $75 ($90)
Proud Coral sponsor for the 2012 ACB conference and convention, and to support the July 7 Scholarship Winners' Dinner and the July 8 ACBS Scholarship Winners' Luncheon.

Saturday, July 7 - RSVA Suite

1:00 PM  Subcommittee Meetings

Sunday, July 8 - Holly

10:00 AM  RSVA Board Meeting

12:15 PM  ACBS Scholarship Luncheon - $28 ($30) - Nunn
Sponsored by RSVA.  Not included in RSVA package.  Or lunch on your own

1:30 PM  RSVA Meeting - McCreary

1:30 PM  Welcome and Introductions
Dan Sippl, RSVA President, Eau Claire, WI
Roll Call of Affiliates - Ardis Bazyn, RSVA Secretary, Burbank, CA

1:50 PM  Growing Your Business with Customer Service
Dr. Ronald E. Milliman, A3 Business Solutions, Bowling Green, KY

2:40 PM  Constitution
Ardis Bazyn, RSVA Constitution chair; Don Stevens, RSVA Parliamentarian, Wetumpka AL

3:05 PM  iPad and iPhone How-to
Michael McCarty, Technology Support Specialist, APH, Louisville, KY; Carla Ruschival, retired teacher and ACB Treasurer, Louisville, KY

4:05 PM  What's Happening in the KY BEP?
Richard Nesbitt, Director, Kentucky Business Enterprises, Office for the Blind, Frankfort, KY; George Stokes, Chair, Kentucky Committee of Blind Vendors, Frankfort, KY

4:45 PM  (or immediately following program) - Nominating Committee Meeting
All state affiliate delegates should attend

Monday, July 9

12:15 PM  RSVA Annual Awards Luncheon - $35 ($40)
Featured speaker:  Marcus Carey, "A storyteller with the magical ability to weave the lessons of history into the fabric of today's world; blending fascination, humor and emotion; awakening a sharpened view of the world in which we live and the great potential in our future," Erlanger, KY - Nunn

2:30 PM  Business Meeting - Nunn

6:30 PM  RSVA Preview and Auction - Combs/Chandler

9:00 PM  RSVA Karaoke Night - $10 ($15) - Combs/Chandler

Tuesday, July 10 - RSVA Suite

12:30 PM  RSVA Affiliate Presidents and Board Lunch

8:00 PM  Casino Night - $20 ($25) - Combs/Chandler

Visually Impaired Veterans of America

President and Program Chair: John Fleming
Registration: $10 ($10)

Tuesday, July 10 - Grand Ballroom

8:15 AM  All veterans are invited to lead the Pledge in the ACB general session at 8:30AM;  meet at front of room at 8:15 AM
1:15 PM  VIVA Recruitment Meeting - Walnut

Other Meetings and Programs

Audio/Visual Services Sponsored in Part by Google
 
Be sure to check ACB committee and special-interest affiliate programs for more presentations, workshops and seminars related to the topics below.

Career Development

Monday, July 9 - Collins

5:45 PM  Piano Technology: A Lucrative Career

Wednesday, July 11 - Nunn

7:00 AM  NIB Breakfast - $10 ($15)
What's new with our employment programs and disability policy focus.

Events for Guide Dog Users

Tuesday, July 10 - Breathitt

7:00 AM  Guide Dogs for the Blind Alumni Breakfast
GDB grads connect with friends and staff; those considering the guide dog lifestyle are welcome.

Health and Well-Being

Wednesday, July 11 - Beckham

4:15 PM  NELDS Seminar - $5 ($7)
New elements of Medicare & Medicare plans, a brief analysis of the health care reform decision expected to be rendered by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Legislation and Advocacy

Monday, July 9 - Carroll/Ford

7:00 AM  AFB Breakfast - $10 ($10)
Staff will discuss AFB current initiatives; your feedback welcome.

Wednesday, July 11 - Collins

4:15 PM  ACB Legislative Seminar - $5 ($7)
Newest information regarding pending & recently implemented legislative issues.

4:15 PM  NELDS Seminar - $5 ($7) - Beckham
New elements of Medicare & Medicare plans, a brief analysis of the health care reform decision expected to be rendered by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Technology Updates and Training

Saturday, July 7 - Poplar

8:00 AM - Raising the Floor
Focus group to learn more about how people use technology, what works and what they'd like to see changed.  Your opinions are important, and may be added to the list of technical specifications for a new worldwide accessibility program for the Internet.  Each participant receives breakfast and a $25 gift card.

10:00 AM  HIMS: Low Vision Goes HD - Dogwood
CANDY Portable and Lifestyle Desktop Video Magnifiers

12:00 PM - Raising the Floor - Poplar
Repeat of morning session, lunch included.

4:00 PM  HIMS: Braille-Linking Technology and Brain - Dogwood
Explore new Braille Sense U2-B, notetaker with multi-lingual support, Google Maps, and powerful new hardware.  Learn about the new Braille EDGE 40 with intuitive braille display connectivity.

Monday, July 9 through Friday July 13 - Fields and Bradley

Map Reading Study
By invitation only.  Funded by the National Science Foundation and National Institute of Health; participants needed who are blind to participate in a 2- to 3-hour testing session.  They will be asked to perform various map-related tasks using a computer. Participants who use JAWS for at least 2 hours per week are preferred.  Participants will receive $100 per hour.

Monday, July 9

5:45 PM  HumanWare: Let the Breeze Guide You – Jasmine
Features make travel with this talking GPS a Breeze!

7:15 PM - Talking Labquest $5 ($7) - Holly
Learn how to incorporate a hands-on and independent learning environment in the science classroom for students who are blind. Workshop attendees will perform a lab activity with the Talking LabQuest, and learn how this innovative scientific access tool helps a student with visual impairments gain confidence in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).  Perfect for educators.

Tuesday, July 10

2:45 PM - VDRDC Focus Group - Jasmine
By invitation only.  The Smith-Kettlewell Video Description Research and Development Center (VDRDC) investigates innovative technologies and techniques for making online video more accessible to blind and visually impaired students and consumers.

5:45 PM  HumanWare: Braille on the Go - Holly
iConnect your BrailleNote Apex or Brailliant display to iPhones, iPads, and PCs.

7:15 PM  APH: Explore the New Braille Plus 18 - Jasmine

7:15 PM  LookTel: New iPhone Apps – Collins
Demonstrations of Money Reader, Recognizer, and Breadcrumbs GPS for the iPhone.
 
7:15 PM  Bookshare 10th Anniversary Celebration – Sunflower
Bookshare members and staff celebrate with refreshments, games, and fun.

Wednesday, July 11

5:45 PM  HumanWare: Why I Love My Victor Stream - Nunn
Share your tips and explore new ways to increase your reading pleasure.

5:45 PM  LookTel: New iPhone Apps - Jasmine
Demonstrations of Money Reader, Recognizer, and Breadcrumbs GPS for the iPhone.

Kids and Families

There are many activities interesting to kids and parents throughout convention week.  The ACB/Deque exhibit area, the Regal Entertainment Youth Activity Center, and many of the tours provide opportunities for blind and visually impaired children to experience a fantastic convention week; see the YAC and Tours sections of this program and the Paddlewheel Gazette for more details.
 
Many of the workshops and seminars, as well as the general and special-interest affiliate program sessions, are filled with topics of interest to parents.  Examples of such options include career programs, how-to tech sessions, special seminars on education, rehabilitation, and transportation, and much more.
 
If you need child care services, check with the hotel concierge for local service referrals.  Fees are usually based on age and number of children.

Youth Activity Center

Sponsored by Regal Entertainment Group
Registration: $5 ($5)
Daily YAC: $10 ($15)
Kids 6 to 17 can enjoy a great week of tours and activities in the YAC. Pick up a schedule and a copy of the YAC rules at the YAC in Segell.  Purchase tickets at Registration.
 
The YAC opens on Monday morning in Segell.  Parents need to sign permission slips and review YAC rules before kids can participate in YAC activities.
The YAC opens each morning, Monday through Friday, at 8:15; activities begin at 8:30 AM.  A light breakfast, snacks and lunch are included in the registration and ticket fees.
 
Kids should bring a backpack for carrying personal belongings, a water bottle, sunscreen and cap.  Kids must wear their convention registration badges when the group visits local attractions.  They should also bring an old shirt to wear for crafts and other messy activities, and don't forget swimsuits.
 
Each child must complete a registration form and pay the ACB convention administrative fee.  YAC registration is also required before children can participate in any YAC event.

IMPORTANT:

Parents MUST accompany children to the YAC the first time to sign permission slips, waivers, etc.  Children may not participate in any YAC activities or events if forms are not completed and signed.  A parent or guardian who is attending the convention must be reachable at all times via a working cell phone number.
 
The YAC closes at 5:00 PM each afternoon; children must be picked up by then each day.
 
Necessary medications MUST be supplied each day.  Parents will be required to remove children who exhibit uncontrollable or highly inappropriate behaviors.

2012 Conference and Convention 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 main exit across from the front desk located in the Suites Tower. Times listed in the program are bus departure and approximate arrive time 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.
  1. 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.
  1. 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 power or wheelchair into a regular bus seat, your chair will be placed underneath the bus for the duration of the ride.
  1. 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.
  1. 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 retried.
  1. All return times are approximate.  If you have dietary scheduling concerns, bring a light snack in case we are unavoidably delayed. 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.  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.
  1. 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.
  1. 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 it be known ahead of time.
  1. Some activities may involve strenuous activities. If you have a medical conditions that may limit your involvement or participation, please let it be known ahead of time and use common sense when making your selections.
  1. 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.
  1. 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 check list.  Please do not board the bus until the tour leader has completed this task.
  1. 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.
  1. 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 their seat.
  1. 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.
  1. 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.

Friday, July 6

6:30 AM - 11:30 AM  Backstretch Breakfast & Museum - $42 ($45)
Experience the early morning at historic Churchill Downs.  A hearty Southern breakfast is followed by an outdoor discussion of the Thoroughbred racing business.  Stand close to the rail and you might even hear horses breezing past.  Visit the world-famous Kentucky Derby Museum for an exclusive touch tour designed especially for ACB.
 
8:30 AM - 5:15 PM  Kentucky Bourbon Trail - $62 ($65)
Explore the rich tradition and 200-year history of Kentucky's legendary distilleries and bourbon industry.  The trail begins with a walking tour and box lunch at Woodford Reserve, Kentucky's oldest and smallest distillery that crafts the official bourbon of the Kentucky Derby.  Then learn about the bourbon-making process on a behind-the-scenes hard-hat tour at the Buffalo Trace distillery.  Both distilleries include gift shop and tasting room.  Lunch is included: options are chicken pesto and mozzarella, spicy bourbon pork loin, and Kentucky proud veggie.
 
4:30 PM - 11:30 PM  Stephen Foster Musical -  $74 ($77)
Follow in the footsteps of young Abe Lincoln, Daniel Boone, and even exiled French King Louis Philippe and dine at historic Talbott Tavern, said to be the oldest stagecoach stop in America.  Then travel back to the 1850s as music fills the air with the story and song of Stephen Foster, America's first great composer and the author of both the Kentucky and Florida state songs.  Hear great melodies such as "Oh Susanna," "Camptown Races" and "Beautiful Dreamer."  The play is outdoors, but moves inside in case of inclement weather.  Dinner is included: options are, prime rib, chicken philippe, and a vegetarian selection.
 
9:15 PM - 12:45 AM  Waverly Hills Sanatorium - $47 ($50)
A private tour just for ACB!  Built in the early 1900s, Waverly Hills was a tuberculosis hospital for children and adults.  Today many people believe its long-dead inhabitants still wander the grounds.  Be quiet and listen; you might even find a little boy in the hall who wants to play.  Limited to 27 ghost hunters.  Important: This tour includes much walking and several flights of stairs.  It is very strenuous for those who have breathing issues or cannot endure harsh weather conditions.  The building has no air conditioning, electricity or working elevators; be sure to bring a small flashlight.  No flash photography, headlamps or bright high-beam flashlights, or camcorders allowed.

Saturday, July 7

6:15 AM - 5:15 PM  Kentucky Horse Park -  $96 ($99)
Saddle up for a ride at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington.  Attend the Parade of Breeds and a meet and greet session with trainers and their horses.  Visit the gift shop after a plated lunch.  Then participate in team-building and individual activities with horses at Ride for Hope.  Liability waivers required and available on bus.  Sponsored by the Buell Fund.  There are two levels offered, experienced and comfortable around horses and no experience.  Lunch is included: choose from pulled pork BBQ, marinated and grilled chicken, and a vegetarian selection.
 
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM  Louisville City Bus Tour - $19 ($22)
Whether you call it "River City" or "Derby City," you'll hear about Louisville's rich 200-year history and its famous people and places of interest.  No stopping.

10:30 AM - 4:00 PM  My Old Kentucky Lunch Train - $77 ($80)
All aboard the historic Old Kentucky Dinner Train near Bardstown for a delicious lunch served at your table for four.  The Bardstown railroad branch was built in 1860, and the Louisville and Nashville Railroad purchased it at a foreclosure sale in 1864.  R.J. Corman Railroad bought the 20-mile branch from CSX Transportation in 1987, and the Dinner Train made its first run in 1988.  The depot was constructed in 1860 of native limestone; it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  The four cars of the train were built in the late 1940s; one car was used in President Eisenhower's funeral train.  This tour is not wheelchair-accessible.  Lunch is included, choose from prime rib open-faced sandwich au jus, Kentucky Hot Brown (toasted bread topped with roasted turkey breast, mornay cheese sauce, bacon and tomato; baked until bubbly and golden brown), and vegetarian tortellini.

Sunday, July 8

8:45 AM - 4:45 PM  Huber's Family Farms - $62 ($65)
Everyone's family at Huber's.  Take a hayride around the farm.  Enjoy down-home cookin' served family style: southern fried chicken, honey ham, chicken and dumplings, southern-style green beans, mashed 'taters and gravy, fried biscuits and apple butter.  Save room for homemade fruit cobbler.  Visit the orchard and winery; you might get to pick peaches or other crops if Mother Nature cooperates.  End your day in the country at the Farm Market and Bakery, where you can purchase fruits and vegetables, jellies and jams, homemade cider, candies, fresh baked goods and crafts
 
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Louisville City Bus Tour - $19 ($22)
See Saturday's description.
 
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM  Louisville City Bus Tour - $19 ($22)
See Saturday's description.

Monday, July 9

12:30 PM - 5:00 PM  Stained Glass and Stoneware Tour - $17 ($20)
Shop at world-famous Louisville Stoneware for beautiful dinnerware, bakeware, serving pieces, and collectibles that will be cherished for generations.  A 30-minute hands-on tour is available if you choose not to spend the entire time shopping.  At Glassworks stained-glass studio, founded in 1875, browse the galleries for unique creations from prominent national and international artists.  A shopper's dream!
 
12:30 PM -3:30 PM  APH Factory and Museum Tour- $14 ($17)
Discover how Braille and large print books are produced and where your favorite narrator reads magazines and Talking Books.  Includes a short visit to the APH Museum.
 
12:30 PM - 3:30 PM  NABT Educational Products Tour - $14 ($17)
Especially for teachers.  Visit APH to check out new products and get tips for using them in the classroom.
2:30PM - 5:30PM  APH Museum Tour - $14 ($17)
Explore the history of the education of the blind through fun and interactive exhibits.  You'll find raised letter and tactile alphabets that preceded and competed with Braille.  Learn about Louis Braille, Helen Keller, first schools for the blind, and early educational materials for math, geography, science and more…
 
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM  Bargain Bash Shopping Tour - $17 ($20)
Clothes, shoes, purses, toys, gifts, records and CD's - you never know what you'll find at the Louisville ACB Thrift Store.  Shop ‘til you drop and bring home the deals and steals; you might find some extra luggage to pack up all your bargains.

Tuesday, July 10

12:30 PM - 2:45 PM  Sweet Tooth Tour - $14 ($17)
Schimpff's Confectionery in Jeffersonville, Indiana is one of the oldest, continuously operated, family-owned candy businesses in the United States.  Opened in its present location in 1891, it comes complete with a ‘50s soda fountain, old-fashioned candy jars and cases, and turn-of-the-century equipment.  Schimpff's is famous for its cinnamon Red Hots, hard candy fish, Modjeskas and chocolate turtles; lots of other old-fashioned favorites and sugarless candy, too.
 
12:30 PM - 3:30 PM  Louisville Mega Cavern Tram Tour - $23 ($25)
Board the SUV-pulled tram for an underground tour rich in history, geology, recycling, and green building technology.  The 4,000,000-square-foot man-made cavern with its 17 miles of corridors lies under the Louisville Zoo and all ten lanes of I-264, and is the largest building in Kentucky.  An all-weather attraction, the temperature inside the cavern is 58 degrees year round; bring a jacket.  Capable of shrugging off a 260-mph tornado, state officials in the 1960s planned to house 50,000 people in the cavern in case of nuclear attack.  Originally a massive limestone quarry, it is now a green commercial storage facility housing everything from buses to movies, potato chips and sand.  There's even an earthworm recycling and tasting room.
 
12:30 PM - 5:15 PM  Louisville Mega Cavern Zip Lines - $62 ($65)
A high-flying zip line adventure and the only underground tour of its kind.  A thrilling and exhilarating exploration into the secrets of this man-made cavern.  Learn about the geology and history of this unique attraction.  5 zip lines through 17 miles of passages under the city of Louisville.  Guaranteed to keep your heart racing and the adrenaline pumping.  You MUST sign a liability waiver in order to participate; forms available on the bus.  Not wheelchair-accessible.  Guide dogs cannot accompany you on the zip line; make arrangements for them in advance.
 
1:45 PM - 4:45 PM  APH Museum Tour - $14 ($17)
Explore the history of the education of the blind through fun and interactive exhibits.  You'll find raised letter and tactile alphabets that preceded and competed with Braille.  Learn about Louis Braille, Helen Keller, first schools for the blind, and early educational materials for math, geography, science and more.
 
2:00 PM - 5:15 PM  Louisville Mega Cavern Tram Tour - $23 ($25)
Board the SUV-pulled tram for an underground tour rich in history, geology, recycling, and green building technology.  The 4,000,000-square-foot man-made cavern with its 17 miles of corridors lies under the Louisville Zoo and all ten lanes of I-264, and is the largest building in Kentucky.  An all-weather attraction, the temperature inside the cavern is 58 degrees year round; bring a jacket.  Capable of shrugging off a 260-mph tornado, state officials in the 1960s planned to house 50,000 people in the cavern in case of nuclear attack.  Originally a massive limestone quarry, it is now a green commercial storage facility housing everything from buses to movies, potato chips and sand.  There's even an earthworm recycling and tasting room.
 
3:15 PM - 5:30 PM  Sweet Tooth Tour - $14 ($17)
See Saturday's description.
 
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM  GDUI 3 Dog Bakery Tour - $14 ($17)
Visit the country's largest 3 Dog Bakery Store, learn about their unique approach to nutrition and shop for those hard-working canines!

Wednesday, July 11

12:30 PM - 3:30 PM  APH Factory and Museum Tour - $14 ($17)
Discover how Braille and large print books are produced and where your favorite narrator reads magazines and Talking Books.  Includes a short visit to the APH Museum.
 
12:30 PM - 2:45 PM  Sweet Tooth Tour - $14 ($17)
See Saturday's description.
 
1:30 PM - 4:30 PM  Slugger Factory & Museum Tour - $23 ($25)
See the world's largest bat and a 17-ton ball glove crafted from Kentucky limestone.  Swing replicas of bats used by American baseball greats such as Babe Ruth and Ted Williams.  Thrill to great plays as called by famous broadcasters.  Handle experimental bats from the past and observe the production of the bats from their bulky beginnings to their polished lacquer finish.  Receive a miniature Louisville Slugger at the end of the tour.
 
1:45 PM - 4:00 PM  Sweet Tooth Tour - $14 ($17)
See Saturday's description

Thursday, July 12

12:15 PM - 5:30 PM  Raft the Elkhorn Creek - $39 ($42)
Spend a lazy hot July afternoon rafting cool, slow-moving Elkhorn Creek.  4-mile guided trip on 4-person inflatable rafts on Class 1 water down the most secluded section of the creek.  For beginner and experienced adventure seekers.  The 35- to 90-foot-wide creek is full of wildlife; it runs over a rock bottom through a series of ripples, small rapids, and calm pools, and passes through a scenic, wooded valley scattered with rock beaches.  All equipment included; led by experienced sighted guides.  Limit: 20.  Signed liability waiver required; available on bus.  Guide dogs cannot accompany you on the raft; make arrangements for them in advance.
 
12:15 PM - 5:30 PM Thomas D. Clark Center for
Kentucky History - $27 ($30)
Explore Kentucky's diverse heritage through comprehensive and innovative interpretive programs.  This guided tour provides connections to the past, perspective on the present, and inspiration for the future.
 
12:15 PM - 5:30 PM  Toyota Factory Tour - $27 ($30)
Observe the assembly process of the Camry and the sub-assembly of its components on this guided, narrated tram tour of the Toyota plant at Georgetown, Kentucky.  A short movie will also help you understand how and why this popular car is built here.  Due to factory safety requirements, guide dogs will not be permitted on the tram.  Please make arrangements for them during this tour.
 
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM  APH Factory and Museum Tour - $14 ($17)
Discover how Braille and large print books are produced and where your favorite narrator reads magazines and Talking Books.  Includes a short visit to the APH Museum.
 
5:45 PM - 10:45 PM  Louisville Bats Dinner and Game- $39 ($42)
Family friendly Triple A baseball at its best!  The Louisville Bats (Cincinnati) are playing the Gwinnett Braves (Atlanta) in one of the premiere minor league ballparks in the country.  ACB President Mitch Pomerantz is throwing out the first pitch, and ACB member Bradley Mann is singing the national anthem.  Your ticket includes a two-hour all-you-can-eat dinner of traditional ballpark food in the air-conditioned Hall of Fame pavilion.  ACB will be recognized on the scoreboard; bring your radio for the play-by-play on 790 AM.

Saturday, July 14

6:00 AM- 5:30 PM  Amish Country Tour & Lunch - $67 ($70)
Travel to Montgomery, Indiana, the heart of Amish country.  Learn about this interesting way of life.  Visit a buggy shop, a quilt shop, an Amish bakery, and a general store.  You're invited into an Amish family home for a lunch fit for a king; loosen your belt for three or four meats, all kinds of vegetables, and homemade desserts.  A day in the country you won't soon forget!
 
6:15 PM - 9:30 PM  Spirit of Jefferson Dinner Cruise - $47 ($50)
Dress casual and relax after a week of meetings.  Enjoy a finger-lickin' good buffet-style dinner while cruisin' up the river in air-conditioned comfort.  Stay in the cool for after-dinner dancing, or sit out on the deck and sip mint juleps.  Alcohol sold separately.

Recreation Zone

Chair - Oral Miller

Monday, July 9

7:45 AM  Morning  Exercise – Sampson
Co-sponsord by WCC.  Led by Leslie Spoone, certified personal trainer and aerobics instructor, Orlando, FL

5:45 PM  Water Aerobics - Hotel Pool
Facilitated by Gerry Koors, Indianapolis, IN

9:00 PM  Ten-Pin Alley - $5 ($7) - Sunflower
Co-sponsored by ACB Families.  Rack up strikes and spares on this 1-to-5 scale handmade bowling alley.

Tuesday, July 10 - Wilkinson

5:45 PM  Rowing without water
Hands-on rowing demonstration

Wednesday, July 11 - Sampson

7:45 AM  Morning Exercise
Repeat of Monday session

Thursday, July 12

5:45 PM  Pilates and Yoga – Sampson
Co-sponsored by WCC.  Led by Leslie Spoone, Certified Personal Trainer and Aerobics Instructor, Orlando, FL. 

5:45 PM  Water Aerobics - Hotel Pool
Repeat of Monday session

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 2012 Convention Tours, the Recreation Zone, and the agendas of the many affiliates and groups for more mixers, luncheons and parties.

Saturday, July 7

8:00 PM  All Hands on Deck Welcome Party - $12 ($15) – Grand Ballroom C
Sponsored by the Kentucky Host Committee

8:00 PM  ACBS Welcome Party - $8 ($10) - Executive Director's Suite

Sunday, July 8

12:15 PM  Sports Fanatics Luncheon - $15 ($17) - Breathitt
Bat Facts: history of the Louisville Slugger; getting blind youth and adults involved in exercise and sports; Anne Jewell, Executive Director, Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory, and Kenneth Jones, Athletic Director, Kentucky School for the Blind, Louisville, KY

3:30 PM  Newsreelers' Get-together - $10 ($12) - Willson

Monday, July 9

5:45 PM  APH Reception  $8 ($10) – Carroll/Ford

APH President, Tuck Tinsley III, Ed.D., will welcome the group and introduce a short program about the joy of reading and new technology that will make books easier to access.  APH narrators will talk about some of the high points in their careers at APH and how their personal lives have affected their work. Larry Skutchan, Technology Project Leader, will give us a preview of some of the latest products about to launch, including the new desktop-style Digital Talking Book player/recorder from APH, the Bookport DT ™.

Thursday, July 14 - Laffoon

7:15 PM  ACB/ADP Movie Night - $5 ($5), Audio described screening of "Hugo."  Join Hugo on a thrilling journey of discovery.  Unlock a mystery that will transform those around him.

2012 Exhibits

Sponsored by Deque

The 2012 ACB/Deque Exhibit Hall is located on the second floor in the Suites Tower.  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/Deque exhibit hall hours are as follows:

  • Sat., July 7, 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
  • Sun., July 8, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • Mon. through Wed., July 9-11, 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • Thurs., July 12, 9:00 AM to 1:00 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/Louisville Downtown Lions Information Desk before 10:00 AM each day.
 
A T Guys
Abisee
ACB Radio
ACB Store
Ai Squared
American Printing House for the Blind
Aroga Technology
International Association of Audio Information Services
Aumed Group
Benetech/Bookshare
Braille Designs
Braulio Worldwide
Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Carl Kienzle
Dolphin Computer
Dots & Dogs
Duxbury Systems
Electronic Braillers LLC
Enabling Technologies
Enhanced Vision
En-Vision America
Freedom Scientific
Fidelco Guide Dogs
Gospel Light Foundation
Guide Dogs for the Blind
Guide Dogs of America
Guiding Eyes for the Blind
GuideLights and Gadgets (Talking Solutions)
GW Micro
Hadley School for the Blind
HIMS Inc
HumanWare
Independent Living Aids
IRIE AT
Leader Dogs for the Blind
Learning Ally
LookTel
Maxi-Aids
National Braille Press
National Library Service (NLS)
Newsreel
Optelec
Perkins Products
Plextalk
R Schaf Toys
Scentsy Flameless Candles
School of Piano Technology Sendero Group
Sendero Group
Social Security Administration
The Seeing Eye
Travel One
Vanda Pharmaceuticals

ACB Marketplace

Sponsored by Freedom Scientific

The ACB Marketplace is new this year.  Visit these exciting tables full of jewelry, books, CD's, drawing tickets, gift items - even a mini yard sale!  The Marketplace is located in the hall on the way to general session.  It is open Sunday evening from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM, and Monday through Friday from 7:30 AM 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 Diabetics in Action - Wed., Thurs.
ACB Store - Fri.
Adaptive Ware - Sun., Tues.
Beauty by Nature, Designs by Jeanine - Thurs.
Blind Crafted Wood Products - Mon.
Blue Grass Council of the Blind - Wed., Thurs.
Canine Angels - Sun.
DKM First-Timers Committee - Sun., Wed.
Greater Louisville Council of the Blind - Sun., Tues.
Jennco Productions, quality braille and audio - Tues., Wed.
Library Users of America - Sun., Wed.
Patti Cox - Mon.
Rita Kersh - Tues.

2012 Convention Coordinating Committee

Janet Dickelman, Chair, St. Paul, MN
Carla Ruschival, Vice Chair and Officer Liaison, Louisville, KY
Margarine Beaman, Austin, TX
Sally Benjamin, Tallahassee, FL
Bill Deatherage, Louisville, KY
Michael Fulghum, Nashville, TN
Sharon Lovering, Arlington, VA
Bruce Radtke, Bellingham, WA
Michael Smitherman, Jackson, MS
Cindi Vega, Salt Lake City, UT
Lane Waters, Staff Liaison, Minneapolis, MN

2012 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
Adam Ruschival, Louisville, KY
Jenine Stanley, Columbus, OH

2012 Local Host Committee

Bill Deatherage, Chair, Louisville, KY
Susan Ament, Lexington, KY
David Cox, Louisville, KY
Patti Cox, Louisville, KY
Debbie Deatherage, Louisville, KY
Deb Lewis, Louisville, KY
David Perry, Cincinnati, OH
Adam Ruschival, Louisville, KY
Carla Ruschival, Louisville, KY
Jim Shaw, Louisville, KY
Gerry Slusher, Covington, KY
Elaine Weisbard, Louisville, KY

ACB Board of Publications

Paul Edwards, Chair, Miami, FL
Nolan Crabb, Columbus, OH
Marcia Dresser, Reading, MA
Judy Jackson, Austin, TX
Ken Stewart, Warwick, NY
 
Ex Officio:
Ronald Milliman (ex officio), Bowling Green, KY
Bob Hachey (ex officio), Waltham, MA
Berl Colley (ex officio), Lacey, WA
 
Staff/Contractors:
Sharon Lovering, Arlington, VA
Larry Turnbull, Orlando, FL
Annette Carter, Clovis, CA

ACB Enterprises and Services Board of Directors

Michael Garrett, Chair, Missouri City, TX
Margarine Beaman, Austin, TX
Mike Godino, Malverne, NY
George Holliday, Philadelphia, PA
Carla Ruschival, Louisville, KY
Jeff Thom, Sacramento, CA
David Trott, Talladega, AL

ACB Heros

Arkansas Heroes:
Leroy and Mary Ellen Johnson

      In 1976 Leroy and Mary Ellen took Lois Eubanks, Mary Ellen’s mother, to the ACB National Convention in Hot Springs, Arkansas.   That trip was the beginning of nearly four decades of service on the local, state, and national levels of ACB.

     They helped found the Northwest Chapter of the Arkansas Council of the Blind.  Leroy and Mary Ellen are a team as well as a married couple.  More people on the National Level would recognize Leroy in his cowboy hat with pins for each ACB National Convention he attended than they would Mary Ellen.  Here in Arkansas we know that if one of them commits to a project or an organization they will both work tirelessly for that cause.  If they see a need for service, they have the common sense and attention to detail to solve the problem at hand.  

     They have held the office of Arkansas Council of the Blind Treasurer and served on many committees through the years including: convention program and arrangement, scholarship, awards, and financial committees.  Mary Ellen edits the Arkansas Council of the Blind Newsletter and together they produce and distribute it in several formats.  They also filled any need they saw from transportation to meetings to helping the newly blind in the community to find much needed services. 

     While Leroy served on the ACB National Convention Committee, Mary Ellen started the Orphan Train Heritage Society of America, a national organization which collected and recorded information on America’s Orphan Train Riders. 

     The Arkansas Council of the Blind voted this year to honor Leroy and Mary Ellen Johnson with this Hero Page.  It’s not enough to thank them for nearly 40 years of service, but it gives us a chance to share our love for them with the rest of our American Council of the Blind Family.

     We just want to say, “Thank you, to a wonderful couple, Leroy and Mary Ellen Johnson!”
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Julia Toyama

Aloha!  We would like to introduce you to a very important member of the Hawaii Association of the Blind (HAB) whose contributions are numerous yet sometimes unseen.  This person was one of the original three founding members of HAB, and she continues to play a huge role behind-the-scenes in all aspects of the organization.  There is no one else who can organize and graciously host various membership meetings, prepare delicious meals for various social gatherings, and always provide the necessary support and guidance to all members of HAB.  This amazing person is none other than Julia Toyama.  Although most people know her as the wife of Warren Toyama, one of the most influential blind advocates in Hawaii and the rest of the United States, Julia Toyama has grown to become a formidable force herself within the blind community.  As a graduate of the University of Hawaii, she has continued to help the people of Hawaii first as an elementary school teacher and now as the employee trainer for Blind Vendors Ohana, Inc., the company that runs the various newsstands at the Honolulu Airport.  Her kindness, quiet fortitude, and selfless attitude are traits admired by all who know her both personally and professionally.  We are all so grateful to have this remarkable person in our lives.  Thank you Julia for all that you have done for HAB, and we look forward to many more exciting years to come!
 
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Roy Ward
ACB Hero

A Lifetime of Service
 
Originally from New York, Roy was an Eagle Scout.  He played clarinet in the Cornell marching band, and graduated in 1941.  He received his Master's from VCU in 1966.
He began his professional career at the Maryland School for the Blind.  He also worked at the Lighthouse for the Blind in New York before accepting a position with the Virginia Department for the Blind and Visually Impaired in 1959.  Roy eventually became Deputy Director of the Department, and retired in 1985.
You probably know that Roy loved to bowl, that he helped establish bowling leagues for the blind across Virginia, and that he served as Secretary of the American Blind Bowling Association for several years.

You probably know that Roy was the mover and shaker behind the Virginia Voice, a radio reading service providing information to thousands
But did you know that Roy Ward, through the Old Dominion Council of the Blind and Visually Impaired, was key in bringing the 1989 ACB convention to Richmond?  Did you know that Roy helped to found the ACB Parents, which later became the Council of Families with Visual Impairment and is now ACB Families?
Through the families affiliate, the Old Dominion Council, and his professional career, Roy served as a valuable resource to countless families experiencing vision loss for the first time.  He encouraged others to strive to be the best they could be.

Thank you, Roy, for being the glue, the rock, behind ACB Families.  You will be greatly missed.

ACB National Office Staff

Melanie Brunson, Executive Director
Eric Bridges, Director of Advocacy and Governmental Affairs
Barbara Jackson LeMoine, Public Policy Assistant
Sharon Lovering, Editor, Braille Forum
Steven Obremski, Director of Development

ACB Officers and Board of Directors

Officers

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
Janet Dickelman, St. Paul, MN
Marsha Farrow, Summerville, GA
Michael Garrett, Missouri City, TX
George Holliday, Philadelphia, PA
Billie Jean Keith, Arlington, VA
Allan Peterson, Horace, ND
Jeff Thom, Sacramento, CA
David Trott, Talladega, AL
Judy Jackson (ex officio), Austin, TX

ACB/ACBES Financial Office Staff

Lane Waters, Controller
Le Chi Tran, Accounting
Lori Sarff, Administrator
Sheila Eudy, Administrator
Dee Theien, Reception/Administration

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Piano Technology & More

Independence + Profitability + Employment

Join us all week at the Piano Technicians Exhibit Booth

and discover the viable profession of piano tuning/technology.

Piano Technology Career Workshop
Monday 5:45-7:00p.m.

Learn about the independence, benefits, and qualifications of this profession directly from technicians around the country. Demonstration of piano actions & one-on-one instruction is available for interested persons. Workshop not convenient?  Arrange for an individual appointment.

Contact Loren Buntemeyer 785 842 1370 for more information.

Check daily newspaper for schedule & sponsorships

Piano Hospital Alumni Association
School of Piano Technology for the Blind

Toll Free: 1-888-693-1511
www.pianotuningschool.org

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VisionAware

Making
Life
Easier
for People with Vision
Loss and Their Families
 
VisionAware, an easy-to-use informational
website for adults with vision loss,
their families, friends, and health and
social service providers.
 
www.visionaware.org

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your body knows. (TM)
 

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06/12

Conference and Convention Calendar

Thursday, July 5

5:00 - 9:00 PM - Registration; Brown

Friday, July 6

6:30 AM - Tour; Backstretch Breakfast & Museum
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM Registration; Brown
8:00 AM - ACB Leadership Institute; Sampson
8:30 AM - Tour; Kentucky Bourbon Trail
4:30 PM - Tour; Stephen Foster Musical
8:00 PM - NELDS Board Meeting; Suite 446
9:15 PM - Tour; Waverly Hills

Saturday, July 7

6:15 AM - Tour; Kentucky Horse Park
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM - Registration; Brown
8:00 AM - Tour; Louisville City Tour
8:00 AM - Raising the Floor Focus Group; Poplar
9:00 AM - ACB Café
9:00 AM - ACB Pre-Convention Board Meeting; Breathitt
10:00 AM - HIMS: Low Vision goes HD; Dogwood 
10:30 AM - Tour; My Old Kentucky Lunch Train
12:00 PM - Raising the floor Focus Group; Poplar
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM - Exhibit Hall
1:00 PM - RSVA Subcommittees; RSVA Suite
2:00 PM - 411 from the IAC; Combs/Chandler
3:00 PM - CCLVI Board Meeting; Sunflower
4:00 PM - Constitution and Bylaws; Walnut
4:00 PM - HIMS: Braille-Linking Technology & Brain; Dogwood
4:30 PM - RDC Workshop; Nunn
5:00 PM - Keys to the Convention; Sampson
5:30 PM - AAVIA Board Meeting; Poplar
5:30 PM - LUA Board Meeting; Jasmine
6:00 PM - BITS Board Meeting; Collins
6:00 PM - CCLVI Nominating Committee; Sunflower
6:00 PM - Exhibitors Reception (by invitation only); Suite 446
6:30 PM - Scholarship Winners Dinner (by invitation only); Breathitt
7:00 PM – Gospel Sing; Sampson
7:00 PM - Jewish Service; Lily
7:30 PM - FIA Board Meeting; Holly
8:00 PM - All Hands on Deck Welcome Party; Grand Ballroom C
8:00 PM - ACBS Welcome Party; Executive Director's Suite
9:00 PM - ACBL Milly's Place Pin Swap; Suite 446
9:00 PM - Resolutions Committee; Walnut

Sunday, July 8

6:30 AM - ACB Walk/Fun Run
8:00 AM - ACB Café
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM - Registration; Brown
8:00 AM - NABT Breakfast and Meeting; Jasmine
8:45 AM - Tour; Huber's Family Farm
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM - Exhibit Hall
9:00 AM - BPI Get Acquainted Brunch (off-site); meet in BPI Suite
9:00 AM - Roman Catholic Mass; Sunflower
9:00 AM - LDS Sacrament Meeting; Collins
9:00 AM - CCLVI Program; Beckham
9:30 AM - ACB Lions Board Meeting; Walnut
9:45 AM - RSVA meeting; Holly
10:00 AM - Tour; Louisville City Tour
10:00 AM - BITS program; Stopher
10:30 AM - BOP meeting; Morrow
10:30 AM - Interdenominational Church Service; Sunflower
11:00 AM - ACB committee chairs meeting; Taylor
11:00 AM - GDUI First-timers Session; Sampson
12:00 PM - GDUI Hotel Orientation; Sampson
12:15 PM - ACBDA Luncheon; Jasmine
12:15 PM - ACBS Scholarship Luncheon; Nunn
12:15 PM - Sports Fanatics Luncheon; Breathitt
1:00 PM - Louisville City Tour
1:00 PM - Credentials Committee; Walnut
1:15 AM - FIA Art Parlor; Dogwood
1:30 PM - AAVIA Meeting; Taylor
1:30 PM - ACBDA Diabetes Seminar; Jasmine
1:30 PM - BITS Vendors Showcase; Stopher
1:30 PM - BRL Orienteering; Holly
1:30 PM - RSVA Meeting; McCreary
2:00 PM - IAC: Google Survey Results; Coe 
2:00 PM - Keys to the Convention; Collins
2:00 PM - ACB Transportation Workshop; Jones
2:30 PM - GDUI Power Tools for Affiliates; Wilkinson
2:45 PM - ACBS Meeting; Nunn
3:00 PM - ACBGE Mixer; Executive Director's Suite
3:30 PM - BRL Board Meeting; Holly
3:30 PM - Newsreelers Get-together; Willson
3:30 PM - BPI Welcome Party; BPI Suite
4:00 PM - CCLVI Mixer; Suite 446
4:00 PM - FIA Ice Cream Social; Stanley
4:00 PM - GDUI First-timers' Session; Sampson
4:00 PM - GDUI Board Meeting; Wilkinson
5:00 PM - GDUI Hotel Orientation; meet in Sampson
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM - ACB Marketplace
6:30 PM - Entertainment; Grand Ballroom
7:00 PM - Opening Keynote General Session; Grand Ballroom
10:00 PM - RSVA and IVIE Mixer; RSVA Suite 
11:00 PM - Resolutions Committee; Walnut

Monday, July 9

7:00 AM - GDUI Breakfast Club (offsite); meet in East Tower lobby
7:00 AM - IVIE Breakfast; Nunn
7:00 AM - AFB Breakfast; Carroll/Ford
7:30 AM - ACB Marketplace
7:30 AM - ACB Café
7:45 AM - WCC/Recreation Zone Morning Exercise; Sampson
8:00 AM - Morning Entertainment; Grand Ballroom
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM - Registration; Brown
8:15 AM - YAC; Segell
8:30 AM - ACB General Session; Grand Ballroom
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM - Exhibit Hall
12:15 PM - AAVL Luncheon and Meeting; Stanley
12:15 PM - MCAC Luncheon and Program; Morrow
12:15 PM - RSVA Awards Luncheon; Nunn
12:30 PM - Tour; Stained Glass and Stoneware
12:30 PM - Tour; APH Factory and Museum
12:30 PM - Tour; NABT Educational Products
1:15 PM - AAVIA Program; Taylor
1:15 PM - BITS/IRC Program; McCreary
1:15 PM – CCLVI/ACBS: Networking; Beckham
1:15 PM - GDUI Program; Sampson
1:15 PM - LUA Program; Collins
2:30 PM - Tour; APH Museum
2:45 PM - RSVA Meeting; Nunn
2:45 PM - ACB Rehab Issues Workshop; Jones
2:45 PM - LinkedIn and Facebook; Coe 
2:45 PM - FIA Showcase Auditions; Holly
4:15 PM - Constitutions and Bylaws; Walnut
4:15 PM - ACBS Fashion Forward Roundtable; Morrow
5:00 PM - Tour; Bargain Bash Shopping
5:45 PM - APH Reception; Carroll/Ford
5:45 PM - ACB Nominating Committee; Sunflower
5:45 PM - LUA: Reading with iDevices; Breathitt
5:45 PM - HumanWare: Breeze; Jasmine
5:45 PM - Piano Tech. Workshop; Collins
5:45 PM - Rec. Zone: Water Aerobics; Pool
6:30 PM - RSVA Auction; Combs/Chandler
7:00 PM - Clowning Around with CCLVI; Nunn
7:15 PM -Talking Labquest; Holly
7:15 PM - BPI Business Meeting; BPI Suite
7:30 PM - GDUI River Walk; meet in East Tower lobby
8:00 PM - Get Social with SASI; Suite 446
8:00 PM - Resolutions Committee; Walnut
8:30 PM - Hospitality Bytes with BITS; Executive Director's Suite
9:00 PM - ACBF/Rec. Zone Ten-Pin Alley; Sunflower
9:00 PM - FIA Prose and Poetry Reading; Lily
9:00 PM - RSVA Karaoke; Combs/Chandler

Tuesday, July 10

7:00 AM - GDUI Breakfast Club (offsite); meet in East Tower lobby
7:00 AM - BRL Breakfast; Nunn
7:00 AM - GDB Breakfast; Breathitt
7:30 AM - ACB Marketplace
7:30 AM -  ACB Café;
8:00 AM - Morning Entertainment; Grand Ballroom
8:00 AM - Registration; Brown
8:15 AM - YAC; Segell
8:30 AM - ACB General Session; Grand Ballroom
11:00 AM - ACB Exhibit Hall
12:15 PM - AAVIA Luncheon; Morrow
12:15 PM - BITS Luncheon and Meeting; Stanley
12:15 PM - FIA Luncheon and Meeting; Taylor
12:15 PM - RSVA Presidents Meeting; RSVA suite
12:30 PM - Tour; Sweet Tooth
12:30 PM - Tour; Louisville Mega Cavern Tram
12:30 PM - Tour; Louisville Mega Cavern Zip Lines
1:15 PM - ACBS Meeting; Poplar
1:15 PM - BPI Program; Willson
1:15 PM - BRL Program & Meeting; Collins
1:15 PM - CCLVI Program & Meeting; Beckham
1:15 PM - GDUI Program; Sampson
1:15 PM - FIA Art Parlor; Dogwood
1:15 PM - NABT Book Day; Holly
1:15 PM - VIVA Recruitment Meeting; Walnut
1:15 PM - Apple: Using the Touch Screen; McCreary
1:45 PM - Tour; APH Museum
2:00 PM -- Tour; Louisville Mega Cavern Tram
2:45 PM - FIA Meet the Artists; Dogwood
2:45 PM - Apple: Using the Touch Screen; McCreary
2:45 PM - Smith-Kettlewell focus group (by invitation only); Jasmine
3:15 PM - Tour; Sweet Tooth
4:15 PM - Expand Your Core Curriculum; Taylor
4:15 PM - Take a Byte out of Apple; McCreary
4:15 PM - IRC: Madrid Revisited; Collins
5:45 PM - Constitution and Bylaws; Walnut
5:45 PM - ACB International Reception; Nunn
5:45 PM - California Caucus; Breathitt
5:45 PM - Rec. Zone: Rowing; Wilkinson
5:45 PM -- LUA Book Mark-it; Sunflower
5:45 PM - ACBHSP Happy Hour; Executive Director's Suite
5:45 PM - HumanWare: Braille on the Go; Holly
6:00 PM - Tour; GDUI 3 Dog Bakery
6:30 PM - Scholarship Winners' Reception; Suite 446
7:15 PM - LookTel; Collins
7:15 PM - APH: Braille Plus; Jasmine
7:15 PM - ACBF: The Power of Your Picture; Poplar
7:15 PM - Bookshare 10th Anniversary; Sunflower
8:00 PM - RSVA Casino Night; Combs/Chandler
8:00 PM - Resolutions Committee; Walnut
8:00 PM - FIA Showcase; Archibald
10:30 PM - BPI Discussion Group; BPI Suite

Wednesday, July 11

7:00 AM - GDUI Breakfast Club (offsite); meet in East Tower lobby
7:00 AM - ACBF Breakfast and Meeting; Morrow
7:00 AM - NIB Breakfast and Program; Nunn
7:30 AM - ACB Marketplace
7:30 AM - ACB Café
7:45 AM - WCC/Rec. Zone Morning Exercise; Sampson
8:00 AM - Morning Entertainment; Grand Ballroom
8:00 AM - Registration; Brown
8:15 AM - YAC; Segell
8:30 AM - ACB General Session; Grand Ballroom
11:00 AM - Exhibit Hall
12:15 PM - GDUI Luncheon; Carroll/Ford
12:15 PM - IVIE Luncheon and Program; Stanley
12:15 PM - ACB Lions Luncheon; Taylor
12:30 PM - Tour; APH Factory and Museum
12:30 PM - Tour; Sweet Tooth
1:15 PM - AAVL Program; Beckham
1:15 PM - ACBDA Meeting; Collins
1:15 PM - FIA Art Parlor; Dogwood
1:15 PM - FIA Songwriters Workshop; Holly
1:15 PM - LUA/BRL/NABT Program; Breathitt
1:15 PM - ACBHSP Meeting; Wilson
1:30 PM - Tour; Slugger Museum
1:45 PM - Tour; Sweet Tooth
2:45 PM - ACBF: Minding Your GAPS; Morrow
2:45 PM - ACBHSP Workplace Diversity; Wilson
2:45 PM - ACBS Meeting; Walnut
2:45 PM - BPI Program; BPI Suite
2:45 PM - GDUI Meeting & Caucus; Sampson
2:45 PM - IAC: Accessible TV; Nunn
4:15 PM - AAVL Musical Mixer; Suite 446
4:15 PM - ACBS: Including Youth in Your Affiliate; Jasmine
4:15 PM - BRL Bunco; Sunflower
4:15 PM - FIA/NABT -Singing a Round; Poplar
4:15 PM - Legislative Seminar; Collins
4:15 PM - NELDS Medicare; Beckham
4:15 PM - WCC Women's Circle; Holly
5:00 PM - MCAC Mid-week Social; Suite 446
5:45 PM - ACBF: ImageWorks; Holly
5:45 PM - BPI Homecoming Celebration; BPI Suite
5:45 PM - Mid-South Caucus; Laffoon
5:45 PM - Midwest Caucus; Sampson
5:45 PM - HumanWare: Victor Stream; Nunn
5:45 PM - LookTel; Jasmine
6:00 PM - Auction Preview; Cochran
7:00 PM - ACB Auction and Dock Party; Cochran
7:30 PM - GDUI Movie Night; Sampson
8:00 PM - Resolutions Committee; Walnut

Thursday, July 12

7:00 AM - GDUI Breakfast Club (offsite); meet in East Tower lobby
7:00 AM - NY/PA Caucus Breakfast; Taylor
7:00 AM - Washington State Breakfast Caucus (WCB members only); Stanley
7:30 AM - ACB Marketplace
7:30 AM - ACB Café
7:30 AM - FIA Meeting; Walnut
8:00 AM - Morning Entertainment
8:00 AM - Registration; Brown
8:15 AM - YAC; Segell
8:30 AM - ADP Institute; Sunflower
8:30 AM - ACB General Session; Grand Ballroom
9:00 AM - Exhibit Hall
12:15 PM - ACB Lions Local Club Visit
12:15 PM - Tour; Raft Elkhorn Creek
12:15 PM - Tour; KY History Museum
12:15 PM - Tour; Toyota Factory
12:15 PM - ACBGE Luncheon and Meeting; Stanley
12:30 PM - BPI Farewell Luncheon (offsite)
12:30 PM - IVIE Small Business Expo; McCreary
1:00 PM - Tour; APH Factory and Museum
1:15 PM - ACBRA Program & Meeting; Beckham
1:15 PM - BOP: Making Your Newsletter Shine; Stopher
1:15 PM - GDUI Relaxation Unleashed; Sampson
2:45 PM - ACBF: Addressing Success; Collins
2:45 PM - BPI Souvenir Shopping (in hotel)
2:45 PM - Reaching New Members with Affiliate Websites; Nunn
2:45 PM - SASI: Noise in our Environment; Willson
2:45 PM - WCC Staying Healthy; Sunflower
4:15 PM - ACB Affiliate Presidents' Meeting; Breathitt
5:00 PM - DKM First-Timers Mint Julep Bash; Suite 446
5:45 PM - ACBF: Symbols and Smiles; Collins
5:45 PM - Rec. Zone Water Aerobics; Pool
5:45 PM - Tour; Louisville Bats Dinner and Game
5:45 PM  - WCC/Rec. Zone Pilates and Yoga; Sampson
5:45 PM - MD/New England/FL Caucus; Breathitt
5:45 PM - Missouri Caucus; Nunn
6:00 PM - Resolutions Committee; Walnut
7:00 PM - BOP Candidates' Forum; Grand Ballroom
7:15 PM - ACB/ADP Family Film Night; Laffoon
7:30 PM - BPI Movie Night; BPI Suite
9:00 PM - ACBS Comedy Night; Carroll/Ford
9:00 PM - ACBDA Mixer; Executive Director's Suite
9:30 PM - Resolutions Committee; Walnut
9:30 PM - BPI Caucus; BPI Suite

Friday, July 13

7:00 AM - WCC: Sister Power Breakfast; Stanley
7:30 AM - ACB Marketplace
7:30 AM - ACB Café
8:00 AM - Morning Entertainment; Grand Ballroom
8:00 AM - Registration; Brown
8:15 AM - YAC Activities & Tour; Segell
8:30 AM - ADP Institute; Sunflower
8:30 AM - ACB General Session; Grand Ballroom
5:30 PM - ACB Life Member Reception; Nunn
6:30 PM - YAC Party; Segell
6:30 PM - Pre-banquet Entertainment; Archibald
7:00 PM - ACB Banquet; Archibald

Saturday, July 14

6:00 AM - Tour: Amish Country
9:00 AM - ADP Institute; Sunflower
10:00 AM - ACB Post-Convention Board Meeting; Breathitt
6:15 PM - Tour; Spirit of Jefferson Dinner Cruise

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I CAN'T SEE, BUT I CAN IMAGINE

A delightful print/Braille (twin vision) book for children
- Enables interaction between the visually impaired and the sighted people in his/her world.
- 61 pages with added braille pages (produced by APH)
- Includes audio CD with story & 5 songs for kids.
- Blind (fun) main character
- Encourages imagination
- Age appropriate thru 5th grade
- Help to learn braille with word for word CD
- Fully illustrated

For more info or to purchase:
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Email: icanimagine@bendcable.com
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Share The Vision (R)

Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation
103 Vision Way
Bloomfield, CT 06002
860-243-5200
www.fidelco.org

The Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation is dedicated to promoting increased independence to men and women who are blind by providing them with the highest quality German Shepherd Guide Dogs.

Caption: Fidelco client SrA Michael Malarsie, blinded and wounded in January 2010 in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, with his Fidelco Guide Dog "Xxon."  SrA Malarsie was awarded the Bronze Star with Valor for heroism.  He has returned to active duty in an Air Force program aimed at providing peer support early in the recovery process for wounded airmen and women.

Learn more about us by visiting www.fidelco.org

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Guiding Eyes for the Blind

Over 50 Years of Service to the Blind and Visually Impaired

(photo of young man with military buzz cut petting his yellow Labrador guide dog)
"My Guiding Eyes dog is my companion, my eyes, and most of all, a true and devoted friend."
- Residential Training
- Home Training
- Special Needs Training
- ACTION (Accelerated Client Training Option)
- O&M Seminars
611 Granite Spring Rd.
Yorktown Heights, NY 10598
Phone: 914 245 4024
800 942 0149
Email: info@guidingeyes.org
Web: www.guidingeyes.org

Guiding Eyes For The Blind

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connecting @ the heart of the community

At the heart of every community are organizations working to keep people connected. That’s why at AT&T we proudly support the American Council of the Blind for its work toward independence, security, equality of opportunity, and improved quality of life for all blind and visually impaired people. Together, we keep our community connections strong.
Rethink Possible.

copyright 2012 AT&T Intellectual Property. All rights reserved.

(large white A on red background)
Adobe
 

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deque

Proud Sponsor
51st annual conference & convention
Ensuring digital accessibility
www.deque.com
@dequesystems
 

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Wireless Braille Displays – Smallest Size Yet
from Freedom Scientific

- New compact and lightweight design
- Paper-like Braille
- Ultra-responsive keyboard
- Bluetooth and USB
 
Focus 40 Blue
40 cells of braille
37% smaller
 
Focus 14 Blue
14 cells of Braille
The Essential Smartphone Companion
 

Freedom Scientific
Call 1-800-444-4443
www.FreedomScientific.com

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Horizons for the Blind

Horizons for the Blind is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for people who are blind or visually impaired. We transcribe billing statements, restaurant menus, hotel guides, user manuals and more, in braille, large print and audio formats.
 
We also offer a catalog of over 400 items, including braille and large print cookbooks, books on crafts, gardening and easy reading, microwave cookware and baking pans with accessible instructions, plus a unique selection of accessible daily living products. Contact us for a free catalog and/or a complimentary copy of our monthly magazine, Seeing It Our Way.
 
And don’t forget the Directions for Me™ website!
 
Directions provides preparation instructions, ingredients, nutrition information, warnings and other important information on over 400,000 food, health and beauty products, in an easy to use, accessible format. In addition, unleash the power of Directions with our new barcode scanner. For more information, go to www.directionsforme.org.
 

Horizons for the Blind
125 Erick St. - A103, Crystal Lake, IL 60014
www.horizons-blind.org
1-815-444-8800

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NIB

National Industries for the Blind
Opportunities That Make a Difference

National Industries for the Blind and its 90 associated nonprofit agencies nationwide 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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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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We are proud to offer open captioning and descriptive video services at more than 245 theatres across the country.
As we transition to digital projection, captioning and descriptive video will ultimately be available in all Regal theatres nationwide.

(Regal logo) REGAL ENTERTAINMENT GROUP

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Talking Thermostats.com welcomes all delegates to the

2012 ACB National Convention

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                          Talking Thermostats.com     
Toll free 1-800-838-8860            www.talkingthermostats.com

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Louisville Downtown Lions Club

92 years of service
 
2008 and 2012 ACB Topaz Sponsor
 
Founder and proud supporter of the
Kentucky Lions Eye Foundation
 
Sponsor of Soundprints, weekly program on ACB Radio

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Louisville
Convention and Visitors Bureau

Randolph-Sheppard Vendors of America (RSVA) promotes the general welfare of blind vendors nationwide who are engaged in the operation of vending machine facilities, cafeterias, military troop dining contracts, snack bars, gift shops and other retail businesses.  RSVA is proud to sponsor two student events during this ACB conference and convention.

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Seedlings

Braille Books for Children
By the touch of a finger …
behold the world! (copyrighted)
 
Contact Seedlings for a free catalog with over 12,00 low-cost books in braille for children ages 0-14
 
Large selection of print & braille books
from classics to bestsellers
 
Find out about our free book programs
and shop at www.seedlings.org
 
800-777-8552
www.seedlings.org
email: info@seedlings.org
14151 Farmington Road, Livonia, MI 48154

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STEPP

Student E-rent Pilot Project
U.S. Department of Education, FIPSE Grant

The Student E-rent Pilot Project is an eTextbook rental program offering cost-effective textbooks that "all" higher education students can read.
 
- National eTextbook rental program
- Low-cost access to textbooks
- Accessible electronic textbooks

http://www.stepp.gatech.edu

STEPP is an initiative of Georgia Tech's Alternative Media Access Center, in partnership with CourseSmart (R) and the AccessText Network.  Booth 23

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Sprint

Sprint is a proud sponsor of the 2012 ACB National Convention!

Our mission at Sprint is to provide the highest quality wireless service for our customers, including those with disabilities. This is why we chose to offer Code Factory's Mobile Accessibility app, free of charge, to all Sprint, BoostMobile, and Virgin Mobile USA customers.
This free application, which typically costs $99, is available in Google Play under the names "Wireless Accessibility EN" (English) and "Wireless Accessibility ES" (Spanish).

To learn more about our exciting work around accessibility, please visit: sprint.com/accessibility
(copyright 2012 Sprint. All rights reserved. Spring and the logo are trademarks of Sprint, Android, Google and the Google logo and Google Play Store are trademarks of Google, Inc. Other marks are the property of their respective owners.)

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AFB PROUDLY PRESENTS

Our Newly Redesigned Website
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A new look with all of the accessibility and expert information and resources you've come to expect from the American Foundation for the Blind. 
Visit us today at
www.afb.org.
 
AFB  American Foundation for the Blind
Expanding possibilities for people with vision loss


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Taking the Versatility of

braille one step further Benefit from iOS compatibility with the
new Brailliant and BrailleNote Apex!

 

 - Navigate iOS applications, home screens, and other elements
- Read in braille from all accessible applications, including reading books from iBooks
- Enter text into any editable applications such as text messages, emails, note files, etc., using the Apex or Brailliant's ergonomic ergonomic braille input keys. Text can be entered in contracted or uncontracted braille
- Emulate virtually all touch screen gestures with the Apex or Brailliant's input keyboard
 
Regardless of whether you use a PC, an iOS device or both, HumanWare has a solution that will simplify your life, while keeping braille at your fingertips at work, home or on the go.

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see things. differently.