The ACB E-Forum October 2017

The ACB E-Forum
Volume LVI October 2017 No. 4

Published by
the American Council of the Blind
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© 2017 American Council of the Blind
Eric Bridges, Executive Director
Sharon Lovering, Editor
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Table of Contents
President’s Report to the Convention, by Kim Charlson
Audio Description Allows ACB Members to ‘See’ the Eclipse, by Joel Snyder
Meet Us in Saint Louis, by Janet Dickelman
2017 Walk Was Sparkling, by Donna Brown
Gettin’ Ready for the Holiday Auction, by Carla Ruschival
‘Guiding Miss Melinda:’ Reflections from a Blind Cross-Country Skier, by Melinda Hollands
Some Thoughts on Getting Elected to ACB Boards, by Doug Powell
Summary of the August Board of Directors Conference Call, by Debbie Lewis
2017 ACB Membership Seminar Discusses Successful Meetings, compiled by Ardis Bazyn
15 Ways to Maximize Your ACB Membership, Revised, by Kenneth Semien Sr.
Affiliate News
Notice of Proposed Settlement of Class Action Lawsuit
Here and There, edited by Sharon Strzalkowski
High Tech Swap Shop
ACB Officers, Board of Directors, and Board of Publications
Accessing Your ACB Braille and E-Forums
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