Affiliate and Committee News

Multicultural Affairs Committee Holds Focus Call

The Multicultural Affairs Committee (MCAC) will hold its first focus call in January. The topic is “Is There A Blind Culture?” This subject has been discussed and debated many times, and always generates some lively conversations. 
The call is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016 at 8 p.m. Eastern/5 p.m. Pacific. The number to call is (712) 432-3066 and use code 840878. Please join us and share your thoughts and ideas on the topic. We look forward to hearing you then!

ACB Students Form Legislative Committee

In recognition of a growing desire to get involved in legislation, the American Council of Blind Students has formed a legislative committee to focus on legal issues that affect blind students and their access to an equal education. We will be holding monthly calls on the second Sunday of each month, in which we will discuss how to get involved in the annual legislative seminar, how to advocate on behalf of blind students in local and state issues, and methods of self-advocacy. We will also be taking a look at the current ACBS constitution and making revisions to ensure it is up to date with our initiatives and standards. To join our calls, dial (641) 715-3580, and enter passcode 371487 followed by the pound sign, on the second Sunday of the month at 8 p.m. Eastern unless otherwise noted. If you are interested in joining, or have any questions, contact Sarah Wiles at
Are you looking for other ways to get involved with ACBS? Our convention planning and fundraising committee is hard at work planning our programming for Minneapolis. Contact Minh Ha at to learn more. In addition, our membership committee is exploring new ways in which to increase the ACBS membership, and brainstorming interesting topics for the monthly all-affiliate calls. For more information, contact Tiffany Jolliff at To learn more about our projects and initiatives and how to get involved, visit

GDUI to Hold Spring Auction Via Radio

Guide Dog Users, Inc. will hold an auction from 7 to 9 p.m. Eastern (4-6 p.m. Pacific) on Sunday, April 3, 2016, via ACB Radio. Thanks to Larry Turnbull and other ACB personnel for giving us guidance along the way.
Now, it is up to us to bring in items for the auction, with a minimum value of $50. Although we welcome new items for our prizes, we are providing them at the auction “as is.”  Please send all prizes with descriptions, with the exception of food items, to Robert Acosta, 20734C Devonshire St., Chatsworth, CA 91311; phone (818) 998-0044; e-mail
Our first item has already been promised by our president, Penny Reeder. Yes, Penny’s kitchen will be shipping five dozen delicious cookies to the lucky winner. The cookies will be oatmeal with raisins, walnuts and chocolate chips! Another item comes from the C. Crane Company. It is a pocket radio with a carrying strap, allowing you to go outside to hear the radio while barbecuing, for example.
The deadline for the receipt of prizes is Feb. 15, 2016. We plan to list the prizes, with the descriptions and the donors’ names, on the GDUI web site,
At the time of the auction, credit cards will be the only acceptable form of payment.  A reasonable shipping cost will be added to your winning bid.
The purpose for this auction is to provide the funding for our voting process in GDUI. Yes, we provide universal voting for all of our members. To my knowledge, we are the only ACB affiliate which does this. Let democracy prevail, and please support our radio auction with great items and strong bids.
Disclaimer: Guide Dog Users, Inc., shall be held harmless for any prizes which do not function as stated in the descriptions. However, we will do what we can to encourage a fair relationship between the winning bidder and the prize donor.