Illinois Convention in Springfield

Please mark your calendars and join us for the Illinois Council of the Blind's annual convention, Oct. 5-7 in Springfield, Ill.  We will have a number of fun and educational programs and workshops, plus the most important aspect of a state convention, the chance to gather with many great friends, old and new.

To learn more about our convention, visit and click or press enter on the ICB annual convention link when you get there.  The direct link to the convention page is:

Save those dates, and we hope to see many of you in early October in Springfield.

ACB Families 2012

At the 2011 ACB conference and convention in Reno, the Council of Families with Visual Impairment moved onto the convention stage with an audible darts activity and a families breakfast.

CFVI literally took the stage at the 2012 conference and convention as president Deanna Scoggins accepted a new charter for the affiliate, officially changing the name to ACB Families.

The 2012 ACB Families line-up of programs expanded from two to seven.  In addition to our Wednesday morning breakfast and our Monday evening tabletop bowling contest (co-sponsored with the ACB Recreation Zone), five workshops with intriguing titles such as "The Power of Your Picture," "Symbols and Smiles," and "ImageWorks" gave convention attendees a chance to obtain tips on body language, clothing styles, effective use of color, and other image-enhancing areas.  Lynn Cooper, founder of the Mirrors Project, president of Lynn Cooper and Associates, and long-time friend of ACB, conducted the workshops, and we thank her for her enthusiasm and willingness to share her expertise with us.

As we look ahead to the coming year, we see more good things on the horizon for ACB Families.  A revised Families e-mail discussion list, a Families planning list, meetings (perhaps via conference call), and more great programming at the 2013 ACB conference and convention in Columbus - all this and more are yet to come this next year.

Make sure you are part of the ACB Families excitement.  Join our discussion list by sending a blank message to, or visit the e-mail list page on the ACB web site and subscribe from the Families list link.  Please note that the old CFVI list will be discontinued soon, and everyone on that list will need to sign up again for the new Families list.

ACB Families dues are just $8 a year, and membership is open to all.  Current ACB members and families who have never participated in ACB before are all encouraged to become part of our newly energized special-interest affiliate.  Join now and your dues are good through 2013.  To join ACB Families, mail dues to: ACB Families, Adam Ruschival, Treasurer, 148 Vernon Ave., Louisville, KY 40206.
    - Carla Ruschival