Affiliate News

ACBDA Update

Happy new year! We hope everyone has a happy and healthy year ahead.
Remember, the logo contest is still open.  Anyone can send a drawing to the following e-mail addresses: and  If you have any questions, please contact me via e-mail,, or by phone at (626) 622-8344.
It's also time to renew your membership!  If you're a member, or would like to be, our dues are $10, and they're due in mid-February.  Mail dues to: ACBDA, c/o Alice Ritchhart, 125 Willow Pond Way, Brunswick, GA 31525.  When you send in your name and address, also tell us whether you are legally blind, what format you want your newsletter (large print, braille, or cassette), your e-mail address (if you have one) and phone number, and the month and date of your birthday.
Thanks to all the board member of DIA.  Your help during the past year is much appreciated!

New Chapter for Those with Cerebral Palsy

My name is Alexander Kaiser; I'm a young blind adult with cerebral palsy.  I would like to form a special-interest affiliate of the American Council of the Blind to provide legislative advocacy, support independence, to mentor others, to develop better social opportunities, work with problems in rehabilitation for people who are blind who also have cerebral palsy, and to research social problems and find solutions.  Meetings will be held by conference call on the first Sunday of the month, starting Feb. 3 at 3 p.m. Eastern time.  Dial (567) 314-5605 and use access code 999999#. If you are interested in helping to create this affiliate, contact me by braille letter, cell phone, or e-mail at: Attention: Mr. Alexander Scott Kaiser, 3928 NW 89th Ave., Coral Springs, FL 33065, cell phone (954) 594-2710, alternate phone (386) 258-9440, e-mail

A Million Pennies

ACB of Colorado (ACBCO) is launching a new campaign for 2013 – the "Million Pennies Campaign." Now through March 31, ACBCO has set a goal to raise one million pennies in support of education and services for Colorado's seniors who are blind or losing their vision. We have partnered with several local businesses to place collection containers throughout the Denver metro area. These locations include Metropolitan State University of Denver (Chicano Studies), Beyond Sight, Crown Lanes of Southwest Denver, and Kentwood Properties.  To locate a collection site near you, or to make an online donation, visit
Your change will support: adaptive aids and devices; support groups; home assessments; peer mentoring; volunteer assistance; health education; workshops and seminars; orientation and mobility training; individualized life skills training, and much more.  For more information, contact Yolanda Johnson, development coordinator, at (303) 830-0117 ext. 8 or send e-mail to