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