2017 ACB Special Education Presentation

As parents and teachers of children prepare for their annual Individualized Education Plans (IEP) for the coming year, the American Council of the Blind (ACB) is pleased to offer parents and student advocates this two-part podcast, Improving advocacy Inside and Outside of the Classroom. Presented in partnership with ACB’s Special Education Committee, this two-part series provides an overview on existing laws, regulations, procedures and best practices for assuring that your student receives the best possible care.

Click here to learn more and listen to the presentations.

2018 Conference and Convention

The 57th ACB Conference and Convention will take place Friday, June 29, 2018 to Friday, July 6, 2018, at the Union Station Hotel, 1820 Market Street, St Louis, Missouri, 63103. To learn more visit: https://acbconvention.org/

CCLVI Scheigert Scholarships 2018-2019

The Council of Citizens with Low Vision International (CCLVI), an affiliate of the American Council of the Blind, annually awards three scholarships in the amount of $3,000 each to fulltime college students - an incoming freshman, an undergraduate and a graduate student - all of whom must be low vision, maintain a strong GPA and be involved in school/local community activities. Find out more at: http://acb.org/cclvi-2018-scholarships

Apply to Become a 2018 ACB & JPMorgan Chase Leadership Fellow

Seeking positive change in 2018? Think about it. It’s a great time to personally advance to a higher plain. Leadership Fellows are seekers of rewarding opportunities, therefore for the third consecutive year, JPMorgan Chase will provide full access to the ACB Conference and Convention for 5 ACB members who have demonstrated leadership abilities. Learn more at http://acb.org/apply-2018-leadership-fellows

Advocacy Update: Delta Policy Regarding Service Animals 3-2-18

For more information about the Delta policy update, visit: http://acb.org/delta-update-3-2-18
Access the most up-to-date Delta policy on service and support animals by visiting: https://tinyurl.com/y94nxpsu

Finding Videos With Audio Descriptions

Read an article about ACB's Audio Description Project written by the New York Times: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/05/technology/personaltech/videos-audio-...

ACB Commends Delta for Revising Its Service Animal Policy

The American Council of the Blind commends Delta Airlines for re-examining its recent policy on service animals, relaxing constraints that negatively impacted travelers with guide dogs. Read the press release at: http://acb.org/delta-policy-revision

Certification for Audio Describers

In order to ensure a high level of audio description excellence in a range of formats or venues (media, performing arts, museums, etc.), ACB has reached out to the Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation & Education Professionals (ACVREP) to develop a certification process for audio description professionals. Read more at: http://acb.org/ad-certification-2018

All Aboard 10 Dillon Express

ACB would like to raise $67,000 for the Brenda Dillon Memorial Walk this year and we would like your help. You can help ACB reach our goal in several ways: by registering as an on-site or virtual walker, making a donation, or by becoming a sponsor. Find out more at: http://acb.org/dillon-walk-18

Climb Aboard the 2018 DKM Express

The DKM Express is tooting its horn to attract members who have never attended an ACB conference and convention and have a desire to learn more about ACB and its rich history. Access your ticket to join the class of over 40 current DKM First-Timers and interact with hundreds of other members during the 57th annual ACB conference and convention in St. Louis, Mo. this July, by completing all required steps. Read more at: http://acb.org/content/climb-aboard-2018-dkm-express

ACB Commends Senate on WIPO Treaty Introduction

ACB commends the United States Senate on today’s introduction of the Marrakesh Treaty Implementation Act (S. 2559). Read the press release here: http://acb.org/WIPO-treaty-intro

Blind Parenting Video

Parents often say that raising children is one of the most rewarding and challenging stages of life. Now imagine how you’d do it if you were blind. Not sure? … Check out this video and learn how two parents, Rebecca and Eric, who are both blind are loving, laughing and adapting as they raise their two-year-old son, Tyler, who loves books, trucks, airplanes, playing, and exploring the world around him. ACB Parenting Video ACB Parenting Video with Audio Description

ACB Disaster Relief Fund

Over the course of the past weeks, ACB members from all across the country have asked how they could help our fellow blind individuals negatively affected by Hurricane Harvey. Now our concern also extends to those from our community living in the path of Hurricane Irma. To find out how you can help, please visit: http://acb.org/disaster-relief-fund.

2017 ACB Conference & Convention Highlight Video

Highlights from the 56th Annual ACB Conference & Convention from June 30 to July 7, 2017, at the Nugget Casino Resort in Sparks, Nevada (with audio description): https://youtu.be/ARwprgxjaiQ

National Parks in California Will Become More Accessible to The Blind or Visually Impaired

National parks in California will become more accessible to those who are visually impaired or blind, because of collaboration among the University of Hawai‘i, Google, the American Council of the Blind, and the National Park Service. Read more at: http://acb.org/CA-national-parks

ADP Master List of Audio Decribed Videos

As the only repository of all audio described titles on DVD and the three video streaming services (Amazon, iTunes, and Netflix), the Audio Description Project decided to create a new index of ALL the titles. This new "Master" index will allow you to look up any movie or TV series to see if it is available anywhere for purchase or with a subscription. At the moment, there are 1426 described videos available, 567 of which are duplicated in more than one service. Access the list by clicking on the following link: http://www.acb.org/adp/masterad.html

Looking Back, Looking Ahead

What a year we’ve had! The year 2017 brought many triumphs and challenges. Learn more about what happened in 2017 and what's in store for the future at ACB by visiting: http://acb.org/looking-back-2017

iPhone App from the American Council of the Blind Links Blind People to its Affiliates and Services

The ACB Link iPhone app assists ACB staff, members and friends to readily communicate news of relevance to the blind community. For more information about ACB Link, go to http://link.acb.org or read more at http://acb.org/ACB-Link

Phone numbers for ACB Radio, ACB Braille and E-Forums and ACB Reports

You can reach ACB Radio on the phone by dialing 712-775-4808.

To reach the ACB Braille Forum, E Forum and ACB Reports, dial 605-475-8154.