Google will sponsor four complimentary sessions in Minneapolis during the 2016 American Council of the Blind Conference and Convention.
- Chrome OS Accessibility - Learn about the accessibility features built into every Chromebook and get an early look at the new ChromeVox screen reader.
When - Wednesday, July 6, 4:15 to 5:30 PM
- Google Apps Accessibility - Learn more about the latest accessibility improvements to Google Apps, including Google Docs, Google Drive, Calendar, and more.
When - Wednesday, July 6, 5:45 to 7:00 PM
Many, many thanks to our 2016 corporate sponsors. Their continued generous support of the American Council of the Blind and our conference and convention is sincerely appreciated.
Look for the 2016 corporate sponsors on www.acb.org, in the conference and convention program and newspaper, on ACB Radio, on the convention T-shirt, and throughout the week. Be sure to thank them personally for their generous support.
American Council of the Blind
55th Annual Conference and Convention
Theme: ACB: Land of 10,000 Dreams
Sunday, July 3: Nicollet Ballroom
6:30 PM: Entertainment: Bruce Cottrell, Burnsville, MN
7:00 PM: Call to Order: Kim Charlson, President, American Council of the Blind, Watertown, MA
Invocation: Father John Sheehan, Executive Director, Xavier Society for the Blind, New York, NY
Presentation of Colors: Color Guard for the University of Minnesota, Naval Reserve Officers Training Corp (NROTC), Minneapolis, MN
Eric Bridges, Executive Director
Anthony Stephens, Director of External Relations & Policy
Kelly Gasque, Executive Assistant
Sharon Lovering, Editor, ACB Braille Forum
Tom Tobin, Director of Development
by Carla Ruschival
Come to Reno, Nev., and celebrate gold at the 50th annual conference and convention of the American Council of the Blind.
The twin-towered 29-story John Ascuaga Nugget Hotel Resort Casino is a family-owned hotel filled with friendly staff, lots of restaurants, comfortable meeting and sleeping rooms, indoor swimming pool and fitness center, and other amenities.
Hotel information such as lists of telephone numbers, hotel description, and room service menus will be available from the ACB/NIB Information Desk in braille, large print and electronic formats.
To get you started, here is an outline of the public areas:
J.J. Meddaugh, President of A T Guys, will hold two sessions at the 2016 American Council of the Blind Conference and Convention.
- Product Showcase - Learn about the latest affordable gadgets and accessories from the A T Guys. From the latest mobile accessories for your iPhone or Android device to speakers, headsets, and braille displays, A T Guys probably has something for you. Receive an exclusive discount available to event attendees.
When - Thursday, July 7, 5:45 to 7:00 PM
I want to welcome everyone to the 55th annual conference and convention of the American Council of the Blind, in beautiful Minneapolis, Minnesota. I am looking forward to presiding over my third convention as president of ACB, and to speak with so many members and guests from across the country and, in fact, from around the world.
ACB Board of Directors
Saturday, July 2:
9:00 AM: Pre-convention Board Meeting – Minnehaha
Board of Publications, Chair: Denise Colley
Sunday, July 3:
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM: BOP Meeting, Minnehaha
Tuesday, July 5:
5:45 PM – 7:00 PM: BOP Candidate Forum, Mirage
Hear from and ask questions of this year’s candidates.
Thursday, July 7:
1:15 PM – 2:30 PM: BOP Editors’ Workshop, Greenway BCD
Constitution and Bylaws Committee
Chair: John Huffman
Lane Waters, Controller
Nancy Becker, Chief Accountant
Lori Sarff, Human Resources and Administration
Dee Theien, Reception/Administration
by Carla Ruschival
Fifty years ago, in 1961, 29 people met in a hotel in Kansas City, Mo., and the American Council of the Blind was born. Thanks to the dedication and hard work of people like Durward McDaniel and countless others, and despite the efforts of those who hoped ACB would succumb to a quick and untimely death, the fledgling organization spread its wings and became the proud leader and beacon of democracy we know today.
The ACB/Vanda Pharmaceuticals Registration Desk is located in Pavillion B on the second floor. Registration hours are:
Thursday, July 7 (pre-reg. pick-up only): 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Friday to Sunday, July 8 to 10 - 8:00am to 7:00pm
Monday, July 11 - 8:00am to 4:00pm
Tuesday to Thursday, July 12 to 14 - 8:00am to 3:00pm
Friday, July 15 - 8:00am to 2:00pm
Blind Pride International presents three sessions on healthy living during the 2016 ACB Conference and Convention in Minneapolis.
1. Yoga ABC's - New to yoga? Learn the fundamentals of yoga to get started on your personal path. Jessica Rosenberg from Yoga Center Minneapolis will cover the basics of yoga poses and breathwork. She will also provide insight into the various forms of yoga. A fun and interactive introduction to the ABCs of several respected yoga traditions.
When - Tuesday, July 5, 1:15 to 2:30 PM
ACB - American Council of the Blind
AABT - American Association of Blind Teachers
AAVL - Alliance on Aging and Vision Loss
AAVIA - American Association of Visually Impaired Attorneys
ACBDA - ACB Diabetics in Action
ACBF - ACB Families
ACBGE - ACB Government Employees
ACBL - ACB Lions
ACBRA - ACB Radio Amateurs
ACBS - ACB Students
ADP - Audio Description Project
AFB - American Foundation for the Blind
APH - American Printing House for the Blind
Chair: Jeff Thom
Tuesday, July 5, Mirage
2:45 PM – 4:00 PM: Tools for Tomorrow $6 ($8)
Strategies for affiliates to influence state / local programs and legislation well beyond just rehab. Presenters: Anthony Stephens, ACB Director of Advocacy and Government Affairs, Alexandria, VA; Rebecca Bridges, Chair, Virginia Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired State Rehabilitation Council. Co-sponsored by Advocacy Committee and Rehab Issues Task Force.
Janet Dickelman, Chair, St. Paul, MN
Margarine Beaman, Austin, TX
Sally Benjamin, Tallahassee, FL
Vicky Prahin, Columbus, OH
Bruce Radtke, Bellingham, WA
Michael Smitherman, Jackson, MS
Rhonda Trott, Talladega, AL
Carla Ruschival, Officer Liaison, Louisville, KY
Lane Waters, Staff Liaison, Minneapolis, MN